Blog Archive - May, 2017


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Motor Vehicle Wreck Leads to Lengthy Recovery Process for Paralyzed Man

May 31, 2017

Article Summary: Our Atlanta Accident Injury Lawyers say car accident injuries can change lives in an instant. Sometimes car crashes leave victims with broken bones and stitched-up gashes. At other times, though, car accidents leave people with severe and permanent injuries. An automobile wreck left one man paralyzed from the chest down, and he is undergoing treatment, therapy and surgeries for his spinal cord injury while adjusting to living life in an entirely different way, according to the Citizen-Times. He was just sitting in traffic when he was rear-ended by a car traveling at high speed.

Sinkholes Continued to Be a Problem For Georgia Drivers

May 31, 2017

The Atlanta I-85 Bridge Collapse was one of the most publicized roadway failures in United States history. The public is now aware that the root cause of the Atlanta I-85 Bridge Collapse catastrophe was human negligence. However, the public may not be aware of another hidden and potentially more serious roadway event - sinkholes. 

New Survey Shows That One Demographic Believes Texting While Driving Is Permissible

May 30, 2017

According to a recent survey, 46 percent of drivers aged 25-34 believe that texting and driving should be permitted. The next oldest demographic is also lax when it comes to texting and driving. The survey shows that 22.7 percent of drivers ranging in ages from 35 to 44 believe there is no issue with texting and driving. Fortunately, the youngest drivers, as a group, do not approve of texting while driving. However, it is alarming that the attitudes of drivers who are 25 to 44 years old are ignoring the proven danger of the practice.

I-85 Reopens But Atlanta Traffic Continues

May 30, 2017

Everyone who lives in the Atlanta area knows that traffic can be brutal, even on a good day. People lamented the I-85 collapse as the straw that would break the camel's back and rejoiced when the span reopened. Apparently, the novelty wore off quickly. Traffic has returned to its regular pre-fire gridlock, in the same spots. So, despite the Georgia Department of Transportation's (GDOT) excellent efforts, in conjunction with the contractor hired to complete the project, to finish rebuilding the bridge in 6 weeks, little has changed from before. However, commuters may yet find a bright spot in the dark cloud of Metropolitan Atlanta traffic. The collapse and reconstruction of I-85 have people talking about traffic issues and has caught the attention of the Georgia legislature.

Pile-up Accident on Interstate 75 in Bartow County

May 29, 2017

Close to a dozen people were transported to area hospitals after a pile-up accident on Interstate 75 in Bartow County, according to WSB-TV. All of the injured parties are believed to have suffered injuries that are thankfully not life-threatening. The early afternoon accident involved a number of vehicles, including both passenger vehicles and multiple tractor trailers. Since so many vehicles were involved in the pile-up crash, it took quite a few emergency personnel and several tow truck drivers a few hours to remove all of the wrecked vehicles and debris from the roadway.

Alcohol and Speed Factors in Deadly Single-Car Wreck

May 29, 2017

A recent accident tragically claimed the life of a Georgia man, according to a local news report. The wreck happened in Lee County when a single vehicle went off of the road and into some trees. The driver was not wearing a seat belt. He got ejected from his vehicle, and he died from his injuries at the accident scene. The accident is under investigation. Authorities are assessing whether alcohol and excessive speed were factors in the fatal crash. Initial reports about the investigation indicate that both speed and alcohol contributed to the wreck.

Report Suspected Nursing Home Abuse Immediately To The Proper Authorities

May 28, 2017

Georgia's Department of Community Health (DCH) is a state agency whose mission involves protecting elders. The agency is equipped to investigate allegations of elder abuse. The agency's investigations could lead to criminal charges if warranted under the circumstances. DCH has a hotline which a concerned citizen or a mandated reporter can call to commence an inquiry. The DCH will investigate acts involving exploitation, neglect, and abuse of an elder regardless of whether the elder resides in his or her home, in a nursing home, or some other short or long term disability facility. The DCH stands ready to protect this vulnerable population because elders so frequently cannot protect themselves due to declining physical and mental health.

Rollover Problems Associated With Passenger Vans

May 28, 2017

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigates catastrophic transportation events and also researches various modes of transportation to make vehicular travel on our nation's roads safer and more efficient. Passenger van travel is an effective method of transporting a small group. Typically, passenger vans accommodate fifteen people — one driver and fourteen passengers. Passenger vans have a greater likelihood of rolling over as the number of passengers increase, according to NHTSA research. Drivers of passenger vans must be aware of the potential risk and take the precautions necessary to avoid serious injury or death.

Bicycle Safety Tips As The Unofficial Start Of Summer Arrives

May 27, 2017

With the official start of summer just around the corner, many people will dust off their bikes and hit the road. Bicycling is a healthy alternative to sitting in Atlanta traffic. However, it can be extremely dangerous. With drivers who are less attentive and traveling faster than ever, you must be acutely aware of your surroundings when you are riding a bicycle to have a safe and enjoyable ride.

The Danger and Prevalence of Rear-end Collisions

May 27, 2017

An Orlando man was killed when his car was hit three times, according to a local news report. The wreck happened on Interstate 95 north of Darien and began with a rear-end collision, in which a tractor trailer struck a small hatchback from behind. The hatchback spun around and came to rest in the same lane on the side of the road where it had been traveling. A pickup truck collided with the hatchback, sending it sideways into the middle lane, where it collided a third time, this time by another tractor trailer.

Single-vehicle Accidents Resulting From Impaired Driving

May 26, 2017

Our Georgia Car Accident Lawyer reports that alcohol was a factor in a fatal crash on S. Highway 29. A twenty-two-year-old woman lost control of her car, and it went off the road, rolled over, and hit a tree. She was wearing her seatbelt, so she remained inside of her vehicle, but she was mortally wounded, and tragically died from her injuries at the scene of the wreck. Just twelve hours before that accident, another fatal crash happened nearby, on Boone Road. Drugs were a factor in that wreck, which claimed the life of one man.

Man Loses Control of Motorcycle, Collides With Hawks forward Paul Millsap Car

May 26, 2017

Hawks forward Paul Millsap recently was in an auto accident, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The accident occurred when a man on a motorcycle lost control of it and struck Millsap's car head-on. The rider got cited for failing to maintain a lane while Millsap did not. The bike began to burn after the wreck and firefighters extinguished it before clearing the wreckage from the road. The motorcycle rider was hurt in the crash and went to a hospital for treatment of the injuries to his legs, feet, and arm. Millsap did not get injured in the crash, but felt shaken after the experience.

Georgia State Patrol Crash Specialized Collision And Reconstruction Team Tries To Solve Some Of Life's Most Gruesome Mysteries

May 25, 2017

Tragedy struck this past Mother's Day near Milledgeville, GA. According to The Telegraph, a woman and her passenger both died when they were involved in a head-on crash with another car. Members of the coroner's office pronounced the driver and passenger deceased at the scene of the crash. The crash happened on Georgia State Road 49, near the intersection of Pettigrew Road around 8 p.m. on Mother's Day. Georgia State Patrol's Crash Specialized Collision and Reconstruction Team, SCRT for short, is investigating the incident.

Federal Agency Claims Automated Vehicles Can Reduce Car Accident Fatalities

May 25, 2017

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 30,000 people die each year on U.S. roads. The NHTSA found that 94% of those fatalities can be attributed to a decision made by a human. Consequently, the NHTSA is drafting a model policy to guide manufacturers and the individual states as highly automated vehicle (HAV) technology becomes more prevalent. The NHTSA's authorities believe that reducing or eliminating human error and decision making from operating a vehicle can prevent tens of thousand of roadway deaths per yer. Notwithstanding those lofty ambitions, there is still work to be done to ensure that HAVs are safe. Currently, auto manufacturers must self-certify that the HAV vehicles they produce meet the mandated Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Developing federal guidance, regulations, and best practices will assist vehicle manufacturers to produce safe and efficient HAVs.

Should The Indictments Be Dismissed Against The Man Accused Of Setting Fire That Collapsed I-85?

May 24, 2017

Lawyers representing the homeless man indicted for setting the fire that lead to the I-85 collapse have asked the Fulton County Superior court to dismiss the indictments. The man faces indictments for arson in the first degree and criminal damage in the first degree. Both charges are felonies under Georgia law. The man has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is now free on bond and residing in a recovery center.

Avoid The Potential Dangers Of Road Rage

May 24, 2017

A Georgia superior court judge sentenced two young men to two decades behind bars after they were convicted for shooting up the home of a person whom they engaged in a road rage incident. The judge sentenced the two men on May 15 for the shooting that occurred in March of 2016 in Kennesaw. This episode proves that drivers, no matter how frustrated or upset, should try to avoid engaging other drivers because you never know what is going to happen.

How Does Georgia's Dram Shop Act Apply In Auto Accident Cases?

May 23, 2017

Many states impose civil liability on restaurants, bars, and other sellers of alcohol for injuries and deaths caused by patrons who consumed alcohol either sold by or consumed on their premises. The state of Georgia is no exception. Georgia's legislature enacted O.C.G.A. § 51-1-40 to address the problem of patrons over serving alcohol to patrons who then drive a car under the influence of alcohol. The law is supposed to deter establishments from over serving patrons. The law also serves as a reminder they have a responsibility to preserve the safety of the public by trying to prevent driving under the influence of alcohol.

UGA Community Mourns the Loss of Student Killed in Pedestrian Accident

May 23, 2017

11Alive.com reports that a young woman is dead after an accident involving a truck and a pedestrian. The crash happened early one morning, on the Georgia State Route 10 Loop. Reports indicate that the young woman was involved in a car accident and she was on or near the road when she was hit by another vehicle. The area where the crash happened was dark at the time of the accident, and the driver of the truck says that he did not see the pedestrian until it was too late to avoid hitting her.

Hydroplaning Accident in Putnam County, Georgia

May 22, 2017

Rainy weather caused at least two motor vehicle accident deaths on one recent Sunday evening, according to 11Alive.com. The two people that died in the wreck were passengers in one of the two vehicles that were involved in a hydroplaning accident in Putnam County. The fatal crash also sent several people to the hospital. The accident happened when one vehicle hydroplaned, causing its driver to lose control of it. The vehicle moved across the center line, and it collided with another vehicle which was driving on that side of the road. The accident is currently under investigation.

3D Printer Aides Surgeons in Reconstruction of Motorcyclist's Mangled Face

May 22, 2017

A man living in the United Kingdom was the beneficiary of new technology that gave him a chance to live life normally after surviving a horrific motorcycle crash. Thanks to new technologies, plastic surgeons were able to rebuild the man's face in a remarkable display of imagination, skill, and a willingness to do what is necessary to help a man who desperately needed it.

Workers' Compensation Claims: Why do they get denied?

May 21, 2017

Workers' compensation insurance is meant to provide support for individuals who suffer work-related injuries. Since workers' compensation is a no-fault system, employees do not have to prove fault when they have a workers' compensation claim. However, it is not unusual for claims to be denied by the employer or the insurance company. Insurance companies do not enjoy paying out for claims, and employers do not like the possibility of increasing insurance premiums. If you have filed a claim for workers' compensation and it was denied, here are some of the reasons that this might have happened.

Workplace Violence and Workers’ Compensation Claims

May 21, 2017

Workers' compensation insurance protects employees who have suffered from work related injuries. These claims usually involve accidents, or injuries that occurred over a long period of performing a task as is the case with carpal tunnel syndrome, for example. We do not typically think of workers' compensation in terms of violent actions or assaults, however, in many cases an employee who is injured as the result of a workplace-related assault will be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits.

Optometrist Malpractice Claims in Georgia

May 21, 2017

Like other medical professionals, optometrists are held to a certain standard of care when they treat their patients. When they make errors it can cause serious harm to their patients. In certain cases, the optometrist can find himself or herself liable for damages to the injured patient.

Common Car Accident Causing Behavior That Even You Might Be Guilty Of

May 20, 2017

Car accidents are frightening, dangerous, expensive, tragic and unfortunately, extremely common. While more than 60% of us appear to believe that we are good drivers, many statistics contradict our self-assessment by showing that a disturbing number of drivers regularly engage in activities that are known to cause car accidents. Here are some of the common and dangerous activities that many drivers admit they engage in while driving.

GPS Systems and Distracted Driving

May 20, 2017

As electronic devices have become an integral part of our existence, it has become obvious that smartphones and driving do not go well together. There are many laws now that make it illegal to text or speak on the phone while driving. It seems fairly obvious that staring at a tiny screen and typing out a text or email, or searching for the appropriate emoji is not something that should be done while driving.

Negligent Driving and Violations of the Speed Limit

May 19, 2017

The most likely cause of an accident is negligent driving on the part of one or more of drivers involved in the accident. In order to be considered negligent, a person must have acted in a way that a reasonably prudent person would not have acted under the circumstances. One frequent cause of an accident is when a driver is moving at a higher speed than they ought to be. What speed a person should not exceed depends in part on the speed limit, but also on other circumstances.

Road Fatalities Escalate During Summer Months

May 19, 2017

The summer months are almost upon us. While many people think of the summer as a time for family and barbecue cookouts, graduation parties and long, hot days soaking up the sun's rays, the American Automobile Association (AAA) has another way to describe the summer. AAA calls the period commencing on Memorial Day Weekend and ending on Labor Day weekend the deadliest 100 days for teens. From 2011 to 2016, 5,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving teenaged drivers during the 100 most dangerous days. AAA has studied the 100 deadliest days thoroughly and derived some interesting and sobering trends.

Additional Road Problems For Atlanta Drivers

May 18, 2017

At the end of March, the I-85 span over Piedmont Road collapsed. The repercussions from that shocking event are felt by motorists in the Atlanta metropolitan area all day, every day. The I-85 collapse is certainly the most publicized roadway failure and an event with which most people have had to encounter in some capacity since the road gave way. The I-85 fire and collapse is not the only road failure Atlanta motorists have encountered. Other road problems like a chemical spill on the Downtown Connector after a tractor trailer rolled over and a crack in the road that bubbled up on I-20 after a construction incident damaged the road within two weeks after I-85 fell.

I-85 Reopens One Month Ahead Of Schedule

May 18, 2017

We are happy to report that Interstate 85 has reopened one full month ahead of schedule, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. As of Saturday evening, travel in the southbound direction began one day after the northbound section opened, much to the delight of metropolitan area travelers. Monday morning commuters were likely pleased to have their trip to work and school resume as they experienced it before the fire on March 30, 2017 that destroyed the bridge above Piedmont Road. The entire reconstruction project lasted only six weeks.

Fiat Chrysler Recall Popular Brand Of Pickup Trucks

May 17, 2017

Fiat Chrysler, the makers of the Dodge Ram pickup trucks, have announced they are recalling 1.25 million trucks worldwide, according to Reuters. Fiat Chrysler believes that software issues in the vehicle caused one death and two injuries from defective safety equipment in the trucks. The software error disables the passenger side air bag and fails to remove the slack of the seatbelt. Pretension on the seatbelt takes up slack in the seatbelt during a traumatic event. If you own a Dodge truck, you should contact the dealership at which you purchased the vehicle to learn what you should do to have the recalled items repaired or replaced before more people are killed or injured.

New Study Proves Drivers Are Distracted By Cellphone Use

May 17, 2017

Results from the latest study conducted by an automobile safety company called "EverQuote, Inc." show that drivers with cellphones in their cars use them quite frequently. The results of the study indicated that 92% of all people who had a cellphone in their car used it while they were driving within the last 30 days. The sheer volume of drivers who take their eyes away from the road to look at their cellphones is staggering. Even more shocking was the revelation that most drivers had no idea how often they looked at their phones even though they considered themselves to be good drivers.

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Discuss Breakdown Safety

May 16, 2017

Having your car break down can be horribly inconvenient. It can also be incredibly dangerous. Keeping yourself and your passengers safe in the event your vehicle becomes disabled is of vital importance. There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your passengers in the event your car breaks down. Knowing what to do in advance will help you avoid dangerous and life-threatening situations.

Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys Discuss Two Deadly Accidents In Cobb County

May 15, 2017

Our Experienced and Dedicated Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys Discuss Tragic and Two Deadly Accidents In Cobb County

Cobb County roads turned deadly as April turned to May. On April 28, one man was tragically killed and another arrested in a hit-and-run crash, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Then on May 1, an elderly man crashed into three people who were pushing a disabled car on a Cobb County road. One man was killed, and another was seriously injured in the crash. Both incidents remain under investigation by local law enforcement authorities and in the final analysis, police may ultimately learn whether these tragic occurrences were avoidable.

Grand Jury Indictment For Fatal Crash in Cobb County

May 15, 2017

Atlanta Drunk Driving Accident Attorneys Discuss Grand Jury Indictment For Fatal Crash

A Cobb County grand jury indicted a woman for killing a 21-year-old Marietta woman, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The Sharpsburg woman will face charges of vehicular homicide for her role in the February 4, 2017 car wreck. This horrific crash is another example of how driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs can destroy several lives in the blink of an eye. The risk is not worth it, and people know it. Despite repeated warnings and tragedies just like this, many people drive under the influence of drugs and alcohol. If you or a loved one were injured or killed by an impaired driver, the Atlanta drunk driving attorneys can examine the facts and circumstances of what happened to you and advise you on what steps can be taken to protect your legal rights.

The 44-year-old Sharpsburg woman crashed into and killed a 21-year-old female college student. According to police, the young woman was only a couple of minutes away from her home in Smyrna when the accident happened. Law enforcement officers said that the 44-year-old woman was driving the wrong way on South Cobb Drive in Smyrna when she drove through a red light and struck the younger woman's 2001 Honda Civic. The driver of the Civic was turning when the other woman hit her and the violent forces imparted on impact were so great that the driver of the Honda was thrown from her vehicle. The young woman tragically perished at the scene of the crash.

Police investigated the 44-year-old woman for intoxicated driving in the aftermath of the crash. Officers noted that the woman was unsteady on her feet while talking to them. The woman admitted to taking four prescription pills approximately 45 minutes before the crash. Police sought a warrant for her arrest after the accident for charges of driving under the influence, vehicular homicide, no insurance, false registration plates, and other moving violations. Police also learned that there was a warrant out of South Carolina for the woman's arrest. To compound her crimes, the woman was driving with a suspended license for a previous conviction for driving under the influence. She should not have even been on the road.

This awful tragedy caused two lives headed in opposite directions to intersect in one fateful moment. News reports proclaimed that the crash victim was a tremendous young woman who had a bright future. She was a high school graduate and attending technical school to become a nurse at the time she was killed. People praised her for the kind and respectful ways she treated others. 

On the other hand, the 44-year-old woman had a long history of criminal offenses that included a previous DUI conviction. This woman, who is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in court, has caused a tremendous amount of pain, suffering, and difficulty for her victim and the victim's family. One is left to wonder why a person with a suspended license would use an unregistered and uninsured car, with false license plates, to drive around under the influence of a prescription drug. We might never know the actual reason. Unfortunately, the decision she made to drive that night cost one young woman her life.

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Newly Released Study Shows That Drugged Driving Responsible For More Deadly Crashes

May 14, 2017

As calls for marijuana reform sweep the nation, a new study recently released suggests that drivers operating under the influence of drugs caused more fatal crashes in 2015 than drivers operating under the influence of alcohol. Some people disagree with the analysis and claim that people operating under the influence of alcohol remains a bigger problem than drugged driving. Driving under the influence of narcotics, safety experts say, requires further comprehensive studies, according to CNN. Regardless of whether drugs or alcohol were involved, driving under the influence of any substance is illegal and deadly.

Update On Deadly Drag Race Incident

May 14, 2017

Two people were booked into the Fulton County Jail on vehicular homicide and racing charges stemming from a drag racing incident that killed a 20-year-old man in September 2016, according to WSB-TV. One of those booked into jail is an Atlanta police officer who currently works the day shift at the airport. The Georgia State Patrol investigated the deadly crash and sought arrest warrants for the police officer and a female friend who was also involved in the incident.

College Student Home To Visit Mother Killed in Calamitous Crash

May 13, 2017

A young woman who was visiting her mother in the metropolitan Atlanta tragically died in a massive car wreck on Friday, April 28, 2017, according to WSB-TV. The 22-year-old woman who did not survive the crash was merely a few weeks away from graduating from college. Two other people in the vehicle suffered serious injuries, but survived. The accident remains under investigation.

I-85 Set To Reopen On May 26

May 13, 2017

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) issued good news today for commuters and residents in the Atlanta. According to GDOT's latest estimates, the portion of I-85 which was closed after a fire and caused the road to collapse will reopen to traffic on May 25, 2017. GDOT's commissioner announced the news today during GDOT's weekly briefing on the progress of the I-85 reconstruction project.

Dangerous Intersections and Distraction Can Cause Deadly Accidents

May 12, 2017

A Lowndes County Deputy recently lost his life in an accident that occurred while he was responding to a call, according to WCTV. Our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer reports that a deputy tragically died when his patrol car struck a tractor-trailer that crossed into his path at an intersection. Charges are pending against the driver of the truck. Witnesses pulled Butler from the burning wreck, and he was transported to an area hospital, where he died of his injuries. The intersection where this tragic crash happened has been the site of two other wrecks within just the past few months.

Defective Air Bags May Cause or Worsen Accident Injuries

May 11, 2017

Recalls of Defective Air Bags Confirm That the Defects May Cause or Worsen Injuries During an Auto Accident

Air bags are meant to protect drivers and front-seat passengers from potentially devastating consequences of a front-end or front-side collision. Statistics show that air bags are 14% effective at saving lives in a serious accident. However, in 2016, safety inspectors discovered that this may not be the case for millions of cars in which air bags made by the Japanese manufacturer, Takata have been installed. Tests have shown that this manufacturer's airbags can explode when deployed with too much force. The explosion causes a metal canister inside to shred, sending shards of metal throughout the automobile's passenger compartment. Injuries resulting from defective air bags are uncommon. Still, hundreds of people have been injured and sixteen have died to date as a result of defective Takata airbags.

Car Accidents Resulting from Alcohol Use

May 11, 2017

A Dahlonega man was arrested for DUI after a single-vehicle rollover crash. All four people who were in the vehicle were injured, and one of them was seriously injured. Two of the four individuals who got hurt in the wreck were children. The accident occurred in Gainesville, on Ga. 60/Thompson Bridge Road. In addition to DUI charges, the driver was charged with reckless driving, serious injury by motor vehicle, two counts of DUI child endangerment, driving with a revoked or suspended license, expired tag, and a few other traffic violations.

One Adult and One Child Airlifted to Area Hospitals Following Motor Vehicle Wreck

May 10, 2017

A recent wreck involving a passenger vehicle and a tractor-trailer injured the driver of the car and his passenger, a child, so severely that both of them left the accident scene by helicopter. The driver of the car was airlifted to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, while the juvenile was flown to Children's Hospital of Georgia. The crash occurred when the driver of a tractor trailer passed a car and tried to move back into the right lane on I-20 West.

Two Lives Lost in DUI Wreck Near Rincon

May 10, 2017

A pregnant woman and her unborn child were tragically killed in a head-on collision near Rincon. Her husband and two of the couple's sons were also in the vehicle and survived the wreck. Their other two sons were not in the vehicle at the time of the accident.  A man is facing vehicular homicide, DUI, and reckless driving charges in connection with the tragic crash. Charges are pending against a second suspect, who was also driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck according to WTOC.com.

Attractive Nuisances: When Children Trespass

May 09, 2017

Anyone who has children or spends time with children knows how curious they are, and how difficult it can be to prevent them from investigating things that are dangerous. Something like a pond or a swimming pool will likely fascinate many children, and draw them near, without the children even contemplating the fact that they do not know how to swim. This reality is the reason behind the law of attractive nuisance. Our laws recognize the fact that children explore, and might not always respect property boundaries, or the hazards that certain things might present. This is why children are not treated the same way as adult trespassers are under the law.

Holding Employers Accountable for their Employees' Actions

May 09, 2017

Holding Employers Accountable for their Employees' Actions: Respondeat Superior

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 and the air bag in your vehicle. The accident clearly was not your fault. 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? There is a good chance that it would.

What does the law consider a “catastrophic injury” and why does it matter?

May 08, 2017

Personal injury lawsuits involve a broad range of scenarios in which an individual is injured in an accident. Many common types of cases, such as those involving car accidents, medical malpractice and slip and falls all are within this category. Injuries that are considered "catastrophic" can occur in any of these situations, and they are most often from situations such as auto accidents, falls, such as those that occur at construction sites and explosions. 

Young Man Killed in Hit and Run Crash Off Lenox Road exit on Georgia Route 400

May 08, 2017

WSBTV.com reports on a tragic story in which a seventeen-year-old college student lost his life in a crash that happened near the Lenox Road exit on Georgia Route 400. The young man was riding in an SUV with his friends when their vehicle collided with a car. The young man got badly injured in the accident, and his injuries were so severe that he later died from them. Our Georgia Auto Accident Lawyer reports that charges are pending against the driver of the other car, who went away from the scene after the midafternoon wreck. The driver, a juvenile, was eventually located and apprehended.

Using Negligence Per Se to Prove Liability

May 07, 2017

When your injury results from someone's legal violation: Using negligence per se to prove liability

People are injured in accidents every day and the truth is, that many accidents that result in serious injuries are highly preventable. Imagine you are driving down the road when another car runs a stop sign and hits your vehicle.

Woman Dies in Weather-Related Pile-Up Accident

May 07, 2017

A weather-related chain reaction accident earlier this month left one woman dead. The fatal crash happened on the northbound side of I-85, at exit 61.  The wreck blocked all four lanes of traffic for several hours after it happened. Police believe that the incident that started the pileup was a vehicle that hydroplaned on the wet road surface. Seven vehicles eventually became ensnared in the wreckage. One was tragically killed.

Four-Vehicle Accident Claims One Man's Life in Hickory Flat

May 06, 2017

A man tragically died in a four-vehicle wreck in Hickory Flat as reported by Patch.com. Our Atlanta Car Accident Attorney reports that the man was traveling east on Highway 140, when a vehicle went over the center line, striking his vehicle. The impact knocked the man's vehicle onto the westbound side of the road, where a third car collided with it. The car that had initially hit the man's vehicle also collided with another vehicle that was traveling eastbound, bringing the total number of vehicles involved in the crash to four. The fourth vehicle went off of the road and slid down a steep embankment.

Young Woman Dies in Collision with Tractor Trailer in Columbia County

May 06, 2017

WJBF.com reports on a tragic accident in Columbia County claimed the life of a teenage girl. The early evening crash happened on Appling-Harlem Road near Pumpkin Center. Our Atlanta Auto Accident Attorney reports that after the truck that the girl was driving left its lane on the northbound side of the road and moved into oncoming traffic, it collided with a tractor trailer. The eighteen-year-old girl was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. The driver of the tractor-trailer appeared to be uninjured, and went to a local hospital for further examination. The exact cause of the accident was not readily apparent immediately after it occurred.

Reasons To See a Doctor After an Accident

May 05, 2017

A man drove his SUV through a window, into the dining room of a busy restaurant. Malone's in East Point had to close early because of the crash. A woman and two men who were sitting near the window received minor injuries. Police are investigating the accident, and they have not said whether the driver was impaired or the crash was an accident. It is possible that the driver may have pressed the gas pedal instead of the brake while parking. Our personal injury attorney in Atlanta reports that the driver of the SUV got a reckless driving citation.

Workers’ Compensation and Long Term Injuries and Illnesses

May 04, 2017

Workers' compensation programs are designed to help individuals who have suffered from a work-related injury. Under workers' compensation programs, the injured worker is not required to show that his or her employer was at fault for the injury; as long as the injury or illness was related to work, it should be covered by workers' compensation.

Car Accidents Following Faulty Repairs

May 04, 2017

Unfortunately, injuries resulting from car accidents are extremely common. There are many potential causes of car accidents, including careless driving and bad weather. Another possible cause that sometimes comes into play is when a mechanic who was meant to repair a car leaves it with some damage that later leads to a car accident. When this happens, it can be highly frustrating since even the most cautious driver can find himself or herself involved in a collision that results from a faulty car repair.

Car Accidents Create an Additional Risk of Injury and Death From Vehicle Fires

May 03, 2017

91Online.com reports that the Christian musical group "We Are Messengers" were traveling in their tour bus when the bus was involved in a fiery crash south of Atlanta. Our Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyer reports that at least one other vehicle was involved in the wreck, which tragically claimed the life of a young man who was in one of the other vehicles. All of the band members and the crew members who were traveling with them were uninjured, and they escaped from the bus before it caught fire. The bus and all of the equipment in it got lost in the blaze.

Common Workplace Injuries

May 03, 2017

The good news is, the number of workplace deaths and injuries has declined drastically over the last few decades. According to a recent report, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates there has been a decrease of about 65 percent in work related fatalities, and a 67 percent decrease in work related injuries. While this is an improvement, the fact that workplace related injuries, illnesses, and fatalities is statistically lower does little to comfort someone who has been impacted by one of these incidents. So then, how are Americans getting injured on the job, and if it happens to you or someone you love, what can you do about it?

Worn Tire Causes Fatal Motorcycle Wreck on Interstate 95

May 02, 2017

One man died in a recent motorcycle accident that was caused by a worn tire, according to a local news report. The accident occurred as the man was traveling south on Interstate 95, just outside of Darien. Our personal injury lawyer in Georgia reports that the rider lost control of his bike and got thrown into a guardrail in the median. Witnesses said that the rear tire of the motorcycle was wobbling before the crash occurred, and authorities have stated that the rear tire of the bike was severely worn and failed, causing the wreck.  The accident ended in tragedy, as the man lost his life.

Man Dies in Accident near Highway Work Zone in Woodstock, Georgia

May 02, 2017

A man tragically lost his life in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 575 South, in Woodstock, according to 11Alive.com. There were no other passengers in the car with the driver at the time of the crash. The accident occurred after the truck that the man was driving veered off of the roadway into the median and passed through a highway construction work zone, before hitting a gravel embankment. It then flew through the air and fell between the north and southbound bridges over Little River before landing on the ground next to the river.

Multiple Victims Ejected in I-85 Wreck

May 01, 2017

Article Summary: Three people got injured in a recent accident on I-85 North at Hamilton Mill Road. The incident occurred late in the evening, and it tied up traffic in the area for quite some time. Our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer reports that two of the three people who got hurt in the crash got ejected from their vehicles. The people who got ejected from their vehicles received treatment at area hospitals. The third person who got injured in the wreck was treated at the crash scene and released. Information has not yet been released regarding the cause of the accident.

I was injured in Georgia, will my damages be capped?

May 01, 2017

In personal injury cases, such as car accidents, medical malpractice, and slip and fall cases, the injured person can seek monetary compensation from the person or entity that caused him or her harm. Most of these cases involve someone who is negligent, like a driver texting while behind the wheel, or a doctor failing to diagnose something that they should have noticed. Compensation comes in the form of damages. Damages are divided into special damages, and general damages, and punitive damages.

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