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Do many pedestrians die in Georgia truck and car accidents?

According to data gathered by the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, car accidents involving pedestrians (including bicyclists) are on the rise across the entire nation. Some statistics supporting this conclusion include the following.

  • On average, 15 people die each day in pedestrian accidents
  • Fatal pedestrian accidents rose more than 9 percent from 2014 to 2015
  • Between 2006 and 2015, pedestrian accidents rose from 11 percent to 15 percent of all traffic-related fatalities

As the data shows, truck and car accidents involving pedestrians are a huge problem across the nation. Now, it is time to take a look at data concerning pedestrian accidents in the state of Georgia.

  • Pedestrian deaths occupied 15 percent of all vehicle-involved fatalities in Georgia during 2015
  • Between 2008 and 2015, pedestrian fatalities in Georgia increased at an unsteady rate
  • Pedestrian deaths rose by more than 18 percent between 2014 and 2015

What is the prognosis for Georgia spinal cord injury victims?

One of the most pressing issues those suffering from spinal cord injuries face is wondering if and when they will recover. Unfortunately, far too many factors affect the prognosis of these victims in Georgia and elsewhere, making it impossible to provide them with the answers they want.

Many treatment options exist to address spinal cord injuries, but at the same time, victims face many obstacles in acquiring such treatment. One of the most severe obstacles is a lack of funds with which to pay providers. Those injured through carelessness – for example in a car accident caused by negligence – may choose to seek compensation for their injuries in a lawsuit. This can go a long way in helping victims pay for the often-expensive medical care they need to aid in recovery.

Medical malpractice could happen to you or someone you love

If you think that your family will never be touched by the horrors of medical malpractice, we urge you to think again and to be cautious. Most victims of medical malpractice, especially those suffering serious or catastrophic injuries, thought the same thing when they went to a medical facility for help.

In truth, it is not always possible to identify health care providers that might be negligent. In this modern world, many factors can turn a minor medical procedure into a nightmare of preventable health care injuries. Doctors, nurses and surgeons in the 21st century are busy managing multiple patients, making rounds, reviewing test results and performing a multitude of other tasks. Such chaos comes with the risk of making errors that lead to severe harm. Common mistakes that might occur because of negligence on a medical provider's part include:

  • Operating on the wrong part of the body
  • Causing infections through insufficient sanitary procedures
  • Serious medication errors
  • Operating on the wrong patient
  • Leaving foreign objects in the body

Compensation may be possible following car accident injuries

As you traveled to your destination one morning, your mind combed through your agenda for the day. However, your train of thought was suddenly interrupted when another vehicle struck yours on the highway.

In addition to experiencing the emotional shock that comes with being involved in a motor vehicle accident, you begin to feel pain as a result of the collision. Fortunately, if the person who struck you caused the accident due to being negligent behind the wheel, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.

Are punitive damages awarded in Georgia wrongful death claims?

Countless people pass away due to preventable accidents and injuries each year in Georgia and other states. Many of these fatalities occur because of unintentional negligence. This means that even though the person who caused the death behaved negligently, he or she did not intend to harm another person.

Other times, death occurs because the responsible party engaged in intentionally reckless or malicious conduct. Talking with an attorney can help surviving family members determine if they have grounds to impose punitive damages against the party responsible for their loved one's death.

Is Georgia a no-fault car accident state?

When you suffer injuries in a Georgia car accident involving negligence, one of your first thoughts might revolve around holding the responsible party to account. This is a normal and healthy response. Seeking a legal solution also encourages others to do the same and may even reduce negligent car accidents.

When you are certain that negligence led to the car accident, what could go wrong in any legal action you take? That depends on how the authorities view your crash. Georgia is not a no-fault state. This means that if you played a role in causing the accident, it would have an impact on any compensation you seek.

What training do operators need to drive combination semitrucks?

It is no longer uncommon to encounter semis carrying two or even three trailers on Georgia roads. Because truck accidents occur far too often, residents often fear semis carrying only one trailer. When they see a truck with two or more trailers attached, that fear skyrockets to the point where it can affect how a motorist drives near these enormous trucks.

Knowing the training that truckers undergo may help ordinary drivers feel more secure when they encounter vehicles with a combination of different trailers. You should know that the following truck driver training information might not apply to all large and heavy operators. As you might expect, an untrained operator pulling two or more trailers runs the risk of seriously injuring victims if a truck accident does occur.

Diet helps promote healing from paralysis complications

If you suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident, it is important to focus on a healthy diet. This can help with some of the complications that often arise after such an injury.

For instance, the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation notes that one common issue people deal with is the development of pressure ulcers. These can be incredibly painful. To help with the healing process, you need to make sure your diet contains a high amount of minerals, vitamins and protein. Many common foods contain an excess of sugars and carbs, so you do need to pay attention to your intake.

Are you the victim of a WSP surgical error?

You went to your doctor to address a concern over your health. Several tests and visits later, you learned you needed surgery to fix the problem. You went to the recommended surgeon, scheduled the surgery at your local Georgia hospital and went in for the procedure. When you woke up, something wasn't right. Your surgeon made a mistake, and now you are the victim of a WSP surgical error.

What is a WSP surgical error? WSP is short for wrong-site, wrong-patient, wrong-procedure surgical errors. While these errors may not happen all too often, they do happen, and the physical, emotional and financial consequences can be devastating to the victims.

How Georgia ranks in national trucking safety

The nation's trucking industry is more successful than ever. While this is great for our nation's economy, it causes ordinary people to worry about truck accidents. After all, a booming trucking industry means more trucks are sharing our roadways, and collisions with these vehicles typically result in serious and catastrophic physical trauma.

In a bit of good news, it seems that trucking companies are becoming more and more committed to promoting safe truck driving. The problem for ordinary motorists is that they cannot know which truckers drive safely and which ones do not. There may finally be a way to narrow down the risk of being involved in a truck accident on a state-by-state basis.

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