Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyers


Serving Georgia For Over 33 Years

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.


Safe Driving In Extreme Weather Conditions

April 20, 2017

Heavy, damaging rains doused the metropolitan area on Tuesday, April 18. The rain fell on the region rapidly, causing dangerous flooding. The torrential rains slowed traffic on I-285 in Dekalb County and flooded parts of the Interstate. A crew dispatched by the Georgia Department of Transporation (GDOT) was tasked with opening a drain on I-285 to ease to flooding on the road.

Are Lower Gas Prices to Blame for the Increase in Traffic Deaths?

April 13, 2017

Troubling NHTSA Statistics Show Traffic Fatalities are on the Rise

With the release of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showing a rise in traffic fatalities during 2015 over previous years, some were left wondering what led to the dramatic increase. According to the NHTSA's statistics, 35,092 individuals were killed in traffic crashes – a number that represented a 7.2 percent increase over recent years and the largest percentage increase in nearly 50 years. In a time where cars are equipped with more safety features than ever before, these numbers were both confusing and alarming.

NHTSA Declines to Mandate Automatic Emergency Braking Systems

April 11, 2017

Government Agency Finds Voluntary Compliance Enough

Despite requests from three consumer advocacy groups, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently declined to enact safety regulations that would have required automakers to install automatic emergency braking systems (AEBs) in their vehicles. Since the NHTSA elected not to acquiesce to the demands of advocacy groups, there will be no minimal federal standards that automakers must meet in regards to AEB systems. According to the NHTSA, its decision was based in part on 20 automakers' agreement to voluntary install and use AEB technology.

Driving Under the Influence of Opioids is Becoming More Common

April 11, 2017

Cellphone video footage taken by an Ohio motorist made national news for its depiction of what is becoming a more common occurrence on roads and highways across the nation: motorists who are driving under the influence of heroin and opioids. In the video, the motorist attempts to awaken a fellow driver who is shown to be unconscious – passed out due to an overdose of heroin. Thankfully, the unconscious motorist did not injure anyone, and he was able to survive his overdose due to timely medical intervention. However, with opioid and heroin use and abuse on the rise, the numbers of individuals who are getting behind the wheel in such a state is also increasing.

Commuting Nightmare Expected To Get Worse Before It Gets Better

April 09, 2017

In the wake of the I-85 collapse, hundreds of thousands of commuters in the Atlanta metropolitan area were forced to find alternate travel routes to avoid the gaping hole in the road. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) anticipates the problem will get worse starting Monday, April 10, when schools reopen after Spring Break. According to ajc.com, officials predict the traffic problems increasing by 30% when teachers, students, administrators, and other educational personnel return to work. Roads like Piedmont, Peachtree, Northside, and Cheshire Bridge have been bad, and the experts anticipate the traffic on those roads will worsen.

Atlanta Products Liability Attorneys Discuss The Danger Of Roll-Away Crashes

April 07, 2017

The Ford Motor Company has issued a recall on a model of truck because of a problem with the vehicles rolling away while parked. Ford announced that 53,000 F-250 trucks have a manufacturing defect which can cause the vehicle to roll away even though the gear selector is in the parked position. Although the company has issued the recall, the parts are not available to repair the manufacturing defect. Ford has asked its customers to engage the parking brake to prevent roll-away accidents during the delay. The company stated that it would fix the defect at no cost to the consumer. Despite the announcement, no accidents or injuries have been caused by the defect as of this time. Ford manufactured the defective trucks in 2015 in a Kentucky plant and were sold throughout North America.

First Week Of Spring Reminds Drivers The Sun's Rays Are Getting Stronger

March 31, 2017

Drivers should be aware of the potential for the problems solar glare creates. The rising and setting sun can blind a driver. A blinded driver endangers everyone around them, including themselves. Fighting the sun can be risky. Drivers must learn how to handle the blinding sun and safely. Montlick & Associates has represented thousands of auto accident victims in Georgia and throughout the Southeastern United States. Consider choosing Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law to represent you or a loved one who suffered injuries as a result of another driver's negligence.

Dogs and Car Accidents: When Unrestrained Dogs Cause Car Crashes

March 30, 2017

When we think about dog owners being responsible for the actions of their dogs, the scenario that most likely comes to mind is that of a dog biting or attacking a person. We have an image of aggressive dogs that someone has failed to train, or has mistreated resulting in the animal becoming dangerous, or even that the dog is just of a breed that might have aggressive tendencies. However, even a docile animal can cause injuries to people, even in an entirely unintentional way. When dogs run into the street, they can lead to car accidents, which in turn can cause property damage, and even injuries to humans.

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Doors On Popular Pickup Truck Are Defective

March 29, 2017

The purchaser of one of Ford Motor Company's bestselling vehicles recently filed a class action lawsuit against Ford. The lawsuit alleges that the F-150's doors and locks do not function properly. The lawsuit claims that the doors will not lock when the temperature falls below freezing. Ford has encountered issues with other vehicle models whose doors and locks do not properly operate. These door malfunctions can endanger the driver and passengers of the F-150. You should return to the dealer with your vehicle if you are experiencing similar problems.

U.S. Department Of Transportation Targets Young Male Drivers With Ad Campaign

March 28, 2017

The United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) commenced a public relations and advertising campaign designed to deter male drivers from trying to cut in front of trains. The ad slogan conveys its message abruptly and cogently. The phrase, "Stop! Trains can't" powerfully proves the point succinctly. The U.S. DOT targeted the males 18-49 with the ads, which will run in the 15 states which have the most dangerous railroad crossings and 75 percent of all train collisions. Many significant and complicated legal issues arise when a person is injured or killed in a collision with a train. If you were injured in a collision with a train or lost a loved one in such an accident, then you should contact the personal injury attorneys at Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law to learn about your legal rights and options.

Knowing The Rules Of The Road Will Help You Drive Safer

March 27, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Attorney Advises That Knowing The Rules Of The Road Will Help You Drive Safer

Georgia law has many rules in place to make driving safer for the public. Some of the laws may seem random or unnecessary. However, every driver must follow them. Failing to adhere to the law can have adverse consequences. The obvious result is being cited for breaking the law. Law enforcement officers in Georgia have the responsibility to enforce the state's traffic laws. Not only will the motorist face a possible court appearance with a fine or a potential jail sentence for breaking the traffic laws, but the motorist could also face collateral problems like license suspension and additional points on vehicle insurance.

What are your rights if your child was involved in a school bus accident?

March 26, 2017

2016 was a terrible year for school bus crashes in DeKalb County. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently reported that Dekalb County school buses averaged 1.2 accidents per day. In total, county school buses were in 432 accidents in 2016. That number is much higher than all other Atlanta-area school districts and DeKalb County Bus crashes happen with alarming regularity considering the school year is 180 days long.

Atlanta Auto Accident Attorney Asks: What Can You Learn About Safe Driving From UPS?

March 23, 2017

UPS employs 102,000 drivers nationwide and 2,195 full-time drivers in Georgia, according to a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution article. Among those drivers, 9,000 have gone 25 years or longer without an avoidable auto accident. One driver has worked for 54 years without a preventable auto accident, while another has driven 42 years without being involved in an avoidable collision. Given all of the miles logged annually by UPS drivers, driving so far for so long is a remarkable feat. UPS' safety record is something from which every driver in Georgia can learn.

Scenarios That Could Impact Your Ability to Recover Damages After a Car Accident

March 21, 2017

Driving is a normal part of modern life. It is something many of us do most days or every day. It is also common to be a passenger in the car of a friend, family member or colleague. But what happens if you are a passenger in a car and get into an accident? If you are injured, who is responsible for your damages? In the vast majority of cases, passengers are clearly not responsible for an accident that they were injured in. Most of the time, the driver of the car you are riding in, or the driver of another car will be found negligent, and therefore liable to you for your injuries. Sometimes, however, despite the fact that the passenger clearly had no part in the cause of the accident, he or she will still be caught up in the dispute over liability as the drivers argue over who bears the bulk of the responsibility for the collision. And in some rare situations, passengers might not be totally off the hook for liability either.

 

Georgia Car Accident Questions

March 21, 2017

Every year in the United States, millions of people are injured in car accidents. Many accidents also occur with no injuries, but significant property damage. With the great frequency of which car accidents take place, it is important to know a bit about what you should do if you find yourself in one.

New Orleans Driver's Blood Alcohol Content Was Nearly Three Times The Legal Limit

March 18, 2017

The van driver was arrested for a February 26, 2017, crash that injured 28 people during a parade was highly intoxicated. According to The Times-Picayune of Greater New Orleans, the 25-year-old driver's blood alcohol content was .232 nearly two hours after the crash. That reading is almost three times Louisiana's legal limit of .08% blood alcohol content. Law enforcement officers charged the driver with two counts of first-degree negligent vehicular injuring, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, and hit-and-run causing serious injury. The driver's case is still pending in a Louisiana court.

Side-impact Collisions Or T-Bone Accidents

March 17, 2017

Recently, we've unfortunately noticed a marked increase in the number of drivers who run red-lights (and stop signs). The first few seconds after a light turns red have become the new yellow. Then there is the reverse red-light runner, the one who anticipates that a red light will change to green, the one who gets a glance of the yellow light controlling the perpendicular roadway, and jumps the light change early. In both instances, speed is often a significant contributing factor.

Car Accident Claims in the Southeastern United States

March 15, 2017

At Montlick and Associates, we have been representing clients in car accident cases for decades. We represent clients located across the Southeastern United States, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Our attorneys serve as fierce advocates for individuals who have suffered injuries as the result of automobile collisions.

Single Car Accidents: When your Collision with an Inanimate Object Wasn't your Fault

March 15, 2017

When we hear about car accidents, the image that likely comes to mind is of two or more vehicles colliding with one another as the result of negligence, icy roads, or another unfortunate incident. But there are other forms of car accidents as well, and they are fairly common. These are the accidents where cars collide with something that was not moving - for instance, a lamppost, a tree, a fence or a building. Of course, if you are the person behind the wheel when your vehicle smashed into a telephone poll, it is pretty difficult to argue that the telephone poll is to blame. And if you were involved in this sort of crash, and caused damages to someone else's property, is it always your fault? The answer is not necessarily. In fact in some situations, someone else might actually be liable to you for your injuries and for the damage to your vehicle.

Car Accidents: Liability in Rear End Collisions in Georgia

March 14, 2017

There are countless ways in which car accidents occur each year in the State of Georgia. Many times car accidents are the result of a driver's failure to operate their vehicle with caution or proper attention. The various factors that can come into play in a car accident can make it challenging to determine who is at fault and who should bear liability for the accident. However, some traffic accidents are not as easy to determine fault as others. Rear end collisions are a type of accidents that fault seems abundantly clear. It would make sense to think that the driver following another car would be automatically held liable if he or she hit the car in front. Further, it would seem that the driver was following too close and should have allowed more space between their car and the car they are following in order to avoid a rear-end accident if something unexpected were to occur. However, even in these simple types of accidents, liability can become a matter of debate. Here are two scenarios in which a driver may rear end someone, and yet manage to dodge some of the responsibility for causing the accident.

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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.