Blog Archive - March, 2017


62 Articles

First Week Of Spring Reminds Drivers The Sun's Rays Are Getting Stronger

March 31, 2017

Drivers should be aware of the potential for the problems solar glare creates. The rising and setting sun can blind a driver. A blinded driver endangers everyone around them, including themselves. Fighting the sun can be risky. Drivers must learn how to handle the blinding sun and safely. Montlick & Associates has represented thousands of auto accident victims in Georgia and throughout the Southeastern United States. Consider choosing Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law to represent you or a loved one who suffered injuries as a result of another driver's negligence.

I-85 Fire Causes Bridge Collapse

March 30, 2017

A bridge on I-85 northbound near Piedmont Road and south of Georgia 400 collapsed at approximately 7:00 pm on Thursday night, as the fire crews battled a massive fire, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Heavy black smoke could be seen for miles as all lanes on the interstate were blocked.  At this time, we do not know what caused the fire, but Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) sprung into action.  

Tragedy In Gwinnett County: Toddler Killed In Rural Neighborhood

March 30, 2017

A toddler who was supposed to turn two years old next month tragically died in a suspected hit and run collision in Gwinnett County. The accident happened on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, around 4 pm. Law enforcement investigators were unsure of the identity of the driver of the car and were unsure whether the driver fled the scene. Police conducted an investigation to determine exactly what happened.

Dogs and Car Accidents: When Unrestrained Dogs Cause Car Crashes

March 30, 2017

When we think about dog owners being responsible for the actions of their dogs, the scenario that most likely comes to mind is that of a dog biting or attacking a person. We have an image of aggressive dogs that someone has failed to train, or has mistreated resulting in the animal becoming dangerous, or even that the dog is just of a breed that might have aggressive tendencies. However, even a docile animal can cause injuries to people, even in an entirely unintentional way. When dogs run into the street, they can lead to car accidents, which in turn can cause property damage, and even injuries to humans.

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Doors On Popular Pickup Truck Are Defective

March 29, 2017

The purchaser of one of Ford Motor Company's bestselling vehicles recently filed a class action lawsuit against Ford. The lawsuit alleges that the F-150's doors and locks do not function properly. The lawsuit claims that the doors will not lock when the temperature falls below freezing. Ford has encountered issues with other vehicle models whose doors and locks do not properly operate. These door malfunctions can endanger the driver and passengers of the F-150. You should return to the dealer with your vehicle if you are experiencing similar problems.

Florida State Trooper Suffered Life-Threatening Injuries After Being Struck By A Vehicle During Car Stop

March 29, 2017

A Florida State Trooper conducting a motor vehicle stop on the Dolphin Expressway near Miami, FL suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by an out of control car. The Miami Herald reported that the trooper was in stable condition and must undergo several surgeries. This tragic accident is another reminder of how dangerous working roadside is for people. The Southeastern personal injury lawyers at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law remind all motorists to be aware of dangers lurking on the side of the road.

Southeast Auto Accident Attorneys Remind Drivers To Use Caution When Approaching Intersections

March 28, 2017

One person was killed, and four others were seriously injured in an early morning crash in Miami, according to the Miami Herald. The crash happened at the intersection of Northwest Third Avenue and Fifth Street. The collision involved a BMW SUV style vehicle and a pickup truck, killing a passenger in the BMW. The cause of the accident remains under investigation. This crash serves as a tragic reminder that intersections can be seriously dangerous. 

U.S. Department Of Transportation Targets Young Male Drivers With Ad Campaign

March 28, 2017

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) commenced a public relations and advertising campaign designed to deter male drivers from trying to cut in front of trains. The ad slogan conveys its message abruptly and cogently. The phrase, "Stop! Trains can't" powerfully proves the point succinctly. The U.S. DOT targeted the males 18-49 with the ads, which will run in the 15 states which have the most dangerous railroad crossings and 75 percent of all train collisions. Many significant and complicated legal issues arise when a person is injured or killed in a collision with a train. If you were injured in a collision with a train or lost a loved one in such an accident, then you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law to learn about your legal rights and options.

Why Did A 4-Year-Old Boy Die at The Dentist?

March 27, 2017

A routine dental procedure took the life of a 4-year-old boy in Washington State last week. The boy's mother wants to know what happened. According to Foxnews.com, the boy was on the autism spectrum. His mother took him to a dentist in Vancouver that specializes in treating child patients who suffer from various developmental disabilities. The autopsy and toxicology reports will not be completed for some time. Meanwhile, the heartbroken family waits for answers.

Knowing The Rules Of The Road Will Help You Drive Safer

March 27, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Advises That Knowing The Rules Of The Road Will Help You Drive Safer

Georgia law has many rules in place to make driving safer for the public. Some of the laws may seem random or unnecessary. However, every driver must follow them. Failing to adhere to the law can have adverse consequences. The obvious result is being cited for breaking the law. Law enforcement officers in Georgia have the responsibility to enforce the state's traffic laws. Not only will the motorist face a possible court appearance with a fine or a potential jail sentence for breaking the traffic laws, but the motorist could also face collateral problems like license suspension and additional points on vehicle insurance.

Child Breaks Skull After Falling Out Of Nurse's Arms

March 26, 2017

A young Canadian mother has expressed interest in pursuing legal action against a nurse who dropped her child. The baby fell out of the nurse's arms while the nurse was feeding the child. However, the mother alleges that the nurse fell asleep while feeding the baby and dropped the child, resulting in the infant sustaining a fractured skull. The baby's mother wants answers as to how this could have happened.

What are your rights if your child was involved in a school bus accident?

March 26, 2017

2016 was a terrible year for school bus crashes in DeKalb County. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that Dekalb County school buses averaged 1.2 accidents per day. In total, county school buses were in 432 accidents in 2016. That number is much higher than all other Atlanta-area school districts and DeKalb County Bus crashes happen with alarming regularity considering the school year is 180 days long.

Does Working Longer Hours Endanger Patients?

March 25, 2017

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) will allow first-year resident physicians to see patients 24 hours per day, for up to 80 hours per week starting July 1, 2017. In 2011, ACGME limited the number of hours a first-year resident could see patients to 16 hours per day. ACGME restricted the patient time to 16 hours out of a concern that fatigued trainee physicians would be mistake prone. ACGME now claims that the restrictions it imposed in 2011 made no significant contribution to patient care.

Work Zones And Lane Closures: A Dangerous Combination For Workers And Motorists

March 25, 2017

Continued progress is valuable to the community, even if it comes at a major inconvenience at first. As we approach the first day of Spring, 2017, construction projects abound. The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) recently announced additional lane closures as "Transform 285/400" marches on, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The right and left lanes will be closed in an alternating fashion from night to night on I-285 Westbound. The DOT will keep the lanes closed from 8 pm to 6 am. Additionally, one lane of I-285 East will be closed during the same hours.

Controversial Stem Cell Procedure Robs Three Women Of Sight

March 24, 2017

Three older women were blinded shortly after undergoing a controversial stem cell replacement therapy designed to alleviate the symptoms of macular degeneration, according to the Miami Herald,. The three women, aged 72, 77, and 78 respectively, suffered varying degrees of blindness. Even after one year, the womens' vision had not returned. One was totally blind, and the others were left with 20/200 vision. The medical malpractice attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law want their clients in the Southeastern portion of the U.S. to be leery of controversial, unproven, and risky medical procedures.

Deadly I-95 Accident Proves That Speed And Alcohol Are A Lethal Combination

March 24, 2017

Recently, a 39-year-old Rhode Island man was killed instantly in a motor vehicle crash on Interstate 95 in southeastern Massachusetts. The victim was a passenger in a cab and riding in the back seat when the driver of the other vehicle slammed into the rear of the taxi. Both drivers were not seriously injured. The crash happened around 1 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Massachusetts State Police arrested and charged the other driver with criminal offenses relating to the incident. This tragic case is a stark reminder how dangerous drunk driving can be. We at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law are advocate for people injured and the families of those killed by drunk drivers.

Atlanta Auto Accident Attorney Asks: What Can You Learn About Safe Driving From UPS?

March 23, 2017

UPS employs 102,000 drivers nationwide and 2,195 full-time drivers in Georgia, according to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article. Among those drivers, 9,000 have gone 25 years or longer without an avoidable auto accident. One driver has worked for 54 years without a preventable auto accident, while another has driven 42 years without being involved in an avoidable collision. Given all of the miles logged annually by UPS drivers, driving so far for so long is a remarkable feat. UPS' safety record is something from which every driver in Georgia can learn.

One Child Killed, One Maimed While Walking To Bus Stop By Vicious Dogs

March 23, 2017

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported recently that one child was killed and another severely wounded by two dogs that had broken free from their owner. The child who tragically succumbed to his injuries was only six years old and the girl who suffered grievous head and facial injuries is five years old. Moreover, the attacking dogs were mixed breed pit-bulls. Georgia dog bite law is a complex area of the law, one that requires the help of skilled and knowledgeable attorneys to represent the victims of dog bites.

Recent Deaths Underscore The Potential Dangers Of Cosmetic Surgery

March 22, 2017

A 25-year-old woman from Kansas City, MO died at a Miami-Dade cosmetic surgery clinic within the last week according to the Miami Herald. The woman traveled to the clinic to have a procedure known as the "Brazilian Butt Lift" performed on her. This woman is the second in a month to perish from complications due to cosmetic surgery in Miami-Dade County. She is also the second woman in a year to die after seeking cosmetic treatment at this particular treatment facility. While every surgery presents some risks, the Southeastern U.S. medical malpractice attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law advise their clients to thoroughly research the physician, the clinic, and the potential complications that could arise from cosmetic surgery.

Strict Liability for Personal Injuries

March 22, 2017

In most personal injury cases, if an individual is injured and wants to recover damages from someone they believe is responsible for their injuries, they will have to show that the responsible party was negligent. Proving negligence will require that the person owed the injured person a duty to behave reasonably under the circumstances and that the injury suffered was caused by a breach of that duty. There are certain circumstances, though, where someone might be held responsible for another person's injury, even if they did not act in a way that would be considered negligent or where their actions would otherwise not lead to fault. These circumstances fall under the area of "strict liability." 

Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Medical Malpractice And Childbirth

March 21, 2017

The birth of a child can be a wonderful, exciting, and highly anticipated event in a person's life. The anticipation of the new arrival skyrockets as baby's due date approaches. Families conspire to shower the expectant mother with gifts designed to ease the financial burden of the newest addition. The parents eagerly await the child's arrival by assembling the gifts, making accommodations, and preparing for the big day. Usually, everything goes according to plan.

Scenarios That Could Impact Your Ability to Recover Damages After a Car Accident

March 21, 2017

Driving is a normal part of modern life. It is something many of us do most days or every day. It is also common to be a passenger in the car of a friend, family member or colleague. But what happens if you are a passenger in a car and get into an accident? If you are injured, who is responsible for your damages? In the vast majority of cases, passengers are clearly not responsible for an accident that they were injured in. Most of the time, the driver of the car you are riding in, or the driver of another car will be found negligent, and therefore liable to you for your injuries. Sometimes, however, despite the fact that the passenger clearly had no part in the cause of the accident, he or she will still be caught up in the dispute over liability as the drivers argue over who bears the bulk of the responsibility for the collision. And in some rare situations, passengers might not be totally off the hook for liability either.

 

Georgia Car Accident Questions

March 21, 2017

Every year in the United States, millions of people are injured in car accidents. Many accidents also occur with no injuries, but significant property damage. With the great frequency of which car accidents take place, it is important to know a bit about what you should do if you find yourself in one.

Holding Employers Accountable for their Employees’ Actions: Respondeat Superior

March 20, 2017

Imagine you are driving down the road, and you are suddenly rear ended by a large van. Your car is a wreck, and you suffered serious whiplash and a broken nose as a result of the collision. The accident clearly was not your fault.  But who is responsible for the damage to your car, your medical bills, and your pain and suffering? The obvious answer would be that the driver of the van is responsible. If that van was painted with the logo of a national corporation, would that make any difference? In many cases, it would.

Georgia Spinal Cord Injury Attorneys Discuss Rehabilitation From Spinal Cord Injury

March 19, 2017

Spinal Cord Injuries Are Life-Altering Events For The Victims And Their Families

Atlanta's Shepherd Center is a rehabilitation facility reknown for its treatment of people suffering from spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury. According to the Shepherd Center's latest research, 38% of all spinal injuries may be attributed to motor vehicle accidents. Falls cause an additional 30.5% of spinal cord injuries. Meanwhile, violent acts cause 13% of spinal cord injuries, and sports injuries contribute to them 9% of the time. Interestingly, medical and surgical complications cause 5% of all spinal cord injury. The remaining 4% is left to unattributed causes.

Why Medical Malpractice Cases Can Be So Complicated in Georgia

March 19, 2017

Medical malpractice cases in Georgia are very complex legal matters. The complexity stems from the rigorous requirements of Georgia law to state a claim for medical malpractice. A discussion about the level of complexity underscores the reason why people who were injured or sickened by medical malpractice or families of loved ones who died as a result of medical malpractice need the right lawyers on their side, fighting for their rights and the rights of their loved ones.

Driver Awareness and the Increasing Popularity Of Bicycling

March 18, 2017

Georgia Attorney: As Popularity Of Bicycling Increases So Must Driver Awareness

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the number of people using bicycles to commute to work has risen significantly since 2000. The last United States census confirms that trend as well. As community consciousness grows about air pollution, noise pollution, and traffic congestion, many people are taking to the roads on bicycles. The League of America Bicyclists ranks Georiga right in the middle of the nation in terms of how bicycle-friendly the state may be. Georgia ranks 25th in the nation with nine bicycle-friendly communities, 15 bicycle-friendly businesses, and five bicycle-friendly colleges.

The Georgia legislature recognized the need to improve bicycle safety. Accordingly, the legislature commenced a campaign to increase bicycle safety in the state. The legislature designed the campaign to alert motorists of their responsibility when driving near bicycles as well as bicyclists' obligations when riding on a public street. The following is a list of tips and recommendations to remember when driving near cyclists:

  • A bicycle is to be treated like a motor vehicle under Georgia law. The bicyclist enjoys the same rights to the road as a motor vehicle. Additionally, bicyclists must abide by the same rules of the road as motorists. Therefore, bicyclists must stop at stop signs, signal when turning, and ride on the right side of the road, in addition to following the other rules of the road.
  • Unless the rider is 12 years or younger, they are not permitted to ride on a sidewalk. Even when the road is narrow and provides some difficulty passing a cyclist, the rider must ride on the road surface.
  • To further protect bicycle riders, Georgia passed a law mandating that the operator of a motor vehicle leave three (3) feet between the vehicle and cyclist when passing. The legislature recognized that passing too closely to a rider can cause the rider to crash, leading to serious personal injuries or death.
  • Bicycle riders in bike lanes enjoy the same privileges and rights of way as pedestrians. Drivers must yield to riders in those lanes and may never park in a bike lane. Moreover, a bike lane should never be used to pass another motor vehicle.
  • Drivers must recognize that they must be careful when turning. Bicyclists have the right of way and must be allowed to proceed before turning the car. The Georgia legislature attributes failing to yield while turning to be the primary cause of bicycle crashes in the state. It also cautions motorists to make sure to look to the right when turning right to be certain an intersection is free from approaching bikes. The legislature also recommends waiting before turning left in front of an oncoming cyclist.
  • Drivers are reminded to look for cyclists, especially in low-light conditions. Bicyclists should don reflective clothing and use an attention attracting device such a headlamp or strobe-light designed for cycling.

What Should You Do If You Or A Loved One Was Injured In A Bicycle Accident With A Motorist?

Notify law enforcement of the collision and seek medical attention. It is better to be safe than sorry. A low-speed collision can also cause injuries, especially if the rider fell off the bike, even if wearing a helmet. Law enforcement officers will collect the driver's information, such as name, residential address, and insurance carrier information.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 33 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!

Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over thirty-three years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and 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 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 chat.

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New Orleans Driver's Blood Alcohol Content Was Nearly Three Times The Legal Limit

March 18, 2017

The van driver was arrested for a February 26, 2017, crash that injured 28 people during a parade was highly intoxicated. According to The Times-Picayune of Greater New Orleans, the 25-year-old driver's blood alcohol content was .232 nearly two hours after the crash. That reading is almost three times Louisiana's legal limit of .08% blood alcohol content. Law enforcement officers charged the driver with two counts of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and hit-and-run causing serious injury. The driver's case is still pending in a Louisiana court.

Georgia Attorney: As Popularity Of Bicycling Increases So Must Driver Awareness

March 17, 2017

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), the number of people using bicycles to commute to work has risen significantly since 2000. The last United States census confirms that trend as well. As community consciousness grows about air pollution, noise pollution, and traffic congestion, many people are taking to the roads on bicycles. The League of America Bicyclists ranks Georiga right in the middle of the nation in terms of how bicycle-friendly the state may be. Georgia ranks 25th in the nation with nine bicycle-friendly communities, 15 bicycle-friendly businesses, and five bicycle-friendly colleges.

Side-impact Collisions Or T-Bone Accidents

March 17, 2017

Recently, we've unfortunately noticed a marked increase in the number of drivers who run red-lights (and stop signs). The first few seconds after a light turns red have become the new yellow. Then there is the reverse red-light runner, the one who anticipates that a red light will change to green, the one who gets a glance of the yellow light controlling the perpendicular roadway, and jumps the light change early. In both instances, speed is often a significant contributing factor.

Personal Injury Law in the Southeastern States

March 16, 2017

At Montlick & Associates we take pride in our roles as advocates for individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of the negligent or otherwise wrongful acts of others. We have decades of experience handling a wide range of personal injury claims throughout the Southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Personal injury law encompasses a vast array of legal scenarios. You may have heard of the word "tort." A tort occurs when someone's act or failure to act causes an injury to someone else in a way that is considered a civil wrong, and this is the legal term that describes personal injury cases. Tort cases are not criminal cases, although at times the same actions can result in potential criminal and civil liability for the defendant.

4-Car Crash Causes One Death In Cherokee County, Georgia

March 16, 2017

Law enforcement officers in Cherokee County started an investigation into a fatal crash that occurred Friday, March 10, 2017, around 7:30 p.m, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The Cherokee County Sheriff's Officers said that the accident happened on Hickory Flat Highway. While one person succumbed to injuries suffered in the crash, four others were uninjured in the crash. Another person went to WellStar North Fulton Hospital for treatment.

Car Accident Claims in the Southeastern United States

March 15, 2017

At Montlick and Associates, we have been representing clients in car accident cases for decades. We represent clients located across the Southeastern United States, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Our attorneys serve as fierce advocates for individuals who have suffered injuries as the result of automobile collisions.

Single Car Accidents: When your Collision with an Inanimate Object Wasn't your Fault

March 15, 2017

When we hear about car accidents, the image that likely comes to mind is of two or more vehicles colliding with one another as the result of negligence, icy roads, or another unfortunate incident. But there are other forms of car accidents as well, and they are fairly common. These are the accidents where cars collide with something that was not moving - for instance, a lamppost, a tree, a fence or a building. Of course, if you are the person behind the wheel when your vehicle smashed into a telephone poll, it is pretty difficult to argue that the telephone poll is to blame. And if you were involved in this sort of crash, and caused damages to someone else's property, is it always your fault? The answer is not necessarily. In fact in some situations, someone else might actually be liable to you for your injuries and for the damage to your vehicle.

What to Do After an Accident

March 14, 2017

Personal Injury Cases: I was injured in an accident that wasn't my fault, what should I do?

Personal injury law covers a wide range of scenarios. You may have heard the term "tort." Tort cases are civil in nature, and they often involve situations where an individual was injured by or as a result of the actions or omissions of another person or entity. The classic example would be a car accident, but many other cases fall into this category as well, including product liability cases, where a manufacturer is responsible for the injury, and medical malpractice cases where a medical practitioner has caused harm to a patient. If you were injured by circumstances that were not your fault, but can be attributed to the intentional or negligent actions of someone else, then you might be considering pursuing compensation from the person or entity that was responsible for your injuries.

Car Accidents: Liability in Rear End Collisions in Georgia

March 14, 2017

There are countless ways in which car accidents occur each year in the State of Georgia. Many times car accidents are the result of a driver's failure to operate their vehicle with caution or proper attention. The various factors that can come into play in a car accident can make it challenging to determine who is at fault and who should bear liability for the accident. However, some traffic accidents are not as easy to determine fault as others. Rear end collisions are a type of accidents that fault seems abundantly clear. It would make sense to think that the driver following another car would be automatically held liable if he or she hit the car in front. Further, it would seem that the driver was following too close and should have allowed more space between their car and the car they are following in order to avoid a rear-end accident if something unexpected were to occur. However, even in these simple types of accidents, liability can become a matter of debate. Here are two scenarios in which a driver may rear end someone, and yet manage to dodge some of the responsibility for causing the accident.

What to do if you’ve Been Injured in a Georgia Charter Bus Accident

March 13, 2017

Charter buses, while a convenient and beneficial transportation choice for millions of Americans, are nonetheless vehicles that can be involved in auto accidents. In some cases a bus can strike a pedestrian who walks out from behind a parked vehicle, or, other times a bus driver may start moving the bus before all the passengers are seated, causing a passenger to fall. Bus drivers may also be driving distracted, or texting on their phone instead of watching the road. In some cases, another car swerves into the bus or pulls out in front of it, causing the bus passengers to sustain serious injuries. Whatever the reason for a bus accident, it can be difficult for the injured passengers to receive compensation, since the defendant will likely be a large corporation.

Accidents Caused By Texting and Driving

March 13, 2017

Cell phones have become an unavoidable part of life for many Americans. Even for people who grew up without this technology, it has worked its way into their daily activities and has become a way they keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues throughout the day. As new drivers enter the US roadways, many of new drivers will not even remember a time without cell phones. The unfortunate result on the road is that there are more than a million cell phone related car accidents in a year. And even though we all have heard how dangerous it is to text and drive, many people, especially teenagers and other young people still believe that they can drive safely while texting. In a response to this relatively new danger on the roads, states have started to create laws banning individuals from texting, and in some cases, using their cell phones at all while they are behind the wheel. Currently, there are 46 states that have laws banning people from texting while driving, and D.C., Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam all have laws against texting as well.

What to do if you’ve Been Involved in a Cruise Ship Accident

March 12, 2017

You may have dreamt for years about taking a cruise, and when you finally realized that dream, perhaps your carefully planned out and saved-for vacation ends up unforgettable —for all the wrong reasons. Accidents aboard a cruise ship can be very frightening due to the isolation from all that is familiar to you. You are likely hundreds of miles from home, and not even remotely close to a modern hospital when you or a family member are unexpectedly injured, leaving you feeling very vulnerable and wondering who you can turn to for help.

Motorcycle Product Liability Cases in Georgia

March 12, 2017

Motorcycles offer riders a unique experience, fueled by the thrill and freedom of riding on two wheels. Of course, those who choose to travel by motorcycle know that the excitement and adventure come at the cost of many of the safety features offered by automobiles. A cautious motorcycle rider will limit these risks by wearing a helmet, protective clothing and by being sure they have the skills needed to safely operate a motorcycle. However, even the most cautious motorcyclist can be injured if the bike they ride has a manufacturing flaw.
Product liability laws govern the civil process for those injured due to defective products. When the product involved is something like a motorcycle, the resulting injuries can be extremely serious, causing pain, suffering, permanent injuries and of course, costly medical bills. 

Slip and Fall Personal Injury Cases in Georgia

March 11, 2017

Tripping and falling is not an uncommon thing. When we slip and fall, we often get back up with only minor injuries and possibly a bit of embarrassment. However, there are situations where a slip and fall can lead to very serious injuries, including broken bones or concussions. In addition to the pain and suffering that can result from these injuries, there can also be costly medical bills or even lost income. At times these situations are simply unfortunate accidents where no one can really be blamed, or where the injured person is actually the only one who can be considered responsible for their own injuries. Other times, though, serious falls and the resulting injuries can be the result of a hazard that someone else created, or was aware of, and failed to remedy the defect, despite the fact that they had a duty to do so. In these cases, Georgia has laws that give the injured individual the opportunity to be compensated by the responsible party for the injury that he or she has suffered.

Holding a Dog Owner Liable for a Dog Bite in Georgia

March 11, 2017

In the United States, over 40 million households own one or more dogs, which means more than one out of every three homes in America houses man's best friend. There is no doubt Americans love their dogs. Most of the time these furry companions make for great pets, providing company to humans, and security to their homes. However, from time to time people have less positive interactions with dogs. The friendly image we have of these animals can sometimes cause us to forget that dogs are hunters with the ability to cause serious injuries when they bite. With so many dog owners out there, what happens when one of their dogs bites a person?

What is Negligence in Georgia Personal Injury Cases?

March 10, 2017

There are many lawsuits that revolve around the concept of "negligence."  Under the law, a person's behavior could be referred to as negligent if they failed to exercise care towards other individuals that a reasonable or prudent person would take under the same circumstances, or when they take an action a reasonable person would not. (Law.com)  In personal injury cases, or other forms of "torts," negligence cases make up a large number of the lawsuits involving accidental injuries (as opposed to intentional torts, which involve assault, trespassing, defamation, and others).

An Overview of Motorcycle Accident Claims in Georgia

March 10, 2017

There are over 200,000 registered motorcycles in Georgia, according to an online report. Each year, motorcyclists are involved in hundreds of accidents, many of which lead to serious injuries, and costly damages to property. The same things that many motorcycle riders love about the experience these vehicles offer - the freedom and exposure to the elements - are what create some of the heightened risks that motorcyclists face. Motorcyclists are less protected than drivers and passengers in cars, motorcyclists are smaller and less visible than cars when they are on the road, and riding a motorcycle requires more practice and skill than driving a car. Because of the limited protections motorcycles offer, the injuries suffered by motorcyclists are often more severe than those experienced by individuals traveling in cars.

When Medical Treatment Leads to Injury: Georgia Medical Malpractice and Patient’s Rights

March 09, 2017

When we go to the doctor, we are looking to have our health monitored or improved. Unfortunately, sometimes medical professionals fail to diagnose or properly treat the conditions that their patients suffer from, leading to the patient's health actually being made worse rather than better. When a doctor or other medical professional's care performed in the same way as reasonable doctor would in the same situation, and harm occurs to the patient as a result, medical malpractice has occurred. Oftentimes, these cases involve treatment that was not proper, not properly administered, a failure on the doctor's part to diagnose a patient's condition, a failure to correctly diagnose the patient's condition, failure to properly warn patients of possible risks presented by a certain procedure.

Motorcycle Accidents and Negligence in Georgia

March 09, 2017

In recent years, the number of motorcycles sold in the United States has been on a steady rise. People who choose to ride motorcycles may explain the appeal as a feeling of more freedom and a better appreciation of one's surroundings. Of course, the same reasons that motorcycles offer an appeal to riders also create certain risks that are unique to these vehicles. Motorcycles leave riders exposed in ways that they would not be in cars. They are smaller and not always as easy for others on the road to see, minor problems on the road create greater hazards to motorcyclists than to cars, and riding a motorcycle requires more skill than driving a car. All of these factors plus others create situations where motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured in the event of an accident. According to statistics, motorcyclists are actually about 27 times more likely to die as the result of an accident than are individuals riding in cars. The severity of these incidents often leads to questions of legal liability. In the vast majority of vehicle accident or collision cases, the question of liability will come down to the theory of negligence.

Car Accident Fatality Claims in Georgia

March 08, 2017

If the number of fatalities in any given year is a fair gauge of the safety of driving in a state, then Georgia is indeed a dangerous place. In 2016, Georgia ranked as the 4th highest state in the country for deaths on its roadways, with more than 1,500 people dying in motor vehicle accidents, according to WSAV3. Since the beginning of this year, there have been more than 160 fatalities on Georgia roads. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation's statistics, the number of fatalities was up in 2015 and 2016 after a steady decline between the years of 2007 and 2013.

Hit-and-Run Accident Claims in Georgia

March 08, 2017

When most of us hear about hit-and-run accidents, we immediately think of the heinous criminal act of a driver striking a pedestrian and fleeing the scene. But the term "hit-and-run accident" has a much broader legal definition than these fatal tragedies that all-too-frequently make the news. In fact, at some point in every motorist's driving career, he or she will likely be a victim of a hit-and-run accident, typically one where a careless driver strikes and damages your car in a parking lot and leaves without providing any identifying information. While many hit-and-run accidents involve only property damage, there is a troubling increase in the number of serious, even fatal, hit and run incidents. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that nearly 1,500 people die annually in hit and run crashes. Between 1994 and 2003, 14,914 died.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims in Georgia

March 07, 2017

In the State of Georgia, all resident drivers are required to maintain minimum liability insurance to be allowed to drive legally. The minimum amount of insurance every driver must carry in Georgia is at least $25,000 per person in each accident and $50,000 total per accident. This mandatory amount of basic insurance covers personal injuries that a driver causes someone else to suffer up to the policy limits.  NOTE: This blog article will discuss, generally, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in Georgia.  This is a very complicated subject in the law and you should not act on the information contained herein without consulting with a knowledgeable attorney.

Multi-car Accident Claims in Georgia

March 07, 2017

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an automobile accident happens once every 60 seconds in the United States. This statistic translates to almost 6 million accidents on U.S. roadways each year. Almost one-third of these involve two or more vehicles. NHTSA records indicate that approximately 40% of all injuries and fatalities sustained on U.S. roadways happen in multi-car accidents.

Aggressive Driving Accident Claims in Georgia

March 06, 2017

Think about how many times you have been lawfully driving along a highway in moderate traffic when, to your great surprise, a car whizzes by traveling 15, 20, even 25 mph faster than you. You watch in amazement as the speeder races along in front of you, weaving in-and-out of the two or three lanes of highway, passing car after car until finally, he's out of sight. You wonder where the State or local police are, then realize that only by chance could the authorities have been there to catch this dangerous driver. You think to yourself, "what could I have done about it?" One option would have been to take down his license plate number, or perhaps the make, model and color of his car, then call 911. But then you realize that you were so stunned that by the time that thought occurred to you, the driver was almost a mile away - gone. The likelihood of the police successfully responding to your call is virtually zero.

Head-on Collision Claims in Georgia

March 06, 2017

Without question, of all the possible ways that an accident can happen, the one that drivers fear the most is a head-on collision. We've all seen the TV news videos of crash safety tests, where researchers repeatedly crash cars into a wall with a crash test dummy behind the wheel. Even at 35 mph, the car folds like an accordion. Shards of glass from the windshield and side windows shower the dummy in the driver's seat. The wrecked car bounces backwards, spins, and sometimes turns over. The dummy is thrown around the driver compartment, notwithstanding the fact that the airbag deployed as intended.

Why Collision Victims May Need Legal Advice Even If They Are Found At-Fault

March 05, 2017

Atlanta Auto Accident Injury Lawyers Explain Why Collision Victims Need Legal Advice Even If They Are Found At Fault

If you suffer serious injury in an auto collision in Atlanta, you might experience severe pain, intense anxiety, disability, costly medical care, Pain and Suffering and other damages. These difficult physical and emotional challenges can cause you severe financial hardship.

Jones County Sheriff Believes Dangerous Intersection is to Blame for Multiple Fatal Accidents

March 05, 2017

The renovation of roads and highways in Georgia is great for residents and travelers to have a smooth ride and multiple lanes to deal with increasing traffic. Additionally, renovations and redesigns are typically intended to make those on the roadways safer. However, two recent deadly accidents have shown us that some renovated roadways can cause more harm than good.

Who are the Worst Drivers? Teens or Seniors

March 04, 2017

Two groups of drivers are usually considered the most dangerous on America's roadways, and those groups are teenaged drivers and elderly drivers. Which group is actually the worst in the driving category is up for debate, however the numbers give credence to the fact that teenagers and the elderly are involved in more auto accidents than other groups.

The Devastating Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury in Georgia

March 04, 2017

Over a million Americans each year are seen by a medical professional because of a blow to the head, and of those, as many as ten percent will have ongoing problems which affect not only their ability to work, but their day-to-day lives. The overwhelming majority of those with serious head trauma have been injured in auto accidents. Many people are unaware that a motor vehicle collision at a relatively low rate of speed can still result in a serious head injury, and even when your head doesn't hit the steering wheel or windshield, traumatic brain injuries can still occur.

Why Motorcycle Accidents Require Experienced Representation

March 03, 2017

Because motorcycle riders are often perceived as risk takers, when they are involved in an accident with an automobile, they can face many difficulties when trying to receive a fair settlement, especially when a jury is involved. Nearly five thousand people die in motorcycle accidents each year—a number which has increased every year throughout the past decade. Motorcycle riders are thirty-seven times more likely to die in a motorcycle accident than while driving a car, and nine times more likely to suffer serious injuries. While approximately sixty percent of all motorcycle riders do wear a helmet while riding their motorcycles, an estimated 1,100 motorcyclists each year would not have lost their life had they been wearing a helmet.

The Emotional Aftermath of a Truck Accident

March 03, 2017

Most of us get into our vehicles each and every day and travel to work, to school, to run errands, visit friends and family, pick up and deliver the children to their daily activities and any other activity which requires us to go any significant distance. Unless you live in a city which is fully covered by a mass transit system, then it is very likely that you drive a car on a regular basis, sharing the road not only with other passenger cars, but with big eighteen-wheelers which travel the highways delivering goods.

Roof Crush Injuries After a Rollover Accident

March 02, 2017

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety estimates that more than 10,000 people die each year as a result of a rollover crash, and further conclude that a large percentage of these deaths could have been prevented if the roofs of the vehicles had been made stronger. When a car rolls during an accident, the roof of the vehicle can strike the ground, crushing vehicle occupants. Obviously, stronger roofs are less vulnerable to roof crush, which also greatly reduces the risk of the driver and passengers being killed or severely injured in rollover crashes. A vehicle roof which crushes easily can also lead to doors breaking or opening and windows and windshields breaking, meaning people have a higher chance of being ejected from the vehicle in such cases.

Family and Friends Mourn After Atlanta Area Hit and Run Accident Kills 59-Year-Old Woman

March 02, 2017

Hit and run accidents have proven to be some of the most tragic accidents to occur, especially when the driver who flees the scene is never found. Family and friends are facing such a tragedy, trying to overcome the loss of their loved one, who was struck by two vehicles near the intersection of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Wood Street a short time ago, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Atlanta Man is Victim of Dog Attack Just One Week After Young Child Was Killed

March 01, 2017

Recent dog attacks in the Atlanta area have raised awareness, and many people are pushing for stricter regulations to get a handle on what has become a very dangerous problem. Just last month, a young boy tragically was mauled to death by two dogs, one a pit bull and the other a border collie, according to WSBTV. A young girl was seriously injured during this same attack as both children were walking to a school bus stop. The owner of the two dogs has been charged with involuntary manslaughter for the boy's death.

Alcohol-Related Accident in North Georgia Kills Man and Two Young Children from Monroe County

March 01, 2017

Anytime someone is injured or killed as a result of an accident, the hardship can seem unbearable and endless. However, when young children are injured or killed, it can be even worse. Two young former Monroe County children have suffered a fate that no child or parent should experience. Both children were siblings, and both tragically lost their lives in an accident that should never have happened.

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