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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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What You Need to Know About Georgia Car Accident Lawsuit Judgements

If you recently caused a car accident in Atlanta or anywhere else in Georgia, you may wonder whether the other driver will file a lawsuit against you. Ideally, your auto insurance policy will cover the damages and settle the matter. However, there are a few circumstances that could lead to the other driver filing a lawsuit against you, as well a the judgments that are issued. If I’m Being Sued for a Car Accident in Georgia What Can They Take? If you wind up the defendant in a car accident lawsuit, you should have some idea of the damages you… read more

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How Do I Know if I Have a Punctured Lung from a Car Accident?

A punctured lung is a very serious injury that could impede the ability to breathe. Without prompt treatment, a punctured lung from a car accident could lead to additional complications such as shock, inflammation, or fluid in the lungs. If treated quickly, however, it is a curable condition that shouldn’t cause any future health issues. Your ability to detect whether or not you’ve punctured a lung could improve your chances of making a full recovery. Here’s how to tell if you have this type of injury after an auto accident. What Is a Punctured Lung? A punctured lung, also called… read more

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Where Are the Most Dangerous Places to Drive in Atlanta?

The deadliest year for drivers in Georgia occurred in 2016, with over 1,500 people perishing because of roadway incidents. None of these statistics will come as a surprise to Georgia residents, but understanding the constancy of danger on these highways can mean safer navigation – whether you’re trying to get from Roswell to Jonesboro or just out of town completely – be mindful of the speeds and dangers of Atlanta’s busy highways. What are the Deadliest Roads in Atlanta, GA?   #1. I-285 Interstates generally present more risks to drivers owing to the high speed of travel. This 64-mile long… read more

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Should I Pay Out of Pocket for Damages After a Car Accident?

In order to avoid higher auto insurance premiums following an auto accident, it is a fairly common practice for the at-fault driver to offer to pay for the damage without reporting the accident to his or her insurance company. But is this a good idea? In some situations, it may be to your benefit; there are others in which you should never try to bypass the insurer; and still others when you need to carefully assess the circumstances, the other driver, and the terms of your insurance policy. When Paying Out-of-Pocket for a Car Wreck Might Be a Consideration If… read more

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Wearable device aims to reduce car accident risk

Wearable device aims to reduce car accident risk – Car accidents – Butler Wooten & Peak LLP

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Lower unemployment means higher death rate on the road

Lower unemployment means higher death rate on the road – Car accidents – Butler Wooten & Peak LLP

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IIHS top safety rating given to 3 cars

IIHS top safety rating given to 3 cars – Car accidents – Butler Wooten & Peak LLP

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