Georgia Personal Injury Law Blog

By Montlick & Associates

Our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates would like to welcome you to our legal blog. The blog is designed to provide helpful information to injury victims about their legal rights and remedies, and to promote family safety so that accidents can be prevented before they happen. While our attorneys and staff have provided information on many topics, we know that you may have specific questions based on your unique situation. We invite you to contact us for your free consultation with one of our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers so that we can evaluate your case, let you know about your legal rights and the steps that need to be taken to protect those rights, and to address your specific concerns and questions.

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What Happens if an Uninsured or Underinsured Driver Causes an Accident? Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Explains

February 08, 2016

More often than not, claims involving automobile accidents can be resolved through filing claims with an at-fault driver's insurer. However, in situations where a driver does not have insurance, or not enough insurance, the issue can become more complicated. Suffering injuries in an automobile accident can be horrific, and when the person at fault fails to have any automobile insurance, it can be much more difficult for the injured person to receive adequate compensation. Most automobile insurance policies have at least some form of coverage to assist the insured in the event he or she suffers injuries at the expense of an uninsured or underinsured driver.

How a Spoliation Letter Can Help Semi-Truck Accident Victims

February 08, 2016

While trucking accident victims might recognize that they will need to gather and present compelling evidence to prevail in their legal claim, the process of obtaining and preserving important documents, electronic records, and other relevant evidence often constitutes a significant challenge. The process of obtaining admissible evidence involves more than simply requesting a trucking company and/or commercial driver to provide all relevant information related to a lawsuit. Rather, the process of preserving and obtaining relevant evidence requires implementation of a sound pre-litigation strategy.

Injuries Increasing with Popularity of Hoverboards

February 07, 2016

Although there are many modes of transportation to get from Point A to Point B, hoverboards were simply the product of science fiction when depicted in the 1989 movie "Back to the Future 2." Though these devices were fairly expensive when they were initially marketed, the price for hoverboards has declined to levels that allowed these tech toys to be one of the top selling Christmas presents during the recent holiday season. Although these new tech toys do not actually hover like the one ridden by Marty McFly, they still can pose a significant risk of injury.

Why Car Accident Injury Victims Need Legal Representation When Pursuing an Uninsured Motorist Claim

February 07, 2016

When a driver traveling the roadways of Gwinnett County is struck by a distracted driver who runs a red light, the injury victim typically will look to the other motorist's liability coverage to pay for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, vehicle repairs, and other damages. However, this option offers limited relief if the other driver is uninsured. Fortunately, many Georgia drivers purchase uninsured motorist coverage, which can provide critical financial compensation to driver's injured by uninsured drivers.

What Motorists Need to Know about Georgia Distracted Driving Laws

February 06, 2016

Our Atlanta car accident lawyers have witnessed how distracted driving has become a serious threat to traffic safety, an issue which has drawn the attention of lawmakers, traffic safety experts, and the media. A disproportionate amount of this focus has been on text messaging and cellular phone calls, even though there are many other distractions that can cause auto accidents, such as grooming, fiddling with a GPS, or adjusting a car stereo. This blog post provides an overview of Georgia distracted driving laws designed to protect those on our roadways from inattentive drivers.

Keeping Georgia Roadways Safe: How to Report a Dangerous Driver

February 05, 2016

We see it nearly every time we get behind the wheel of our vehicle. A car swerving on the road, traveling at a dangerous speed, cutting people off, passing when it is not safe to do so, texting, and otherwise obliviously causing danger. Or, perhaps you have an elderly grandparent that you know still drives although you question the safety of it, or a physically incapacitated friend that thinks nothing of getting behind the wheel. Is there anything you can do? Yes. You do have the power to help get dangerous drivers off the roads and there are several avenues for you to do so. Keep reading to learn more!

Safety Tips for Avoiding Tractor Trailer Accidents

February 05, 2016

Our experienced Atlanta truck accident lawyers have seen first hand how an accident involving a commercial truck can be serious and even fatal. Automobile drivers will not always be able to avoid an accident with a tractor trailer because they cannot control the actions of the trucker, who is sometimes the cause of the accident. While there are many safety conscious truckers, there are some that fall prey to fatigue, driver substance abuse, inadequate training, and a lack of truck maintenance, along with tight delivery schedules, all of which can lead to truck accidents.

Georgia Golf Cart Accidents on the Rise

February 04, 2016

When most people think of motor vehicle accidents that cause injury, they tend to envision cars, pickups, van, SUVs, tractor-trailers, or even motorcycles. Since golf carts generally travel at a speed of 15 to 20 miles per hour, individuals who use these motorized carts on or off the golf course might discount the risk of a collision that causes serious injury.

Fatal College Park Crash Raises Hit and Run Liability Issues

February 04, 2016

While vehicle occupants injured in collisions might be aware that they can pursue a claim for compensation from a negligent driver, there are situations when this option offers limited financial relief. A recent high speed pursuit by police of a suspected car thief that resulted in a fatal car accident provides a tragic example. Police were pursuing a fleeing suspect when the man attempting to allude authorities slammed into another vehicle, causing the death of a 76-year-old woman and a boy thought to be about 12 years of age, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). The AJC news report indicates that College Park police requested assistance from the Atlanta Police Department (APD) when the chase crossed into Atlanta, but the APD never responded. The news article also indicates that the suspect ran a red light immediately prior to colliding with the other vehicle and then fled the scene of the crash.

The Danger Posed by Improperly Secured Cargo Transported by Non-Commercial Drivers

February 03, 2016

A mother was almost home as she approached the off-ramp near her residence. Before she could depart the interstate by taking her exit, her daughter was struck in the head and face, causing catastrophic injury. The unsecured item that fell from an open trailer was a large piece of furniture that had not been fastened down. Because the driver of the truck neglected to properly secure his load, the young girl suffered a permanent loss of vision when a forty pound board flew through the windshield of the other vehicle. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), the law in the state where this tragedy occurred did not deem such an event a crime at the time of the incident. The only law enforcement-related sanction faced by the driver of the truck was, outrageously, a littering citation.

What to Do If You Are Involved in an Atlanta Truck Accident

February 03, 2016

If you are injured in an Atlanta truck accident, the massive weight differential between a tractor-trailer truck and a small passenger vehicle can mean permanent life-altering consequences. When one is suffering from the severe pain or intense emotions associated with a tractor-trailer collision in Atlanta, an injured person cannot reasonably be expected to focus on the issues of gathering evidence, proving liability, dealing with insurance companies and taking actions to protect his or her legal rights in order to seek fair financial compensation on his or her own.

Pregnant Women Face an Increased Risk of Car Accidents

February 02, 2016

A study released by a group of Canadian researchers has identified a new health risk associated with pregnancy: an increased likelihood of being involved in an automobile accident, particularly in the second trimester. The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and presented some alarming data. It revealed that the odds of a woman in the second trimester being involved in a multiple vehicle accident that requires emergency room treatment has increased over 40 percent in the last three years. This risk significantly decreases by the third trimester and further decreases in the years that follow the birth.

Traumatic Brain Injuries: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

February 02, 2016

The Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF) reports that over 2.2 million head injuries will be treated in emergency rooms across the country each year.  Brain injury sufferers can be forced to endure weeks, months, or even years of medical treatment and may never return to the level of functioning that they previously enjoyed. While any brain injury is difficult to experience, those caused by the negligence of another are particularly distressing.

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys Examine Claims That Helmets Pose Safety Risk

February 01, 2016

Although many people object to mandatory motorcycle helmet laws, these objections usually are based on principles of personal autonomy and free choice rather than safety concerns. While a broad range of studies establish the safety benefits associated with wearing a helmet, some pundits contend helmets can cause crashes or increase the severity of injury experienced in a motorcycle accident. Because our Atlanta personal injury lawyers have heard this claim on many occasions, we decided to examine whether evidence supports a view that motorcycles can make riders less safe.

Please Note:
Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied up as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.