Fifteen-passenger vans are a commonly-used method of transportation for summer camps, sports teams, church groups, and other organizations to transport members to and from activities. However, 15-passenger vans have different safety risks than ordinary passenger vehicles. One of these is a considerably higher risk of a rollover accident, especially if the van contains more than 10 people or has weight placed over or behind the rear axle.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 15-passenger vans have been involved in over 1,500 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the last decade. Over 500 of these involved the van rolling over during emergency maneuvers or after being struck by another vehicle. Over 80 percent of deaths that occur in fifteen passenger van accidents are caused by a rollover.
The risk of rollovers in 15-passenger vans can be reduced. First, always check tires before using the van. Next, load the van’s cargo and passengers from the front to back, and do not place weight over the rear axle if you can avoid it. Also, drivers should be trained for 15-passenger van driving since it differs from ordinary vehicle driving. Finally, always buckle up in a van to reduce the risk of serious injury or death if the van does roll.
Fifteen-passenger van accidents can result in serious injuries or even take lives. If you’ve been injured in a van accident, a skilled Atlanta personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. can help. Call us today at (404) 995-3955 for a free, confidential case evaluation.
A chain-reaction school bus crash involving six buses and a car left one driver trapped in the wreckage and required over 50 people to seek medical attention, according to a recent article in the Greenfield Reporter.
The students were on their way to a school trip in Six Flags outside Atlanta when their buses were involved in an accident. Traffic had slowed to navigate a construction site, and one of the buses rear-ended another bus, setting off a chain reaction that involved six school buses in total and one passenger car. The accident shut down traffic on westbound Highway 20 for several hours while rescue crews worked to extract everyone from the damaged vehicles and clear the roadway.
One bus driver was pinned inside the damaged bus and had to be cut free, according to investigators. She was airlifted to a local hospital where she is currently listed in stable condition. About fifty students were examined for injuries at the scene and in local emergency rooms, but all were released to their parents with only minor scrapes and bruises, according to the school district.
At The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our knowledgeable Georgia traffic accident attorneys have the legal resources and the courtroom experience to help you get the compensation you need after a crash – whether that means taking on an insurance company or presenting your case in court. For a free and confidential case evaluation, call our office at (404) 995-3955 today.
Each summer, as temperatures climb, so do reports about children losing their lives after being left in a closed vehicle baking in the sun. With this year’s unseasonably warm spring weather, two deaths have already been reported in two separate states. Infants in both Missouri and Texas have lost their lives after accidentally being left in the family vehicle as the sun shone and outdoor temps climbed into the 80s.
About 38 children lose their lives nationwide each year after becoming locked inside a hot vehicle, according to research from San Francisco State University. The majority of them are young children riding in safety seats who are simply overlooked. Often, the caregiver is on a different schedule than usual or gets distracted and doesn’t realize a child has been left in the car.
About 20 percent of children who lose their lives in overheating cars get in because they are playing around the vehicle or in its trunk, and then are locked in. Parents and caregivers can help prevent these deaths and injuries by always locking the vehicle after double-checking that everyone is outside it, by keeping keys where children can’t reach them, and by never allowing kids to play in the car.
If a child you love has been injured by the possible negligence of a caregiver or by a defective auto product, please don’t hesitate to call an experienced Atlanta child injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. We can help you figure out what happened and hold any negligent parties accountable for their actions. For a free, confidential telephone consultation, call our office today at (404) 995-3955.
Spinal cord injuries can occur in nearly any type of severe accident. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle accidents cause 46 percent of all spinal cord injuries each year. Falls, including accidental falls in the workplace or other venues, account for another 22 percent, while intentional or negligent injuries suffered during sports add another 12 percent.
The long-term effects of even a mild spinal cord injury can be severe. They include partial or total paralysis, numbness, or nerve pain in the areas of the body below the site of the injury. They may also include malfunctions or difficulty controlling organs or body functions, like difficulty breathing or controlling bathroom functions. If the injury is severe or includes injury to the brain, difficulty with thinking, communication, and memory can also occur.
Finally, one common but little-discussed long-term complication of spinal cord injury is emotional and mental health impairments. Depression and anxiety are common when a spinal cord injury impairs a person’s ability to go to work, enjoy hobbies, or perform basic tasks like eating, bathing, or using the bathroom without help. To help a spinal cord injury patient make the best possible recovery, these conditions must be taken as seriously as any physical impairments.
Spinal cord injuries are often life-changing, both for the injured person and for the injured person’s family. At The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., our dedicated Georgia spinal cord injury attorneys can help you and your family through every stage of the process after an accident, from investigating what happened to holding any negligent parties accountable and securing the compensation you need to support the best possible recovery. Give us a call today for a free, confidential telephone consultation – our number is (404) 995-3955.
The rate of seat belt use in Georgia has held steady for the past several years, and its rates are about average for seat belt use throughout the United States, according to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The report examined seat belt use from 2003 to 2010 in all fifty states. Fifteen states, not including Georgia, had an average seat belt use rate over 90 percent during this period. Georgia’s own seat belt use rate hovers just below the 90 percent mark, with an 89.6% use rate in 2010 – a 0.7% increase over 2003.
During these years, the state with the biggest increase in seat belt use was Kansas. Kansas strengthened its seat belt enforcement law in June 2010, which raised its use rate from 77% in 2009 to 81.8% in 2010. States with primary seat belt enforcement laws, like Georgia, tended to have higher rates of seat belt use. Many of these states also see lower rates of deaths associated with not using a seat belt. For instance, motorists involved in rollover accidents are more likely to suffer death or permanent disability if they are thrown from the vehicle during the rollover, which is more likely to happen if the person is not buckled in.
Seat belts are an easy way to protect yourself from injury in a motor vehicle accident, but they are not foolproof. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, the experienced Georgia auto accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. can help. For a free, confidential consultation, call us today at (404) 995-3955.
Motorcycle accidents can cause serious injury or even death. Often, the person who suffers the most damage in a motorcycle crash is the motorcyclist, who doesn’t have the protection that a motor vehicle affords.
Motor vehicle drivers have a responsibility to share the road with all other vehicles, including motorcycles. Here are some ways you can share the road safely with motorcyclists and help prevent serious motorcycle accidents in Georgia:
- Never drive, walk, or ride a bike while distracted. Pull over and stop before you have to read a map, make a phone call, or do anything else that might take your attention from the road.
- Give a motorcyclist a full lane. It’s never safe to try and ride alongside a motorcyclist in the same lane of traffic, even if the road looks wide enough.
- Leave extra room between the front of your vehicle and the back of a motorcycle. This will allow you to stop in time to avoid hitting the motorcyclist or the bike if the bike suddenly swerves or the rider loses control.
- Double-check your mirrors and blind spots before changing lanes, as motorcycles may be hard to see. Always signal before changing lanes so that motorcyclists can see what you’re planning and adjust their own speed and position accordingly.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, the skilled Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. can help. Call us today for a free and confidential telephone consultation. Our number is (404) 995-3955.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when the brain is damaged in some way. A blow to the head frequently causes a traumatic brain injury known as a concussion, while an object penetrating the skull causes a different but also dangerous type of traumatic brain injury. Even a mild traumatic brain injury can cause lingering TBI symptoms, such as difficulties with memory, concentration, mood, sleep, balance, and head pain. Severe traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent disabilities or even death.
Approximately 1.4 million U.S. residents suffer a traumatic brain injury each year, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Common causes of traumatic brain injury include auto accidents, falls, blows to the head, and sports injuries. Explosions can also cause traumatic brain injuries, although these are less common among civilians than among members of the armed forces.
In some cases, traumatic brain injury can occur even if there is no direct blow to the head. Explosions can cause this, as can a severe whiplash injury such as those suffered in some kinds of car accidents. In these accidents, the effect of the explosion or whiplash causes the brain to move inside the skull, which can bruise or injure the brain’s tissues even if no object actually comes into contact with the outside of the skull.
Traumatic brain injuries can cause permanent damage. If you’ve suffered a traumatic brain injury in an accident, please don’t hesitate to call a knowledgeable Georgia traumatic brain injury attorney at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. for a free and confidential consultation. Our number is (404) 995-3955.
Students at a Norcross high school gathered together recently to mourn the loss of one of their own, a 16-year-old girl who lost her life in a car crash on the school’s prom night, according to an article in the Gwinnett Daily Post.
The 16-year-old was riding with the car’s driver, and both were going to a post-prom party after the end of their prom. The car was traveling north on Steve Reynolds Boulevard in Norcross when it crossed the center line and skidded into the southbound lane, where it was hit head-on by a car coming in the opposite direction.
Both the 16-year-old and the driver were thrown from the vehicle. The driver was taken to a nearby hospital, where he is currently listed in critical condition. Two other passengers, who were riding in the back seat, were treated for minor injuries and then released to their parents.
Investigators say it was likely neither of the people in the front seats was wearing a seat belt. So far, investigators do not believe that alcohol played a role in the accident, but they are still trying to determine whether or not excessive speed was a factor.
Car accidents can cause serious injuries, permanent disabilities, or even the loss of a loved one. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, the experienced car accident lawyers in Atlanta at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C. can help. Call us today at (404) 995-3955 for a free, confidential telephone consultation.