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What to know about soft tissue injuries

Georgia drivers know that all sorts of injuries can arise from a car accident. However, some of the most frequent ailments are soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue refers to the muscles, tendons and ligaments that can be strained, sprained, torn or bruised from the impact of a collision. Unlike injuries to hard tissue like bones and cartilage, soft tissue injuries are difficult to detect on X-rays and thus challenging to diagnose.

Injuries and unsafe buildings

Georgia residents can incur an injury due to an unsafe building at any time. This occurs more often than they may like to think, and it is important that they know what actions to take afterwards. If someone sustains an injury on another person's property, premises liability law may be applicable. The owner of the building in question, whether it is an individual, a private business or public entity, may be liable.

State governors aim to cut down on highway fatalities

Roadway safety is a major issue of concern for drivers in Georgia and across the country. Car accidents can be the cause of extensive property damage, severe personal injuries and even deaths. A report published by the National Governors Association aims to provide guidance and suggestions to state governors about actions that they can implement to help reduce the growing rate of auto crashes and related fatalities. By coordinating efforts between a number of state government agencies, governors could achieve greater success and efficiency.

AAA studies threat of drowsy driving

Drivers in Georgia and elsewhere in the U.S. will want to watch out for drowsiness. A CDC report states that more than a third of American adults get less than seven hours of sleep a day. A 2012 study from the journal JAMA Internal Medicine compared drowsy driving to DUI and stated that skipping a full 20 to 25 hours of sleep leads to behavior similar to that in drivers with a 1.0 BAC.

Drivers can help ward off temptations for distraction

Distracted driving is a major threat to roadway safety for people on the roads in Georgia and across the United States. As smartphones and various forms of text-based communication have become a major part of daily life, the availability of these communication technologies poses a tempting risk of distraction to drivers behind the wheel. There has been in recent years a spike in fatal car accidents, and some safety experts caution that it could be directly linked to the popularity of smartphone technologies.

Drugged driving the subject of NHTSA summit

Drugged driving is becoming more and more of a problem for a variety of reasons. An opioid crisis is sweeping the country, with annual increases in amphetamine, marijuana, and heroin use among workers. Another reason is the legalization of marijuana in many jurisdictions. Georgia motorists will want to know, then, about a summit that will take place on March 15 that will address this issue.

NTSB calls for tougher speeding laws

Excessive speed is a factor in almost a third of all motor vehicle accidents around the country according to figures from the National Transportation Safety Board, and the federal safety watchdog has called on the nation's lawmakers to treat motorists in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. who ignore posted speed limits as seriously as they do drunk drivers. A study of accident data collected between 2005 and 2014 reveals that crashes involving excessive speed claimed 112,580 lives on America's roads.

Deadlines for reporting accidents and filing lawsuits

Thousands of car accidents happen in Georgia every year. Motorists who are involved sometimes wonder if they need to report them to their insurance companies and when they must report their accidents to the police. Timing issues for reporting accidents are important, and people should make certain to follow the rules.

Litigating car accident cases involving ride sharing companies

Georgia residents are likely aware that the ride sharing services offered by companies like Uber and Lyft have become extremely popular in recent years, but they may not know that the way in which these businesses are structured could make pursuing car accident lawsuits more difficult. Taxi companies usually own their vehicles and employ their drivers, but the individuals who answer ride sharing calls drive their personal cars and are considered independent contractors.

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