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February 2019 Archives

Number of motor vehicle accidents stays above 40,000

The roads in Georgia and across the nation are always dangerous for drivers. Determining just how dangerous is the foundation for research and studies. These can be important not just to avoid accidents, but to understand why they occurred. A recent study from the National Security Council indicates that the total of fatal crashes in the U.S. has remained stagnant at more than 40,000 for the third year in a row.

DUI accidents kill one, injure two others

Encountering a driver under the influence in Georgia is unfortunately common. Even as other road dangers become more prevalent, DUIs still cause major injuries and death. Those injured by a drunk driver can have severe, lifelong injuries. People who have been hurt or lost a loved one can call for legal advice on how to move forward with a case.

Truck accidents have not reduced with new ELD rules

Truck accidents in Georgia and across the U.S. can do so much damage. Regulators are constantly seeking ways to improve safety. For a long time, one of the main reasons truck accidents were believed to have occurred is because of drowsy truckers. Frequently, drivers were becoming drowsy after going beyond the rules for consecutive hours on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration instituted a rule that all trucks need to have an Electronic Logging Device installed to prevent the driver from being untruthful when recording their time spent on the road. A new study indicates that the new rules do not appear to have been as effective as expected in reducing crashes.

Motorcycle accidents are often due to negligence of other drivers

Motorcycles are a common sight on the Georgia roadways. People who ride express how much they enjoy being on the open road on their bikes. Despite a motorcyclist's vigilance, there can still be accidents involving other vehicles on the road. Often, this is due to drivers who do not understand or care about the vulnerability of motorcycle riders. There are certain steps that drivers and riders can take to share the road without incident, but, when there is a crash, those who were hurt or lost a loved one should think about their rights to compensation in a legal filing.

Should I see a doctor even if I feel fine after a car accident?

If you have been involved in a minor car accident, there may have been some damage to your vehicle, even though you and your passengers feel fine after the incident. It is likely that you feel nervous or anxious in the aftermath due to the rush of adrenaline, but, like many people, you may see no reason to go to a doctor if you did not suffer any visible injuries.

Distracted driving accidents still concerning

It has become widely accepted in Georgia and throughout the U.S. that distracted driving is one of the most common concerns and causes of motor vehicle accidents. Given the risk and the propensity of people to continually look at their device and try to multitask, it remains important to keep track of behaviors to try and find solutions to the problem. Research is a key part of that and a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety indicates the problem is not getting better.

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