Twenty-three students and three adults were taken to a local hospital after a hit-and-run car clipped one of two school buses transporting elementary school students on a field trip. According to a WSBTV news report, the two buses were traveling from Callaway Elementary School to Atlanta when they were struck on 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard in Atlanta. Officials say the 23 students and three adults were brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The remaining students continued on their field trip. Investigators are still looking for the vehicle that clipped one of the buses and left the scene of the crash. Read the rest »
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reem has joined the Mayor’s Summit for Safer People and Safer Streets. According to an Atlanta In Town news report, the mayor has created a Safer Streets Advisory Committee to plan and carry out initiatives to make our roadways safer. They are tasked with developing projects that improve the conditions throughout Atlanta for pedestrians and bicyclists.
There are a number of plans already in motion. For example, by the end of the year, Atlanta will have a bicycle-sharing program in place that involves 500 bicycles and 50 rental stations. The city will also begin installing protected bike lanes.
In the meantime, there are steps you can take to help you avoid being in a pedestrian or bicycle accident. Read the rest »
Under Georgia state law, all drivers are prohibited from texting from behind the wheel. Furthermore, young drivers under the age of 18 are banned from using any kind of wireless telecommunications device while driving. This is because cell phone use is one of the most popular forms of distracted driving, which is extremely dangerous.
It is crucial to remain focused on the roadway whenever your vehicle is in motion. An act as simple as turning to talk to a passenger can lead to a fatal crash. While cell phones contribute to a significant number of distracted driving accidents, it is not the only form of distraction. A driver is considered distracted whenever he or she is eating, applying makeup, reading a map, drinking, using a GPS navigation system or even changing a radio station. Read the rest »
A 12-year-old was struck down by a moving vehicle, near Simpson Middle School along Trickum Road in Marietta. The child was eventually airlifted from WellStar Kennstone Hospital to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta due to the severity of the injuries.
When a vehicle moving at even slow speeds, collides with a person on the street, the results can be catastrophic. Such a collision may cause permanent injuries and the need for life-long treatment. Read the rest »
Last summer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled over ten “winter products.” These items had defects that could be seriously harmful to a consumer. Because of the timing of this recall, these items may still be in use in households today. These products range from personal space heaters, to snow thrower and many other items. Click here to see a complete list of products and manufacturers that were affected by recalls recently: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2014/11/check-for-winter-products-recalled-last-summer/ Read the rest »
In Stone Mountain, a fatal accident occurred involving a mother and a child on Durham Park Road, near the Indian Creek MARTA station. According to authorities, a private utility truck struck a mother who was walking with her child across the street. The mother was killed and the child was transported to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. The scene remains under investigation
Criminal charges are not expected to be filed in this situation, despite the insufferable harm that was caused by this incident. This may seem especially unjust. However, the offending party can still be held responsible in a civil action which seeks fair compensation for the child’s injuries and the mother’s wrongful death. Read the rest »
One of the most unfortunate aspects of the medical industry is that the people we most rely on to guard our health and well-being often fail to spend enough time with their patients. There is no doubt that doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are busy, but a moment of inattention or carelessness can have grave consequences.
Patients need careful attention and thorough examinations, especially in order to diagnose and treat cancer. However, if a doctor simply does not listen to a patient’s complaints, refuses to order appropriate tests, misreads the test results, or forgets to follow up on a test, they can easily miss the signs and symptoms of various types of cancer. Doctors may also jump to conclusions and ignore signs and symptoms which are inconsistent with their diagnosis. Dangerous conditions which are reasonably possible must always be treated or ruled out. When in doubt, dangerous conditions must be ruled out. Read the rest »
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), the United States has reached the greatest number of people age 65 and older in census history. And the population of older citizens is only growing. In fact, it is projected that 20 percent of the U.S. population will be comprised of people age 65 and older by 2050.
The increasing population of elderly family members means that more and more families are turning to nursing homes to help care for their older loved ones. Unfortunately, that also means that more parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents are becoming the victims of nursing home abuse and their families don’t even know what the signs look like. Read the rest »
Throughout Georgia, there are thousands of drivers who have not taken a driver education class in well over 30 years. But a lot can change in just a few years when it comes to cars and the people who drive them. Every motorist can benefit from taking a refresher course, but according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), driver education is especially important for motorists in the 50-plus age group.
In older to help keep drivers age 50 and over in top driving condition, AARP provides driver safety courses both online and in classrooms throughout Georgia. These courses are specifically designed to address age-related changes that drivers experience as they get older, such as vision or hearing loss, and slowed reaction time. Read the rest »
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued an urgent warning regarding defective Takata airbags. The agency singled out drivers in particularly humid climates, including Georgia, stating that humidity may be a factor in whether the faulty air bag canisters may explode during a crash.
Since 2008, there have been reports of over 100 injuries and three deaths attributed to the air bags, according to The New York Times. However, the NHTSA did not initially launch a nationwide recall on the air bags, opting for a gradual, regional expansion. Read the rest »