Savannah Harbor Expansion Will Likely Increase Tractor-Trailer Fatalities in Georgia

Savannah Harbor Expansion Will Likely Increase Tractor-Trailer Fatalities in Georgia

The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, also known as SHEP, is currently underway, with the aim of accommodating the larger container vessels expected to arrive after the expansion of the Panama Canal. In spite of some stumbling blocks over funding and necessary environmental precautions, SHEP has been a highly anticipated project, backed by bipartisan support and expected to create as many as 370,000 new jobs. Deeper clearance for larger, more heavily-laden ships will also lower shipping costs for business of all sizes, while generally keeping the Port of Savannah a bustling hub of global commerce. Unfortunately, a robust shipping economy already takes a toll on state-wide road safety, which is likely to worsen when the expansion is complete. Lapses in Judgment Cost More Lives Around Tractor-Trailers…

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…

Motorcycle Safety and Why It Matters

Motorcycle Safety and Why It Matters

The road is a potentially dangerous place for everyone. It can be especially dangerous for motorcyclists. In the event of an accident, motorcyclists are exposed. Unlike other drivers, motorcyclists have no external shielding or metal framework holding back the force of an accident. There’s no airbag ready to deploy and save them from harm. There’s no seatbelt to keep them from flying out of place. That’s why motorcyclists are 27 times more likely to die in an accident than other motorists. That’s why motorcyclists are 6 times more likely than other motorists to get injured in an accident. Motorcycle safety matters, because motorcyclists are in the most danger when accidents occur. We’ll give you some tips to stay safe when you ride. If you or…

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…

What Would Truck-Only Lanes Mean for Georgia’s Road Safety?

The Georgia Department of Transportation wants to introduce truck-only lanes along a 40-mile stretch of I-75. If the proposal goes through, lanes dedicated exclusively to the use of heavy trucks will be built on the northbound lanes between Macon and McDonough. The $2 billion project would reduce truck traffic in those lanes, which may be extremely important, considering that truck traffic is expected to double by 2040. Although Gov. Nathan Deal says the new highway project is “an important part of what our future transportation system should and will look like,” the project’s detractors claim that $2 billion is too great a price for a new lane system that may not produce the intended results. If you or a loved one has been injured in…

More US Deaths Being Caused by Unintentional Injuries

The year 2016 saw an all-time high in deaths from unintentional injuries—accidental deaths, in other words. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), unintentional injuries rank as the number three cause of death in the United States as of 2016. The NSC is dedicated to reducing the rates of accidental death and has a goal of ultimately reducing unintentional injury deaths to zero. The overall increase in accidental deaths is part of a major spike that occurred between 2014 and 2016, in which these fatalities increased by 18.6 percent. Further, 14,803 more people died in 2016 than in 2015, for a one-year increase of 10 percent. Accidental injuries are a constant threat for people of all ages. If you or a loved one has been…

Smyrna Leads Way in Georgia Texting-While-Driving Laws

Will the Rest of the State Follow? A bill recently passed in Smyrna will institute a $150 fine for distracted driving. This is in response to a spike in highway deaths in Georgia over the last few years, in which deaths have risen by a third from 2014 to 2016. Early stats indicate that 1,531 people died on Georgia’s highways in 2017, a slight dip from 1,561 the year before. Distracted driving—particularly in the form of cell phone use—has been blamed for most of the increase in deaths. As smartphone use increases, drivers are paying more attention to their phones and less attention to the roads. While this trend is present nationwide, it’s particularly bad here in Georgia. The state led the nation in increases…

These Meds Impair Your Driving Ability

Medicines are meant to help you stay healthy when you’re feeling good and get better when you’re feeling bad. But as we all know, meds can have side effects, and one of the most common medical side effects is drowsiness. Drowsiness can reduce your ability to drive effectively, leading to an increased risk of accidents. There are many medications out there that can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle, so we’ve gathered a list of a few of the most common types. Take care to plan ahead when using any of the medications mentioned in this post. Types of Medications that Impair Driving A variety of over the counter (OTC) medications are generally known to impair driving ability. Three types in particular can…