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When trucks topple over

There are many types of semitruck accidents, but other than fatal crashes, perhaps none that can shut down an interstate or highway longer than those involving trucks that lose their cargo.

In recent months, there has been an uptick of incidents involving trucks losing their loads after tipping over onto the highway. Let's look at a few recent trucking mishaps that made the news.

Don’t drive in semis' ‘no zones’

Semitrucks -- also known as 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers and big rigs – are a frequent sight on America’s highways. These behemoths, weighing as much as 80,000 pounds, are essential to our economy. Semitrucks deliver roughly 68 percent of all U.S. goods.

Even though these trucks are so vital, they do pose a safety risk on the roadways. More than 4,300 people were killed 450,000 in crashes with large trucks in 2016. Outdated equipment and overworked trucker drivers contributed to some of these accidents, but so, too, did drivers of passenger vehicles how did not know how to interact with semis on the road.

As more pedestrians are hurt, Georgians ask why

Georgians are rightly proud of our beautiful state so it’s no surprise when the international press finds new reasons to think about us.

Readers of the UK’s Daily Mail did in March, but the newsworthy trend was that Georgia’s becoming a more dangerous place to take a walk. The Daily Mail and National Public Radio both announced that Georgia was one of the five states accounting for nearly 50% of U.S. pedestrian deaths last year.

Slip-and-fall injuries in Georgia: What to know

Here’s the scene: You’re in a store shopping. You’re walking down an aisle and trip over torn carpet. You lose your footing and you fall, breaking your ankle. It could happen to anyone. Accidents happen every day.

But a serious injury often comes with devastating consequences: hefty medical bills, a loss of income, the inability to care for yourself, and great pain. When something like this happens, who is at fault? What are your rights? Who is going to look out for you? How long do you have to before you must act?

Drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalk

You have probably been looking both ways before crossing the street since you could walk. Most motor vehicle drivers know to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks but not everyone does it. Similarly, pedestrians often assume that vehicles must yield to them in every instance. This is also false and most drivers will yield for no other reason than not wanting to hit a pedestrian.

It seems that many pedestrians and drivers alike could use a refresher course on Georgia's right of way laws.

Student’s death brings Uber safety to the fore

After a college student recently entered a car she believed to be her Uber ride and was later found dead, experts urge riders to review ride-sharing safety tips.

Samantha Josephson, 21, a student at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, became separated from her friends after a night out and called for an Uber ride at 2 a.m. March 29. She entered a black Chevrolet Impala thinking it was her ride. Her body was found about 14 hours later in a field 90 miles away. A man has been arrested and charged with murder and kidnapping.

Why spring is a great season to train teen drivers

The dark nights and cold temperatures can make winter feel longer than it should, but it will be over before you know it. It won’t be long before we have more warm days than cool ones, more sunlight than night skies and more rain instead of snow. One of the most difficult seasons of the year is almost over, spring is almost here.

If you have a teen preparing for their license or permit, you may find it hard to find the right time for them to get some experience in before applying for the test or taking the car on a daily basis. Spring may be one of the best times of the year for you to help them get as much hours as they can on Georgia’s roads. This season provides more comfortable and accessible settings that make the transition for them safer and easier.

Can newer cars help older Americans reduce accidents?

Even with all their experience and knowledge gained by being behind the wheel for so many years, senior drivers are the ones who find themselves as the group with the highest amount of accidents. Drivers 65 and older are twice as likely to be involved in an accident than a younger driver. In addition, 70 percent of drivers over 65 suffer from health conditions ranging from arthritis to vision problems that can greatly reduce their driving performance.

The good news is the auto industry and new technology have both come together to make driving easier for everybody. For seniors, this new technology can fill in for deficiencies due to their age or physical limitations.

Important tips to be a more defensive driver

Each year, there are roughly 300,000 car accidents on Georgia roads. As that number increases, so does the number of serious injuries from those crashes.

A car accident can cause severe and even life-changing damage in just seconds. The risk of an accident is even higher this time of year with wet and uncertain weather conditions. It is more important than ever for drivers young and old to be defensive behind the wheel. Here are a few essential tips to become a more defensive driver and help prevent accidents:

Who is at fault after a slip and fall accident?

A slip and fall accident can happen when you least expect it. Whether you were walking to your car, down an aisle at the grocery store or even into work, you may try to immediately “walk off” the fall or resume what you were doing.

However, a bad fall may lead you to pursue damages for what you have suffered. If the accident occurred on the private or commercial property of another, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the property owner.

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