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2011 May Archive

The Risks of Defective Products in Georgia

By Wayne Grant on May 23, 2011 - Comments off

Georgia consumers are at risk of being injured by defective products every day. Although it is the duty of product manufacturers and distributors to provide safe products for public use, many defective products stock Georgia’s retail stores, car dealerships, and pharmacies. These products can be children’s toys, kitchenware, furniture, tools, drugs or even motor-vehicles. When a product is determined to be defective or dangerous, a recall is often issued to remove that product. Unfortunately, many dangerous products are not recalled in time to prevent injury, and some are never recalled at all.

Defective products often result from poor manufacturing or design and can cause a wide array of injuries, both minor and severe. The injuries associated with dangerous products, however, depend on the type of product as well as its defect or malfunction. A poorly attached component to a children’s toy may cause a piece to fall off as the child holds the toy over their head; this may cause simple bruising, cuts to the skin, or even a head injury. In another situation, a defective auto component or auto component malfunction can cause a serious injury or even fatal Georgia auto accident. Read the rest »



Georgia “Death Trap” Intersection Finally Has Traffic Signal

By Wayne Grant on May 20, 2011 - Comments off

The traffic signal project for the intersection of Georgia Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road has finally been completed as of this month. However, according to CovNewsj, the traffic light is not expected to be fully operational until the morning of May 24. Work on the project began in February of this year.

In October of 2010, the Newton County Board of commissioners approved a $106,548 bid from Moye Electric of Dublin to take on the project. The installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of GA Highway 212 and Oak Hill Road is expected to decrease the alarming number of fatal Georgia auto accidents at that intersection. It is a high traffic thoroughfare and the amount of traffic has only increased since the addition of a public library and a park in the area. There have been several fatal accidents at the site, prompting the former District 2 Commissioner to call it a “death trap.” Read the rest »



Basics of Georgia Wrongful Death Laws

By Wayne Grant on May 18, 2011 - Comments off

Wrongful death is a legal claim against a person who, through their negligent or wrongful actions, causes the death of another. A wrongful death victim is referred to as the “decedent.” Generally, a wrongful death claim can be filed if the decedent, had he or she not died, could have filed a compensable personal injury claim against an at-fault party. The circumstances which allow for a wrongful death claim include, but are not limited to:

  • A fatal Georgia motor-vehicle injury accident caused by another’s recklessness or negligence;
  • A fatal workplace injury accident caused by proven substandard or defective equipment, improper or absent safety measures or other negligence; and
  • Death caused by medication errors, failure to diagnose or other forms of Georgia medical malpractice. Read the rest »


Safety Tips for Georgia Pedestrians and Drivers

By Wayne Grant on May 16, 2011 - Comments off

More and more people are using active means of transportation, such as walking and bicycling, to go to work, visit friends, or go to the grocery store. Walking and bicycling are very good forms of exercise and help promote a healthy lifestyle, but they can also be dangerous. Crossing the street is often a necessity when walking to a destination and is also when most Georgia pedestrian accidents occur.

According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), there were 2,371 pedestrian accidents in 2008. These included a total of 1,881 Georgia pedestrian injuries and 140 fatalities. In 2009, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased to 150. To help prevent an increase in pedestrian injury and fatality numbers in coming years, Georgia pedestrians and motorists should consistently follow the below safety guidelines: Read the rest »



When Can I File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Georgia?

By Wayne Grant on May 13, 2011 - Comments off

Before knowing when to file a medical malpractice claim in Georgia, it is important to know if you are entitled to do so. Georgia code (O.C.G.A. § 9-9-60) defines a “medical malpractice claim” as any claim for damages resulting from the injury to or death of any person caused by:

  1. Health, dental, medical, or surgical service, diagnosis, treatment, prescription; or care by a lawfully authorized physician or other health care provider, or one acting under the supervision of a lawfully authorized physician or other health care provider, or
  2. Care or service by any public or private hospital, clinic, hospital authority, clinic, facility, or institution, or its employee, acting within the scope of his employment. Read the rest »


Johns Creek Roundabout Planned to Relieve Traffic Congestion

By Wayne Grant on May 10, 2011 - Comments off

The city of Johns Creek and the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) have planned construction of a modern roundabout at the intersection of Bell Road and Boles Road to begin in spring 2013. According to the Johns Creek Patch, traffic congestion has worsened in recent years, increasing motorist frustration over long wait times as well as increasing Georgia traffic accidents. An informational meeting about the project was met with support from many of its attendees.

The roundabout will be the first for the city but not for Georgia. GDOT has been encouraging the implementation of roundabouts in appropriate intersections as they have been shown to relieve congestion, improve safety, increase traffic capacity, decrease auto accidents, and improve aesthetics. Read the rest »



Common Causes of Georgia Large Truck Accidents: Negligent Truck Maintenance and Faulty Manufacturing

By Wayne Grant on May 5, 2011 - Comments off

Our previous post concerned large truck accidents caused by Georgia truck driver negligence; here, we will continue our topic of common Georgia large truck crash causes with: 1) Negligent Truck Maintenance; and 2) Faulty Manufacturing or Design.

Large trucks, especially long-haul trucks, can travel over 3,000 miles weekly. This can cause severe wear and tear on a commercial truck’s system and its parts. Brake failure, tire blowouts, and engine over-heating could potentially cause a severe Georgia large truck injury accident, which is why regular inspections and maintenance are necessary and required. If a trucking company or driver fails to perform timely inspections, maintenance, and repairs, the company and possibly the driver, can be held responsible in the event of an accident. Negligent truck maintenance potentially places hazardous vehicles on the road. Read the rest »



Common Causes of Georgia Large Truck Accidents: Truck Driver Negligence

By Wayne Grant on May 3, 2011 - Comments off

Large trucks, whether described as a semi-trailer truck, transfer truck, 18-wheeler, or big rig, are very intimidating when travelling along Georgia roads and highways due to their immense size and heft. Also as a result of these reasons, there is an increased risk of serious injury or death in the event of a Georgia large truck accident. This is the first of a 2-part blog series concerning the common causes of large truck crashes: 1) Driver Negligence; 2) Negligent Maintenance or Repair; and 3) Faulty Manufacturing or Design.

A trucker may cause a large truck crash as a result of fatigue and/or inattention, lack of experience or training, or distracted, or otherwise negligent, driving. Truck operators must follow strict federal regulations concerning the number of hours they drive. The life and schedule of a Georgia truck driver can be very demanding, and oftentimes truckers feel pressured to deliver ahead of schedule or even to deliver on schedule. This may cause a driver to tire by working more hours than is legally permitted per day or using illegal or over-the-counter drugs. An exhausted truck driver has much slower reaction times and may even fall asleep at the wheel. If a truck driver does not follow federally mandated work hour limits and causes an accident as a result of their fatigue, they, and possibly their employer, can be held liable for the losses of injured victims. Read the rest »



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