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Blog Archive - July, 2016

24 Articles

Has “Pokemon Go” Taken Tech to a Dangerous New Level?

July 31, 2016

"Pokemon Go" has quickly become the latest tech craze, with over 75 million downloads to date. The insanely popular app is free and provides players with an augmented reality game in which they can capture Pokemon, or digital creatures, at real locations on their smartphones. The game requires players to physically walk to find and capture Pokemon. While most players use the game with no problems, there have been numerous reports of injuries and even one death linked to the game. These incidents have some wondering whether Pokemon Go has taken tech to a dangerous territory.

Caution to Atlanta Drivers: Never Change Your Tire on the Freeway

July 29, 2016

A young man was tragically killed in a recent roadside accident in DeKalb County. The driver, a local 20-year-old, blew out his tire while driving on the I-285/northbound ramp to I-85/northbound near Spaghetti Junction. He texted his girlfriend telling her of the predicament and said he would change the tire himself, then let her know when he was safely back on the road. Moments later, a passerby struck him as he changed his left rear tire, tragically killing him instantly. Now, his friends and family mourn a life taken too soon, and the public is cautioned not to take roadside repairs into their own hands.

Drunk Driver in Atlanta Causes Multiple Accidents

July 27, 2016

A drunk driver recently caused as accident in Sandy Springs that severely injured a Sandy Springs police officer.*  The alleged drunk driver struck the officer's patrol car although the patrol car had its emergency lights activated when the collision occurred.  A photograph shared by the Sandy Springs Police Department shows heavy damage to the back of the police cruiser.  The Sandy Springs police officer was hospitalized for treatment of his severe accident-related injuries. 

Power Morcellators Used in Abdominal Surgeries Linked to Cancer Risks

July 26, 2016

Power morcellators are surgical instruments used during less-invasive abdominal procedures, such as laparoscopic gynecological procedures. The device is often used during hysterectomies and the removal of uterine fibroids, as well as liver and spleen surgeries. In recent years, evidence has emerged that these devices unintentionally spread cancerous cells in women during the surgery. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning on morcellation in 2014, stating that power morcellators carried the risk of spreading unsuspected cancerous tissues beyond the uterus. It advised healthcare providers to consider alternative treatment options.

Dog Bites Three-Year-Old in Face in LaFayette, Georgia

July 25, 2016

A frightening dog attack in LaFayette, Georgia recently left a Georgia toddler with serious injuries. Police and emergency responders arrived on the scene to find a three-year-old with his face covered in blood. The babysitter said she woke up to the child screaming and realized her dog had bitten him. She was not sure how it occurred, but the child had a large laceration on his mouth and forehead. The dog involved was a mix between a Great Dane and Labrador. Thankfully, the child is expected to recover, and the dog was taken into the custody of the local animal shelter.

When Should Elderly People in Georgia Stop Driving?

July 24, 2016

As the population of the United States continues to age, the issue of whether people should be allowed to continue driving well into old age has sparked controversy across Georgia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were almost 36 million licensed drivers over the age of 65 in the year 2012. This number is likely higher today and is expected to rise in the next decade. Approximately 586 elderly drivers are injured and 15 killed in car accidents each day. Even further, a new study released by found that approximately 14 million Americans reported being involved in a road accident caused by an elderly individual in the past year.

Night Blindness Tests Suggest Your Headlights May Be to Blame

July 23, 2016

Driving at night is widely considered to be more dangerous than driving during the day. While a number of factors contribute to the increased hazards of nighttime driving, visibility is chief among them. Our headlights are intended to allow us to see adequately at night so that we can safely navigate to our destination, but a new study suggests that headlights of today may not be performing to the specification necessary to keep us safe.

Speedboat Accident Claims the Lives of Four on Lake Lanier

July 21, 2016

A recent boating accident on Lake Lanier resulted in the deaths of four individuals from Kentucky. Officials report that the victims were boating on Lake Lanier for a charity poker run. They were operating a 38 to 40-foot cigarette-type boat when it suddenly lost control and overturned near Cocktail Cove. None of the four individuals on the boat were wearing life jackets, and sadly, the bodies of all four were recovered soon after the accident.

Watch Out for Signs of a Brain Injury After a Car Accident

July 20, 2016

Each year, an average of 1.7 million people will sustain traumatic brain injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over 50,000 will tragically die from these injuries, while another 275,000 require hospitalization. Car accidents are one of the top causes of traumatic brain injuries across the country. In a car accident, your head is susceptible to serious injury due to force of the impact involved. While seatbelts have reduced rates of head injuries, they do not eliminate this considerable risk. It is important that any brain injury is identified and treated as soon as possible to prevent potential long-term damage or even death.

New App Aims to Curb Distracted Driving

July 19, 2016

For one California woman, a distracted driving accident changed her life forever—and now she is trying to prevent others from experiencing her devastation. Her husband, an entertainment attorney, was cycling when, tragically, he was fatally struck by a patrol car driven by a Sherriff's deputy who was using his in-car computer. Trying to make sense of her loss, the attorney's widow created a nonprofit foundation that is now launching its first smartphone app intended to tackle the epidemic of distracted driving accidents. The app is called #HandsOff, and it is completely free. Drivers can earn points when they use the app to go towards prizes, such as gift cards and concert tickets. With the app downloaded, users must simply push the #HandsOff button when they get in the car, which will cause a timer screen to pop up with a hand symbol reminding you not to use your phone. Users can also take short videos of themselves taking the pledge not to drive distracted and send them to their friends.

Safety Tips for “Pokemon Go” Players

July 17, 2016

Pokemon mania has spread across the country following the release of the Nintendo and Niantic game Pokemon Go. This augmented reality game allows users to catch Pokemon in virtual reality through their phones. The game uses your GPS and camera to create a virtual reality around you and embeds it with creatures. Users must move in real life to reach areas with new Pokemon to be captured. While the game has instantly shot to the top of the Apple and Google Play stores, some gamers are already reporting injuries, and it is possible more could follow. According to a report in the Boston Globe, gamers have so far reported slipping, tripping, and falling in a variety of locations due to staring at the screen, and others have indicated near misses while driving.

Fatal Tesla Autopilot Crash Raises Safety Concerns

July 15, 2016

Recently, a driver was killed while operating his Tesla vehicle on autopilot. The accident occurred in May of this year, but it has just now reached the public spotlight. The known facts surrounding the crash are as follows: The driver, a former Navy SEAL, was driving his Model S luxury electric car in autopilot mode in Williston, Florida. A tractor trailer was making a left-hand turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection when the Tesla slammed into the side of a tractor-trailer. Tragically, the vehicle traveled under the bottom of the trailer, exited the roadway, crossed a field, and hit a utility pole, killing the driver. Investigations into the accident are ongoing, but the crash itself has raised significant safety concerns about new autopilot technology.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Provide Tips for Safe Driving

July 14, 2016

Atlanta is a bustling city with thousands of office buildings, restaurants, tourist destinations, and more. The city attracts many visitors and its roads can quickly become crowded. Atlanta is the site of tens of thousands of accidents annually. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety reports that in 2014, 77 fatal crashes occurred in Fulton County, within which is Atlanta, and an additional 14,373 accidents resulted in injuries. Drivers in and around Atlanta must contend with crowded roadways, out of state drivers, distracted drivers, speeders, and many others practicing dangerous driving behaviors. Those injured in a crash due to negligence can seek compensation from the at-fault driver responsible for their injuries.

Tesla Accidents Raise Issues Concerning Self-Driving Cars and Insurance

July 13, 2016

Two accidents have now been reported that may have occurred while Tesla vehicles were operating on "autopilot." The first accident occurred in Florida when an 18 wheeler made a left-hand turn in front of a Tesla Model S. The Tesla, operating in autopilot, failed to apply the brakes and the driver also failed to stop the vehicle in time, leading to a tragic fatal accident. A second crash involving a Tesla Model X occurred on July 1 in Pennsylvania. The vehicle struck a turnpike guardrail, veered into the median, and landed on its roof.

Driver Screening and Hiring: Who is Driving Your Uber or Lyft Ride?

July 12, 2016

Uber and Lyft are two tremendously popular ride-sharing companies. These companies provide fast, convenient, and affordable rides to people across Georgia. While generally applauded as a great alternative to taxis, there have been some safety questions raised concerning Uber and Lyft since their inception.  For example, one website has made it their mission to call awareness to the risks of Uber and Lyft in an effort to promote ridesharing safety. The website lists all known incidents involving Uber and Lyft drivers. The list of injuries and deaths is growing and includes a recent pedestrian death in Philadelphia due to an Uber driver. These incidents raise questions about just who is driving you and your family as well as what background checks have been completed before you get in someone's car through Uber or Lyft.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Discuss SUV Rollover Crashes

July 11, 2016

SUVS and crossovers have officially overtaken sedans to become the most popular vehicle in the United States, according to automotive industry research and advising company, IHS Automotive. These vehicles have gained in mass appeal due to their ability to hold more passengers and possessions. Many drivers also report feeling safer in their SUV because the vehicle is large. While SUVs can offer numerous safety features and benefits, it is important for consumers to recognize that SUVs are more prone to rollover accidents than sedans. In fact, such accidents often result in serious injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, amputations, paralysis and even death.

The Ethics Behind Self-Driving Cars

July 10, 2016

As self-driving cars come closer to becoming a reality, researchers are puzzled over complex issues of morality. Car manufacturers of today must decide what morals their machines should be imprinted with, and who should decide the ethics of cars. Recently, a group of computer scientists and psychologists explored the social dilemma of self-driving cars in a study published in Science magazine. Our car accident lawyers find these paradoxical results could raise more questions for car manufacturers of these futuristic vehicles.

Atlanta Ranks Near Bottom in New National Driver Safety Report

July 07, 2016

A recent annual report was released that ranked the 200 most populous cities in the United States based on driver safety. Safety is based on the average number of years drivers go between accidents and the likelihood of a collision, as compared to other cities. This year, Atlanta was ranked number 184 out of 200, making it one of the most accident-prone cities. Drivers in the city are involved in a car accident approximately every 7.1 years and are 40 percent more likely to be in an accident than drivers are nationally. Unfortunately, Atlanta has fallen five points since last year, indicating that accidents are becoming more common in the area.

IKEA Recalls 36 Million Chests and Dressers Due to Child Deaths

July 06, 2016

Popular furniture company IKEA has recalled nearly 36 million chests and dressers across the United States and Canada. The chests and dressers are linked to at least six deaths, though the company claims their products are safe if anchored to the wall. The recall covers six different models of MALM chests and dressers manufactured between the years 2002 and 2016, along with 100 other furniture families which the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission believes could topple over if not secured, posing a serious threat to young children.

Georgia Car Accident Lawyer Discusses Fatal Accident Where Young Girl Was Not Wearing Seatbelt

July 04, 2016

A recent accident near the Florida-Georgia border has reminded us that seatbelts save lives. Any accident involving serious injury or death is tragic, but when an accident results in the death of a child, the agony can be even worse, especially for the child's parents and siblings. A family of seven is coping with the tragic loss of their 12-year-old daughter after being involved in an accident where everyone in the family's vehicle was wearing a seatbelt or was in a child restraint, except for the young girl. The family's Chevrolet Suburban was struck by a Toyota Corolla that had veered off the inside shoulder of a highway. After the Corolla struck the Suburban, the SUV flipped and hit a guardrail. The young girl was ejected from the vehicle during the horrifying collision and subsequently lost her life.

Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys Offer 4th of July Safety Tips

July 04, 2016

The Fourth of July is a time for celebrations, often involving fireworks, barbeques, trips to the beach, and other festivities. At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Atlanta personal injury attorneys want you to enjoy this summer holiday, but also stay safe. The 4th presents a number of dangers to adults and children alike. The following is a look at some safety tips offered by the Red Cross that could protect you and your family this upcoming 4th of July:

Driver Charged in Tragic Georgia Accident that Caused the Death of a Young Father

July 02, 2016

Criminal conduct coupled with negligent driving can cause needless car accidents that leave innocent victims injured or killed. Whatever the reason may be, many accidents are the result of criminal behavior. A recent accident that tragically left a young father dead is just one example. As a 26-year-old man was traveling down a city street, his Monte Carlo was struck by a Dodge Challenger traveling at more than 100 miles per hour. The impact was so extreme that it tore the young man's vehicle in half, resulting in a fiery explosion.

Bus Hit By Tractor-Trailer in Florida Killing 5 and Injuring 5

July 02, 2016

Date Published: July 2, 2016
By: Jason Saltzman, Associate Attorney

TALLAHASSEE, FL, (THE CANADIAN PRESS) - Twenty-five people were recently injured, with five additional people killed, when an outdated bus that was carrying farmworkers was hit by a tractor-trailer. The two vehicles then erupted in flames. The incident occurred at the crossroads of a highway intersection up in the Florida Panhandle.

The bus, owned and operated by the Blue Bird company, was travelling with approximately thirty-four adults and children when it sped through a blinking red light and also a stop sign. This was the moment that the tractor-trailer collided with the bus.

Officer Charlie Creel, Sherriff for Wakulla County, called the accident "one of the worst he's seen in several decades in law enforcement".

The Sherriff also described the crash as "very horrendous".

Officer Creel, interviewed by The Associated Press by telephone, mentioned that one of the passengers on the bus was a small child. The driver of the tractor-trailer, Gordon Sheets of Copiague, New York, also tragically perished in the collision.

Sherriff Creel described the bus as a retired school bus model constructed back in 1979. It first struck the tractor-trailer behind the door on the driver's side and then after it spun on the roadway, hit it again as both vehicles were heading off of the road. This is when both came to stop just under a power line.

The scene was described as a gruesome and chaotic situation. The bus was on fire when officers arrived.

Sherriff's deputies attempted to rescue as many victims as they could until the bus burst into flames. The fire then quickly spread through the bus and they were required to stop. Fatalities would likely have been much greater if officers did not work as hard as they did in their rescue attempt.

Both vehicle fires burned out on their own due to the resting spot being located against a power line pole with live wires hanging down. Water could not be used to extinguish the fire at this point. By the time the power was cut, the fire was already out.

The accident occurred along US-98, which straddles the coast along the Gulf of Mexico. The bus was travelling from Bainbridge in south Georgia to Belle Glade, Florida.

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Excessive Speed Accidents in Georgia

July 01, 2016

Recently, a man was killed in a two-car accident involving excessive speed in Smyrna. The crash occurred when a 2009 Dodge Challenger was driving over 100 miles per hour on Windy Hill Road. It collided with a 1979 Chevrolet Monte Carlo at about 1:24 a.m. The high speeds involved resulted in a fiery crash that split the Monte Carlo in half. The driver of this vehicle was tragically killed instantly, while the driver and passenger within the Challenger sustained injuries. This crash is one of many involving excessive speed to occur in the Atlanta area.

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