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Who is at Fault in Left-Hand Turn Accidents?

No matter how much experience you have when it comes to driving, left-hand turn can still seem daunting. Left-hand turns can lead to serious accidents and major injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 61% of crashes that happen while turning or crossing an intersection involve a left-hand turn. When a left-hand turn accident happens, it is important to establish who was at fault. Why are left-hand turns so dangerous? These turns often lead to precarious situations due to the nature of when they are made. Unlike a right-hand turn, left-hand turns are made across the path of… read more

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What is Medical Payments Coverage?

If you or a passenger have been injured in a car accident or another kind of auto-related incident, you are likely entitled to medical payments coverage. Also known as MedPay or medical expense coverage, these payments help cover the costs of medical care for accident injuries. Medical payments coverage is not dependent on who is at fault in an accident, meaning that anyone involved should be entitled to payment. What do medical payments cover? Medical payments coverage will pay most medical costs that a person incurs after a car accident injury. MedPay can be used to treat: Passenger injuries Injuries… read more

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What is Brain Herniation?

Our brains are the control centers of our bodies, and a brain injury can lead to lifelong disabilities or death. One of the most serious injuries that can happen to the brain is brain herniation, also called hydrocephalus. This is commonly referred to as “water on the brain” and, if not treated immediately, is often fatal. Understanding cerebrospinal fluid Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is produced by specialized cells in the brain. This fluid plays a vital role in cushioning the brain and spinal cord. It acts as a shock absorber and support system for the central nervous system. The CSF: Helps… read more

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BWP Partner Joel O. Wooten Named to Georgia Business Court Rules Commission

BWP Partner Joel O. Wooten has been named as one of eight inaugural members to a commission created to help formulate the rules for Georgia’s new Statewide Business Court. All of the new Business Court Commission members were chosen because of their professional expertise and dedication to public service, said Business Court Judge Walter Davis. Among the new commission’s first tasks will be formulating the rules for the business court. The Georgia Statewide Business Court, a new class of court, was established by constitutional amendment in 2018, and will begin hearing cases on August 1, 2020.

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Navigating Winter Weather on Georgia Roads

As the weather cools and the leaves turn, we need to begin to think about driving in wintery weather. Yes, even in Georgia, drivers should always be read to operate in snowy and icy conditions. Drivers in this state are generally unprepared for these situations. Perhaps even more than drivers in Northern states, drivers in Georgia should read and understand the following tips for navigating winter weather. Driving in winter weather The truth is that even small amounts of snow and ice can turn normally safe roads into hazardous tracts. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 24% of weather-related vehicle… read more

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Hydroplaning: What It is, How to Avoid It, and What to Do if You Can’t

Hydroplaning is one of the scariest things that can happen when you are driving a vehicle. Most of us have experienced some form of hydroplaning, which refers to the skidding or sliding of a car’s tires across a wet surface. Understanding what hydroplaning is, how you can avoid it, and how to drive through it can help you avoid serious car accidents and injuries on the roadway. What is hydroplaning? Typically, when a car encounters water on the roadway, the tires are able to scatter the water. A car will hydroplane when there is more water than the tire can… read more

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Different Between Negligence and Gross Negligence

If someone is injured due to the negligent actions of another person, company, or entity, they are generally entitled to compensation for their losses. However, two terms often appear in legal documents and discussions of legal matters that may seem confusing – “ordinary negligence” and “gross negligence.” Understanding the difference between these two is crucial. Depending on the facts of someone’s personal injury case, the type of negligence involved could play a role in how much compensation they receive. What is ordinary negligence? Ordinary negligence (typically just referred to as negligence), is the failure of one party to use the… read more

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Veterans Legal Clinic Improves Lives

Improving the lives of veterans living in Georgia is the goal of UGA School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic. Individuals seeking help from the clinic can call 706-542-6439 or send an email to veteranslegalclinic@uga.edu. The Veterans Legal Clinic is funded by a lead gift from BWP Partner Jim Butler. See original article  in UGA TODAY. Click below to watch a video.

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Comparative Versus Contributory Negligence

If someone is injured in an accident, one of the first things that need to be established is who was responsible for the incident. The responsible party is determined using a variety of means, including investigations into the crash. It is important to determine who is at fault because that will play a part in determining who is liable for damages. The legal concepts of comparative and contributory negligence matter when examining any injury case. Negligence is a term used to describe conduct that creates an unreasonable risk of harm to other people. If a person is negligent, and their… read more

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5 Hidden Injuries to Look for Following a Car Accident

Car accidents are an unfortunate reality of driving. They are going to happen. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were nearly 400,000 total traffic crashes during the latest reporting year in the state. Out of those, 1,430 people were killed, and there were 19,405 serious injuries. Thankfully, most car accident injuries are minor. However, there are times when injuries seem minor in the immediate aftermath of a crash and turn out to be more serious. It is important to understand that the signs and symptoms of many car accident injuries do not develop until hours or… read more

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