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New device can check phones for texting, other actions

Law enforcement in Georgia will be better able to determine whether an accident was caused by a driver using a cellphone phone if the state adopts a new device called the textalyzer. Named because it is modeled on the Breathalyzer test, the textalyzer connects to a phone. With the tap of a button, the last activities will be displayed. The textalyzer can detect taps, swipes, open apps, and determine whether the use of the phone was hands-free. However, civil rights advocates have expressed concern that the device might violate a person's privacy.

PTSD and lawsuits related to car accidents

Georgia residents who have been injured in a car accident caused by another motorist might also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. It is possible to file a lawsuit that asks for compensation for their physical injuries as well as the PTSD, but there may be some additional challenges involved in proving the PTSD and its relationship to the accident.

How distracted driving impacts everyone

Georgia residents may be accustomed to seeing drivers on their cell phones as they pass by. Although using social media or sending text messages may seem normal these days, it is dangerous to do so while driving. The number of traffic fatalities increased from 2014 to 2015, which reversed a trend dating back to 2007. In 2016, it is believed that there were more traffic deaths than any other year since 2008.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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