Blog Archive - January, 2013


38 Articles

Driver Causes Fifteen Wrecks Revealing the Value of UM/UIM Insurance

January 29, 2013

When motorists in Georgia discuss insurance coverage with their insurance agent, the issue of whether to take optional uninsured motorist (UM) and underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage as well as the amount of actual coverage is an important issue to consider. Many drivers elect to save a few dollars by declining UM/UIM coverage. If you are on the fence about the value of UM/UIM coverage, the knowledge that there are drivers like Michael O. Snider may provide guidance when making your decision. Snider, a 70-year-old man, allegedly caused 15 wrecks while driving drunk through both Gwinnett County and DeKalb County this week according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Severe Injuries from Bounce House Accidents on the Rise

January 26, 2013

Bounce houses (also known as “jumpers”) are such a common source of fun for kids that most parents have watched their kids play in these enclosed inflatable trampoline type structures. Jumpers are common at birthday parties, children’s entertainment centers and other venues with activities oriented toward children.

Liability of a Vehicle Owner for Bicycle Accidents Involving Third Party Drivers

January 24, 2013

Many bicyclists that suffer serious injuries in accidents with drivers of cars, trucks and SUVs contact our experienced Atlanta bicycle accident lawyers to inquire about suing the owner of a vehicle when someone else was the driver at the time of the accident. Because bicyclists have no protection from the impact of a collision with a motor vehicle, a bicycle accident can result in devastating injuries to a bicyclist.

Distracted Pedestrian Accidents Serious Danger to Kids

January 23, 2013

Although distracted driving has received significant attention as a serious public safety issue, distracted pedestrians have received a lot less attention. Kids walking down the street or crossing an intersection while their eyes are glued to the display of electronic devices like a mobile phone, iPod, Kindle or tablet computer are extremely common.

Cheerleading Accidents Are the Most Common Cause of Female Sports Injuries

January 18, 2013

Concussions, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage suffered in contact sports like football have received media attention for years, but only recently have the press and public started to focus on the dangers associated with cheerleading accidents. While some may dispute whether cheerleading is a sport, there can be no debate that it is potentially dangerous. According to the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, cheerleading accounts for 65 percent of all serious female sport-related injuries.

25 Car Pileup Serves Notice Weather Related Accident Season Has Arrived

January 17, 2013

A multi-car pileup in the Midwest that was caused by the first significant snowstorm of the season serves as notice that winter weather has arrived. While the 25 car pile-up that resulted in one fatality and many injuries was caused by snow, these types of dangerous collisions may be caused by forms of adverse weather that we see more frequently in Atlanta, like fog and rain.

The Dynamics of Rear-End Collisions

January 09, 2013

Distracted drivers are responsible for a significant number of rear-end collisions. When a driver is texting on a cell phone or reviewing documents when approaching an intersection, a brief moment of distraction is sufficient for the driver to slam into a vehicle stopped at a red light.

New Study Reveals Psychotropic Drugs Cause Car Accidents

January 09, 2013

A new study reveals that prescription psychotropic drugs used to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia impair driving ability and increase the risk of car accidents. The findings published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology provides new evidence that driving under the influence of drugs like Ambien, Sonata, Lunesta and Imovane (collectively referred to as “Z-drugs”) contributes to an increased risk of causing a car accident. The authors of the study recommend that drivers consider staying off the road when taking these medications.

Insurance Verification Systems Could Protect Car Accident Victims from Uninsured Drivers

January 05, 2013

The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Montlick & Associates understand that when you are involved in a motor vehicle collision while traveling the roadways of Atlanta, the surrounding metro counties, and throughout the state of Georgia, the hardships that you face may include intense pain, disability, medical expenses, insurance hassles and legal obstacles.

Municipalities in Cobb County Using Teen Party Ordinances to Stop Underage Drunken Driving

January 05, 2013

The enactment of a new social host ordinance in Kennesaw is intended to discourage parents who furnish alcohol to those who are underage.  Teen drunken driving accidents are one of the most common causes of serious car accidents which result in permanent injury and wrongful death.  Parents that host teenage parties and provide alcohol in their home may be subject to six months in county jail, substantial fines and even a civil penalty in an amount to be determined by a judge.

Cranes May Cause Fatal Georgia Construction Accidents

January 04, 2013

If you work on a construction site with cranes, you know that they are one of the most dangerous pieces of heavy machinery used on construction projects.  OSHA data indicates that cranes cause a higher number of construction accidents than any other type of construction equipment. 

Choking Hazard Prompts Massive Recall of Expanding Water Toys

January 04, 2013

The manufacturer of a water expanding toy has voluntarily recalled the product because it poses a severe choking hazard and may cause severe injury or death. The manufacturer of the defective product, Dunecraft, Inc. is recalling approximately 100,000 Fabulous Flowers, Water Balz, H2O Orbs “Despicable Me” and Growing Skulls according to an article published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Sleep Deprived Teen Drivers Pose Especially Serious Car Accident Risk

January 03, 2013

Our Georgia accident lawyers have noticed that an increasing number of motor vehicle accidents are caused by sleep deprived drivers. This is because many Americans are working longer hours and multiple jobs to make ends meet. The skill and alertness necessary to safely operate a car, truck, SUV, motorcycle or semi-truck can be severely compromised when a driver is struggling with fatigue.

Maintenance and Equipment Failure Can Cause Car Accidents

January 02, 2013

When drivers do not safely maintain their vehicle, they place passengers and everyone else using the roadways in danger. Teenagers’ lack of experience and familiarity with vehicle maintenance issues can result in motor vehicle malfunctions that cause car accidents or contribute to more serious injury in collisions.

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