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February 2019 Archives

Georgia woman charged after fatal motorcycle accident

A 66-year-old woman has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in connection with a Feb. 13 motor vehicle accident in Fannin County that claimed the life of a U.S. Navy veteran. The crash occurred at the intersection of Lebanon Road and Madola Road in Epworth at approximately 5:08 p.m. The woman has also been cited for failing to yield and driving on the wrong side of the road.

New South Carolina law could reduce drunk driving accidents

Drunk driving is still a major issue across South Carolina. As a result, local lawmakers are looking for ways to crack down on the problem. The South Carolina House of Representatives is considering a bill that would strengthen the state's drunk driving laws and mandate harsher penalties for first-time DUI offenders.

Drunk driving crash leaves military cadet's career in jeopardy

Drunk driving car crashes often have devastating consequences for everyone involved. For example, a 20-year-old Georgia man may be forced to give up his dream of becoming a U.S. Army officer after being hit by a drunk driver on Feb. 12. In addition, the 63-year-old man accused of hitting him is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence.

Driver suspected of opioid use hits hearse and injures 2

A funeral in Lilburn turned into a frightening spectacle for a Georgia family trying to bury a deceased 90-year-old grandmother. Local police said that a man ignored traffic stopped for a funeral procession and slammed his vehicle into a hearse carrying the body at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Rockbridge Road. The impact flipped the hearse three times and injured the two funeral directors in the vehicle. A local news outlet reported that the two accident victims were taken to a hospital and their condition was unknown.

Georgia bill seeks to stop minor drivers from phone use

Most people in Acworth, Georgia are aware that a statewide ban on handheld electronic devices was enacted last year as the Hands Free Georgia Act. The law is intended to reduce incidents of distracted driving. But now new legislation is being proposed to prevent the use of all electronic devices from drivers under the age of 18.

False beliefs about slip-and-fall injury cases

From childhood onward, people skin knees, acquire bruises and twist ankles from slips and falls. Accidents happen, and life goes on. Some slips and falls, however accidental, may lead to false beliefs about the right to recover compensation for pain, suffering, loss of employment and mental distress leading to life-long anxiety.

11-year-old boy dies as a result of multi-car accident

Georgia residents may have heard that a 29-year-old man has been charged with driving under the influence after a multi-car crash in South Carolina. South Carolina Highway Patrol officers detained the man following the accident. The early morning crash left two people injured and one person dead.

2 dead in fatal car crash blamed on sleeping driver

A 16-year-old driver told state patrol troopers that he fell asleep before crossing the center line on Georgia Highway 14 in LaGrange and causing a head-on collision. A state patrol corporal reported that two people died in the accident, and another remains hospitalized in Columbus with serious injuries. The names of the deceased could not be immediately released to the public.

Woman charged in deadly DUI crash

Most Georgia drivers fear getting hit by a drunk driver. Getting into a vehicle that has an inebriated person behind the wheel can be just as dangerous. For example, a woman is facing felony DUI charges after she allegedly caused a deadly drunk driving crash in South Carolina on Jan. 27. The wreck killed three passengers riding in her vehicle.

GHSA cites speeding as factor in one third of traffic deaths

Speeding is a persistent factor in traffic accidents, causing nearly one in three automobile-related fatalities every year. This is according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association entitled "Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge." The highway safety non-profit is serious about reducing roadway fatalities to zero in Georgia and the rest of the U.S.

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