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Georgia salvage yard accident results in 1 worker fatality

A salvage yard worker suffered fatal injuries when a truck fell on him in Clayton County. The 31-year-old worker was reportedly removing an automotive part from beneath a pickup truck when the weight of the truck shifted and the entire vehicle fell and crushed him. Tragically, there was nothing that could be done to save the victim. Emergency responders found the man dead at the accident scene.

The deceased worker was discovered by a customer who entered the Southern Auto Salvage Company. As soon as he saw the accident scene, the customer knew that something was wrong. "It's a bad situation," the customer said. "I'm sad for that family."

Unlawful driving games: Beware of the brake-checker

Sometimes we are in the middle of a difficult traffic situation, and we're forced to follow closely behind another motorist. If you're a responsible driver, these circumstances are rarely by choice. If you're an aggressive driver, on the other hand, you might have been impatiently trying to "push" the motorist ahead of you to drive faster by tailgating. However you get into this up-close-and-personal situation, you should try to get out of it as quickly as possible because you're vulnerable to getting into a "brake-checker accident."

Brake-checkers are angry people who get extremely annoyed by tailgaters. If you're following too closely, the brake-checker might suddenly hit his brakes to force you off his tail. In most cases, the rearward driver will take notice and back off. But sometimes, the brake-checker's games go too far, and it causes a serious – and even fatal – accident.

Avoid all distractions while driving: No excuses!

The average weight of a motor vehicle in the United States is 4,000 pounds, so -- as you might imagine -- piloting a heavy object like this through traffic that includes other cars, pedestrians and bicyclists is a weighty responsibility. One false move, a tiny slip-up, and someone could die in an instant.

Considering the real and present risks that every driver faces on the road, it's hard to imagine that anyone would be so foolish as to engage in texting-while-driving, eating or other distracting behaviors while driving. Nevertheless, if you look around at your fellow drivers in Atlanta traffic, you will find countless motorists with their noses buried in their smartphones, stuffing their faces with fast food, having heated conversions with passengers or struggling to pair a Bluetooth device with their vehicle audio systems.

3 things to know about boating accidents in Georgia

Getting out on the water and boating in Georgia can be one of the most enjoyable activities on a hot summer day. However, there are many risks to be aware of as well. Accidents are frequent occurrences.

To minimize your risk for serious injury due to a boating accident in Georgia, there are a few things you should know. This information can help you stay safe and also inform you about what to do if you suffer an injury in a boating accident.

Can exercises prevent carpal tunnel syndrome?

Some people are more susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome than others. This devastating work-related, repetitive-use injury often befalls those who spend a lot of time using a computer, mouse and keyboard. The repetitive action of typing keys over and over again causes inflammation that results in painful and numbing nerve-pathway interference that may prevent someone from being able to carry out his or her job duties.

Here are a few ways to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome through exercise:

A motorcycle jacket could save your life

Your motorcycle jacket isn't just for style -- it could also save your life. As cool and chic as you look in your leather, armored Harley Davidson jacket, that could be one the most important pieces of safety equipment you own, second to your motorcycle helmet. If you're not fully convinced of just how vital your motorcycle jacket is, keep reading to explore its many benefits.

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Tragic I-285 accident serves as deadly reminder

Whenever you get into a motor vehicle in Georgia, you make a potentially life-saving choice. This choice is the same if you're a driver or a passenger. It involves putting on a seat belt.

If you choose not to put on a seat belt, you increase your chances of dying in a collision exponentially. If you choose to put one on, you may gain the extraordinary ability to walk away from many deadly accidents without a scratch.

Are in-vehicle entertainment systems dangerous?

We all know that distracted driving is a serious problem and it's only getting worse with the rise in the ubiquity of smartphones and in-vehicle technology. According to a recent AAA study carried out with the assistance of the University of Utah, the type of entertainment system found within a vehicle significantly affects the degree of distraction the typical vehicle driver experiences on the road.

Do you remember the radios and tape decks found in vehicles of the past? They were pretty easy to operate. You reached over, popped in a tape, turned the volume and your music was ready to rock-and-roll. Interestingly enough, you could probably do it all while keeping your eyes on the road.

Don't take risks on a motorcycle -- especially with a passenger

The smartest motorcyclists know how important it is to follow traffic rules, defensive driving techniques and know motorcycle safety. This is why the smartest motorcyclists tend to live the longest. Their passengers are also less likely to get hurt because a cautious motorcyclist knows they should never take risks with a passenger on board.

In order to stay extra safe when you have a passenger riding on your motorcycle, here are a couple tips to keep in mind:

  • Don't take risks. Maybe you get lazy with your safety technique or take little risks from time to time when you're driving on your own. If a passenger is riding with you, though, you owe it to him or to be as safe and careful as possible.
  • Teach your passenger not to get on your bike until after you turned on the engine. This will make sure your bike offers a stable base for him or her to mount.
  • Your passenger should sit as close to you as possible. Even if it's your guy or gal friend -- and there's no inkling of romance between your -- get him or her to scoot up close to you as it will help your balance tremendously.
  • Tell your passenger to keep his or her legs and feet away from the muffler to avoid getting burned.
  • Instruct the passenger to hold onto your hips and waist firmly -- or straps if you have them -- and to lean the way you lean to help with cornering.
  • Never let your passenger ride without a helmet.

Is there an attractive nuisance in your neighborhood?

As a Georgia parent, one of your primary concerns is the health, safety and welfare of your children. Still, you cannot be a helicopter parent, hovering around your kids 24 hours a day to make sure they do not hurt themselves. Kids are curious by nature and they crave freedom from parental control and excessive oversight. As they get older and want to spend ever more time with their friends and ever less time with you, however, you would do well to scout out your neighborhood to make sure that your neighbors have no attractive nuisances on their respective properties.

If you have never heard of an attractive nuisance, this term refers to anything on someone’s property that stands a good chance of luring curious kids in to explore or investigate, during which they could suffer a serious injury. An unguarded and unsecured swimming pool is the classic example of an attractive nuisance.

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