February 2013 Archives

Proposed Georgia Law Meant to Keep Left Traffic Lane Clear and Cut Down on Car Accidents

February 26, 2013

Georgia may soon be the next state to enforce what others have already dubbed the "slow-poke" law. House Bill 459, introduced by Rep. Bill Hitchens, R-Rincon, was created to outlaw driving in the fast lane on Georgia's congested highways unless attempting to overtake and pass another vehicle. Intended to keep "slow pokes" from meandering and languishing in the left lane and impeding faster-moving motorists, the measure would take effect "only if another car is trying to get by."

An article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution makes the parameters of the bill even clearer. Quotes the article, "Hitchens, a former head of the state Department of Public Safety, wants to make it illegal, essentially, to drive in the left lane on all controlled access highways at all, except":

--When no other vehicle is directly behind the vehicle in the left lane.
--When traffic make it impractical to drive in the right lane.
--When weather conditions make it necessary to drive in the left lane.
--When obstructions or hazards exist in the right lane.
--When a vehicle changes lanes to comply with other laws.
--When exiting on the left.
--To pay tolls or use a toll pass.
--When driving in the left lane comply with traffic control

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Drunk Driver Goes on Hit-and-Run Spree Ending in Car Accidents and Fatalities: Prevention is Key When it Comes to Drunk Driving Fatalities

February 15, 2013

In January of this year, a Georgia motorist allegedly took drunk driving to another level, embarking on what can only be described as a car crash crime spree. According to CBS Atlanta and the Huffington Post, 70-year-old Michael Snider was involved in hit-and-run accidents with as many as 17 vehicles before he was finally apprehended by police officials - and only after smashing his car into the side of a restaurant. His January 23 spree spanned several hours, two counties (including Gwinnett and DeKalb counties) and left at least one person dead. Personal injury attorneys feel that what makes the situation even more interesting (and certainly more disturbing) is the description of Snider given by witnesses. The Post reports that motorists may have actually observed Snider purposefully targeting and bearing down on other drivers. His own words following his capture failed to elicit any doubt. He reportedly told officers, "Do you know who I am? I do whatever I want."

Of course, with his alcohol consumption levels, it's highly possible that that statement was more likely the result of liquid courage versus sincere sentiment. Word has it that that he began to sing a different tune once he sobered up and learned that his recklessness had culminated in the death of another person. In fact, he reportedly required counseling after learning the ultimate cost of his joyride. He has since been charged with vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, DUI, reckless driving and following too closely.

If anything, this incident is a prime demonstration of how many and how greatly lives can be affected and forever changed -all within the blink of an eye.

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Car Accidents One of the Leading Causes of Child Injuries and Fatalities: Statistics are Curbed with Increased Use of Restraints and Car Safety Seats

February 1, 2013

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of child injuries and fatalities. They are also the leading cause acquired disabilities such as brain injuries and paralysis in children across the country. Approximately 250,000 children are injured every year in car accidents, according to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA). However, recent reports have shown, and most plaintiffs' personal injury attorneys would agree, that proper use of restraints like seatbelts and car seats can contribute to significantly reducing the number of fatalities and injuries that occur on an annual basis.

Fortunately, there actually appears to be a marked increase in the trend towards wearing seatbelts. In fact, the 2011 National Occupant Protection Use Survey (NOPUS) Controlled Intersection Study found that "restraint use for all children from birth to 7 years old increased significantly from 89 percent in 2010 to 91 percent in 2011." Another major finding from the report was that rear car seat placement for children between the ages of 4 and 7 also increased significantly, from 89 percent in 2010 to 92 percent in 2011.

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