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May 2013 Archives

Collision in Georgia between a truck and bus injure passengers

An airport shuttle that takes passengers from Georgia's Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport slammed into a tractor-trailer on May 24. Over a dozen passengers sustained injuries. Those who were injured in the truck accident were taken to hospitals in the area.

Georgia motorcyclists charged with auto accident

Oconee County prosecutors charged two motorcyclists involved in a wreck that occurred on May 10. The accident, which happened around 7:15 p.m. near the Oconee Crossing, caused multiple injuries. The accident happened after a chased that had started in Walton County. According to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office, both the Walton County officers and Georgia State Patrol were involved in the chase.

Many car accidents involving distracted driving are not reported

Car crashes in Georgia are often caused by distracted drivers, but many of them are not reported as such according to a recent study by the National Safety Council. According to their analysis of state and federal data, the number of car accidents caused by distracted driving is severely underreported. Failing to correctly identify the causes of these crashes makes the issue appear less severe and makes it difficult to get stricter laws passed.

Georgia man faces multiple charges after causing freeway accident

Police are searching for a Calhoun, Georgia, man allegedly involved in a deadly hit and run auto accident that took place on Interstate 75 on April 17. According to Georgia State Patrol reports, the 21-year-old driver reportedly left the scene after his truck hit an SUV driven by a Florida man. The Florida driver died when his vehicle overturned after the collision and a passenger riding with him was injured. The Calhoun man has warrants for driving unlicensed or with an expired license, failure to report an accident with an injury, death or damage, homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, hit and run leaving the scene of an accident, failure to maintain lane, improper turn or lane change and possession of an open container in the vehicle. In Georgia, reckless driving is a misdemeanor and drivers convicted face a $1,000 fine and up to 12 months in jail. Under state law, reckless driving is considered criminal negligence. Additional charges make the penalties more severe, and the open container charge suggests the driver had been drinking at the time of the crash. If a DUI charge is added, the penalties can depend on whether the driver is a first or a repeat offender.

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