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Mother brings national attention to truck underride accidents

The past two posts on our blog have discussed accidents involving tractor-trailers. First, we discussed how trucking accidents appear to be on the rise in the United States, even though one would think that advancements in technology and safety would be effective at preventing these tragedies.

In the next post, we discussed how despite the apparent rise in trucking accidents, a provision was recently added to Congress’ budget legislation could temporarily suspend the hours-of-service regulations, which was imposed on the trucking industry by the U.S. Department of Transportation in effort to prevent accidents caused by truck driver fatigue.

Most recently, the issue of trucking accidents was highlighted in the news again when it was reported that federal regulators have agreed to reexamine the current policies that are in place to help protect the public from truck underride accidents thanks to the work of a grieving mother. 

Will Congress suspend the new hours-of-service regulations?

In our last post, we discussed the rather unfortunate news that fatal truck accidents appear to be on the rise throughout the U.S. Indeed, statistics show that there were 3,912 truck crash fatalities in 2012 alone, and that the fatal truck accident rate as a whole increased every year from 2009 to 2012.

In recognition of these shocking figures and the fact that many of these fatalities could undoubtedly be traced to truck driver fatigue, the U.S. Department of Transportation introduced new hours-of-service regulations in July 2013 that it projected would stop 1,400 truck accidents a year and, by extension, prevent 560 personal injuries and save 19 lives.

Trucking accidents seem to be on the rise in the United States

We have often discussed big rig accidents. As you are aware, those accidents can cause serious injuries that are sometimes fatal. While it might seem like improvements in technology should reduce the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities, that isn't what seems to be happening. Our readers in Georgia might be interested in learning about how large truck accidents, injuries and fatalities are trending upward.

From 2011 to 2012, the number of fatalities in a large truck accident rose by 4 percent. In 2011, there were 3,781 fatalities from large truck accidents. In 2012, that number rose to 3,921. Of the fatalities in 2012, a whopping 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles and 10 percent were nonoccupants.

Falling merchandise doesn't have to ruin your holiday season

Black Friday is the start of the busy holiday shopping season. Families getting ready for holiday festivities might be out in full force to buy gifts, food, and other necessities. Holiday shoppers should know that the retailers they visit are tasked with keeping shoppers and workers safe while they are in the store.

When you think about holiday shopping, you might think of massive amounts of merchandise. This merchandise has to be stored somewhere. In some cases, a store might opt to store items on the upper shelves in the customer's shopping space. While this can be safe if it is done the right way, it can be disastrous if the retailer doesn't take proper precautions.

Despite laws, many drivers still distracted by devices

If you are like many Atlanta residents, checking social media networks like Facebook and Twitter might be one of the first things you do when you get up in the morning and one of the last things you do before going to bed.

There’s no doubt that Americans love their social networks, and they want to stay connected at all times. However, this creates a problem when people want to stay connected even while driving. According to an annual survey, this continues to be a growing problem in the United States. 

Slow down, buckle up and drive sober this holiday season

The holiday season is quickly approaching and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) is reminding Georgia residents to drive safely in effort to avoid being involved in a serious accident.

Holiday travel means there will be more vehicles on the roads and more opportunities for an accident to occur. The GOHS has three main things it wants to remind Georgia drivers to do in effort to stay safe on the roads this holiday season:

  • Slow down
  • Buckle up
  • Drive sober

Georgia officials aim for holiday independent of DUI crash deaths

It seems as though law enforcement officials take similar steps every major holiday weekend: Increasing the number of drunk driving patrols. As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, Georgia police have already announced their intentions to ramp up arrests for driving under the influence in order to prevent accidents.

The unfortunate reality is that police need to continue their efforts, because the July 4th holiday weekend is often accompanied by drunk driving deaths. In 2012, 179 people were killed nationwide between the evening of July 3 and the early morning of July 5. All of this tragedy occurred in less than 48 hours' time.

'It won't happen to me' attitude plagues Georgia roads

Roads in and around Atlanta are almost always bustling. Under these traffic conditions, some motorists might reach the incorrect conclusion that they are essentially anonymous and their conduct will go unnoticed. This mindset can have devastating consequences, particularly in terms of drinking and driving.

Of course, no one intends to be arrested for driving under the influence. Still, far too many people are arrested for this preventable offense. One Georgia law enforcement officer indicates that this problem often stems from an individual's belief that he or she will not be pulled over and cited by police. Even though people don't think they will be involved in a DUI-related incident, it can and does happen.

Are there time limits on filing a wrongful death suit in Georgia?

Losing a loved one is never an easy experience. However, nothing can prepare family and friends for an unexpected loss due to an accident. As a result of this, the grieving process may be extended as loved ones spend time trying to figure out how they will move forward with a noticeable hole in their lives.

Prematurely losing a family member has the ability to inflict both emotional and financial damages. In addition to the loss of counsel and time spent with a loved one, families may be left with the burden of losing income. As such, this could make the gravity of the loss even more apparent.

Burn injuries can leave victims with irreparable damage

Few things are as startling as the thought of losing a home to a fire. Considering that valued keepsakes and the source of so many memories could be destroyed within a short period of time is something that may be difficult to fathom.

Of course, there is another serious consequence associated with fires: burn injuries. Depending on the extent of a burn, a person may be forced to deal with scars or pain that persists for years.