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July 2017 Archives

DUI Accident at Georgia Intersection Leaves 6 Children Injured

iStock-451333971-resize-300x200.jpgIn Columbia County, a driver is facing several charges after causing an accident that left six children injured, two critically. The accident occurred when a driver pulled out in front of a pickup truck with a car full of children. The six children came from three different families and all lived in the same neighborhood. One of the children is now paralyzed due to her injuries.

I-85 Highway Collapse Prompts States to Reexamine Bridges

iStock-528955916-resize.jpgEarlier this spring, a massive fire under Atlanta's Interstate 85 weakened the structure enough to cause an elevated section to come crashing down, causing a transportation crisis for one of the country's most congested cities. It took six weeks to rebuild the destroyed part of the road, which reopened on May 13, more than a month ahead of schedule. Fortunately, no one was injured in the fire or the collapse.

Theme Park Safety: Family Alleges Negligence Caused Injury

iStock-505266578-resize.jpgA Georgia woman is accusing Walt Disney Parks and Resort U.S. Inc. for injuries that her child suffered due to alleged negligence at Magic Kingdom. According to the complaint, in 2014, the child was boarding Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin, a ride at the park, when an employee negligently slammed the ride's safety device onto the child's finger. The child suffered severe and permanent bodily injury according to the lawsuit.

What Do I Do If My Child Is Injured at Day Care?

iStock_70197173_LARGE-1024x753.jpgWhat would you do if you brought your child home from day care and discovered that he or she was injured? This scenario recently occurred in Atlanta, when a woman arrived at her child's care center to find a golf-ball sized knot on his head. The day care workers claimed that no one knew what had happened. Fearing that something had gone wrong, the mother took her child to the hospital, where X-rays revealed that the child, only one year old, had suffered a skull fracture.

New DUI Law: How Much Do DUIs Cost?

rear-end-collision-attorney-460x272 (1).pngThe new DUI law, which grants first-time offenders more options for keeping their licenses after a DUI, went into effect on July 1. It allows drivers to seek permits to drive if they purchase an ignition interlock device (IID), a form of in-car breathalyzer that prevents a car from starting or continuing unless a sober driver blows into it. The IID must be purchased by the driver, adding yet another fee to the roughly $10,000 a DUI costs.

What Caused the Atlanta Bus Accident in June?

iStock-510539673-resize-300x200.jpgIn early June, a devastating bus accidentleft 40 people injured and a 17-year-old girl dead. The crash occurred in Atlanta when the bus hit a car on a four-lane road while attempting to change lanes. After striking the other vehicle, the bus driver steered to the left, losing control of the bus. It barreled through an uneven median and rolled onto its roof, pinning another car underneath.

City to Offer Free Teen Defensive Driving to Prevent Accidents

iStock_17849680_LARGE-300x200.jpgThe summer is the most dangerous time for teens to be driving - so much so that the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are frequently called the 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers. Teaching your teens how to be safe drivers starts with the parents, but other forms of education are also good tools, and the Bibb County Sheriff's Outreach Section is offering free classes for your teens and young adult children to learn defensive driving.

Seat Belts Save Lives of Two Injured in Car Accident

iStock-508185792-resize.jpgTwo Macon residents survived the rollover of one's Honda Fit in early June after a 42-year-old man ran a stop sign. The impact of his pickup truck flipped the Fit onto its roof, but fortunately the two passengers escaped relatively unharmed. The driver of the pickup truck was charged with DUI, failure to yield right of way and driving without insurance.

Wrongful Death Suit Thrown Out in Gym Mat Death

pedestrian-accident-macon-ga-460x272.pngOn January 11, 2013, 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was discovered dead inside an upright mat at Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Georgia. Students who had climbed up to the top of a cluster of the mats found him, and it was determined by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that he died accidentally due to positional asphyxia. A second autopsy conducted by a private pathologist concluded that blunt force trauma was the cause of death. The actual cause is still contested.

More Details Emerge after Atlanta Bus Crash

iStock-533992636-resize-300x200.jpgMore news has emerged regarding the fatal Mt. Zion Baptist Church bus accident near Atlanta earlier this month, which killed a 17-year-old girl and injured 39 more people. The group was headed to a mission trip in Africa when the crash occurred. The new reports explain in more detail the circumstances leading up to the deadly crash.

Workplace Fatality: Publix Employee Dies after Falling into Deep Fryer

iStock-528955916-resize.jpgAccording to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a family is reeling after the death of its patriarch in a freak work incident. The 37-year-old man was cleaning a deep fryer at a Publix store in Dacula, Georgia when the thin metal cover on top of it caved in, dropping the man into a vat of hot cooking oil. Emergency workers managed to rush him to the hospital, but he died as a result of his severe burns.

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