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Child dies in school bus accident that injured more than 20 kids

Accident investigators returned to the scene of last week's fatal school bus crash in Liberty County that claimed one 5-year-old girl's life and injured more than a score of other schoolchildren and the bus driver. When the wreck occurred, the bus driver was on her route to Taylors Creek Elementary School.

The accident occurred on Ray Road, a dirt road close to its intersection with Ga. 196 West.

Liability issues arise with accidents while using Uber, Lyft

If you've ever used a ride-sharing service to get around, you are likely a fan of how easy it is to summon a Lyft or Uber driver to take you to your destination. Especially during the holiday season when many people get tipsy at gatherings and parties, these companies can literally be lifesavers.

There is a flip side to the coin, however. There may be issues of liability in the event that an accident occurs while you are in transit. Typically, the ride-sharing company covers passengers' injuries. But there have been exceptions when Lyft or Uber refused to indemnify a driver who got into a collision with a guest passenger riding along.

Car accident injuries are not always cut-and-dried

If you have been in a car accident, you may experience catastrophic injuries at the onset. In cases like these, injuries are obvious, and hopefully, someone's insurance is going to cover the medical expenses and damages. But what if you are like a good percentage of accident victims who experience injuries that are virtually invisible at the time of the incident?

When an accident has just occurred, most people are stressed out, their minds are racing and adrenaline levels go through the roof. The best you can do when the traffic official asks you if you are hurt, is respond with "I don't think so." You may not have symptoms from an injury until days later. Now what?

Negotiating a car accident settlement

When you have been involved in a minor car accident, you may be worried that you will have to face a lengthy court case in order to resolve the issue and find a settlement between you and the other driver. The good news is that usually, a negotiation takes place between the at-fault driver's insurance company and the other driver. Therefore, it is very unlikely that you will end up involved in a court case.

How do insurance providers settle claims?

What Georgia laws govern slow-moving trucks and vehicles?

The state of Georgia is filled with rich and fertile farmland, which helps to boost the economy, provide income and feed the nation. While farming in the state is necessary and even welcome, many of the vehicles associated with agriculture often pose farming equipment and trucking accident risks.

Special equipment is needed to harvest and process Georgia crops and large trucks are necessary for transporting these crops. However, anyone who has come upon slow-moving vehicles on the state's roadways knows that it could result in equipment collisions or trucking accidents.

Is dehydrated driving a real concern?

Have you heard of dehydrated driving? Many people haven’t, but a study in 2015 proved that not getting enough water actually decreases driving performance to the same level as a .08 blood alcohol content. Safe driving isn’t just about obeying the law and abstaining from alcohol and drugs, it requires taking care of yourself and staying attentive.

Halloween car accident leaves Georgia boy hospitalized

According to the NSC (National Safety Council), children have a greater chance or dying in a pedestrian-car accident on Halloween than on any other day. This statistical fact makes it easy to assume that children are more likely to suffer injuries from a car accident on this day of the year as well.

A young Georgia family now understands these statistics better than many others after their young boy was struck by a van while out on Halloween. The five-year-old and his mother were both injured in the pedestrian-car accident that occurred at around 8:30 p.m. in Bogart.

It's easier than many think to see if a vehicle has been recalled

In 2015, about 51 million vehicles were recalled. Often, these recalls occur because of defective auto parts, which may result in injury or death. In a tragic example of a defective auto part, young actor, Anton Yelchin, lost his life when his Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a brick structure.

Yelchin's Jeep was one of more than one million vehicles recalled due to defective gear shifts. Apparently, the shifts led operators to believe the vehicle was in park when it was not. Yelchin's Jeep rolled down the actor's driveway after he exited the vehicle, causing his death.

Always seek a medical opinion after a car accident

We all know that experiencing a car accident is a risk that we all undertake in the course of living our lives. Motor vehicles are everywhere, and even if you have never been in a car accident, you have probably seen one occur.

An unfortunate by-product of living with motor vehicle technology is that some of us may dismiss seemingly minor accidents. This could have a detrimental effect on your health and your legal options.

How can I help ensure that my charter bus trip will be safe?

For many Georgia residents, it can be difficult to put their safety and well-being into the hands of a stranger. However, that is precisely what happens each time you board a charter bus. If the company is disreputable or the driver untrained, your risk of experiencing a commercial vehicle accident increases.

You may feel that the situation is out of your hands, but there are several ways to address safety issues when traveling on a charter bus. While commercial vehicle accidents involving a bus are rare, it is still a good idea to do everything you can to enhance your safety. The tips below can help.

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