There has been a sharp rise in highway fatalities in Georgia during the past two years, according to state transportation authorities. During that period, there were more than 1,500 traffic deaths reported, which averages out to an astounding four deaths per day. Increasing driver inattention appears to be the main culprit in causing most of the fatal motor vehicle accidents, says a spokesperson for the state's Department of Transportation.
Savvy business owners prepare for the inevitable ups and downs any industry must learn to weather. But when it's a family-owned business, one risk for which many are ill-prepared is the threat of a divorce between one of the principal owners and a spouse.
Single vehicle accidents in Georgia are not exempt from the laws of negligence and the duty to compensate innocent victims. Whenever the driver of a vehicle negligently causes a collision of his or her vehicle with a wall, barrier, tree, pole or other obstruction, that driver will be liable for personal injury damages to anyone injured directly from the accident. This will most often apply to passengers in the negligent driver's vehicle who suffer injuries from the accident.
The police in Cartersville may not be aware of the national trend, including here in Georgia, of treating a small amount of marijuana as a minor offense. Instead, they recently arrested 70 people -- most of them African Americans -- at a party. All 70 of the suspects were arrested and jailed for possession of the same small amount of marijuana that authorities found on the premises. Criminal defense counsel will likely be successful in challenging many of the arrests.
The Georgia State Patrol has reported a truck accident that resulted in three serious injuries on Dec. 24. The accident occurred at about 1:30 a.m. on West Highway 16 when a pickup truck driver crossed the center line and crashed into a semi-truck head-on. As occasionally happens in truck accidents, there was an explosion after the collision. The tractor-trailer went off the roadway in flames, struck a telephone pole and then a mailbox, prior to jackknifing and ending up stationary with its cab on fire.