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Blog Archive - August, 2020

128 Articles

Boy Scouts Bankruptcy Leads to November Deadline for Filing Abuse Claims

August 31, 2020

USA- writes that the Boy Scouts of America is filing bankruptcy, and with that move comes a hard deadline for victims of abuse in which to file claims. The Boy Scouts were plagued by allegations of abuse at the hands of Scout Leaders. While the organization had hoped for an 80-day long period in which survivors could file their claims, the date set by the court has allowed for six months since a judges order from earlier this year.*

Police in Atlanta Change Course and Plan to Respond to Minor Crashes

August 31, 2020

ATLANTA- writes that police officers in Atlanta are no longer planning to stay away from the scene of minor collisions. The local police issued a statement in July informing the public that they would not be responding to car crashes unless an injury occurred as a part of the incident. Instead of calling the police, those involved in such accidents were instructed to use a form online to make a record of the crash.* 

Officer Nearly Killed When Trucker Failed to Follow Move Over Law in Greene County, Georgia (GA)

August 30, 2020

GREENE COUNTY, GA - A police officer was nearly struck by a truck this week because a driver failed to follow the state’s Move Over Law. The law is designed to prevent drivers from getting too close to emergency workers who are on the side of the road. Specifically, drivers are meant to move one lane over to provide responders with more space when they have flashing lights on.*

Tragic Crash Kills Motorcyclist on Bryan Woods Road in Savannah, Georgia (GA)

August 30, 2020

SAVANNAH, GA- writes that one person was killed this week in a wreck that involved three vehicles. The incident occurred at the intersection of Highway 80 and Bryan Woods Road. The victim was operating a motorcycle westbound on the Highway when he collided with the rear of another vehicle. The motorcycle slid onto its side and then collided with an additional vehicle. The victim died at the crash scene.*

Driver Kills Pedestrian in Tragic Collision on East Main Street in Conway, New Hampshire (NH)

August 30, 2020

CONWAY, NH- The writes that a pedestrian died in a crash this week in Conway. The tragic incident took place in the late evening on East Main Street. The victim was identified as a 59-year-old man. The family of the victim has not yet been provided notice of the crash. The driver involved, identified as a 58-year-old woman, is from Florida. The vehicle was a 2016 Buick SUV.*

I-285 West Closed After 18-Wheeler Truck Accident

August 25, 2020

DEKALB COUNTY, GA - According to an online news report from, the I-85 South ramp learning onto I-285 West was closed down due to a serious tractor trailer overturn accident.  The 18 Wheeler accident cause a significant backup at the I-85 South ramp onto I-285 West. 

Man Severely Injured Multi-vehicle Accident in Marietta, Georgia (GA)

August 25, 2020

MARIETTA, GA - August 24, 2020 - According to an online news report, a man, age 84, was severely injured on Sunday morning during a multi-vehicle collision in Marietta, Georgia. According to the Marietta police, the multi-vehicle crash involved at least four motor vehicles near the intersection of Dallas Circle and Whitlock Avenue. The accident occurred at approximately 8:30 in the morning, according to Officer Chuck McPhilamy, spokesperson for the Marietta police. 

Worst Drivers by State According to Data

August 25, 2020

USA- While many frequent drivers might feel as though they live in the worst state for drivers, data shows that some states are certainly worse than others. A study that ranked states based on bad drivers looked at several factors, including the prevalence of traffic violations, drunk driving statistics, speeding statistics, and careless driving statistics.*

States with High Numbers of Crash Fatalities

August 25, 2020

USA- Some states have higher numbers of crash fatalities than others. Overall, car accidents lead to tens of thousands of tragic fatalities each year. Distraction is one of the major causes of such crashes and led to about 8.5 percent of fatal wrecks in 2017. 

Law Enforcement Launches "Hands Across the Border" Campaign to Prevent DUIs in the Southeastern States

August 24, 2020

GEORGIA- writes that the "Hands Across the Border" campaign to prevent drunk driving and enforce DUI laws is in effect in Georgia this summer. The program started as a competition between police officers in Georgia and Florida to see which police force could  effectively decrease drunk drivers in the area around the border between the two states. More states have since joined in, including South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee. The program is believed to have saved many lives throughout the southeastern part of the country.*

Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Pedestrian in Tragic Crash on GA 400 in Sandy Springs, Georgia (GA)

August 21, 2020

SANDY SPRINGS, GA- writes that a hit-and-run driver killed a pedestrian this week in Sandy Springs. The motorist, who was operating a 2006 or 2007 Hinda Civic, has not yet been apprehended by the police. According to officers, the car is missing its passenger-side mirror and possibly sustained damage to its front-end. Investigators have no information at this time regarding the color of the vehicle.*

Tragic Crash Kills Two on Highway 2 in Walker County, Georgia (GA)

August 21, 2020

WALKER COUNTY, GA- writes that a collision occurred on Highway 2 in the late afternoon close to Dewberry Road that left two people dead this week. The wreck happened when a 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck was heading eastbound and crossed the center line. The vehicle struck a 2009 Chevrolet HHR that was traveling eastbound. The head-on impact led to HHR rotating before coming to a rest in the right lane to the west of the roadway. The S-10 traveled further in the eastbound lanes and struck a 2017 Nissan Altima.*

Five Tragically Killed in Four Accidents in the Southeastern Part of Missouri

August 19, 2020

SIKESTON, MO- writes that four collisions led to five fatalities in a matter of fewer than three days this week in the southeastern part of Missouri. The first tragic wreck took place in the early evening on Gettings Lane when an eastbound car was crossing the railroad, and a train struck the vehicle. The driver and a passenger in the car both were killed in the impact. The driver was identified as a 52-year-old man from Columbia, Missouri. The passenger was a 51-year-old man from Kennett. Both died at the scene of the collision.*

Traffic Slow on Interstate 24 in Paducah, Kentucky Bridge Following Two Crashes

August 19, 2020

PADUCAH, KY- writes that two crashes occurred this week on Interstate 24, leading to long delays in the area. One of the wrecks involved six vehicles. In that incident, a large truck in the eastbound lanes was not able to slow down as it approached a work zone. The driver tried to switch lanes to avoid the crash but could not slow quickly enough. Then the driver swerved left of the center line and struck two cars. The cars then collided with another truck and were reportedly stuck under the second semi. The truck then crashed into a third passenger vehicle, and then another semi.* 

E-Scooter Injuries Are Preventable

August 19, 2020

USA- writes that rentable e-scooter injuries are a major issue in the United States and that they are causing injuries to many Americans. Many of these incidents involve severe head injuries. As e-scooters have risen in popularity in many of the nation's cities, they have brought a disturbing rise in emergency room visits with them.*

Locations Where Americans Do the Most Driving

August 18, 2020

USA- The average American driver covers more miles in the United States than motorists in any other country. According to data, American men drive, on average, 16,500 miles per year. Women drive fewer miles, with an average of 10,100 miles annually. In Canada, drivers average at 9,600 miles per year, while Australians travel around 8,600 miles annually.*

One Killed in Crash on Interstate 95 in McIntosh County, Georgia (GA)

August 16, 2020

MCINTOSH, GA- writes that a crash took place this week that killed one person in McIntosh County. The incident occurred when a 2018 Ford-F 150 sideswiped another car while driving in the northbound lanes. The impact caused the driver to lose control over the Ford, which then veered off the roadway, into a fence, and finally a pole.*

Non-Motorist Can be Held Liable for Punitive Damages in DUI Crash According to Georgia Supreme Court

August 12, 2020

ATLANTA, G.A. — The Georgia Supreme Court recently announced that a non-motorist may be liable for punitive damages after allowing a person to drive drunk. The case arises out of an incident where an eighteen-year-old was involved in a crash with another driver and sustained injuries. An investigation into the incident showed that the person who caused the accident was driving under the influence after he borrowed his cousin’s car. The cousin had been drinking as well and gave his cousin his keys even though both were intoxicated and his cousin had a habit of driving recklessly. 

Motorcycle Deaths are Increasing in the State of North Carolina

August 12, 2020

CHARLOTTE, NC- Motorcycle deaths are increasing in North Carolina, according to YESWEEKLY.COM. The data comes from both AAA as well as the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Early estimates indicated that 2019 could result in the deadliest year for the state's motorcyclists. In 2018, 170 people died in motorcycle collisions in North Carolina. That number indicated a sharp spike as compared to 2018 when 141 fatalities occurred. Now officials are asking that drivers in the state act exercise more caution.

Three Dead in Tragic Helicopter Crash in Texas

August 12, 2020

AUSTIN, TX- writes that a helicopter crash took place this week in Austin that killed three people. The victims all worked for Texas Parks and Wildlife, and they were surveying above a wildlife preserve at the time of the crash.*

Police Believe Alcohol Was a Factor in Two Separate Georgia Crashes in One Night

August 12, 2020

GEORGIA- The writes that the Georgia State Patrol believe that drunk drivers led to two collisions in the state this week, both of which occurred over the same night. The first of the incidents involved a motorcyclist who was heading northbound on Baker Road when he veered off the road at a curve. The bike collided with a mailbox and then crashed into a ditch on the side of the roadway. The victim, identified as a 29-year-old man, died at the site of the incident. Police have since confirmed that alcohol was a contributing factor in the collision.* 

Two Tragic Crashes Reported in Jacksonville, Florida (FL)

August 12, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, FL- writes that two collisions occurred within one day this week in Jacksonville, Florida, that led to fatalities. The first tragic wreck happened in the afternoon on Timuquana Road. That incident was a chain-reaction crash that involved a total of four vehicles.*

Truck Accident Traumatic Brain Injuries Claims Lawyers

August 10, 2020

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are devastating injuries that are often a result of a serious motor vehicle accident.  Traumatic brain injuries can be permanent, although victims could recover some of their lost capacity through rehabilitation and other medical procedures depending on the specific injury. When the victim's nuero-pathways are damaged or destroyed, the victim may suffer paralysis, loss of brain function, loss of speaking ability, and they are often unable to function independently and must rely on others to satisfy some of life’s most basic functions.

How You Can Avoid Boating Accidents in Georgia

August 08, 2020

LAKE LANIER, GEORGIA - An article posted on provides some helpful information about safe boating and an upcoming U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Captain's License course that helps boaters stay safe and save money on boating insurance. Many groups around Lake Lanier and other large bodies of water offer boating safety courses approved by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA DNR). Boaters are required by law to prove and demonstrate his or her understanding of Georgia's boating laws, navigation procedures, and water rules. At Montlick & Associates, Injury Attorneys, we strive to provide helpful safety resources and community programs to keep Georgia families safe.

Logging Truck Accident Attorneys

August 08, 2020

The logging industry is vital to the growth of America. Logging trucks are often encountered on many of the Interstate highways that crisscross the country. Sadly, many fatal and catastrophic logging truck accidents happen every year.  The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration provides specific regulations regarding logging trucks.

Police Officer Severely Injured in Crash in Spalding County, Georgia (GA)

August 07, 2020

SPALDING COUNTY, GA- writes that a crash took place recently in Spalding County that left a police officer with severe injuries. The incident occurred when the officer, a 40-year-old man, was on duty. The Spalding County Deputy was close to the border with Polk County when a Ford Explorer spun from the opposite lane of traffic and into his lane. According to officers, the deputy tried to avoid the impact, and while he was unable to, his evasive actions likely prevented the collision from turning deadly.*

Primary Causes of Deadly Truck Accidents

August 06, 2020

Analysts who studied commercial truck accidents performed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) discovered main causes for truck wrecks after the number of fatal truck crashes increased from 2017 to 2018. The FMCSA considered these causes of fatal or catastrophic truck crashes as “hidden.” Additionally, statistics show that 82% of deaths caused by truck crashes were someone other than the truck driver. People who die in truck crashes are the other drivers on the road, motorcycle riders, pedestrians, and bicycle riders. 

Dunwoody’s New Law Used to Charge Driver

August 05, 2020

DUNWOODY, GA- A driver struck a cyclist in Dunwoody recently and became the first individual to face cyclist-related charges under the city’s vulnerable road user law, according to REPORTERNEWSPAPERS.NET. Dunwoody’s law went into effect on May 1, 2020. Under the new law, drivers must leave at least three feet of space between their vehicle and a cyclist when passing. The driver may have to veer into the opposite lane of traffic to do so, and in some cases, may have to wait for a safe opportunity to pass if there is no way to do so while providing the mandatory three feet. Drivers unable to provide adequate space must follow at a distance. A total of twenty citations have been issued related to the ordinance since it went into effect.

Tragic Crash Kills Two in Chatsworth County, Georgia (GA)

August 04, 2020

CHATSWORTH, GA- writes that a couple died in a collision this week in Chatsworth. The couple, identified as a nineteen-year-old man and a twenty-year-old woman, were traveling on US 411 close to Hooker Road when they were involved in a crash with another car. The victims’ vehicle overturned and then collided with a tree.*

Nine Tragically Killed in Military Training Exercise in California

August 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA- writes that a training exercise went catastrophically wrong this week at a Marine Corps base in Southern California. An amphibious assault vehicle (AAV) was traveling off of the California coastline when it sank. There were sixteen service members on board at the time of the incident. Only eight were found.* 

Water Slide at Universal Allegedly Responsible for Over 100 Injuries

August 03, 2020

According to an online news report published on the and, well over 100 riders sustained personal injuries while riding Universal Orlando's Volcano Bay water slide. In a recent lawsuit filed against Universal Orlando Resort, a man from New York is alleging the popular water slide injured him, resulting in the man being paralyzed from the neck down. 

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