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Nighttime driving poses more hazards than daytime driving

Lessening the likelihood of a car accident is likely a goal you and many other Georgia drivers share. You may understand the importance of always wearing your seat belt, having a vehicle with advanced safety features and following traffic laws. Of course, many other factors can affect how you should conduct yourself when behind the wheel of a vehicle.

In particular, you may need to change the way you drive when you travel at night. Nighttime driving can pose many hazards that are not present during daylight hours, and you need to understand that you may need to make adjustments to reduce the risks you face while on the road after dark.

Drunk drivers place Georgia travelers at risk

You might consider yourself a "casual drinker" or someone who consumes alcohol in moderation. You like having a cold beer, glass of wine or mixed drinks with family and friends on social occasions, but other than that, drinking is not really a big deal in your life. If you're age 21 or older, there isn't necessarily anything wrong with drinking alcohol, unless you get into legal trouble by operating a motor vehicle with a .08 or higher blood alcohol content level.

As long as you make responsible choices and adhere to alcohol-related laws, there's no legal reason you can't imbibe. However, even if you act responsibly, there's no guarantee that other drivers who are sharing your roadways are doing the same. In fact, there are people who have utter disregard for any type of traffic regulation or criminal law. Sadly, many Georgia residents have suffered serious injuries (and often, fatalities) because of drunk drivers. If you survive a drunk driving accident, you may still suffer long-lasting consequences.

The importance of stopping at flashing red lights

The many signs and symbols used to direct traffic can seem confusing to many drivers, especially those who do not have much experience. Still, it is important to utilize these devices to help ensure that areas have better traffic flow.

Of course, if a person does not know what a symbol or a flashing light means, he or she could easily take the wrong action and cause an accident. On that same note, a driver who simply chooses not to heed a direction, is impaired or distracted could also fail to abide by traffic directions and cause a serious accident that could leave you seriously injured.

Appealing a criminal conviction

If the trial did not go as you planned and you ended up convicted of a crime, chances are you are confused and perhaps even angry about the outcome. Maybe you blame your attorney, or you feel the judge was against you from the beginning. Perhaps you know one of the witnesses lied on the stand, or you may remember some new detail that you plan to introduce in your appeal.

Unfortunately, like many, you may have a misunderstanding about what the appeals process means. An appeal is not a retrial of your case. In fact, the justice system in Georgia and throughout the country prefers to let court rulings stand. This is why your appeal has a very limited scope of examination.

Police lineups can lead to wrongful convictions

Facing charges for a violent crime means your future is at risk. The penalties for violent crimes can include years or even decades behind bars, not to mention a criminal record that will likely impede you from pursuing most career paths.

Police investigations into violent crimes such as assault, murder and rape often include interviews with people who claim to have witnessed the crime or to have seen someone suspicious at the time the incident occurred. Such interviews may culminate with a police lineup, and here is where your rights may suffer the most harm.

Be cautious regarding information you share after a car accident

Driving in Georgia isn't always pleasant. High-traffic areas can be busy and chaotic, especially if aggressive or negligent drivers are sharing the road. No matter how safe you drive, your life can change in an instant if a nearby motorist is distracted.

If another vehicle collides with yours, the next moments could be some of the most stressful experiences in your life. It's understandable that you'd feel shaken. However, it is important to know how to react. By planning ahead, you will know what to do immediately following an accident.

A couple of tools can help you to prove fault in vehicle crash

Experiencing a car wreck can understandably be frightening. At the same time, the car crash may make you feel frustrated if it stemmed from another motorist's careless driving.

If someone else's negligence on the road has resulted in serious injuries to you, you have the right to seek justice in a Georgia civil court. Here is a glimpse at a couple of tools you can use to strengthen your court case and thus increase your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries.

Whom to hold accountable after a drunk driving accident

Did a drunk driver hit you or a loved one? Did you suffer injuries or the loss of a dear family member? If you did, you may have legal recourse, but who can you hold accountable after a drunk driving accident? Just the driver, or is there anyone else?

In the Atlanta area, there is no shortage of bars and other establishments that serve alcohol. While there is nothing wrong with these places existing, what is wrong is when the staff members at these businesses over-serve their patrons and then send them on their way. This presents a great threat to public safety.

Drug possession in Georgia can have stiff consequences

Being taken into custody for possessing any type of illegal drug can understandably be unsettling, even embarrassing. Naturally, you may wonder who will find out about your arrest and if it will affect your reputation and your freedom.

Fortunately, if you face a drug possession charge, you are presumed innocent until and unless the prosecution can prove your guilt in a court of law. Here is a look at what you can expect if authorities accuse you of drug possession in Georgia:

You can pursue various damages following Georgia crash

You make your way down the highway to get your busy day started. However, seemingly out of the blue, another driver strikes you and injures you. All of a sudden, your busy day takes a backseat to your pain.

Sometimes, these types of accidents in Georgia occur due to the carelessness of another motorist behind the wheel. In this situation, you have the right to seek the reimbursement of damages sustained in the car wreck. Here is a glimpse at the various kinds of damages you may legally pursue as part of a personal injury claim in The Peach State.

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