Atlanta children will soon be heading back to school, which means more kids on the road as they walk to the bus or walk or ride their bicycles to class. Drivers need to be aware of the added dangers of pedestrian collisions as kids return to school for the season. Atlanta pedestrian accidents

If a driver fails to follow best practices for safety and a child, or pedestrian of any age, is hurt or killed, an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer can provide assistance to the victim or his family members. Victims should be entitled to compensation when pedestrian collisions cause losses to occur.

Avoiding Atlanta Pedestrian Accidents During Back to School Season

Lack of sleep has become a substantial problem for Americans, and sleep deprivation is having consequences for road safety. Governors’ Highway Safety Association has published a troubling new report on the driving safety concerns that are arising because there are so many fatigued Americans.  Atlanta drowsy driving accidents

Those who are drowsy behind the wheel have a responsibility not to endanger others. If a motorists falls asleep at the wheel and causes a collision or otherwise causes a crash as a result of fatigue, accident victims have legal rights. An Atlanta drowsy driving accident lawyer can provide invaluable help to victims of a collision caused by driver fatigue.

New Report Highlights The Risk of Atlanta Drowsy Driving Accidents

Road rage is increasingly becoming a problem. In fact, KSAT recently reported on troubling data from an AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey. The survey showed the vast majority of drivers have felt road rage and many have allowed their anger to influence their driving actions. Atlanta aggressive driving accidents

When drivers act out of rage or frustration, their aggressive actions can significantly increase the risk of auto accidents. An Atlanta car accident lawyer should be consulted for help by victims of road rage accidents in order to pursue a claim for compensation for losses.

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Distracted driving has become a leading collision cause, with Washington Post reporting that around 5,000 people die in auto accidents each year because of drivers who are not paying attention behind the wheel. Unfortunately, there is now a new source of distractions and it is a major one: Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go is a popular game that has taken the world by storm. One big draw is that the game requires people to go out into the world to catch Pokémon.  It is played on a smart phone, so many people end up getting behind the wheel of their cars while on their phone hunting Pokémon. Atlanta distracted driving car accident

Several motor vehicle accidents have already occurred because of the game, and Washington Post warns that many more collisions are likely to occur when drivers make the dangerous choice to use their phones to play while driving. If a crash happens because a driver is using his phone for any reason– including playing Pokémon Go– an Atlanta distracted driving car accident lawyer should be consulted by victims for help pursuing a claim for compensation.

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Among seniors aged 65 or older, around 10 percent of the population in this demographic group has at least some mild dementia. A senior with even slight dementia can face a 4.7 percent increased risk of involvement in a car accident, as compared with someone who does not have memory issues. Seniors also face a variety of other age-related impairments that can affect them, including delayed reflexes and vision problems.  For many older people, health issues necessitate taking prescription medications, some of which can also affect cognition and physical ability. Atlanta senior driving accident

Unfortunately, all of these factors mean that older motorists may no longer be able to drive safely. Atlanta senior driving car accidents are far too common, and many of these accidents cause injury to the senior but also to other innocent motorists or pedestrians on the road. Whenever crashes happen involving senior drivers, it is important to determine the accident cause and to make an assessment of whether the senior should be liable for losses. Accident victims can consult with an experienced attorney for assistance in determining if a case can be pursued for compensation from a senior driver.

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Drowsy driving is dangerous driving, with motorists who are fatigued exhibiting many of the same impairments as drivers who are drunk. Despite the dangers, drowsy driving has only begun to be treated as a major public safety issue over the past several years. One man, however, has been on an ongoing crusade to fight drowsy driving since 1999 when his wife was killed in a drowsy driving accident. The Huffington Post has his story, and shares his decades-long effort to try to raise awareness about the risks of fatigued driving. Atlanta drowsy driving accident

The goal of the man profiled by the Huffington Post is to put a face on the abstract dangers of fatigue driving. The sad reality is, drowsy driving accidents affect people’s lives in profound ways all the time. In some cases, the drowsy driver does not just hurt or kill himself, but injures or kills other innocent people including passengers, motorists in other vehicles, or pedestrians. In situations where a fatigued driver has caused a serious or fatal crash, Atlanta drowsy driving accident lawyers should be consulted for help in making an injury claim.

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Many trucking companies recognize the serious consequences which can occur as a result of Atlanta truck accidents. Truck accidents are more likely to cause injury to someone outside of the truck than to someone in it, and the injuries sustained by motorists in truck crashes can be deadly.  Trucking companies can be held accountable for truck crashes and can face serious consequences from regulators for safety violations. atlanta truck accident

To try to avoid all of these undesirable consequences, some trucking companies employ professionals to manage fleet safety and they even institute training programs which are designed to help make truckers safer at doing their jobs.

While all of these are good steps to take, unfortunately there are often problems which prevent the programs from being effective. Even if a trucking company is careful and does everything right, the trucking company can still be held accountable for negligent actions of its employees on-the-job. As a result, victims need to consult with an Atlanta attorney who handles truck accident cases in order to determine if they can make a claim against the trucking company when a crash occurs.

Nationwide, there was a 10 percent increase in pedestrian accident fatalities between 2014 and 2015. Governors Highway Safety Association reported on this troubling increase in the number of pedestrians who died in car accidents. GHSA also indicated pedestrian deaths rose to 15 percent of all fatalities in car accidents in 2014 and 2015, compared with just 11 percent in 2005 to 2007. Prior to those past two years, it had been 25 years since pedestrians accounts for 15 percent of people killed in car crashes. Atlanta pedestrian accident

As the number of pedestrians killed in collisions rises, cities like Atlanta are taking steps to try to reduce the number of deaths. The federal government is also providing support and funding. With this funding, new projects can be undertaken to provide safer spaces for pedestrians.

However, it will still remain the responsibility of drivers to avoid taking actions which could cause pedestrian deaths. If a motorist does cause a pedestrian fatality to occur, an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer should be consulted for help as soon as possible.

A recent editorial from the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) focused on the need to change Georgia’s seatbelt laws. The author urged Georgia to adopt a law which would require adults in the back of cars to wear seat belts. Georgia is one of 28 states without such a law already on the books.  Georgia also has high rates of death among passengers who are not restrained by seat belts at the time when collisions occur. atlanta car accident deaths

If an accident happens and a victim is not wearing a seatbelt, the risk of a serious injury or death significantly increases. While it could be argued that the victim should have been buckled up, this does not prevent the injured victim or his family from making a claim for damages.

If the crash caused injury and someone else was to blame for it, the person hurt or the family of the person killed can still hold the responsible party accountable for losses- regardless of seatbelt status. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help victims to pursue claims to get compensation when damages occurred.

Recent reports from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association contain troubling news for motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, the data shows a significant increase in deaths among motorcyclists in 2015. The increase was so substantial that GHSA is calling it a “surge” in the fatality rate.  As summer approaches and more motorcycle riders are out on the roads, everyone needs to be aware of this surge and try to prevent a similar rise in death rates in 2016.  atlanta motorcycle crashes

If a motorcycle accident does occur and the motorcyclist or any other party in the crash is killed, it is important for the family of the victim to consult with an Atlanta car accident lawyer.

An attorney can also help in the case of non-fatal injuries. A personal injury or wrongful death claim could potentially help victims and family members get compensation for losses they have experienced, if they can prove the other motorist was to blame for causing a motorcycle crash to occur.