Atlanta Has Some of the Country’s Most Dangerous Roads

Atlanta Has Some of the Country’s Most Dangerous Roads

There are many reasons to love Atlanta, from the nightlife to the low cost of living to the thriving music scene. As any local will attest, however, the traffic is not one of them. Unfortunately, the trouble with our roads goes far beyond congestion into the realm of a serious public health hazard. As of 2015, Georgia had the fourth highest incidence of fatal car accidents nationwide, as reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That puts Georgia behind only by the three most populous states: California, Texas, and Florida. The Atlanta area itself bears the worst of this state-wide problem, a problem which has only been worsening in recent years. According to a 2012-2016 report by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway…

Pedestrian Roadway Deaths Continue to Climb in Georgia

Pedestrian Roadway Deaths Continue to Climb in Georgia

Walking is a healthy and convenient way to get around many parts of Georgia. Even if you usually drive or take public transportation, a significant stretch at the beginning or end of your journey is likely to take place on foot. The popularity and necessity of walking makes it all the more upsetting to watch the reports of pedestrian deaths become ever more frequent. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, pedestrian fatalities climbed 9.5% nationally and 18.4% in Georgia from 2014-2015, reaching levels not seen since before 2008. Worse still, hit-and-run has been on the rise both locally and nationally, with Georgia becoming the 4th most dangerous state for hit-and-run, according to a study by AAA. How to Protect Yourself The National…

Your Car’s Interior Temperature Can Rise 20 Degrees in 10 Minutes

Your Car’s Interior Temperature Can Rise 20 Degrees in 10 Minutes

You read that right. Your vehicle’s internal temperature can rise by nearly 20 degrees in 10 minutes. This is a serious safety hazard for any children who are inside the vehicle. Every parent has worried about whether they might leave their child in the car in a moment of forgetfulness. It’s such an easy mistake to make that a parent could easily let it happen before they realize what they did. Fortunately, however, a handful of technologies are on the way that have the potential to end this problem forever. If you or a loved one has suffered any injury because of another person’s negligence, contact the attorneys of The Stoddard Firm. With our years of experience, we’ll be able to guide you through this…

A New App to Help Atlanta Drivers

A New App to Help Atlanta Drivers

Atlanta is known for many things. From sightseeing (the Georgia Aquarium, the Center for Civil and Human Rights) to business (headquarters of Coca-Cola, the Home Depot), sports (the Atlanta Braves, the Atlanta Falcons) to education (Emory University, GSU) and everything in between, there are a plethora of reasons people live, work, and visit here. An unfortunate byproduct of this popularity is traffic. The area’s heavily traveled roads are frequently clogged with people trying to get somewhere. While the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP) promises citywide relief from traffic congestion over the next few years, there is a new tool available to those journeying along the North Avenue Smart Corridor between Ponce City Market and Georgia Tech. The TravelSafely smartphone app lets drivers keep their eyes…

The Uber Pedestrian Fatality Tells Us That Self-Driving Tech Is Not Ready for Roads

The Uber Pedestrian Fatality Tells Us That Self-Driving Tech Is Not Ready for Roads

On March 18, 2018, there was an Uber pedestrian fatality. The vehicle, which was going 40 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone, gave no signs of slowing down before hitting and killing the 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Herzberg was walking her bike across the street at the time. Uber test driver Rafael Vasquez was behind the wheel of the Uber Volvo XC90 SUV at the time of the accident to monitoring the vehicle as a safeguard, but when the accident occurred the vehicle was in fully autonomous mode – meaning the car was driving itself, with no control on the part of the test driver. Uber has been testing its autonomous vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Toronto for some time. This accident…