The open road is as close as many people get to feeling true freedom. Unfortunately, many people in Georgia also never get closer to the risk of physical harm or even death than on the road. The speed and size of cars, trucks and other vehicles are always enough to cause trauma if something goes wrong.
The idea behind putting hands-free technology in cars is essentially to make them safer. If you can talk to your phone and send a text message, rather than looking down and typing it, you can keep your eyes on the road.
You're involved in a car accident when a driver in a pickup truck fails to stop at a red light. They run through the light and hit your driver's side door as you go through on the cross street. While your seat belt protects you to some degree, your head swings to the side and impacts your window, leading to a serious brain injury.
High-speed police chases may be exciting to watch on the local news from the comfort of your living room. However, for motorists who are on the roads along the route where the chase is taking place, there can be serious and -- too often -- deadly consequences.
A 25-year-old Hazlehurst man was indicted on Feb. 5 for several crimes including first-degree vehicular homicide, driving under the influence of drugs and serious injury by a vehicle. He was also indicted for various traffic-related offenses. These charges stemmed from the young man's alleged involvement in causing a fatal crash that occurred in June along Gordon Highway in Augusta.
A fatal rollover accident occurred late in the evening on Dec. 23 right near exit 194 of Interstate 20. That exit, which leads to GA-383, Belair Road and Dyson Parkway, is located in Grovetown, a city that lies just over 12 miles to the southwest of central Augusta.
When it's chilly outside, the emergence of the sun from behind the clouds can quickly brighten your spirits and warm you up. Depending on the time of the day and the direction that you're driving in, it can also make it difficult for you to safely maneuver your vehicle.
A 22-year-old Augusta man was stuck and killed while walking near the intersection of Interstate 520 East and Gordon Highway on Oct. 3. Police first started receiving calls about a 2015 Honda Accord having allegedly struck the man just after 11:22 p.m. that day.
A 26-year-old Augusta man is wanted for felony fleeing and eluding charges after he fled in a vehicle from a Richmond County deputy sheriff at around 1:30 a.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The pursuit ended when the deputy was seriously injured in a crash.
A 32-year-old Augusta man entered an early guilty plea on one count of first-degree murder on Monday, Aug. 13 in Columbia County Superior Court.