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Blog Archive - May, 2018


271 Articles

Woman Killed in Passenger Vehicle-Tractor-Trailer Crash in Austell, Georgia

May 26, 2018

Austell, Georgia- May 23, 2018 (11Alive.com) According to a report from 11alive.com, the driver of a passenger van is dead following a wreck near Six Flags. The woman was driving west on Six Flags Road when she crashed into the tandem wheels of a tractor-trailer that pulled out of a private driveway and into her path. She tragically died at the accident scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer did not get hurt in the collision, and no charges had been filed against him as of the time of this report. However, the accident is still under investigation.*

Autonomous Vehicles Present Challenges for Insurance and Liability

May 26, 2018

According to reports from Reuters and Business Insider, autonomous vehicles raise some interesting questions when it comes to insurance and liability. For example, when an accident like the fatal Arizona crash that killed a pedestrian occurs, who is at fault? What type of liability laws apply to the crash? Is it a products liability case, or is it an automobile accident claim against an operator of the autonomous vehicle?*

Man Dies in Head-On Collision in Edgefield, South Carolina

May 26, 2018

Edgefield, SC- May 23, 2018 (Index-Journal) According to a report on indexjournal.com, one man is tragically dead after a head-on wreck. The Tuesday afternoon accident occurred just north of Trenton when a driver crossed the center line of S.C. Highway 121 and struck an oncoming vehicle head-on. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, and each of them was trapped inside of their vehicle until they could be rescued. Both men were transported to a Georgia hospital for treatment of their injuries, and one of them died at the hospital.*

Fatal Crashes Have Made People Afraid of Self-Driving Cars

May 26, 2018

According to a report from Carbuzz, recent coverage of crashes involving self-driving cars has caused Americans to view the vehicles suspiciously and have decreased their willingness to ride in them. In fact, nearly three-quarters of all Americans currently report that they are too frightened by entirely autonomous vehicles to ride in them. Last year, about ten percent more Americans had said that they were willing to ride in self-driving cars. During this past year, a series of accidents involving the vehicles, including a fatal crash, occurred. It is likely that these reports are what have influenced Americans’ willingness to ride in fully autonomous vehicles. *

Uber Removes Self-Driving Cars from Arizona After Fatal Crash

May 26, 2018

San Francisco, California - May 23, 2018 (macon.com) According to a report by macon.com, Uber is taking its self-driving cars out of Arizona, following the death of a woman who was run over by one of the driverless vehicles as she crossed a dark, suburban street. This decision by the popular ride-sharing company eliminates approximately three hundred jobs across the state that were connected with supporting the company’s fleet of self-driving vehicles. Previously, the company was banned by the Governor from testing the self-driving cars in Arizona during the investigation into the fatal March 18th crash. The company also suspended testing in three other areas. Uber’s self-driving vehicles had been in Arizona since 2016.*

2018 Jeep Cherokee SUVs Recalled Due to Fire Risk

May 26, 2018

May 23, 2018, According to a report from Cnet’s Road Show, Jeep has recalled all models of its 2018 Cherokee SUV that have a 2.4-liter inline-four engine. The recall affects nearly fifty thousand vehicles that were manufactured between September 1, 2017, and January 4, 2018, at the company’s plant in Belvedere, Ohio. The company started the investigation that led to this recall earlier this year after it received reports of engine fires in 2018 Cherokee SUVs. The investigation revealed that a damaged fuel tube in the engine bay could leak, creating the risk of fire. No accidents or injuries have yet occurred in connection with the fires caused by the leaking fuel tubes in the Jeep Cherokee SUVs. Vehicles that are affected by the recall can have the fuel tube replaced by a Jeep dealership.*

Family of Man Who Died at Marta Station in Fulton County is Awarded $9.6 Million

May 23, 2018

FULTON COUNTY, GA- According to law.com, a jury awarded the family of a man who died after falling 20 feet at the Civic Center MARTA station $9.6 million. The 42-year-old man had been drinking and was on the upper level of the MARTA station in February of 2013. The man fell in a location where a metal guardrail had been removed and replaced with a wooden rail, but that a section was missing. For seven months prior to the accident, there was a 25-inch unprotected space, which is where the man fell.*

New Wallpaper Issues Fire Alarms

May 21, 2018

Mentalfloss.com reports that a newly designed wallpaper has the ability to function as a fire alarm. The product was developed by Chinese researchers and according to scientists, the wallpaper has the potential to save lives. While smoke alarms are effective at alerting people if there is a fire, they work on batteries and it is not uncommon for the batteries to die without the residents realizing it or remembering to check or change them.*

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Representing Workplace Injuries Involving Cranes

May 20, 2018

The advent of cranes allowed architects to build where space was nearly unlimited: up. Cranes facilitated construction of Georgia’s tallest buildings along with bridges and expressways. Instead of stacking scaffolding on top of the scaffolding, cranes hoisted girders, beams, braces, and trusses and put them in place. Skilled workers construct cranes on top of buildings and lift the pieces into the proper location and hold them in place while iron workers and other craftsmen fasten enormousiron beams into place.

Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Crash that Killed Two Brothers

May 20, 2018

SAVANNAH, GA- 11alive.com reports that charges have been filed against a driver from Atlanta who caused a head-on collision in 2017 that killed two brothers who were returning to Georgia Southern University after Thanksgiving break. According to their father, they were attempting to return to school early to avoid traffic, to complete homework assignments and to spend time with friends before school started up again.*

Police Seek Driver Who Hit Subway Sandwich Shop and Left Scene

May 20, 2018

HINESVILLE, GA- WSAV.com reports that the Hinesville Police are searching for a woman who drove her vehicle into a Subway sandwich shop on Monday, May 15, 2018 at about 5 p.m. Witnesses say that the woman drove into the parking lot, hit the building, stayed there shortly, then backed up and drove east on General Screven Way, leaving the scene before authorities arrived.*

Ohio School Bus Safety Company Announces Winners of Its Safety Superstar Award

May 19, 2018

HUDSON, OH- According to prweb.com, the School Bus Safety Company, Inc. has released winners of an award issued to school districts who excel in the area of safety. The School Bus Safety Company, Inc. designs school bus driver training programs with an emphasis on safety for students. The company offers videos about safety on their website and creates Public Service Announcements about driving safely around school buses. The winner of the award was the Kanawha County School District, located in Charleston West Virginia.*

Teen Ran Red Light Causing Collision with School Bus in Cartersville, Georgia

May 19, 2018

CARTERSVILLE, GA- The patch.com reports that an accident involving a school bus was caused by a teenager running through a red traffic light on Monday morning, May 14, 2018. The bus, which was from the Bartow County School System, was attempting to make a left turn when a 2002 Chevrolet Impala ran the red light at Grassdale Road at around 11:40 a.m. The Georgia State Patrol says that the school bus then struck the Impala on the passenger side.*

Georgia Department of Transportation Says State's Bridges Are Safe

May 19, 2018

Georgia Construction Accident Attorneys Ready to Hold Parties Responsible for Mishaps

Tragedy can strike anywhere and at any time. The people who died in the Florida pedestrian bridge collapse would never have known anythingwas wrong as they passed under the span. The bridge crushed several vehicles and killed six people instantly. The incident remains under investigation by federal and state authorities in Florida. The senseless loss of life raised the question in Georgia, and every other state in the Union, as to whether the bridges we use every day will remain upright. Unequivocally, the Georgia Department of Transportation steadfastly maintains that the state's bridges and overpasses are safe.

18-Year-Olds May Soon be Able to Drive Commercial Trucks

May 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, SC- The postandcourier.com reports that Congress has been considering altering laws regarding commercial trucking routes to allow for drivers between the ages of 18 and 21 who obtain commercial licenses to drive over states lines through Georgia and the Carolinas. The current law allows drivers within that age group to drive within those states, but the South Carolina Trucking Association is backing the program as a potential way to lessen the shortage of drivers that cause problems at seaports such as the Port of Charleston.*

Utah Crash Involved Tesla Using Autopilot

May 17, 2018

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - According to wsbradio.com, a collision that occurred in Utah on May 14, 2018, involved a Tesla that was using the autopilot feature. The 28-year-old driver of the Tesla had engaged autopilot, the semi-autonomous driving feature offered in all models of Tesla when her vehicle crashed into the back of a firetruck in a suburb of Salt Lake City. The driver was reportedly looking at her phone at the time of the collision and relying on the self-driving abilities of the car.*

Tesla crash being investigated by Swiss Police

May 17, 2018

GENEVA - Krmg.com reports that Swiss police officers are investigating a crash that killed a German man in Bellinzona last week. The accident occurred when the Tesla struck a guardrail and caught fire. According to the fire brigade, the accident is under investigation. However, the Facebook page for the fire brigade initially suggested that the Tesla’s battery might have been at fault for the fire.*

Accident on Watson Boulevard Kills Two in Warner Robins, Georgia

May 17, 2018

WARNER ROBINS, GA- According to 41nbc.com, a two-vehicle collision that occurred on Tuesday, May 14, 2018, tragically killed two people. The crash occurred when the driver of an eastbound Ford F-150 crossed a median and hit a Kia SUV head-on. Danny Galpin, the Houston County Coroner, stated that the driver of the Kia, a 43-year-old woman, died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the Ford, a 61-year-old man, was transported to the hospital, but died from his injuries on Wednesday morning.*

Fayette County Man Severely Injured in Fatal Head-On Collision in Fayette County, Georgia

May 17, 2018

FAYETTE COUNTY, GA- According to wsbtv.com reports that William Betsill, 42, a father from Fayette County, was seriously injured in a head-on collision caused by a wrong-way driver on May 8, 2018. The other driver was killed in the collision, and Betsill faces a long road to recovery that will involve several more surgical procedures and other medical care. It will likely be months before Betsill will be able to walk.*

Driver Ignores “Caution Wide Right Turns” Sign and Crashes his Sedan Under Semi

May 17, 2018

MACON, GA- Livetrucking.com reports that the driver of a sedan failed to pay attention to a semi-truck’s “caution wide right turns” sign and then crashed his vehicle under the truck. The driver, Rasheem Shaheed, 38, was driving on Holt Road when the truck veered left in preparation for making a wide right turn. Shaheed did not pay attention to the truck’s right turn signal, which was flashing, and honked at the truck instead. Shaheed attempted to turn right on the side of the truck but hit the curb and then crashed into the trailer. His Volkswagen became crushed under the side of the truck.*

Keyless Ignitions Linked to 28 Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths

May 16, 2018

Foxnews.com reports that keyless ignition equipped vehicles have caused an estimated 28 deaths in the past 12 years. The cars had been left idling while parked in garages. The number was arrived at after a New York Times investigation of media outlets and reports from emergency services. There is no official counting of the number of fatalities linked to this technology.*

As Driverless Vehicles are Slated to Appear in Many US Cities, Waymo Submits First Responders Protocol

May 16, 2018

ATLANTA, GA- The dailymail.co.uk reports that Atlanta is one of the cities where Waymo’s driverless service has been conducting testing. In January 2018, Atlanta became the 25th city in the United States to allow testing of Waymo’s services. Earlier this year, Waymo, which is a branch of Google, announced that the company planned to purchase thousands more of the Chrysler Pacifica hybrid minivans that they use to test their driverless-vehicle services.*

Fulton County, Georgia Jury Awards Pedestrian Hit by Vehicle $1.9 Million

May 16, 2018

FULTON COUNTY, GA- According to law.com, a jury has issued a $1.9 million award to a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle while he was on the sidewalk waiting to cross Peachtree Road. The victim, a 66-year-old man was crushed between the vehicle, a Toyota Rav4, and metal utility pole. The Toyota had been clipped in the back by a Porsche, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

New Bill to Shorten Space Between Truck Platoons Passes the House

May 16, 2018

LANSING, MI- Wwmt.com reports that a new bill passed the Michigan House on Tuesday, May 16, 2018, that would allow for self-driving trucks to travel closer together than trucks driven by truck drivers. The current law requires truck drivers to keep sufficient space between their vehicle and another truck. The law would only allow the exemption for self-driving trucks that travel together in what are called “platoons.”*

A Car Accident in Cleveland Tragically Killed a Pedestrian in a Wheelchair

May 16, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH- According to wkyc.com, a 59-year-old man in a wheelchair was hit by a car on the morning of Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The crash happened at Fulton Avenue and Walton Road on the south side of Cleveland. The victim was waiting to cross the street when a Ford Focus attempted to turn left onto Fulton while a Jeep entered the intersection. The cars crashed into each other and the Jeep spun and then hit the pedestrian.*

Passenger Escapes Burning Car in Fatal Crash in South Fulton County, Georgia

May 16, 2018

SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, GA- According to ajc.com, a car lost control and crashed into a tree in the early morning hours of May 10, 2018. The driver ejected from the vehicle and was sadly killed in the accident. The passenger escaped the car by climbing out of a window just before the vehicle caught fire. The passenger suffered injuries that are reportedly not life-threatening and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment.*

Bill to Ban Handheld Devices Moves Forward in Louisiana

May 15, 2018

BATON ROUGE, LA- The press-herald.com reports that a senate committee passed a bill last Thursday, May 10, 2018, that would ban all handheld devices. While texting and driving is already illegal in Louisiana, the law does not prohibit other mobile phone use by drivers. This is a problem for law enforcement officials because it makes enforcing the law challenging. If drivers say that they were using their phone for anything other than texting, this essentially allows them to avoid getting a citation even though they are still creating the same risk to everyone on the road as someone who is texting.*

Another Set Back For Self-Driving Cars

May 15, 2018

Fatal Accident Calls Safety of Cars Operating in Autonomous Mode into Question — Again

A man in his late-thirties died last in a three-car collision Mountain View, CA on March 23, 2018. The deceased individual died while operating a Tesla X automobile. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) started an investigation into the crash with the intent of determining why the crash happened and what role, if any, the autopilot played in the crash. At first, authorities were unsure if the operator engaged the autopilot. The NTSB and Tesla have confirmed that the car was on autopilot immediately before the deadly events unfolded. The question now becomes what happened in the cockpit within the last few seconds before the wreck.

Georgia Accident Attorneys Urge Caution When A Driver Shows Signs of Road Rage

May 15, 2018

Anyone who has driven a vehicle in traffic has encountered road rage at some point. The driver who is in the throes of road rage is scary. The behavior they exhibit might not be an accurate reflection of their character or personality when they appear calm. However, psychologists would argue otherwise. Road rage can be an indicator of a more profound psychological problem that manifests itself in when the driver's anger level rises while driving. Other factors contribute to someone becoming so enraged while driving that they will commit acts that not only alter their lives irrevocably but the lives of innocent victims as well. 

Avoid Blow-Outs on Your Summer Road Trip

May 15, 2018

NORTH CAROLINA- As summer approaches, wfmynews2.com reports about the importance of checking your tires before heading off on a road trip. According to a survey conducted of American drivers, over 70% of Americans are planning to take a road trip this summer. While many people do not realize it, the summer months are the most dangerous months to drive.*

Minnesota House Committee Passes Bill to Ban Handheld Device Use for Drivers

May 14, 2018

MINNESOTA- The startribune.com reports that a bill that would ban handheld device use by drivers has passed a committee, but still has not been heard on the house floor. The bill has backing from advocates, many of whom have gotten involved because they have lost loved ones in distracted driving accidents. Proponents of the bill have become frustrated with the legislators’ inaction.*

Rideshare Company Settles With Family of Victim Killed By Autonomous Vehicle

May 14, 2018

Montlick & Associates Explains How Self-Driving Cars Endanger Pedestrians

Ridesharecorporation Uber announced that they had settled with the husband and daughter of the 49-year-old woman killed crossing a road in Tempe, AZ. The woman died after an Uber self-driving car plowed into her. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, a police officer cited the human observer who was behind the wheel of a self-driving car for failing to yield to a pedestrian who tried to cross the street as the car in autonomous mode passed by. 

Arbitration Clauses Hidden In Nursing Home Contracts

May 14, 2018

Georgia Nursing Home Injury Lawyers Caution Georgia Residents About Arbitration Clauses Hidden In Nursing Home Contracts

Arbitration Clauses Seek to Deprive Injured Parties and Their Families of Their Day In Court 

Georgia law allows parties to agree to send legal disputes to arbitration. Alternative dispute resolution procedures such as arbitration and mediation play a significant role in enabling litigants in Georgia to pursuing legal claims without having to wait for their case to get to trial. A case can take years to progress from inception to judgment after trial in Georgia’s busy and crowded courts. By contrast, alternative dispute resolution is a way to resolve the case without the need for a trial.

Rollover Accidents that Killed 10-Year-Old Girl Injures Two Women

May 14, 2018

LOCUST GROVE, GA- According to 5newsonline.com, two women traveling in the vehicle that flipped on a highway in Georgia were injured. The driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old Sonia Del Carmen Cabrera Benitez, was operating a 2002 Mercury Mountaineer SUV heading north on I-75 when she lost control of the vehicle while attempting to changes lanes. The Mountaineer struck a Nissan Sentra before it flipped causing all nine of the vehicle’s occupants to be ejected.*

Eleven-Year-Old Killed in Rollover Collision on I-75 in Henry County, Georgia

May 13, 2018

HENRY COUNTY, GA- Fox5atlanta.com reports that a tragic accident that occurred on I-75 on Thursday May 10, 2018 tragically killed a 10-year-old girl. The collision occurred when a Mercury Mountaineer rolled over and ejected all 9 individuals who had been traveling in the vehicle. The crash happened a little after 8 a.m. when the driver of the Mountaineer overcorrected the vehicle during a lane change and lost control. The Mountaineer flipped and collided with a Nissan Sentra. The driver of the Sentra suffered minor injuries when the car hit a guardrail.*

Georgia Workers Compensation Attorneys Farm Accident Injury Claims

May 10, 2018

A tragic incident on a Wisconsin dairyfarm claimed the lives of a father and son. A 51-year-old father of five and his 14-year-old son tragically perished in a silo collapse. The man’s 15-year-old son managed to escape. The three farmers were working in a grain silo when “silage” collapsed and buried them alive. The 15-year-old managed to escape. The father and younger son were not so lucky. Firefighters arrived at the scene and began using a Thermo-imaging device to help locate the father and son. Rescuers found them together buried in the pile of silage. The father was deceased, but the boy was clinging to life. Sadly, the 14-year-old perished later that day at the hospital. This horrendous incident is a frightening reminder of the injuries that farm workers could suffer as they toil on Georgia’s farms. 

Montlick Team Member Present for Governor’s Signing of Georgia Distracted Driving Bill

May 07, 2018

STATESBORO, GA. – May 2, 2018 (patch.com) Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed a distracted driving bill into law on May 2 in Statesboro, Georgia, as reported by patch.com. Governor Deal signed the bill in the presence of Georgians affected by vehicle accidents, and we are proud to report that Montlick & Associates' own Jenny Harty was present during the signing.*

Fatal Head-on Accident on Georgia State Route 31 in Clyattville, Georgia

May 06, 2018

Clyattville, Georgia (Valdostadailytimes.com) - A head-on collision left a 76-year-old woman dead and a 55-year-old man injured.  The accident happened on Georgia State Route 31 when the 76-year-old woman, traveling northbound, veered into oncoming traffic.  Her vehicle struck the 55-year-old man’s vehicle, resulting in significant impact that tragically left the woman dead at the scene of the crash.  Reports indicate that both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, airbags were deployed in both vehicles, and drugs and alcohol are not considered to be factors that contributed to the accident.*

The Pentagon Plans to Introduce Self-Driving Cars to the Military

May 06, 2018

Self-driving cars have been in the works for a while. The overall idea of having self-driving cars is to make the roads safer and reduce the number of accidents that happen every day, especially accidents that are the result of distracted driving. Self-driving cars may prove to be useful as a safer form of transportation for individuals in the military. Currently, slightly more than half of the deaths in combat zones each year are related to military personnel delivering food, fuel, and other supplies.  With self-driving vehicles operated by artificial intelligence (i.e., robots), the number of unnecessary deaths may drastically decline.  

Teenager Seriously Injured in Bike Accident When Hit By a Car in Howell, Georgia

May 06, 2018

Howell, Georgia (App.com) - A 19-year-old individual whose identity has not yet been revealed sustained serious injuries after being struck by a vehicle on White Street, which was subsequently closed between Conover Street and Georgia Tavern.  There are no additional details available to the public about this bicycle accident other than the fact that the injured teenager was flown from the scene of the accident to a nearby hospital with a trauma center.  The driver of the vehicle that struck the bicyclist did not suffer any injuries in the accident.*

Fatal Pedestrian Accident in Trickum Road near Georgia Highway 92 in Cherokee County, Georgia

May 06, 2018

Cherokee County, GA - (TribuneLedgerNews.com) A Woodstock family is mourning the loss of an 85-year-old woman who was struck by a vehicle and tragically killed as she was walking alongside Trickum Road near Georgia Highway 92 in Cherokee County.  The driver, a 20-year-old Woodstock man, was driving northbound on Trickum Road when he swerved to avoid a pedestrian walking across the street.  While the man was able to avoid striking the individual in the roadway, he was not able to avoid striking the 85-year-old woman as his vehicle traveled onto the sidewalk.  The woman was transported to a local hospital and later passed away.  The individual walking across the street was a relative of the deceased 85-year-old victim.*

Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Discusses Fatal Natural Gas Rig Accident

May 05, 2018

Natural gas is a vital resource for many Americans and is a cleaner alternative to many other forms of energy.  However, natural gas still presents dangers and hazards to individuals, especially employees who work around natural gas on a regular basis. The dangers associated with natural gas revealed themselves in an accident earlier this year in Oklahoma, where five men suffered fatal burns and smoke inhalation following an explosion. The accident happened on January 22, 2018, in Pittsburg County, which is approximately 100 miles southeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma.  The specific details of why this natural gas rig accident happened are not fully known, so it is unclear whether this accident was preventable.  Hopefully, an investigation will determine what specifically caused the accident, and what can be done in the future to prevent similar accidents from happening.*

Toddler Dies After Being Struck by Vehicle in Long County, Georgia

May 02, 2018

LONG COUNTY, GA – May 1, 2018 (wsav.com).  According to an online news report at wsav.com, a two year old boy perished after accidentally being struck by his mother’s vehicle on the afternoon of Monday, April 30, 2018.*

The mother of the two year old boy was moving her vehicle when the boy suddenly ran behind her and was struck accidentally, running him over. 

How the New Hands-Free Bill Passed by Georgia Legislation Could Make Roads Safer

May 02, 2018

With the midnight deadline for the legislature fast approaching, the Georgia House and Senate traded versions of House Bill 673 until both sides finally agree upon language that satisfied both chambers of the legislature. The Bill was about to become irrelevant at midnight until the House and Senate passed the proposed legislation. Now it sits on Governor Deal's desk to await his signature before it becomes Georgia law. 

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