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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How a Sluggish Economy Can Compromise Safety by Increasing Trucking Accidents

March 30, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

The slow speed of the so-called economic recovery has hit virtually all segments of the economy, including the agriculture industry from small family owned farms and dairies to large commercial agri-businesses. The federal government took action last year to ease the financial burden on farmers, which did not receive much fanfare but may have significant consequences for those who share the roadways with big-rigs in Georgia.

What Every Georgia Motorist Should Know about Teen DUI Accidents

March 30, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

While DUI is a serious cause of many motor vehicle accidents in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, teen drivers who drink and drive continue to pose a serious danger to vehicle occupants, motorcyclists and pedestrians. Because teenage drivers are inexperienced with both alcohol and driving, they are more likely than other age groups to be involved in an alcohol related car accident. Despite Georgia's zero tolerance law concerning underage drinking and driving, teenagers continue to drive while impaired by alcohol. At Montlick & Associates, we are committed to safe driving practices that keep everyone on the road safe. We have provided an overview of what motorists should know about teen drunken driving accidents.

Right of Way Violations a Common Cause of Atlanta Car Accidents

March 30, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

There are many accidents in Atlanta caused by motorists who fail to abide by their obligation to yield. Collisions caused by drivers who disregard right of way rules cause injury, disability and wrongful death to many accident victims throughout the Atlanta, the state of Georgia and the U.S. annually. The process of determining whether a driver that crashed into you violated a legal duty to yield requires an analysis of Atlanta accident law.

The Increasing Risk of Drugged Driving as a Cause of Georgia Car Accidents

March 29, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

While our Atlanta car accident lawyers have addressed the danger associated with driving under the influence of alcohol on this blog, we have devoted less attention to drug impaired driving. As many states liberalize their marijuana laws by permitting use of marijuana for medical use and even recreational use in a couple of states, it is reasonable to presume that the number of motor vehicle accidents caused by drivers under the influence of drugs is likely to rise.

Do DUI Checkpoints Make Georgia Drivers Safer?

March 28, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

While distracted driving is increasingly drawing attention from federal motor vehicle safety regulators, the scourge of drunk driving remains a serious threat to those using Georgia streets and highways. Alcohol impaired drivers continue to account for almost a third of all motor vehicle accident related fatalities. While stricter laws and tougher enforcement of Georgia drunk driving prohibitions have provided some improvement, there are still many families that have their lives turned upside down when a family member suffers life-altering injuries or wrongful death.

Overlooked Danger of Atlanta Delivery Truck Accidents

March 28, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Whether you are at home in a residential neighborhood or at work in an industrial or business park setting, delivery trucks have a constant presence. The severity of delivery truck accidents stems from the same cause as those involving large commercial big-rigs; they are massive in weight and size compared to small passenger vehicles. Delivery trucks also have many of the handling and safety disadvantages that are customarily associated with big-rigs, including longer stopping distances, less responsive maneuvering and larger blind spots.

Spring Break Means Increased Risk of DUI Auto Accidents

March 25, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Spring break is here for many and right around the corner for others, which means sun and fun for many college students and vacationing families. While families and university students look forward to this time to travel, relax and spend time with family and friends, it is appropriate to exercise caution because the volume of DUI arrests and intoxicated drivers spike during spring break.

Fatal Driveway Back Up Accidents Can Be Prevented with Virtually No Effort

March 24, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Few people worry that they will be involved in a potentially fatal collision when simply backing out of their driveway. However, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys know that driveways accidents involving small children are all too frequent and can result in devastating injuries and tragic loss of life. Because motor vehicles have enormous blind spots immediately behind their vehicle, the risk of hitting a small child playing in the driveway is very real and much more common than most people would assume. Each week, at least two children are killed and another 50 are hurt in backup accidents. Tragically, almost all of these victims are small children under the age of 5 who cannot be seen from inside the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle.

The Unique Car Accident Risks Facing Expectant Mothers

March 24, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Most parents recognize the importance of driving safely and placing their child in a car seat to avoid serious injury to their kids if a serious Georgia car accident occurs. Although car seats can be an invaluable safety feature for protecting children in car accidents, they do little to protect the unborn children of pregnant vehicle occupants. Each Atlanta car accident attorney from our law firm has understands there is no careful tracking of the deaths of unborn children in car accidents, but it is estimated that as many as a thousand fetuses die in fatal car accidents annually.

Jury Returns $3.8 Million Verdict for Injuries Allegedly Caused by Drugged Truck Driver

March 23, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Our Atlanta truck accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates recognize the potentially devastating consequences when truck drivers disregard trucking industry safety rules, and trucking companies look the other way. While most truck drivers are conscientious and professional, unfortunately this is not always the case.  The enormous force of impact generated when a big-rig slams into another vehicle can cause permanent injuries that prevent the ability of a trucking accident victim to continue working and participating in routine daily activities. When a person is injured in a big-rig collision, an investigation to gather and preserve evidence is essential to establish the cause of the crash and wrongful conduct by the driver and trucking company.

How Our Car Accident Attorneys Utilize Accident Reconstruction Experts

March 19, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Successful pursuit of a motor vehicle accident claim depends on gathering relevant evidence and carefully analyzing the facts. Frequently, there are conflicting witness accounts regarding which driver was at-fault. While physical evidence like skid marks, vehicle damage and the position of the vehicles might corroborate a particular version of the facts, sometimes there are still multiple interpretations of the physical evidence and witness testimony. The use of an accident reconstruction expert can constitute a valuable tool when deciphering conflicting evidence and developing a compelling case for the judge or jury.

Jury Returns Verdict of $16.5 Million Despite Lack of Evidence of Lost Earnings

March 19, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

At Montlick and Associates, our Atlanta truck accident lawyers often handle personal injury cases where damages are more difficult to prove because the injury victim is a child with no earning history, or a senior who is at or near retirement age. In other cases, the task of proving damages can be complicated because the trucking accident victim's medical bills are fairly limited. The prospect of obtaining a full recovery under such circumstances often turns on effective advocacy in establishing non-economic forms of damages like pain and suffering and loss of consortium, or some permanent disability or losee that is not reflected simply by the amount of the medical bills. These types of damages are more subjective, so they cannot simply be proven by submitting bills the way medical expenses and lost wages can be documented.

When an Auto Accident Causes Blindness

March 18, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

With over five and a half million auto accidents occurring in the United States each year, you can imagine the number of injuries which result from these accidents. In fact, over two million injuries result from auto accidents, with more than 30,000 fatalities. Surprisingly, the majority of fatal car accidents involve only one car, although half of auto fatalities can be linked to high speeds. The victims of these accidents are left with injuries which range from minor bumps and bruises to the other end of the spectrum which includes serious and traumatic injuries.

Top Reasons to Retain a Car Accident Lawyer For Your Atlanta Accident

March 18, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Our Atlanta car accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates are frequently asked if injury victims can handle their own car accident claim. Some people do attempt to negotiate directly with an insurer or to file their own lawsuit, but generally speaking the chances of obtaining a recovery for the full value of one's loss is extremely low without an attorney. In fact the insurance industries own studies show that on average accident victims get significantly more money when represented by legal counsel.  Lawyers that handle auto accident claims have the benefit of legal training, legal specialization seminars, experience handling similar cases and litigation resources. Even when liability seems relatively clear, you would be hard pressed to find an insurance company simply rolling over and paying the full value of a claim. The notion of liability being "relatively clear" also can become extremely murky when insurance company experts and insurance defense lawyer have an opportunity to develop a creative interpretation of the facts. When the facts do not permit a compelling defense based on liability (i.e. fault), insurance companies will dispute the amount of damages by trivializing the extent of an accident victim's injuries. This blog post provides the top reasons car crash injury victims should seek prompt legal representation.

Why Road Rash Following a Motorcycle Accident May Not be a “Minor” Injury

March 18, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Road rash is the commonly used name for skin abrasions, most often suffered as the result of motorcycle accident. These abrasions occur when skin hits pavement or concrete as the body is scraped along the road surface. This type of extreme friction rubs off the external skin layers, and in extreme cases can leave the muscle exposed. While some cases of road rash may be relatively minor, deeper abrasions can leave significant scarring as well as chronic pain. Often, road rash injuries are dismissed by some people as being relatively minor injuries. Consider, however, that your skin is the largest organ of your entire body. If road rash covers a large part of the body, illness, infection, scars and chronic pain can be the result.


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.