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Blog Archive - August, 2016

31 Articles

Accidents Resulting from Confusing Digital Transmission Shift System

August 31, 2016

Shifting your vehicle into park might seem like a basic concept, but some would argue that a new technology that involves digital replacements has made this process counterintuitive. A vehicle with a traditional automatic transmission system is based on the gear selector being shifted into the park, neutral, reverse, or drive position. Drivers who have been operating a vehicle with this system for years might not even need to look at the indicator when shifting in and out of gear. Our attorneys want to call attention to this new technology, referred to as "e-shift," which has been blamed for over a hundred recent auto accidents.

Georgia Car Accidents Caused by Unlicensed Drivers

August 30, 2016

While most Georgia drivers recognize that there is a risk of being hit by a motorist who is texting on a cell phone or driving too fast, you might not consider the possibility you will be hit by a motorist with no driver's license. However, one out of every seven (14.8 percent) auto collisions in the United States is caused by a driver without a valid license according to a report entitled, "Unlicensed to Kill," sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The report also indicates that unlicensed drivers cause 8,400 traffic fatalities annually. In this blog article, our Clayton County car accident lawyers discuss this problem and the legal options available to victims of unlicensed drivers.

Fatal School Bus Crash in Lowndes County Georgia

August 30, 2016

Date Published: August, 29, 2016
By: Jason Saltzman, Associate Attorney

Lownes County, Ga., (WALB) - It was reported by WALB on August 29, 2016, a semi tractor-trailer hauling a load of beams collided with a bus filled with school children on I-75 in Lowndes County.

A 15-year-old girl from Valdosta was transported to South Georgia Medical Center following the collision. She tragically passed away from her injuries later that day.

The Freightliner semi was being driven by a 58 year old man from Illinois. The metal beams and the tractor-trailer struck the rear door of the bus on the driver's side.

The school bus driver, a woman from Valdosta, suffered a leg injury, which was treated at South Georgia Medical Center.

The commercial truck driver suffered no injuries.

Thirteen students were taken to SGMC for their wounds. Private vehicles took six other children to the same hospital.

The Lowndes County School System released the following statement after the accident:

State Patrol stated that the incident was located at mile point 16 on Interstate 75 on the southbound side.

Bus 0908 from the Lowndes County school system was transporting its high school students to the middle school when the incident occurred with the tractor-trailer.

All students who suffered no injuries were being transported to Lowndes Middle School so that they could be picked up by their parents.

The Lowndes County School system is making counselors, social workers and other staff available to students, teachers, and administration in the days ahead.

The wreck continues to be under investigation. It will be determined whether charges will be filed after the inquiry is completed.

Why someone needs a lawyer after an accident

If you were recently involved in a car accident and are unsure how to properly protect your rights and proceed with filing a claim, a car accident attorney can help. Do not take a chance on losing your case and thousands of dollars. Depending on the facts of what happened as well as the applicable law, an attorney can take the necessary steps to help you receive the compensation you deserve for your out-of-pocket expenses, lost income, medical treatment, and more. Deciding to have a legal professional by your side after a car accident is a smart move and can give you the confidence and comfort you need after enduring something as stressful as a car accident.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Car Accidents Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries

August 29, 2016

Although the media and a recent motion picture have focused on traumatic brain injuries caused by contact sports such as football, motor vehicle accidents constitute a more common cause of head injuries that result in traumatic brain damage. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1.7 million people in the U.S. suffer traumatic brain injuries each year. Since 17.3 percent of these TBIs result from motor vehicle collisions, approximately 294,100 people per year suffer a brain injury in vehicle crashes. In this blog, our Cobb County personal injury lawyers answer frequently asked questions about TBIs experienced in auto accidents.

Pokémon Go Causes Driver to Slam into Police Car

August 28, 2016

Many people have already become aware of the negative consequences associated with this summer's fad – Pokémon Go. Not only has a young man driven into a school building in Australia while playing Pokémon Go, but here in the United States, a man recently slammed into the back of a Baltimore police vehicle while playing the game on his cell phone. Upon hitting the police vehicle, the man continued to drive until a police officer on foot was able to get the man's attention. According to the report, nobody was injured in this accident, but the outcome could have been much worse.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Georgia Dram Shop Lawsuits

August 27, 2016

A negligent driver is the most common defendant in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit arising from an motor vehicle accident. However, this option becomes problematic when the other driver has no insurance. Even if a drunk driver carries minimum liability coverage under Georgia law, which is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per occurrence, these limits will often be woefully inadequate if you have suffered severe injuries, or multiple victims were injured. Commercial establishments such as restaurants, bars, resorts, hotels, and clubs that sell alcohol can be liable for injuries and fatalities caused by their patrons under certain circumstances. The liability of a business that serves alcohol can be important to a drunk driving case because business establishments generally tend to have a large amount of insurance coverage. In this blog article, our Atlanta drunk driving attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorney at Law, answer common questions about dram shop lawsuits in Georgia.

Drunk Driving Accident Involving Ferris Wheel

August 26, 2016

Accidents can sometimes occur in the most unexpected ways. A recent drunk driving accident involving a Ferris Wheel caught onlookers and law enforcement officials by surprise at a Rogers City, Michigan festival. A man was driving 80 miles per hour (which was more than 50 miles per hour over the speed limit) when he slammed into a parked van near a Ferris Wheel. The impact then caused the unoccupied parked van to slam into the Ferris Wheel, moving the ride nearly five or six feet.

Safety Concerns Trump the Competitive Costs of Uber and Lyft

August 25, 2016

The taxicab industry has led the charge against ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. While taxi companies clearly have an agenda for opposing this transportation alternative, the popularity of these alternatives to cabs and limousines merits a consideration of the process used to screen their drivers. While Lyft and Uber differ regarding the details of their operations, both companies offer the convenience of cell phone booking and affordable cost. Government officials in some states have begun evaluating whether these services pose a significant threat to public safety. Critics contend that the massive number of people permitted to drive for Uber or Lyft makes the risk of incomplete background investigations high, which allows unsafe candidates to slip through the cracks. In this blog, our Cobb County car accident lawyers examine recent concerns about the screening process being applied to the tens of thousands of drivers of ridesharing services.

Forsyth Man Dies Following Workplace Accident at Monroe County Wastewater Treatment Plant

August 24, 2016

A recent workplace accident left one Forsyth man with fatal injuries, tragically losing his life shortly after arriving at a nearby Macon hospital. According to a news report, as the worker was sawing pipes in a ditch at a wastewater treatment plant, as he had done thousands of times before, a chop saw gashed the worker's neck. Additional details about how and why the incident happened are not currently available, and a more extensive investigation should shed light on how this workplace accident occurred. Perhaps it was a freak accident that was not necessarily preventable, or perhaps there was machinery that was malfunctioning, among many other possibilities. An investigation should help to answer these questions to rule out certain causes of the accident.

School Bus Driver Faces Jail Time for Causing Accident While Downloading Messenger App

August 23, 2016

As parents, we want to trust that school bus drivers will do everything to can to make sure children are safe on school buses. Some people may recall a school bus accident that occurred last year when a school bus driver crashed into a tree while downloading a messenger application called "Kik." According to a news report, the woman driving the school bus was recently found guilty of criminal charges that may land her in jail for a significant number of years. The woman's sentencing will be determined at a future hearing.

Important Information about Knee and Leg Injury Risk in Auto Collisions

August 22, 2016

Auto accidents cause injuries to approximately 2.35 million people annually in the United States, according to the Association for Safe Internation Road Travel (ASIRT). Many vehicle occupants suffer serious injuries to the leg and knee. When suffering any injury, crash victims should seek immediate medical care, an accurate diagnosis to confirm a full understanding of their injuries, and a prognosis. Prompt medical diagnosis and treatment will both contribute to your medical recovery as well as document your injury. Because the lower extremities are among the parts of the human body most often injured in a crash, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers have provided the following information crash victims should know in the event they suffer injuries to their leg(s) or knee(s) in an auto accident.

Jury Finds Grocery Store and Employee Responsible for Death of Woman in Parking Lot Accident

August 21, 2016

Many parking lot accidents involve fender benders or grazing the side of another car when pulling in or backing out of a parking spot, among other minor collisions. Nobody expects to see a catastrophic car accident occur in any parking lot, but that's exactly what happened nearly four years ago in Gretna, Louisiana shortly before Thanksgiving. A recent $1.4 million trial verdict found that a grocery store itself, as well as the store's employee, were responsible for the tragic death of an 85-year-old woman in 2012. 

Georgia Man Dies Following Single-Vehicle Log Trucking Accident

August 20, 2016

A Georgia man tragically lost his life as a result of a single-vehicle trucking accident in Harris County. As the log truck was traveling on Lick Skillet Road near GA 219, the truck driver swerved off the road and plummeted down thirty-five feet from a cliff. There are no details on what specifically may have caused or contributed to the cause of this terrible accident. The fact that no other vehicles were involved in the accident should help investigators to narrow down the potential cause(s) of the accident.

Sleep-Deprived Driving Has Reached Epidemic Proportions – Is There a Solution?

August 19, 2016

Although sleep-deprived driving has long been a serious issue, the magnitude of the problem has now reached an epidemic level. While statistical data on accidents caused by sleep-deprived drivers can be difficult to quantify, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 328,000 collisions each year are caused by drowsiness, which includes 100,000 injury accidents and 6,400 fatality crashes. The organization also indicates that over-tired motorists account for one in five fatal accidents. While a recent symposium conducted by Harvard Medical School entitled "Asleep at the Wheel" suggested that self-driving vehicles might offer a solution, this long-term approach was not considered an adequate answer in the short-term. At the symposium, presenters pointed out that even if we had a perfectly functioning autonomous car on the market today, the technology would take thirty years to fill our roads and highways. Participants also noted that the problem could no longer be solved with small incremental steps.

Reducing the Number of Walking Injuries and Fatalities in Georgia

August 18, 2016

While pedestrian safety has long been an issue in the large cities of Georgia, including the Atlanta-metro area, the U.S. experienced a ten percent rise in pedestrian collision deaths from 2014 to 2015. The concern associated with this news is compounded by a report from the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) that indicates that pedestrian fatalities constituted fifteen percent of traffic-related fatalities during the same period. Based on the GHSA report, pedestrian fatalities constitute the highest percentage of the total number of traffic-related deaths in a quarter century. Our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers laud recent efforts to make Atlanta roadways safer for people who walk, jog, and run.

Vehicle Defect Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Anton Yelchin Death

August 17, 2016

Fans of the recent "Star Trek" movie franchise were shocked last year when actor Anton Yelchin died in a fatal crash right outside his home. The young actor had just climbed out of his Jeep Cherokee when he was crushed according to news reports. His vehicle reportedly pinned him against a security gate and brick wall outside his home when it rolled backward after he exited the vehicle. In this article, our Atlanta defective vehicle lawyers examine Yelchin's parents' recently filed wrongful death lawsuit against manufacturer ZF North America, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and the car dealership, Auto Nation, which sold the vehicle.

Limitations of Human Perception Can Increase Rider’s Accident Risk

August 16, 2016

Whether you are riding your motorcycle to work, school, or a weekend outing, every ride poses a potential disaster. Motorcyclists provide a difficult-to-see obstacle that drivers behind the wheel of passenger vehicles and commercial trucks can collide with before their brain registers the rider's presence. Because our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represent many riders hit by negligent drivers, we know that the relatively small size of a motorcycle is a key factor in many crashes.

Reducing Drowsy Driving Crashes in Georgia

August 15, 2016

Traffic safety advocate opinions diverge widely on how to attack the drowsy driving crisis. While the National Sleep Foundation advocates broader laws that prohibit sleep-deprived driving, other groups contend that addressing the problem with legislation might be inadequate because of enforcement challenges. Although drowsy driving laws may not result in many prosecutions, advocates of the approach point out that distracted driving laws have had an impact on motorist behavior. Although few people are prosecuted or convicted under distracted driving statutes, a 2014 study published in the American Public Health Association journal revealed that states with primary enforcement distracted driving laws average approximately three percent fewer traffic fatalities. In other words, laws that prohibit unsafe driving practices can have an impact on public behavior that reaches beyond the actual risk of prosecution.

Tesla “Autopilot” Crash Should Raise Concerns about Safety of Self-Driving Vehicles

August 14, 2016

Public safety experts and the auto industry have lauded self-driving cars as a major step forward in roadway safety. However, a recent fatal crash involving a Tesla operating on "autopilot" has reignited the debate regarding the safety of autonomous driving vehicles. The deadly crash demonstrates that self-driving cars will likely not prevent all accidents. In this article, our car accident lawyers  investigate some types of circumstances in which self-driving vehicles may not be able to prevent an accident.

NTSB Supports Making Auto Crash Avoidance Systems Standard Feature

August 13, 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has advocated that automakers be required to make crash avoidance systems a standard feature in all new vehicles sold throughout the U.S. The federal regulatory agency has issued this recommendation several times in recent years. According to the NTSB, the move to make crash avoidance systems universal would prevent thousands of crash-related deaths annually. Because many crashes are caused by distracted, intoxicated, or drowsy drivers, our Atlanta car accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, agree that widespread use of anti-crash technology could dramatically scale back crashes caused by these types of factors.

Sleep Apnea Screening for Overweight Commercial Truck Drivers Blocked

August 12, 2016

Douglas Bader, an Illinois State Trooper, sat in his squad car with the lights flashing when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer, causing his vehicle to burst into flames. Balder had stopped to deal with a big-rig that had stalled in the right traffic lane. Both a bright yellow tollway assistance vehicle and a tow truck also were stopped, making the scene obvious to approaching vehicles. The patrol car flashers were activated, and flares were positioned behind the vehicles. The tollway truck also was positioned behind the vehicles while flashing a large blinking arrow and amber hazard lights. Despite this obvious traffic obstacle on the side of the road, the driver of a flatbed big rig slammed into the patrol car at 63 miles per hour. The investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) subsequently revealed that the truck driver was falling asleep. The gas truck of the patrol car exploded, and Bader suffered severe burns over a third of his body.

New Report Indicating 45 Million Vehicles Subject to Recalls Remain Unrepaired

August 11, 2016

Although traffic safety has many dimensions, vehicle maintenance constitutes an important part of reducing the risk of serious traffic accidents. If you change your oil, rotate your tires, replace your brake pads, and check all fluids, your vehicle may still pose a serious safety risk according to a recent NBC report. The report indicates that approximately one in six licensed motorists in the U.S. drives a motor vehicle that has an outstanding safety recall issue. In other words, 45 million vehicles traveling U.S. roadways have a product defect serious enough to merit a recall of the vehicle... and they remain uncorrected. If this is not alarming enough, the number of vehicles constituting disasters waiting to happen could be much higher because J.D. Power and Associates' reports that tracking compliance rates on older recalls presents a serious challenge. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers want to call attention to this issue because many vehicle owners have no idea they are driving an unsafe vehicle.

Shortcomings That Undermine the Effectiveness of Safety Programs

August 09, 2016

Although articles published on this blog often explore attempts by trucking companies and their drivers to cut corners to minimize costs and increase profits, many responsible commercial carriers recognize that big-rig crashes often cause debilitating injuries and fatalities. The person that suffers serious injury in a trucking accident usually will be someone other than the tractor-trailer driver because of the weight disparity between a big-rig and a passenger car. When commercial carriers fail to comply with safety regulations, our trucking accident lawyers remind injury victims that trucking companies can be financially responsible for injuries incurred by crash victims.

Benefits of Modifying Georgia Seatbelt Law to Prevent Auto Collision Fatalities

August 08, 2016

While some people consider mandatory seatbelt laws as an infringement of personal liberty imposed by the nanny state, a recent Atlanta Constitution Journal (AJC) editorial suggested Georgia should update its seatbelt restrictions. Although Georgia and a majority of states do not compel adult occupants in the back seat to buckle up, the AJC editorial suggests that the legislature should adopt the position of the majority of other states, which requires all vehicle occupants to wear a seatbelt. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, recognize the merits of the position taken by the writer of the editorial in promoting public safety and making Georgia roadways safer.

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers Provide Overview of Herniated Disc Injuries

August 07, 2016

Our Car Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have seen a broad range of motor vehicle accidents and injuries during our three decades representing auto collision victims. Although there are many injuries that a vehicle occupant could suffer in a crash, herniated disc injuries are among the most common types of debilitating injuies. NOTE: In this blog article, we will provide an overview of general information regarding herniated disc injuries in the context of personal injury claims.  None of the information contained herein should be construed as medical advice and, if you believe you are suffering from any type of spinal injury, you should consult a medical doctor.

Potential Fatal Flaw Associated with Some Keyless Entry Systems

August 06, 2016

Vehicle manufacturers are constantly looking to create new features that make them more appealing to consumers. While many motorists flock to innovations like keyless ignition systems, these features, which offer convenience or novelty, often come at a significant price in terms of occupant safety. Many consumers have purchased vehicles with keyless ignition systems that allow the vehicle to be turned off by pushing a button on a fob. Our Fulton County Car Accident Lawyers recently discussed a report from NBC News that highlights the inherent danger associated with some keyless ignition systems.

Law Requiring Car Rental Agencies to Repair Defects before Leasing Vehicles

August 05, 2016

Raechel Houck and her sister Jacqueline, who were both in their early twenties, rented a PT Cruiser from Enterprise and headed off on a five-hour trek to their mother's home. Midway through their journey, smoke flooded the passenger compartment, and Rachel Houck lost control of the car. The PT Cruiser crossed over a median and collided head-on into a tractor-trailer. Tragically, the sisters both died in the horrific crash caused by a defective power steering hose that had not been repaired before the vehicle was rented to them.  This blog article discusses a new federal law which is designed to prevent such tragedies in the future.

Have You Been Told Your Car is Totaled Following Your Auto Accident?

August 04, 2016

Automobile accidents can be extremely frustrating.  Unfortunately, following an accident, the "fate" of your vehicle is, many times, in the hands of others and as such, remains unknown. Some research indicates that from 12-15% of all vehicle appraisals following an auto accident result in a total loss. What this means for most of us, is that we stand a one in seven chance of having our car deemed "totaled" following an accident.

Auto Defects Can Cause Serious Car Collisions in Georgia

August 03, 2016

Consumers may unwittingly be driving a vehicle with a defect whenever they rent a car while on a business trip or vacation. By law, a car dealer cannot sell you a vehicle which is under a safety recall, however it is apparently permitted to rent that same defective car to an unsuspecting consumer. A bill known as the Raechel and Jacqueline Houck Safe Rental Car Act of 2013, which addresses this specific issue was reintroduced and referred to committee on April 30, 2015. This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on April 30, 2015, which will consider it before potentially sending it on to the House or Senate as a whole. The two people the bill was named after were killed in 2004 while driving a recalled rental car, which had been issued for a power steering hose that risked catching fire. The hose did, in fact, catch fire in the rental car the sisters were driving, causing them to collide head-on into a truck, tragically killing them both.

Do Truck Drivers on Georgia Highways Get Enough Sleep?

August 02, 2016

Trucking accounts for a large portion of interstate commerce. Consumers rely on truckers to deliver food and commodities that Georgia citizens need every day. Most truck drivers travel the roadways safely.  However, there is a growing concern that truckers are simply not getting enough sleep, which is leading to serious accidents causing injuries and death. Currently, truckers are not supposed to be on duty for more than 14 consecutive hours. During the 14 hour period, they may drive no more than 11 hours at one time without sleeping. Moreover, truckers must have at least 10 consecutive hours of sleep before they can begin their next driving shift.

Five Steps to Help Prevent Parking Lot Accidents

August 01, 2016

This is the time of year when millions of people flock to grocery stores, department stores and malls to go shopping for their summer vacation needs or back to school supplies. Along with this surge in traffic comes the risk of parking lot accidents. These types of accidents occur all the time, but are much more prevalent during the busy summer months and just before the school year begins. It is understandable that with the hot weather, people want to find the closest parking spots available to avoid being outside for more than a few minutes. However, many parking lot accidents occur when people are fighting  parking spots and not paying attention to their surroundings.

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