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December 2015 Archives

What laws govern Georgia commercial driver’s licenses?

If you plan on applying for a commercial driver’s license in Georgia, you should be aware of the strict requirements in place. For example, applicants must be 21. However, people between 18 and 20 who satisfy other requirements may be granted a license, though it will only be valid for use in the state.

Airbag recall points to serious dangers in Georgia cars

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation following complaints of airbags that did not properly function. According to an NHTSA report, the rupturing airbags caused minor injuries in 2013. However, those few incidents have led to a massive event that affects drivers in Georgia and across the nation.

Holidays are a dangerous time in Atlanta due to drunk driving

While this time of year should be cause for celebration, for many people, it can be a devastating period. Holiday parties often lead to drinking, which can be a real problem for those hitting the road in Atlanta. As local law enforcement plan to ramp up efforts to catch drunk drivers, it is also important that motorists hold themselves accountable and practice safe behaviors while behind the wheel.

Georgia drivers: Avoid drowsy driving

In 2013, 800 people lost their lives and another 44,000 suffered injuries due to an accident involving drowsy driving, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports. Our team at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP does not want you to become a statistic. There are several measures you can take to ensure that your sleepiness will not cause a tragedy on the road.

Who is to blame for a truck accident in Georgia?

Your injuries following a motor vehicle accident in Georgia are already causing you pain; they should not also cause you financial distress. You are permitted to file a claim against the party responsible for the incident. When your accident involves a commercial truck, you may be able to sue one or more entities.

Distracted driving costs Georgia cyclist his life

When most people think of distracted driving, they likely picture a driver on his or her phone. However, there is no shortage of activities that can distract a driver and lead to a deadly motor vehicle accident in Georgia. As a recent tragedy illustrates, some people take distracted driving to an extreme.

Know the damages available from an auto defect lawsuit in Georgia

At best, an issue with your vehicle will result in a trip to a mechanic. However, here at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we have seen how devastating an issue such as a system failure or defective auto part can be, causing serious accidents. Our team can work with you to recover compensation for the damages available.

Bottlenecks Cause Delay, Increase Risk For Accidents

As a major metropolitan area, Atlanta is home to one of the most severe bottlenecks on America's highway grid. Large urban areas are home to most of the worst delays experienced by passenger and freight vehicles, with New York, Los Angeles and Chicago leading the way. Traffic at these bottlenecks frequently comes crawling to a standstill, causing frustration and wasting millions of hours in time, cumulatively. In a single, 1.3 mile stretch of Atlanta highway, approximately 1.2 million hours are lost per year due to congestion. Eliminating these bottlenecks would lead to massive economic gains and could save countless lives lost in traffic accidents.

A Georgia city bus crashed into my car, now what?

Thousands of people in Atlanta hit the road every day. The city’s streets are often filled with public and private vehicles. If you have recently been in an accident with a government-owned passenger vehicle, such as a bus, you should know what steps to take to protect your best interests.

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