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Auto accidents a grim reality of summer travel

It's summertime, and Georgia residents are out and about. The Peach State has much to offer and has become a tourist destination for travelers from across the nation. Traffic can be heavy at times, and drivers may be unfamiliar with traffic patterns or be caught off guard by a construction zone or other obstruction. Auto accidents are a constant risk to drivers and their passengers, and a recent crash provided a sobering example. 

Georgia police are still investigating a major crash that left at least 10 people seriously injured or dead. So far, the investigation indicates that an SUV crossed over into oncoming traffic, but the reasons for this dangerous mistake are still unknown. When the vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, it struck a van occupied by four Georgia residents. All of the people in the van were pronounced dead at the scene. 

DUI defense: unlikely person accused

Georgia residents rely on the court system and its employees to keep each case organized and streamlined. Court administrators work hard to provide a point of contact between the court system and the public, often assisting with forms or records a person may need. One might assume that these men and women, being so engulfed in the legal system, are rarely accused of crimes, but a recent story tells the tale of a female court administrator that must now prepare a DUI defense for herself. 

The trouble began when the woman accelerated to merge on to an interstate. According to officers nearby, she was speeding. The officers initiated a traffic stop, and by all accounts, the woman cooperatively pulled over. 

How should college students talk to the police?

As a college student, you hope that you simply do not have to talk to the police. It worries you. What if you say the wrong thing? What if you incriminate yourself? What if the situation spirals out of control and turns into a confrontation?

In college, you're well aware of how your actions today can impact your future. You want the impact to be positive -- getting a degree, making connections, learning more about your field -- and not negative. You don't want anything on your permanent record. You don't want a simple mistake to define that future.

Veterans the victims of medical malpractice

America is the "land of the free and the home of the brave," and citizens in modern times owe a great deal of gratitude to the brave men and women who served in the military to protect the freedoms to which we have become accustomed. Veterans serve the country they love, and when they are finished, they often require special care. VA hospitals and medical facilities are meant to ensure that veterans receive proper medical attention, but one Georgia VA hospital has been accused of medical malpractice

The hospital includes doctors and dentists who provide oral care to veterans. An investigation revealed that, in the past year, several veterans left worse off than they came. For some reason, the facility removed the wrong teeth for numerous patients. 

Don’t Underestimate the Defendant in Your Car Accident Claim

 

If you were injured in by another driver’s negligent actions, you might imagine a clear path toward recovering compensation. In practice, however, each element of a car accident claim (duty, breach, causation, damages) might be hotly contested.

Drug crimes become a bit sweeter, but not in a good way

Many states have legalized the use of marijuana in some capacity. Georgia has voted to allow medical use of the drug, but the infrastructure is not yet in place. In the meantime, there are reports that a new problem is affecting local communities, and may lead to charges of drug crimes for unknowing residents. 

THC, one of the active ingredients in marijuana that can produce a "high" has hit the streets in disguise. This drug can be turned into food ingredients, and a person may possess or consume the drug unwittingly. Often in the form of baked goods, candies and other enticing treats, a person may not be aware that his or her tasty treat is illegal in the state of Georgia. 

Auto accidents a threat to road workers

Georgia drivers appreciate the men and women who work hard to keep the roads in good condition. When a road is in need of repair, these men and women must try to fix the problem as cars and trucks whiz by. Though surely, there are safety features in place to try to prevent injury or death to such workers, these men and women can quickly become the victims of auto accidents

Recently, a worker was part of a crew pouring asphalt on a Georgia roadway. There were police vehicles with lights and other caution warnings surrounding the job site. The driver of a pickup truck switched lanes to try to pass one of the police cars. Some of the lanes were closed to traffic at the time. 

New laws to affect DUI defense

Georgia laws have recently changed, a result of a ruling by the state's Supreme Court a few months ago. The changes may affect how a person prepares a DUI defense. Being accused of driving under the influence can be stressful, and many people unsure of their legal rights and/or how to respond to the formal accusations. 

It is important for drivers to know one's rights if they happen to be pulled over on suspicion of DUI. Many drivers may not know that they have the right to refuse to take a Breathalyzer test. The new law, recently signed by Gov. Kemp, states that police officers are no longer allowed to tell a driver that refusing to take such a test can be used as evidence against him or her in court. 

"Fat shaming" may qualify as medical malpractice

Georgia residents probably trust that their doctor knows what's best when it comes to his or her personal health. Since it has been established that being overweight can cause or exacerbate a slew of health issues, it is not uncommon for a doctor to recommend that a patient aim for a body weight considered to be healthier. However, many patients say they feel pressured to try trendy new diets that may have adverse health effects in an attempt to please the doctor, and some now feel that a practice often called "fat shaming" classifies as medical malpractice

Surely, in some cases, it may be appropriate for a doctor to suggest a little weight loss could improve a patient's overall health. But in other cases, the mere suggestion can do more harm than good. Perhaps a patient is taking medication for a condition and weight gain is a side effect. In such a case, there may be little a patient can do. 

Drug crimes and police corruption

Georgia residents are certainly aware that being convicted of a crime, especially a drug-related crime, can bring lasting consequences to a person's life. Due to a nationwide rise in the use of illegal substances, which some now refer to as an epidemic, drug crimes are taken seriously by law enforcement. It falls upon the police to investigate gather evidence to use in the prosecution's case, but not all police officers can be trusted to complete the job without giving into the temptation illegal drugs may have. 

Recently, corruption so severe was discovered in Georgia that a local narcotics task force was completely disbanded. The task force was responsible for making the community safer for residents by catching people involved in buying and selling illegal drugs, and helping to gather evidence against such suspects. Unfortunately, some of the officers involved chose to betray the oath to serve and protect, and instead dove into a life of crime themselves. 

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