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

March 24, 2017

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

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

March 16, 2017

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

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

March 05, 2017

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

Three-Vehicle Accident in Sandy Springs Sends Two People to the Hospital

February 24, 2017

According to a news report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution a Sandy Springs accident has left two people injured and many unanswered questions. During the morning rush hour at the junction of the Georgia 400 and Northridge Road, a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta was attempting to turn left from the westbound lane off of Northridge Road to enter Georgia 400. As the Jetta was turning, it collided with a 2010 Honda Civic that was traveling in the eastbound lane of Northridge Road. The force of this collision pushed both vehicles into a third car, a 2015 BMW that was stopped on the Georgia 400 off-ramp. The impact pushed the BMW down an embankment where the car rested against a wall.

Douglasville Accident Leaves Two Dead and Others Injured

February 23, 2017

Catastrophic Multi-Vehicle Douglasville Accident Leaves Two Dead and Others Injured on Georgia Highway 92

Georgia has already seen its fair share of tragic and catastrophic accidents in 2017. Patch.com reported that a five-car accident in Douglasville left two individuals dead, and several others with serious injuries.  Investigators and family members are asking questions as to how and why this accident happened. The chain of events surrounding this horrific accident are as follows:

Young Man Suffers Fatal Injuries Following Snowy Tractor-Trailer Accident in Maine

February 21, 2017

While a significant portion of the United States has had a mild winter with minimal snow, the Northeast part of the country has continued to get slammed by a cold, icy and snowy winter. This weather has made it difficult for many drivers to feel safe on the roadways when trying to get from point A to point B. Weather always has the potential to be a contributing factor to catastrophic and deadly auto accidents, and it is important to take all possible steps to prevent an accident when driving in bad weather.

Dismissal of Lawsuit That Indicated Snapchat Was Immune from Distracted Driving Injury Claim

February 20, 2017

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Recent Dismissal of Lawsuit That Indicated Snapchat Was Immune from Distracted Driving Injury Claim

Distracted driving continues to cause a significant number of motor vehicle accidents each year. Cell phones have become the most deadly cause of multi-tasking behind the wheel. At any moment in time, an estimated 660,000 people are using cell phones or manipulating portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle, according to the federal government distracted driving website. This high number of distracted drivers is concerning because motorists avert their eyes for an average of five seconds when texting. Vehicles traveling at a rate of 55 miles per hour can cover the length of a football field in this period of time. The number of ways a cell phone can interfere with a driver's attention is almost as limitless as the "apps" that can be purchased. In this blog article, we analyze the recent dismissal of a Georgia lawsuit involving a seriously injured crash victim who sued Snapchat, alleging that the company's website enticed the other driver to multi-task and speed.

Victims in Tesla Crash Could Not Be Promptly Rescued Because of Exploding Batteries

February 14, 2017

Rescue of Car Crash Victims Hampered Because of Exploding Batteries

Rescuers responding to the crash of a Tesla electric vehicle in Indianapolis this week were reportedly held at bay for a time due to the car's batteries exploding, creating a safety hazard to rescuers. A Tesla electric car being driven by a 27-year-old woman and carrying a male passenger in his forties crashed into a tree and parking garage before catching fire. As the Tesla vehicle burned, the car's battery – which consisted of many smaller lithium batteries – caught fire and began to explode "like Roman candles," according to the USA Today story.

Final Report Released in Tesla Autopilot Crash

February 09, 2017

NHTSA Clears Tesla and Its Autopilot System

Following an eight-month investigation into the death of a Tesla driver killed while driving a vehicle with the company's signature "Autopilot" system active, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has released its final report, according to the New York Times. In that report, NHTSA declared that the Autopilot system functioned as intended and that there were no design or manufacturing defects that contributed to the crash. The crash occurred when a motorist driving a Tesla vehicle struck a tractor-trailer that was driving perpendicular to the Tesla vehicle across a highway. Neither the Autopilot system nor the driver detected the semi-truck before the collision, but NHTSA nonetheless concluded that the Autopilot system functioned as it was intended to function.

Update on Baltimore School Bus Accident: NTSB Says School Bus Driver Had History of Seizures

February 08, 2017

Many readers may recall that just a few months ago, a catastrophic school bus accident left six people dead (including the school bus driver himself) and eleven other people seriously injured. The cause of this accident was not immediately known. After time to evaluate and review the available information, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued an initial report finding that the driver of the Baltimore school bus suffered a seizure only one week before the accident in November 2016, according to CBS News.

Louisiana Woman Files Suit Against Police Department for Injuries Sustained in Car Accident

February 04, 2017

Louisiana Woman Files Suit Against Police Department for Injuries Sustained in Car Accident

A woman who suffered injuries in a car accident has filed suit against multiple parties including the driver of the vehicle she was a passenger in, two insurance companies, the police department, and the police officer driving the vehicle. As the woman was traveling on a Louisiana highway, a police vehicle traveling without its emergency lights flashing struck the side of the vehicle in which the woman was a passenger. The driver of the vehicle that was struck failed to yield to the police vehicle. Little details are known as to whether or not the police officer or the other driver had the right of way. Such facts will likely come to light as the lawsuit progresses.

Young Man Killed in Atlanta Area Workplace Accident

February 03, 2017

Young Man Killed in Atlanta Area Workplace Accident – Are Legal Options Available to Family Members?

This year has already had a tragic start for a young man and his family. A 25-year-old Augusta man suffocated to death after falling in a trench while working at a home building construction site. Dirt quickly filled up the trench after the young man fell in, making it impossible for the man to breathe. This is the type of accident that nobody ever wants to happen, but it is also the type of accident that does happen on construction worksites all over the country.

Star Trek Actor's Parents to File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler Over Recent Car Accident

February 02, 2017

Star Trek Actor's Parents to File Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Fiat Chrysler Over Recent Car Accident

Many people have become aware of the untimely and tragic death of the actor Anton Yelchin, who played Chekov in the Star Trek reboot. The actor was killed recently in his driveway, and the death was presumably caused by a defect in his Jeep. The actor had put his Jeep in park and stepped outside the car, and even though the Jeep was in the park position, the vehicle nonetheless rolled away towards the actor, crushing him against the gate and mailbox of his home.

Milledgeville High Speed Car Chase Leads to Serious Accident

January 30, 2017

On December 28, 2016, it is reported by the Union-Recorder that a 20-year-old woman stole a 2015 Toyota Corolla from a male acquaintance in Milledgeville, Georgia. She ignored the owner when he tried to retrieve his car. He then called the sheriff's office to report the theft. While talking to the victim outside his home, the investigating deputy spotted a car matching the description of the stolen vehicle at a nearby intersection. The woman, seeing the patrol car, took off at high speed, trying to elude the police. She ran red lights and stop signs. When the deputy finally stopped her, she fled on foot. After a several blocks, she surrendered and was taken to the Baldwin County Law Enforcement Center.

Atlanta Single-Vehicle Accident Leaves Driver With Catastrophic Injuries

January 20, 2017

A 49-year-old man is tragically on life support after suffering catastrophic head injuries following a recent single-vehicle accident on I-75. According to the local news report, the man was ejected from the vehicle when he slammed into the highway's median and flipped over onto the exit ramp from northbound I-75 to Langford Parkway. There was a four-year-old child in the vehicle at the time of the accident, but luckily the child survived the accident unharmed. Numerous variables likely played a role in this accident, and the outcome could have been much worse for the innocent young child.

Pedestrians and Drivers May be Held Responsible in Motor Vehicle/Pedestrian Accidents.

January 16, 2017

Whenever a pedestrian is struck by a motor vehicle, the results are often tragically fatal. Take, for example, the recent incident that happened in Jonesboro at GA 138 and Devonshire Drive, near Swint Elementary School. According to initial newspaper reports, an unidentified individual was struck by two different vehicles and ultimately killed as a result of the accident. Clayton County officials have not completed their investigation, and as such, the details of the incident are not yet available. While we do not know the age or identity of the victim or what the victim may have been wearing, we do know that the person was struck before dawn while crossing GA 138 outside of any crosswalk and not at a traffic signal. Given the time and location of the incident, the victim may have been a parent, schoolchild, or teacher heading for the nearby elementary school. Regardless, this accident is tragic, and ultimately could have been prevented. 

Lawmakers Push for Georgia to Go 'Hands-Free'

January 15, 2017

Could Hands-Free Laws Save Lives in Georgia?

Distracted driving is a tremendous national problem, killing an estimated 3,000 people each year. Distracted driving can encompass any activity that pulls the driver's attention from the road ahead. The main types of distraction include texting, talking on the phone, eating or drinking, grooming, adjusting the radio, using the GPS, and more. Instances of distracted driving continue to plague the nation, despite laws in place in most states banning texting and driving, and aggressive anti-distraction public awareness campaigns.

Apple Sued After Facetime Causes Fatal Car Accident

January 14, 2017

A case recently filed in California seeks to hold Apple accountable for a fatal car accident that happened in Texas. The facts of the accident are as follows: A husband and wife were traveling with their two children on Interstate 35W. All were secured with seat belts and the youngest child was in a booster seat. James was driving when traffic slowed down. Simultaneously, Garrett Wilhelm was traveling on the same stretch of road behind the Modisette family. As traffic slowed, Wilhelm failed to also do so because, it is alleged, he was using FaceTime on his iPhone 6 Plus. Wilhelm was distracted by the app and hit the Modisette's while driving at 65 miles per hour. All members of the Modisette family were seriously injured in the accident, and the youngest child tragically died in the crash.

Atlanta Woman Dies in Gun Range Accident

January 13, 2017

A 24-year-old Gwinnett County woman was recently killed at a gun range in South Carolina. The young woman was visiting friends and family for the holidays when she and another friend decided to make a trip to a gun range in Anderson. Out of nowhere, a bullet from someone's gun hit the Georgia woman in the head. She was on life support for several days, but ultimately did not survive the accident. Now, authorities, friends, and family members are struggling to make sense of the tragic accident. It remains unclear who fired the fatal shot and why it strayed.

New Study Explains in Numbers the Risks of Drowsy Driving

December 17, 2016

Common Practice of Driving Without Enough Sleep Can Lead to Car Collisions

Whether out of ignorance or necessity, many Americans choose to drive without being adequately rested. A 2005 study from the National Sleep Foundation claimed that over 150 million adult drivers (or about sixty percent of adult drivers) have operated a vehicle when they were "drowsy." The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also showed that about 20 percent of all fatal traffic collisions in the country involve drowsy driving. Yet despite these dire statistics, individual drivers continue to drive without first getting sufficient rest.

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