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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When Truck Drivers Follow Too Closely: Tailgating Truck Accidents

May 20, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

A recent truck accident that claimed the lives of five Georgia Southern University nursing school students has left the community reeling. One of the alarming discoveries made by investigators thus far, according to WSB-TV, is the host of previous violations issued to drivers employed by the trucking company involved in the accident. Several violations were reportedly for following too closely, which may have been a factor in the rear end multiple vehicle truck accident.

Speeding Drivers Claim the Lives of Three Atlanta Children

May 20, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Earlier this month, two speeding drivers violently crashed into a car carrying three children on Moreland Avenue. The family was making a left hand turn onto Constitution Avenue when two vehicles traveling southbound on Moreland struck the sedan. The force was reportedly so tremendous it threw the three children, ages three, four, and six, out of the vehicle. Tragically, the two younger children were killed instantly. The oldest child fought for weeks in the hospital but sadly ultimately succumbed to his injuries. The children's mother suffered serious injuries, including a broken back and internal bleeding.

When a Negligent Driver Causes You Injury

May 08, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Negligence is generally defined as any behavior which falls below the normal standard of care.  A person is considered negligent when they fail to conduct themselves as as a normal, prudent person would have done in the same situation. As an example, a cautious person would not exceed the speed limit in a school zone when school was letting out and kids were walking in crosswalks. A careful person would refrain from driving twenty miles over the speed limit when it was raining outside.

Seeking Punitive Damages in Georgia Hit and Run Accident Claims

May 05, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

While any motor vehicle accident can be upsetting and pose challenging legal and insurance issues, hit and run accidents involve special legal issues for the runner and complications for the injured party pursuing financial compensation. This blog post discusses a few of the legal obligations of drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents, as well as when punitive damages might be recoverable for victims seeking compensation. Our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers at Montlick and Associates have have been working hard to help injured people, including those involved in hit and run accidents, get the compensation they deserve.

Our Personal Injury Attorneys Highlight Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

May 04, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

When you are involved in an auto accident, you may suffer painful and debilitating injuries. Unfortunately, many motor vehicle collisions result in long-term consequences to the health of victims.  Serious injuries such as dismemberment, disfigurement, traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury and other serious injuries have a lifelong impact. Admittedly, no amount of financial compensation can give parents back the joy of watching their child's intellectual development or a husband the ability to hug a spouse. Nonetheless, the financial recovery obtained in a motor vehicle accident claim can provide the financial means to obtain the best medical care and to enjoy the highest post-injury quality of life possible.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Explain What to Do Following a Car Accident

May 04, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident in the recent weeks or months, it is highly likely that the reality of the situation is starting to become clear. Specifically, the full extent of your injuries may be starting to manifest, although other injuries may develop over a longer period of time. The medical bills also are starting to pile up, in all likelihood. You may be unable to work, depending on the nature and extent of your injuries. Regardless of the circumstances, the weeks and months after a car accident present different considerations than do the immediate aftermath. In order to deal with these different circumstances, there are certain steps that a person can take. Below are suggestions and considerations to help you make the right choices necessary to maximize your chances of being fully compensated for your injuries so that you hopefully can resume the life that you were leading before the accident as soon as possible.

Georgia Accident Attorneys Answer Questions about Atlanta Pedestrian Accidents

May 01, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

With extended periods of warm weather and plenty of gorgeous places to visit, it is not surprising that many people frequent Georgia's streets on a daily basis. However, this has caused an alarming increase in the number of pedestrian related accidents within the State and across the nation as a whole. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 4,700 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 76,000 pedestrians were injured, in 2012. This amounts to a crash-related pedestrian death (approximately) every two hours, and a pedestrian injury every seven minutes.

Why Discovery Following a Trucking Accident is Both Critical—and Complex

May 01, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Due to the complex relationship between trucking companies, their drivers, and the truck manufacturers, truck accident "discovery" (gathering of evidence, which can include through subpoenas and legal procedures) is absolutely crucial in a serious injury case. There are many causes of truck accidents, but the bottom line is that when a 35,000-80,000 pound truck comes into contact with a 5,000 pound passenger vehicle, it is clear who will come out on the losing end. The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates there are over half a million trucking accidents each year, resulting in over 5,000 fatalities.

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Catastrophic Burn Injuries in Georgia

April 30, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Burns that are experienced by car accident victims after a fire breaks out at the scene can be devastating, especially since they often result in serious and disfiguring injuries and horrible pain. When a person involved in a car accident has sustained burns arising from the crash, it is imperative to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think that your injuries are minor, failing to obtain treatment may have severe consequences, including chronic pain, infection, and permanent scarring.

Montlick and Associates Report: Bicycles Are Not As Safe As You May Think

April 30, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Being involved in an accident is the last thing on your mind when engaging in a healthy activity such as bicycling. However, thousands of Georgia bicyclists are seriously and sometimes fatally injured each year in collisions involving other vehicles. This is not surprising since there is nothing substantial protecting you against an impact with several thousand pounds of steel. Unfortunately, injuries associated with these types of accidents can be devastating, even at extremely low speeds.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Georgia

April 30, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

In general, drivers of automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and all other types of vehicles are expected to use "reasonable care" when operating their vehicles in Georgia. In other words, all drivers have a duty to drive in a safe and reasonable manner so as to avoid harming others. Failure to do so can result in liability under a theory of negligence, potentially costing the wrongdoer (or typically his or her insurance company) a significant amount of money for any property damage, injuries resulting from the crash, and even wrongful deaths.  In order to succeed in a negligence action, an accident victim must prove that the other driver failed to exercise reasonable care, proximately caused the person's injuries, and must prove his or her damages. 

Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Crashes Caused by Defective Roadways

April 30, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

On a daily basis, trucks of all shapes and sizes frequent the many interstates crisscrossing the State of Georgia to transport goods throughout the United States. As a result, it is not surprising to learn that trucking accidents within Georgia and across the country are on the rise. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation reports that there are over 500,000 trucking accidents that occurred last year throughout the country, with 5,000 of these crashes resulting in fatalities. It is no surprise that the majority of these accidents occur due to driver negligence. However, a growing number of accidents stem from poorly designed and maintained roads, where defects create dangerous circumstances that cause or contribute to serious collisions.

When Is an Employer Vicariously Liable for Car Accidents Caused by an Employee?

April 27, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Many car accidents involve negligent drivers who are performing job-related tasks when they blow through a red light or slam into a vehicle stopped due to traffic congestion. The potential liability of an employer in such situations can be important because employees may not have sufficient insurance or assets to fully compensate a seriously injured collision victim. Because an employer can be "vicariously liable" for the negligent acts of an employee engaged in employment-related tasks, businesses might dispute the employment status of a negligent employee in an effort to circumvent the powerful tool of vicarious liability.

Should You Accept a Quick Settlement Following an Auto Accident?

April 27, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

It's easy to make mistakes in the early stages following an auto accident which can cost you thousands of dollars down the road. One of these mistakes is agreeing to the first settlement offer the insurance company offers you. You may feel lucky that you are getting such a quick settlement offer, but many times the offer is quick because the insurance company is fully aware that you are entitled to more. Their goal is to settle the matter as quickly and cheaply as they possibly can, so beware of quick settlement offers and ask yourself the following questions before agreeing to a quick settlement.

Failure of Rear-End Victim to Seek Medical Care Results in No Recovery Despite Back Injury

April 27, 2015
Posted by David Montlick

Our Atlanta Auto Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been tenaciously advocating for victims of negligent drivers for over 30 years, so we recognize the factors that can torpedo a successful claim for damages. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of motor vehicle collisions. Liability often is easier to prove when pursuing an insurance claim based on a rear impact crash. However, the task of proving the extent of your injuries can be challenging, especially if there is no apparent vehicle damage.


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.