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Atlanta Lawmakers Seek to Improve Traffic

As an Atlanta personal injury attorney, Robert J. Fleming sees victims of Atlanta traffic all the time. The overloaded transportation infrastructure results in long commutes, road rage, exhaustion, and dangerous conditions that result in car accidents, injuries, and wrongful death.

Last year, the Georgia state legislature passed the Transportation Investment Act of 2010, in an effort to get past three years of deadlocked wrangling over Atlanta’s traffic problems. Recently, a panel created under the Act added Mayor Reed to its membership.

Political divisions remain regarding how to implement the Act, but we support the efforts of our leaders to create safer roads and transportation options. In the meantime, the roads remain dangerous.

While the above efforts are a good start, it must also be noted that many trucking accidents happen because truck drivers break the law and do not operate their trucks in a safe manner on Georgia roads. This negligence forms the basis for a trucking accident lawsuit. For instance, Under Georgia code § 40-6-52  it is against the law for large trucks — which are defined by the state of Georgia as vehicles with more than six wheels that are not buses or motorcoaches – to operate in any lanes other than the two most right-hand lanes on roads or highways with three or more lanes. Trucks also must stay in the right lane on roads or highways with two lanes except when overtaking and passing another vehicle or preparing for a left turn. Many of the most severe accidents are caused by violations of these laws by truckers in an effort to speed up their route and increase profits. This creates unsafe conditions that can lead to serious, and sometimes, deadly accidents on the roads of Georgia.

This is a good example of how trucking accidents are similar to car accidents in that the driver of the at-fault vehicle must comply with all “rules of the road” and drive in a safer and non-negligent manner which does not cause injury and damages to others who are on the road. However, trucking cases are different in that truckers are subject to most safety related rules and laws due to the potential catastrophic effects that can happen when over the road trucks are involved in accidents, especially on the Georgia interstates.

Robert J. Fleming has been handling wrongful death cases, dental malpractice, bus accidents, car accident cases and premises injury cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 20 years. He practices in and around the Atlanta, Georgia area including handling lawsuits in Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Gwinnett, Cobb and other counties and nearby cities including Alpharetta, Austell, Avondale Estates, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Duluth, Decatur, Doraville, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Jonesboro, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Peachtree City, Riverdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain, and Smyrna. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident and would like discuss your case, contact Robert J. Fleming directly on (404) 525-5150 or contact us online.

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Source: Ariel Hart – House, Senate Pass Transportation Bill
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