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Gauging the value of a human life

How do you put a price on a human life? Just asking the question is hard for many. However, in the aftermath of a tragic death, especially if that loss was preventable, the question is bound to come up. And if you happen to be among those who suffered the loss, putting things in the context of money is about the only way to seek and obtain compensation.

Don't forget the ticking clock if considering civil action

TV crime drama fans may know the term "statute of limitations." It represents the time beyond which prosecutors can't charge someone for an alleged crime. For example, the statute of limitations for alleged misdemeanors in Georgia is two years. The more serious the crime, the longer the window of prosecution opportunity. For murder, there is no statute of limitations.

Georgia jury awards $11.2 million for wrongful death on movie set

The family of a crew member who died while working on the 2014 biopic about Gregg Allman has just been awarded a total of $11.2 million by a Chatham County jury. The unanimous jury award came after a six-day trial. The filmmaker, first assistant director and unit production manager had already settled with the family.

The rightness of looking out for #1

Some parents might cringe at the thought but there is something positive about looking out for number one. The concept runs counter to the lessons many readers grew up with. To put yourself first is selfish and selfishness is a negative trait. Some even suggest selfishness is like a gateway drug to greed.

Rules of road sometimes require flexibility for biking safety

All roads are not created equal. Non-motorized vehicles and pedestrians are not allowed on freeways in Georgia or any other state. On most roads, bicycle riders are expected to stick to the side of the road.

Truck crashes can differ from most vehicle accidents

When two cars collide on the highway, serious injuries almost always occur.  When a semitrailer truck is involved, however, the results can be catastrophic.  The mere size of the big rig makes it a formidable hazard. Risks increase exponentially if you add the weight of a load and highway speeds. On a busy thoroughfare, that can translate into serious injury or death.

Can I sue for my motorcycle injury if I wasn't wearing a helmet?

Georgia's motorcycle law is clear. It states, "No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he or she is wearing protective headgear." Not only do riders and passengers have to wear helmets, the safety gear has to comply with federal safety standards.

Is Georgia ready for autonomous vehicles?

Technology advances are revolutionizing just about every aspect of our lives and they seem to come down the pike at break-neck speeds. In some cases, the benefits are immediately apparent. In others, the prospects are less clear. Still, cultural forces being what they are in the United States - political, economic and otherwise - we often press ahead without knowing exactly what we might encounter around the bend.

Motorcycle safety tips

While the hardy may ride their motorcycles on warm days in the winter months here in Georgia, most find it enjoyable to wait until the trees start to turn green. Unfortunately, no matter what time of year it is, danger still lurks on the road because of inattentive drivers and poor road conditions. This can lead to time in the hospital or worse.

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