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2017

Blog Posts in 2017

  • MARTA routes driving housing-development projects in Atlanta neighborhoods

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 27-Oct-2017

    As reported by Curbed Atlanta, MARTA train routes are having a real effect on new housing construction across the city. Multiple residential housing developments are being built within walking distance of MARTA stations, and this growth is supporting both the needs of residents and those of developers looking for good investments. MARTA has a number of ongoing projects that will continue to change ...
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  • Statistics and issues related to Georgia school bus crashes

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 27-Oct-2017

    After reading about today's school bus collision in Atlanta in which 19 students sustained minor injuries, we wanted to review some of the statistics and issues that may be contributing to these types of accidents in Atlanta and across Georgia. How common are school bus collisions in Georgia? National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that nationally, just.4% of motor ...
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  • The push to allow self-driving vehicles on Georgia roads

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 24-Oct-2017

    In an effort to make self-driving vehicles a reality on Georgia roads, State Representative Trey Kelley sponsored House Bill 248, legislation that would allow self-driving cars to operate on public roads. Unfortunately the bill did not pass during the 2017 session. What are the challenges to enacting new legislation on self-driving vehicles? Several other states, including California and Florida, ...
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  • How can we reduce drunk driving crashes in Georgia?

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 24-Oct-2017

    Drunk driving is well understood to be one of the most dangerous driving behaviors, resulting in serious injuries and fatalities daily in Georgia and across the nation. Despite decades of high-quality public education programs like those from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunk drivers continue to endanger the lives of innocent drivers and ...
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  • How Long Does Whiplash Last?

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 20-Oct-2017

    Whiplash is one of the most common soft tissue injuries suffered by those involved in a car accident and occurs when one’s head suddenly snaps forward and back, or sideways. This sudden movement inflicts damage on the neck and its delicate tendons and ligaments, which can be incredibly painful and take time to heal. Depending on the severity of the injury, however, the time it takes for the ...
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  • Are motorcycles more dangerous than passenger vehicles?

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 20-Oct-2017

    I got in an argument yesterday with a friend who is a motorcycle enthusiast, and who is contemplating buying a new motorcycle. As a personal injury lawyer, I know my viewpoint is biased, having worked with so many clients who have been injured in motorcycle crashes, and many families who have lost a loved one to a motorcycle collision. I told my friend that motorcycles are incredibly dangerous, ...
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  • When The Atlanta City Council authorized $12.8 million for the design and construction of a new pedestrian bridge over Northside Drive that will connect downtown to the Westside, the hopeful outcome is that pedestrians will be safer, and that passage from Atlanta's Westside to Downtown will no longer be impeded. Go to the Curbed Atlanta site to see an artist rendering of the proposed bridge ...
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  • According to the Streetsblog website, the Atlanta Streetcar, which is routed on a 2.7-mile loop around the downtown Atlanta area, had been projected to carry 2000 passengers per day, but currently only carries 700. See the Streetsblog report at this link. What's next for the Atlanta Streetcar system? According to the Atlanta Streetcar site, the Atlanta Streetcar is planned as a key part of a ...
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  • Atlanta chosen to participate in the Safer Roads Challenge

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 16-Oct-2017

    Along with Sao Paolo and Shanghai, Atlanta has been picked as a participant in the Safer Roads Challenge, launched by the Together For Safer Roads Coalition. This coalition brings together global private sector companies to collaborate on improving road safety, focusing on issues in road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response. The ...
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  • What is a Split Liability Agreement?

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 13-Oct-2017

    Essentially, a split liability agreement means that liability will be shared between both parties since one is not entirely at fault. This type of agreement typically occurs when no one is totally to blame for an accident. Liability, however, does not have to be split evenly and, in fact, can be divided in a number of ways. If, after consulting with your attorney, you find that there might not be ...
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  • Transportation professionals predicted that Atlanta traffic would worsen when spring break for public school kids ended, and they sure were right. Commutes for vehicle drivers and users of public transportation were significantly worse, and with the new bridge slated for completion in June, travelers are facing weeks of terrible commuting. Are there any bright spots to the bridge collapse? Sure! ...
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  • Why do so many Atlantans drive to work alone?

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 11-Oct-2017

    In the aftermath of the collapse of the Interstate 85 bridge, we here at the Weinstein Firm were affected by the increased road congestion, just like everyone else. Traveling to work in our usual ways became more difficult, and several of us began using mass transit systems for the first time. This made us started wondering about Atlanta traffic, which is notorious as some of the worst in the ...
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  • Interstate 20 in Atlanta closed after structural failure

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 3-Oct-2017

    To add insult to injury, a section of Interstate 20 has buckled, closing the roadway and further reducing the travel options for the region's commuters after the closure of Interstate 85 a few weeks ago. This further travel disruption to Atlanta's metropolitan area further highlights the need for improvements in the region's roadways and bridges. What caused the roadway to buckle? A ...
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  • Distracted driving in Georgia is an increasing threat to safety

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 3-Oct-2017

    Despite long-term and ongoing public education campaigns aimed at reducing distracted driving, this dangerous behavior continues to be a safety threat on Georgia's roadways. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation, fatalities on Georgia roads rose sharply in 2015, reaching 1432, up from 1170 in 2014. In 2016, the number rose to 1564. Given that The American Association of State ...
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  • It is well documented that motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of fatalities in the United States, with young drivers experiencing fatal crashes at significantly higher rates than older drivers. This increase is typically caused by driver inexperience and the tendency of adolescents to engage in higher-risk driving behaviors. 20 years ago, the Teenage & Adult Driver Responsibility ...
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  • My post yesterday about distracted driving got me to thinking about other types of driving behaviors that often result in injuries and deaths. This led me to think about aggressive driving, versions of which I see every day on Atlanta's roadways. And many of my clients have come to my firm after being injured in collisions involving aggressive driving. What are the most common forms of ...
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  • Police pursuits in Atlanta continue to cause injuries and deaths

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 25-Sep-2017

    After reading about a police chase in Atlanta yesterday that resulted in serious injuries to the fleeing man, as well as a recent Atlanta crash that killed two people and injured a child, I got to thinking about incredibly dangerous police chases are, to law enforcement, the drivers involved, the people running from the law, and the general public. Some statistics related to police chases and ...
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  • As the county waits breathlessly for the new federal budget from the Trump administration, it is expected that the Atlanta region will suffer from funding cuts to money that has been approved for future transit expansion projects. Some of the Atlanta region’s largest transit projects are depending on funding from the Federal Transit Administration’s New Starts Program. The ...
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  • According to a new study done by the Governors Highway Safety Association, which includes recent data on drug use by drivers and drug involvement in crashes, new state laws and programs, and information from more than 30 additional research studies, in 2015 drugs were present in 43% of the fatally-injured drivers with known test results, appearing more frequently than alcohol. How is drugged ...
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  • Atlanta's Bike Share program is greatly expanding its scope

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 22-Sep-2017

    I'm so pleased to see that Atlanta is ramping up its efforts to expand the Atlanta Bike Share program. Given the horrible gridlock that Atlanta experiences every day, commuters and city travelers should have as many options as possible for alternative transportation. These 400 new bicycles, a five-time increase in the current number, will definitely help. What are the goals of the Atlanta bike ...
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  • Brain Injuries and Memory Loss

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 18-Jul-2017

    Memory loss is one of the most common symptoms of a brain injury. The brain contains several structures that relate to memory, including its ability to take in information, store it, and retrieve it when necessary. Any injury inflicted on these parts can severely impact the brain’s capacity to perform any or all of these memory functions. Some believe that memory impairment might be caused ...
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  • Personal Injury Myths

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 4-Jul-2017

    After being involved in an accident, many are often overwhelmed and traumatized by the incident and, despite their injuries, hesitate to go through a personal injury claim. This is often because of the myths that have been perpetuated about personal injury cases, most of which are actually false. If you or someone you love was injured in an accident, it is important to learn the facts and reality ...
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  • Truck Accidents: Electronic On-Board Recorders as Evidence

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 22-Jun-2017

    Many commercial trucks are equipped with on-board recording devices which are used to log information, including the driver’s hours behind the wheel. In the event of an accident, the information from these recorders can be invaluable evidence. These devices serve as a digital version to a traditional logbook that drivers are required to keep, and data can be automatically entered into the ...
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  • Preventing Car Accidents: June is National Safety Month!

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 8-Jun-2017

    June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council and thousands of other organizations are focusing on how to prevent accidents and reduce the leading causes of injury and death on the road, at work, and in communities. Learn more this month about preventing car accidents and helping keep the road safe for everyone. Leading Causes of Injury Many car accidents happen each day, and some ...
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  • Tips to Help Prevent Car Accidents

    Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 23-May-2017

    Car accidents can be costly, even if no one is injured. You may have medical bills, repair bills, and your insurance premiums may even be raised, so it’s important to take steps to drive safely and avoid accidents. Here are some tips to help keep you safe on the road. 1. Keep your eyes scanning the road ahead. Don’t get fixated on the car in front of you. Continually watch the road ...
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