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What are the top causes of truck accidents in Georgia?

An accident with a large truck in Georgia can be devastating. You could suffer extreme property damage as well as physical injuries as a result of the incident. Understanding what causes these incidents not only enables you to be safer on the road, but it can also help you determine whom should be held responsible following an accident.

Car defect fatality prompts couple to start a safety watch list

In 2010, a 29-year-old Georgia woman died on her birthday. She had been driving along the highway when her vehicle, a 2005 Chevy Cobalt, unexpectedly turned off the anti-lock brakes and power steering. Due to the vehicle defect, the woman’s car slid across the road and collided with another car. The woman died as the result of the accident. Her parents, however, are turning their grief into a prevention strategy.

Dealer Network To Stop Selling Recalled Vehicles

Millions of cars and trucks are recalled every year due to safety-related defects. In 2014, the total number of recalls hit an all-time high. Having your vehicle recalled after you buy it is one of the risks involved in owning a car. Many car buyers are not aware, however, that car dealers are allowed to sell cars that have already been recalled. Even if the repairs have not been completed, car dealers can sell you a recalled car without even informing you of the problem. The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation that would prevent car rental companies from sending out vehicles that needed repairs, but the law does not include car sellers. At least one company has decided to set a policy to protect consumers.

What are some common auto defects?

Your vehicle is supposed to meet certain safety standards. The National Motor Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act enables the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue recalls when a car does not meet those standards. Since 1966, when the legislation was enacted, there have been more than 390 million such recalls on vehicles alone.

Traffic Deaths Up In 2015

The first few months of 2015 put the year on pace to be the deadliest for drivers in some time. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, roughly 7,500 people died in car and truck accidents in the first three months of 2015. That is an increase of 650 deaths, or 9.5 percent, from the same period in 2014. The total number of deaths is projected to be the highest since 2007.

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