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The City of Atlanta Is Being Sued for Unsafe Sidewalks — Again

Simply walking down the street can be a risky endeavor in Atlanta, where obstructed and deteriorating sidewalks are a fixture of everyday life. Getting around safely is even more difficult for those Atlanta residents for whom walking itself is challenging or impossible. Small cracks and rises that many able-bodied pedestrians don’t notice can pose a serious danger and obstacle for users of wheelchairs and other assistive devices. That’s the reason for the latest lawsuit concerning Atlanta’s sidewalks. Three Atlanta residents with physical disabilities have filed a class action lawsuit against the city, on behalf of themselves and others in similar situations, for its failure to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Atlanta Never Kept Its Promises from Last Time Being sued for the condition…

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Victims of Gang Violence Are Entitled to Increased Compensation under the Georgia Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act

When choosing an apartment, or even a place to spend a day off, local crime rates are a significant consideration for many. Raw crime data isn’t hard to find, but rarely does it mention whether that crime is organized or not. That’s unfortunate, because gang activity is a significant factor in predicting crime patterns, and often a sign of property owner complicity. Funding for federal data collection on gangs was suspended in 2012, but the most recent figures indicate that gang-related violence accounts for at least 13% of homicides nationwide, and closer to 50% in many big cities. More recently, the U.S Attorneys for the Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia estimated the ratio to be even higher locally, potentially as high as 90%. To…

Gas stations need to do more to protect customers from violence

Gas Stations Need to Do More to Protect Customers from Violence

If you feel vulnerable while filling up your tank, it’s not just your imagination. According to a survey by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S gas stations are the site of approximately 63,530 violent crimes per year. That’s almost as many as hotel rooms, banks, and public transport stations put together. Such crimes are so common that they almost run together on the news. In November of 2018, a drug deal in an Atlanta gas station turned sour and became a shooting that killed two people. Less than a week later over in College Park, another pair of people were shot at a gas station, one in the face and one in the hip. The next day, another young man was fatally shot while pumping…

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The City of Decatur Has Begun Another Long-Term Project to Fix Crumbling Sidewalks

As part of an ongoing attempt to address the state of local sidewalks, the City of Decatur has announced its plans to smooth out tripping hazards over the next 3-4 years, starting with West Ponce De Leon Avenue. This project, while badly needed, will focus solely on tripping hazards that are under 2” in height and can be corrected by sawing down the protruding edges. Larger hazards that require full sidewalk replacement will be left for a later project, though a particular timeline for such a project has not been given. Decatur’s Sidewalks Should Never Have Been Allowed to Get This Bad Sidewalk construction and renovation has been a consistent presence in Decatur for over a decade. Given the emphasis that pedestrian access and safety…

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Fireworks Are Dangerous, Even in Responsible Hands

Every year, families across the U.S look forward to putting on their own backyard fireworks displays for Independence Day or New Year’s. Depending on local ordinances, and the type and quantity of pyrotechnics, this tradition can range from completely legal to a felony offence, but unfortunately, it’s always a serious safety hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, home fireworks caused eight deaths and 12,900 injuries severe enough to require emergency room treatment in 2017. Those numbers are pretty typical, and have been since at least 2002. Accidents Are Not Always the Result of User Error Because of the questionable legality and inherent risks of fireworks, many people assume that they have “no one to blame but themselves” for firework-related injuries. Others believe that…

Pressure Cookers Can Fail Catastrophically and Unpredictably

Pressure Cookers Can Fail Catastrophically and Unpredictably

There are few things harder to render completely safe than a pressure vessel. Many products have the occasional defective unit, or a limited lifespan under the stress of normal use, but most products don’t cause second and third degree burns when they fail. Pressure cookers do, and it can be dangerously difficult to guess when that failure is approaching before it’s too late. Pressure Cooker Burns Are More Severe than Ordinary Scalding Injuries Pressure cookers were designed for canning meat and vegetables at higher-than-boiling temperatures to prevent botulism (a type of food poisoning from dangerous bacteria). They work by stopping water from evaporating and escaping at its natural boiling point, causing it to become superheated. People use them many types of recipes because their high…

A Closer Look at Premises Dangers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

A Closer Look at Premises Dangers at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport

Atlanta is home to the single busiest airport in the world, moving nearly 104 million passengers annually. With the city’s convenient placement and history as the birthplace of Delta Airlines, Hartsfield-Jackson has stayed the world’s most popular airport for 19 straight years. As with any such nexus of human activity, however, ensuring safety is a crucial and sizeable challenge that isn’t always met. The Most Hazardous Travel Conditions Are on the Ground Whatever our instincts may tell us, flying is statistically far safer than other forms of conveyance. However, airline passengers must make their way through several of these other conveyances on their way to and from flights, and therein lies the danger. From the moment travelers begin their journey using the services of Hartsfield-Jackson,…

Georgia’s Crime Victim Compensation Program Can Provide Limited Help

Georgia’s Crime Victim Compensation Program Can Provide Limited Help

Violent crime can obviously have devastating physical and emotional consequences, for victims and innocent bystanders alike. Less often acknowledged, but just as real, are the heavy financial burdens it can leave. If you’ve been a victim or even a witness to a violent crime in Georgia, you may have more resources available to you than you realize. The Georgia Crime Victims Compensation Program is specifically designed to help people who’ve been financially affected by local violent crime. Who Can Apply for Victim Compensation? To qualify for victim compensation in Georgia, the crime that affected you must have taken place in Georgia within the last three years. You’re most likely to be approved if the crime was reported to the authorities, and if one or more…

Georgia Has a High Rate of Apartment and Hotel Gun Violence Deaths

Georgia Has a High Rate of Apartment and Hotel Gun Violence Deaths

If you’re worried about gun violence, your natural instinct may be to retreat to your home or another private space, to reclaim a sense of safety and control of your surroundings. Unfortunately, the numbers tell us this strategy won’t make you safer. Gun violence was the cause of 1,571 deaths in Georgia in 2016, a figure that’s risen 47% since 2005. While mass shootings receive most of the media attention, they only made up a little more than 1% of these deaths — a fairly typical share nationwide in any given year. The rest are made up of one-on-one homicide, suicide, and accidents, many of them occurring in the home. Property Owner Responsibility The issue of landlord responsibility in cases of gun violence has been…

Top Causes of Injuries at Big Box Stores

Top Causes of Injuries at Big Box Stores

In spring of 2018, a two-year-old girl was crushed to death by an unsecured mirror in a Payless shoe store in Riverdale, Georgia. This might sound like a freak occurrence, but the truth is that incidents like this one have been a serious and underreported public hazard for decades now. Nobody wants or expects to put themselves in danger every time they go shopping. We go about our days, running our errands, rarely worrying about whether public places are designed to be safe. In reality, serious danger lies in many core elements of how modern “big box” stores do business. High, Unsecured Shelving The profitability of big box stores depends on volume, selection, and efficient use of space. In many cases, this means shelving in…