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Motor Vehicle Accidents Archives

There's a lot to fear when sharing the road with teen drivers

If you were to ask most adult drivers when they experienced their first automobile accident, many would tell you it was back when they were teenagers. If you asked those same motorists what types of drivers they feared most on the road, teens would likely rank pretty high up on their list. They'd probably join the ranks of drunk or distracted vehicle operators. There are many valid reasons why adult motorists fear sharing the roads with teen drivers.

Emotional distress and whether it's covered as pain and suffering

Judges, juries and insurance companies generally don't award compensation for emotional distress, except in cases with severe injuries. How much a plaintiff may receive as a settlement may vary significantly from one case to the next.

What is a compartment syndrome?

Although it's rare, there are some instances in which car accident victims may get diagnosed with a painful condition known as compartment syndrome post-crash. A person with such a diagnosis often experiences a buildup of swelling and pressure in their leg and arm muscles. An individual with compartment syndrome often experiences these symptoms after disruption of blood flow and subsequent deprivation of oxygen and essential nutrients to the muscles and nerves within specific portions of their body.

When and where car crashes are most apt to occur

Driving is a very dangerous activity. This is one of the reasons why motorists are required to carry automobile insurance to protect them if they get hurt or they injure someone else. Vehicles have been manufactured with enhanced safety features in recent years. Even still, this has done very little to curb crash rates. It may be helpful for motorists to know when and where accidents occur, so that they can be even more vigilant to avoid crashes in such instances.

Researchers discover why women get hurt in car crashes

Women are both more likely to be injured and die in car crashes than men. Federal transportation statistics show that female drivers and their passengers who wear their seatbelts are 17% more likely to die in a car crash than men of their same age bracket. Women as a whole are 73% more likely to be injured in a full-frontal crash than their male counterparts even if both genders are wearing seatbelts. Researchers have recently come up with a theory for why that's the case.

Police up their patrol around Plant Vogtle to reduce crash rates

Law enforcement has begun paying additional attention to the Burke County roads that surround Plant Vogtle in recent months. One of the primary reasons why they've started doing this is because there has been an uptick in traffic violations and crashes in the area during that time frame. While no one has died in these incidents, there have been injuries. Police have upped their patrol as they feel that it's only a matter of time before someone dies for a completely preventable reason.

What can motorcyclists do to make themselves more visible?

One of the great thrills that come with riding a motorbike here in Augusta is that you can experience the freedom of riding down Georgia's many open roads. Motorcycles aren't all fun and games though. Motorcyclists have to worry about getting struck by the motorists that they share the roads with. One of the most common reasons why motorcycle riders get hit is because motorists claim that they didn't see them before they struck them. There are some things that motorcyclists can do to make themselves more visible though.

A Richmond County middle schooler is struck, injured

The Richmond County Sheriff's Office filed charges against a county school bus driver on Dec. 23. The law enforcement agency alleges that the bus operator's actions on the afternoon of Dec. 13 resulted in a middle school student being struck by a passing sports utility vehicle (SUV).

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