A 42-year-old man was killed in an Atlanta car accident when another vehicle turned in front of his motorcycle. According to a news report in The Examiner, the fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Richard D. Sailors Parkway near New Macland Road in Powder Springs. Officials say the motorcyclist had a green light as he was traveling west on his 2010 Harley-Davidson FLHX motorcycle when an eastbound 2012 GMC Acadia turned left in front of him. The motorcycle struck the GMC resulting in fatal injuries to the Mableton man. The authorities say that the 39-year-old driver from Lithia Springs will face charges for the crash. Read the rest »
If you own a Scott or Trek bicycle, you may want to research if it is one of the many bikes recently recalled for crash hazards. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the SR Suntour forks on model year 2011 through 2013 Scott and Trek bicycles can break unexpectedly. About 5,200 forks on Scott bicycles and 120,000 forks on Trek bicycles are included in the recall. Officials say Scott received one report of a broken SR Suntour fork and Trek received 28 reports. At this time, five injuries have been reported related to the defect including bone fractures, a separated shoulder and multiple bruises.
Anyone who owns one of the thousands of recalled bikes should stop using them right away. Consumers would be well advised to take these defective bicycles to an authorized Scott or Trek dealer for a free repair or replacement. Some of the Scott bicycles included in the recall include the Sportster 10, 25, 30, 55, X30, X40 and X50. The Trek bicycles recalled include, but are not limited to, the 8.3, 8.4, 8.5 and 8.6 DS models as well as the Cali, Marlin, Montare, Neko SL, Utopia and Wahoo. Read the rest »
A 20-year-old woman was put on life support and four others were injured in an Atlanta car accident when her Honda Passport was sent into the path of an oncoming Ford-150 by a box truck. According to a news report in The Newnan Times-Herald, the truck accident occurred on Highway 16 near Martin Mill Road in Coweta County. Officials say the 28-year-old driver of the box truck was traveling too closely and struck the Honda from behind. The Honda was sent into oncoming traffic where it collided with the Ford head-on.
The 20-year-old driver of the Honda is on life support. Her 2-year-old daughter has been released and the hospital says her 13-year-old sister is said to be in stable condition. The driver of the Ford-150 was taken to the hospital as was his passenger but both have been released. The driver of the box truck refused treatment and was charged with following too closely. Read the rest »
Several people were injured in an Atlanta car accident involving a Hilton airport shuttle. According to an Associated Press news report, the shuttle accident occurred near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Officials say the shuttle collided with two other vehicles. One of the passengers was ejected and several injured passengers were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and South Fulton Medical Center.
Many Atlanta residents and visitors rely on airport shuttle services to get to and from Hartsfield-Jackson. Shuttle services provide convenient and economical alternatives to taxis and long-term parking. But when mistakes are made, a ride to the airport can result in serious injuries. Read the rest »
A 29-year-old man has been killed in an Atlanta truck accident involving a Dodge 3500, a 1989 red Dodge Ram 50 pickup, a tractor-trailer, and a mower. According to a news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the fatal car accident occurred on Georgia 316 in Barrow County. Officials say the Dodge 3500 came to a stop because the driver was unable to navigate around the mower.
The driver of the pickup slowed down as it approached but the tractor-trailer failed to avoid the collision and struck the back of the pickup which then hit the Dodge 3500. The pickup truck and the trailer of the truck overturned. A 29-year-old man was killed, a 44-year-old Athens man was injured, and the 40-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was charged for homicide by vehicle in the second degree and following too closely. Read the rest »
A freeway accident in suburban Atlanta resulted in the death of two people and injuries to two others. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal car accident occurred on eastbound Interstate 285 near North Peachtree Road in Dunwood. Officials say the driver of a Ford Explorer may have been distracted by a passenger before losing control. The vehicle overturned and one passenger was ejected while another was partially ejected. The driver and one passenger were hospitalized with only minor injuries, but two passengers, aged 22 and 18 respectively, were killed.
Distracted driving is most commonly affiliated with cell phone use, but there are many types of distractions that can lead to an accident. In fact, a person is considered distracted any time his or her attention is diverted from the primary task of driving. Some of the types of distractions that can lead to a serious injury crash include: Read the rest »
May 26 is Sally Ride Day, a time to commemorate one of the most inspiring people in American history. So, who exactly was Sally Ride? Well, the first thing you should know about her was that she was the first American woman to fly in space; not only that, she was also the youngest American astronaut to travel to space at the age of 32. In addition to being an accomplished astronaut, she was also a highly respected physicist.
On May 26, 1951, Sally Ride was born in Los Angeles, California to Dale Burdell Ride and Carol Joyce. She graduated from Portola Junior High and went to Westlake School for Girls on a scholarship. She showed great promise in the sciences and in tennis (she was a nationally-ranked player). At Swarthmore College, she graduated with a bachelor’s in both English and physics. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford while working with X-rays and their interaction with the interstellar medium. Read the rest »
A 22-year-old woman narrowly escaped serious injury when her car was pinned under an 18-wheeler. According to a My Fox Atlanta news report, the truck accident occurred on Interstate 85 near Hamilton Mill Road in Atlanta. Officials say her car was struck by a piece of tire and that the car in front of her slammed on its brakes.
The woman swerved out of the way and ended up underneath the 18-wheeler. Her vehicle was dragged for about a minute under the truck before she was able to crawl out of the driver’s side. The report states that her mouth was full of glass but she escaped without any serious cuts or other injuries. Investigators say the big rig was able to stop quickly because the car cut the pressure line to the brakes. Read the rest »
An Atlanta Public Schools bus driver has been cited in connection with an accident that resulted in injuries to the driver of a Nissan. According to a WSB-TV news report, the school bus accident occurred on I-20 at the Glenwood exit in Atlanta. Officials say the bus driver was transporting her three children in an Atlanta Public Schools bus at a high rate of speed when she failed to maintain her lane and struck a Nissan. The driver of the Nissan was transported to a hospital, but is said to be in good condition. The school bus driver’s children were checked at the scene. The school bus driver has been cited for failing to maintain her lane.
All drivers, whether they are in a small passenger vehicle or large school bus, must maintain their lane of traffic. According to Georgia Code 40-6-48 (1): “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.” Read the rest »
On the surface, the massive General Motors recall of faulty ignition switches is like any other safety recall. GM recognized that there was a defect in their product that put consumers at risk and issued a recall of 2.6 million vehicles. However, this auto recall is different. According to a recent news report in The Consumerist, GM spent about a decade failing to issue a recall despite possessing full knowledge that the ignitions were dangerous. This failure to act has lead to at least 13 traffic deaths and it has sparked a civil and criminal investigation into the practices of GM.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently looking into when GM became aware of the ignition defect. The first report of a potential problem was documented in the pre-production notes of the 2002 Saturn Ion back in 2001-2002. GM also knew there was an issue with the ignition switch of the Chevy Cobalt in 2005 because they opened a number of engineering inquiries into the problem. In 2007, the NHTSA threatened to open an investigation because of reports of cars turning off. However, it wasn’t until 2012-2013 that GM admitted that the ignition switches were in fact broken, resulting in the recall of 2.6 million vehicles in 2014.