Georgia Personal Injury Blog
Young, inexperienced drivers are far more likely to be involved in a serious or fatal vehicle accident. The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) reports that 7 percent of fatal accidents involve teenage drivers, with 2,042 people dying in accidents with a teen driver in a recent year.
When you choose to use an elevator, the last thing on your mind may be the risk of serious injuries – but elevator accidents occur far more often than most of us realize. The types of elevator accidents that can lead to serious injury or death include:
- Elevator shaft falls
- Caught between floors
- Struck by elevator
- Elevator platform collapses
- Mechanical breakdown
- Faulty wiring
- Power failures
- Defective elevator doors
- Free falls
- Unbalanced leveling
Spinal cord injury (SCI) can be complete or incomplete. With complete SCI, there is no sensation or motor function below the level of the injury. With incomplete SCI, some sensation and function remain in varying degrees, depending on the severity of the injury. In either case, spinal cord injury can lead to chronic pain.
It is common knowledge that spinal cord injury can cause paralysis, but not as well known that this condition can also be caused by injury to the brain. When the brain is damaged in areas that control the function of the muscles, it can leave a victim with weakness or paralysis. The good news is that treatment is possible to recover some degree of strength and mobility after a brain injury.
Workers on construction sites may not be aware of potential electrical hazards, which makes them more vulnerable to serious accidents. An electrical current cannot be seen, heard, or smelled — only felt, at which point it is too late to avoid injury. Contractors, site managers, and employers have a responsibility to inspect the jobsite, identify potential electrical hazards, post warning signs, and erect barricades to protect workers from harm.
Trenches are narrow channels dug out of the earth with heavy equipment. They are used for laying or repairing underground utility lines, such as gas, water, or sewage. Trenches are also common in road construction projects.
Public and private buses provide a much-needed service on our crowded roads throughout Atlanta, but they should be entrusted to experienced and fully certified drivers. When a driver acts recklessly and causes a collision, it can leave passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians with lifelong disabilities and deep emotional scars. The consequences of a bus accident cannot be understated, and victims deserve proper compensation for their injuries. Recovering compensation will ultimately come down to whether the bus was operated by a private or public company.
ATVs are heavy, high-speed vehicles that are designed to handle rough terrain. Unfortunately, in the wrong hands, these vehicles can cause serious injuries to passengers, pedestrians, and other riders. If a rider acts negligently, it can lead to a catastrophic accident. Victims should not have to bear these costs alone, and if you were injured in an ATV accident, you may be able to recover compensation with a personal injury claim.
The recent recall of Peloton+ treadmills has put a lot of workout enthusiasts on edge about the safety of their equipment. As useful as these devices were at helping people remain healthy during the pandemic, they can seriously injure children. Not only should parents carefully review their devices’ manuals and safety information, but they should also take extra measures to prevent their children from suffering entrapments.
Self-driving cars are changing things on U.S. roadways. As autonomous vehicle technology continues to advance and driverless cars become more popular, liability concerns with vehicle automation are becoming more of an issue.
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