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How often are cellphones a factor in motor vehicle accidents?

It is difficult to know how often talking on cellphones and texting play a significant role in crashes, as data generally relies on drivers self-reporting, or on witness accounts. In response to the problem, the National Safety Council has developed the Annual Estimate of Cell Phone Crashes. The NSC estimated that talking on cellphones played a role in 1.1 million, or 20 percent of accidents in 2013. Whether or not the driver holds the phone seems to be irrelevant, as the numbers reflect the use of both handheld and hands-free devices.

Large truck accidents have life-long consequences

At Garland, Samuel & Loeb PC, we understand that a collision with a large commercial vehicle can happen in the blink of an eye, and can permanently change your life and the lives of your loved ones. The number of large commercial vehicles that played a role in injury crashes on roads in Georgia and throughout the country rose to 77,000 in 2012, up from 63,000 in 2011, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association. Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association states that large truck crashes in Georgia accounted for 4.0 percent of commercial vehicles involved in deadly accidents in the U.S. in 2013.

Are there any autumn driving hazards you should be aware of?

For millions of people across the country, fall is the best time of year. The reprieve from the summer heat, the stunning autumn foliage and the upcoming holiday season are things to look forward to. However, there are aspects to driving in the fall that may be dangerous for Georgia residents. Any number of these factors may result in a car crash and serious injury.

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