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Our Georgia Auto Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates know that those who are involved in a car accident while traveling the streets and highways of Georgia typically have many questions about their options and remedies. Motor vehicles accidents can cause life-altering injuries or the loss of a loved one, regardless of whether you are a driver, passenger, motorcyclist or pedestrian. Our auto accident attorneys have provided this blog to answer general questions about legal claims arising out of car crashes, to provide a resource to other lawyers, and to promote safe practices that can prevent accidents before they happen. While this blog covers the practical, factual and legal issues regarding a broad range of vehicle accidents, we know that you may have specific questions, so we invite you to contact us to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Georgia Car Accident Attorneys.

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Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys Discuss Chain-Reaction Pileup

April 26, 2017

Around 2 p.m. on Interstate 75 Sunday afternoon, a 16-car pileup left several people injured and backed up traffic for several miles. The accident occurred in Bartow County, GA. According to WSB-TV2 in Atlanta, heavy rain may have been the cause of the pileup. Sixteen cars slammed into each other during the rainstorm. The accident occurred in the southbound lanes of I-75 on Allatoona Lake Bridge. The crash brought traffic to a halt for four hours. Traffic heading northbound slowed considerably as well, probably due to the curiosity factor of the accident scene.

Second Motor Vehicle Homicide Death In Ten Days In Columbia County

April 25, 2017

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, around 1:00 p.m., first responders called for the assistance of a medical flight helicopter to respond to the scene of an auto accident with severe injuries. The initial reports, according to WRDW12, indicated that the crash caused a vehicle to roll over, leaving three people trapped inside.  The accident happened at the intersection of Wrightsboro Road and Hamilton Road in Grovetown, Columbia County, Georgia. Unfortunately, one person died as a result of the injuries she suffered in the accident. Just about eight days before, a 69-year-old woman Columbia County also died, as the result of a head-on collision.

I-85 Bridge Collapse: First Responders Receive Presidential Commendation

April 24, 2017

President Donald Trump invited the first responders from the Atlanta area who bravely and decisively shut down I-85 to traffic while construction material burned below the ill-fated span. The meeting with the President comes one day after police and fire personnel received awards from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. The President received the group of Atlanta firefighters, Atlanta police officers, as well as Georgia state patrol officers in the White House' Roosevelt Room. The meeting lasted about 30 minutes. The first responders present greatly appreciated the President's kind words and support for first responders serving Atlanta as well as all across the country.

Charges Reduced In Fatal Crash in Barrow County, Georgia

April 21, 2017

A local high school teacher, once facing felony charges stemming from a fatal crash in Barrow County that killed two, now faces reduced charges. The accident occurred in March of 2016 and killed a young man and young woman. The families of the deceased told news reporters that the charges levied against the teacher had been reduced by the district attorney's office to two misdemeanor charges. Now the distraught families of the victims wonder whether justice will be done for their two family members whose lives were tragically cut short.

Traffic Snarled In DeKalb County As Motorcyclists Were Injured In Crash

April 20, 2017

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that two motorcycle riders suffered injuries in a crash on I-20 in the early morning hours of April 19, 2017. The motorcyclists were part of a convoy escorting World War II veterans from the area to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. They were transported to the hospital via ambulance. Both riders are expected to survive their injuries.

Atlanta Truck Accident and Toxic Spill Shuts Down City Connector

April 19, 2017

An early morning crash has caused more traffic headaches for Atlanta residents and commuters. Reports indicate that a tractor-trailer truck carrying a highly toxic chemical overturned after a collision with an SUV. The crash happened around 2 a.m. Monday morning on the Downtown Connector. The operators of both vehicles involved in the accident were in violation of state law when the crash occurred. State officials closed the Downtown Connector in both directions as a result of the accident.

I-85 Collapse Allegations Lead To Grand Jury Indictment

April 19, 2017

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office announced that a grand jury handed up indictments for the burning of construction materials that caused the collapse of a portion of I-85. The evidence presented to the grand jury was sufficient, at least initially, to charge Basil Eleby with first-degree arson and criminal damage to property. Eleby faces 25 years incarceration and a $50,000 fine, or both if convicted according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Eleby is presumed innocent on all charges until the state proves him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.

Atlanta I-85 - Whether You Plan to Ride or Drive, Plan Ahead

April 18, 2017

While construction workers move forward with repairing I-85, commuters can use public transit or take an alternate route. Some roads near the area of the bridge collapse are getting reopened, one at a time. One northbound lane and one southbound lane of Piedmont Road are now open. If you plan to take a train or a bus to work allow plenty of time to find a parking space. Parking garages in some areas like Doraville and North Springs fill to capacity early in the morning, so check the conditions at the station that you plan to use before your first trip.

Eight-Year-Old Boy Tragically Killed in ATV Crash In Northern Georgia

April 18, 2017

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that an eight-year-old boy suffered fatal injuries while operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) on a poultry farm in northern Georgia. Around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 15, sheriff's deputies, firefighters, and emergency rescue personnel were summoned to a poultry farm in Gordon County, which is situated about 65 miles north of Atlanta.

Road Buckles on I-20 Causing Massive Delays

April 17, 2017

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) was forced to close all lanes of I-20 in DeKalb County after the roadway in the westbound high-speed lane buckled on Monday, April 17, 2017. The road failure occurred around noon. A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries when the cyclist struck the buckled road and flew off of his motorcycle. Some observers of the roadway deformity described the damage as if an earthquake struck the area. At first, GDOT and other officials were unsure why the road buckled as it did but they later ascertained the cause of the problem.

The Question Of Responsibility For I-85 Fire Heats Up

April 17, 2017

While the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has repeatedly deflected blame for the I-85 fire and collapse, others remain skeptical. Shortly after the road gave way, GDOT officials told the public and investigators that there was no way they could foresee any scenario where the roadway would collapse because of trespassers performing an illegal act under the bridge. Certainly, as the narrative goes, they could not anticipate a fire taking down 700 feet of roadway, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in damages. Notwithstanding the official GDOT stance, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Georgia fire marshal's office are investigating what happened, and why.

I-85 Collapse: What Stress Can Do To You While Driving

April 15, 2017

Traffic jams can be downright annoying. Depending on why a traffic tie-up happened in the first place, a motorist could sit and not move or just crawl by for hours and hours. It is an exhausting ordeal and frustration that quickly mounts in the minds of even the calmest drivers.

I-85 Collapse: March 30 Incident Brought Out Best In Some

April 14, 2017

The fire that brought down a 350-foot section of I-85 on March 30th was a low point for some, but it brought out the best in others. Now those who performed at their highest levels on that fateful day will receive some well-deserved recognition. It is truly amazing that no one was injured or killed either by the fire that raged below the superstructure or from the collapse of the span itself. Atlanta motorists have quick-thinking police and fire personnel to thank.

I-85 Update: Milestone Reached As Crews Start Rebuilding Bridge

April 13, 2017

It has only taken eight days to clean up the pile of rubble that was once the span of I-85, which collapsed due to burning construction materials stored beneath the road. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, construction crews are now in the process of rebuilding the structure. Workers had to remove the debris that was once 700 feet of roadway. The waste contained steel I-beams, concrete, asphalt, and rebar. In addition to removing the rubble from the fallen bridge, crews had to demolish other pillars and sections which were deemed unsafe. Officials continue to maintain that they expect the work to be completed by June 15, 2017.

Concerned Commuters Get a Reprieve Thanks to Spring Break

April 09, 2017

The morning rush hour traffic in Atlanta wasn't as heavy as many had feared. Part of the reason for this is that this is spring break week for students in the Atlanta public schools. Traffic volume is likely to pick up when spring break is over, so commuters are advised to seek out public transit options or plan alternate routes. Many commuters have switched to public transportation, and trains and buses are more crowded than usual. The state hopes to encourage transit agencies to increase bus and train service by seeking funds to assist those agencies in doing so.

I-85 Collapse: Does The Blame For The Collapse All Lay At On One Man?

April 08, 2017

Law enforcement officials have charged a 39-year-old homeless man with first-degree arson for allegedly starting the fire that caused the I-85 roadway disaster. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is now reporting that the man's attorney, who is from the public defender's office, believes her client has been wrongfully and unfairly singled out as being solely responsible for all of the damage caused by the fire.

I-85 Collapse: Good News On State Of Repairs

April 07, 2017

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) announced today that it expects I-85 in Buckethead to reopen on June 15, 2017. The announcement is great news for many Atlanta-area residents and commuters alike. The traffic situation has been nightmarish since Thursday after a large section of the Interstate collapsed when plastic piping and other materials stored beneath it were set on fire. Fire and law enforcement officials have developed sufficient evidence to charge a 39-year-old man with first-degree arson and first-degree criminal damage for starting the fire. The evidence suggests the man allegedly started the fire by putting a discarded sofa in a shopping cart and lighting the sofa on fire.

I-85 Collapse: MARTA Stations Ran Out Of Parking Spaces On Monday

April 06, 2017

Many first-time riders took to MARTA to commute to work on Monday. The significant increase in ridership caused MARTA parking lots to overflow. MARTA officials were keenly aware of the problem and are diligently working to resolve it. The real test for MARTA will be next Monday when schools' spring breaks end and teachers and students return to Atlanta-area schools. Alleviating the parking problem will require a cooperative effort between MARTA, commuters, and members of the community.

I-85 Collapse: What Took An Hour To Destroy Will Take Months To Rebuild

April 05, 2017

Firefighters needed about one hour to extinguish the flames that caused the collapse of I-85. Now officials say it will be many months before everything is back to normal. Meanwhile, Atlanta-area residents will be deprived of the use of a major thoroughfare connection to all parts of the Southeast. The Interstate collapse is expected to have a such a tremendous effect on Georgia's residents and businesses that Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency.

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