A 22-year-old man thought to be responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident in Marietta has reportedly turned himself in to authorities. Three days after the accident, the driver turned himself in to Marietta Police Investigators before being transported to Cobb County Jail. The man is expected to be charged with 2nd degree vehicular homicide and felony hit and run.
All-terrain vehicles were designed to be used in the dirt and off paved roads; however, some riders have begun using them on paved roads in Georgia and across the nation. One study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that about two-thirds of ATV fatal accidents happen on paved roads where the vehicles are usually banned. Government statistics confirm that between 2007 and 2011, just over 1,701 ATV riders lost their lives in accidents on public roads in this nation, or nearly one person each day. Of those, deaths, 62 occurred in Georgia.
On Nov. 11, it was reported that a Georgia jury awarded $16.5 million from Michelin North America to the widow of an individual who was killed as a result of a tire blow out in 2011. The lawsuit had claimed that a large van was driving on I-75 near Macon when the van suffered a sudden rear tire failure. The blowout caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, which then flipped. The van accident left two people dead, and another 12 injured.
An employee of the City of Atlanta GA faced charges after a truck crash that killed a co-worker. A spokesperson for the city said that alcohol was a factor in the wrongful death accident and an internal investigation was being conducted. The spokesperson added that the city would take appropriate action based upon the findings of that investigation.
A recent report from the AFL-CIO reports that more than 150 people a day die from work-related illnesses or injuries. While overall workplace safety in Atlanta has steadily improved since the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed, the fact is that nearly 137 people a day die from diseases related to work, and another 13 are lost through workplace accidents or injuries. While the fishing and logging industries have the highest wrongful death rates, workers in public sector jobs like nursing and fire safety are the most likely to have non-fatal injuries and serious illnesses.