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Event security planning varies based on event size

People in Georgia who are preparing to hold events sometimes wonder how many security guards they should hire for the safety of their guests. Put simply; the event should have enough guards to deal with situations that may arise. The more people expected at the event, the more security guards should be hired.

A security company uses the ratios of one guard for every 75 guests for events where alcohol is served and one guard for every 150 guests if alcohol is not served. Additionally, it's a good idea to hire security personnel to cover doorways, gates and valuable assets on the premises. For an event where ten people or fewer are expected, one security guard should be sufficient; two may be more than necessary.

New devices may prevent distraction on the road

With so many drivers being distracted by their smartphones, several providers have released free apps that can prevent motorists from sending or receiving texts or calls. However, Georgia residents should be aware that these apps often don't go far enough in stopping distracted driving.

Safety advocates have called for a device that can block all communications, both incoming and outgoing, and place the phone in a virtual "airplane mode." This is precisely what one new device called Groove can do. Developed by the Colorado-based company Katasi, the device can plug into a car underneath the steering wheel and, via a cloud platform, alert the phone provider whenever the user is driving. All messages will appear after the car is turned off.

Injuries that arise after a truck accident

In Georgia, as in other states, commercial trucks are all too frequently colliding with passenger vehicles. These accidents often result in death, and in 97 percent of such fatal crashes, it is the occupant of the passenger vehicle who dies. When accidents are non-fatal, they can still leave victims with catastrophic injuries and even psychological issues.

Spinal cord conditions can be among the most severe types of physical injuries. When vertebrae have been fractured or crushed in a collision, temporary or permanent paralysis could result. This often means lifelong treatment and high medical expenses. By being thrown against the window, steering wheel or airbag, victims could also suffer from broken bones, especially broken arms, legs, hips and skulls.

FMCSA report regarding large truck fatalities

Truck drivers in Georgia may be interested to know about the results of a report issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. According to the report, there was an increase in the number of trucks that were involved in fatal crashes in 2016. The number rose by 3 percent from 2015. For 73 percent of the large trucks involved in fatal crashes, the main contributing event that occurred before the crash was a person, another vehicle, an animal or an item in the truck's lane.

The report, which was released in May 2018, provides a detail and current analysis of crashes. The FMCSA postponed the creation of the report for a year after the publication of the preliminary numbers to make sure that only the most accurate information would be provided.

3 reasons SUV accidents are uniquely dangerous

There is no good way to get into a car accident. No matter what happens, there are potential injuries and damages that will result, as well as the aftermath of recuperating physically and resuming your life. Some accidents are certainly more dangerous than others, though, and it surprises many people to learn that SUVs can be uniquely dangerous when it comes to getting in collisions. 

There are many reasons for this. Just as an 18-wheeler is likely more dangerous to collide with than a sedan, an SUV's size and dynamics make it potentially more dangerous, too. The following are three contributing factors that every driver on the road should be aware of. 

The best way to handle a fall at the grocery store

Even in a well-lit grocery store, it is still possible for a person to sustain injuries in a slip-and-fall accident. In most cases, Georgia law protects those who have gotten hurt because of the negligence of another party. In fact, it may be possible to file a lawsuit for an accident that occurs in the parking lot or elsewhere outside of the store.

While those who fall may feel sheepish about it happening, there are thousands of such occurrences per year. In addition to actually slipping on a wet floor, individuals could get hurt because of an icy parking lot or cracked pavement leading to the entrance of the store. Those who have been injured should know that they may have a claim even if they don't buy anything. This is because the store owner generally has a duty of care to protect anyone who is permitted to be on the property for any reason.

The resemblance of drowsy and drunk driving

Many drivers in Georgia would probably admit to driving drowsy at least once; according to some studies, 60 percent of adults in the U.S. have done it, and a third of them even claim to have fallen asleep behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is more dangerous than some people think as its effects resemble those of drunk driving.

After a person is awake for 18 consecutive hours, their driving performance is comparable to that of someone with a .05 blood alcohol content. After 24 consecutive hours, it will be comparable to that of someone with a .10 BAC, which is .02 more than the legal limit. While both drivers suffer from inattention and impaired decision-making abilities, they do not necessarily drive the same. Drunk drivers often travel slowly while drowsy drivers may nod off while going fast. A drunk driver may try to brake or swerve away from dangers while a driver who's asleep may not.

Drowsiness common among rideshare drivers

Every year in Georgia and across the U.S., drowsy driving leads to about 328,000 accidents according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Of those, approximately 109,000 result in injuries and 6,400 in a fatality. "Reduce fatigued-related accidents" is one of the 10 goals listed in the 2017-2018 Most Wanted List from the National Transportation Safety Board.

A position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine shows that drowsy driving is an inherent risk in one particular industry: ridesharing. The AASM calls for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft to collaborate with government officials, law enforcement and medical professionals to address what is clearly a public safety hazard.

Coalition aims to cut down on trucking accident fatalities

A coalition managed by the National Safety Council is working to cut down on the number of traffic deaths in Georgia and across the country. Called the Road to Zero Coalition, the group has the lofty goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by the year 2050. In April 2018, the coalition released a report that points out that 100 Americans are killed every day in car accidents. In 2016, there were 37,461 fatalities caused by motor vehicle crashes. This number reflects a 5.6 percent increase over the number of deaths in 2015.

One major concern for driving safety advocates is the danger and prevalence of trucking accidents. Because of the size and mass of large trucks, these accidents can cause devastating injuries and fatalities. In 2016, 4,317 people lost their lives due to truck crashes, a 5.4 percent increase over 2015 figures. Roughly 80 percent of the trucks in fatal accidents were large vehicles that weighed 26,000 pounds or more. Most of the coalition's advocacy could apply equally to cars and trucks; for example, they seek to encourage greater prevalence of integrated vehicle safety technologies and seat belt usage.

Tourist files slip and fall claim against David Copperfield

Residents of Georgia have likely heard of the magician David Copperfield, who has become the subject of a lawsuit. A British tourist filed a claim stating that he experienced a slip and fall injury after David Copperfield asked him to take part in his magic act. The tourist's attorney explained to the jury that it was only a matter of time before an accident occurred.

The lawyer said that the magician's "Thirteen" illusion was unsafe and that the tourist was not warned in advance about possible dangers should he agreed to participate in the show. The attorney further explained that people typically feel safe when under the supervision of a celebrity. He explained that no one expects to incur an injury while participating in a magician's act.

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