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Determining fault in failure to brake accidents

Numerous Georgia car crashes are the result of someone failing to brake or braking too late. There are several reasons why a motorist may not be able to stop in time to avoid an accident. Some of the most common are human errors, such as failing to pay attention to what the driver in front is doing or following another vehicle too closely so that there is not enough time to stop even if the brakes are applied.

There are also crashes that don't result from human error, such as when a vehicle's brakes fail. This can result in someone not slowing down at all or not slowing down as quickly as they would if their brakes were working properly.

3 steps to take after a bus accident

Accidents involving public transportation can result in serious consequences. In 2016, there were multiple accidents involving MARTA, including a fatal crash in October. Public transportation is a convenient way to get to work, go to the store or visit a friend, but bus accidents can have particularly tragic consequences because of the weight and size of busses and the number of passengers.

If you are involved in a public transportation accident, it is important to know what to do afterwards. Following the right steps can protect your wellbeing and help you collect evidence for a personal injury claim.

Compliance with safe load regulations key in Roadcheck 2017

With the annual International Roadcheck inspection event set to take place June 6-8, motorists in Georgia and other states across the country may want to know more about the focus of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's 2017 safety campaign. This year, CVSA enforcers will be emphasizing cargo securement in anticipation that additional attention on this area will highlight its importance.

The North American Standard Level I inspections that will primarily be conducted during the Roadcheck campaign examine both trucks and their drivers and are considered to be among the most stringent safety inspections in the industry. Although compliance with safe cargo regulations is a normal part of the annual inspections, the condition of the tie-downs that are used and the ways in which loads are secured will receive pointed scrutiny during the 2017 safety-check blitz.

Autonomous cars may cause claim trends to change

Georgia drivers who have heard about some of the autonomous vehicle prototypes that have hit the roadways may be interested to learn that they could change the type of claims that get filed. Because these autonomous vehicles have the ability to take driver error out of the equation, claims may shift from personal injury lawsuits to product liability claims.

Autonomous vehicles are designed to be safer as the software put into the cars are configured to follow the rules of the road. Further, they can also potentially prevent distracted or drunk driving. However, software is not immune to fatigue. As such, accidents may begin to involve the manufacturer who built the vehicle and the software company.

What to do after a slip & fall accident

A slip and fall accident occurs when a patron of a store or some other public establishment slips or trips and falls on some type of hazard on the floor or ground. It can be caused by raised concrete, a turned up rug, a magazine on the floor, water on the floor or any other obstruction in someone's path.

Company aims to make trucks driveable from remote location

Georgia motorists who share the roadways with trucks may be interested to learn that a company is working to provide remote control technology that would allow commercial vehicles to operate without a driver present. The company, called Starsky Robotics, has designed a system that allows a person to control a truck from the comfort of a remote office.

The technology can be installed on trucks that are already in use. Camera and radar systems collect data that the operator can then use to drive the commercial vehicle. The driver would still be responsible for turning the steering wheel and stepping on the pedals, essentially driving the vehicle but without physically being in the cabin. The technology has already been successfully tested. A driver took a truck out for a 140-mile spin and used the technology for about 85 percent of the trip. However, the technology has not yet been tested in highway-like conditions.

What to do in a hit-and-run accident in Georgia

Do you know what to do if you get in a hit-and-run accident? The steps you need to take are similar to those for any other type of motor vehicle accident, so if you know those, then you are already mostly prepared. There are only a few differences you must be aware of to raise your chances of receiving the best financial outcome possible.

What is a hit-and-run?

First, you need to be able to identify a hit-and-run accident. This is when a driver causes you damage and/or injury and immediately leaves the scene or gives you false personal information. A hit-and-run usually happens when the driver wants to hide something, such as the fact that he or she was intoxicated or driving without a license. Hit-and-runs can include hitting another car, pedestrian, motorcyclist or bicyclist.

Can insurance rates go up after car accidents that aren't your fault?

If you're injured by other driver, you can face large medical costs, damage to your car and lost wages at work while you recover. Unfortunately, the costs of a car accident may not end there.

A new study by a consumer advocacy group found that drivers may have to pay more for car insurance even after an accident that wasn't their fault, the Associated Press reports.

Car accident deaths on the rise in Georgia and across the nation

Car accident deaths have been rising across the U.S., including in Georgia, according to new data from the National Safety Council. There were 1,540 reported deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents in Georgia last year, a 10 percent increase from 2015.

Across the country, there was a 6 percent increase in traffic deaths from 2015 to 2016, making last year the first year with more than 40,000 motor vehicle deaths since 2007.

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