A 59-year-old man was killed in a car accident when a vehicle struck him as he crossed the street. According to a news report in The Athens Banner-Herald, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Atlanta Highway near the Bogart Pantry convenience store. Officials believe the victim may have been talking on his cellphone when he tried to cross the road. An eastbound vehicle driven by a 23-year-old Statham woman struck him. She has not been charged for the crash.
It is unclear from the report if the victim of this tragic crash was talking on the phone or if his cellphone use is relevant to the crash. Investigators will have to determine why the driver was unable to avoid the collision and if the pedestrian carelessly stepped into traffic at an unsafe time and location.
A recent nationwide study conducted at The Ohio State University found that over 1,500 pedestrians were estimated to receive treatment for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking in the year 2010. This is a growing problem considering that only 256 people required emergency medical attention after being hurt walking while on the phone back in 2005. According to a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Buffalo, distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving. Read the rest »
One of the best ways to teach your child safe driving habits is to lead by example. Many parents, however, make the mistake of teaching their child that it is okay to drive while distracted by sending texts and making phone calls when behind the wheel. A new study shows some parents not only model poor behavior, but also are the cause of their child’s distraction.
According to a new study by Parallel Consulting, as reported in HealthDay, up to half of all teens talking on cellphones while driving are talking to their parents. This means that many parents are complicit in distracting their children. When your child calls you, or when you call your child, ask if he or she is behind the wheel. If your child is driving, simply call back later or have him or her pull over. Distracted driving is simply too dangerous, especially when the driver is young and inexperienced behind the wheel. Read the rest »
You may have dangerous products in your home right now that have been recalled because of the injuries and illnesses they may have caused. There are hundreds of products recalled every year and a new report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) shows that less that 5 percent of recalled products are returned or repaired. This means that the vast majority of consumers who have purchased hazardous products that have been recalled either don’t bother to act or are not aware that they are in danger.
The director of the advocacy group Kids in Danger has stated that most recalled products remain in consumer homes. A spokesperson with DailyFinance.com recommends consumers research their products on SaferProducts.gov before selling them online or in a yard sale. It is especially important if the products you regularly use with your children have been recalled. Read the rest »
If you have sustained significant losses because of mistakes made by a medical professional, you may want to research your legal options. Victims of egregious errors and negligence can file a medical malpractice claim against the at-fault party. Experiencing an undesirable outcome from medical treatment is not, however, enough to win a malpractice claim. You will have to prove your case.
All healthcare providers have a legal duty to provide care that meets professional standards. In order to have a successful malpractice case, you will need to prove that the doctor did not meet the required standard of care. Read the rest »
When there are numerous reported problems with a particular motor vehicle, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) may conduct a defect investigation. If it is clear that consumers are in danger because a part of the vehicle was poorly designed or assembled, the NHTSA may administer a safety recall. In recent years, there have been many recalls involving faulty tires, defective brakes and poorly designed child safety seats. Hyundai Motor Co. is one of the most recent automakers that have issued a major recall because of serious safety concerns.
The NHTSA reports that Sonata cars from model years 2011 to 2014 have a transmission-shift cable that can detach from the shift-lever pin. When this happens, the gear selection may not match the indicated gear causing the car to move in an unexpected direction. As a result of this defect, Reuters reports that Hyundai is recalling 883,000 Sonata mid-sized sedans in the United States and in Puerto Rico. A spokesman for the company has stated that there have been no reported accidents, injuries or fatalities resulting from the defect. Read the rest »
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 »