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Marietta Motor Vehicle Accidents Law Blog

New law proposes to curb phone distraction

In order to drive safely in Marietta, drivers should ensure that they are paying attention to the road at all times. However, many people are easily distracted, particularly by their cell phones. Distracted driving can lead to serious accidents and it is a problem that is preventable.

That is why one Georgia lawmaker is supporting a bill that would attach a fine to anyone caught using a cell phone with their hands while they are driving, reports WSBTV. Drivers would still be able to use their phones with a hands-free device. It is already illegal to send text messages while driving but this bill would make any hand-held use illegal. Despite having been proposed in the past, similar bills were unable to pass. This current iteration is headed to the House for vote after successfully passing in committee.

Georgia is among the worst states for traffic deaths

A fatal car accident in Marietta can be devastating. Families of those killed in motor vehicle crashes are often left in deep emotional turmoil, wondering if the crash could have been prevented. Many also find themselves struggling financially after the crash.

It turns out that, compared to many other states, Georgia had a high number of such fatal accidents in 2016. Over 1,500 people were killed in the state last year because of motor vehicle crashes, making it the state with the fourth highest number of fatalities. The state with the highest number was Texas, which saw 3,751 traffic deaths. More than 150 people have reportedly been killed in car accidents in Georgia so far in 2017.

Some blame smartphones and millennials for rise in traffic deaths

Getting behind the wheel of a car in Marietta is always a risky proposition. However, the statistics are in for 2016 and it appears that driving today is becoming riskier. According to Consumer Affairs, the number of traffic deaths across the country have risen nearly 14 percent over the last two years. This coincides with the widespread use of smartphones, some point out.

These numbers are somewhat surprising considering the number of safety features that new cars come with. They may also hit people hard financially, as insurance premiums are on the rise due to distracted drivers causing so many accidents.

Study finds traffic deaths decrease with legal medical marijuana

There has been much debate in recent years over the legalization of marijuana. A few states and cities have chosen to allow public use of the drug or have decriminalized its possession. Even more have acknowledged its value in treating certain medical conditions. In fact, Reuters reports that medical marijuana first became legal in 1996 and that it has subsequently been legalized in 28 states.

Marijuana is known to affect a person’s ability to drive, similar to alcohol. It is surprising to learn, therefore, that a recent study found that the number of deaths caused by traffic accidents have actually decreased in areas where medical marijuana was legalized. The largest age group of registered users of medical marijuana is people between 25 and 44. The number of fatalities for that age group decreased by 12 percent. Overall, the number of fatalities across the nation decreased 11 percent over a 20-year period.

Large verdict handed down for truck accident survivor

Traffic accidents in Marietta can be scary and damaging enough, but crashes that involve large tractor-trailers are often extremely dangerous and sometimes even fatal. Those who are lucky enough to survive such truck accidents are often left with huge medical bills and life-changing injuries.

A Georgia jury recently awarded the survivor of a horrific truck accident $15 million.  after the trucking company that employed the driver was found responsible in a civil trial. The truck driver had previously been found criminally liable for the crash. The highly-publicized accident involved seven cars and occurred when the truck driver failed to notice that traffic had come to a stop. It is estimated that he was driving 70 miles per hour at the time of the accident.

Car makers using new technologies to reduce rear-end collisions

Getting hit from behind by a careless driver in Marietta can be an unpleasant experience. In addition to damage to the vehicles, head and neck injuries from rear-end collisions are likely to occur and can even be quite serious. Unfortunately, these types of accidents are commonplace. According to Safe Braking, rear-end collisions account for 28 percent of all accidents. Therefore, car manufacturers are looking for ways to decrease the number of these types of crashes.

The main way they are doing so is by implementing new technology such as automatic braking systems. According to the Verge, with automatic emergency braking, the car will sense when a collision is possible and will apply the brakes directly, without any input by the driver.

What are Georgia’s laws regarding child car seats?

No one wants to be in a car accident in Marietta but if you are, you want every person riding in the car to be as safe as possible. Children are especially vulnerable given their size and weight and therefore every state has its own laws regarding how child passengers need to be restrained. Knowing what the law says is crucial in keeping your child safe in the event that an accident does occur.

One common mistake many people make is thinking that their child is old enough to not need a car seat or booster seat. However, whether or not your child can use the seat belt without assistance is actually based on his or her height and weight and not age according to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Children should use a booster seat so that the lap belt and seat belt fit correctly until they are big enough to do so without. Therefore, your child may outgrow the booster seat sooner or later than other kids who are the same age.

Proposed guidelines on distracted driving met with opposition

Being injured in a car accident in Georgia caused by a distracted driver can be devastating. Based on the statistics, this problem is becoming all too common. According to Distraction.gov, distracted driving contributes to roughly 431,000 accident injuries annually and more than 3,100 fatalities.

In an effort to combat this epidemic, new federal guidelines have been proposed that would encourage the makers of smartphones to block some features from being accessed while users are driving. The proposal is currently open for comments by the public. So far, the guidelines have been met with mixed reactions. Some safety experts support the plan, but others wonder if it goes far enough. The National Transportation Safety Board, for example, supports a total ban on cellphone use for drivers.

Why Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday for drivers

Thanksgiving Day is usually a time for celebration, as across New Jersey family and friends gather together to give thanks and share a tasty meal. However, it also ranks as the number one holiday in the United States for deadly car accidents and there a number of reasons that contribute to why this may be.

On reason is simply the sheer number of cars that are on the road that day. Each year, more than 39 million people take to the road on Thanksgiving reports ABC News. This is because roughly 90 percent of people drive to their holiday destination. And it seems as though those driving in rural areas may be more at risk than those driving in cities. This may be in part due to the fact that people in those areas are less likely to use seat belts. In fact, 67 percent all deadly crashes take place on rural roads.

How will self-driving cars be regulated for safety?

Like many people, you are probably aware that self-driving cars are being developed and will likely be seen on Georgia’s roads in the very near future. However, you may have some questions and concerns about just how safe these cars will be and what kind of safety testing will be required of them.

The federal government recently announced guidelines it has developed, which auto manufacturers will have to follow in order get their products on the road, reports Bloomberg. The federal guidelines are important since many people do not want individual states to come up with their own rules since that would likely lead to confusion and could potentially make you and other drivers unsafe.

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