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October 2018 Archives

Fatal accident raises questions about limousine safety

Georgia residents may have read media accounts about the stretch limousine accident that claimed the lives of 20 people in New York on Oct. 6. Investigators soon discovered that the Ford Excursion limousine involved had failed several safety inspections and was in a poor state of repair when it crashed into a stationary SUV. This incident has raised questions about how well these vehicles are regulated and how safe they are to travel in.

Teen drivers can be a hazard when driving other teens

Drivers in South Carolina may be wary of a car full of teens because they are concerned about the risk of a dangerous accident. These fears may be based on more than simple stereotypes about teen driving. For National Teen Driver Safety Week, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety conducted research into accidents involving teen drivers. They found that teen drivers who were carrying other teens as passengers were more likely to be involved in fatal crashes. The fatality rate escalated by 51 percent for crashes involving cars with only teens inside.

How one truckload carrier is preventing back-up crashes

Truckers in Georgia know that backing up a tractor trailer is the leading cause of truck accidents. RBX Inc., a truckload carrier that has been operating in the Midwest since 1983, has seen more than a few of its student drivers get in accidents when backing up their 53-foot trailers. However, it has found a way to reduce the number of backing accidents.

NTSB accuses NHTSA of ignoring safety technology for big trucks

The National Transportation Safety Board has been urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create regulations that require semi-trucks to adopt collision avoidance technology since the 1990s. Although trucking carriers in South Carolina can voluntarily deploy safety technologies like collision warnings and automatic emergency brakes, the NHTSA has not introduced any regulations that require crash avoidance technology for big rigs.

2017 saw decrease in car crashes, but not by much

In its report on 2017 car crash trends, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there were 37,133 fatal crashes that year: a 1.8 percent decrease and an improvement from 2015 and 2016, which saw an 8.4 and 6.5 percent increase, respectively. Still, the other numbers in the report should raise concerns for drivers in Georgia.

Woman killed in South Carolina head-on crash

A head-on collision in South Carolina on the afternoon on Sept. 28 claimed the life of a 51-year-old woman, according to local reports. The accident took place on Bramlett Church Road in Laurens County at approximately 4 p.m. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that no charges have been filed yet in connection with the fatal crash, but the investigation being coordinated by the agency's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team remains open.

Georgia police officer pleads guilty in a fatal car crash

During a regular shift in January 2017, a Gwinnett County police officer responded to a car crash call around 9:00 p.m. For what remains undisclosed reasons, the young officer raced to the scene at 97 miles per hour. Unfortunately, the officer never made it to the site of the call.

Large truck fatalities increased in 2017

Georgia readers may be concerned to learn that fatal motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks jumped by 9 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, according to new federal statistics. The increase occurred even though overall traffic deaths decreased by 1.8 percent during the same 12-month period.

How skateboarding signs can prevent liability claims

Georgia residents should know that skateboarding laws vary by city. Some local laws will group skateboarders with bicyclists, roller bladers and other pedestrians while others will specifically prohibit them from, say, skateboarding down a sidewalk or bike lane. Laws also determine the minimum age for skateboarding as well as the times and manner that skateboarders can engage in this activity.

Moped rider killed in South Carolina crash

Police in South Carolina say that a 60-year-old man will face felony drunk driving charges in connection with an accident in Greenville that claimed the life of a moped rider. Police say that the 46-year-old local resident was killed when a silver Nissan Altima made a left turn directly into his path. The man is currently recovering from injuries he suffered in the accident at the Greenville Memorial Trauma Center according to reports. Police say that they plan to formally charge him upon his release.

How to prevent fall injuries on business properties

Falls cause thousands of injuries in Georgia each year. According to insurance claims data, some of the most common types of accidents include falls on the same level, falls from a different level and falls from snow and ice, stairs, ladders, scaffolding and liquids or grease.

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