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Keep your kids safe while swimming with these safety tips

Summer is quickly approaching, and for many children in Atlanta, that means spending hot days splashing around in cool swimming pools. However, swimming pools and other bodies of water can be extremely dangerous, whether or not hazardous conditions are present.

In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two children under the age of 14 die from drowning every day in the United States. Additionally, drowning is the leading cause of death attributable to unintentional injury in the U.S. for children who are between 1 and 4 years old.

Georgia officials launching seatbelt campaign to curb fatalities

Last month, we discussed how highway fatalities in the state of Georgia had jumped significantly by 25 percent during the year’s first quarter. This week, state officials said they plan to curb the disturbing trend with a crackdown on seatbelt usage.

The crackdown will be led by the Georgia State Patrol and joined by other police agencies, and it will begin on May 18. It will target evening times, when most motor vehicle fatalities occur. Officers will be using a mounted light to see into vehicles. If a vehicle’s occupants are unbuckled, the officer will radio to officers down the road to make a stop.

Accidents caused by truck driver fatigue remain a problem

While motor vehicle accidents, overall, have been on the decline in recent years in the United States, serious accidents involving large trucks have been on the rise.

This concerns the chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. He said truck driver fatigue causes about 13 percent of trucking accidents and plays a role in more than half -- and it is not an easy thing to combat.

Georgia Tech student suffers brain injury in fall from tall bunk

The mother of a Georgia Tech student who fell seven feet off of his loft bed at his fraternity and suffered a skull fracture is now leading a safety campaign in effort to prevent the same thing from happening to other students.

The Georgia Tech student has been living at an Atlanta rehabilitation center for the past four months learning how to walk and use his arms again after the accident. According to past reports, the 20-year-old was sleeping in his bunk when he fell out and landed on the linoleum floor. 

Georgia highway fatalities shockingly high so far in 2015

It was recently reported that highway fatalities have increased significantly in Georgia so far this year, and officials can’t say exactly why.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that roadway deaths are up by close to a third so far in 2015, which is a major concern, especially because roadway deaths have been on the decline for several years.

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.