Blog Archive - December, 2015


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Ways to Maximize Your Chances of Compensation in a Georgia Car Accident Case

December 31, 2015

Each year, there are thousands of car accidents throughout the State of Georgia. Specifically, over 130,000 individuals are injured on an annual basis in car accidents located throughout the state. In general, the majority of these accidents arise due to the negligence of one or both of the drivers involved in the crash. Undoubtedly, being in an accident can be both physically and emotionally taxing and there is no way to fully predict whether you will be involved in one or not. However, there are various measures that you can take to enhance your chances of monetary recovery if you do become injured in a collision.

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Motorcycle Accidents & Traumatic Brain Injuries

December 31, 2015

Motorcycle accidents and the damages that they cause are often severe and lead to a significantly higher risk of death than car or truck accidents. On an annual basis, several thousand people in the United States are tragically killed in motorcycle crashes and more than 50,000 are seriously injured. Not surprisingly, most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers, as it requires vigilance and a clear awareness of their surroundings for them to notice motorcyclists in their direct vicinity. Moreover, there are many distracted drivers on the road. As more people get behind the wheel distracted by various things, there is a greater risk of serious crashes with the motorcyclists sharing the road. Although there are many factors that lead to motorcycle crashes, the majority of motorcycle accidents occur for the following reasons:

  • Cars that unknowingly cut motorcyclists off when changing lanes;
  • Vehicles that side swipe motorcycles when changing lanes;
  • A failure of other vehicles to yield to the right of way of motorcyclists; and
  • Vehicles that strike motorcycles while entering or exiting lanes on busy highways and other heavily trafficked roads.

Unfortunately, these accidents often have serious and sometimes fatal consequences. Specifically, motorcycle accidents can result in severe and extensive injuries, such as bone fractures, painful and debilitating head injuries, road rash, infection, back and neck injuries, spinal cord and brain damage, traumatic amputations, and disfigurement. One of the most common types of injuries that motorcyclists sustain during an accident is called a traumatic brain injury, often referred to as a TBI in legal and medical resources. Injuries to the brain, often caused or exacerbated by the failure of a motorcyclist to wear a helmet, occur when a rider's head comes in contact with the ground, another vehicle, or some other object. Traumatic brain injuries often lead to long term and sometimes permanent disabilities, such as loss of memory, speech, and emotional ability, as well as cognitive impairment, coma, and sometimes death.

Suffering a TBI can significantly alter the quality of someone's life, as well as dramatically affect the lives of family members and loved ones. It also can lead to the following:

  • Forever alter relationships that the injured person previously had with people in his or her life;
  • Require the injured person to undergo continuous medical intervention and painful rehabilitation;
  • Prevent the person from working or performing daily activities; and
  • Cause severe emotional trauma for the injured victim and his or her loved ones.

When a person has been injured in a motorcycle accident or a family has lost a loved one following a serious crash, it is critical to obtain the right legal advice as soon as possible.

Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law: Experienced Legal Representation for Motorcycle Accident Victims

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident contact the Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. Our dedicated law firm provides professional assistance to accident victims across Georgia and in the Southeast. We have over 30 years of experience and strive to provide you with the exceptional representation you need to mount your strongest case. The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery. 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.

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss How a Person Can Prevent Pedestrian Injuries

December 30, 2015

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State of Georgia ranks 13th in the nation for pedestrian-related fatalities. Specifically, there are more than 120 pedestrian related deaths that occur each year in Georgia and, unfortunately, this number continues to rise. On a nationwide basis, the statistics are equally sobering.

An Overview of Whiplash Injuries in Georgia Auto Accident Cases

December 30, 2015

Nearly every day, we hear stories about people who sustain all types of serious injuries in auto accidents across the United States. Specifically, the most common forms of injuries that accident victims sustain are fractures, lacerations, concussions, head and neck trauma, and a variety of soft tissue related damage. In general, many individuals fail to appreciate the severity of soft tissue damages - including whiplash - which can be serious and life threatening if not immediately treated. Unfortunately, whiplash occurs for a variety of reasons during a car accident, even when someone is wearing his or her seatbelt. In fact, a report states that approximately three million Americans sustain some form of whiplash injury in accidents each year.

Georgia Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Proving Soft Tissue Damage

December 29, 2015

Car accidents can cause serious injuries for victims and there are many fatalities every year. The damage that was done in the accident is usually very clear. However, not all injuries sustained by accident victims are evident immediately or even over the long-term, especially when soft tissue damage is involved. Specifically, soft tissue injuries can involve damage to ligaments, muscles, and tendons throughout the body, and may take hours, days, and sometimes weeks or more to become apparent to victims. While these types of injuries can be debilitating, causing people to miss work and struggle to perform routine tasks, they can be difficult to prove through a standard physical exam or even routine medical tests such as X-rays.

The Top Four Myths Associated With Car Accident Cases: What You Should Know

December 29, 2015

Undoubtedly, believing certain myths poses significant problems in many aspects of our lives, especially when it comes to car accident cases. All too often, we meet with individuals who, due to certain misconceptions about their rights and responsibilities following a car accident, were unable to file an otherwise sustainable personal injury case. The common reason for this is that the accident victims waited too long to file their cases because it took them too long to understand that they had justifications for the lawsuits. This scenario, while it can be surprising, is relatively common and causes people to make devastating and sometimes irreversible legal mistakes. As such, our team of Atlanta personal injury attorneys has compiled a list of the most common myths associated with auto accident cases, hoping to help you avoid falling prey to myths that could cost you your right to receive the compensation to which you are entitled.

Investigations Following Your Georgia Truck Accident

December 28, 2015

If you have been injured in a truck accident or lost your loved one to such an accident, it is important that certain investigations take place as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. You will need the assistance of an skilled truck accident attorney who will walk you through the steps to gathering the evidence you need to fully build your potential truck accident case. Truck accidents commonly result in considerable injuries or even death. The victims of these accidents and their families will likely require considerable compensation to offset their losses, which should include monetary recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Montlick and Associates Discuss Proving a Georgia Slip and Fall Case

December 28, 2015

Individuals slip and fall on a regular basis and suffer serious injuries as a result. Although there are times when the slip and fall was an accident that could not be prevented, in many cases, the debilitating pain could have been avoided if someone had not been negligent. The extent of the harm can vary tremendously, whether the slip and fall occurred in a grocery store, at a gas station, in a department store, or even at a friend or family member's home. Regardless of where a slip and fall injury occurs, there is always the possibility that negligent conduct is the underlying cause of an individual's injuries.

Georgia Car Accident Lawyers Report: Injuries to Children Can Be Prevented

December 27, 2015

In Georgia, automobile related accidents are the number one cause of injury and death to children across the state ranging in age from one to twelve years old. As an experienced personal injury law firm, it is devastating to read these sobering statistics, but it can never compare to how traumatic it is to experience the loss. However, it is even more troubling when a child was not properly secured in his or her car or booster seat at the time of an accident. Surprisingly, thousands of people across the United States fail to check that their children are properly secured in their seats while driving. As a result, numerous children suffer the consequences of parents or caretakers who neglect to take a few extra minutes to ensure that their children are safe or do not know how to properly secure the safety device.

Spinal Stenosis Stemming From Your Car Accident

December 26, 2015

Most car accident victims will have never heard of the term "spinal stenosis," but a select few could develop this painful condition following a car accident. Spinal stenosis is a back condition defined as the narrowing of the spinal canal. The spinal canal houses your spinal cord, along with the accompanying nerves and nerve roots. As such, it is no surprise that spinal stenosis can be a painful and disabling condition. This article will discuss spinal stenosis in the context of personal injury claims.  The information contained herein is for informational purposes only and anyone who believes they are suffering from any musculoskeletal injuries should consult with a medical doctor.

Take Care of Yourself After a Car Accident

December 26, 2015

A car accident is a traumatic experience, both physically and mentally. It is essential that you take some steps to properly care for yourself following a car accident so that you aid in your recovery and do not inflict further injuries. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our auto accident attorneys understand the serious nature of a car accident and hope that by adhering to the following steps, you can set yourself on the path to a full recovery.

Physical Therapy Following Your Georgia Car Accident

December 25, 2015

Physical therapy is a common treatment prescribed to car accident victims. In fact, it can assist injured accident victims in regaining their mobility and bodily functions following the accident. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia car accident attorneys often represent clients who are undergoing physical therapy. We understand how important this therapy can be to your overall recovery. We assist our clients injured in car accidents by fighting to obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more from the party at fault for their injuries.

A Look at the Injuries Caused by 4 Types of Car Accidents

December 25, 2015

Car accident victims can suffer a variety of serious injuries. The type of accident can be a main determining factor in what injuries you may sustain. The Georgia car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have assisted car accident victims with all manner of injuries, from critical head injuries and spinal cord damage to less severe injuries, like whiplash and broken bones. We understand that any injury stemming from a car accident deserves just compensation from the negligent party responsible.

Concussion Sports Injuries Can Lead to Debilitating Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)

December 24, 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Each day, approximately 138 people across the country die from injuries that include traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries are caused by bumps, blows, or other forces to the head which disrupt the normal function of the brain. Most TBIs are mild and called concussions.

Challenges Faced by Those Recovering From a Georgia Motorcycle Accident

December 24, 2015

Georgia roads can be extremely dangerous for motorcyclists. The roadways in and around Atlanta become extremely congested during peak rush hour times and roads outside of the main cities tend to be curvy.  Moreover, they might not be well lit, depending upon where you are in the state. Motorcycle accidents have a propensity to inflict serious injuries due to the lack of protection afforded the motorcycle accident victim, as compared to the better insulated and enclosed occupants of the passenger motor vehicle.

Drivers Across Georgia Warned to Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over This Holiday Season

December 23, 2016

The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched a new national campaign intended to get drunk drivers off the road during this holiday season. The campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, premiered with an ad launch appearing before Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Drivers across Georgia and the rest of the United States will view several new ad campaigns focusing on the dangers of drunk driving. Ads will appear on television, in theaters, and other digital outlets. One ad focuses on a young man looking in the mirror and attempting to convince himself that he was fine to drive. A woman is featured in a similar ad.

Trucks and Trailers Will Soon Have Enhanced Underride Protection

December 23, 2015

Recently, the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued notice of a proposed rulemaking that would upgrade current safety standards concerning underride guards that are located on the rear of trailers and semitrailers. We previously reported on the dangers of current underride guards, which leave the occupants of motor vehicles at significant risk of traveling under the truck if they rear-end it.

Traffic Fatalities Fell in 2014, But Will the Trend Continue?

December 22, 2015

The Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released new data that indicated an encouraging trend—the rate of traffic deaths declined in the year 2014. Figures show that 32,675 people died in car accidents in 2014, which represents a 0.1 percent decrease from 2013. The fatality rate for 2014 was actually a record low of 1.07 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.

Levels of Concussion Sustained by Car Accident Victims

December 21, 2015

Head injuries are some of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident. Drivers and passengers are at risk of head injuries if their head hits any surface during the accident, which could include the steering wheel, dash, front or side windows, seat backs, and more. Sometimes, car accident victims will sustain a concussion even if their head does not hit anything due to the force of the crash. While seat belts and airbags can reduce your chance of sustaining a concussion, thousands annually continue to experience head injuries in car accidents across Georgia and the rest of the country.

Tips for Driving in Georgia This Winter

December 21, 2015

Georgia will likely experience some cold temperatures, ice, and snow in parts of the state. As winter intensifies, the car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, want to be sure you know how to drive safely in the snow and ice. We also want to urge you to prepare your vehicles for these conditions. The following is a look at winter driving safety tips offered by the United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

Evaluating Your Auto Accident Settlement

December 20, 2015

At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia auto accident attorneys understand that car accidents bring a tremendous amount of stress and uncertainty. Accident victims are forced to deal with the physical pain of their injuries, while also struggling to determine how their medical bills will be paid and how they will support their families while off work. Faced with these momentous concerns, some car accident victims will rush to accept the first settlement offer that comes their way. However, there is considerable risk in accepting an early settlement without the assistance of an attorney. Once you have accepted a settlement offer, you cannot seek further damages for your injuries. Accordingly, your future medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and any negative impact on your career will likely not be covered.

Memory Loss After a Car Accident

December 20, 2015

If you have suffered from any type of head injury during a car accident, you might experience memory loss following the accident. Memory loss could include difficulty remembering names or events. Any type of memory loss which accompanies a head trauma is a sign of a severe head injury and should be taken seriously. The following is a look at head injuries and memory loss after a car accident, and what you should do.

Brain Injury FAQs By Our Personal Injury Attorneys

December 19, 2015

Brain injuries can occur from a variety of circumstances. While some brain injuries are the result of pure accident, many more are caused by the negligence of others. Car and truck accidents are two leading causes of traumatic brain injuries. Slip and falls, pedestrian accidents, sports accidents, and more can result in serious brain injuries. Brain injury victims may be eligible to receive compensation from the negligent party responsible for their injuries. The following is a look at some questions commonly asked about brain injuries.

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Amputation Injuries

December 19, 2015

Amputation involves the separation of a body part from the body. While medical conditions account for some planned surgical amputations, many more are the sudden result of trauma to the body. Injuries resulting from traumatic amputations cause a great deal of physical and emotional trauma for the victim. Often, these injuries result due to negligence on behalf of another person or entity.

Common Injuries that Accompany Whiplash

December 17, 2015

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries to result from a car accident. Even a low speed accident can cause whiplash due to the sudden back and forth motion the crash exerts on the neck and head. Treating whiplash can prove difficult, especially when there are additional injuries involved. Below, we look at some car accident injuries that can potentially accompany a whiplash injury. It is critical that all car accident victims obtain a full medical evaluation to check for whiplash and like injuries.

How Long Could Your Concussion Last Following a Car Accident?

December 16, 2015

Concussions are serious injuries that can occur during even low speed car accidents. Car manufacturers have taken steps to design safer vehicles, but your head remains vulnerable in the event of a serious crash. Even when the airbag deploys, head injuries can occur. If you have been injured in a crash, it is important that you know how long head injuries can last. Below, we take a look at the long term effects of a concussion.

Ten Bones that are Most Likely to Break in a Car Accident

December 16, 2015

Millions of car accidents will happen annually. Many of these accidents will involve just property damage, while others result in serious injuries. Broken bones are among the most common of all injuries to occur in a car accident. Below, in no particular order, is a look at the ten most common bones that a driver or passenger could break during an auto accident:

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions About Whiplash

December 15, 2015

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained in a car accident. This injury can also stem from truck accidents, falls, workplace accidents, and sports related accidents. Anyone who has suffered a whiplash injury will require the assistance of a personal injury attorney who will evaluate their potential action against the party responsible for their injuries.

Seat Belt Injuries and How You Can Prevent Them

December 15, 2015

Seat belts are vital safety tools that have saved hundreds of thousands of lives since their development and implementation. At times, however, these devices can result in injury. The risk of injury is especially great if you fail to properly secure the seat belt. The following is a look at some of the most common injuries caused by seat belts and how you can best prevent these injuries.

“Love Your Lawyer Day” Honors Lawyers Across the Country

December 14, 2015

This year, the American Bar Association passed a resolution for the creation of "Love Your Lawyer Day." This day, designed to promote a positive and respected image of lawyers and their contributions to the community, was celebrated on November 6. It will be annually recognized on the first Friday in November. The idea originated from a legal marketer out of Florida. The ABA division also embraced the concept and so did the public at large. Local bar associations worked to get the word out about the new day honoring the profession.

The Loss of a Loved One—Wrongful Death Actions in Georgia

December 14, 2015

Car and truck accidents alone kill tens of thousands of people each year across America. Workplace accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, defective products, dog attacks, and other accidents involving negligence claim the lives of thousands more. The loss of a loved one in any sort of accident is tragic, but the accident becomes all the more horrific when it was caused by negligent behavior on the part of another.

Wrongful Death—Georgia Truck Accident Claims

December 13, 2015

Due to their massive size, tractor trailer accidents are far more likely to result in fatalities than car accidents. Tractor trailers can weigh 80,000 pounds, crushing far smaller passenger vehicles and severely injuring those inside. Sadly, truck accidents tragically kill thousands annually and also make for complex legal cases. The victims killed in truck accidents across Georgia will require the assistance of an attorney well versed in the unique field of truck accident law so that their rights will be fully protected.

Frequently Asked Questions About Distracted Driving in Georgia

December 13, 2015

Distracted driving is a tremendous problem in Georgia and across the United States. The Georgia car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are alarmed by the high rates of distracted driving within our state. We offer the following look at some questions commonly asked concerning distracted driving and hope that with more knowledge, drivers will put down their phones and focus strictly on the road ahead.

Georgia Premises Liability Law and Supermarket Falls

December 12, 2015

According to the Food Marketing Institute, Americans make an average of 1.5 trips to the supermarket each week. Grocery stores across Georgia and much of the nation are busy on a daily basis, stocking over 40,000 items for sale and employing at least 50 staff members per shift. In the middle of all of this activity, accidents happen. A wide variety of slips, trips, and falls occur in supermarkets each day. Some well known supermarket chains have experienced high profile slip and falls, many of which result in substantial claims against the supermarket owner responsible.

Burn Injuries Sustained in a Personal Injury Accident

December 11, 2015

Burn injuries are among the most painful injuries that people can suffer. Sadly, burn injuries have become increasingly common. Fires, explosions, scalding liquids, overheated equipment, malfunctioning tanning beds, chemical exposure, and more can result in serious burn injuries. If you have been burned as a result of someone else's negligence, you might be eligible to receive compensation for your injuries.

Part I - Frequently Asked Questions About Slip and Falls in Georgia

December 11, 2015

Every day, we talk to people injured in slip and fall accidents. Slip and fall accident victims often enter our firm stressed and confused as to their legal rights. These accidents are often complex and will involve difficult issues of liability and damages. Our experienced slip and fall attorneys are here to help you find the answers. We have listed some of the questions most commonly asked by accident victims to provide you with some initial information. For assistance with your unique case, contact our office as soon as possible.

Holiday Travel Places Drivers at Increased Risk of Injury

December 10, 2015

The winter holiday season is fast approaching and many of us are planning trips to visit friends and family elsewhere in the state or across the country. According to the United States Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Hanukkah/Christmas/New Year's holiday period is among the busiest for long distance travel.

Georgia Troopers Fight to Curb Distracted Driving

December 10, 2015

Troopers across the state are targeting distracted drivers in an attempt to save lives and reduce injuries. In Valdosta, the Georgia State Patrol reports that there has been an increase in the number of traffic crashes in recent months. These accidents have resulted in several injuries and even deaths. To combat rising accident rates, the Georgia State Patrol has begun a series of patrols aimed specifically at catching distracted drivers. Troopers are on the lookout for drivers engaging in any form of behavior that draws their eyes, attention, and hands from the road, which includes texting, eating, drinking, playing with the radio, attending to personal grooming, and more. Georgia law specifically bans any driver under the age of 18 from using a phone while driving. Troopers hope that by targeting distracted driving, they will dissuade the public from texting and driving or engaging in other distracting behaviors, thereby saving lives and preventing injuries.

Georgia Bus Driver Charged Following Crash that Killed Another Driver and Injured Six Children

December 09, 2015

A school bus driver in Gainesville, Georgia has been charged following an accident that injured six children and killed another driver. The crash involved a Hall County school bus and a Mitsubishi Galant. It occurred at approximately 3 p.m. during the end of the school day. A Hall County spokesperson reports that the bus was carrying 31 children from a local elementary school when it apparently crashed into the Galant. A witness has stated that the bus pulled out in front of the car, running it entirely over. The driver inside the vehicle was tragically declared dead at the scene of the accident. Several children inside the bus suffered injuries, though thankfully none were too serious. Injuries included hurt backs, legs, and noses. Officials have noted their intent to charge the at fault driver for the accident.

NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Decatur County Plane Crash

December 09, 2015

Recently, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a report on the Decatur County plane crash that killed two pilots near Climax, GA. The victims included a Florida attorney and a former new chopper pilot. The plane, registered to a Florida LLC, was supposed to arrive in Cairo, Georgia from Lakeland, Florida, but it never made it to its destination. Instead, the plane came down in a heavily wooded area near Climax. According to the preliminary accident report, the pilot might have lost control while maneuvering the plane. A weather advisory was in place and the pilot appeared to be switching between areas of visibility and those without. The strong odor of fuel at the crash scene and the twisted propeller blades could indicate that both engines were working at the time of the crash, however a final determination will be made on this by NTSB officials.

Six Year Old Georgia Girl Finds Gun, Fatally Shoots Herself

December 08, 2015

The life of a six-year-old Georgia child was ended far too soon when she found a loaded gun in the cushions of her couch and fatally shot herself. Police report that they arrived at the home of the girl's father to find her dead and the father gone. Authorities report that the 25 year old father briefly fled the apartment, and then returned to speak to police. The father has been arrested for reckless conduct and involuntary manslaughter. The little girl's mother is devastated. She was not at the apartment when her daughter died. Apparently, at the time of the accident, another adult and four other children were present. It is unclear precisely what happened in the moments leading up to the first grader's death, but the young girl was apparently playing in the living room when she felt a gun between the cushions. Her child's natural curiosity led to the fatal, tragic shot.

Two Georgia Brothers Killed in Car Accident During Heavy Downpour

December 08, 2015

The Jefferson, Georgia community is mourning the loss of two brothers who were killed in an car accident during heavy rain recently. The brothers were driving home from a birthday celebration when the driver attempted to turn left onto Old Pendergrass Road. Police report that he turned into the path of a freightliner truck. One brother tragically died at the scene of the accident, while the other passed away a few hours later. The entire community has rallied around the family to express their condolences for the loss of these young, vibrant lives.

Florida Sheriff Releases Video of Drunk Driver to Warn Motorists Nationwide

December 07, 2015

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office in Florida has released a video intended to warn drivers across the country. The video depicts a drunk driver getting out of his vehicle and falling to the ground. He is intoxicated to the point that he cannot get up until law enforcement officers arrest him. It is revealed on the video that this intoxicated driver was involved in a hit and run crash before the arrest. A spokeswoman for the sheriff's office stated that they released the video as a sobering reminder to all drivers and road users of who they could be sharing the road with. The sheriff's office hopes that all drivers will stop and think twice before getting behind the wheel if they have consumed alcohol.

Fourteen Killed in Traffic Accidents in Georgia Over Thanksgiving Holiday

December 07, 2015

Thanksgiving is a danger holiday for car accidents and this year proved to be no exception. The Georgia State Patrol is reporting that fourteen people tragically died in the state over a 102 hour period during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is a decrease from last year, when 19 people died on Georgia roads. One of the fatal accidents occurred in Bacon County, where the driver of a Chevrolet failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection and wound up in the path of a Dodge Challenger. The driver of the Chevrolet steered left, but was struck on the passenger side and overturned. The two passengers, a 28 year old woman and her five year old son, were not wearing seatbelts and flew out of the vehicle, both sadly perishing in the crash.

DeKalb Train Hits Dump Truck, Tragically Killing Driver

December 06, 2015

Recently, a 43 year old dump truck driver was killed when his truck was struck by a freight train at the DeKalb County rail crossing. The accident happened in the morning hours near the intersection of Fleetwood Drive and Constitution Road. The train rammed into the dump truck at a high rate of speed, pushing it a half mile down the track and ejecting the truck driver from his vehicle. Police report that the train crossing has a stop sign, but no crossing arms.

Columbia County Car Crash Kills One

December 06, 2015

A 77 year old driver was recently killed in a failure to yield accident in Evans, Georgia, according to a local news report. The accident occurred when the driver, operating a 2010 Mercedes ML350, was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Halali Farm Road and Hardy McManus Road. He reportedly attempted to turn left onto Hardy McManus Road, but turned directly in front of an oncoming tractor trailer driven by a 66 year old from Stapleton, Georgia.

The large tractor trailer struck the left side of the Mercedes near the driver's side door. The driver was unresponsive when emergency responders arrived and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Police believe the driver of the Mercedes who died in the crash was at fault for the accident as he failed to yield to the truck's right of way. The truck driver will not face any charges.

Safety Tips for Holiday Decorating

December 05, 2015

The holiday season is upon us and many of us will soon put out holiday decorations, which could include outdoor lighting, trees, snow, candles, and more. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issues guidelines annually that are designed to keep consumers safe during the holiday season. We offer the following safety tips that you should keep in mind when decorating for the upcoming holidays such as Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the New Year.

Investigations Continue into Fatal Georgia Plane Crash

December 04, 2015

The Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating what caused a fatal plane crash in South Georgia. Reports show that a twin engine Cessna was scheduled to land at the Cairo-Grady County Airport in the morning hours. Air traffic controllers lost contact with the plane when it was approximately 13 miles away from the airport. Search crews located the downed plane around 4 p.m. near Climax, GA. Sadly, the two people aboard did not survive. Formal investigations could take up a year to complete, but investigators have noted the plane crashed at a 90 degree bank.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney Discusses Coverage for Injured or Ill Workers

December 03, 2015

Workers drive the State of Georgia's economy on a daily basis. Without a healthy workforce, Georgia will not continue to operate as efficiently for the good of all of its residents. Whether someone has a desk job, is a miner, works as a store clerk, or is a delivery driver, among others, it is always possible that a workplace injury or illness could occur, and in some cases, such injuries and illnesses can be fatal. However, many injured and ill workers across the country have become aware that many states have narrowed the scope of benefits that injured or ill workers (and their loved ones) are entitled to under each states' workers' compensation laws.

Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Report: Amtrak Train Derails in Vermont

December 03, 2015

Recently, an Amtrak train traveling through Vermont suddenly derailed after striking a rockslide, according to NBC News. The accident occurred in the morning hours about 10 miles south of Montpelier, the state capital. The train was transporting 98 passengers and four crew members. A rock ledge broke off above the train's path and fell onto the tracks. Five cars jumped the track, including a lead passenger car and locomotive. The accident, described as a "freak of nature" by the state governor, injured five passengers and two crew members. Fortunately, none of the injuries appear to be life threatening.

Atlanta Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss the Most Common Types of Truck Accidents

December 02, 2015

When an accident occurs between an automobile and a massive commercial truck, the results can be devastating. Regardless of the type of truck accident, if you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you should be entitled to compensation for your losses. You could potentially seek recovery for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Discuss Restaurant Accidents

December 02, 2015

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, over 67,000 food preparation and service workers were injured on the job badly enough to require at least a day off work in 2008. About one fifth of these employees lost 31 or more days of work. The majority of injured restaurant employees suffered burns, cuts, sprains, or strains. A third of these injured workers experienced injuries to the hand or wrist and 22 percent damaged their back or shoulder. The following is a look at some common restaurant accidents and what you should do in the event you are injured while working at a restaurant.

How the Weather Can Impact Your Safety on the Road

December 01, 2015

According to the United States Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration, there are over 5,870,000 car crashes each year. About 23 percent of these accidents, or nearly 1,312,000, are weather related. Weather related accidents are defined as accidents that occur during poor weather, such as rain, fog, sleet, snow, blowing sand or dust, slick roads, or severe crosswinds. On average, over 6,000 people are killed and 480,000 injured in weather related crashes annually. 

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