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Pickup Driver Killed in Head-On Collision with MARTA Bus

In Fulton County, on September 6th, the driver of a pickup truck crossed the center lane of Roosevelt Highway and veered into oncoming traffic. The pickup collided head-on with a MARTA bus, killing the pickup driver and injuring the bus driver. Thankfully, there were no passengers aboard the bus at the time, and no one else was injured, though the highway did need to be shut down to facilitate an investigation. It’s not clear what caused the pickup driver to swerve into the bus’s lane. Drivers Need to Take Care When Maneuvering Around Buses Even though the bus driver was not at fault, according to police, this collision is one of a long, ongoing pattern of MARTA-involved accidents. Only a day after the Roosevelt Highway…

Bicyclists Have the Right to Use Atlanta Roads without Fearing for Their Lives

Bicycles are a healthy, economical, environmentally friendly way of getting around over short distances. They also reduce the number of cars in use at any given time, which can help relieve congestion on well-designed roads. Unfortunately, Atlanta’s roads are far from well-designed in many places, which has led to social conflicts and deadly collisions between motorists and cyclists. Accidents Involving Bicycles Have Risen Drastically A study by the Atlanta Regional Commission, spanning the years 2006 through 2015, reveals a sharp 53% increase in collisions involving pedestrians or bicyclists during that time. Upon further investigation, the Commission also discovered that 71% of all traffic fatalities in the city were occurring on just 6% of its streets: the low-income areas on the west side, including Peachtree Street…

The Fatal Crash of a Van Carrying Adults with Special Needs Is Under Investigation

Two people were killed and seven more injured when an InCommunity van crashed into a tractor-trailer that was stopped in a left turn lane on July 15th, 2019. InCommunity is an organization that supports adults with special needs, and the van was taking program participants with intellectual and physical disabilities home at the end of the day. The two fatalities included the driver of the van and one passenger. Six more passengers and the driver of the tractor-trailer were treated for injuries ranging from bruises to probable concussions. The circumstances surrounding the crash are currently under investigation. Many Consequences of This Crash Will Be Felt for a Lifetime The driver of the tractor-trailer likened the impact to a bomb going off. He reported attempting to…

Lyft’s Responsibility-Dodging Business Model Puts Users at Risk

Ridesharing apps, particularly the major players, Uber and Lyft, have made huge changes in recent years to how people get around, and how others earn a living. While passengers enjoy the convenience of affordable, on-demand drivers, and drivers enjoy the freedom of making their own schedules, this new approach to transportation has so far fallen short in other ways, including safety. Because rideshare drivers are contractors and not employees, they receive none of the training and little of the screening that traditional cab drivers undergo. Not only that, but Lyft and similar companies have historically used drivers’ contractor status as an excuse to deny responsibility for their misdeeds and mistakes, which have been alarmingly frequent. Unprofessional, Unqualified, and Criminal Drivers Are Common In March of…

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…

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…

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…