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Safety Scoops

Hands-Free Law Recap

In July, Georgia passed the Hands-Free Law that put further restrictions on using your phone while driving. Prior to this law, it had been illegal to text and drive in Georgia for quite some time. The new Hands-Free Act made it illegal to hold your phone at all while driving, including while you are sitting at red lights...
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E-Cigarette + Vapes: New Frontier In Product Liability

In the last year or two, e-cigarettes and vaping devices have truly taken over. People are switching to these products versus traditional cigarettes and are calling it a healthier choice. Common brands include, Juul, Blu, and and Vuse, and you may hear these devices called numerous names, such as, vape pens, pod mods, tanks, electronic nicotine delivery devices...
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What Atlanta Law Says About Your Dog Bite Lawsuit

With nearly 400 public parks and green spaces across Atlanta, leash laws are an important part of city ordinances. If you or a loved one has suffered a dog bite injury, you probably have a lot of questions about your rights and the dog owner’s liability for your damages. In short, dog owners are responsible for their pet’s...
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Instinctual Reasons Why Dogs Attack

All animals have certain types of instincts. Birds will build nests. Sea turtles will immediately head toward the ocean once they’ve hatched. Babies will grasp on to anything that brushes against their palms. The more you think about it, the more you can see how instinct can control certain aspects of animal behavior.   So what does all...
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Do’s And Don’ts: Child + Dog Interactions

A dog can be an excellent addition to a family. They are loyal companions, fun playmates, and offer children the opportunity to learn about responsibility. Whether you decide to get a pet for your household or simply want your children to learn how to interact with other people’s dogs, it is important to teach them how to safely...
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Tips To Help Dog Owners Prevent Dog Bites

Owning a dog can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. Along with this comes great responsibility. A dog owner can help prevent his pet from lashing out and attacking by incorporating these simple tips. While it may not work for every breed all the time, these tips can potentially keep many people safe from dangerous dog bite accidents.  ...
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February Is Responsible Pet Owners Month

Responsible Pet Owners month is a time to celebrate the people who provide responsible pet care to animals, educate the public on what responsible pet ownership looks like, and ensure the well-being of your pets remains in focus. It’s a great time for new pet owners to make sure they’re considering all aspects of their new pet’s life...
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Common Causes For E-Scooter Accidents

As we have previously discussed, the e-scooter movement is taking off in Atlanta. With that, just like any mode of transportation, comes the risk of accidents. The difference with these accidents is that it is hard to track them and it can be even harder to determine fault for the accident. The most commonly seen scooters around the...
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The Danger of Mass Transportation Accidents

  Given the sheer size and force of a bus, it’s no surprise that they can cause a serious or, in rare cases, even fatal injury. The bus and rail systems provide an alternative method of transportation for many people on their daily commute, especially those in the Atlanta Area. About 24,000 people are injured in bus accidents...
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The Keys To Defensive Driving

Being a defensive driver is a great skill to have especially in the Atlanta area. When you drive defensively, you are more likely to avoid dangers and collisions on the road. Many people take defensive driving courses, but in reality everyone can be a defensive driver if they practice the following:   Expect the Unexpected You never know...
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What Atlanta Can Expect During Super Bowl LIII

Super Bowl 53 comes to town on February 3rd at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. All of the events surrounding the big game, start on January 26th. This is a BIG deal for Atlanta and the event will be welcoming thousands of visitors into the city. This is the first time since 2000 that Atlanta is hosting the Super Bowl....
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Transportation During Super Bowl LIII In Atlanta

With Super Bowl 53 coming to Atlanta in a few short days, the city has been constantly preparing. Preparation began in the summer when officials learned that the annual game would be hosted in our very own Mercedes-Benz Stadium. We want to make sure that locals are aware of what to expect if they plan to enter the...
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What Is Uber JUMP?

Recently, you may have seen that Uber’s newest idea has officially hit Atlanta. Right before the Atlanta City Council came to their conclusion regarding the new e-scooter law in the city, Uber announced their JUMP bike arrival to the city.   Uber JUMP bikes are pedal-assist electric bikes. This means that the harder you pedal, the faster you...
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E-Scooter Safety

Atlanta has seen a new mode of transportation in the city that offers riders an inexpensive way to get around. Very popular in Midtown, the BeltLine, and various college campuses, the e-scooter movement is taking over. Officials at Grady Hospital say they now see about 25 injuries per month from scooter accidents. Some accidents leave minor cuts and bruises,...
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Atlanta E-Scooter Law

If you live in or around Atlanta, you have likely seen e-scooters filling up the sidewalks. This form of transportation offers an inexpensive way for riders to get around. Companies such as Bird and Lime have taken over Midtown and various parts of the city giving people something fun to do on those sunny days. However, to some...
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Driving in Winter Weather

Sometimes when winter weather hits, we don't have a choice except to drive in it. Although it is advised not to drive in snow or ice, it is best to follow a few basic safety principles if you do have to get out in the winter conditions:   Do not use cruise control. Cruise control easily takes your...
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10 Georgia Driving Laws You Never Knew Existed

Driving laws can be complicated when they vary from state to state and there is nothing worse than being pulled over and getting a ticket for a law you didn’t even know existed.  Police often times will try and inform the public on new or obscure laws by handing out warnings but the best method to avoid a...
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Tips for Driving in the Rain

In 2018, Georgia experienced nearly 70 inches of rainfall which is far more rain than the state typically averages, according to the National Weather Service. In December alone, Atlanta had 11 inches of rain. Rain is nothing new to Georgians, but it can definitely cause dangerous driving conditions. As if traffic in Atlanta is not bad enough, throw...
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The Safest Cars of 2019

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts vehicle tests each year to form a list of Top Safety Picks. This testing determines how well a vehicle protects its occupants during a crash.   To qualify, the vehicle must earn good ratings in various categories including: frontal crash testing, roof strength testing, head restraint testing, and overall headlight...
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UM Insurance: What It Is & Why You Need It

  You have most likely heard of UM Insurance coverage, but may not know exactly what it is.  UM Insurance stands for uninsured motorist, but may also be referred to as UIM insurance, meaning underinsured motorist. Other commonly used phrases you may hear when discussing UM Insurance is UMBI, Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Insurance, and UMPD, Uninsured Motorist Property Damage Coverage. Below,...
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