Blog Archive - October, 2015


62 Articles

Top Causes of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Atlanta

October 31, 2015

With business booming in Atlanta and other neighboring cities, people are flocking to the area. This does not mean just more cars and bikes on the road, but also more pedestrians. Although walking can be a great form of exercise and helps to reduce your impact on the environment, it can also pose some risks. Careless or distracted drivers can easily cause accidents that leave pedestrians seriously injured.

Fifth Grader Hailed a Hero After Rescuing Three Students Trapped After Bus Accident

October 31, 2015

A Florida fifth grader is being called a hero after he bravely rescued three students trapped inside a bus that became partially submerged following a crash in Tampa. News outlets report that a school bus carrying 27 elementary school children went off the road suddenly and into a shallow pond. A 10 year old sprang into action. This safety patrol member picked up a five year old and carried her to safety. He then returned to the bus and pulled two other children out to high ground. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department arrived and rescued the other children aboard the bus. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured.

Georgia Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Sleep Apnea

October 30, 2015

Sleep apnea is surprisingly an often overlooked cause of automobile accidents. For most people, driving enables you to get from one place to another freely. It is generally an important part of your life and impacts your ability to work or obtain necessities. However, drivers should recognize that operating a vehicle is a complex skill that can be affected by changes in a person's physical, emotional and mental health. One such influencing factor is sleep apnea. In this article, we discuss the potential implications of sleep apnea on driving.

Left Turn Accidents—Who Is At Fault?

October 29, 2015

We have all sat patiently in the left turning lane waiting for a never ending stream of traffic to pass. We may even have sat through multiple light changes before we finally inched up to the line. When an opening arrives in the flow of traffic, we quickly proceed through to the other side. We have also been on the other side of this scenario and proceeded straight towards an intersection, only to see the light turn yellow. Here, we are presented with the choice to either stop or speed on through the intersection.

American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest Learns Dangers of Bicycling First Hand

October 28, 2015

American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest, recently took up bicycling and unfortunately learned firsthand of the dangers of busy roads. Seacrest, who began cycling just a few weeks ago, was side swiped by a car in Los Angeles, causing him to crash. Seacrest told his story on his morning show (opens video), stating that his mother had warned him of the dangers of biking in the city. Seacrest said he was riding on San Vicente Blvd., which has a bike lane, when a car approached him from behind and then side swiped him. The car pushed him to the curb and then another cyclist hit him. The driver approached as Seacrest was picking himself off the pavement and said she did not see him. She was reportedly unsympathetic and seemed to blame him for the accident. Fortunately, Seacrest sustained only minor bruises and bumps in the accident and will likely be back to cycling soon, although with a new appreciation of the dangers.

Construction Site Accidents, Injuries, and Deaths

October 28, 2015

In 2013, over 4,585 workers were killed on the job, according to the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration. This equates to 88 deaths a week and 12 deaths every single day. Approximately 20 percent of all worker deaths, that is one in five, were in construction. Falls are responsible for most construction site injuries and deaths. Other common causes of serious injuries and deaths include workers being struck by objects, becoming caught in between objects, and electrocutions at the job site. These are considered the "Fatal Four" of construction site injuries and caused more than half of all construction worker deaths in the year 2013.

Construction worker deaths are commonly in the news. A few months ago, a Georgia worker fell to his death while working on a residential home. OSHA became involved in the investigation and sought to determine whether safety regulations were violated on the construction site. Yet another construction worker death in the state was linked to a trench collapse and last year one worker died after falling from a water tower.

Some of the most common construction site accidents include:

• Falls from scaffolding or ladders
• Falling objects
• Cranes or building collapses
• Dangerous chemicals
• Electrocutions, fires, or explosions
• Defective tools or equipment

What to Do After a Construction Site Injury in Georgia

If you have been injured on the job while performing a construction related task, your first step will be to obtain the medical treatment you need. Construction accidents so often involve severe injuries that many victims will be rushed to the hospital. If your accident is not so serious as to require an ambulance, notify your superior of the accident and go to the nearest emergency room.

Your next step will be making sure that the appropriate party has been informed of your accident and any necessary forms are completed. Speak to your supervisor, who will inform you as to company policy for accident reporting. It is important to report any incident that results in injuries. At times, you might not immediately believe you have sustained a serious injury, only to find yourself in pain and requiring medical treatment days or weeks later. Waiting to report your accident could result in a bar to your recovery for medical expenses, lost wages and more under workers' compensation. As such, report any accidents to your employer so that a record exists and your legal rights can be protected.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Protecting Georgia Workers for Over 30 Years

If you are injured on the job, contact the Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. We offer dedicated representation to injured workers across Georgia and in the Southeast. In fact, our firm brings over 30 years of experience to your case, providing you with the zealous representation you need to obtain protect your rights. We assist injured workers in obtaining workers' compensation benefits and additionally explore their right to recover outside of the workers' compensation system. The sooner you act after your injury, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of an attorney as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


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Georgia Premises Liability Attorneys Discuss What to Do If You are Injured at the Grocery Store

October 27, 2015

Most of us will make a visit to the grocery store at least once a week. Grocery stores offer tens of thousands of items that many of us need on a day to day basis. They can attract hundreds of customers a day and will often employ over 50 staff members per shift. With all of these people and activity, accidents can and do occur. Supermarkets have long been the site of slip, trips, and falls, impacting a number of customers.

Celebrate the Holidays Injury Free: Tips to Keep You Safe this Thanksgiving

October 27, 2015

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and is a popular time to gather with friends and family. However, it is one of the busiest holidays for roadways, with thousands of families traveling to get to their respective destinations. At Montlick and Associates, we are committed to keeping our Georgia families safe this holiday season. As such, consider the following safety tips that can help ensure you and your loved ones have a safe and most enjoyable Thanksgiving:

Fatal Crash Caused by Driver Using Phone’s GPS System

October 26, 2015

College Park police report that a man is tragically dead due to a lost driver who focused more on his phone's GPS system than the road ahead. The 39 year old driver and his two children were lost near the airport when he made a U-turn into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist on Sullivan Road. The motorcyclist was killed in the accident. Officers charged the vehicle driver with involuntary manslaughter, illegal U-turn and failure to exercise due care when using an electronic device.

Police Officers Become Increasingly Creative in order to Catch Texting Drivers

October 26, 2015

Police officers across the country are taking more creative approaches to catching texting drivers. In Tennessee, police officers are getting behind the wheel of a big rig to get a better view at what drivers are doing in their vehicles. Tennessee State Troopers are hiding in plain sight in an effort to identify texting drivers and increase awareness as to the dangers of texting while driving. Troopers travel in a big rig that belongs to the department. The height of the vehicle allows officers to peer into cars and uncover whether drivers are texting. If they spot a driver texting, this information is radioed to an officer in a police vehicle who then pulls over the suspected texting driver.

Georgia Dog Bite Laws

October 25, 2015

Georgia has a complex dog bite statute that tends to favor the dog owner over the victim. In order to make a claim against the owner of a dog who attacked you, Georgia law requires that you prove the existence of more than one basis for liability. This is in contrast to several other states that merely require you prove one. Case law has additionally imposed some exceptions that prevent injured victims from holding negligent dog owners accountable for their injuries. However, some recent court decisions seem to indicate that Georgia is increasingly seeking to reverse course and it seems likely that Georgia's dog bite statute will be amended in the future to reflect current trends.

Pediatric Brain Injuries and Attention Problems

October 25, 2015

A recent study authored by Marsh Konigs of VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands and other leading researchers has revealed a troubling link between brain injuries in children and later attention problems. The study found that children with traumatic brain injury (TBI) suffer from more lapses in attention and longer reaction times than children who suffer injuries to other parts of the body. Previous studies have linked TBIs in adults with attention problems, but this is the first study to link TBIs in children to not just attention lapses, but to also demonstrate how they correlate with intelligence and attention problems.

Georgia Child Airlifted to Hospital After Being Hit by Car Near School

October 24, 2015

Recently, a child in Gordon County was hit by a car near Tolbert Elementary School, according to WSB TV. Investigators believe the child was hit on private property at approximately 12:30 p.m. near the school. Emergency personnel responded to the scene and the child was transported by air ambulance to the Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. The child's condition was not released to the public. Currently, the incident is being treated as an accident and no charges have been filed.

What Happens If You Are Injured in an Uber or Lyft Accident?

October 24, 2015

Ride share companies Uber and Lyft have gained in popularity in Atlanta and in the Southeast. These companies aim to provide a cheaper and quicker alternative to taxis, allowing users to download apps on their cell phone from which they can summon a driver. Uber and Lyft drivers are private individuals who sign up with the company to transport passengers. Vehicles are generally not marked as Uber or Lyft vehicles and drivers usually do not have any specific training. While these services can be a great way for individuals to get around, they also present some legal quandaries.

Child Passenger Safety Week: A Properly Installed Car Seat is Critical to Your Child’s Safety

October 23, 2015

Traffic accidents are tragically the number one cause of death for children. Having your child ride in an age appropriate and properly installed car seat can greatly reduce the risk of injury or death in the event of an accident. In light of the recent Child Passenger Safety Week, we are taking a closer look at car seat installation. Every parent will remember installing their new baby's infant seat in the car for the first time. It can be stressful and confusing if you are not sure what to do or whether you are doing it correctly. 

On-Air Slayings of Virginia Journalists Highlight Dangers of Workplace Violence

October 23, 2015

Recently, America witnessed yet another tragic instance of workplace violence with the on-air deaths of two television reporters in Virginia. The incident involved the brutal murder of two reporters by a former one, who reportedly shot himself during a police chase after the killings. The shooter took to social media before committing suicide to express grievances about his former colleagues that he claimed the lives of in cold blood.

Negligent Security Can Lead to Unsafe Premises

October 22, 2015

Recently, a University of Georgia student was arrested after allegedly stabbing another individual with a broken beer bottle in a Georgia bar. Witnesses report that the 19 year old college student was fighting with a girl at a local bar when a Good Samaritan stepped in to break up the argument. The college student was holding a broken beer bottle and swung it, hitting the Good Samaritan in the neck. Witnesses report seeing a large amount of blood and the victim was rushed to the hospital. He has been discharged and is thankfully working on making a full recovery. Meanwhile, the UGA student wielding the broken bottle has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

Living with Pain: When the Pain Caused by a Car Accident Becomes Permanent

October 22, 2015

At times, the victims of a serious car accident will continue to experience pain for years after the accident. Chronic pain is defined as pain that persists or progresses over a long period of time and it is at times linked to car accidents. Trying to overcome and eliminate pain becomes a struggle that some Georgia car accident victims can never win. They may battle this pain for the remainder of their lives and sadly this occurs more often than many recognize.

Atlanta Bicyclists are at risk of accidents

October 21, 2015

Last year, one Georgia bicyclist learned the hard way of the dangers associated with bicycling in and around the Atlanta area. The 50 year old, who has ridden to work every day for more than 20 years, was struck by a Dodge Nitro. The two got into an argument, then the driver did the unthinkable—he pulled a U-turn and ran down the fleeing cyclist. The cyclist was dragged more than 50 feet and the driver remains at large. The cyclist spent considerable time in the ICU and is still working to fully recover from his extensive injuries.

Who Will Pay for Your Medical Expenses After a Car Accident?

October 20, 2015

If you have been injured in a car accident, your focus should be on your physical recovery. Unfortunately, costly medical expenses that you have incurred as a result of the accident can force financial considerations to the top of your mind. Accident victims will understandably want to know as soon as possible after the accident who will cover their medical expenses so that they can return to focusing on their recovery. To better help you understand your likely medical bill situation, we have prepared this brief overview of who pays medical expenses after a car accident.

Recovering Lost Wages After Your Car Accident

October 20, 2015

Car accident injuries can greatly impact your ability to work as well as your long term work opportunities. Depending upon the severity of your injuries, you could experience short or long term disability that prevent you from completing work related activities. The most severely injured employees might be unable to return to their current position and could be forced to change their career. It is essential that anyone injured in a car accident who is forced to miss work seek compensation for their lost wages. 

Fan Dies After Falling from Upper Deck at Atlanta Braves Game

October 19, 2015

Recently, a 60 year old man from Alpharetta died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field. ESPN reports that the Atlanta Braves fan was a season ticket holder who held the same seat for 23 years. The fan reportedly fell approximately 40 to 50 feet from the upper deck onto the concrete walkway below. Paramedics along with stadium security rushed to the site of the fall and attempted to perform CPR, but were tragically unable to save the gravely injured man.

Explosion Leads to Massive Fire in Cobb County

October 19, 2015

Recently, an explosion created an enormous fire that destroyed nearly 20 apartments in Cobb County. The accident occurred at Crestmont Apartments in Marietta. Residents report hearing and feeling a large "boom" that sent many to the floor. Apartment management went to some apartments to investigate when moments later a fire erupted. The fire engulfed one building at the rear of the complex initially, but rapidly spread. Neighbors shouted for everyone to evacuate and, thankfully, all escaped alive. Two people were injured and transported to area hospitals, while 26 adults and 12 children were displaced by the fire. Atlanta Gas Light arrived at the scene of the fire to investigate its cause. As of now, it is not clear what spurred the explosion or subsequent fire.

School Bus Violations Climb to Number One Type of Traffic Citation Across Georgia

October 18, 2015

School is back in session and already, school bus violations have become the leading traffic offense in DeKalb County and other counties across the state. DeKalb police report citing over 75 drivers in the area for breaking laws related to school buses. A DeKalb County sheriff expressed his outrage over the sheer number of citations, stating that drivers are disregarding how their behavior behind the wheel could threaten the safety of our children.

NHTSA Kicks Off “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” National Campaign against Drunk Driving

October 18, 2015

The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently launched its annual national campaign "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." The campaign is part of a national effort to crackdown on drunk driving. During this end of summer campaign, more than 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country will zero in on drunk drivers with no tolerance for those who drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of over .08. During the campaign, national advertising supported by $13.5 million in funds will run to remind drivers as to the importance of never driving drunk.

Safer Driving with Technology: A Look at Car Safety Features

October 17, 2015

Technology has often received a bad reputation when associated with automobiles due to its role in the rise of distracted driving. While mobile technologies have contributed to a large number of accidents, technological innovations have also worked to make our vehicles far safer than they were in the past. Today, hundreds of millions of cars on the road are equipped with safety technologies that reduce the risk of injury or death. While even the most advanced safety features cannot replace a safe and focused driver, understanding what safety features your vehicle or a prospective vehicle has can lead to a safer driving experience.

Hospital Policy Could Impact Police, Prosecutors, and DUI Accident Victims

October 17, 2015

Recently, Wellstar Health System, a big hospital system in the state, announced a policy that prevents hospital staff from performing blood tests on DUI suspects who do not consent, even if police have a search warrant. The policy threatens to impact police, prosecutors, and DUI accident victims in DUI related cases across Cobb, Paulding, Cheroke and Douglas counties.

Girl Seriously Injured in Athens after Being Struck by Car in Median

October 16, 2015

A 12 year old girl was seriously injured after being hit by a car in Athens, according to a local news report. The girl was standing in the grassy median with her mother after the two had been involved in a minor car accident. The girl and her mother, along with others involved in the first accident, were then hit by another driver who approached the crash scene and could not stop in time. The driver attempted to avoid the crash by swerving into the median, but then hit the young child. The girl suffered serious injuries, including broken bones and internal injuries, but is fortunately expected to recover.

A Guide to Reducing Car Accident Injuries in Children

October 15, 2015

Car accidents are a leading cause of preventable deaths and injuries among children across the United States. There are several steps you can take to safeguard your children and prevent injuries in the event of an accident, such as using appropriate child safety seats and driving in a safe manner at all times. Unfortunately, not all car accidents are preventable, as you cannot control the behavior of other drivers on the road. However, if you take some simple but critical safety measures, you can increase your child's chance of emerging from an accident without injury.

Injuries to Look for After a Car Accident

October 15, 2015

If you have been injured in a car accident, you might have sustained any number of different injuries to virtually any part of your body. In the aftermath of the crash, your injuries may not be readily apparent. Often, adrenaline and stress can conceal pain or other symptoms. For some injuries, it simply takes some time for injuries to be revealed. The circumstances of your accident and severity of the impact will determine what injuries, if any, you sustain, but there are also some common injuries that are seen after car accidents. 

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney Discusses the Medical Concerns 9/11 First Responders Face

October 14, 2015

It has been nearly a decade and a half since the 9/11 attacks left Americans with holes in their hearts and many unanswered questions. The first responders to this horrific incident risked their lives to save innocent citizens who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As part of their efforts, 9/11 first responders exposed themselves to numerous toxic chemicals that left them with numerous illnesses as well as injuries sustained in their rescue attempts.

Injured Worker Denied Lifetime Workers’ Compensation Benefits – What You Should Know as a Georgia Employee

October 14, 2015

Many workers believe that if they become injured or ill while on the job, then they are automatically entitled to certain benefits under Georgia's workers' compensation laws. However, there are certain eligibility requirements that must be met, and no two situations are ever exactly alike, making it difficult to predict what the outcome will be in any given case. There are certainly situations where truly injured or ill workers have been denied necessary benefits in the form of compensation for lost wages, medical treatment and coverage of other out-of-pocket costs associated with workplace injuries or illnesses.

Common Car Accident Injuries: Hand and Wrist Conditions

October 13, 2015

Hand and wrist injuries are quite common after car accidents in Georgia and elsewhere across the United States. This often happens due to the automatic defense mechanism of those involved in an accident. Drivers and passengers will throw their arms and hands forward in an instinctual effort to protect themselves. The hands and wrist can then be injured due to forcible impact with the airbag, dashboard or another object. In the event of a rollover accident, drivers and passengers might attempt to brace themselves with their hands against the sides of the vehicle or the ceiling, putting pressure on their hands and wrists, resulting in injuries.

Tips for Staying Safe in Heavy Traffic in and around Atlanta

October 13, 2015

The Atlanta area is known for its periods of intense traffic. This bustling city is a popular tourist destination and home to nearly 5.5 million people in the metropolitan area. With so many people working and traveling in and around Atlanta, our highways and roadways can become congested, particularly during the early morning and evening hours. As people rush to and from work, traffic can quickly become stop and go, and often accidents occur, further clogging the roadways.

Not Just Fun and Games—the Hidden Dangers of Playgrounds

October 12, 2015

For the parents of young children, playgrounds represent a child's paradise, allowing children to enjoy outdoor exercise while learning social skills. Sadly, however, the playground is not always a safe place. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Opens A PDF file), there were over 2,600 incidents associated with playground equipment between the years 2001 and 2008, with 67 percent of incidences involving falls. Those same years, an estimated 1.7 million injuries associated with playground equipment were treated across the nation in emergency departments. At least 40 deaths were directly linked to playground equipment. More than half of all injuries happened on public playground equipment, while 19 percent occurred on home playground equipment.

Two Children Killed in Clayton County Accident

October 12, 2015

A tragic truck accident unfolded recently in Clayton County, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Police report that a woman driving a Honda Accord on to Ga. 138 was struck by a semi-truck. Initial reports have yet to determine fault, but it does appear that the driver of the Honda had entered the intersection and was T-boned. A five year old boy and a six year old girl inside the vehicle were tragically killed as a result. Investigators report that traffic was busy in the area at the time of the accident and officials are attempting to determine whether speed was a factor.

Common Car Accident Injuries: Harm to the Back

October 11, 2015

Car accidents occur every day across the nation. While some car accidents will merely result in damage to the vehicles involved, others can cause serious injuries to drivers and passengers. Back injuries are among the most common injuries faced by car accident victims. Even a crash that seems minor can result in back injuries, due in part to the sensitive nature of the human back and its inability to absorb the force of an accident.  This is true even in low speed accidents. Further, the gravity of a back accident is compounded by the fact that even a seemingly minor accident can have a major impact on your daily life and ability to perform work functions.

What Happens if You are in a Car Accident with a Tourist

October 10, 2015

Being involved in a car accident is a stressful enough event, but what happens when the driver of the vehicle is not from Georgia? Dealing with a driver from another state or even another country can at times complicate the accident and make it even more difficult for you to obtain compensation.

Living with a Brain Injury- Part II

October 10, 2015

In Part I of this two part blog series, we began our discussion of living with a brain injury by exploring the inner workings of the brain, the nature of brain injuries and their causes. We then addressed some symptoms that a brain injury sufferer could experience. Now, we continue our look at living with a brain injury, turning to diagnosis of the brain injury and treatment, including long term management.

Common Mistakes People Make After a Car Accident

October 09, 2015

Each year, millions of Americans will be involved in a car accident. Some accidents will be minor fender benders, while others might inflict catastrophic damage. Being involved in a car accident is always a frightening experience, but it can become even more overwhelming if you make crucial mistakes at the scene of the accident or in the days following the crash. At times, the mistakes made early on behalf of injured victims can come back to haunt them when their claim is rejected or disputed.

Living with a Brain Injury- Part I

October 09, 2015

Any injury to the brain can be serious. Brain injuries can be mild or catastrophic and symptoms range from minor headaches to severe paralysis. Since the brain is the command center for the entire body, a brain injury can affect nearly all bodily systems. The skull surrounds the brain, protecting it from every day minor bumps. Neurons, the nerve cells within the brain, create a network to carry electrical and chemical messages throughout the body. These neurons activate to control such vital functions as memory, visual images, body movements, thinking, information storage, personality and more.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Explain the Difference Between an Employee and an Independent Contractor

October 08, 2015

One of the most important things when it comes to a Georgia workers' compensation claim is the status of the injured or ill worker at the time the workplace injury or illness occurred. This is often a disputed matter, as some workers are considered "employees," while other workers are considered "independent contractors." While an employee's work status may not seem that important when both an employee and independent contractor may be performing the exact same job duties for the same employer, this distinction is extremely important if an injured or ill worker wants to pursue workers' compensation benefits.

Part 3: Our Look at the Top Causes of Car Accidents

October 07, 2015

In our final blog of this three part series, we discuss the remaining top causes of car accidents. It is our hope that armed with the knowledge as to how car accidents occur, you can keep yourself as well as your family safe while traveling on Georgia roadways. If you are injured in an accident, be sure to contact an automobile accident attorney as soon as possible so as to learn about as well as protect your legal rights.

Chemical Plant Explosion at Fertilizer Plant Kills One

October 07, 2015

Authorities report that a man tragically died after a fertilizer plant explosion in southwest Georgia, according to a local news report. The 35 year old employee was on top of a tank welding and making repairs when it suddenly exploded. The blast happened during the afternoon hours and required the area within a half mile radius surrounding the plant to be evacuated. The tank holds one million gallons of sodium hydrosulfide. This chemical is toxic if inhaled and is used to manufacture dyes in paper pulping and to release hydrogen sulfide. It is also very corrosive and flammable. Crews spent three hours containing the massive fire following the explosion and residents were either evacuated or placed in lockdown. OSHA is investigating the explosion and it is unclear as of now what caused the fatal accident.

Do I Need Rental Car Insurance in Georgia?

October 06, 2015

Georgia receives a high number of visitors each year, with many heading to Atlanta to check out our myriad of exciting museums, restaurants and outdoor attractions. No tourist to the state expects to be involved in a car accident, but unfortunately, car accidents can happen to anyone. Many travelers will automatically decline to obtain rental car insurance, but given the very real possibility of being involved in a car accident, it is important to consider the benefits to rental car insurance before automatically declining it.

Part 2: Our Look at the Top Causes of Car Accidents

October 06, 2015

In Part 1 of our look at the top causes of car accidents, we discussed five causes of deadly automobile accidents: distracted driving, speeding, drunk driving, rain and reckless driving. Drivers across the country engage in these dangerous driving behaviors every day, leading to a number of accidents, many of which result in serious injuries or even fatalities. 

The Primary Forms of Distraction That Cause Car Accidents

October 05, 2015

One of the main problems faced by drivers in today's technology focused world is the sheer number of electronic devices that all compete at any one time for your attention. Distractions cause a number of serious and even fatal car accidents each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than nine people are killed and over 1,153 injured in crashes every day due to distracted driving. This equates to a fatality every 2.6 hours and 44 victims injured each hour.

Our Look at the Top Causes of Car Accidents

October 05, 2015

Each year, hundreds of thousands of Americans will be injured in car accidents across the nation. Being involved in a car accident can lead to several negative consequences, including permanent injuries, loss of wages, pain and suffering and much more. Given the serious negative repercussions of an accident, we should do all we can to avoid getting into a car accident. The following is a look at some of the most common causes of car accidents. Understanding why car accidents occur can assist you in avoiding a collision. We will continue our look at the top causes of car accidents in part two of this three part series.

Cosmetic Surgery and Malpractice: Issues and Challenges Facing the Victims of Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice

October 04, 2015

Cosmetic surgeries have become increasingly popular throughout the past decade. With continuing advances in medical instruments and surgical capabilities, cosmetic surgeries can greatly enhance the life and happiness of individuals across the country. However, just like any other type of surgery, such procedures can carry the risk of medical negligence. While most cosmetic surgeons are well trained and will properly perform their job, some surgeons will act or fail to act in the manner required by professionals in their field, resulting in injuries and a potential medical malpractice action.

Brake Failure May Have Been the Cause of Crane Truck Accident on I-75 in Georgia

October 04, 2015

Brake failure is a common cause of many trucking accidents that occur throughout the state of Georgia as well as across the United States. While many accidents involve driver conduct, there are accidents where a vehicle's faulty equipment could have played a role in causing an accident. Brake failure is something that occurs with both passenger vehicles and semi-trucks or tractor trailers, but such a vehicle failure can be much worse when a heavy duty truck is barreling down the highway as opposed to a small passenger vehicle. Given the large size and weight of semi-trucks, any collision that results from faulty brakes has the potential to cause significant injuries or death.

Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss Investigations Following 18 Wheeler Crashes

October 03, 2015

When 18-wheelers collide with smaller motor vehicles, the result is often serious injury or even death due to the immense size disparity. Lawsuits stemming from truck accidents require skilled assistance and thorough investigation. The victims of truck accidents will often be faced with considerable medical expenses, forced time off work, long term injuries or disability, pain and suffering and more.

Clayton County Trucking Accident Leaves Two Children Dead and Many Unanswered Questions

October 03, 2015

Sometimes a trucking accident can seem clear cut, making it easier to determine what party may be at fault for causing the accident. In other cases, an accident can be much more difficult to investigate, raising questions that could take a very long time to answer, especially in situations where children have been injured or tragically killed. Depending on a child's age, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to determine what went wrong. Even if a child is able to recover from injuries suffered in an accident, it can still be challenging to fully understand what that child went through and what person or party was truly at fault for causing the accident.

Georgia Trucking Accident Leaves One Mother Dead, and Family Members Injured

October 02, 2015

Any type of vehicular accident has the potential to result in significant harm, regardless of what driver may be at fault for causing the accident. Many car accidents involve unintentional conduct that nonetheless can be harmful to others, such as running a red light, or failing to stop at a stop sign or crosswalk. There are also car accidents that involve more egregious conduct, such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, excessive speeding or reckless driving, among others. Any resulting injuries can leave victims scarred for life, both mentally and physically.

Georgia Man Dies in Single-Vehicle Trucking Accident with the Cause Unknown

October 02, 2015

More often than not, when we learn that a trucking accident has occurred, we assume that more than one vehicle was involved. For example, many accidents involve collisions between a large semi-truck and one or more passenger vehicles. We have already seen, and continue to see each day, just how devastating trucking accidents can be when passenger vehicles are involved. However, we sometimes forget that single-vehicle trucking accidents can also occur, and the consequences can be just as disastrous.

Apartment Fire Forces Six People to Jump Out Third Story Window

October 01, 2015

Recently, a fire in Clayton County engulfed an apartment complex and required six residents, including a pregnant woman and young children, to evacuate out a third story window. Police have concluded that the fire was the result of arson. Officials report that there was an altercation with an owner of one of the units that ultimately resulted in a fire being set at the front door of the unit. The fire quickly spread to several units and required emergency action, according to WSB TV.

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