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January 2017 Archives

Strict liability in product auto defect lawsuits

Tens of millions of cars have been recalled in recent years for problems ranging from faulty ignition switches to malfunctioning airbags. However, accidents caused by defective automobile parts are still a regular occurrence in Georgia and around the country. Car makers are held strictly liable when their products are used as intended and cause injury, loss or damage, meaning that plaintiffs in product liability lawsuits are not required to show that negligence or recklessness played a role.

Legal guidance regarding wrongful death claims

Car accidents are a leading cause of death in Georgia and throughout the country. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one fatality occurs every 16 minutes in a vehicle crash. Whether the victim was someone's husband, wife, mother, father, daughter or son, the loss can have a huge emotional impact on the family. If the decedent was the family's sole provider, the death could add serious financial burdens to the family as well.

Frightening bus accident strikes pro hockey team

A charter bus carrying the Columbus Cottonmouths, a professional hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League, rolled over on an Illinois highway today. Early reports indicate that two occupants of the bus suffered serious injury. A spokesperson for the Illinois State Police suggested that speed was a factor in the crash. Charter bus accidents are not uncommon and experts have questioned the safety record within the industry.

Stay safe during challenging weather

Atlanta averages less than 3 inches of snow per year. When temperatures fall and winter storms hit, many Georgia drivers face driving conditions even more challenging than those found in typically colder areas. When snow is a regular part of winter, steps are taken in advance to manage it. Snow plows and salt trucks stand ready to combat the regular snow seen in many cities. In Georgia, snow is rarer and all the more disastrous for its rarity.

Disabling phone features while behind the wheel

As part of its Driver's Distraction Guidelines, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has published a voluntary set of regulations that would encourage cellphone manufacturers to disable a number of features in their devices when a user is driving. The goal of the recommendations is to cut down on distracted driving, which is a significant cause of Georgia car and truck accidents.

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