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Macon Motor Vehicle Accident Law Blog

What is defensive driving?

According to the American National Standard Safe Practices for Motor Vehicle Operation, the skill of defensive driving as "driving to save lives, time, and money, in spite of the conditions around you and the actions of others."

At all times behind the wheel, defensive drivers will attempt to avoid collisions. Accidents between two passenger vehicles are the most common wrecks in the United States, and a third of those happen at intersections.

Texting is not the only distraction while driving

Since the emergence of texting as a popular means of communication, its danger to drivers has become increasingly clear. Many lives have been lost and drivers injured because of the negligence caused by texting while driving. All the attention given to this issue, however, has left many other common distractions overlooked. There are several factors, in fact, that can distract you from the road. 

The following are three of the most common distractions drivers face, other than texting, when on the road. If you have been in an accident that involved any of the following factors, you should get attention from a medical professional and seek advice from a legal representative as you recover from the incident. 

Can I sue Lyft for injuries after a wreck in one of their cars?

With the proliferation of ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber, the likelihood of passengers being involved in accidents increases.

But who bears liability for any injuries or damages — the individual drivers or the ride-share companies?

Will you be safe on the highways this Memorial Day?

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? If you are like many Americans, you probably plan to kick off the unofficial start of summer with barbecues at the river or local lakes. Perhaps you're even headed to the coast for some beach time.

Memorial Day weekend has heavy traffic because of all the travelers jockeying for position to get to their destinations quickly. As a result, the accident rate rises precipitously.

Driver of out-of-state sedan cleared in fatal wreck

When a toddler was killed in a crash on Interstate 75 earlier this month in Clayton County, police initially suspected that an out-of-state driver was responsible for the accident that also critically injured an infant and left the parents and another child with less serious injuries.

However, after further investigation, law enforcement officers have ruled out the possibility that the driver of a blue car with New York license plates had any liability in the fatal accident.

How can you prepare for a truck driver's medical exam?

One of the biggest barriers to a commercial driving license is the Department of Transportation's required medical exam.

Exams are only performed by a limited number of doctors -- those certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Being forced to go through an exam by a strange doctor is naturally intimidating.

Motorcyclists: Avoid left-turn accidents with these tips

Left-turn accidents, where a passenger car or truck suddenly turns left right in front of a moving motorcycle as if the rider and bike weren't even there, are a nightmare for bikers. They're one of the top things experienced riders warn other drivers to expect.

Left-turn accidents aren't typically something that drivers in other passenger cars have to worry about. Motorcyclists experience the phenomenon primarily because other drivers somehow don't register the presence of the biker. No one is quite sure why it happens. Experts suspect that drivers focus so hard on traffic signals, trucks and other cars -- the typical dangers they're trained to watch -- that their minds simply overlook motorcycles because they don't expect to see them.

The importance of follow-up care after an injury

When you get injured in a car accident, you probably know to visit a doctor as soon as possible to assess the physical harm and create a medical report of the incident. In fact, if your accident was serious enough, you probably went straight to the ER to receive immediate treatment.

Regardless of the nature of your first medical appointment, it is not the only one that matters to your health or your wallet. Just as important is the follow-up care you receive to ensure the best physical and financial recovery.

Safety rises when drivers take precautions around trucks

Georgia is the crossroads of the South, and limited-access highways like the many interstates connecting the state are one of the best ways to get around. Highways make it easy and fast to get places around the Peach State, but safety is always a concern.

Trucks like tractor-trailers and tow vehicles can pose specific dangers, as nearly any collision with heavy equipment on the road causes significant damage and injury. This is usually due to the sheer weight differences between big rigs and passenger cars or pickup trucks. Most commercial trucks weigh more than 20 times more than a typical car.

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