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Working with a truck accident lawyer offers many benefits

Unfortunately, truck accidents have become commonplace across the country, and Georgia is no exception. Even residents of Gainesville have been victimized in collisions with large commercial vehicles.

Injuries in such collisions may range from minor to catastrophic, and death is a real possibility in some truck accidents. In short, accidents involving trucks and smaller vehicles are typically severe, and victims need all the help they can get.

Perform your own safety check before choosing a day care facility

It is not unnatural for parents to feel anxious and even overwhelmed at the prospect of leaving a child at a day care facility. Both parents in many Georgia families work outside the home, and making the right choice when it comes to childcare is vital. The most appropriate way to approach this dilemma might be to be proactive and question the safety procedures of all potential care providers.

If you are in such a situation, you need not hesitate when seeking answers to all your questions, and you may even arrange to spend time to observe activities at the day care facilities that might be suitable. Without peace of mind about your children's safety, you may be unable to perform adequately at your places of employment.

Can a dash cam improve a Georgia car accident case?

More and more Georgia residents are installing dash cams in their motor vehicles. There are many reasons for this, even simple ones like capturing footage of wildlife or nature scenes while practicing safe driving.

However, most people who decide to add video technology to their vehicles do so to help their case should a car accident occur.

Modifying your child custody order

For many parents, the custody order that makes sense in the middle of a divorce or the order that a court hands down simply does not work for one or both of them as each party makes its way into raising a child separately. In some cases, however, it is possible to modify an existing custody order, depending on the reasons for the modification and the position of each parent on it.

If both parents agree to a modification of the custody order, many courts will agree to make that change to the order. The primary difficulty in these instances is agreeing on terms and dealing with the time and expense required to successfully petition a court.

Delivery company employee killed at hub in Atlanta

An accident on Friday, Dec. 15 at the United Parcel Service (UPS) hub in Atlanta took the life of a 51-year-old male employee. The employee had worked for UPS for 17 years, was assigned to the dock and tasked with unloading trailers the day the accident occurred. The hub where the accident occurred is located on Pleasantdale Road, which is not far from the company's headquarters in the city.

According to a report from DeKalb County officials, the employee stepped off of the dock and wound up on the ground between the door for the dock and the trailer that was in reverse and headed towards the door. This report was disputed by a post on social media by a coworker of the victim. The victim's coworker reported the following about what happened:

Don't go soft on the one who has caused your soft-tissue injury

Your morning trip to work started as any other ordinary work commute. You used the radio to pacify you amid the constant stopping and starting in rush-hour traffic. Then, another car unexpectedly crashed into you from behind, and you felt pain. Your seemingly ordinary trip has just become extraordinary -- for all of the wrong reasons.

One of the most common types of injuries in a car accident is whiplash. If you have suffered whiplash, a soft-tissue injury, due to the carelessness of another motorist in Georgia, you have the right to seek to hold the other driver accountable.

Fight the stigma attached to people who ride motorcycles

Most motorcycle riders are only out trying to have a good time. They are usually very safe drivers who follow all of the rules of the road. Unfortunately, other drivers might not reciprocate this. We realize that you never expected that an irresponsible driver would slam into you while you were out on the open road.

Motorcycle crashes can devastating for the victim. Even seemingly minor injuries like road rash come with significant risks. Think about the things that you might find on the road. Substances like motor oil and other vehicle fluids might be on these. It is possible that when the road rash occurs that some of this will enter into the open wounds. This sets up the possibility of infection.

What are some common dangers for motorcyclists?

Whether you ride a motorcycle for fun or for your everyday needs, the dangers are always present. It doesn't matter how safe you are or how many safety measures you enact, dangers lurk around every curve for motorcyclists. So, what are some of the most common dangers motorcyclists face on the roads of Georgia?

Debris in the roadway is one of the biggest dangers facing motorcyclists in Georgia. Debris can include wet leaves, sticks, roadkill, potholes, pieces of vehicles and much more. Motorcyclists not only have to monitor for deer and other motorists but also debris that can send their bikes spiraling out of control.

Bad weather and big trucks: making the roads safer for everyone

Big trucks can spell big danger for everyone on Georgia roads when truckers make poor decisions behind the wheel. The men and women who drive semitrailers have a special responsibility to drive carefully and safely in all conditions, but this is especially true when the weather is bad or they are driving in unfamiliar areas.

When roads are in poor condition or the weather is less than ideal, it can greatly increase the chance of a truck accident. This is especially true when a truck driver is behind the wheel of a fully loaded commercial vehicle that is much larger and heavier than other vehicles on the road. When the weather is bad, truckers must consider braking distance and other factors in order to prevent accidents and keep everyone on the road safe.

Looking at laws truck drivers must follow

The trucking industry is one of the most important in our country. The more trucks you see on the road, the better the economy is performing. Even though trucks are important, they are also some of the most dangerous vehicles out there. They are large, heavy, oversized and can flip easily. Combine this with excessive speed or driver fatigue and you have a recipe for tragedy. Here are some laws that truck drivers must follow.

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has set forth a handful of rules, regulations and laws that all truck drivers must follow when on the job. These help to reduce the number of accidents involving trucks and those caused by fatigued truck drivers. Many truck drivers endure long hours and routes that take them across the country. For starters, truck drivers cannot operate their truck for more than 11 hours at a time without taking at least a break of 10 hours.

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