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Jonathan Hayes
Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney | Medical Malpractice Attorney
Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney | Medical Malpractice Attorney

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Thousands of homeowners in and around Atlanta have swimming pools or hot tubs on their property. While these amenities can significantly increase property value and can provide hours of entertainment and relaxation, they can also pose a risk of serious injury to people who use them.

Swimming pool dangers are particularly true for young children who may try and use them without authorization from the person who owns the property. For example, “pool hopping” is a dangerous pastime that can result in serious injury to children or teenagers and legal liability for pool owners.

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In past decades, when a child outgrew a car seat, he or she simply used a seat belt and perhaps even sat in the front seat. However, in more recent years, research has shown that regular seat belts do not adequately protect—and may even cause more harm to—children of a certain age and/or size. This is because adult seat belts do not rest correctly across smaller children. Safety belts should rest across a passenger’s shoulder and chest, as well as across the lower part of the hip or thigh. For smaller children, seat belts instead rest across their neck and belly, which can cause choking or other serious injuries should the belt lock in a collision.

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What Are Georgia’s Booster Seat Laws?

In past decades, when a child outgrew a car seat, he or she simply used a seat belt and perhaps even sat in the front seat. However, in more recent years, research has shown that regular seat belts do not adequately protect—and may even cause more harm to—children of a certain age and/or size. This is because adult seat belts do not rest correctly across smaller children. Safety belts should rest across a passenger’s shoulder and chest, as well as across the lower part of the hip or thigh. For smaller children, seat belts instead rest across their neck and belly, which can cause choking or other serious injuries should the belt lock in a collision.

In response to the research regarding the dangers of seat belts and children, many states—including Georgia—enacted specific laws to keep smaller kids safe while riding in motor vehicles. These laws require children of a certain age or size to use a booster seat after they have outgrown a traditional car seat. Statistics show that booster seats reduce the risk of injury to children in a collision by 59 percent compared to children only using a seat belt. Every parent in the Atlanta area should be aware of the booster seat laws in Georgia and always comply with these laws to keep their children safe.

What are the booster seat requirements in Georgia?

Since 2011, every child under the age of 8 years riding in a passenger vehicle, truck, or van must be secured in a booster seat or car seat that meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) provides an easy-to-use list of car and booster seat ratings for parents to select the correct booster seat.

Additionally, the booster seat must be correctly installed in the back seat (all children under the age of 8 are required to sit in the back seat by law) and must be the correct seat for the height and weight of the child in question.

There are a few exemptions and exceptions to the booster seat requirements in Georgia, which are as follows:

A physician has provided a written statement that the child suffers from a medical or physical condition that does not allow them to be restrained in a booster seat in accordance with the law.
The child is taller than 57 inches or 4’9”.

The child weighs more than 40 pounds and all other seating positions conducive to booster seats are already occupied by other children. In this situation, parents should evaluate how to position all booster or car seats in a way to best protect all children riding in the vehicle.

If you fail to follow the booster seat laws in Georgia, not only are you putting your child in danger of injury in an accident, but you may also face receiving a traffic citation, having points against your license, and paying a fine.

If you or your child has been involved in a car accident, please contact the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Atlanta office of Goldstein & Hayes for a free consultation as soon as possible.


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Dangers of 18-Wheelers on the Road

18-wheelers are a common sight on the highways of the United States and are extremely important for commerce. However, these large commercial trucks also pose a significant threat to all other motorists on the road. Because 18-wheelers are so much larger than passenger vehicles and can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, these trucks can cause extreme damage and injuries when they are involved in a collision. The following are some examples of the dangers of 18-wheelers and how accidents often occur.
Driver Errors

The large majority of commercial truck collisions are caused by driver error. There are many different ways a truck driver may act in a negligent manner and cause an accident and injuries. Some common driver errors include the following:

·         Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs;
·         Not having the proper license or training to operate the commercial vehicle;
·         Depowering the front brakes;
·         Driving too fast for road or weather conditions;
·         Violating traffic laws;
·         Violating FMCSA safety regulations;
·         Violating hours of service regulations or otherwise driving while fatigued;
·         Distracted driving;
·         Aggressive driving, including following too closely and improper lane changes;
·         Failing to inspect the truck prior to every shift; and
·         Driving with serious health conditions.

These are, of course, only some of the ways in which a commercial truck driver may act in a negligent fashion and cause injuries.

Blind Spots
One of the most dangerous aspects of an 18-wheeler on the road is the high number of blind spots on every side of the truck. These blind spots are commonly referred to in the trucking industry as “no-zones,” because no car should ever drive there. If you are driving on the highways alongside 18-wheelers or other commercial vehicles, you should always be aware of these no-zones and avoid them whenever possible. No-zones appear:

·         Directly in front of the truck, both in the lane in which the truck is driving and in the lane to the right.
·         On each side of the truck, especially directly next to the passenger-side door.
·         Directly behind the truck.

If you are driving in one of these no-zones, you should realize that a truck driver cannot see you. Though it is next to impossible to always avoid no-zones, you should make sure that you do not linger in these areas for an extended period of time.

Mechanical Failures

Like any other type of motor vehicle, 18-wheelers have many different parts that can be defective or may malfunction and cause serious accidents. Common mechanical failures on a commercial truck include brakes, steering systems, axles, tires, and much more. One particularly dangerous scenario is a coupling failure. The coupling connects the cab of the truck to the trailer and keeps the trailer behind the truck, allowing just enough give for turns or lane changes. If the coupling fails, the trailer could jackknife, or fold, and become perpendicular to the truck cab. Additionally, some coupling failures can cause the trailer to come completely detached. In either situation, the large trailer can take out any motorists in its path across numerous lanes of traffic, and such accidents often cause devastating injuries and damage.

If you have been injured in an accident with an 18-wheeler, call the Atlanta personal injury law firm Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. to consult with an experienced truck accident injury attorney today.


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How Much is my Accident Case Worth?

Perhaps you’ve just been involved in a motor vehicle accident wherein you were stopped at a red light, when the vehicle behind you slammed into your rear-end. Your neck and back hurt; maybe your face is scratched or burned from the airbag opening due to the impact. You are disoriented, in pain, and probably quite confused. Why didn’t they hit their brakes? Or maybe you were proceeding through an intersection with a green light, when an oncoming vehicle attempted to “beat the light,” failed, and came directly into your right of way without allowing you enough time to avoid a collision.
Immediately post-accident, you will possibly be checked out by paramedics, should they come to the scene. Speak to the police to help them fill out their report. Perhaps you will be taken by ambulance to a hospital, or you or your family will take you to an urgent care facility to be further evaluated by a medical doctor. As discussed previously, you should consult, and likely hire, an attorney to ensure that your injuries are justly compensated by the other driver’s (and often your own) insurance company.
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What are the effects of a near drowning incident?

When most people think about drowning, they likely think of fatal incidents, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that drowning is a leading cause of unintentional death in the United States. However, most people may not realize that for every fatal drowning incident in the U.S., hundreds of people suffer a near-drowning accident.

According to the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH), near-drowning is the term used to refer to an individual who was suffocating under the water, but ultimately survived the incident. There are two types of near-drowning: wet, when the victim inhales water into the lungs, and dry, when no water is inhaled. Additionally, most near-drowning victims lose consciousness for a period of time.

Because a person who is under water may not call for help, often near-drowning victims are under the water and unable to breathe for quite some time before they are rescued or able to surface. Additionally, many near-drowning victims must be resuscitated through rescue breathing and/or CPR. As you can imagine, such an accident can be quite traumatic for the victim and can leave them with lasting health effects.

Even if a victim survives a near-drowning accident, that victim may face staggering medical bills and require ongoing care and treatment. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia can help you with a potential case after a near-drowning accident.

Immediate Symptoms of Near-Drowning

Victims of near-drowning accidents generally require emergency medical attention, if only to attend to the immediate symptoms of suffocation and resuscitation. Such symptoms may include:

·         Cold skin;
·         Confusion;
·         Distention of the abdomen;
·         Blue or pale skin or lips;
·         Coughing and difficulty catching breath;
·         Lethargy;
·         Restlessness or irritability;
·         Losing consciousness;
·         Nausea or vomiting; and
·         Chest pains.

Such symptoms should be carefully monitored and may take some time to overcome.

Long-Term Effects

Suffocation from being under water can cause a lack of oxygen to the brain, which is called hypoxia. When the brain does not have adequate oxygen for a period of time, long-term or even permanent damage may occur. Hypoxia can cause the following symptoms, among others:

·         Problems with muscle function;
·         Challenges with movement, balance, and coordination;
·         Headaches;
·         Sensory problems;
·         Trouble with speech and other forms of communication;
·         Mood or personality changes;
·         Poor judgment;
·         Difficulty focusing, following directions, or paying attention; and
·         Lack of pupil reaction to light.

In more severe cases, a near-drowning victim may start breathing again, but may not regain consciousness for some time. This could mean extended periods of time spent in a coma in the intensive care unit.

Additionally, if the victim inhaled water into the lungs, they may suffer many more complications if the water was especially hot or cold, was salt water, or contained any type of contaminants. In such situations, near-drowning victims may suffer chronic respiratory problems that may affect their ability to breathe or sustain an active life.


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Statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that over 100,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks in 2012. Large commercial vehicles such as semi-trucks can be several times the size and weight of smaller vehicles, meaning that they can cause tremendous damage when they are involved in collisions. Often, people involved in these accidents can be seriously injured, potentially resulting in significant medical bills and long-term complications. The modern trucking industry has a number of players that could potentially be at fault for causing a semi-truck accident, and determining liability can often be a complicated and difficult task. As a result, victims should always consult with an Atlanta attorney familiar with representing truck accident victims.

While truck accidents can occur for myriad reasons, there are certain parties that cause tractor-trailer accidents more often than others. These include the following:

Truck drivers – Data published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicates that driver action or inaction is the most common cause of vehicle accidents. Examples of driver errors that could possibly lead to a crash include speeding, failure to signal, not checking mirrors before changing lanes, driving while fatigued, or taking turns too fast. In addition to the types of errors that all drivers are capable of making, commercial truck drivers are also subject to significant federal and state regulations. If a truck driver is in violation of these regulations, in many cases it could be sufficient to establish legal liability in the event of an accident. Additionally, under a legal doctrine known as respondeat superior, in many cases a truck driver’s employer could be held vicariously liable for any injuries caused by an accident.

Vehicle manufacturers – General products liability law principles can operate to hold vehicle manufacturers liable for injuries caused by defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed products. Modern trucks have thousands of individual parts that could potentially fail and cause an accident, ranging from their brakes to electronic stability control systems.

Other drivers – Simply because a truck is involved in an accident does not mean that the accident was caused by the truck driver or a poorly made truck. The negligence of a 3rd party could also cause an accident, especially in high-traffic volume scenarios. Multiple vehicle accidents can be extremely complicated, so it is important for victims to be sure to retain an attorney before discussing the case with representatives of anyone’s insurance company.

Trucking companies – Companies that own and operate a fleet of trucks are required to ensure that their vehicles are properly maintained and their personnel are adequately qualified. When a trucking company fails to live up to this responsibility, serious accidents can result.
Contact an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation

An accident with a semi-truck has the potential to leave you hurting and with significant financial losses. The lawyers of Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. are dedicated to helping individuals and families affected by truck accidents and other matters and provide personal attention to each client we represent. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today at (404) 869-8600.


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