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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More Common Questions About Accidents Caused By Red Light Running

July 30, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

This is Part II of our two-part blog post on intersection accidents that occur because a driver runs a red light. We invite you to read Part I for answers to more questions. If you have questions about your unique situation, we invite you to speak to a Georgia personal injury attorney at Montlick and Associates.

The Used Car You Are Thinking About Purchasing Might be Subject to a Safety Recall

July 30, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

With daily coverage of the spiraling number of GM vehicles that may be subject to recall, which is currently at 27 million, motorists might well forget that there are other vehicles that pose safety risks.  While purchasers of new vehicles can rest assured that new car dealerships should not sell vehicles that have unrepaired safety recall issues, there is no legislation requiring that safety recall issues be repaired before used vehicles are sold.  This means that many drivers who buy used cars, pickups or SUV's could be driving around in a vehicle that has safety issues serious enough to justify a recall.

Liability for Injuries Suffered in Georgia Dirt Bike Accidents

July 29, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

During the summer, many people engage in adrenaline producing recreational activities that can cause serious injury. One common form of potentially dangerous summer activity involves off-roading on dirt bikes. There are hundreds of children who die, and thousands more who are injured annually in accidents that involve a minibike, dirt bike, trail bike, motorcycle or moped or motorscooter. A CDC report found that the majority of these accidents that cause injuries to children involve male dirt bike riders (also known as "trail bikes" and "off-road bikes").

Drivers Who Use Cell Phones Likely to Engage in Other Unsafe Driving Practices

July 29, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

As if using a cell phone while driving is not risky enough, a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that drivers who engage in this dangerous driving practice are more likely to engage in other unsafe driving practices.  The study revealed that motorists using cell phones are more likely to engage in drowsy driving, speeding or driving without a seat belt.  Ironically, the report revealed that 89 percent of those in the study believe other drivers talking on a cell phone threatens their safety, but 69 percent of individuals in the study admitted to doing just that during the preceding thirty day period.

New Studies Provide Insight into Factors Contributing to Drowsy Driving Epidemic

July 28, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

While it has long been acknowledged that drowsy driving is extremely unsafe, two new studies provide insight into factors that might explain why accidents related to sleep deprivation are on the rise. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 police reported crashes per year are caused by sleep-deprived drivers. These accidents claim the lives of 1,550 people and cause injury to 71,000 more. The annual estimated economic cost of these accidents is $12.5 billion.

Cell Phone Conversations and the Myth of Multi-Tasking

July 28, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

While Georgia prohibits all motorists from text messaging while operating a motor vehicle, talking on the phone is not subject to a universal ban. Georgia's disparate treatment of text messaging and talking on cell phones when driving is mirrored by a number of other states. Georgia does restrict ALL cell phone use for novice drivers and bus drivers. However, our state's treatment of cell phone calling and driving is based on the misconception that people can effective multi-task behind the wheel. The reality is that using a cell phone for any purpose while driving is potentially dangerous.

Lawsuit Claims Psychiatric Ward Held Patient for 20 Years Based on Misdiagnosis

July 15, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Mental hospitals are intended to be places of therapy and treatment for those suffering from mental illness. However, the poor condition of many mental health facilities because of underfunding has been well-documented. While the prospect of landing in a mental health facility that is short on funds and staff might be a disturbing proposition, the prospect is far more alarming if you are erroneously diagnosed and locked up for decades.

New Report Finds Over 2,500 Georgia Doctors Do Not Carry Medical Malpractice Coverage

July 28, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Our Georgia medical malpractice insurance attorneys at Montlick and Associates recognize that patient's seeking medical care typically presume that their doctors are competent. While most physicians are skilled professionals, preventable medical errors and omissions account for approximately 98,000 deaths per year according to the Institute for Medicine. To put this number in perspective, this would make medical errors the sixth leading cause of death if it were included as a category by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the American Association for Justice (AAJ), approximately half of U.S. physicians admit failing to report incompetence or mistakes.

Why UM/UIM Coverage Is a Necessary Tool for Financial Security

July 16, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident or a collision with an uninsured driver, uninsured motorist coverage provides valuable financial protection. Although Georgia insurance laws do not make uninsured motorist (UM) coverage mandatory, many Georgia drivers take this supplemental form of coverage, which makes sense given the number of uninsured drivers in our state. The risk of being involved in a collision with an uninsured driver is higher in Georgia than many other states. While national statistics indicate that one in seven drivers is uninsured, the rate is one in six drivers in Georgia.

Man Loses Fingertips on Amusement Park Ride

July 15, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

During the summer, families flock to amusement parks like Six Flags Over Georgia with the expectation of experiencing fun, thrills and recreation.  While most of these excursions occur without incident, amusement park accidents can cause injury or death because of defective rides, poorly maintained premises, improperly trained or supervised employees and other forms of negligence.  A recent accident at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida provides a reminder of the potential risk of injury associated with amusement park ride accidents.

Family of 10-Year-Old Boy Who Died of Rat Bite Fever Sues Petco

July 15, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

When people visit a local store to purchase a family pet, they expect to bring home a loving pet and the items necessary to take care of their new edition to the family.  They do not expect to bring home an animal with a dangerous contagious disease.  The family of a 10-year-old boy who died after suffering a bite from a rat has filed a lawsuit against Petco, the national pet shop chain.  The lawsuit alleges that the boy died after contracting rat bite fever from a rat purchased at the pet shop based on a report from the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office.

Are There TIme Limits For Pursuing an Accident Based on Drowsy Driving Accidents?

July 15, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

While the issue of time limits and deadlines may seem like an inconsequential matter of “procedural housekeeping,” auto accident victims need to understand the importance of meeting timing requirements in the legal system.  For example, if a person suffers a permanent spinal cord injury and brain damage that will make the person dependent on caregivers forever, the injury victim can forfeit his or her ability to obtain compensation through a civil lawsuit by not properly filing a claim and meeting all requirements before the statute of limitations has run (i.e. expires).  When a person suffers this type of horrific life-altering injury, the harsh impact of failing to file a lawsuit before the expiration of the statute of limitation may seem unfair.  However, the judge does not have discretion to disregard the statute of limitations or make an exception for those who fail to comply with this time limit.

Can I Recover Damages If I Am Hit by a Speeding Emergency Vehicle?

July 15, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

If you regularly watch the news, you have undoubtedly viewed scenes where police cars are pursuing a motorist in a high speed chase while weaving through traffic. Alternatively, you probably have had an ambulance or fire truck speed past you before blowing through a stop sign with its lights and siren activated. Georgia law permits drivers of emergency vehicles to violate traffic safety laws under certain circumstances in the performance of their duties. Predictably, emergency vehicles sometimes collide with innocent motorists. Given that the emergency vehicle frequently is moving at a  high rate of speed, it is probably not surprising that the occupants in the other vehicle may suffer severe injury. The injured party might incur significant medical bills and time off work, so the liability of the government entity becomes an important question in determining whether the victim is entitled to compensation.

Common Questions About Red Light Running Accidents (Part I)

July 15, 2014
Posted by David Montlick

Georgia drivers engage in many unsafe driving practices, which include clearly illegal conduct like drunk driving, and some that may appear less obvious such as driving practices like talking on a cell phone.  Running a red light constitutes one of the most dangerous driving practices.  When motorists fail to follow to obey stop signs, yield signs and traffic signals at intersections, these violations pose a significant risk of causing a crash.  The high risk of collisions at intersections necessitates meticulous coordination of cross traffic.  Because red light accidents are a leading cause of traffic-related injuries and fatalities, our experienced DeKalb County personal injury attorneys have provided some common answers to questions about red light accidents.


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.