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January 2016 Archives

The common factors involved in fatal car crashes in Georgia

While not all car accidents can be prevented, identifying the factors involved can raise awareness and lower the number of incidents. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 1,179 traffic fatalities across the state in 2013. In 2011, the year for which the data is most recent, Fulton County had more fatal accidents than any other. Though the number of these incidents has been steadily declining, it is still reflective of the toll that irresponsible driving can take.

What does strict liability mean for auto defects in Georgia?

Many personal injury lawsuits require plaintiffs to demonstrate that the defendant was somehow negligent. For example, a car accident lawsuit may have to prove that the defendant was speeding or texting at the time of the accident.

Know what information to gather following a car accident

The moments following a car wreck in Fulton County can be very tense. You might be afraid, injured or concerned about how others are doing. At Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, we understand the emotions you might feel. We also know that taking the right steps after a motor vehicle accident is imperative to ensuring you can recover compensation for your damages.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s “Most Wanted List”

Every year, the National Transportation Safety Board releases a list of items that prioritize the changes that should be made to improve conditions on the roads in Georgia and across the country. This year, that list has some new additions as well as some repeats from previous editions.

Fatal pedestrian crash leads to drunk driving charges in Georgia

When people get behind the wheel of a car after drinking, they not only risk their own lives and the lives of other drivers, but also anyone else in the vicinity. Atlanta pedestrians on the sidewalk or crossing the road, who do not have the armor of a vehicle surrounding them, may be especially vulnerable to a drunk driver. Unfortunately, a jogger was robbed of her life recently due to someone suspected of driving while intoxicated.

Why driver training matters for large trucks in Georgia

Every type of vehicle on the road operates in its own unique way. A motorcycle, two-door car and big rig each require you, as the driver, to understand how to properly handle the vehicle. At Butler Wooten & Peak, LLP, we know that there are far too many accidents in Georgia and across the country that involve poorly trained drivers. When it comes to large trucks, companies may be held liable for failing to equip their drivers with the knowledge and skills to be safe on the road.

What does “crashworthiness” mean in relation to vehicles?

If you have ever been in a car accident, you know that you and any other passengers present are exposed to rapid movements associated with accelerations, decelerations and swerving. Vehicles in Georgia and across the country are subject to safety ratings that rank how they can protect you in the event of a crash, otherwise known as crashworthiness.

Talk to your teen about all forms of distracted driving

Fatal motor accidents are the leading cause of death among teenage drivers in Georgia and across the country, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention. Our team at Butler Wooten & Peak LLP knows that your child's safety is your primary concern, which is why our goal is to ensure he or she knows the consequences of distracted driving.

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