Georgia is one of 34 states nationwide that bans people from texting while driving. Distracted driving kills and injuries thousands of people nationwide every year. Even so, many people continue to text and drive because they think they can do both safely at the same time. Think again. A recent study revealed some startling information about the effects of texting on a driver’s reaction time. According to the study, drivers react twice as slow while texting.
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Results from the recent scientific study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute revealed some shocking information. Using a closed road, the scientific test involved drivers attempting to read or write a text message while driving on an open road and a section of roadway lined with construction barrels. Throughout the test, drivers who were texting reacted much slower than the test subjects who were not texting. “It is frightening,” the researchers wrote, “to think of how much more poorly our participants may have performed if the driving conditions were more consistent with routine driving.”
Texting accidents happen fast on Georgia’s roads and highways. Don’t suffer in silence. If you’ve been injured in an accident, take action. Contact a Georgia accident attorney who will fight for your rights. Contact the Law Offices of Gary Martin Hays & Associates. We’re on your side.
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By JIM DANKO
An 80-year-old woman died and several others were hospitalized after exposure to toxic fumes at a McDonald’s restaurant in Pooler, Ga., just west of Savannah, on Sept. 7, according to a report in CNN.
Emergency personnel responded to a call and found two women unconscious in a McDonald’s restroom. The first responders had to back out of the restroom and put on their breathing apparatus before re-entering, sources told CNN.
Nine people, including three firefighters, were treated at Memorial University Medical Center. One of the nine people injured died on Sept. 8: Anne Felton, of Ponte Vedra, Fla.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the contamination. According to Savannahnow.com, the OSHA probe will focus on employees of the restaurant (OSHA is charged with ensuring workplace safety). One employee was sent to the hospital and 14 more had to be decontaminated, Pooler Fire Chief Wade Simmons told Savannahnow.com.
Firefighters suspect the chemicals used to clean the restaurant bathroom made the nine people sick. However, a restaurant manager said people started getting sick hours after employees last cleaned the restrooms, according to Savannahnow.com.
Others injured include Carol Berry, 56, of Jacksonville, Fla.; Sharon Barefield, 50, and her two sons, Troy Barefield, 19, and Justin Barefield, 22, all of Savannah.
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By JIM DANKO
A bicyclist was listed in critical condition after he was rear-ended by a truck in Augusta on Monday, Aug. 8, according to The Augusta Chronicle.
A Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy said the bicyclist, Ernest Tanner , 57, of Augusta, sustained head trauma as a result of the bicycle accident near 1779 Tobacco Road, the Chronicle reported. The cause of the accident appears to be truck driver negligence. Charges of following too closely are pending against truck driver Willie Ferrell. Police also believe speeding was a factor in the bicycle-truck accident.
The Chronicle is reporting that a witness told authorities it appeared as though Ferrell was trying to swerve out of the way before he hit the cyclist. Tanner was properly equipped with reflectors, according to deputy reports, but the report did not indicate if Tanner was wearing a helmet.
Georgia ranks fourth in the nation for the highest financial impact of fatal motor vehicle crashes, according to the CDC study. Deadly motor vehicle accidents cost Georgia $1.55 billion each year.
In 2008, 1,493 people died in Georgia in motor vehicle accidents within 30 days of the crash, according to government data. Dealing with a sudden, unexpected death in the family can be heart wrenching. You simply want to grieve. But you have to deal with all sorts of important issues: how to pay for the medical expenses related to the accident, the funeral, insurance companies and maybe even their lawyers.
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