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Stay Safe with Fireworks This Fourth of July

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If you live in Georgia and are getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, you have a one-up over people in many other states: You can legally purchase and use fireworks. In 2015, the state passed a law that made it legal to do so. Fireworks to include bottle rockets, Roman candles and mortars are permitted. That said, there are some limits as to where and when those fireworks can be lighted.On any day of the year, you can wake up and light fireworks as early as 10 a.m. You'll need to light your last one by 9 p.m....

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Report: Georgia Is Very Dangerous for Pedestrians

Report Georgia Is Very Dangerous for Pedestrians

According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association released this year, Georgia is ranked 16th in the nation for pedestrian deaths. It's dangerous for pedestrians out there; an estimated 92 pedestrians were killed in a six-month period in early 2017. The state is determined to curb the number of deaths by creating a pedestrian safety action plan. Corridors will be targeted for assessment, road safety audits will be conducted and the safety of school zones will be looked at.Specifically, Atlanta has been under an increased amount of scrutiny because of a number of recent pedestrian accidents that have...

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How to Choose a Wrongful Death Attorney in Atlanta

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When a loved one is killed in an accident that was caused by someone's negligence or error, it can be a shocking tragedy. Any death can cause a family to grieve, but unexpected deaths seem to leave a family even more upset. It was too soon. It didn't have to happen. These may be the thoughts running through your mind, and you are right.The family that is left to deal with the aftermath of such a death has legal rights. While some families will choose to not pursue legal avenues, many do. A wrongful death lawsuit is certainly an option,...

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Top Ten Causes of Trucking Accidents

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When a passenger vehicle is involved in a collision with a semi truck, substantial damage and serious injury often occur. Larger vehicles like 18-wheelers and dump trucks are more powerful than the average car or truck. A slight error on the part of the driver can have devastating consequences.In Atlanta, truck accidents are often so severe that they are fatal. When they do not result in death, trucking accidents are still serious enough that victims often require extensive medical care and experience dramatic changes to their lives. What Causes Truck Accidents? Because every incident is unique, the circumstances behind each...

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Top Ten Causes of Distracted Driving

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On March 29, 2018, the Georgia General Assembly approved House Bill 673. This bill will prohibit certain activities, especially ones involving technological devices, from taking place behind the wheel.You will now be prohibited from holding or supporting a telecommunications or electronic device; you will not be allowed to write, send or read a text-based communication while holding the device, and you cannot reach for the device or watch some type of video in the vehicle that is not related to its navigation. Recording a video while driving is also not allowed. Drivers may utilize handheld electronic devices in cases...

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Top Ten Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

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A motorcycle accident can result in severe injuries and, in the most serious incidents, death. Protecting yourself when you ride your bike is about more than just wearing the right safety gear; it's about knowing how and when an accident may occur. In that vein, here are the top ten causes of motorcycle accidents and what you may be able to do to avoid them. 1. Car Turning Left This is the most common cause of motorcycle collisions in the United States. You are driving along, and a car in the lane to your right decides to make a left turn. You...

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What You Need to Know About Brain Injuries

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The brain is literally responsible for everything we do, whether it is a conscious choice or an involuntary one. That is what makes a brain injury, in part, so traumatic. A brain injury can range from the mild concussion to the debilitating traumatic brain injury. In some cases, a brain injury could lead to death. How Brain Injuries Occur A brain injury is the result of a sudden blow or jolt to the head in most cases. In some instances, the injury is caused by an object that pierces or shatters the skull. For example, a football player may be injured when...

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Officer Crashes Into Pole

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An officer with the Atlanta Police was injured on February 21 when his cruiser struck a power pole. The car then traveled down a wooded embankment before coming to a rest.According to details of the accident, the officer was driving along Joseph E. Boone, responding to a call of a stolen vehicle. The cruiser lost traction on a curve near Westchester Boulevard. The cruiser left the roadway, hit a power pole and then slid down the embankment. Pictures released of the scene show the police car nose-first in bushes and brush.The accident left more than 1,000 customers without power...

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NFL Linebacker Killed in Crash

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Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson will forever be remembered by friends, family and fans alike. The football player was killed in an accident and laid to rest just before Valentine's Day in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.According to police reports, a man from Guatemala was driving a truck while under the influence of alcohol. The man did not maintain control of his vehicle and caused the crash that resulted in the death of the football star. The man in the ruck did not remain on scene, and will be charged with multiple criminal violations.Jackson and a friend had pulled to...

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Child Struck While Crossing Street for School Bus

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On February 16, a mother and her small daughter were struck by a car while they were crossing the street so the child could get on a school bus. The child later passed away from her injuries.According to reports, the mother was holding the child in her arms as they crossed Rays Road at Central Drive. A vehicle struck the pair, and the 38-year-old driver of that car was taken into custody. Charges against the driver are pending, according to police.Officials say that the driver was traveling northbound on Rays Road and had the green light. The school bus...

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