Blog Archive - November, 2015


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Georgia Premises Liability Attorneys Discuss School and University Shootings

November 30, 2015

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, the nation was shocked by a shooting at Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon. Police received 911 calls of an active shooter at the college at about 10:38 a.m. that morning. The shooter apparently used a handgun and opened fire at the school, tragically killing a total of 10 people, including himself, and injuring nine others. The shooting is the deadliest in Oregon's history and one of the most shocking school shootings in recent years.

Patients Harmed by Fluroquinolone Antibiotics Push for Increased FDA Warnings

November 30, 2015

Antibiotics are one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine, allowing people to survive infections that in the past would have been fatal. However, not all antibiotics on the market today are safe and some can have lasting negative effects on unsuspecting patients. One class of such antibiotics is known as Fluroquinolones. These antibiotics are widely prescribed and sold under brand names such as Levaquin, Avelox, Cipro, and more. These drugs are used to treat a variety of bacterial illnesses, but some patients have experienced severe side effects. In 2004 and 2013, the FDA issued warnings linking Fluroquinolone antibiotics to nerve damage and neuropathy. Now, patients are calling for increased warnings.

Awake During Surgery: Anesthesia Awareness

November 29, 2015

Imagine waking up during a surgical procedure, terrified, in pain, and unable to express yourself. This frightening phenomenon occurs in one or two in 1,000 patients, according to a large scale research study published in Deutsches Arzteblatt International. In fact, anesthesia awareness is such a terrifying concept that it became the basis for a 2007 horror film called Awake. For the victims of anesthesia awareness, the experience can lead to long term anxiety and post traumatic stress issues that can have devastating effects on everyday life.

Common Car Accident Injuries: Hand and Wrist Injuries

November 28, 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 and causing injuries.

Careless Drivers Can Seriously Injure Atlanta Bicyclists

November 27, 2015

Thousands of people in the Atlanta area ride their bicycles every day. Bicycles offer a form of transportation as well as an enjoyable type of exercise. As in most metropolitan areas, Atlanta bicyclists will often ride in close proximity to cars and trucks, creating the significant risk of accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 17 Georgia bicyclists perished in traffic accidents in 2012, making Georgia the 11th most dangerous state for bicyclists in the country.

Common Car Accident Injuries: Back Injuries

November 27, 2015

Car accidents occur every day across the nation. While some car accidents will 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, even a low speed crash. 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. The following is a look at the common types of back injuries caused by car accidents, how these injuries are treated, and what you should do if you have sustained a car accident related back injury:

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Report: One Injured in Georgia Power Plant Accident

November 26, 2015

Georgia Power is reporting that a contract worker suffered electrical burn on both arms at its Bowen Power Plant. The Georgia Power plant is located six miles west of Cartersville. Apparently, one contract working was performing off-line maintenance when an electrical arc formed between two pieces of equipment. The worker was burned on both arms and transported to a local hospital for treatment. Fortunately, no explosion occurred and the contract employee is expected to recover.

Georgia Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss the Importance of Keeping Commercial Truckers Awake Behind the Wheel

November 26, 2015

Truck drivers operate massive, powerful commercial vehicles.  Thankfully, most are safe, law abiding drivers.  However, not all truck drivers recognize the sheer responsibility that comes with driving these 80,000 pound trucks. Any truck driver who engages in careless or reckless driving behavior because he or she is fatigued places him or herself as well as other road users at considerable risk.

Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filters Can Inflict Serious Injuries

November 25, 2015

Inferior vena cava filters (IVC) are implanted into thousands of patients each year, but these devices have been linked to serious side effects. Although the injuries are avoidable with timely removal of the device, patients were never warned of the dangerous complications that could result if the device is left in. As time goes on, many patients forget they had the device implanted and their first reminder is when they unfortunately suffer a serious complication due to the device.

Georgia Parents of Teens Killed in Rollover Crash Sue Nissan

November 25, 2015

Last year, a rollover accident tragically claimed the lives of three teenagers. Georgia State Patrol investigators report that a 2006 Nissan pickup truck was traveling at a high rate of speed when the 17 year old driver lost control around a curve. The driver and two backseat passengers, ages 17 and 18, were tragically killed in the accident. The accident additionally claimed the life of a man who was merely mowing his lawn when the truck rolled on top of him. A third passenger sustained injuries in the accident.

Are Your Children As Safe As They Can Be When You Set Off On Georgia’s Roadways?

November 24, 2015

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 638 children under the age of 12 died in automobile crashes in 2013 while over 127,000 were injured. Car seat use reduces the risk of death for infants by 71 percent and toddlers by 54 percent, while booster seats similarly reduce the risk of injury for children between the ages of 4 to 8 by 45 percent. Using the appropriate child safety seat or booster seat can save your child's life in the event you are involved in a car accident.

Takata Fined Over $70 Million for Exploding Air Bags

November 24, 2015

Recently, United States safety regulators fined Takata Corp. $70 million for concealing evidence for years about a dangerous defect within its airbags. The defect causes Takata airbags to explode and send shrapnel throughout the vehicle. This defect has been linked to eight deaths and over 100 injuries across the world.

Georgia Man and Four Children Killed in Interstate 10 Crash

November 23, 2015

Recently, one man and four children from Georgia were tragically killed in an Interstate 10 crash occurring in the Florida Panhandle, according to WSB TV. A 32 year old was driving east in a Honda Civic in Northern Florida when her vehicle crossed the center line and skidded into oncoming traffic. Troopers report that no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt and five occupants of the car were ejected from the vehicle. All five passengers perished in the accident, while the driver was severely injured. Two dogs were also traveling in the car and they too perished in the accident.

Should I Accept the Insurance Company’s Settlement Offer After My Car Accident?

November 23, 2015

Each year, millions of car accidents occur across the country. Many of these accidents will involve just property damage, but others may inflict catastrophic injuries or even death. If you have ever been involved in a car accident, you know that the first few moments and days after the accident can be intense. You will need to speak to police officers, providing them with details concerning the accident, doctors, in the event you are injured and your insurance company. Soon after your accident, you will also likely receive a call from the other driver's insurance adjuster. You might also be bombarded with questions as to every detail of the accident, your insurance information, your vehicle type and what medical attention you received after the accident.

Georgia Trucker Killed in Fiery Tractor Trailer Accident

November 22, 2015

Recently, a Georgia truck driver tragically perished in a fiery crash in Newnan, according to 11 Alive News. The 46 year old driver was traveling along Interstate 85 when the front of the tractor trailer struck a guardrail. The truck then hit a concrete traffic barrier. An explosion followed with the large tractor trailer bursting into flames. Sadly, the driver could not escape from the vehicle and died in the crash.

Halloween Crash Kills Parents in Morgan County

November 22, 2015

A tragic Halloween accident claimed the lives of parents of four in Morgan County, according to WSB TV. Georgia State Troopers report that the parents had gone out to buy more makeup for their children on Halloween night when they crashed. A trooper responded to the accident and found the children waiting in their nearby home. The four kids were all dressed up and ready to trick or treat. The trooper stayed with the kids until their closest grandparent arrived, taking them out to celebrate Halloween and waiting until later to inform them of the deaths of their parents. Now, the kind trooper has gone above and beyond in organizing fundraising efforts for the children, who will be headed to Florida to live with their grandmother.

The Loss of a Parent—Wrongful Death Cases in Georgia

The loss of a parent can have devastating results for any child, but especially so for minor children who still reside at home with their parents. Children could be left without a primary caretaker and, if parents did not financially plan for their death, could be left in a poor financial position.

Children who lose a parent in a car or other accident involving negligence should be eligible to seek wrongful death damages. Wrongful death damages will vary dependent on the child's age. At any age, a child should be able to seek damages for loss of companionship and mental distress. Minors can also be eligible to receive the amount of money that the parents would have used to raise the child, including money spent towards college education. Adult children as well as spouses of the deceased could claim wrongful death damages for the loss of their parents' future income. Depending upon the circumstances of the accident, children could further seek punitive damages if the conduct of the at fault person or party was egregious.

Other potential damages that could be claimed from the death of a loved one include funeral costs and burial expenses, medical expenses, pain and suffering experienced by the deceased family member and more.

If you have recently lost a loved one, seek the assistance of a licensed automobile accident and wrongful death attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will evaluate your potential action and provide you with an assessment as to the strength of your action. If you are the guardian of a minor child who lost a parent, consult with an attorney on the child's behalf to discover more about your ability to seek wrongful death benefits for the child in your care.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Zealous Assistance for Those Who Have Lost a Loved One in Georgia

If you have been injured in a car accident or lost a loved one in a crash, contact the Georgia Wrongful Death Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our law firm is dedicated to assisting those who have lost their loved ones due to negligence across Georgia and in the Southeast. The sooner you act after the accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery will be. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer 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 Bus Accident Injures Three Students and One Adult

November 21, 2015

Recently, three students and one adult were injured in a school bus accident in Johns Creek, according to an online news report. The crash occurred during the afternoon hours when a bus was t-boned by a commercial vehicle. Investigators determined that the truck, which carried cement, ran a red light at the intersection of Douglas and Jones Bridge Road. Moreover, the bus was transporting four special needs students from Lake Windward Elementary School when the accident occurred and three were injured, along with the driver. A citation was issued to the driver of the truck.

The Deadly Nature of Rural Roads

November 21, 2015

Traveling through back roads is not the safest way to travel, according to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2011, there were over 29,000 fatal crashes, resulting in 32,367 fatalities. Rural road accidents accounted for 54 percent of fatal crashes, or 16,053 deaths, and 55 percent of fatalities, as compared to urban areas that accounted for 45 percent of fatalities. In some states, more than 90 percent of highway deaths occurred on rural roads. According to these statistics, drivers on rural roads are 2.5 times more likely to die in an accident per mile traveled than urban drivers. In fact, urban drivers will drive twice as many miles, but experience close to half the fatalities.

The Takata Airbag Investigation Widened to Include Side Airbags

November 20, 2015

Recently, the largest United States auto parts recall that we have been covering over the last several months just became even bigger. The Takata airbag investigation has widened to include side airbags. Previously, the investigation focused on airbags situatws in the front driver and passenger seats. If the company does find their side airbags are defective as well, the investigation will become even more massive.

Two Georgia High School Students Killed in Crash on Way to School

November 19, 2015

A tragic Gwinnett County car crash recently claimed the lives of two local teens, according to WSB TV. The high school students were on their way to Dacula High School when the 17 year old driver made a left-hand turn into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The driver died shortly after the accident and the 15 year old passenger also died some hours later. The driver of the other vehicle was injured in the crash but is thankfully expected to recover. Community members are gathering to honor the two young lives lost too soon.

Bad Habits Your Teens Could be Learning from You

November 18, 2015

Any parent will tell you, children observe their parents attitudes and behavior starting from the moment they are born. Children seek to emulate these behaviors, whether they are good or bad. This extends to many different areas of life, including driving. Teenagers learn a lot about how to drive from their parents. Parents who drive carelessly or do not take steps to ensure the safety of themselves or others can teach teens bad driving behaviors.

Keyless Ignition Systems Come Under Fire in Class Action Lawsuit

November 18, 2015

Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed by at least 28 plaintiffs against several major automakers, including BMW, Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, General Motors, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen and others, claiming that these companies failed to inform them of the dangerous defects associated with keyless ignition systems. Evidence has emerged that at least 13 people have died due to carbon monoxide poisoning allegedly associated with keyless ignition systems.

Woman Jumps From Lyft Fearing Kidnapping

November 17, 2015

Recently, a woman jumped out of a Lyft ride and suffered a broken ankle because she feared she was being kidnapped. The accident occurred in San Francisco and further investigations revealed the driver had no intent to kidnap the victim. Rather, the driver was deaf and the passenger did not know how to communicate with him. The incident was an unfortunate misunderstanding, but the passenger suffered very real injuries.

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Provide Update on Takata Air Bag Recall

November 17, 2015

Currently, over 30 million vehicles across the United States, made by 10 different manufacturers, have been recalled due to defective airbags on the driver's side, passenger's side or both. The airbags are manufactured by auto parts maker Takata and were mostly installed in vehicles from model years 2002 to 2008, although a few newer vehicles are also included in the recall. The recall was issued after it was uncovered that the airbags could explode, sending shrapnel throughout the car and injuring or killing car occupants.

Accidents Involving Elderly Drivers

November 16, 2015

Most elderly people are law-abiding, safe drivers.  However, a surge of accidents caused by elderly drivers has raised fears as to the risk drivers over the age of 65 could pose to others. In the future, the number of elderly drivers will increase, making the issue all the more urgent. In a study released by the Rand Corporation, it is estimated that by 2025, elderly people will comprise 25 percent of the driving population, which represents a significant increase from the past decade.

Georgia Premises Liability Attorneys Discuss Grounds for a Slip and Fall Lawsuit

November 16, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 2.5 million people are treated in emergency departments for fall related injuries. Most fall victims are older and many sustain serious injuries in the fall, including hip fractures and head injuries. Falls are, in fact, the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. While some falls are the result of pure accident, other falls occur due to the negligence of property owners or managers.

Medical Errors that Often Lead to Malpractice Lawsuits

November 15, 2015

We seek the assistance of medical professionals in our time of greatest need, and most doctors provide the utmost care for their patients. Yet, thousands of individuals are injured or become even sicker due to the negligence of medical professionals each year. Hundreds of Georgia patients file complaints involving serious medical errors annually and many of these errors result in death. The true number of medical malpractice cases is predicted to be much higher, as many, if not most instances of medical malpractice in fact go unreported. Most patients or the family members of deceased patients never recognize medical malpractice as the cause of their illness.

School Bus Runs Over Leg of Georgia Teen

November 15, 2015

In Lowndes County, a school bus recently ran over the leg of a 14 year old, according to a local news report. Georgia State Patrol reports that the bus accident occurred around 7 a.m. on Dinky Run Road. The 50 year old bus driver had just finished up a stop and was heading on to the next one when a 14 year old ran towards the bus and lost his balance. He tripped and fell, and then the back tires ran over his leg. The teen was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Georgia Police Search for Driver Who Struck School Child Boarding Bus

November 14, 2015

Georgia authorities are currently investigating a hit and run accident that occurred in Lanier County, according to an online news report. An unknown driver struck a four year old as the child was boarding a bus. Georgia State Police report that the child was crossing the roadway to load the bus when he was hit by a vehicle which fled the scene of the accident. The child was transported to the hospital and his condition has not been released to the public. Witnesses have provided a description of the vehicle and authorities will continue to hunt until the driver is found. The bus had all red lights activated and its stop sign displayed at the time of the accident.

Georgia Trooper Found to be Speeding at Time of Accident that Killed Two Teens

November 14, 2015

New evidence has emerged that the Georgia trooper involved in a highway crash that killed two teenage girls was speeding at the time of the accident. We previously reported on this tragic accident that claimed the lives of a 16 and 17 year old. The teens had pulled onto Highway 27 in front of a state trooper. The trooper crashed into the back of the sedan carrying the girls and two other teens. In light of the probe's findings, the 26 year old trooper involved in the accident has been fired. It is reported that the former Marine was driving at 90 miles per hour and was not responding to a work call. Though the trooper has expressed deep regret over his actions, this is not the first car accident he has caused. In fact, it appears to be his third crash involving negligence, though the other two did not have to do with speed. Investigations are ongoing and it is unclear at this time whether the trooper will be charged with a crime.

10 Distractions that Keep You From Driving Safely

November 13, 2015

In our technology driven society, it is rare to find someone not carrying their cell phone or other electronic device at any given time. While cell phones and other devices allow us to stay connected with family, work and friends, they can also lead to multi-tasking at times when it is dangerous to do so. Multi-tasking while driving and other driver distractions have become commonplace and are now one of the top causes of car accident injuries and deaths annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nine people are killed and over 1,000 injured each day due to distracted driving.

Man Killed in Georgia Skydiving Accident

November 13, 2015

Recently, a man died in South Georgia after his parachute failed to open during an annual skydiving event held at the Fitzgerald airport. The event he participated in was described as an annual tandem skydive event. Tandem skydiving refers to a type of skydiving where a student is connected by harness to the skydiving instructor, who guides the student through the jump, from the initial exit to the landing. Participants from across the state flocked to the event, which was advertised in several counties.

Electric Space Heaters Present Serious Hazards

November 12, 2015

As temperatures drop in Georgia and across the Southeast, some residents may turn to space heaters to beat the chill. Electric space heaters have gained in popularity over the last decade as manufacturers have created new models, many of which mimic the appearance of fireplaces or stoves. These devices are intended to offer consumers that slight warmth they need on crisp days that do not yet warrant the use of the home's full heat source.

Georgia Teen Dies in Single Vehicle Accident

November 12, 2015

Recently, a Georgia teen died following a single vehicle accident in Harris County, according to a local news report. The Harris County Coroner pronounced the 18 year old from Columbus dead in the morning hours after undergoing several surgeries in an attempt to save his life. The teen was riding as a passenger in a pickup truck in the southbound lane just after midnight when the car suddenly crashed. There were three people inside of the vehicle and none were wearing seatbelts. The two other occupants were both injured in the accident. It is thought at this time that speed was a factor in the crash.

The Museum of American Tort Law Opens, Explores the History of Personal Injury Law Across the County

November 11, 2015

Recently, the American Museum of Tort Law, founded by Ralph Nader, opened in Winsted, Connecticut. The museum is the first of its kind in the nation. Its mission—to educate the public as to the history of personal injury law and restore the idea that personal injury law is a way to hold those accountable for injuries inflicted on others. A tort is any wrongful act that can form the basis for a civil claim. Tort law essentially encompasses the law of personal injury.

Students at Shiloh High School Treated by Gwinnett Fire Hazmat Crews

November 11, 2015

Recently, Gwinnett Fire hazmat crews were called in to treat several Shiloh High School students after an irritant was released inside a classroom, according to WSB TV. The irritant caused several students to cough and display other signs of exposure. Officials report that the exposure was contained to one classroom. After investigations, it was determined that the irritant released was pepper spray. A total of 11 students were assessed by the fire department and the classroom contained 28 students. All students were thankfully cleared and released to return to class.

Employee Injured in Accident at Plant Bowen

November 10, 2015

Recently, an industrial accident at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen, located 10 miles from Cartersville, left one man injured. Bartow Emergency Medical Services responded to a call from the power plant that a man who was on the coal train got dumped out of the bottom of the rail car while the coal was being released. The employee suffered femur fractures in both legs and lost a significant amount of blood. He was subsequently transported via a medical helicopter to Grady Memorial Hospital.

Mom’s Heart-Wrenching Note on Alcohol-Related Crash Goes Viral

November 10, 2015

A woman's tragic post reliving how an alcohol-related crash claimed the lives of her husband and young son has gone viral. This young mother is hoping that her heartbreaking story will help to reduce the number of alcohol related injuries and deaths. The 22 year old Missouri woman writes that she met her husband when the two were in 10th grade. She described her husband as funny and caring. Three years later, the couple wed and gave birth to a son. Last year, their lives were forever changed when the family of three drove across town for an appointment. A motorist hit the driver's side of their minivan and the infant tragically died at the scene of the crash. Moreover, both parents were critically injured. The mother survived, but her husband died less than a day after the crash and the at-fault driver also perished in the accident.

Homeless Man Hit and Killed by MARTA Train

November 09, 2015

Recently, a homeless man who was born in India, but became a United States citizen, was tragically killed after being struck by a train pulling into a Georgia rail station. The 55 year old man had somehow wandered onto the tracks and was in the path of the train as it entered the station at about 5:30 a.m. Police were able to notify the man's family. No passengers were on the train at the time of the accident. The station had to be shut down for about five hours while the accident was investigated.

The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on Car Accidents

November 09, 2015

A new study is shedding light on a previously overlooked correlation between socioeconomic status and fatal car accidents. Overall, traffic fatalities have decreased across the United States in recent years. This represents a major victory for safe driving regulators and automobile innovations. However, these figures obscure an inequality—poorer Americans are more likely to die in car crashes today than more affluent ones.

Georgia Family Perishes in Car Crash on Way to Walt Disney World

November 08, 2015

Tragedy met a Georgia family as they attempted to celebrate a special birthday. The family decided to take a spur of the moment vacation to Walt Disney World to celebrate their daughter's first birthday. Unfortunately, they never made it. Their vehicle was rear ended on the drive down and flipped over before catching fire. The car accident claimed the lives of the parents and young child inside. The driver of the other vehicle was driving on a suspended license. He has been charged with drug possession, unlawful speeding and texting while driving.

AT&T’s “It Can Wait” Campaign Continues to Depict the Dangers of Texting While Driving

November 08, 2015

AT&T's "It Can Wait" campaign continues with its video series intended to warn smartphone users of the dangers of texting, emailing, web-surfing and other uses of smartphones while driving. The latest entry, entitled "Fletcher's Drive," is being heralded as a moving piece. The six minute film focuses on former high school football star, Fletcher Cleaves. Six years ago, Cleaves was about to attend Lamburth University on football scholarship when a tragic accident occurred, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.

Proving Negligence in a Georgia Car Crash

November 07, 2015

Negligence plays an important role in any car accident claim. What is negligence as it relates to car accidents? Georgia law defines ordinary diligence and ordinary negligence under O.C.G.A. 51-1-2. The statute states that a person is negligent when he or she does not exercise the ordinary diligence or degree of care that an ordinary prudent person would under the same or similar circumstances. Many drivers will be found negligent when they engage in behavior that violates traffic laws, such as speeding or running a red light. A driver could also be negligent if he or she fails to yield the right of way during turns or do not stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk.

Consumers Urge FDA to Pull Contraceptive Device Essure

November 07, 2015

Recently, a group of women spoke out in front of an FDA panel to demand recall of the controversial Essure contraceptive implant. More than a dozen women who had received the Essure birth control implant urged health care regulators to pull the device, citing a host of serious symptoms, including severe pain, weight gain and irregular bleeding.

Fatal Plane Crash in South Georgia Involved Unlicensed Pilot

November 06, 2015

Recently, an experimental aircraft crashed in south Georgia, killing all five people on board. Now, federal agencies investigating the crash have revealed that the pilot was not licensed to fly. The National Transportation Safety Board stated in a preliminary accident report that the extent of the pilot's experience is unknown because he did not have a pilot certificate or a pilot log book. The report stated that the RV-10 single engine plane crashed after an uncontrolled descent in Alma, about 100 miles southwest of Savannah. Investigators did not provide a reason for the crash, but did not find mechanical problems with the plane itself.

Ten Automakers Pledge to Make Automatic Emergency Braking a Standard Feature on All New Cars

November 06, 2015

Recently, ten major automobile manufacturers vowed to install automatic emergency braking (AEB) in new vehicles as a standard feature, as announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This pledge represents a significant change in the priority of auto makers, with vehicle manufacturers today focused on preventing crashes from ever occurring, rather than just keeping occupants safe in the event of an accident.

Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys Discuss the Dangers of Tailgating and Other Aggressive Driving Behaviors

November 05, 2015

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) labels driving as aggressive when it endangers other persons or property. Examples of aggressive driving include tailgating, speeding, improper lane changing and improper passing. Each year, the NHTSA reports that over 6,800,000 traffic accidents occur across the United States, and a large number of these accidents are due to aggressive driving. It is estimated that at least 13,000 people have been injured or killed due to aggressive driving since 1990.

Two Wrong Way Accidents Occur Within 24 Hours in Metro-Atlanta Area

November 05, 2015

Recently, two wrong way accidents occurred within 24 hours in the Metro-Atlanta area. The first accident happened at approximately 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 19. A DeKalb County police officer tragically died after his car was hit head on by a driver traveling the wrong way near the Buffington Road exit. The officer was traveling westbound when an SUV carrying five people, two of whom were juveniles, struck the police car. At least one passenger in the SUV was seriously injured.

Georgia Wrongful Death Attorneys Discuss Wrongful Death in an Atlanta Car Accident

November 04, 2015

Hundreds of people die in car accidents in the Atlanta area each year. While each traffic fatality is tragic for the victim's family, not all car accidents will involve a wrongful death claim according to the law. Wrongful death is a legal term that means the injuries that led to the death of someone were caused by negligence or wrongdoing on the part of another person or party. Whenever someone is killed in a Georgia car accident, it is necessary to determine who was responsible for the crash and if negligence contributed to the accident.

Lamborghini Driver Killed in Fiery DeKalb County Accident

November 03, 2015

The driver of a Lamborghini was killed recently in DeKalb County. The 35 year old sports car driver was killed on Browns Mill Road after his vehicle struck two other vehicles and crashed into the treeline before flipping over. DeKalb County fire department officials report that the vehicle ignited and the driver was trapped within the flames. Three people in other vehicles involved in the accident sustained minor injuries. One driver involved reports that the Lamborghini driver was attempting to overtake him when it collided with another vehicle head on. Investigators thus far believe that excessive speed was a factor in the accident.

Car Slams into Two DeKalb Homes, Setting One on Fire

November 03, 2015

Recently, a young driver lost control of his vehicle and collided into two homes in DeKalb County, setting one on fire, according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution. The accident happened shortly before 10 a.m. A Pontiac GTO careened through a yard then hit a house before colliding into another one. Police officers report that the driver struck a gas line on the side of the second home, setting it on fire. Fortunately, the driver was not hurt in the accident and escaped his vehicle before fire crews arrived to put out the flames. A woman inside the fiery home was also thankfully able to escape without injury. It is not clear what caused the accident, but does appear the local teen lost control of the vehicle for some reason.

Two Georgia Teens Dead Following Crash with GSP Patrol Car

November 02, 2015

Recently, a collision involving a Georgia State Patrol squad car tragically claimed the lives of two teen girls in Carrollton, according to WSB TV. The girls, ages 16 and 17, were riding in the back seat of a Nissan with two teen boys in the front. The vehicle turned in front of a trooper at Holly Springs Road and a collision resulted. One of the teens was not wearing her seatbelt and was thrown from the car. The other teenagers were transported to the hospital for treatment and the state trooper involved also sustained minor injuries. The school and local community are mourning the loss of these two young lives. 

Tractor Trailer and Tanker Accident Shuts Down Highway

November 02, 2015

Recently, a tractor trailer collided with a tanker truck, shutting the highway down for several hours, according to a local news report. Police report that the crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. A Publix grocery store tractor trailer collided with a fuel tanker while on the Interstate 285 bridge. The accident propelled the tractor trailer and tanker off the bridge and onto GA 400. The fuel tanker was carrying 8,000 gallons of gasoline, but fortunately the fuel was contained within the vehicle and no leak occurred.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Discuss Injuries During Travel

November 01, 2015

Employees can be injured at any time while performing work duties, including while traveling. Confusion can arise as to an employee's right to workers' compensation if he or she is injured while traveling to and from the jobsite. Generally, employees will not be eligible for workers' compensation benefits if they are injured while commuting to work. However, several exceptions to this so-called "coming and going" rule do exist and many traveling employees will be covered if injured while on the road. Employees who fall into the following four categories will often receive workers' compensation coverage while traveling:

Frequently Asked Questions About Pedestrian Accidents in Georgia

November 01, 2015

A number of pedestrian accidents have occurred in the Atlanta area in recent years. Just last year, Smart Growth America ranked Georgia as the fifth most dangerous place for pedestrians in the country. Being involved in a pedestrian accident is a frightening experience and can leave the pedestrian injured, scared, and confused as to what to do next. The following is a look at some frequently asked questions concerning pedestrian accidents. We hope the answers to these questions can assist you in obtaining a full recovery for your damages sustained in your accident.

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