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Personal injury caused by slip-and-fall can be life changing

Slip-and-fall threats exist in almost all supermarkets, especially in the fresh produce areas and around the refrigerators. Consumers nationwide, including Macon, Georgia, are vulnerable whenever they go shopping in stores with inadequate housekeeping policies. Such incidents lead to many personal injury lawsuits that go through the Georgia civil justice system each year.

Injuries can range from mild to severe and life-changing, and in some cases, they can cause death. Soft tissue injuries can cause wrist and ankle sprains and torn ligaments or tendons. Seeking medical care after a fall is crucial, because soft tissue injuries often only become evident after days and might not be linked to the fall. If left untreated, these injuries could lead to chronic pain.

What to know when under investigation for white-collar crime

It is always intimidating to learn that you are under investigation for suspected criminal activity, especially if you do not fully understand the nature of the allegations against you. White-collar crimes are serious, but many people fail to comprehend the severe nature of these charges and the potential penalties a conviction can bring. 

White-collar crimes are financially motivated crimes. In most cases, these crimes lack an element of violence, but a conviction can result in penalties that can change the course of your life. If you are already facing charges of white-collar crime or you believe you may be soon, it is in your interests to act quickly to build a strong defense strategy.

Truck accidents: Out-of-state trucker accused of causing 4 deaths

Sharing the Georgia highways with big rigs makes occupants of passenger vehicles exceptionally vulnerable. Even those who comply with all the rules of the road could suffer life-changing or even fatal injuries in truck accidents. Unfortunately, not all commercial truck drivers travel at speeds and following distances that will allow them to stop safely in an emergency.

The apparent disregard of road safety led to a truck operator's arrest after a fiery crash that caused the deaths of four people. According to an accident report, the incident occurred shortly after noon on a recent Thursday. Traffic slowed down on Interstate 75 and the 39-year-old out-of-state operator of a tractor-trailer traveled too fast to react in time.

Avoid truck accidents by knowing the challenges truckers face

All road users share the responsibility for safety on Georgia roads. However, drivers of passenger vehicles, riders of motorcycles and bicycles, and pedestrians are at higher risks whenever they are driving, riding or walking near buses and big rigs. Understanding the challenges that commercial vehicle drivers face might help to avoid truck accidents.

The four most significant threats faced by operators of large trucks and buses include the sizes of the vehicles, maneuverability, longer stopping distance, and no-zones or blind spots. Many commercial vehicles weigh 20 to 30 times more than passenger vehicles. For that reason, the consequences of an accident such as being rear-ended by a big rig are typically significantly more severe than in a tailgating crash caused by another passenger vehicle. The center of gravity of large vehicles requires drivers to slow down significantly when navigating ramps and curves because they fall over easily.

Skilled criminal defense is crucial after a DUI stop in Georgia

Law enforcement works hard to keep impaired drivers off Georgia highways, and drivers who are caught driving drunk will face the full wrath of the law. Dealing with drunk driving charges is daunting without the advocacy of a criminal defense attorney. Having legal counsel to protect his or her rights from the onset might limit the damage that a DUI conviction could cause.

Law enforcement needs probable cause to pull a driver over, and in many cases, traffic violations or malfunctioning brake or headlights give police officers enough reason to pull drivers over. The best way to deal with such a traffic stop is to pull over, turn on the car's interior light and remain in the vehicle with hands kept on the steering wheel. Being polite and handing over one's license and registration or getting out of the car when asked to by the officer might allow the driver to get through the ordeal without legal repercussions.

How do pain and suffering claims work regarding car accidents?

Injured victims of wrecks in Georgia that resulted from another party's negligence might be overwhelmed by the consequences. Not only will there be mounting medical bills, lost income and other economic losses, but also emotional and physical stress caused by the injuries suffered in car accidents. These could include aches, scars, depression, limits on activities and even possible shortening of life.

Submitting receipts, bills and quotes can substantiate claims for economic losses in a civil lawsuit. In contrast, pain and suffering is less evident, and determining an appropriate amount of money as compensation for noneconomic damages is more complicated. In fact, two people with similar injuries could experience the trauma differently.

There are new rules regarding Breathalyzer refusals in Georgia

A recent decision by a Georgia court shows why drivers charged with DUIs need to understand their rights. It also reveals how tricky the finer points of those rights can be.

Georgia’s laws for implied consent require drivers charged with driving under the influence to submit to tests of their blood, breath or urine. Drivers who refuse will have their licenses suspended for a minimum of one year. They can also have their refusals used against them as evidence in court, but a February ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court now blocks the use of an individual’s refusal of breath testing as evidence during a criminal trial.

Macon named the worst city for driving in Georgia

The driving experience varies a great deal from city to city. Each city has a range of unique aspects that can impact how safe, convenient, stressful or expensive driving is for its residents.

A recent 24/7 Wall St. report looked at 2017 data touching on a range of factors related to the driving experience to determine which city was the worst one to drive in for each state. Examples of factors reviewed include fatality rates, traffic levels, commute times, gas prices and car theft rates.

Will a potential employer see your DUI arrest?

The frustration over a conviction of a DUI can stem for the anger of your lack of judgement, embarrassment to family and friends and the financial fallout you endure. You can add another to the list of frustrating consequences, it can affect getting hired for your next job.

When you are visiting with a prospective employer, they may ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime resulting in a misdemeanor or a felony. Some employers will ask your permission to run a background check to acquire this information. Depending on what your career path entails, a DUI may or may not prove to be a hinderance in finding employment. If the occupation involves driving, working with sensitive material or being around children, the employer may not be as understanding of your conviction as other employers would.

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