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Proper safety protocol prevents some traction-related accidents

Property owners have a duty to ensure that the property they own is safe for visitors. In some cases, the flooring in buildings might be a factor that leads to accidents. This is often the case if the flooring is uneven, wet, slippery or improperly maintained.

Slip-and-fall accidents are the reason for more than 1 million emergency room visits each year. When considering all fall injuries, fractures are the most common injury that can occur. In some cases, the fracture occurs in the hip. Hip fractures are the most serious fractures associated with falls. These fractures can lead to serious health complications or death.

Start working on a wrongful death case quickly

There are a lot of things that can go through your mind when you find out that your loved one was killed in a car accident. Your emotions will likely take over at first, so you will be angry and upset. You will likely begin to grieve for your loss. At some point during the process, you might start to think about practical matters such as paying for your loved one's final expenses. We know that all of these matters can be difficult to deal with.

When these practical matters come into focus, you might decide that you want to seek compensation for your loved one's death. In Georgia, you have two years from the date of the accident to file claims for compensation. It is vital that you not wait until the last minute to start working on your case.

Well-known sculptor killed in drunk driving accident

All drivers on the roadways have a duty to watch for motorcycles on the roadways. When motorists don't pay attention, accidents with motorcycles can end up costing the motorcyclists their lives. That was the case in an accident that occurred in Atlanta recently.

A motorcyclist, who was stopped at a traffic light, was rear-ended by a pickup truck. That impact threw the man off the motorcycle. He was taken via air transport to Grady Memorial Hospital with a brain injury on a Saturday morning. The man was pronounced brain dead the following evening.

Are drowning accidents eligible for compensation?

A drowning accident is a very traumatic experience for any family to go through. Just the thought that they lost a loved one because of an accident on the water is an emotionally draining thought. The devastating toll on the family members who are left behind is likely greater if the accident that caused the drowning was the result of someone else's negligence.

Can I hold someone liable for my loved one's drowning accident?

Seeking compensation for a drunk driving accident in Georgia

In our previous post, we discussed some of the penalties people who drive drunk might have to deal with if they are caught. Those penalties, however, don't mean much when you are the victim of that drunk driving accident. Instead, those criminal penalties are only one way that a drunk driver can be held liable for a drunk driving accident.

For victims of drunk driving accidents, healing is usually the top priority. That healing can often come only with extensive medical care and time. Once you are on your way to healing, you might decide that you want to seek compensation for those injuries. We can help you learn about your options so that you can move forward with your claims.

Consequences high for Georgians who cause drunk driving accidents

Do you know the penalties for driving under the influence in the state of Georgia? Although the rules may seem straightforward, it is important to remember that individuals who drive while intoxicated may face a range of serious penalties. These consequences are enforced even if the defendant did not cause one of the many drunk driving accidents that plague our state's roads every year. Motorists whose negligence leads to an auto accident may face even more severe civil penalties because of their misdeeds.

First-offense drunk drivers face fines up to $1,000, jail time of up to a year, license suspension, community service and a fee to reinstate their license. Get caught a second time, and the rules are even more strict: A three-year license suspension awaits, along with a minimum of 30 days' community service. Other penalties for second-time offenders include mandatory evaluations for substance abuse and treatment, all at the driver's expense.

2 drivers run red lights, 3 children killed in fatal accident

Traffic signals, such as red lights, provide instructions for drivers as they try to maneuver through intersections. When drivers try to "beat the light" or fail to follow the signals of the light, accidents can occur. One recent accident on River Watch Parkway claimed the life of three children because two drivers chose to disobey the traffic signal at an intersection.

In this case, two drivers were arrested and now face charges related to the accident. The investigation into the accident revealed that both drivers involved in the accident ran the red lights, which caused the accident. One man was driving a pickup truck eastbound. The other man, who was driving the car that was occupied by three children, was turning left. The driver of the pickup truck slammed into the car.

Why should truck drivers watch the tire pressure indicator?

Truck drivers have to be vigilant about various aspects of the truck they are driving to ensure that it remains safe to drive. One feature in some semi-trucks is the tire pressure monitoring system. The TPMS has been an addition that is compulsory since 2000. Starting in 2007, many vehicle manufacturers have recognized the importance of the TPMS and included them as part of a standard package.

What is the function of the TPMS?

Woman's children file lawsuit after her death at concert

Building codes are established to help keep the public safe. When building codes aren't followed, people can be seriously injured. A recent lawsuit highlights how serious those injuries can be. The lawsuit was filed in the Bibb County State Court by the children of a woman who died after an accident Washington Park.

In the lawsuit, the woman's children noted that their mother fell and hit her head on stairs leading up to where her vehicle was parked. The lawsuit notes that the stairs didn't have a handrail, which is required by law for all exterior commercial stairs that have two or more steps.

'100 deadliest days' for teen drivers are here

School is out, or soon to be, which for many Georgia teens means summer jobs, or just cruising around with their friends. This increased time on the road for inexperienced young motorists often also leads to a spike in car crashes, which is why AAA calls this time the “100 deadliest days” of the year for teen drivers, according to WKBN-TV.

Though teens often think they are invincible, the statistics say otherwise. In 2013, an average of 220 teenage drivers and passengers died in collisions per month during the summer, 43 percent more than the rest of the year. Most of the victims of a crash involving a teen driver are people other than that driver, who likely had little control over the young driver’s ability to handle their vehicle safely. A total of 2371,645 people were hurt and 2,927 killed in accidents involving a teenage driver in 2013, AAA said.