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Steps to take after a slip and fall accident in a restaurant

There are many restaurants in Georgia and people go to them every day. The main reason most go to restaurants is to eat food, but they are also great places for socializing with friends and family. The last thing on most people's minds when they are in a restaurant is whether they will be safe while they are there. People assume they will go in eat their food, enjoy the company of others and go on to their next destination.

This is not always the case though; some people end up suffering injuries in the restaurant due to the negligence of the owner and employees of the restaurant. Just like any other business owner, restaurant owners have a duty to keep their restaurants free of dangerous conditions, which could lead to injuries. This means they must make sure there are no liquids or food on the floor which people could cause a slip and fall accident as well as make sure that there are no boxes or other objects that people could trip over.

Semitrucks are getting safer by the day

Semitrucks are slow, heavy and the drivers are often extremely fatigued. However, semitruck designers are making incredible new improvements to make them safer.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is one of the largest organizations that supports and encourages this wave of change. As a part of its efforts, the IIHS recommends the installation of side underride guards to make trucks safer than ever.

Man causes four-car fatal crash

There are many good drivers on the road in Georgia. These drivers obey the traffic control signals, try not to speed, signal their turns and drive defensively. However, there are many other who do not or do not always pay attention to what they are doing while driving. Distracted driving can be very dangerous and it puts those drivers who drive safely at risk. Even if one is doing everything they are supposed to, they may end up in a car wreck because others hit them.

This recently occurred to a woman who was rear-ended by another driver. Unfortunately, the woman was killed in the accident. After the other driver rear-ended her she was forced into the path of a tractor-trailer, which hit her on the driver's side, killing her. Another car then struck the tractor-trailer. The driver who rear-ended the woman was charged with vehicular homicide and following too close. It is unclear if any of the other drivers were injured in the accident.

Truck drivers need to have special knowledge and training

Georgians need a driver's license to legally drive a car. To obtain a driver's license, there are steps the potential drivers need to complete. These include passing tests to ensure they know how to safely operate a vehicle. This is also true for trucks drivers. However, because trucks are much larger and pose a much greater threat to other drivers, if they are not operated correctly, the requirements are stricter.

There is the basic knowledge of the various truck components and how to properly start, drive, change lanes and back up a truck. But, they must also be able to demonstrate that they know how to perform evasive safety actions, if they have blowouts or brake failures.

Special requirements for school bus drivers in Georgia

It is important for all drivers in Georgia to be qualified and drive safely. However, it is especially important for certain drivers to be extra cautious. Truck drivers need to be especially careful because when they are involved in accidents it can be very devastating due to the size difference between tractor-trailers and the vehicles on the road. Another type of driver that needs to be especially careful are school bus drivers. Not only are buses bigger than other vehicles but they are also generally transporting children.

Therefore, there are stricter standards for school bus drivers than the average driver on the road. School bus drivers must pass physical examinations within 60 days prior to their employment and then must pass one each year within 60 days of the start of the school year. They also must obtain a commercial driver's license A, B, or C and have a special designation for school bus drivers.

Common conditions that can lead to falls in parking lots

People in Georgia expect that store and business owners will keep their stores and buildings in a safe condition. Many people are familiar with slip and fall type accidents though and know that sometimes the owners fail to do this. Most people probably think about slipping on a wet spot on a floor or on something that spilled or fell on the floor. However, owners are also responsible for keeping their parking lots safe and slip and fall accidents can occur in those as well.

Over time, just like roads and sidewalks, parking lots break down and deteriorate. Cracks and holes can form, which can create hazards for people walking through the parking lot on their way to or away from the buildings. Also, sometimes the parking lot may not transition gradually from one height to another. At night the parking lot may not have adequate lighting and people may not be able to see various hazards, such as cracks, holes, or curbs, which can lead to injuries as well. If a person is injured in a parking lot, they may have a premises liability case.

Abdominal pain after a car accident is a serious risk

These days, it is easy to forget the threat that cars present to us each and every day. Even though most people experience a car accident at some point in their lives, we often forget just how violent car accidents are.

Even a car accident that does not result in obvious injuries may leave victims with invisible injuries that do not cause pain until hours or even days after the accident. Unfortunately, some of these injuries, known as delayed onset injuries, pose serious risks to the safety and health of those who sustain them.

Car crashes are very prevalent in Georgia

There have been many improvements to cars over the years. People rely upon their cars in order to live their daily lives. People drive to work, to school, to run errands, go to the store to buy groceries and many other reasons.

This means that, as many people in the Atlanta area know, there are many cars on the roads every day. Due to the volume of cars on the road and the fact that humans make mistakes, there are also many car wrecks as well. Some are much more serious than others, but every accident can be a big issue for the owner of the car.

There are strict rules prohibiting alcohol use for truck drivers

It is important that all drivers on the roads in Georgia drive safely. However, it is even more important that truck drivers drive safely. When trucks are in tractor-trailer accidents, the results can be very devastating given how much bigger tractor-trailers are than most of the other vehicles on the road.

One of the most dangerous activities any driver can do is drive after consuming alcohol or drugs. Since this can be even more dangerous for truck drivers, there are much stricter rules regarding how much alcohol they can consume and when they can consume it.

Man charged after crashing plumbing truck into restaurant

There are many different types of businesses in Georgia. Many of these businesses own vehicles that drive on the roads. Some drive people around as part of the business such as taxi drivers, bus drivers and other companies that transport people. Other businesses use the vehicles to transport their employees and the equipment the employees will need to complete their job. Many contractors have vehicles for this purpose.

However, no matter the purpose of the vehicle, the company has a duty to ensure that the drivers of the vehicles are driving safely. If the driver is not and causes an accident the company as well as the driver may be liable for the damages caused in the accident.

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