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How to Stay Safe on Rural Roads in Georgia

Much of the focus of serious vehicle accidents is on incidents that happen in urban areas. However, it is important to understand that severe car accidents occur in the rural areas of Georgia on a regular basis. Rural roads and areas present many of the same dangers as other areas, but they also have particular hazards not present anywhere else. What we know about Georgia rural accidents When we look at the latest data available from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, we see that there were nearly 400,000 total crashes for the latest reporting year. Out of… read more

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Which is the Worst County in Georgia for Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is dangerous driving. The concept of distracted driving is nothing new. It has been around for as long as we’ve had vehicles. However, distracted driving has taken on a whole new meaning over the last decade. With the rise of smartphones and our reliance on them for everything that we do, distracted driving has become a serious cause of vehicle crashes. Today, we want to discuss which county is the worst in Georgia for distracted driving as well as how the rest of the state stacks up. Jackson County has a distracted driver problem Jackson County leads the… read more

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What is Considered Reckless Driving in Georgia?

Reckless driving is dangerous driving. However, defining reckless driving can be difficult. The term “reckless driving” can mean different things, but one thing is certain – it is illegal in the state of Georgia. Not only is reckless driving illegal, but it can lead to serious injuries or fatalities on the roadways. Today, we want to discuss what reckless driving is and what the consequences are for those found guilty. Defining reckless driving When we turn to Georgia Code Title 40 – Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Section 40-6-390, we see that a person commits reckless driving when they operate their… read more

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Where Does Georgia Rank Among the Best and Worst Drivers of 2019?

Most of us drive or are regular passengers in vehicles. However, have you ever wondered how Georgia drivers stack up when compared to the rest of the country? We wondered as well. Today, we are going to look into this using various factors. During the latest reporting year from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Georgia finished 39th in the worst-driver rankings. Out of 51 total areas ranked (DC included), this is not all that bad. The majority of states were worse than Georgia. We ranked better than our neighbors: South Carolina 6th North Carolina 8th Florida 23rd Alabama… read more

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When Is It Time to Replace Your Child’s Car Seat?

A car seat is a critical piece of equipment for protecting your child during an accident. Car accidents are a leading cause of death for children and infants. Car seats can reduce the risk of injury and death by up to 70%, when used correctly. Unfortunately, not all parents understand the safest times to replace their car seats. Old, outdated, used, defective, or inappropriate car seats for the age of the child can put a child at risk in a car accident. Learn when to replace your child’s car seat for optimal injury protection. The Appropriate Seat for Your Growing… read more

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How Do Airbag Injuries Happen?

Airbag malfunctions can turn what should have been a minor accident into a collision with serious consequences for vehicle occupants. When an airbag does not perform as the manufacturer intended, it could fail to prevent occupant injuries. In some cases, a defective airbag could cause injuries the passenger otherwise would not have suffered. Victims of these accidents can potentially recover damages from the manufacturer or another party. Excessive Force Upon Deployment Even if an airbag deploys as the manufacturer intended, the general force of the airbag can cause injuries. Although the airbag might have prevented more serious occupant injuries that… read more

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Where Are the Most Dangerous Intersections in Savannah?

In 2017, the city of Savannah, Georgia recorded 20 fatal car accidents and 23 deaths. Two of these accidents involved drunk drivers, while eight involved pedestrians. The state as a whole had 1,554 traffic fatalities the most recent year data is available. Intersections are some of the most common settings for serious and fatal car accidents in Savannah. Drivers speeding, running red lights, ignoring stop signs, distracted driving, and failing to yield the right-of-way can all cause accidents at some of Savannah’s most dangerous intersections. Whatever the cause, it’s important to consult an experienced Savannah car accident attorney to seek… read more

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What You Need to Know About Georgia Car Seat Laws

Auto accidents are the number one cause of death for children in the U.S. Unintentional injuries are the main cause of death for children ages one to 15, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Auto accidents are the number one cause of unintentional injuries in America. Every year, hundreds of children die as occupants in motor vehicle crashes. Over 100,000 others suffer injuries. Many child fatalities would not happen if drivers properly strap children in safety seats. For every child 12 and under who died in car accidents in 2016, 35% weren’t buckled up. The best… read more

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What is Considered an Improper Lane Change in Atlanta?

In 2016, 1,554 people died in Georgia traffic accidents. Improper lane changes and lane departures are common causes of serious and fatal car accidents, especially in busy metropolitan Atlanta. Drivers merging without looking, failing to use turn signals, and weaving through traffic can easily cause lane-change car crashes and related injuries. Learn the technical definition of an “improper lane change” in Georgia, as well as its potential criminal and civil consequences. What Does the Georgia Motor Vehicle and Traffic Code Say? Georgia has a statute in place that specifically addresses changing lanes, signaling turns, and turning movements. Georgia Code Section… read more

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Is it Illegal to Talk on the Phone while Driving in Georgia?

Starting as of July 1, 2018, it is now illegal in Georgia to drive while holding a cellphone. The Hands-Free Georgia Act, or House Bill 673, is the latest development in the state’s efforts to decrease distracted driving accidents and increase roadway safety. According to the new law, using a handheld cellphone is against the law while operating a vehicle in the state, except in a few situations. It is also illegal for school bus drivers to use two-way radios or cellphones while loading /unloading passengers. Learn what the new law means for you as a driver in the state of… read more

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