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Traveling for the holidays? Taking simple precautions can help you and your family stay safe.

A report from the National Safety Council (NSC) confirms that traveling by car during the holidays has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. 

According to statistics on Holiday Traffic Injury Facts, every year on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, hundreds of people die in crashes. In about a third of these accidents, alcohol impairment is involved.

Before making a hiring decision, it is useful to look for referrals to experienced personal injury attorneys. This can take diligence, patience, and time. 

When seeking referrals, ask your friends, family, and colleagues. Explore who has a recommendation for attorneys and note whether they have worked with cases that are similar to your case. 

It is important not to make a decision solely based on someone else’s experience. Take the time to verify that you are comfortable working with a lawyer’s personality and style.

After an injury, such as a car accident, truck collision, or motorcycle accident, it can be useful to figure out a strategy for negotiating a personal injury settlement.

If you have been involved in a crash, talking with an experienced personal injury lawyer may be the first step toward developing an effective strategy.

Consider a Specific Amount for Your Settlement

Driving under the influence (DUI) is a crime in Georgia. The legal limit for alcohol is defined as having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. The law in Georgia OCGA 40-6-391 states that it is illegal for an individual to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated. This includes alcohol, drugs, or a combination. 

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident where a drunk driver caused injury or death, you may want to discuss your situation with an experienced personal injury lawyer

Personal Injury Claim in DUI Accidents

A recent report on Fox5 Atlanta describes an unlicensed minor was responsible for a fiery crash in Marietta. The SUV left the road and crashed into a utility pole, causing a fire and knocking out power. A neighbor rushed to the vehicle to put out the fire and provide help to those in the SUV. 

In the case of a car crash, a Marietta personal injury lawyer cannot recover any money without first proving the driver was negligent. 

Common Kinds of Negligence in a Marietta Car Collison

A rear-end collision in Georgia is when one motorist drives into the back of another vehicle. In the United States, nearly 2.5 million rear-end collisions are reported every year. 

This type of collision is responsible for approximately 29% of all crashes. According to the Insurance Information Institute, rear-end collisions are responsible for over 7% of traffic-related fatalities and almost 20% of fatalities involving two cars. 

In a recent news report on WSB-TV, two people were killed after an SUV slammed into the back of a parked tractor-trailer on I-75 in Cobb County. This early morning crash involved a Jeep crossing travel lanes to ram into a transfer truck hauling a utility trailer, stopped on the eastern shoulder of I-75 North at Chastain Road. 

If you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog, you may be wondering if you need a personal injury lawyer to help you file a claim for your dog bite. Some people prefer to handle the legalities on their own and may not wish to engage legal counsel.

How Severe is the Dog Bite?

Dog bites can be a tiny nip or a major injury. If you have been injured in a dog bite, it is important to assess the severity of the injury. 

A recent Fox News report detailed a serious injury of an unbelted passenger in a head-on collision in Cobb County. In the Peachtree State, “click it or ticket” signs are familiar sights. These signs are powerful reminders to wear seat belts to avoid tickets and help prevent serious injuries. 

Buckle Up is the Law in Georgia

The Georgia seat belt law, O.C.G.A. § 40-8-76.1, requires every person in the front of a passenger vehicle to wear seat belts. In Georgia, the law distinguishes who must wear a seat belt in the back seat. Passengers over 18 years old are not required to wear a seat belt in the back seat. Children between the ages of 8 and 15 are required to wear a seat belt in the front or back seat of the vehicle.

Pike County Sheriff’s deputies believe a combination of alcohol and speed caused a fatal collision on Highway 109.

A Lincoln Navigator and Toyota collided because neither driver stopped at the highway intersection. One driver was arrested after receiving medical treatment, and charged with driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, driving without a license, and several other traffic offenses.

Car Crash Causes

Two other students were seriously injured in the wreck that followed Georgia’s celebration of back-to-back national football championships. Investigators believe that speed was a factor in this wreck.

The single-vehicle crash happened near the intersection of Stroud Road and Barnett Shoals Road in Athens. A 20-year-old offensive lineman and 24-year-old recruiting staffer died in that wreck. In a statement, UGA acknowledged that it owned the 2021 Ford Expedition, but denied responsibility for the crash.

“The car driven in the accident was one of several vehicles leased by our athletic department for use during recruiting activities only. Policies and expectations that were well understood by athletics staff dictated that such rental vehicles were to be turned in at the immediate conclusion of recruiting duties,” the University said in a statement. “Personal use was strictly prohibited. Therefore, the continued use of the leased car by our staff members after their recruiting duties ended earlier that evening was unauthorized.”

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