Category: Vehicle Accidents

Amazon’s Network of Delivery Contractors Protects Amazon, Not Bystanders

Whenever you see an Amazon delivery truck out making its rounds, there’s a good chance it’s not technically owned by Amazon. And when you see a delivery truck with an obscure logo or no logo at all, there’s a good chance what it’s delivering was ordered on Amazon. This is because, in addition to its in-house delivery services, Amazon contracts with hundreds of local delivery companies. Although classified as “independent” subcontractors, many of these local companies are founded solely on ...

Poorly Regulated Transportation Companies Place Travelers at Risk of Serious Harm

When you’re traveling without a personal car, road safety probably isn’t high on your list of concerns. Cities like Atlanta, with a high volume of tourism and business travelers, have services available to get you where you’re going, especially to and from hubs like Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Other than figuring out budgeting and scheduling, most visitors don’t think twice about making use of hotel shuttles and similar services. After all, these are established companies, th...

Accident Survivors Can Still Sue When the At-Fault Driver Is Deceased

After a serious traffic accident, a survivor usually asks themselves several questions in quick succession. Am I going to be okay? Will everyone else be okay? Was it my fault? What am I going to miss out on? How will I pay for medical care and other expenses? When the answer to the first two questions is “yes,” survivors can jump right into figuring out responsibility and how to move forward. But what about when this isn’t the case? A fatality can make the next few questions more...

Semi-Trucks Can Kill Without Even Reaching Public Streets

We’ve spoken extensively on this blog about how dangerous large commercial vehicles can be, and how companies that use them are responsible for ensuring safe handling. Usually, when people are injured or killed in commercial truck accidents, the accident itself happens on a public roadway or in a parking lot. The truck malfunctions due to lack of maintenance, or an overworked or undertrained driver loses focus for a split second and hits someone. However, commercial trucks can be deadly...

Just Like Drivers, Boat Operators Have a Duty Not to Endanger Others

Boating is rarely approached with the full caution and respect it deserves. Whereas most land vehicles carry associations with work and chores, boats are more likely to play a recreational role in the lives of the people who use them. Many people also overestimate the power of water to absorb shock and act as a safety net. These factors can combine to foster a dangerous carelessness during boat use. Even people who would never consider driving a car while impaired or distracted often feel ...

MARTA Vehicles Should Not Pose a Public Safety Hazard

The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA, is supposed to provide an affordable, accessible, and eco-friendly way to get around Atlanta quickly. In some ways, it succeeds in this goal. However, it still has a long way to go in terms of keeping travelers and bystanders safe, and Atlanta residents and visitors shouldn’t have to wait any longer. Regardless of the nobility of MARTA’s purpose, this transportation system has the same duty as any person or organization that opera...

MARTA Bus Kills Pedestrian Who Was Using a Legal Crosswalk

In one of the more senseless MARTA accidents yet, a pedestrian has been struck and killed by a bus while crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd at H.E Holmes drive in Atlanta. It was about 1:15 in the afternoon on Sunday, June 7th — in other words, broad daylight, and not during peak commuting hours. The pedestrian died at the scene, and an investigation indicated that the bus had run over the victim. No identifying information has been released, except that the victim was an adult. Crimi...

Georgia’s Heavy Truck Traffic Has Claimed Several More Lives

With its intense traffic congestion and high volume of long-haul shipping trucks, Georgia is a dangerous place to be a driver, passenger, or pedestrian. Right now, as businesses reopen and more people return to the roads, the frequency of fatal tractor-trailer accidents is also returning to its usual tragic level. “Spaghetti Junction” Can Be as Dangerous as It Is Frustrating The pictures that have been circulating recently of a fatal two-truck crash on Spaghetti Junction represent just one ...

Georgia’s Roads Are Still Not Ready to Accommodate the Port of Savannah’s Increasing Capacity

For the past several years, the Port of Savannah has been working to expand its operations by upgrading its facilities, installing new equipment, and increasing its footprint. The problem is that improvements at the port don’t only affect port operations. They affect shipping traffic all over Georgia, which in turn affects the safety of everyone on the road. Improvements to the Port of Savannah Have Focused on Moving More Cargo, Faster In 2017, the Garden City terminal in the Port of Savann...

The Corona Virus Could Be Making Amazon Drivers Deadlier

As the global COVID-19 pandemic keeps people indoors, the demand for delivery services has naturally risen. With its nearly 50% share of all online sales in the US, and a significant footprint overseas as well, this means big changes for the ecommerce giant, Amazon. Because of the overload of their infrastructure, Amazon has been refusing since March 17th to accept shipments of what they consider non-essential goods from their suppliers. To put that into perspective, after years of doing its...