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Motor vehicle accidents remain the top cause of teen deaths throughout the United States, despite efforts made to make the roads safer for young people. Governors Highway Safety Association is calling for new efforts aimed at preventing deadly accidents involving teenage drivers. The report was written by experts in teen driving and was guided by a panel with special experience in teen crash risks. It focuses on how adults who influence teenagers can help to stop dangerous behaviors, and how states can partner with these adults in an effort to reduce collision risks. traffic-jamz-1446911

Crashes involving teen drivers are devastating, as these young people often injure their friends or family members who are in the car with them, along with injuring strangers. Anyone who is a victim of a crash as a direct result of a negligent, careless, or illegal action by a teenage driver must understand his or her rights. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can provide help to motorists who have been harmed. You may be entitled to receive monetary compensation from the teen’s insurer for all of the damages and losses you have been forced to endure because of the collision.

Prevention of Teen Driving Collisions

The first week of November was National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. This event is organized by the National Sleep Foundation; however, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also hosted a forum aimed at preventing deaths and injuries due to drowsy driving. This year’s NHTSA event involved state and federal government agencies convening to identify research objectives and public policy needs and to further the development of effective strategies for fighting drowsy driving. drowsy 2 copy

Drowsy driving is a major cause of collisions in Georgia and throughout the United States. A motorist who is fatigued is much more likely to become involved in a crash than a motorist who is not in danger of dozing off behind the wheel.

These drowsy drivers can, and should, be held accountable for the dangerous choices they make that result in motor vehicle accidents occurring. An Atlanta drowsy driving accident lawyer can provide representation and assistance to motorists who are injured in a crash caused by a fatigued driver, as well as to loved ones of those killed in a crash with a tired motorist. You may be entitled to compensation caused by crash losses if you can prove the motorist was negligent for not pulling over when he became too tired to be safe.

Drunk and drugged drivers are breaking Georgia criminal laws when they get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other substances affecting their ability to drive safely. These motorists face serious criminal charges, because criminal laws are designed to deter unsafe behavior that could lead to accidents. While many motorists recognize how dangerous drunk driving is and public education campaigns have been effective at reducing this behavior, risks of drugged driving crashes are largely underestimated. This helps to explain why the Washington Post warns drugged driving is now catching up to drunk driving in becoming a leading cause of fatal motor vehicle collisions. marijuana

If you are involved in a car crash and the other driver was drugged at the time of the incident, you could pursue a damage claim to recover monetary compensation. You can even make claims against motorists who used prescription medication or over-the-counter drugs, as well as against drivers who used illegal controlled substances. An Atlanta drugged driving accident lawyer can provide guidance, assistance, and advocacy as you pursue a claim for damages after you or someone you love was hurt or killed by a driver under the influence.

Drugged Driving is Becoming a Leading Reason for Atlanta Car Crashes

Fans of the Atlanta Falcons or the Georgia Bulldogs are enjoying football season, with many choosing to watch games at sports bars, stadiums, or football parties. Football season should be a time of fun and of watching the game with friends- but unfortunately it is also a time when alcohol consumption increases significantly for many. This can create dangerous conditions for all motorists. football-stadium-2-1540700

If you or someone you love is injured by an impaired driver, you have legal rights. An Atlanta drunk driving accidents lawyer can provide representation to victims who sustain injuries and to family members of those killed in fatal crashes.

Football season means more risk on the roads, and it is important you talk to a lawyer and understand your rights so you can pursue compensation when irresponsible fans or other careless drivers cause you harm.

In Georgia, failure to stop after causing a collision is a crime. This offense is a serious one if a driver does not stop for an accident that causes injury or death.  Victims hurt by a hit-and-run driver face the serious potential for uncompensated losses. If you are hurt in a crash with a driver who leaves the accident scene, you need to understand what your options are. car accident

An Atlanta car accident lawyer will provide you with assistance and advice on what to do after a hit-and-run happens.  Give us a call to learn about the different alternatives to consider for seeking compensation when you are hurt by a driver who does not stay at the scene of the car crash.

Options After an Atlanta Hit-and-Run Accident

Summer is road trip season for Atlanta drivers. CBS reports an estimated 38 percent of travelers taking a road trip bring their pets with them on the vacation. While it may be fun to take your furry friends with you, however, your pets can present a signifiant risk behind the wheel. The problem is, drivers tend to become distracted by pets in the car. This distraction can be just as dangerous as using a smart phone or electronic devices. anniegirl

A driver who is paying attention to a pet and not the road can become responsible for any resulting motor vehicle accident that occurs due to his negligence. An Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer can provide legal assistance to victims injured by a motorist who has a pet with him and who is focused on the animal instead of on road safety.

The Risks of Pets in Atlanta Distracted Driving Accidents

As smart phones have developed more capacity to keep people connected at all times, distracted driving has become an increasingly serious problem. Recently, Vox.com published a comprehensive report on all of the different things motorists are doing instead of paying careful attention and keeping their hands on the wheel while driving. The report is troubling and shows clearly why distracted driving is rapidly becoming one of the single leading cause of car accidents on U.S. roads. blog-3-1165448-m

If you or someone you love is injured or dies in a car crash due to a driver’s distraction, you need to take legal action and fight for your rights to be fully compensated for harm. Texting and driving is illegal and the dangers of distracted driving have been well-publicized, so there is no excuse for people engaging in high-risk behaviors that can result in someone else’s life being taken.

These Distractions Increase Risk of Atlanta Car Accidents

Around eight million vehicles on the roads in the United States today may have defective airbags. CNN reports that the problem with these air bags is that they can explode, causing passengers to be struck by shrapnel. Obviously, this significantly increases the risk to motorists when a collision occurs. Dozens of serious injuries have been linked to these airbag problems and four fatalities may have been caused by the exploding safety devices. b10scripts002

A recall has been instituted because of the defect, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Unfortunately, the airbag manufacturer, Takata, does not have enough parts to replace all of the millions of defective airbags in people’s cars. The proposed solution is to disable the potentially defective airbags. Unfortunately, some safety experts are indicating that this solution could pose an even greater risk to drivers and passengers.

Airbag manufacturers and car makers have a basic obligation to the public to make sure they don’t release defective and dangerous products. They also have a duty to ensure they handle recalls and repairs in a responsible way. When manufacturers fail to fulfill the obligations to make safe products, victims can recover compensation. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can provide assistance with pursuing a claim for damages after injuries caused by a defective airbag.

The United States regulatory authorities in charge of reducing traffic collisions routinely publish “good news,” for the public. Just recently, for example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tried to put a positive spin on the fact that the number of traffic deaths in the year 2012 increased as compared with 2011. While revealing that 30,800 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents over the course of 2012, the NHTSA said that this is one of the first increases in the death toll in decades and that the number of people killed annually in car accidents is still near historic lows. car fire

The reality is that while we have brought down the death toll since the record high number of fatalities in the 1970s, other countries have had a far greater percentage reduction in the number of people who die in motor vehicle crashes than the U.S. When a collision occurs, an Atlanta car accident lawyer should be consulted for help pursuing a damage claim.

Why is the U.S. Failing in Traffic Death Reductions

The Insurance Research Council has released a report demonstrating that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of victims of motor vehicle collisions who get help from attorneys after accidents occur.  The number of represented collision victims has more than doubled since 1977, and has also changed significantly just between 2007 and 2012.  An increase in the number of represented victims is good news, because it means that more people who are hurt in car accidents are getting the help they need to stand up to insurance companies. law books

If you or a loved one is involved in a collision, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can provide advice and guidance, and can deal with the insurance companies on your behalf.  With more victims recognizing that they need help dealing with insurance companies, it is becoming more important than ever to have legal help after your crash.

More Victims Benefitting from Legal Representation After Atlanta Car Accidents