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How to avoid wintertime car accidents

While Georgia has a warm climate throughout most of the year, local winters can get snowy and icy. That's why it's important to take safety precautions both on and off the road. The Federal Highway Administration reports that 22 percent of car accidents every year are weather related. If more people winterize their vehicles and stay alert while driving, however, they could lessen the number of crashes during this dangerous season.

Man awarded $7.5M for Walmart watermelon accident

Georgia big box shoppers may have heard that an Alabama jury awarded $7.5 million to a man who injured while shopping at Walmart. The 61-year-old man reportedly had his foot become trapped under a pallet that contained a box of watermelons as he was trying to grab one in 2015. He fell, causing his hip to break.

Slip and falls linked to poor slip resistance on flooring

There are steps that Georgia business owners can take to prevent slip-and-fall accidents from occurring. CNA Financial Corporation has released the Slip and Fall Study Report after analyzing the slip-and-fall liability claims it received between January 2010 and December 2016. The authors came to several important conclusions.

Self-driving cars await definitive safety guidelines

With an eye on speeding up the development of self-driving cars, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved a bill in early October that will free automakers from meeting certain safety standards on up to 80,000 self-driving cars produced annually in the next three years. The bill stipulates that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be granting the exemptions. In addition, the agency will be writing new safety rules for self-driving cars within the next 10 years. However, drivers in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. should know that there are some roadblocks.

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