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December 2011 Archives

Atlanta-Bound-Plane Crashes on Interstate 287, Kills 5

Like a scene out of a movie, an Atlanta bound plane crashed on interstate 287 in icy conditions, reports 11 Alive. The result of the crash was that five people and a family dog all were killed.

The pilot of the plane was a New York investment professional Jeffrey Buckalew. He was flying a French-made Socata TBM-700, a single-engine prop plane seating seven. Jeffrey Buckalew's wife, Corinne, and their two children, Jackson and Meriwether, were also on the plane.

Georgia Golf Cart Law Updated

You can drive your golf cart on a roadway in Georgia, but you have to follow new rules, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Golf carts in Georgia are big business. The National Golf Cars Manufacturer's Association believes that 90 percent of the golf carts used in the U.S. are Georgia made.

According to the new law, golf carts in Georgia will be treated as a separate kind of vehicle and towns and counties will be able to create ordinances for them. Also, Georgia golf carts will need to have braking systems; a device that warns (beep beep) when the cart is reversing; tail lights; and hip restraints (meaning, seat belts).

No word yet on airbags or moon roofs.

Dorsey Levens and Jamal Lewis Sue NFL Over Concussions

A pair of very highly-regarded former NFL running backs, along with a couple of other players, are suing the NFL over concussions, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The suits were filed on behalf of Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens, Fulton Kuykendall, and Ryan E. Stewart. Jamal Lewis is a career 10,000 yard rusher in the NFL.

All of the men are Fulton County residents and say they have memory loss, headaches and sleeplessness as a result of their trauma.

Asthma Lawsuits? Acetaminophen and Asthma Connected

The powerful pain-killing agent acetaminophen may be connected to the asthma boom in children, reports the New York Times.

Apparently there is evidence out there now showing that the asthma epidemic in children took off when doctors gave acetaminophen to children to protect against Reye's Syndrome.

Stunting Dangers: Cheerleading Injuries on the Rise

Everyone knows that cheerleading is huge in the South, especially with the top six and seven out of the top ten college cheerleading and dance teams being from the South. There is definite glamour in being a southern cheerleader.

But cheerleading is increasingly being found to be a violent sport. In fact, in a survey by the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research Center, cheerleading is the second most violent sport after football and emergency room visits due to cheerleading increased 110 percent from 1990 to 2002.

CDC: Nearly 1 in 5 Women in America Raped At Least Once

Atlanta’s Center for Disease Control recently released a report saying that nearly one in five women in America were raped at least once, and one in four has been severely attacked by an intimate partner, reports KTLA.

The results are derived from a large study of 18,049 men and women in 2010. Eighty percent of the female victims said they were first raped before the age of 25.

As for men, one in seven said they had experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner and one in seventy-one had been raped at least once.

Magnum: Gun At Hartsfield-Jackson Checkpoint Goes Off

A .22-caliber Magnum revolver went off in the security line at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, reports Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the snake pellets in the gun grazed the face of the investigating officer.

The passenger, Richard Popkin, was carrying the revolver in his carry-on bag during an x-ray scan. When the gun was discovered, a police officer, N.J. Phillips, tried to clear the five game pellets in the handgun. This is when the gun went off in Officer Phillip’s hand and could have caused a terrible injury.

Fulton Rapes in Vacant Homes

As if the current hard times weren't stressful enough, the other day two nearly identical Fulton rapes in vacant homes occurred on either end of Old National Highway, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The circumstances of the rapes are bizarre. The two Old National Highway rapes occurred separately, with each woman taken to a different abandoned house on opposing ends of Old National Highway. The women and the police alleged that there were three perpetrators and that they are likely the same group.

The police haven't yet released the exact location of the Fulton rapes in vacant homes, but are asking the community for assistance after releasing a sketch of one of the men allegedly involved, reports WSBTV.

First Generation iPod Nano Recalled

Apple can't seem to shake its battery problems, it seems. After recently resolving a rapidly draining battery issue on the new iPhone 4s, Cupertino, California's Apple is now put in the position of a first generation iPod Nano recall, reports CBS.

The battery on the first generation iPod Nano appears to be a safety risk. In an email, Apple said that in some rare cases the battery in the Nano may overheat. The Nanos directly affected were sold between September 2005 and December 2006. The ultimate problem, according to Apple, lies with a battery supplier that allegedly sent defect goods. Apple also noted that the Nano safety risk increases as the battery ages.

Year End Rankings: Ten of 2011's Safest Cars

The year is coming to an end, which means a plethora of "year's best" lists. In this edition FindLaw's Atlanta Personal Injury News Blog brings you the year's end rankings of 2011's ten safest cars.

This is not a vanity list or based on promotional purposes, but has entirely to do with safety. Fact is that in 2009, which is the most recent year for which fatality data is available from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Fatality Analysis Reporting System, 33,808 people died in motor vehicle crashes during the year, reports the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The full list of 2011 safest cars, compiled by IIHS is, to our pleasant surprise, quite long. From these we picked ten vehicles at random. They are:

Do Georgia Tech Students Want Guns?

A group of Georgia Tech students want guns on campus, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Partly disturbed by some of the criminal activity at and around the campus and partly because of their politics, certain "pro-carry" movement groups at Georgia Tech, such as Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, are seeking to "even out the arms race between students and criminals" reports the AJC.

Honda 'Killer' Airbags Cause Recall

Honda, the Japanese auto-maker, has made some of the more iconic practical cars of our times, particularly the Accord and the Civic. But that reputation may take a bit of a hit as Honda announces recalls over airbags, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Honda's recall of 304,000 vehicles globally is because the airbags inflate with too much pressure, sending metal and plastic pieces flying which cause injuries or more. In fact, two deaths in the U.S. are confirmed as caused by the airbags.

Nearly 275,000 of the recalled vehicles will be in the United States. There is even one car in England that needs to be recalled. Honda has admitted at least 20 accidents related to the problem.

Construction Workers Killed in Dallas Street Mobile Lift Crash

A pair of men working on Dallas Street were killed when their mobile lift toppled, reports Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Atlanta construction workers, not identified pending the notification of the family, were working on an 80-foot mobile lift. It was on Dallas Street off the 500 block of Glen Iris Drive where the men had been working on the exterior of a building. The lift became stuck; and when the men tried to make it move, it fell to the concrete walkway below. Both men died in the fall, said the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Drum Major Hazing Death at FAMU Prompts Lawsuits

Robert Champion was a graduate of Southwest DeKalb High School in Georgia and went onto historically black Florida A&M University where he got involved in the marching band. It wasn’t all clarinets and trombones, however, as hazing at FAMU cost him his life, reports Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Although no arrests have been made, FAMU officials do believe that hazing was responsible for Robert Champion’s death. That incident was then followed by marching band hazing injuries to another student, Bria Hunter, reports the AJC.