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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.

Super Bowl Sunday known for drunk drivers

This Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots will go head-to-head in Super Bowl XLIX. What Atlanta residents don’t want to do is end up going head-to-head with a drunk driver the same day.

Unfortunately, the country's most watched event of the year is also one of the biggest days of the year for fatal drunk driving accidents. For that reason, the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety is urging football fans to arrange a sober ride home from Super Bowl parties in advance.

How to protect your legal rights after a car accident in Georgia

Winter is a dangerous time of year on Georgia roadways. Even though winters are brief and the state typically only sees light snowfall a few times each year, the roads can get very dangerous in rain and sleet. Weather-related car accidents are common. 

For that reason, now is a great time to read up on what to do in case you are involved in a car accident. One of the most important factors following a car accident is to make sure that fault is assessed correctly so that your rights are protected and you can be fairly compensated.

Follow these simple steps from Yahoo Auto to help make that happen:

Georgia drunk driving laws earn 4 of 5 stars from MADD

Fatal drunk driving accidents are all too common in Georgia and the rest of the United States. Perhaps what’s most upsetting is that these accidents are completely preventable, but innocent people continue to lose their lives because of the irresponsible decisions made by drunk drivers.

State and federal officials have tried to combat drunk driving by imposing strict penalties against drunk drivers and launching national campaigns raising awareness on the tragedies drunk drivers cause, but the fatalities continue.

Who can file a wrongful death claim in Georgia?

When a person is killed because of the negligent or criminal acts of another person or entity, Georgia law may allow the deceased person’s loved ones to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or entity responsible.

In order to prove negligence in a wrongful death case, the loved ones must show that the responsible person or entity failed to use reasonable care when there was a duty to do so, and that failure contributed to the death.

Amusement park sued after slip and fall accident leads to TBI

The owners of amusement parks in Georgia and elsewhere have an enormous responsibility to ensure the safety of visitors to their facilities. Not only do they have to maintain all areas where visitors move about to avoid slip and fall and other injuries, the owners have to ensure proper mechanical maintenance of the rides. In addition, all eventualities have to be anticipated, as visitors may suffer injuries even if equipment and property are well maintained.

The Dollywood amusement park in another state is facing a lawsuit that was filed by a couple after the wife fell out of the seat of one of the rides. The woman claims to have slipped and fallen from a seat that was wet, while on a ride that lifts visitors as high as 25 feet above the ground. She claims to have fallen 10 feet and landed on a concrete slab. The injuries she suffered included bone fractures and brain trauma that will have a lasting effect.

Trucker's alleged loss of control leads to fatal truck accident

Road closures may be a common occurrence during busy times of the year. However, a truck accident recently caused a Georgia highway to be closed for more than five hours. The accident occurred mid-morning on a recent December day and led to the death of a truck driver.

The accident report of the Georgia State Patrol states that the driver of a loaded tractor-trailer allegedly failed to negotiate a bend on Highway 53. The truck went off the right side of the roadway, and overcorrection caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. He entered the roadway again and crossed the center before rolling over. A car with three occupants was reportedly struck head-on by the overturning truck, and authorities said the car smashed through the truck's cab before being trapped against an embankment.

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.