German components manufacturer ZF recently announced that it has developed an external air bag that could reduce car accident injuries in Georgia and elsewhere by as much as 40 percent. The announcement could compel automakers to implement the technology on new car and truck models in the near future.
The Georgia State Patrol say that charges are likely to be filed against the driver of a Lincoln Aviator involved in a fatal accident in Laurens County on the evening of Nov. 25. Initial reports indicate that the SUV ignored a stop sign at the intersection of Holliday Road and Scotland Road just seconds before a 15-year-old girl was thrown from the vehicle and killed.
While winter weather is a staple of northern states, Georgia is no stranger to icy roads or blizzard conditions either. And while winter usually brings carols and eggnog, it can also bring dangerous weather conditions. It's impossible to completely remove the risk of driving in winter weather, but there are a few steps drivers can take to be better prepared for the storm.
A Cherokee County car accident that killed one person injured two others on Nov. 27 will likely lead to charges against the teen driver who allegedly caused the collision. While investigators have not yet decided what exactly caused the crash, officials believe speed was a factor.
A survey from the app-based insurer Root Insurance shows that one-third of Americans who shop on mobile devices have done so while behind the wheel. Of those, 83 percent engaged in this dangerous activity during the holiday season. Residents of Georgia may not be surprised by this trend. Part of the reason for it is that many drivers have retailer apps that notify them about "lightning deals." The sense of urgency leads them to unsafe practices.
A 23-year-old Georgia man was killed during the early morning hours of Nov. 16 when he was struck by a car as he pushed a disabled vehicle on Forsyth Road in Macon. Deputies from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office are said to be investigating the crash, but media accounts suggest that no charges have been filed against the 42-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Acura sedan that struck the man.
On the morning of Nov. 13, a 28-year-old Georgia man was killed in a head-on collision on I-75. The crash happened near mile marker 319 in Gordon County.
With Thanksgiving coming up, roads will be especially busy in South Carolina and across the U.S. As a result, the risk of car accidents could go up. For example, two people were killed and three others were injured in a multi-car wreck in South Carolina on Nov. 14. According to the Richland County Coroner's Office, the deceased victims were a married couple.
The early mornings and late afternoons in Georgia, as elsewhere, pose a specific challenge to drivers because these are the times when the sun is at its brightest. Driving in bright sunlight can increase one's risk for a fatal car crash by 16 percent; the light can create visual illusion, hurt the eyes and impede driving in various other ways.
Georgia residents and others who are 44 or younger are most likely to die because of an unintended injury. This is according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, there are ways to minimize the chances that a person is the victim of an unintentional injury. For instance, individuals should be sure to never drive while impaired by alcohol or any other substance.