When you're a passenger in someone else's vehicle, you're not just at the mercy of all of the drivers on the road around you but of your own driver -- whether they're a family member, friend, work colleague who's driving the carpool or someone working for Uber or Lyft.
When most people talk about distracted driving, they're referring to people using their phones to call or text someone while behind the wheel. Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal signed a law that prohibits drivers in Georgia from using electronic devices behind the wheel.
Many newer vehicles have hands-free technology built into their consoles. Even when they don't, there are plenty of ways to rig your phone so that you can comply with Georgia's law that prohibits holding your phone while driving.
We all know that drowsy driving is a problem. Many of us are taking on more than one job, trying to juggle work and school and often raising kids at the same time. It's no wonder that drivers are often sleep-deprived. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over a third of drivers in this country are sleeping less than the minimum seven hours per night recommended.
One weekend last month was a particularly deadly one for pedestrians on the roads of multiple Georgia counties. Between Friday, Sept. 14 and the following day, four pedestrians were fatally struck. Three more suffered injuries.
Labor Day means the end of summer for many people. That's why Georgia roads and interstates are seemingly teeming over the long weekend with Georgians and visitors from other states on their last summer getaway. It also marks the beginning of the fall and winter holiday season, which includes other potentially dangerous days on the road around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, May 2, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal became visibility choked up as he signed a new distracted driving bill. When he signed it into law, he was flanked by the loved ones left behind when five nursing students from Georgia Southern University were stuck and killed by a distracted drunk driver in 2015.
The Insurance Information Institute (III)publishes statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding motor vehicle accidents every year. At this time, the most recent figures available are for 2017, so it may be interesting to look at how these figures compare to the previous year, 2016. Have our nation's roads been getting safer, or have they been getting more dangerous, overall?