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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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Drunk Driving Accident Involving Ferris Wheel

August 26, 2016

Accidents can sometimes occur in the most unexpected ways. A recent drunk driving accident involving a Ferris Wheel caught onlookers and law enforcement officials by surprise at a Rogers City, Michigan festival. A man was driving 80 miles per hour (which was more than 50 miles per hour over the speed limit) when he slammed into a parked van near a Ferris Wheel. The impact then caused the unoccupied parked van to slam into the Ferris Wheel, moving the ride nearly five or six feet.

Safety Concerns Trump the Competitive Costs of Uber and Lyft

August 25, 2016

The taxicab industry has led the charge against ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. While taxi companies clearly have an agenda for opposing this transportation alternative, the popularity of these alternatives to cabs and limousines merits a consideration of the process used to screen their drivers. While Lyft and Uber differ regarding the details of their operations, both companies offer the convenience of cell phone booking and affordable cost. Government officials in some states have begun evaluating whether these services pose a significant threat to public safety. Critics contend that the massive number of people permitted to drive for Uber or Lyft makes the risk of incomplete background investigations high, which allows unsafe candidates to slip through the cracks. In this blog, our Cobb County car accident lawyers examine recent concerns about the screening process being applied to the tens of thousands of drivers of ridesharing services.

Forsyth Man Dies Following Workplace Accident at Monroe County Wastewater Treatment Plant

August 24, 2016

A recent workplace accident left one Forsyth man with fatal injuries, tragically losing his life shortly after arriving at a nearby Macon hospital. According to a news report, as the worker was sawing pipes in a ditch at a wastewater treatment plant, as he had done thousands of times before, a chop saw gashed the worker's neck. Additional details about how and why the incident happened are not currently available, and a more extensive investigation should shed light on how this workplace accident occurred. Perhaps it was a freak accident that was not necessarily preventable, or perhaps there was machinery that was malfunctioning, among many other possibilities. An investigation should help to answer these questions to rule out certain causes of the accident.

School Bus Driver Faces Jail Time for Causing Accident While Downloading Messenger App

August 23, 2016

As parents, we want to trust that school bus drivers will do everything to can to make sure children are safe on school buses. Some people may recall a school bus accident that occurred last year when a school bus driver crashed into a tree while downloading a messenger application called "Kik." According to a news report, the woman driving the school bus was recently found guilty of criminal charges that may land her in jail for a significant number of years. The woman's sentencing will be determined at a future hearing.

Important Information about Knee and Leg Injury Risk in Auto Collisions

August 22, 2016

Auto accidents cause injuries to approximately 2.35 million people annually in the United States, according to the Association for Safe Internation Road Travel (ASIRT). Many vehicle occupants suffer serious injuries to the leg and knee. When suffering any injury, crash victims should seek immediate medical care, an accurate diagnosis to confirm a full understanding of their injuries, and a prognosis. Prompt medical diagnosis and treatment will both contribute to your medical recovery as well as document your injury. Because the lower extremities are among the parts of the human body most often injured in a crash, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers have provided the following information crash victims should know in the event they suffer injuries to their leg(s) or knee(s) in an auto accident.

Jury Finds Grocery Store and Employee Responsible for Death of Woman in Parking Lot Accident

August 21, 2016

Many parking lot accidents involve fender benders or grazing the side of another car when pulling in or backing out of a parking spot, among other minor collisions. Nobody expects to see a catastrophic car accident occur in any parking lot, but that's exactly what happened nearly four years ago in Gretna, Louisiana shortly before Thanksgiving. A recent $1.4 million trial verdict found that a grocery store itself, as well as the store's employee, were responsible for the tragic death of an 85-year-old woman in 2012. 

Georgia Man Dies Following Single-Vehicle Log Trucking Accident

August 20, 2016

A Georgia man tragically lost his life as a result of a single-vehicle trucking accident in Harris County. As the log truck was traveling on Lick Skillet Road near GA 219, the truck driver swerved off the road and plummeted down thirty-five feet from a cliff. There are no details on what specifically may have caused or contributed to the cause of this terrible accident. The fact that no other vehicles were involved in the accident should help investigators to narrow down the potential cause(s) of the accident.

Sleep-Deprived Driving Has Reached Epidemic Proportions – Is There a Solution?

August 19, 2016

Although sleep-deprived driving has long been a serious issue, the magnitude of the problem has now reached an epidemic level. While statistical data on accidents caused by sleep-deprived drivers can be difficult to quantify, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that 328,000 collisions each year are caused by drowsiness, which includes 100,000 injury accidents and 6,400 fatality crashes. The organization also indicates that over-tired motorists account for one in five fatal accidents. While a recent symposium conducted by Harvard Medical School entitled "Asleep at the Wheel" suggested that self-driving vehicles might offer a solution, this long-term approach was not considered an adequate answer in the short-term. At the symposium, presenters pointed out that even if we had a perfectly functioning autonomous car on the market today, the technology would take thirty years to fill our roads and highways. Participants also noted that the problem could no longer be solved with small incremental steps.

Reducing the Number of Walking Injuries and Fatalities in Georgia

August 18, 2016

While pedestrian safety has long been an issue in the large cities of Georgia, including the Atlanta-metro area, the U.S. experienced a ten percent rise in pedestrian collision deaths from 2014 to 2015. The concern associated with this news is compounded by a report from the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) that indicates that pedestrian fatalities constituted fifteen percent of traffic-related fatalities during the same period. Based on the GHSA report, pedestrian fatalities constitute the highest percentage of the total number of traffic-related deaths in a quarter century. Our Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers laud recent efforts to make Atlanta roadways safer for people who walk, jog, and run.

Vehicle Defect Wrongful Death Lawsuit After Anton Yelchin Death

August 17, 2016

Fans of the recent "Star Trek" movie franchise were shocked last year when actor Anton Yelchin died in a fatal crash right outside his home. The young actor had just climbed out of his Jeep Cherokee when he was crushed according to news reports. His vehicle reportedly pinned him against a security gate and brick wall outside his home when it rolled backward after he exited the vehicle. In this article, our Atlanta defective vehicle lawyers examine Yelchin's parents' recently filed wrongful death lawsuit against manufacturer ZF North America, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and the car dealership, Auto Nation, which sold the vehicle.

Limitations of Human Perception Can Increase Rider’s Accident Risk

August 16, 2016

Whether you are riding your motorcycle to work, school, or a weekend outing, every ride poses a potential disaster. Motorcyclists provide a difficult-to-see obstacle that drivers behind the wheel of passenger vehicles and commercial trucks can collide with before their brain registers the rider's presence. Because our Atlanta motorcycle accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, represent many riders hit by negligent drivers, we know that the relatively small size of a motorcycle is a key factor in many crashes.

Reducing Drowsy Driving Crashes in Georgia

August 15, 2016

Traffic safety advocate opinions diverge widely on how to attack the drowsy driving crisis. While the National Sleep Foundation advocates broader laws that prohibit sleep-deprived driving, other groups contend that addressing the problem with legislation might be inadequate because of enforcement challenges. Although drowsy driving laws may not result in many prosecutions, advocates of the approach point out that distracted driving laws have had an impact on motorist behavior. Although few people are prosecuted or convicted under distracted driving statutes, a 2014 study published in the American Public Health Association journal revealed that states with primary enforcement distracted driving laws average approximately three percent fewer traffic fatalities. In other words, laws that prohibit unsafe driving practices can have an impact on public behavior that reaches beyond the actual risk of prosecution.

Tesla “Autopilot” Crash Should Raise Concerns about Safety of Self-Driving Vehicles

August 14, 2016

Public safety experts and the auto industry have lauded self-driving cars as a major step forward in roadway safety. However, a recent fatal crash involving a Tesla operating on "autopilot" has reignited the debate regarding the safety of autonomous driving vehicles. The deadly crash demonstrates that self-driving cars will likely not prevent all accidents. In this article, our car accident lawyers  investigate some types of circumstances in which self-driving vehicles may not be able to prevent an accident.

NTSB Supports Making Auto Crash Avoidance Systems Standard Feature

August 13, 2016

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has advocated that automakers be required to make crash avoidance systems a standard feature in all new vehicles sold throughout the U.S. The federal regulatory agency has issued this recommendation several times in recent years. According to the NTSB, the move to make crash avoidance systems universal would prevent thousands of crash-related deaths annually. Because many crashes are caused by distracted, intoxicated, or drowsy drivers, our Atlanta car accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, agree that widespread use of anti-crash technology could dramatically scale back crashes caused by these types of factors.

Sleep Apnea Screening for Overweight Commercial Truck Drivers Blocked

August 12, 2016

Douglas Bader, an Illinois State Trooper, sat in his squad car with the lights flashing when his car was struck by a tractor-trailer, causing his vehicle to burst into flames. Balder had stopped to deal with a big-rig that had stalled in the right traffic lane. Both a bright yellow tollway assistance vehicle and a tow truck also were stopped, making the scene obvious to approaching vehicles. The patrol car flashers were activated, and flares were positioned behind the vehicles. The tollway truck also was positioned behind the vehicles while flashing a large blinking arrow and amber hazard lights. Despite this obvious traffic obstacle on the side of the road, the driver of a flatbed big rig slammed into the patrol car at 63 miles per hour. The investigation conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) subsequently revealed that the truck driver was falling asleep. The gas truck of the patrol car exploded, and Bader suffered severe burns over a third of his body.

New Report Indicating 45 Million Vehicles Subject to Recalls Remain Unrepaired

August 11, 2016

Although traffic safety has many dimensions, vehicle maintenance constitutes an important part of reducing the risk of serious traffic accidents. If you change your oil, rotate your tires, replace your brake pads, and check all fluids, your vehicle may still pose a serious safety risk according to a recent NBC report. The report indicates that approximately one in six licensed motorists in the U.S. drives a motor vehicle that has an outstanding safety recall issue. In other words, 45 million vehicles traveling U.S. roadways have a product defect serious enough to merit a recall of the vehicle... and they remain uncorrected. If this is not alarming enough, the number of vehicles constituting disasters waiting to happen could be much higher because J.D. Power and Associates' reports that tracking compliance rates on older recalls presents a serious challenge. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers want to call attention to this issue because many vehicle owners have no idea they are driving an unsafe vehicle.

Shortcomings That Undermine the Effectiveness of Safety Programs

August 09, 2016

Although articles published on this blog often explore attempts by trucking companies and their drivers to cut corners to minimize costs and increase profits, many responsible commercial carriers recognize that big-rig crashes often cause debilitating injuries and fatalities. The person that suffers serious injury in a trucking accident usually will be someone other than the tractor-trailer driver because of the weight disparity between a big-rig and a passenger car. When commercial carriers fail to comply with safety regulations, our trucking accident lawyers remind injury victims that trucking companies can be financially responsible for injuries incurred by crash victims.

Benefits of Modifying Georgia Seatbelt Law to Prevent Auto Collision Fatalities

August 08, 2016

While some people consider mandatory seatbelt laws as an infringement of personal liberty imposed by the nanny state, a recent Atlanta Constitution Journal (AJC) editorial suggested Georgia should update its seatbelt restrictions. Although Georgia and a majority of states do not compel adult occupants in the back seat to buckle up, the AJC editorial suggests that the legislature should adopt the position of the majority of other states, which requires all vehicle occupants to wear a seatbelt. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, recognize the merits of the position taken by the writer of the editorial in promoting public safety and making Georgia roadways safer.

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers Provide Overview of Herniated Disc Injuries

August 07, 2016

Our Car Accident Lawyers at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have seen a broad range of motor vehicle accidents and injuries during our three decades representing auto collision victims. Although there are many injuries that a vehicle occupant could suffer in a crash, herniated disc injuries are among the most common types of debilitating injuies. NOTE: In this blog article, we will provide an overview of general information regarding herniated disc injuries in the context of personal injury claims.  None of the information contained herein should be construed as medical advice and, if you believe you are suffering from any type of spinal injury, you should consult a medical doctor.

Potential Fatal Flaw Associated with Some Keyless Entry Systems

August 06, 2016

Vehicle manufacturers are constantly looking to create new features that make them more appealing to consumers. While many motorists flock to innovations like keyless ignition systems, these features, which offer convenience or novelty, often come at a significant price in terms of occupant safety. Many consumers have purchased vehicles with keyless ignition systems that allow the vehicle to be turned off by pushing a button on a fob. Our Fulton County Car Accident Lawyers recently discussed a report from NBC News that highlights the inherent danger associated with some keyless ignition systems.

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