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How can vehicle drivers prevent semitruck crashes?

There is nothing more dangerous than getting into a crash with a semitruck. Vehicle drivers often suffer catastrophic injuries and death as a result of colliding with these gigantic, slow-moving and heavy vehicles. As such, it's important for drivers to do everything they can to stay safe when sharing the road with an 18-wheeler.

Here are a few things that every driver should do in the presence of a semitruck:

  • Be a defensive driver: The old question of "Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit?" applies here. A semitruck goes where it wants and anything in its path gets destroyed. As such, drivers should be careful and defensive when sharing the road with a semitruck. Drive slower, give space and follow all the rules of the road.
  • Get out of the semitruck's blindspots: Semitrucks have large blind spots in front of them, behind them and in certain areas to the side of the truck -- especially toward the back. You want to avoid these areas, and don't linger in them. If you have to pass a semitruck, do so steadily and as quickly as you can without delaying, tailgating or hanging out on the sides of the truck.
  • Don't cut off a large truck: A large semitruck is slow to move and slow to react. As such, you should never cut it off on the road. Always act predictably and remember that these big trucks are not as agile as your small car.

Were you accused of cocaine-related crimes?

The trafficking, possession and sale of cocaine is a crime in Georgia and the rest of the United States. Cocaine is perceived as one of the most illicit and dangerous drugs on the market, and punishment associated with cocaine-related crimes are more severe than other drugs. In the state of Georgia, the laws that govern cocaine possession, production and distribution are particularly strict.

Possessing even the smallest quantity of cocaine in Georgia can result in a convicted defendant spending as many as 15 years in jail. This amount of time in jail for possessing a tiny quantity of the substance might seem unreasonable to many defendants, but it's the reality of the current drug control system we live under in this nation.

Is your child facing charges for underage possession of alcohol?

As a parent who recently sent your child off to the University of Georgia, you may have felt a sense of pride and apprehension when your son's or daughter's first day of classes began. Though you certainly wanted him or her to experience all that college life has to offer, you likely also wanted your child to focus on schoolwork and stay out of trouble. Of course, young people have a tendency to make mistakes, and your child's mistake may have led to your receiving a phone call from police.

Because college students and alcohol often go hand-in-hand, you may have worried that your underage child would come in contact with such beverages. Now that he or she is facing charges for underage possession of alcohol, you may wonder what that means legally.

Woman arrested and accused of fleeing a fatal accident scene

A 44-year-old woman has been arrested and accused of killing an 80-year-old man in a tragic pedestrian accident. Authorities have charged the woman with multiple crimes, saying that she struck the elderly man, failed to report the accident and fled the scene. The woman's criminal charges include first-degree homicide by car, hit-and-run, failure to report a crash and failure to maintain her lane of traffic.

According to a spokesperson for the Georgia State Patrol, the 80-year-old man was fatally struck by a motor vehicle during the evening hours of Oct. 9. He was struck while trying to cross Dawson Forest Road in Dawson County at approximately 7:37 p.m. Emergency responders pronounced the man dead at the accident scene.

The most essential bicycle safety equipment

Preventing bicycle accidents involves three primary components: good city and road planning, drivers and bicyclists who follow the rules of the road and stay attentive and careful and proper bicycle safety equipment. With regard to the latter, what follows is a list of the essential bicycle safety equipment that every Athens cyclist should use.

A safely maintained bicycle: The first most important piece of bicycle safety equipment is your bike itself. If you don't maintain your bike -- if you don't make sure the brakes stop quickly, that the tires are in good shape, etc. -- you're more likely to get into a crash. Be sure your bike is properly maintained at all times and you'll reduce the chances of getting into a crash.

What's the Teenage and Adult Driver Responsibility Act?

The Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility Act (TADRA) is also referred to as Joshua's Law. It is a program for young drivers that involves a graduated driver's license. The goal of TADRA is to reduce instances of fatal car crashes that involve inexperienced, younger drivers.

TADRA employs a three-step educational process to gradually give young drivers more experience driving under specific restrictions before they are given complete freedom behind the wheel. When the requirements of TADRA have been completed, the young driver graduates to a license that is less and less restrictive until he or she gets an entirely unrestricted license.

Ubers In Athens: Rates And Accident Protocol

First, Uber arrived. Then it became a part of daily life. Now it claims to have made the world safer.

The company asserts that its product—namely, taxicabs 2.0 – has drastically reduced the number of drunk driving collisions. Independent studies back this up. Depending on the region (and researchers), Uber and other ridesharing services are associated with cutting down on alcohol-related accidents by as much as 35 percent

Can I get in trouble for sharing prescription drugs?

Imagine your friend and you take the same prescription drugs. However, your friend ran out of pills. To prevent her from suffering, you share your own prescription medication with her. Can you get in trouble for that?

You certainly can get in trouble for sharing any kind of prescription medication with another person. The only one legally permitted to give out prescription medication is a doctor.

Recommendations for increased pedestrian safety in Georgia

PEDS is an advocacy group in Georgia working diligently to improve the safety of our state's roads for people who are walking on foot. They have compiled excellent information about changes our municipalities and governments can make to reduce pedestrian-related car accidents.

As PEDS points out, walking should not be risky; nevertheless, it's more dangerous now than ever. In 2016, 235 pedestrians died in Georgia because of car accidents.

Conversations that parents and teen drivers must have

If you have a teenager who recently obtained their license and is now driving to and from school, you are probably a ball of mixed emotions. You are proud of him or her as they are reaching a point of their lives where they are starting to find themselves. As a new school year begins, you probably are mystified with how quickly time has passed and how they are now driving, as it seems like just yesterday they were in diapers.

But your biggest worry likely has to do with where they are going to handle their new responsibilities with a car, especially given that they may now have more access to alcohol, even though they insist that they will not drink. The reality is that car accidents are still the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 20 years old. So while your new driver may be very responsible, it is worth going over the following guidelines.

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