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Hit-and-run motorcycle accidents leave Georgia riders in danger

Motorcycles must share the road with other vehicles. Because of their lack of protection, motorcyclists should take all the necessary precautions to be as safe as possible. Unfortunately, even when they do, they are at risk. Drivers of passenger vehicles often forget about motorcyclists and cause crashes. These accidents are complicated even further when the driver flees the scene. After these accidents, the victims must protect themselves with help from an experienced attorney.

Two vehicles crashed into a man who had parked his motorcycle by the road. His passenger was also hit by the first vehicle. The second vehicle fled the scene. The man riding the motorcycle had pulled it over in the left lane because it was disabled, when it was rear-ended by a van. The motorcyclist was thrown off and hit by another vehicle. It was said to be an SUV, dark in color. The driver stopped momentarily, but then took off.

After motor vehicle accidents, a lawsuit can recover compensation

Motor vehicle accidents happen without warning in Georgia and can have a negative impact on many lives. These crashes can cause injuries and fatalities with exorbitant financial, personal and emotional costs. Whether the accident happened because of a drunk driver, a distracted driver, a person who was driving recklessly or negligently, a common denominator is the long-term aftereffects that can harm the victim in myriad ways. Often, the only way to secure sufficient compensation for all that was lost is through a legal filing.

When there is an auto accident, people can suffer from broken bones, head injuries, back injuries, cuts and more. For some, the injuries are not immediately obvious and they function under the impression that they emerged from the accident unscathed. It is only later that they feel as if they are not functioning normally, experience symptoms that could be mistakenly viewed as innocuous and soon discover that they suffered from injuries in the accident. Getting medical care after an accident is imperative even if the person does not think they have been severely hurt. When there are clear injuries, having medical care is a must.

Left turn accidents: Motorcycle riders' biggest hazard

That first day out on your new motorcycle feels so free and invigorating. You cannot believe it took you this long to finally buy a bike. You can tell after just one ride that you're going to be obsessed and that your weekends are sure to become chances for you to explore the beautiful Georgia countryside.

However, you're also wary. You have never felt more danger from the cars around you on the road. When someone tailgates you, you noticed it in a new way. When a driver is waiting to pull out of a driveway, you find yourself staring at the car, wondering if they see you. When someone passes you and comes a bit too close, you feel that sudden spike in adrenaline.

Motor vehicle accidents a rising danger for emergency responders

When there are motor vehicle accidents or other incidents on the Georgia roadways, first responders are a welcome sight as they are there quickly and help those who have been in an accident. Even if there were no injuries in the crash, the first responders can help with clearing the road and assisting those who were involved. What is becoming problematic, however, is the number of people who are distracted behind the wheel and are putting the emergency responders in jeopardy.

Information from the National Safety Council shows just how risky it is for these workers across the nation.

Road workers vulnerable to injuries in motor vehicle accidents

To maintain and build roads in Georgia, roadside construction crews will naturally be at risk. With the number of vehicles that are passing them, not all will be cautious and drive slowly. Some will ignore the road signs that workers are nearby and forget that it is important to be vigilant. When there is an accident between a vehicle and a road worker, there is a significant chance that the worker will be injured. Often, there can be a fatality. For those who were hurt or lost a loved one in these types of motor vehicle accidents, legal advice is critical to take the necessary steps for file a lawsuit.

A road worker who was taking part in a project to repave the road was hit by a vehicle and died. The accident occurred in the overnight hours at approximately 3:45 a.m. The worker, 28, was from Alabama. The crew was working on the road when a red Dodge Ram crashed into the worker. The driver stayed at the scene of the accident and it is not known whether charges will be filed. The driver is said to have switched lanes while passing emergency vehicles at the time of the accident. The worker died at the site of the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

Fatal truck accidents can lead to reckless driver charges

Semi-trucks from across the U.S. will travel to and through Georgia. With these vehicles, there is an inherent danger that cannot be ignored. For people in smaller vehicles who are involved in truck accidents, there can be serious injuries and fatalities. Often, these accidents are due to unfortunate circumstances that were out of a driver's control. An example is the weather. In other truck accidents, however, the crash came about because of driver behavior and this is especially egregious. After a crash in which there were injuries and fatalities, there can be an arrest. The family left behind after such an accident should know they have the right to pursue compensation in a lawsuit.

A trucker from Ohio was arrested after he rear-ended a pickup truck leading to four people dying. The trucker, 39, hit the pickup and the impact sent it into another truck in front of it. It caught fire and four people died. The pickup had pine straw in its cab. The victims were three men and a woman. They were 42, 31, 26 and 20. The accident happened shortly after noon. The semi was carting potatoes and the investigation indicates that the driver never seemed to reduce his speed before the collision. The driver is charged with second-degree vehicular homicide and for driving at excessive speed for the conditions. The investigation is continuing.

Parents' distracted behavior can cause motor vehicle accidents

Parents in Georgia and across the nation are expected to be role models for their children in myriad ways. This includes driving behaviors. While parents will tell their children not to text and drive, the parents' behavior frequently says otherwise. This information stems from a survey about the problem of distracted driving. People who are injured or lose a loved one in motor vehicle accidents should be cognizant of this as it can be beneficial when pursuing compensation in a lawsuit.

Although there have been numerous campaigns to warn against distracted driving, more than two of every three parents who took part in this survey have read text messages while driving. Around half have written text messages while driving. Parents who were born between 1981 and 1996 - millennials - and older parents had the same rate of writing texts while driving. The accident rates for these groups were similar. The author of the study said that the rise in motor vehicle accidents has largely been due to distractions behind the wheel.

Study: Simultaneous distractions can spark truck accidents

It is known that distracted driving is a dangerous behavior for anyone on the road. It is even more risky when there are semi-truck drivers who are distracted. Since there are so many trucks that go through, to and from Georgia, this is an important consideration for those who are sharing the road with these large vehicles. A distracted trucker could be using a cellphone, eating, changing the radio and doing many other activities. With the number of ways in which a driver can be distracted, it is not uncommon for there to be more than a single distraction for truckers. A new study by Lytx shows just how common and worrisome that is.

Lytx, which provides analysis for fleet owners, found that there is a tendency of distracted driving behaviors happening in clusters meaning that they are often doing more than one distracting activity while driving. When they assessed risky incidents, 23 percent included multiple distractions. Examples include eating and driving too close to the vehicle in front of them. When there was a combination of these risky behaviors, it multiplied the risk by 100 percent when compared with drivers who were only distracted by a single behavior.

Elderly people can suffer serious injures after a fall

We encounter hazards when walking and driving on a daily basis, and most of the time we can foresee and avoid them. However, when we are visiting a premises on which we expect to be safe, it's likely that we won't be as able to avoid them.

Additionally, while slips and falls may be inconsequential to a child or young person, an elderly person may suffer injuries that affect the rest of their lives. This is one of the reasons why public premises have the legal duty to be safe for visitors of all ages and abilities.

Motorcycle accidents continue to happen with alarming regularity

It might seem as if there are a significant number of stories about motorcycle accidents in Marietta and the surrounding areas in Georgia. That is no coincidence. There has been a spate of these crashes in recent months and people are being seriously injured and losing their lives because of it. Understanding why this seems to be the case is the responsibility of legislators and law enforcement. For those who are injured in a motorcycle crash, the cause is secondary to getting proper care and returning to full health. With the costs associated with such a crash, it is also wise to think about having legal advice to pursue compensation in a lawsuit.

A motorcyclist was seriously injured when his bike collided with a car. The accident happened in the mid-morning at around 10:30 a.m. The rider, 39, was on a 2015 Harley-Davidson. He stopped at a stop sign and continued when a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria that was heading north went into the rider's path. The bike hit the front of the vehicle on its left side. The rider was taken to the hospital with injuries that were said to be life-threatening. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.

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