When people in Georgia think of motor vehicle accidents, they probably think of collisions between civilian vehicles. Law enforcement officers are the ones who respond to the scene, assess the situation, facilitate treatment for those who need it, keep the public safe and traffic moving along smoothly.
Georgian drivers who possess a commercial driver's license (CDL) have a lot of great job opportunities available to them. They also have a lot of responsibilities simply because of the position they hold. One such way that this manifests itself is in the harsh penalties and strict regulations commercial drivers face in regard to DUI-related charges.
You have no doubt noticed that new car models include an increasing number of features designed to improve safety. Some of these features, like airbags, focus on reducing injuries in the event of an accident. Other features, like forward collision warning, are geared toward prevent accidents altogether. Noticing these improvements, you might assume that Georgia roads and highways are safer than in years past. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily the case.
Even under the best of circumstances, no one particularly wants to have a run-in with law enforcement. One driver in Alpharetta, Georgia, allegedly had a run-in with law enforcement under perhaps the worst possible circumstances on New Year's Day, crashing into a patrol car parked along the highway early Tuesday morning. The female driver now faces charges for traffic-related offenses, including driving under the influence. Authorities believe that her blood alcohol content may have been three times the legal limit.
Accidents involving two or more vehicles on the road are not very unusual, but authorities probably do not expect to receive reports of a roadway accident involving a boat. However, that is exactly what law enforcement in Cobb County, Georgia received late Saturday evening in regard to an accident on Interstate 75.
With the increased use of cell phones has come an increase in auto accidents related to cell phone use while behind the wheel. As the main cause for distracted driving, cell phone use takes your focus off the road, making it much easier to make driving mistakes and reducing your reaction time. To combat this Georgia passes laws on when and how you may use your cell phone when driving. According to USA Today, as of 2018, you can no longer hold your cell phone when you are behind the wheel.
Understanding what a truck driver is likely to see on a Georgia highway is crucial to keeping yourself safe. You might make assumptions about what the trucker sees that could be incorrect. If you should swerve into the truck’s blind spot, the truck driver may not see you and could collide with your vehicle.
At McCamy Phillips Tuggle & Fordham, LLP, in Georgia, we know all too well how a motor vehicle accident can devastate you and your family. The injuries you and/or your loved ones can receive may impact you for the rest of your lives.
It can happen without any warning: you are driving along Georgia roadways, you stop at an intersection or railway crossing, and all of a sudden you feel a jolt from behind as another vehicle crashes into yours. You may feel fine initially after the accident, but within 24 hours (sometimes longer) you may develop symptoms of neck stiffness and pain, shoulder tenderness or headaches that may indicate a case of whiplash.
Residents in Georgia have good reason to be frustrated by the ongoing problems related to drunk driving. Despite decades of active campaigns that raise awareness and educate people about the dangers of driving after consuming alcohol or using drugs, too many people continue to do just that. As a result, too many innocent people are injured or killed in the accidents that often ensue. This then leaves their friends and family members mourning a loss that was completely preventable.