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Do motorcycle helmets make neck injuries worse -- or not?

Conventional wisdom among a lot of motorcyclists is that helmets aren't necessarily great at protecting riders in a wreck. Some motorcyclists have even loudly fought against mandatory helmet laws for riders.

That opposition isn't just a desire to rebel and reckless indifference to the rules of a road. Motorcyclists are generally highly concerned with their own safety because they know that they don't have the same protection from injury that people in passenger cars get in an accident.

Regardless of breed, it is wise to be cautious around all dogs

Most Georgia residents have dogs in their homes. From tiny teacup dogs to huge great Danes, these animals mean a lot to people. We love dogs, too, and welcome them into our families, but we also know that some of them can be dangerous.

Even family dogs can be dangerous and put people at risk for dog bites and attacks. Most people associate dog bites with breeds including pit bulls, Dobermans, German shepherds and Rottweilers. In truth, any breed of dog can pose bite risks under the right (or wrong) circumstances.

A car wreck does not have to wreck your life

Even if you practice defensive driving religiously, sometimes motor vehicle collisions are unavoidable if other motorists are negligent behind the wheel. Unfortunately, these types of accidents can easily ruin your day, and some of them can even have longer-term impacts if they cause you serious injuries.

Following an accident, you may understandably be at a loss for what to do. After all, accident scenes are generally chaotic, with emotions running high. Here is a glimpse at what you need to do following a car wreck in Georgia.

Can a postnuptial agreement save your marriage?

In a word: maybe.

Family law attorneys have seen nearly every way a marriage can disintegrate. Issues involving domestic violence, adultery and simple irreconcilable differences are common culprits. However, probably the most common reason couples get divorced centers on financial conflict. Money has its advantages, but it can also destroy relationships if one or both spouses cannot agree on how to manage finances.

Being more visible can help you avoid motorcycle accidents

As the temperatures begin to climb, it is a sure bet that motorcycle enthusiasts will be more eager to ride than ever. Georgia offers the perfect environment in which to enjoy riding, especially when it really gets hot outside. Nothing can cool you down quite as well as riding a motorcycle.

Unfortunately, careless or reckless drivers place you at risk of being involved in a motorcycle accident. Many people do not pay attention to their surroundings. A common reason that motorcycle accidents occur is because the other motorist did not see the bike.

Head-on car accident takes the life of Gainesville man

Every time a car accident robs a family of a loved one, it is tragic to say the very least. The emotional pain and grief of such an experience can haunt a family for a long time, if not forever. According to data from the Georgia Department of Transportation, car accident fatalities appear to be a rising problem in the state.

Over a 10-year period from 2008 through 2017, the number of accident deaths topped out at 1,561 in 2016. Reports occurring in 2017 showed only a minor improvement with 1,549 accident fatalities. Fortunately, these tragedies usually occur outside of Gainesville, but a recent fatal car accident has hit a little closer to home.

Never forget that car accidents can happen anytime, anywhere

After we become adults and get accustomed to operating motor vehicles frequently, complacency is a real risk. After all, we know we are good drivers, we obey traffic laws at all times and we try to watch out for danger. Surely, this is enough to keep us all as safe as possible.

Unfortunately, danger can strike at any time and in any place, even from the most unlikely sources. Part of avoiding truck, motorcycle and car accidents is staying alert for any hazards, not just the ones you might expect. Let the following bizarre accident tales convince you that danger may be lurking right in your path.

Take these steps to strengthen a slip-and-fall accident case

Slip-and-fall accidents can occur in almost any location or setting, including restaurants, hospitals, sidewalks, retail stores or even a neighbor's yard. Many of these falls are minor and do not result in injuries, but some can be very serious. For example, if the victim strikes his or her head in a fall, severe brain injury might occur.

No property owner wants to see a person suffer slip-and-fall accidents on his or her premises. However, as we all know, they still happen, and sometimes even the most conscientious property owner is at fault. This liability can come in several forms, such as:

  • The property owner created the dangerous condition.
  • The owner knew about the hazard and failed to correct it.
  • The owner should have known about and addressed the hazard.

Fight back following an injury-causing commercial truck accident

Becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident is one of the most harrowing experiences a person could have. This is especially true for those involved in accidents involving commercial trucks.

Commercial trucks are inherently dangerous due to their large size, as well as the fact that they are much heavier than your average car. If a commercial truck driver has injured you due to negligent driving, you have the right to seek justice in Georgia.

Why aren't more under-ride guards mandatory on large trucks?

Although lawmakers continue to push for mandatory under-ride guards, they have not been able to accomplish this goal completely. For readers who might not know, under-ride guards attach to the bottom of tractor-trailers. In the event of a truck accident, the guards can prevent smaller vehicles from sliding underneath a truck upon impact. These guards have the potential to save many thousands of lives across the nation.

At this time, a bipartisan measure known as the Stop Under-rides Act of 2017 is circulating through Congress. If voted through, the Act would make it mandatory to install side under-ride guards on trailers and front guards on trucks. Passage of the Act would also strengthen the laws associated with rear under-ride guards, which have been mandatory in the United States since 1953.

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