Buford Personal Injury Attorneys


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.

No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). Or use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.


Buford Personal Injury Attorneys

When individuals, corporations or public entities fail to exercise reasonable prudence to prevent injury or wrongful death to others, a civil liability claim is often the best way to achieve important goals including compensation of the victim, punishing the wrongdoer, and discouraging similar actions in the future. Although some may be uncomfortable with seeking financial compensation for an accident or intentional act committed by third parties, sometimes a monetary settlement or judgment is the best way to prevent future accidents. While civil settlements and judgments are about assisting those who experience physical pain, emotional distress and financial burdens overcome these challenges and maintain their quality of life, personal injury and wrongful death claims are also a valuable tool in shaping behavior and enforcing safe practices.

At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Buford personal injury attorneys understand the enormous physical and emotional obstacles that may be caused by injuries suffered in a serious accident. We also understand that dealing with insurance companies and a complex legal system can be a daunting task. This is where our Buford personal injury law firm gets involved. We can safely navigate the minefield of legal requirements and potential pitfalls that can derail a legitimate personal injury claim. Our team of Buford personal injury lawyers conducts an investigation of the facts and analysis of the law as well as developing persuasive legal arguments and advocacy. Since we have been zealously advocating for the personal injury accident victims in Buford and throughout Georgia for almost three decades, we have the experience to obtain the monetary recovery our clients’ need to move past their accident and get on with their lives.

When you suffer personal injury caused by a Buford accident or criminal act, time is of the essence in handling certain important matters. The first priority is seeking medical treatment for your injuries and following through on all referrals for diagnostic scans or rehabilitative therapy. The recovery that a personal injury accident victim needs to rebuild is closely tied to the nature and extent of your injuries. If you ignore diagnostic tests or fail to follow through on rehabilitative care, this could hurt both your prognosis and your personal injury claim. Victims who suffer injury caused by auto collisions, falls on construction sites, heavy machinery accidents, violent crimes, medical mistakes, slip and falls on faulty steps, or unsafe products also should promptly seek a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers at Montlick and Associates because critical deadlines must be met and evidence obtained before it disappears.

Buford Auto Accidents (Motor Vehicle Accidents): When drivers disregard Georgia traffic safety laws, insist on dividing their attention between multiple activities while driving, and drive while intoxicated by alcohol or impaired by drugs, the result is often a devastating collision. There are few Buford auto accidents that are the result of circumstances beyond the control of a driver. Most times drivers that cause auto accidents know they are doing something that is unsafe but simply do not care enough about the safety of others to modify their behavior. Many motor vehicle accidents dramatically alter the lives of their victims so that they are confined to wheelchairs, lose the ability to speak, remain in a permanent vegetative state or die from their injuries. Our Buford car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand that insurance companies are not your friend or ally. We aggressively pursue the compensation that our clients are entitled to receive.

Buford Pedestrian Accidents - When pedestrians must walk in close proximity to motor vehicles, the risk of serious injury caused by driver error or indifference is substantial. When you or someone you love is injured while walking or jogging in Buford or surrounding suburban cities, an unsafe driver that strikes a pedestrian and/or the city that fails to develop or maintain a safe roadway may be liable for any resulting injuries. Our pedestrian accident attorneys have been helping accident victims since 1984 by seeking the compensation they need to move past their pedestrian accident.

Buford Dog Bites: Many people equate dog bites with minor nips that may not even break the skin. The reality is that many dog attacks that result in serious injury require hospitalization and extensive treatment, including multiple surgical procedures and long-term psychological counseling. Children playing in the yards of friends, neighbors and family members account for a disproportionate number of Buford dog bite injuries. This is one reason that many dog attacks are never reported and that victims do not seek compensation for their injuries. Even if the owner of a dog that causes serious dog bite injuries or broken bones is someone with whom you have a personal relationship, this should not discourage you from seeking financial compensation from the person’s homeowner’s insurance company. When dogs with a known tendency to be vicious cause injury, homeowner’s insurance is intended to compensate victims for such injuries.

Buford Wrongful Deaths: At Montlick and Associates, we know that losing a family member because of drunken drivers, shoddy products, unsafe scaffoldings or alcohol-impaired doctors is a devastating experience. Tragically, people across the U.S. die on a daily basis because of this type of negligent and/or criminal conduct. Money cannot sooth the pain of having someone who you love suddenly and needlessly taken from you. However, wrongful death actions can help surviving family members obtain monetary compensation to alleviate the loss of financial support that makes premature loss of a loved one even more difficult. Our law firm seeks compensation for the estate of a fatal accident victim that would have been available had the decedent survived, including lost wages, pain and suffering between the accident and time of death, and medical expenses. Our compassionate Buford wrongful death attorneys also seek compensation for grieving family members for their loss of emotional and financial support.

Buford Workers' Compensation: Employees who are injured while performing work duties can be incapacitated for weeks, months or even longer. The Georgia workers' compensation statute is designed to provide an efficient way for employees to obtain compensation for lost wages and free medical care. Because the system is a no-fault system, an employee can obtain benefits faster than might be available in a personal injury case. This does not mean that there is no need for legal representation. Workers' compensation benefits are paid by your employer’s insurance carrier who will often provide medical evidence contending that you are ready to return to work or full duties prematurely. The attorneys for your employer’s workers' compensation carrier may also present an overly rosy view of your recovery. While you are entitled to be compensated to the degree you suffer any degree of permanent disability, the workers' compensation carrier will often aggressively contest your percentage of disability. Our experienced Buford workers' compensation attorneys are prepared to aggressively defend your rights to the full measure of financial compensation your injuries and disability warrant. We also may endeavor to supplement your recovery by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against other individuals or businesses that contributed to your accident.

Buford Premises Liability: If you are injured because you trip on a broken step, suffer an attack by a vicious dog or are the victim of a violent crime, the area of premises liability law provides the legal requirement of property owners to remedy hazards on their property or warn of dangers. This area of law involves extremely complex analysis of key factual circumstances that will impact the outcome of a premises liability claim. While the law imposes a substantial duty on commercial property owners conducting businesses on their property to provide a safe environment or to alert patrons of potential hazards, the law is much less protective of trespassers. Even the principle that trespassers are not owed a significant duty to make one’s property safe may be complicated when small children trespass. The attractive nuisance doctrine protects trespassing children from hazards likely to be appealing to children who may not be mature enough to appreciate the risk. A swimming pool is the classic example of an attractive nuisance. If you suffer injury in a slip and fall, animal attack, criminal assault on business premises or other injury on the premises of another, our experienced Buford premises liability lawyers offer a free consultation so that we can advise you whether you have a viable legal claim.

Buford Product Defects: Many personal injury law firms avoid product defect cases because they require taking on large corporations that produce consumer products, medical devices, motor vehicles, pharmaceuticals as well as these entities' insurance companies. These cases involve a substantial investment of litigation resources and experienced courtroom lawyers. Our Buford product defect law firm has been advocating for consumers injured by unsafe products since our law firm was founded in 1984. Product liability claims not only provide a method to obtain monetary recovery for product defect victims but also provides a financial incentive for corporations that produce and distribute products to implement proper quality control standards. If you or someone you love has been injured by a product that malfunctions because of a defect, our experienced Buford defective products attorneys do not hesitate to take on large corporations that cause injury to innocent consumers with defective and unsafe products.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Buford personal injury lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Buford personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.

Buford Pedestrian Accident Attorneys

One can hardly turn on the television or surf the Internet without being inundated with messages about obesity, the environment, and health concerns. These issues have motivated an increasing number of people in Buford and throughout the surrounding areas of Georgia to engage in walking, running and jogging. Unfortunately, cities throughout Georgia have repeatedly made lists of the most dangerous cities in the country for pedestrians. While pedestrians are often placed at risk by the conscious disregard of safe driving practices, the failure of public entities to provide safe intersections, pedestrian crossings, roundabouts, center islands and other pedestrian safety measures also may cause pedestrian accidents.

Because pedestrians have absolutely no protection from impact with a motor vehicle, the consequences of such a collision are typically life-changing. The collision between a passenger car built with 3,000 pounds of steel and a human body often causes catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, broken bones and fractures, traumatic brain injury, and loss of limbs which adversely impact every facet of an injury victim’s life. When these types of devastating injuries occur, the accident victim may face monumental medical expenses, the need for long-term supportive or nursing care, and diminished earning capacity. Our experienced Buford pedestrian accident attorneys carefully evaluate the facts to identify all potential defendants and develop a sound, effective strategy to pursue our clients’ injury claims.

Buford Pedestrian Accidents Affecting the Most Vulnerable Victims

In a recent year, pedestrian accident fatality rates increased 4.2 percent from the previous year. Serious pedestrian accidents cause approximately 51,000 injuries and 4,300 fatalities in a typical year. While any pedestrian hit by a car, truck or SUV may be severely injured, certain populations of people are particularly likely to be injured in pedestrian accidents. Pedestrian collision accident victims tend to be children, the elderly and certain minorities.

The highest pedestrian fatality rate involves children under the age of sixteen who may lack the experience and judgment to fully appreciate the risk of a potential pedestrian accident or to accurately estimate speed and distance. Children running into the street to retrieve a dog or toy are often the victims of speeding, distracted or alcohol-impaired drivers. Many times children simply do not look before entering an intersection or may misjudge whether it is safe to do so. Pedestrian accidents also disproportionately impact the lives of the elderly. While those over 65 are less likely to be hit by a motor vehicle, their risk of suffering severe injury or wrongful death is substantially higher. Seniors face triple the risk of dying in a pedestrian-car collision. Black and Hispanic pedestrians also face a higher probability of being hit by a car.

Why Are Pedestrians So Prone to Collisions with Motor Vehicles?

A study called Dangerous by Design, which was prepared by traffic safety experts, found that most roadways and intersections prioritize the safety of motor vehicle occupants. The high risk of pedestrian accidents in many areas is a product of limited investment by public entities in pedestrian safety measures. The report indicates that Buford pedestrian accidents are common because most public entities have invested more in safety for occupants of motor vehicles. The study suggests that pedestrian accidents are more likely to involve the elderly and minorities in low-income areas because their transportation options are more limited since they are less likely to own a car. This means pedestrians in these income-depressed areas must walk to destinations or bus stops.

Pedestrian accidents are often caused, at least in part, by roadway designs that do not provide adequate protections for pedestrians. Middle islands, longer walks, signs, and more crosswalks makes pedestrians safer and can prevent deadly Buford pedestrian accidents. Even when a negligent driver causes a pedestrian accident, the roadway, intersection design, or poorly timed traffic signal may contribute to a serious pedestrian accident. Our experienced pedestrian accident attorneys may seek damages from the public entity that designed or maintained an unsafe stretch of pedestrian roadway. Legal claims against public entities must comply with the Georgia Tort Claims Act, which has special timing and procedural requirements that must be complied with before you may pursue a lawsuit against a governmental sub-division.

Dangerous Drivers Pose Serious Dangers to Buford Pedestrians

While dangerous intersections and malfunctioning traffic signals may contribute to many pedestrian accidents, negligent driving is the most frequent cause of collisions involving pedestrians. While there are many types of unsafe driving that may result in a car running over a pedestrian, some common unsafe driving practices involved in these cases include:

  • Drivers that are speeding, especially in the vicinity of children or near intersections
  • Running red lights and stop signs at intersections
  • Operating motor vehicles while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted drivers in high pedestrian areas like school zones, parks, and intersections
  • Failing to slow down in construction zones

If you are injured in a pedestrian accident in Buford, you may face enormous financial challenges that make it harder to focus your energy and attention on your physical and emotional recovery. Accident victims may recover both pecuniary damages (i.e. economic damages) and non-pecuniary damages for things like pain and suffering that cannot be as easily quantified. Our experienced Buford pedestrian accident attorneys may be able to pursue a multitude of types of damages including:

  • Damages for Pecuniary Loss: Loss of wages, cost of vehicle repair, medical costs and rehabilitation expenses, costs of funeral or burial, future diminished earning capacity.
  • Non-Pecuniary Loss: Pain and suffering, impaired enjoyment of life, loss of consortium, punitive damages, emotional distress

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Buford pedestrian accident lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for a FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Buford pedestrian accident attorneys. Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for a FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.


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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.