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December 2016 Archives

Federal truck driver clearinghouse hopes to save lives

While motorists may be somewhat familiar with driving next to tractor trailers on Georgia's busy roadways, they may not know that these massive vehicles are responsible for the deaths of thousands of Americans every year. In 2014 alone, large trucks were involved in 3,744 motor vehicle fatalities and 135 of those deaths occurred in Georgia, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In an attempt to reduce the number of tractor trailer accidents, injuries and deaths throughtout the nation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has organized a Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse program. The new database will give trucking companies a way to monitor truck drivers in order to ensure they have passed all of their drug and alcohol tests, and will track information on those truckers who do not pass the tests or who refused to take drug and alcohol screenings.

‘Tis the season for dangerous toys – what should you watch for?

After the end of the holiday season, countless children in Georgia and across the country will be playing with new toys. Most can be considered safe and harmless. Unfortunately, some of the toys you might consider buying for your children may be unsafe. In fact, they could be deadly.

What happens to my compensation if I wasn't wearing my seatbelt?

It's natural to feel overwhelmed and a little nervous after a car accident. After all, you probably didn't plan on getting into an accident or prepare yourself for the steps you need to take afterwards. As such, you probably have a lot of questions, especially if you suffered injuries in the crash.

Your teen's brain on texts: The reason they text and drive

We all know the dangers of texting and driving. Even a brief look away from the road to glance at our phones is the reason why, in 2014, more than 3,100 people were killed and roughly 431,000 were injured in distracted driving vehicle collisions in the United States, according to distraction.gov. Of those reported to have been involved in fatal crashes due to distracted driving, roughly 10 percent were between the ages of 15 and 19.

What should I know about feticide in Georgia?

When you find out you are pregnant, it is a joyous time, and you are likely excitedly anticipating the birth of your child. That is why losing a child at any stage of pregnancy can be devastating. Some states, Georgia included, have laws that not only protect your rights, but also those of your fetus. According to National Conference of State Legislatures, the state has multiple laws pertaining to the accidental or malicious death of a fetus with some of the strictest laws in the country, giving rights to an unborn child at any stage of pregnancy. Legally, this type of fatality may be considered feticide if a person causes the death of your unborn child by harming you. 

Fatigue, distractions and other auto accident risk factors

While many people understand the serious dangers that drunk drivers and other reckless individuals pose on the road, there are many other behaviors that can cause a crash. In Georgia, distracted and fatigued drivers may also cause a tragic accident and at Green & Delan, we understand the physical and emotional pain that victims of these wrecks frequently experience.

How to keep Georgia motorcyclists safe

Every day, motorcycle riders across the country are injured in accidents with passenger vehicles. In the state of Georgia, conditions are no different. The Governor’s Highway Safety Association reports that in the first 9 months of 2013, 102 motorcyclists were killed. That number only lowered slightly in 2014 as 101 motorcycle fatalities occurred during the same time period.

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