Blog Archive - June, 2016


15 Articles

Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Summer Driving Dangers in Georgia

June 30, 2016

Car accidents nationwide will peak in the summer months. Georgia, home to numerous beaches, parks, and other attractions, will welcome thousands of tourists this summer. With kids out of school, tourism on the rise, and more families traveling, the number of cars on the roadways is likely to increase tremendously during the summer months. Increased traffic is far from the only summer hazard, however. The following is a look at some summer driving dangers that you should be aware of to help you stay safe over the next few months:

Snapchat Accident – Teenager Faces Felony Charges

June 29, 2016

Car accidents involving texting or social media applications have resulted in multiple serious injuries and death. A brief Facebook message, Twitter post, or Snapchat photo take drivers' eyes off the roadways, leading to accidents that simply do not need to occur. While there may be benefits to social media these days, the distraction these applications have on us while driving has demonstrated that even the slightest lack of concentration can turn deadly at any moment.

Fatal Accidents That Led to Vehicular Homicide Charges

June 28, 2016

Vehicular homicide yet again has tragically taken the lives of innocent Georgians, involving two separate but similar accidents, and two men are now facing the consequences. The first accident occurred in September 2015, when a man driving a green Toyota Camry crossed the center line of a road, slamming into another Toyota Camry driven by an elderly gentleman. The victim later died at the hospital because of the injuries he sustained in the accident. For this particular accident, it is not clear whether or not the driver who caused the accident was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but it was clear to authorities that the driver was speeding through the curve of the road when he crossed the center line and slammed into the elderly man's Camry. The at-fault driver suffered serious injuries.

Tragic Accident Involving the Death of Unborn Fetus

June 27, 2016

This year has seen far too many motor vehicle accidents that have involved the death of innocent victims, and this time, it's an unborn fetus that never had the chance to live. A Florida woman with a blemished criminal and driving record struck three pedestrians (a pregnant mother and her two children) while driving with a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of .222.

How the Hot Weather Can Contribute to Tire Failure Accidents

June 26, 2016

There are numerous causes of tire failure that have claimed the lives of many Georgia citizens over the years. Some causes of tire failure include, but are not limited to, tread separation, tire blowouts, improper maintenance, driving with old or worn tires, improper tire installation, and weather. As the summer months heat up, the weather is likely to play a role in tire failures that can result in motor vehicle accidents. Tire blowouts have been known to occur when exposed to excessive heat. Georgia will certainly see some hot days this summer, so it is important for all motorists to keep an eye on their tires.

Loss of Four Young Girls Following Fatal Memorial Day Accident

June 25, 2016

A Florida mother is coping with the tragic loss of four of her five daughters following a horrific single-vehicle accident that happened on Memorial Day. The crash occurred when the left front tire of the mother's Dodge Durango separated from the SUV. The tire separation caused the vehicle to flip, ejecting many of the 11 occupants from the vehicle, including a toddler who was found on the other side of a 30-foot barrier near the crash site. The toddler, who is not the mother's child, is lucky to be alive after being ejected so far from the vehicle.

Georgia Premises Liability Attorneys Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions

June 24, 2016

All of us spend significant amounts of time each day on other people's or companies' property. Our workplace, supermarket, shops, malls, restaurants and bars are just a few places that you may venture to any given day. While most of the time our trips to work, stores, and other places open to the public are uneventful, at times accidents can occur. Slip and falls, animal attacks, acts of violence, and other serious dangers inflict harm on thousands of individuals annually. When injuries occur on the property of another person or company, the victims should have the right to recover for their accident-related losses from the negligent property owner.

A Look at Lesser Known Driving Distractions That Cause Car Accidents

June 23, 2016

When you think of distracted driving, texting while driving is likely the behavior that comes to mind, and it is a massive problem. Texting while driving is considered to be the top cause of distraction-related car accidents. This behavior is incredibly dangerous due to the extended amount of time it can draw a driver's eyes and attention away from the road. However, texting while driving is far from the only driving distraction. The following is a look at some lesser known driving distractions, some of which were discussed in a recent BBC News Magazine article:

Georgia Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Road Departure Accidents in Atlanta

June 22, 2016

Recently, two Cobb County adults lost their lives in a road departure crash that additionally injured four minor children. Cobb County police report that a Honda Passport driven by a 27-year-old woman veered off the road while traveling on Clay Road. It appears the driver lost control of the vehicle and collided with a tree on the shoulder. The driver and her male passenger tragically died at the scene of the crash. Four children inside the vehicle were seriously injured. A neighbor told reporters that several crashes have happened in that same area.

Should Hotels Be Liable for Alligator and Other Wild Animal Attacks?

June 21, 2016

A tragedy unfolded recently at a Disney World resort when a young boy was dragged and killed by an alligator. The incident happened at about nine p.m. on a Tuesday night at the Disney Grand Floridian Hotel in Walt Disney World. A Nebraska family was standing near the nearby lake as their two-year-old son waded close to the shore. Suddenly, an alligator snatched the child and started dragging him away. His horrified father attempted to save the boy, prying the jaws of the alligator open, but was sadly unable to save his child. The boy's body was found the next day. A full autopsy will be conducted, but it appears at this time that the boy drowned.

Congress Moves to Block Federal Regulations to Prevent Tired Truckers

June 16, 2016

The House and Senate have both introduced transportation funding bills that would further suspend proposed federal regulations concerning when truck drivers must rest. The National Transportation Safety Board has stated driver fatigue is among its top concerns, but it appears Congress will continue to block enforcement of the "34-hour restart period." Safety advocates believe the block in trucking rules was added to the spending bill because it would receive less attention and opposition. If House and Senate bills pass, this will be the third time that the restart period has been suspended by Congress.

Pedestrian Accident Claims Life of Atlanta Woman

June 15, 2016

Recently, an Atlanta woman was tragically killed while standing at a bus stop. The 21-year-old accident victim was struck by a Toyota pickup truck while waiting for the bus. She was pregnant at the time of the accident and headed to pick up her cap and gown for graduation. Sadly, the accident appears to have been the result of a medical emergency. The driver of the vehicle involved lost control of the car, hit another vehicle, then careened into the pedestrian. When police arrived at the scene, the driver was disoriented and foaming at the mouth. Now, family members of the young woman are left mourning her death and that of her unborn child.

This recent accident deeply saddened our pedestrian accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law. This is the most recent in a number of pedestrian accidents to occur in the Atlanta area in recent years. We understand that pedestrian accidents are some of the most serious accidents that can occur due to the force of vehicles striking a person directly.  Thus, we assist injured pedestrian accident victims and the families of those who lose their loved ones in such accidents in obtaining compensation from the at-fault person(s) or company(s) involved.

Wrongful Death Pedestrian Accident Cases

A pedestrian accident that results from negligence on the part of the driver can constitute grounds for a wrongful death pedestrian accident case. The parties bringing the action will need to establish that the driver acted with negligence, which could include many types of behaviors, such as speeding, drinking and driving, distracted driving, and much more.

Georgia law allows the surviving spouse or surviving children to bring an action for wrongful death. Any recovery obtained will be split among the children and the surviving spouse, with the surviving spouse receiving no less than one-third of the recovery, regardless of the number of children. Possible damages in a wrongful death case include, loss of income and other benefits, companionship, support, and more.

Assistance with Your Wrongful Death Pedestrian Accident Case

Wrongful death actions are complex and will require significant knowledge of the law to bring a strong case. A wrongful death attorney can examine the facts and circumstances of the pedestrian accident that led to your loved one's tragic death and advise you as to your legal rights. Our attorneys assist each wrongful death client in preparing a strong case through proper investigations and considerable legal research. Act quickly after the death of your loved one because you have a limited time within which to bring a wrongful death case in Georgia.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, the Atlanta Pedestrian Accident Attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 30 years, our firm has assisted pedestrian and other traffic accident victims across Georgia, including but not limited to all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.

No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.

Call us 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.

Protect Your Teen During the “100 Deadliest Days”

June 09, 2016

Summertime is considered the most dangerous time for teen drivers. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has dubbed the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the "100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers. During these summer months, teens are on the road in higher numbers, and the rate of teen accidents correspondingly soars. It is anticipated that ten teen accidents will occur every day during the 100 Deadliest Days, a 16 percent increase over school time accidents.

At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys understand how terrifying it is to allow your teen driver behind the wheel those first few times. Having a teen is challenging, and preparing your son or daughter to be a safe driver is one of our most difficult tasks you may face as a parent. We, like many of you, are frightened by the increasing rates of teen driving accidents and want to do all we can to ensure your teens stay safe this summer. 

Safe Driving Tips for Your Teen Driver

There are several steps you can take to encourage your teen driver to operate the motor vehicle in a safe manner at all times. DMV.org offers several safety tips for teen drivers, including:

  1. Never use your cell phone: Driving while talking on your cell phone is the equivalent of driving while drunk. It is extremely distracting, even when you use a hands-free device. Inform your teen that it is illegal in Georgia for him or her to use a cell phone while driving and caution your teen as to the potential penalties for breaking this law.
  2. Do not text and drive: Texting while driving is one of the single most dangerous things you can do. Texting pulls your eyes, attention, and hands from the road for a critical period during which you can easily cause an accident. Make sure your teen understands that texting while driving, even when stopped,  is illegal.
  3. Drive solo: Adding teen passengers can more than double a teen's risk of an accident. Do not allow your teen to drive friends around. Alternatively, parents, as experienced drivers, should ride with their teens to monitor their driving.
  4. Minimize distractions: Instruct your teen to pre-set their radio and GPS, eat or drink before leaving, and get a good night sleep before setting off on the road. These distractions can all result in serious accidents.
  5. Enroll your teen in a defensive driver course: Driving is a complicated task, and it can benefit new teen drivers to take a defensive driver or another safety related course. The course can inform your teen as to important safety steps, such as maintaining a safe following distance.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Case!

If you have been injured in a distracted driving or another type of car accident, the Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. For over 30 years, our firm has assisted thousands of individuals injured in car and other traffic accidents across the State of Georgia.

No matter where you are located, our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 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.

New Study Reveals Top Distractions for Teen Drivers

June 08, 2016

A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals the dangerous range of behaviors that distract teen drivers. Researchers combined forces with the University of Iowa to examine teen drivers over the past eight years using mounted vehicle cameras. The study documented more than 2,200 moderate to severe car accidents. Analyzing the dashboard camera footage, researchers were able to determine some of the main causes of teen accidents, and driver distraction topped the list.

A New Way to Protect Pedestrians? Google Patents “Pedestrian Glue” For Cars

June 03, 2016

Pedestrian accidents are a tremendous local and national problem. The Governors Highway Safety Association reports that pedestrian fatalities due to car accidents are sadly on the rise. At a time when most other traffic related fatalities are on the decline, pedestrian accidents have surged. Many safety organizations are working towards reversing this alarming trend. Google has recently patented a novel idea that aims to reduce the severity of pedestrian accidents. "Pedestrian glue," as it has been dubbed, may sound strange, but could prove effective.

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