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April 2017 Archives

Proving mental distress after a car crash

Depending on the facts in an auto accident case, a Georgia resident may be able to recover financial damages for PTSD from the at-fault driver. Such cases need to be filed within the same statute of limitations period that applies to other accident causes of action, unless the statute is tolled due to the plaintiff's incapacity. While a person may be able to pursue damages for mental distress, it may be harder to prove as there are no visible or other objective indications of such an injury.

Fatal crashes involving large trucks

Georgia motorists should be aware that the number of trucks weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds that were involved in fatal traffic accidents around the country in 2015 rose by 8 percent over the previous year. This is according to a report that was issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Distracted driving takes a toll on pedestrians

The world is more dangerous than ever for pedestrians. In 2016, the US saw the largest increase in pedestrian fatalities ever recorded. Pedestrian deaths have been tracked for four decades. In terms of raw numbers, more than 6,000 pedestrians died in vehicle-related accidents. While there are several possible explanations, many safety experts are pointing to the rise in smart phone use as the driving factor behind the increase.

The NHTSA reports that distracted driving is on the rise

Georgia motorists should avoid using their smartphones while they are driving. They may put themselves and others at risk, and when they are distracted by their phones, they are less likely to be able to drive defensively in response to other distracted drivers.

Ford initiates two recalls affecting 441,000 vehicles

Georgia drivers who own Ford vehicles may be interested in learning that approximately 441,000 vehicles were recalled due to defects. The affected vehicle models included the Escape SUV and the Ford Fusion. The repair recalls are expected to cost the American car manufacturer about $295 million.

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