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Drivers in Atlanta have smarter cars than ever before. While self-driving vehicles remain a novelty and are not available to the public yet, there have been tremendous advances in vehicle technologies designed to make driving easier and more intuitive for motorists. Many advanced safety features that have been introduced are designed to reduce the risk of crashes by taking over tasks from drivers and/or eliminating the potential for human error.  smart-456070-m

While advances in vehicle technologies are a good thing, relying too much on tech features can be dangerous. Technology is not foolproof and it is no substitute for making smart and informed choices behind the wheel.  Drivers are still ultimately responsible for their behavior and for their actions and inaction. If a driver does not do what he is supposed to, victims of the crash can contact an Atlanta motor vehicle accident lawyer to help them pursue legal action for any losses that result.

Safety Technologies Alone Aren’t Enough to Prevent Atlanta Car Accidents

Backover accidents are a common cause of injuries and fatalities, especially among children. Backover collisions occur when a driver is reversing, usually from a driveway or a parking space, and runs over a person who is behind the vehicle. Frequently, the driver who runs over the victim simply cannot see who is behind him because the victim is in the driver’s blind spot. In some cases, drivers are also negligent and don’t look behind them or check their rearview mirrors to make sure the coast is clear before pulling out. car accident 1

Negligent drivers can be held accountable if they are unreasonably careless or don’t follow safety rules by checking to ensure the coast is clear before pulling out. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can assist victims of backover accidents in understanding their legal rights and pursuing a damage claim to obtain compensation for the crash. Unfortunately, nothing can ever truly make up for the losses a collision can cause. Preventing backover crashes needs to be a top priority and rear-view camera systems may be one answer.

Can Rearview Cameras Prevent Atlanta Backover Accidents?

Our Atlanta vehicle accident attorneys read about a bus company based in Atlanta that has been shut down for safety problems with both its vehicles and drivers.

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An Atlanta-based bus company has been shut down for failing to ensure the safety of its vehicles and drivers, according to a federal agency. The company, STSC Transportation Services Inc., provides routes between Philadelphia and New York City for $10 one way and $20 round trip. It started in July 2013 and had eight daily trips between the cities. It now has to stop all passenger operations by order of the US Transportation Department’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration because they were endangering the safety of the public. This includes a halt to all interstate and intrastate operations. The reasons for the order to stop operations was a lack of systematic inspections, repairs and maintenance on the buses, failing to test drivers for alcohol and drug use, not ensuring drivers were properly qualified and licensed, and not maintaining proper safety records, which should have been at STSC’s registered Atlanta address.

The Department of Transportation found violations beginning in November 2013. Specifically, STSC was cited six times during inspections for operating buses that were placed out of service for safety reasons. STSC also did not provide records of annual inspections, maintenance and repairs on its buses, and inspections also showed emergency exits that could not be opened. There were no required random drug and alcohol tests for drivers performed. STSC also did not adhere to federal regulations on hours of work to prevent drivers that are too tired. In failing to adhere, the company also has missing or falsified records on duty status.