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When boating turns tragic, talk to us

As the weather begins to warm up in the Atlanta area, many more residents will be making their way to bodies of water with their boats in tow.

While recreational boating is a great way to stay cool and have fun during the summer months, it can also result in serious injuries and even death when negligence is involved.

April showers bring May flowers… and car accidents

April is a wet month in many areas of the country, including Georgia. And while this is a good thing for the flowers in the area, it can be a bad thing for drivers.

Wet roads are responsible for approximately 1.2 car accidents per year, according to the American Auto Association, which is why now is a good time to freshen up on some tips for driving on them.

Finding justice after a tragic swimming pool accident

There is nothing better than a swimming pool on a hot summer day. But swimming pools also have a darker side. They are responsible for countless accidents each year, including brain injuries, paralysis injuries and death.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious swimming pool accident, we first want to express our condolences. Many swimming pool accidents involve children, and there really isn’t anything more horrific in life than your child being seriously injured or killed.

How to share the roads with motorcyclists

Georgia is known as a “peachy” state for motorcyclists, weather wise, and many Atlanta riders use their bikes year-round. However, even though other motorists share the roads with motorcyclists most of the year, there are still countless accidents caused by drivers who “didn’t see” motorcycles.

Failing to see a motorcyclist is not a valid excuse. Every driver is responsible for paying attention while driving, and motorcyclists have every right to be on the roads. Here are some helpful tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that Georgia drivers need to keep in mind year-round:

Georgia family receives new settlement in ignition interlock case

In March 2010, a 29-year-old nurse in Georgia was killed in a motor vehicle accident when her 2005 Chevy Cobalt slipped into the accessory position, causing her to run into another vehicle and then off of the road and into a creek.

Her family filed a lawsuit against GM, the manufacturer of the automobile, and evidence presented by the family’s lawyer revealed that a faulty ignition switch was used in 2.6 million Cobalts and other small vehicles before being secretly changed in 2007.

Drivers don’t need to be legally drunk to cause car wrecks

As we all know, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle in Georgia and most other states with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher. However, it’s important to acknowledge that a driver can still be impaired and cause an accident with a BAC level well under .08.

In fact, as we discussed at length in an article on our website, recent research has shown that drivers can be noticeably impaired even with a BAC level as low as .01 percent. A University of California, San Diego study found that drivers with a BAC level of .01 percent were 46 percent more likely than sober drivers to be responsible for deadly two-car accidents.

Injured by falling merchandise in an Atlanta store?

There are many threats in life that you can prepare for, such as preparing for a car accident by wearing a seatbelt or preparing for a tornado by going to a safe place. But there are some threats in life that you can’t prepare for and, frankly, shouldn't have to prepare for.

An example of this is falling merchandise in a grocery store, retail store, restaurant or another commercial property. When visiting these public places, the last thing you have on your mind is being seriously injured because these properties should not pose a risk.

Winter isn’t over yet: Don’t forget these important driving tips

This week, the Georgia governor issued a state of emergency in 51 northern counties as a brutal winter storm was expected to make its way through the area. Flights were cancelled, schools closed and office workers were sent home early in anticipation of the storm.

Although the storm that hit Georgia was not as severe as some feared, it was still enough to cause a mess on the roads, and the Weather Channel reported that at least four people were killed in motor vehicle accidents across the South because of winter weather.

Busload of Georgia cheerleaders hit by suspected drunk driver

Cheerleaders from the Atlanta area are lucky to be alive after their bus was involved in a head-one crash with a suspected drunk driver.

News sources reported that the accident took place early on Thursday morning of last week as a charter bus was carrying 29 cheerleaders and adult chaperones from Bullitt Central High School to a competition in Orlando, Florida.

Was negligent security to blame for your attack?

All too often people are raped and assaulted in places where they have an expectation be kept safe. Hotels, apartment complexes, bars and even shopping malls can put customers' lives in danger by not having effective security in place.

After these horrible acts occur, the offenders are not the only ones who can be held responsible. When inadequate security contributed to the incident, property owners, too, can be held liable in premises liability claims filed on behalf of the victims.