Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyers

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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.

Our attorneys offer high quality legal representation to those throughout Georgia and the Southeast who have been injured in any type of auto, truck, SUV, bus, train, motorcycle, pedestrian or bike accident. Contact us 24/7 to at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You should also feel free to use our 24-hour Live Online Chat or Free Case Evaluation Form.

Springtime Is Construction Time for the Georgia Department of Transportation

February 22, 2018

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has a long itinerary of highway improvement projects planned for the 2018 spring and summer months. GDOT has taken the opportunity to schedule several projects while school is out to make use of reduced traffic during the summer months. June and July are the months in which GDOT, as well as county departments of transportation, ramp up the volume of the road work.

When Is an Employer Vicariously Liable for Car Accidents Caused by an Employee in Georgia?

February 21, 2018

Many car accidents involve negligent drivers who are performing job-related tasks when they blow through a red light or slam into a vehicle stopped for traffic congestion.  The potential liability of an employer in such situations can be important because employees may not have sufficient insurance or assets to fully compensate a seriously injured collision victim.  Because an employer can be vicariously liable for the negligent acts of an employee engaged in employment-related tasks, businesses might dispute the employment status of a negligent employee to circumvent the powerful tool of vicarious liability.

Car Crash Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Georgia

February 10, 2018

Car Crash Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Georgia

The scene plays in your mind over and over, and still over again. The pictures replay on an endless loop. It seems as if it was just yesterday. You are driving along a road over which you have traveled thousands of times. Then, as if conjured out of thin air, another car slams into you broadside. Your body is tossed about the interior of your car like a piece of clothing in the clothes dryer. The sound is deafening. Metal contorting, glass shattering, screams of horror, or worse: silence. Are you hurt? Are you passengers hurt? Are they alive? Panic sets in and pain and horror take control of your body as you helplessly wait for first responders to come and save you. A person who has post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, if left untreated, could experience and relive that horrifying experience time and time again.

What You May Not Know About the Causes of Automobile Accidents in Georgia

February 02, 2018

What You May Not Know About the Causes of Automobile Accidents in Georgia

The first auto accident ever formally recorded occurred in 1891 in Ohio; James Lambert’s car hit a tree root in the road, sending it careening into a nearby hitching post. Lambert’s injuries were minor—a good thing for the rest of us as he went on to patent over six hundred inventions, primarily related to the auto industry. Although major vehicle safety improvements have taken place since 1891, the number of vehicles on the highways has also risen dramatically—there are currently 250 million registered passenger cars in the United States. Today’s statistics say that most of us will be involved in at least one serious car collision during our lifetime in addition to minor fender-benders.

Car Accident Whiplash Injuries Are Serious Injuries

February 01, 2018

Whiplash Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents in Georgia

When we get into a car accident, the first thing many people worry about is whether the other driver is going to claim whiplash and file a lawsuit.  However, the negative impressions, primarily circulated by insurance companies trying to limit pay-outs, do a severe injustice to those suffering from whiplash injuries.  Whiplash injuries are serious and often devastating to those suffering from long-term debilitating pain.  The harm may be particularly bad if you have been rear-ended by another vehicle while you were stopped or traveling considerably slower than the impacting car.

The Link between SUV Vehicles and Rollover Accidents

January 31, 2018

SUV Vehicles and Rollover Accidents in Georgia

Most people are aware that SUV vehicles are more likely to roll over during an accident or a sharp turn, however newer designs have lessened the likelihood of an SUV rollover. The addition of electronic stability control in SUVs has increased the overall safety of the vehicles favored by younger families with children. 

What to Do if You Live Out of State and Were Injured While in Georgia

January 28, 2018

Were You Injured While Visiting Georgia?

Being involved in an automobile accident is always a traumatic experience. When you happen to be away from home, out of your home city or state, it can be even more stressful. If you are away from your home state and in the state of Georgia when an accident occurs, there are measures you can take to minimize the stress of your accident. Just as with any accident you will notify the local police, get medical treatment and call your insurance company.

Common Causes of Bus Crashes in Georgia

January 27, 2018

Our Attorneys in Georgia Discuss the Common Causes of Bus Accidents

A recent fatal tour bus crash in Mexico reminds us how very dangerous bus crashes can be due to the sheer size of these  types of vehicle as well as the number of occupants. Across the United States, approximately 1,800-2,000 buses are involved in collisions each year with the number of fatalities from these crashes averaging 250 per year. Over 20 percent of bus crashes involve another vehicle, whereas approximately 25 percent involve a collision with a stationary object, and over 50 percent are rollover accidents. Overall, negligence is the root cause of many of these bus accidents and victims of the collisions should know help is available.

Whiplash Injuries Caused by Rear-End Collisions in Georgia

January 24, 2018

Whiplash Injuries Are a Very Real Injury in Georgia

Many insurance companies today associate the word “whiplash” with non-serious injuries. This is largely due to the fact that whiplash injuries can be extremely difficult to diagnose, butthe stigma associated with whiplash can take away from the thousands who receive very real neck injuries each year. The term "whiplash" is generally associated with any injury to the soft tissue of the cervical spine including muscles, nerves, ligaments and discs.  At one point in history when many people traveled by railcar, an injury to the neck which occurred following a minor collision between train cars was known as “railway spine”—a term which suffered the same negative connotation as “whiplash.” In truth, whiplash is a very real, very painful and potentially debilitating injury. In fact, Harvard Medical Research suggests that as many as 10% of all whiplash injuries can lead to permanent disability with chronic pain.

Georgia Car Accidents Resulting in Paralysis

January 23, 2018

An Overview of Georgia Auto Accidents Resulting in Paralysis

An award of $23.8 million dollars to a driver who was paralyzed in an automobile accident was subsequently upheld by the Illinois Appellate Court. The lawsuit stemmed from a car crash between the driver of an SUV and a large Illinois Department of Transportation truck. Both drivers suffered some degree of paralysis and both filed lawsuits against the other, however at the end of the trial the jury found in favor of the driver of the SUV and against the driver of the Department of Transportation truck.

The Growing Problem of Road Rage in Georgia

January 15, 2018

Auto Accident Attorneys in Georgia Discuss the Growing Problem of Road Rage in Georgia  

All automobile accidents have the potential to be traumatic for all those involved however, accidents involving road rage introduce another element into the mix as well. Aggressive driving and road rage incidents are becoming increasingly common across America as our increasingly-busy lives leave little patience for any type of slow-down needed while driving. Heavily congested freeways fill morning and evening commutes with tension causing the most even-tempered person to lose their cool.  A study which looked at fatal auto accidents from 1990 to 2006 found a significant number of those accidents to be the result of road rage. Further, AAA found that aggressive driving behaviors factor into at least 56% of fatal crashes.

Georgia Booster Seat Law and Safety Tips

January 13, 2018

Georgia Booster Seat Safety

Our children are our greatest asset.  In essence, they are our future.  We, as parents and adults, share a societal responsibility to help ensure all children stay safe.  Keeping children safe on the roadway is a vital part of this mission.  Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 12 years old.  Each year, approximately 600 children under the age of 13 are killed in motor vehicle accidents.  One-third of these young accident victims were killed as a direct result of improper use of child safety restraints, including car seats, booster seats, and safety belts.  Study after study demonstrates that the use of proper safety restraints reduces the risk of death in infants by over 71% and in children by up to 59%.

Back-To-School Means Georgia Drivers Must Exercise Greater Caution

January 12, 2018

Back-To-School After Winter Break Means Georgia Drivers Need to Exercise Greater Caution

Back-to-school after the New Year can be an exciting time of year for many children in Georgia. Students are excited to be reunited with their favorite teachers, friends, and have new experiences. However, back-to-school, after the winter break, is also the time of year when drivers need to exercise the greatest caution when driving near buses, bus stops, and in school zones. After a couple of weeks off from morning bus routes and paying close attention to children, it is easy to lose some focus and become complacent as a motorist. That is why motorists must be ever vigilant and anticipate that a young child might do the unpredictable.

Georgia Car Seat Safety Resources Links Page

January 10, 2018

Montlick & Associates' Georgia Car Seat Safety Resources Links Page

Keeping abreast of car seat safety information is important to ensuring you are taking the right steps when placing your child in a car seat.  Children are always vulnerable, but are even more vulnerable at the age when they must be placed in a car seat.  As such, the more you know when purchasing and using a car seat, the more likely it is that you are using a car seat as intended.  

Filing a Booster Seat Lawsuit in Georgia

January 09, 2018

Montlick & Associates Examines How to File a Defective Booster Seat Lawsuit in Georgia

Automobile accidents have the potential to result in significant injury or even death, to any driver or passenger involved.  When it comes to our children, however, injury and death seem unfathomable, especially because our children have so much to look forward to in their young lives. 

Georgia Booster Seat Laws and Child Passenger Safety in Georgia

January 08, 2018

Georgia Booster Seat Laws 

Child Passenger Safety in Georgia

All states have their own unique laws regarding child safety seats and seatbelt use.  In Georgia, the booster seat laws have been strengthened in response to a saddening large number of Georgia children being seriously injured or tragically killed in automobile accidents.  Booster seats have been proven to help reduce the risk of injury or death in children, and Georgia’s enhanced booster seat laws are aimed to encourage their proper use for children younger than eight (8) years old.

Georgia Car Seat Laws and Regulations

January 07, 2018

Georgia Car Seat Laws

Georgia Car Seat Safety

While babies always seem safest in the arms of a loved one, the opposite is true when traveling Georgia roadways with your little ones.  Your baby is three-times more likely to be injured in a crash when he (or she) is not properly restrained.  Until they reach the age of 12 months and weigh at least 20 pounds, infants must be restrained in a federally approved car seat. 

The Role of an Expert Witness in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims in Georgia

December 28, 2017

The Role of an Expert Witness in Motor Vehicle Accident Claims in Georgia

Expert witnesses can be used in numerous types of personal injury and medical negligence cases, including auto accident cases. Whether or not the case goes to trial, a personal injury attorney may decide that using an expert witness is necessary to protect their client's rights. Many accident victims are unaware of the significance of the expert witness’ role in some complex motor vehicle accident claims. For example, if the insurance company of the "at-fault" driver is denying fault for the accident, an expert witness may be needed to analyze the accident scene and demonstrate the negligent action of the other driver. 

Atlanta Accident Attorney Finds Dash Cams Are Growing in Popularity

December 27, 2017

Dash Cams Growing in Popularity in the United States

You are driving home from work on a busy afternoon. Your route requires you to pass through several intersections. Out of the blue, as you enter an intersection, another car slams into your passenger side. Fortunately, you are not seriously injured, and the other driver does not appear to be, either. However, you begin to argue as to who ran the red light. If there are no witnesses to the accident, how would you prove that you had the green light?

Seven Reasons to Hire an Experienced Georgia Car Accident Attorney

December 23, 2017

When to Call an Attorney after a Car Accident -- Seven Reasons to Hire an Experienced Georgia Car Accident Attorney

If you are T-boned in an intersection by a driver who runs a red light, or your motorcycle is forced off the road by a motorist making an unsafe lane change, you can experience life-altering injuries.  If you only suffered minor damage to your vehicle with no injuries, you might not need an attorney to handle your claim.  Auto accident victims that suffer any injury, however, should see a doctor and disclose all symptoms even if they seem minor.  Sometimes trauma to the head will not immediately manifest obvious symptoms that reveal a serious injury.  However, delays in seeking medical attention can permit swelling to occur inside the skull that increases the pressure on the brain, creating a risk of permanent brain damage.  If you suffer any form of physical injury in a motor vehicle accident, speaking with a personal injury attorney can be a critical step in protecting your legal rights.  In this blog article, our experienced car accident lawyers offer seven reasons to retain legal representation.

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Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.