The number of vehicles that have been recalled due to defective Takata airbags has increased to nearly 34 million and many wonder how Takata will replace the defective airbags in a timely manner. In order to accelerate the recall and repair process, U.S. auto safety regulators are going to step in and take unprecedented action.
According to a report in Automotive News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has stepped in to coordinate the industry’s recall effort. U.S. officials will prioritize the flow of replacement parts and speed up the process. NHTSA is currently holding meetings to determine how the Takata recalls can be accelerated and what can be done to replace the defective airbags before more people are injured or killed. Read the rest »
A 40-year-old father of two was recently killed in an Atlanta hit-and-run accident and his family members are asking for help in finding the driver responsible for his death. According to a WSB-TV news report, the fatal car accident occurred near the intersection of Campbellton and Fairburn Road in Atlanta. Officials say the man was crossing the road when a white Chevy Equinox SUV struck him. His family has returned to the crash site to pass out fliers and ask for help in finding a white SUV with extensive front-end damage and a missing driver side-view mirror.
It is our moral and legal responsibility as Georgia drivers to remain at a crash site when someone has been injured or killed. Under Georgia Statute 40-6-270, the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash that results in injury, death of any person or damage to the other vehicle must immediately stop at the scene or as close as possible. Read the rest »
Last week, Ford announced a recall of nearly 400,000 2012-2014 Ford Fiestas and 2013-2014 Ford Fusions and Lincoln MKZs for defective door latches. According to a May 1 news report in Car and Driver, Ford is now adding another 156,000 cars to the recall. There are approximately 456,440 vehicles in the United States that have defective door latches capable of swinging open at unexpected times.
These defective doors have latching mechanisms that can break, making it impossible to shut the door. In some cases, the defective auto part can cause the door to swing open suddenly while driving. It is unclear if anyone has been seriously injured because of the defective auto parts, but there have been a few incidents. Two people were injured in separate accidents involving a door bouncing back when shut. In another crash, a door became unlatched and hit another car. Read the rest »
A 30-year-old woman was driving her three children, aged 3, 4 and 6, when her car was struck by one of two vehicles that may have been involved in a street race. Her Sebring was struck by a 2004 Monte Carlo on the passenger side and then it collided with a 2001 GS300 Lexus. According to a news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the fatal Atlanta car accident occurred at Moreland Avenue and Constitution Road.
Officials say the 42-year-old driver of the Monte Carlo and the 27-year-old driver of the Lexus were traveling at excessive speeds at the time of the crash. Upon collision with the second vehicle, one of the children was ejected from the Sebring and another was also killed. The 6-year-old and the mother were hospitalized, but are expected to survive. The drivers of the Monte Carlo and Lexus have been charged with vehicular homicide and reckless driving. Read the rest »
A 15-passenger van carrying 12 people drove off a Georgia interstate resulting in the death of three people. According to a news report in The Christian Science Monitor, the fatal van accident occurred along Interstate 85 near Commerce, 65 miles northeast of Atlanta. Officials say the van careened off the interstate and crashed into an embankment. Of the 12 people inside the van, three were killed and at least six were injured. It is unclear what caused the crash or how it could have been prevented.
This fatal crash occurred just a week after another similar van crash resulted in the death of eight members of a Florida church. These types of accidents are relatively common for passenger vans. The accident that took place on April 6 did not involve a blown tire, but many passenger van accidents are the direct result of tire issues and a loss of control. These vehicles are simply not designed to maneuver in the event of an emergency. Read the rest »
Nine people were injured in an Atlanta area car accident between a passenger vehicle and a van carrying multiple special needs adults. According to a My Fox Atlanta news report, the fatal car accident occurred on Lithonia Industrial Boulevard at Rogers Lake Road in DeKalb County. Officials say the passenger vehicle turned in front of the van before the van struck the vehicle and overturned. All eight people inside the van were injured and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at Grady Memorial Hospital. The driver of the passenger vehicle suffered a possible broken wrist. That driver has been charged with failing to yield.
There are many Georgia laws that require motorists to yield at intersections, to yield when turning left, and to yield to oncoming traffic. Drivers must use caution when turning, entering traffic, changing lanes, and merging. Motorists who fail to yield the right of way can face traffic citations, points on their license, and civil litigation from the injured victims. Read the rest »
Twenty-three students and three adults were taken to a local hospital after a hit-and-run car clipped one of two school buses transporting elementary school students on a field trip. According to a WSBTV news report, the two buses were traveling from Callaway Elementary School to Atlanta when they were struck on 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard in Atlanta. Officials say the 23 students and three adults were brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The remaining students continued on their field trip. Investigators are still looking for the vehicle that clipped one of the buses and left the scene of the crash. Read the rest »
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reem has joined the Mayor’s Summit for Safer People and Safer Streets. According to an Atlanta In Town news report, the mayor has created a Safer Streets Advisory Committee to plan and carry out initiatives to make our roadways safer. They are tasked with developing projects that improve the conditions throughout Atlanta for pedestrians and bicyclists.
There are a number of plans already in motion. For example, by the end of the year, Atlanta will have a bicycle-sharing program in place that involves 500 bicycles and 50 rental stations. The city will also begin installing protected bike lanes.
In the meantime, there are steps you can take to help you avoid being in a pedestrian or bicycle accident. Read the rest »
Under Georgia state law, all drivers are prohibited from texting from behind the wheel. Furthermore, young drivers under the age of 18 are banned from using any kind of wireless telecommunications device while driving. This is because cell phone use is one of the most popular forms of distracted driving, which is extremely dangerous.
It is crucial to remain focused on the roadway whenever your vehicle is in motion. An act as simple as turning to talk to a passenger can lead to a fatal crash. While cell phones contribute to a significant number of distracted driving accidents, it is not the only form of distraction. A driver is considered distracted whenever he or she is eating, applying makeup, reading a map, drinking, using a GPS navigation system or even changing a radio station. Read the rest »
A 12-year-old was struck down by a moving vehicle, near Simpson Middle School along Trickum Road in Marietta. The child was eventually airlifted from WellStar Kennstone Hospital to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta due to the severity of the injuries.
When a vehicle moving at even slow speeds, collides with a person on the street, the results can be catastrophic. Such a collision may cause permanent injuries and the need for life-long treatment. Read the rest »