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September 2016 Archives

When Actively Avoiding An Accident Can Cost You: Laying Down Your Motorcycle To Prevent A Direct Collision

Some of the best and most experienced riders know that laying down your motorcycle to avoid an accident or with a negligent driver or minimize the impact is an act of control and great safety technique. Nevertheless, you may be shocked to know that when you do so, you may be asking for a denial of your insurance claim.

How To Obtain A Georgia Handicapped Parking Permit

One popular question I am often asked is how to obtain a Georgia disabled / handicapped parking permit. As you probably know, a disabled permit or license plate will allow you to park in designated parking spots if you have a disability, injury or illness that limits your mobility.

Why Your Smartphone Can Be Extremely Useful Following Your Car Accident

Pretty much everyone with a driver's license these days has some form of a smartphone. With these devices, we can surf the internet, check our email and use GPS to navigate around town in addition to sending text messages and making phone calls. But what you may not have guessed is that your smartphone has all the tools you need for documenting important information and gathering evidence at the scene following your car accident.

Things You Should Avoid When Receiving Treatment For Your Accident-Related Injuries

If you have been injured as the result of someone else's negligence, whether it be a car accident or slip-and-fall situation, one of the first things you want to do is obtain medical treatment for your injuries. However, there are routine mistakes that personal injury victims make when getting treatment that end-up hurting their case. Here are some tips for avoiding those mistakes.

FMCSA Will Now Require Electronic Logging Of Trucker Hours

Time and again I have discussed the dangers of sharing the road with large, semi-trucks and tractor-trailers. One of the most dangerous conditions is truck drivers who are exhausted because they are driving in excess of the maximum number of hours permitted by law. However, a new law may help reduce or completely eliminate this unlawful practice.

What The Insurance Company Is Doing When They Conduct An Investigation Of You And How You Should React

After you call your insurance company to report a car accident, you can be sure that the first thing the company will do is investigate your claim thoroughly. Unfortunately, this means that the company will begin by investigating you.

Sharing The Road With Pedestrians & Bicyclists

During the Spring and Summertime in Georgia, biking is extremely popular for many individuals. During this time, more and more people tend to pull out their bikes. This means motorist need to be increasingly aware of sharing the road with pedestrians and cyclists.

Simple Tips To Avoid Drowning & Other Water-Related Injuries This Summer

Whether you're swimming or boating at the beach or in a pool, being in the water is a way of life during the summertime for Georgia residents, whether you are in-state of vacationing elsewhere. But the increased opportunities for fun in the water means an increased possibility of drowning and other water-related injuries. Here are some simple tips to keep you and your family safe on the water this season.

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

There is no question that driving distracted is dangerous. For this reason, Georgia law prohibits all drivers from texting on their cell phones when behind the wheel. Moreover, young drivers under the age of 18 cannot use a wireless communication device of any kind while driving, this includes speaking on the phone whether or not the driver is using a hands-free device. This is because cell phone use is one of the leading causes of distracted driving, particularly amongst teens and young adults.

Key-Less Car Ignitions & Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The automobile industry has made major advancements regarding vehicle technology designed to ensure your driving experience is convenient and safe. Global positioning systems (GPS) installed directly in your dashboard and rear-end vehicle cameras that warn of obstructions are among the newest features. Another innovative development is the keyless car ignition that enables you to enter your vehicle and start it without a traditional key. Instead, you simply push the button to start your car.

Baited Fields and Dove Season: Don't Run Afoul of the Law

The 2016 Georgia Dove season is fast approaching. Opening day for the first part of the season is on September 3rd, 2016. Perhaps one of the most satisfying hunting experiences for every sportsman/ sportswoman, dove season is the first hunting season to begin the fall hunting seasons. It comes before any other season in the fall and offers one of the most challenging experiences for any hunter. It also provides the opportunity to run afoul of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources for hunting over a baited field.O.C.G.A. § 27-3-9 (b)(1) provides in part "it shall be unlawful for any person to hunt any game bird or game animal upon, over, around, or near any place where any corn, wheat, or other grains, salts, apples, or other feed or bait has been placed, exposed, deposited, distributed, or scattered so as to constitute a lure, attraction, or enticement to such birds or animals."Placing any of the above noted materials on a field will be considered baiting as it is an attempt to attract more birds to one field over another non-baited field.

Was Negligence A Factor In My Boating Accident?

While boating does not involve roads or highways, Georgia law on boating negligence is the same for motor vehicles. You will be legally negligent for breaching your duty of care to operate a boat carefully that results in injury or property damage to another individual on the water. Though the negligence of boat operators is often the cause of most boating accidents, the negligent conduct of other boaters and boat passengers may also play a role.

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