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Our Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Montlick and Associates would like to welcome you to our legal blog. The blog is designed to provide helpful information to injury victims about their legal rights and remedies, and to promote family safety so that accidents can be prevented before they happen. While our attorneys and staff have provided information on many topics, we know that you may have specific questions based on your unique situation. We invite you to contact us for your free consultation with one of our Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers so that we can evaluate your case, let you know about your legal rights and the steps that need to be taken to protect those rights, and to address your specific concerns and questions.

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The Increased Risk of Collisions Involving Drivers With ADHD

February 19, 2017

Gwinnett County Car Accident Lawyers Discuss the Increased Risk of Collisions Involving Drivers with ADHD

Many adults and children in Georgia suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD,) which impairs their ability to focus their attention. The National Resource Center on ADHD (CHADD) indicates that individuals who suffer from this condition tend to receive more traffic citations and car accidents. While there are strategies that the afflicted can use to mitigate this risk, motorists with ADHD should be aware of their condition and the impact on driving ability and concentration. In this blog, our experienced Gwinnett County Accident Lawyers consider the way ADHD impacts traffic safety and liability stemming from collisions caused by the condition.

The Danger Posed by Overloaded Tractor-Trailers

February 18, 2017

Atlanta Trucking Accident Lawyers Examine Danger Posed by Overloaded Tractor-Trailers

Because tractor-trailers frequently outweigh a passenger car by 25 times or more, collisions involving large trucks often cause permanent injury or wrongful death. Because of the potential for catastrophic injury and horrific carnage, federal regulations impose maximum weight limits to reduce the number and severity of crashes involving big-rigs. The State of Georgia adopted the federal regulations governing commercial vehicles with a weight of 10,001 pounds or more in 1972. Pursuant to these regulations, tractor-trailers must stop at weigh stations for inspection when traveling on Georgia roadways. In this blog article, our Atlanta trucking accident lawyers examine the threat to public safety posed by overweight tractor-trailers.

Dangers of Large Passenger Vans and Federal Safety Recommendations

February 17, 2017

Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyers Highlight Dangers of Large Passenger Vans and Federal Safety Recommendations

While large passenger vans continue to constitute a significant cause of serious injury and fatalities, these dangerous vehicles are still used by many community organizations to transport passengers to and from events and on short excursions. Manufacturers of twelve and fifteen passenger vans have long been aware of the dangers, but many dangerous vans continue to travel the roadways of Georgia, putting passengers at risk of serious injury. In this blog article, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers highlight recent evidence that reinforces prior concerns about the safety of large passenger vans.

Atlanta Drunk Driving Accident Lawyers Review Georgia DRAM Shop Law

February 17, 2017

Despite the enormous threat to the safety of motorists on Georgia roadways, far too many people continue to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. While 300,000 people drive drunk every day in the U.S., a mere 3,200 of these drivers are arrested according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). These drunk drivers claim the lives of 127 people a day and cause injury to many more. Victims of drunk drivers often consider a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the intoxicated motorist. This approach might not result in financial compensation or justice, so our experienced Atlanta drunk driving accident lawyers discuss the situations where a DUI accident victim can pursue a claim for damages against the bar or restaurant that provided alcohol to the intoxicated driver.

The Takata Airbag Recall – Manufacturer Hit with $1 Billion Fine

February 16, 2017

More than 64 million Takata airbags have been recalled in the United States, affecting a significant number of automakers that sell vehicles both inside and outside the United States. In 2015, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration ("NHTSA") began a national recall of certain Takata airbags that have been linked to eleven deaths and more than 180 injuries.

The Value of Child Safety Restraints in Car Safety

February 16, 2017

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers Remind of the Value of Child Safety Restraints

Motor vehicle accidents reported to police claimed the lives of 21,132 people in a recent one-year period. Tragically, fifteen (15) percent of the passengers who died in auto accidents were children, youths, or young adults according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The toll that motor vehicle accidents take on children is reflected in the fact that these accidents rank third regarding years of life lost (behind only heart disease and cancer). Vehicular accidents also rank as the leading cause of death for children age four and the second leading cause of death of children age three and every age from five through age fourteen.

Eating and Driving Might be Greater Danger to Traffic Safety Than Cell Phones

February 15, 2017

Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Observes Eating and Driving Might be Greater Danger to Traffic Safety Than Cell Phones

Enormous efforts have been undertaken to get cell phones out of the hands of drivers. These strategies include public awareness campaigns, laws imposing steep fines, and media coverage of the tragic results of distracted driving. While cell phones still pose a significant threat to public safety, this focus on portable electronic gadgets has ignored the risk of other types of distractions. Eating and drinking behind the wheel of a motor vehicle might constitute the most prevalent and dangerous form of distracted driving. In this blog article, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers explore the dangers associated with eating and driving.

Information for Tailgating Accident Victims

February 15, 2017

Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Offer Information for Tailgating Accident Victims

While there are many forms of unsafe driving, the practice of tailgating is one of the most dangerous forms of driving behavior. Tailgating is defined as traveling too close to the vehicle in front of you. This unsafe driving practice increases the probability of a crash because the driver sacrifices critical moments to perform evasive actions or to brake to avoid a collision. Because of this heightened risk of causing an auto accident, Georgia and most states make this driving practice a traffic offense. In this blog article, our Atlanta auto accident attorneys offer consumers facts about tailgating accidents.

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.

Steps To Take After a Hit-and-Run Crash in Georgia

February 13, 2017

Hit-and-Run Crashes Can Affect Anyone

Even Hollywood celebrities are not immune from the trauma and harm that can result from a hit-and-run accident. Earlier this month, a driver struck a vehicle in which celebrity Chrissy Teigen was riding as a passenger, according to US Weekly. The driver is then alleged to have fled the scene of the accident. Teigen was fortunately not injured and a suspect was later arrested on suspicion of having caused the hit-and-run crash.

South Carolina Workplace Accident Leaves One Man Dead and Two Others Seriously Injured

February 13, 2017

Certain jobs by their very nature are more dangerous than others. Jobs that involve working at plants that utilize large and complex machinery can pose a greater risk of employees suffering injuries. Additionally, high temperatures are often used in the manufacturing process, and this can be an additional danger that employees are exposed to. A recent South Carolina workplace accident has left one 63-year-old man dead and two other workers injured, according to a local news report.

The Extreme Danger Posed by Distracted Truck Drivers in Georgia

February 12, 2017

Drivers that do not devote their full attention to the road put others with whom they share the roadways at risk, but this risk is never greater than when the vehicle being operated by a distracted driver is an 80,000 pound fully loaded tractor-trailer combination. A prominent Kentucky tractor-trailer accident that was widely reported by the national media provides a compelling example of the life-altering impact of distracted truck drivers. The truck driver crossed into oncoming traffic before colliding head on with a passenger van. Ten vehicle occupants in the van had their joyous caravan to a family wedding instantly turned into a terrible tragedy when they died in the collision, according to NBC News.

Understanding the Restrictions on Alcohol Use by Truck Drivers

February 12, 2017

Most commercial truck drivers are law-abiding and safe when traveling.  Commercial drivers that operate tractor-trailers may cause horrific trucking accidents when they operate their enormous vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. In order to protect other vehicle occupants, there are strict regulations that pertain to alcohol and drug use by commercial drivers. These rules are designed to keep alcohol-impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel of a big-rig. Nonetheless, both truck drivers and trucking companies sometimes disregard these regulations with tragic results.

Fatigue and Sleep-Deprivation May Have Been the Cause of Deadly Arkansas Freight Train Accident

February 11, 2017

Train accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, but sleep deprivation and sleep-related disorders have been involved in many recent train accidents. According to USA Today, a report issued last month by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) provides investigative details into a deadly train accident that occurred in Arkansas more than two years ago.

Early Morning Gwinnett Wrong-Way Accident Leaves One Atlanta Man Fatally Injured

February 10, 2017

January has already seen a tragic start for many who have been injured in recent auto accidents as well as the families of those who have lost their lives in recent auto accidents. An Atlanta family is mourning the loss of a 44-year-old man who suffered fatal injuries following a wrong-way accident that took place on I-85 near Jimmy Carter Boulevard in the early morning hours on a January Monday. A surviving passenger to this man's vehicle suffered a broken arm and perforated bowel.

Leading Safety Issues in Georgia Tractor-Trailer Accidents

February 10, 2017

The unique character of tractor-trailers makes for unprecedented safety issues for other motorists with whom these extremely long and enormously heavy vehicles share Georgia roadways. While there are many factors that can play a role in a Georgia tractor-trailer collision, there are certain safety factors that are particularly problematic. When a person in a passenger vehicle is involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer, the results will almost always be severe injury for the passenger vehicle occupant. Though tractor-trailers are involved in a disproportionately high number of collisions given how many of these vehicles are on the roadways, virtually all of the collision can be linked to a number of specific safety issues.

Jury Awards Surviving Nurse of Fatal Georgia Southern Trucking Accident $15 Million

February 09, 2017

Many Georgians may remember when we discussed the catastrophic tractor-trailer accident that killed five Georgia Southern University nursing students almost two years ago in April of 2015. This horrific accident occurred when the driver of a tractor trailer going 70 miles per hour failed to stop when cars were at a standstill in front of him. The impact of the accident left five innocent nursing students dead and two other nursing students seriously injured.

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.

NHTSA Study Finds Traffic Fatalities are on the Rise

February 08, 2017

Numbers are Cause to Issue a "Call for Action"

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a study last month indicating that the number of individuals who died in motor vehicle accidents throughout the United States from January 2016 to September 2016 was eight percent higher than the number of traffic-related fatalities for the same period during 2015. Whereas 25,808 individuals perished in traffic collisions between January 2015 and September 2015, that number had risen to 27,875 for January 2016 to September 2016. A representative of NHTSA asserted that the numbers represented a "crisis" requiring a national "call for action."

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