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Augusta, GA 30907

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January 2019 Archives

Distracted driving behaviors raise the risk of car accidents

Serious injuries and fatalities can result from car accidents in Georgia. Researchers, law enforcement and lawmakers are regularly trying to discern the causes of these crashes and formulate methods to reduce their frequency and keep people safe. Distracted driving is a known risk for people on the road. It was long suspected that greater enforcement and the repeated harping of the dangers were proving effective against distracted driving. Unfortunately, that might not be the case. After a crash, evidence of a distracted driver can be key to a successful legal filing.

Georgia car accidents often result in these injuries

You may have witnessed suspicious driving behavior in another vehicle before your accident occurred. This doesn't mean you had to time to safely maneuver your vehicle to avoid a crash. Whether the car was weaving or you noticed a driver using a cell phone at the wheel, the point is that if negligence caused the crash and you suffered injury, you shouldn't have to bear the full financial burden associated with the incident.

DUI car accidents cause injuries and death

Although distracted driving has become a prominent focus of car accidents, injuries and fatalities in Georgia and across the nation, one of the most dangerous behaviors that people can have behind the wheel is driving under the influence. The risk inherent for innocent drivers and pedestrians when a person chooses to drive after drinking or using drugs is substantial. These accidents can cause major problems in a person's life. After there has been a crash, those who were impacted must remember they have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing with help from a law firm that specializes in car accidents.

To reduce car accidents, Georgia enforces distracted driving law

Distracted driving is problematic across the nation. Georgia took specific steps to reduce its occurrence and the dangers associated with it. The new law implemented in the middle of 2018 was put in place to cite drivers for failing to use a hands-free device when behind the wheel. From the time the law was put in place in July, there have been nearly 8,400 citations given. There was a significant rise in violations in December to coincide with the holidays. In comparison, there were fewer than half that number given in the first half of 2018.

Hit-and-run car accidents involving children spark injury, arrest

Car accidents do not discriminate based on any factor including what a person does for a living. Anyone can be involved in a crash. They must adhere to the law after the fact or face various sanctions if they do not. However, people who are in an accident - especially one involving a child - might be scared or intimidated. This could lead to them fleeing the scene and making the situation worse. From the victim's perspective, a hit-and-run crash multiplies the risk because the injured person might not get the care they need in a timely fashion and it could cause the injuries to be worse than they otherwise would be. It can even result in a fatality. People who are in a hit-and-run crash must have legal help to consider a lawsuit for compensation.

When a moment of inattention could place your health at risk

Being involved in a collision is never ideal, and even a lesser accident runs the unfortunate risk of placing your health in harm's way. While the obvious preference would be to avoid a collision at all costs, this might not always be possible, but you may be able to reduce the chances of a crash by remaining aware and alert.