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What to know about soft tissue damage

Victims of car accidents are at a high risk for incurring soft tissue injuries. This is because the sudden, uncontrolled movements of the body can cause these tissues to become strained, sprained, and even torn. Drivers in Georgia will want to know what the symptoms are like because they don't always appear right after the accident; some only experience them days later.

U.S. road safety the subject of NGA report

The National Governors Association has published a report that should be of interest to drivers in Georgia. It lays out some of the strategies that state governors can take to boost safety on the roads, and its policy development tools can be applied to any state and any situation.

Marijuana holiday linked to increased traffic fatalities

Marijuana users in Georgia and around the country began to celebrate on April 20 in the early 1990s when the date was promoted as a pot holiday. Based on research by the University of British Columbia, 4/20 may now be linked to increased traffic deaths. The researchers, who studied federal accident data gathered between 1992 and 2016, discovered that fatalities were about 12 percent higher on April 20 compared to the week before and the week after.

Collision avoidance systems save lives, says IIHS study

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that collision avoidance systems, such as lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts, can cut down crash injury rates in Georgia and across the U.S. Researchers came to this conclusion after studying over 5,000 accidents that took place in 2015.

Drugged driving a growing factor in car crashes

When Georgia motorists think about the dangers of driving under the influence, they likely associate it with alcohol. Massive public health advertising campaigns as well as strong enforcement have highlighted the dangers of drunk driving across the country. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to raise awareness about another type of impaired driving, one that involves drugs.

Speed a major factor in car crashes according to NTSB

According to a study from the National Transportation Safety Board, speed has led to an increase in traffic deaths in Georgia and throughout the country. The agency believes that a driver who is speeding is similar to one who is drunk. Both types of motorists are likely to get into accident, and both are likely to hurt or kill someone as a result.

The importance of reporting a collision to an insurance agency

Car accidents never occur at convenient times. Everyone has some other place to be and deadlines to meet. That's why many Georgia drivers find it tempting to put off reporting collisions to their insurance agencies. While it's always critical for drivers to address their medical needs first, there can be severe consequences for a driver failing to make a timely report to their insurer.

Right-of-way laws to know

Georgia motorists should be aware of the right-of-way laws for the road. These traffic laws determine who is permitted to advance first in a wide range of driving circumstances. Drivers who are knowledgeable about these laws can avoid incurring an expensive traffic violation, making sure that their driving record is clear and their vehicle insurance rates are low.

NHTSA campaign for holiday drunk driving begins

Georgia motorists know that getting behind the wheel after having had too much to drink is never a good idea. They may not know that around the country there were an average of 300 drunk driving accident fatalities between Christmas and New Year's Day every year for the last five years. To help reduce the numbers of drunk driving fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission has started its annual Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative.

Highlighting the dangers of driving while impaired

Sadly, many families in Georgia have had to endure the harrowing experience of losing loved ones as a result of an automobile accident connected to alcohol. In 2016, it was estimated that 10,000 people died across the United States in automobile accidents connected to alcohol. This is a troubling pattern that must be reversed.

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