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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. 

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.