Auto Accidents in Atlanta and Elsewhere A Top Concern for Safety Officials

Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of work-related accidents in Atlanta and elsewhere.

Unfortunately, a lot of these accidents involve large, commercial vehicles. Most of the people who are injured and killed in these kinds of accidents aren’t the occupants of the large trucks. They’re the occupants of the other vehicles, usually the passenger cars, that are most affected in these accidents. It’s passengers like you and I that feel most of the consequences of these accidents. We’re also the ones who can do the most to help prevent these kinds of collisions — only your behavior is in your hands.

For the fourth and final week of the National Safety Month campaign, put on by the National Safety Council (NSC), officials will be discussing the risks associated with driving and they will be sharing some simple safety tips to help to reduce your risks of a potentially fatal accident.

Our Atlanta trucking accident attorneys understand that navigating our roadways may be one of the most dangerous things that each and every one of us do on a daily basis, whether it’s in a commercial truck or in a passenger car. It’s especially dangerous out there during the summer driving season, when there’s a significant increase in traffic. Drivers of all kinds are asked to be mindful of their actions behind the wheel to help to preserve driving safety, whether driving for work or for pleasure. Be on your best behavior and keep your attention on the road, especially when driving among large, commercial vehicles.

Curb All Distractions:

-Keep cell phones away from the driver’s seat. About a quarter of all accidents involve cell phone use while driving, according to the NSC.

-Try to keep your cell phone in the glove compartment or in the back seat so you’re less inclined to use it.

-Pull over into a safe area and throw your car into park if you need to use a cell phone.

-Record your voicemail message to say that you’re unavailable when driving.

-Use your passengers to make/answer phone calls if need be.

Wear Your Seat Belt:

-Wear a seat belt every time in the car, during every single trip.

-Make sure that all of the occupants of your vehicle are wearing their seat belts too!

-If there are children in the vehicle, make sure they’re properly buckled into the right child seat or booster seat.

Avoid Impaired Driving:

-If you plan on drinking, designate a driver who agrees to have nothing to drink to take you home.

-Never get into the vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.

-Take the keys away from someone who has been drinking,

-If you’ve been drinking and don’t have a designated driver, call a cab, take public transportation, get a hold of a loved one for a ride or stay at a friend’s house.


About Michael Sullivan

Michael A. Sullivan is a former federal prosecutor who has more than twenty-five years of experience in sophisticated civil and criminal litigation.

Mr. Sullivan has represented large businesses and individuals in complex cases, many involving fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty. His trial experience over three decades has included white collar criminal cases, civil fraud, business torts, and serious personal injury and death cases. Mr. Sullivan has been selected as a Super Lawyer each year from 2006 to present.

From 1995-98, Mr. Sullivan served under Larry D. Thompson as a federal prosecutor in the Independent Counsel investigation of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which included the prosecution of former Secretary of the Interior James Watt. He also has defended businesses and individuals in white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, including financial fraud and tax investigations.  Mr. Sullivan has also conducted internal investigations, and has advised organizations on compliance issues.

In addition to handling a variety of complex civil cases, Mr. Sullivan represents whistleblowers worldwide in qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act, in the IRS Whistleblower Program, and in the new SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs.

Mr. Sullivan has worked with the False Claims Act since the late 1980s and has both defended and prosecuted cases under the False Claims Act.

Since the December 2006 inception of the new IRS Whistleblower Program, Mr. Sullivan has also represented tax whistleblowers in submissions totaling many billions of dollars. He has also worked with the IRS Whistleblower Office staff in presenting programs on best practices in pursuing IRS Whistleblower claims.

In 2009 and again in 2010, Mr. Sullivan was contacted by staff members of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee to discuss how the new SEC and CFTC Whistleblower Programs under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act should operate. He has also met with the SEC and CFTC Chairmen and senior staff to recommend changes to the proposed rules for SEC and CFTC Whistleblower claims.

In 2014, Mr. Sullivan served as lead counsel to a major international corporation and won an eight-figure jury verdict against defendants who had defrauded the company and breached their fiduciary duties to it.

Mr. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. He clerked for U.S. District Judge Marvin H. Shoob in Atlanta from 1984-86.