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Macon Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

Are you a safe motorcyclist?

It's estimated that motorcyclists have fatality rates that are 28 times that of other motorists when factoring in the miles driven. It's a given that riding a two-wheeled cycle exposes riders to greater risks than other, more substantial forms of transportation.

Some risks are out of the control of motorcyclists. Distracted motorists treat driving as a secondary task while they east, slurp drinks, apply makeup or tussle with the kids riding in the back seat.

Driver blames sneeze for Athens rear-end collision

When is a sneeze more than a sneeze? Answer: When it causes an accident on Georgia roads.

That's the question one driver may be pondering lately, as a fit of sneezing was the alleged cause of an auto accident between a woman driving an SUV and the driver of a minivan.

What are the rules surrounding 'logo liability' in wrecks?

Large semitrucks emblazoned with company logos are like ubiquitous, rolling billboards on the highways. But these advertisements on wheels also serve a legal purpose and can affect the terms of any settlement for damages stemming from an accident with the at-fault truckers.

Here's how logo liability could impact you or a loved one following a collision.

What if you already had an injury before your car accident?

Pursuing an insurance claim after a motor vehicle accident seems as if it should be straightforward. You seek medical care following the incident to prove that the crash caused your bodily injuries. The insurance company then compensates you for medical bills, follow-up care and any long-term changes to your health and lifestyle.

Of course, that is a lot for the insurance provider to pay for every time a client gets into an accident, so insurers will do whatever they can do get out of paying the full amount. One of these ways is to examine your medical records to disprove that the accident resulted in the injury, or at least to the severity you claim.

Motorcyclists: Don't ride without proper gear

Nearly all riders know that wearing a helmet is the number one thing motorcyclists can do to save their own lives. Also, here in Georgia, it's mandatory to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle.

But what other gear should riders wear to protect themselves from injuries due to motorcycle collisions? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that two areas of the body most commonly injured in motorcycle accidents are the riders' legs and feet. The two combined make up 30 percent of the nonlethal injuries to bikers.

Ford announces new recall

It seems like there is always an auto recall being announced by the media, and just recently, the automaker giant Ford announced its latest.

Approximately 550,000 SUVs and cars sold in North America have been recalled due to a problem involving their gearshifts.

Learn the causes of commercial truck accidents

If you're heading out for a family vacation or day trip this summer, you'll have to compete for asphalt room with the large commercial trucks on the highway.

All the traffic makes it even more likely to get involved in a collision. If it's with a big rig, you likely will not come out the winner of that match-up.

Soft tissue injuries some of the most common in wrecks

If you were involved in a collision with another motorist, one common source of post-accident pain is soft tissue injury. The "soft" areas of the body consist of the ligaments, muscles and tendons. Often these injuries may include:

  • Contusions (bruises)
  • Sprains
  • Strains

Most soft tissue injuries will resolve over time, both with and without treatment, although seeking medical care for your injuries can make you more comfortable and the injuries resolve faster.

Does your new car have a 'secret warranty?'

So, you finally bought that new car you'd been saving for and dreaming of. But before the "new-car smell" is even gone, you discovered that your vehicle has a fairly serious safety hazard due to a defective auto part.

Learning a car is not mechanically sound is frustrating, especially if you lose the use of your vehicle and/or have to shell out cash to fix the problem.

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