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How to Drive Safely Around Semi Trucks in Atlanta This Summer

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No matter where you drive in Atlanta, chances are that you will come into be sharing the road with a semi truck for at least part of your journey. This is especially true if you drive on highways. Knowing how to drive safely around these large trucks can help prevent an accident. A collision with a semi truck is especially serious due to the power a semi truck packs behind its wheels. These vehicles often way several tons when loaded with cargo. This means that your passenger vehicle is no match for a truck in an accident. While some accidents are...

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Stay Safe with Fireworks This Fourth of July

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If you live in Georgia and are getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, you have a one-up over people in many other states: You can legally purchase and use fireworks. In 2015, the state passed a law that made it legal to do so. Fireworks to include bottle rockets, Roman candles and mortars are permitted. That said, there are some limits as to where and when those fireworks can be lighted. On any day of the year, you can wake up and light fireworks as early as 10 a.m. You'll need to light your last one by 9 p.m....

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Georgia’s New Distracted Driving Law: What’s Legal and What’s Not?

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A new Georgia distracted driving law takes effect in July, and you need to know about it. Break the law, and you could be handed a hefty citation by a local law enforcement officer. House Bill 673 makes it a requirement that anyone behind the wheel uses hands-free technology when using their cell phone or other electronic device. Unfortunately for drivers, what constitutes a hands-free device is a bit murky. Here's more about the new law. What's Not Allowed When it comes to getting behind the wheel of your car, the only thing you should be focused on is driving safely. Studies...

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How a DUI Case Makes Its Way Through the Atlanta Court System

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When a person is charged with driving under the influence in Atlanta, they are understandably overwhelmed, especially if they've never been charged with a crime. It's often the things we don't know or understand that cause us the most anxiety. Being accused of DUI is certainly cause for worry, but you may be able to calm your nerves a bit when you know what to expect. If you have been charged with DUI in Atlanta or the surrounding area, the process of going to court will take a route that is fairly typical. Your path may vary slightly due to the...

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Report: Georgia Is Very Dangerous for Pedestrians

Report Georgia Is Very Dangerous for Pedestrians

According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association released this year, Georgia is ranked 16th in the nation for pedestrian deaths. It's dangerous for pedestrians out there; an estimated 92 pedestrians were killed in a six-month period in early 2017. The state is determined to curb the number of deaths by creating a pedestrian safety action plan. Corridors will be targeted for assessment, road safety audits will be conducted and the safety of school zones will be looked at. Specifically, Atlanta has been under an increased amount of scrutiny because of a number of recent pedestrian accidents that have...

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Do I Have to Be In a Car to Get a DUI?

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When people think of driving under the influence, they picture a vehicle of some sort. Typically, thoughts turn to a car or truck. People may have read the odd story of someone being charged with DUI while driving a tractor or boat, sometimes even a bicycle, but these stories are few and far between. Many don’t realize that a vehicle, as defined by law, covers a wide range of motorized and non-motorized equipment and machinery. For example, ATV riding is a popular pastime in Georgia and elsewhere. People ride ATVs as a leisure activity, and hunters use them for quick, versatile...

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How to Choose a Wrongful Death Attorney in Atlanta

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When a loved one is killed in an accident that was caused by someone's negligence or error, it can be a shocking tragedy. Any death can cause a family to grieve, but unexpected deaths seem to leave a family even more upset. It was too soon. It didn't have to happen. These may be the thoughts running through your mind, and you are right. The family that is left to deal with the aftermath of such a death has legal rights. While some families will choose to not pursue legal avenues, many do. A wrongful death lawsuit is certainly an option,...

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Can I Drink On My Boat?

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A law was passed in 2016 making it legal to "float under the influence." Many boaters and non-boaters alike took this to mean that the state of Georgia had made it legal to drink on one's own boat. This was not the case. The floating while drinking law only pertains to people floating on the water within 100 feet of the shore and using a tube of some type that does not have a motor. It remains illegal to drink alcohol and operate a boat on the waters of the state. According to the state’s Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia...

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