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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.

Tips for safe driving around log trucks

Evelyn Hurley had luck on her side this past September as she drove through downtown Macon and a log fell from the truck ahead of her smashed through her windshield on the driver's side. Amazingly,she dodged the log and was not seriously hurt. The scene could have easily ended in tragedy. This time, Hurley’s SUV took most of the damage. Too often, accidents between log trucks and passenger vehicles result in injury or death.

Logging trucks are a common sight on the roads around Macon. Here are a few tips for safe driving when you encounter a log truck or another large truck carrying a heavy load:

How Dangerous Were Central Georgia Roads during Thanksgiving 2016?

iStock-508185792-resize.jpgWe hope all of our readers had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday! As we head deeper into the holiday season, we thought we would revisit some statistics regarding last year's holiday season as a small reminder to continue practicing safe driving behaviors.

What Caused the Deadly Amtrak Accident in Seattle?

iStock-465912064-resize-300x200.jpgDevastation struck DuPont, Washington on Monday, December 18 when the Amtrak Cascades 501 train derailed on its maiden voyage from Seattle to Portland. The train was carrying 86 people when it rounded a curve at nearly three times the speed limit. It left the tracks and hurled passenger cars off an overpass and into rush hour traffic on the road below. More than 100 people were hospitalized and at least three passengers were killed.

Chrysler Was 99 Percent at Fault in Wrongful Death Suit

iStock-451333971-resize-300x200.jpgChrysler was reported last year to have filed an appeal on a high-profile 2012 case involving the death of a child in a Jeep accident. According to the original accident report, a 4-year-old boy burned to death after a Jeep was rear-ended. The fire happened due to the Jeep's ruptured fuel tank located behind the rear axle. The driver liable for the accident was charged with vehicular homicide in the first degree. Chrysler, on the other hand, was found to be 99 percent at fault for the accident.

Will a New Georgia Distracted Driving Law Save More Lives?

taking-a-selfie-while-driving-300x200.jpgOn July 1st, a new distracted driving law went into effect here in Georgia. This law was made in response to an increasing problem that the 2010 texting while driving law wasn't addressing. But will this new law succeed where the old one failed? The fighting attorneys from Macon want to find out.

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