DeKalb County 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.


DeKalb County Truck Accident Attorneys

There are about two million semi-trucks driving on the American roads, and well over 100,000 large commercial trucks are involved in accidents on an annual basis. Whenever a serious trucking accident occurs, drivers, passengers, and pedestrians typically suffer from permanent devastating injuries or tragic fatalities. These life-altering injuries may include brain injury, skull fractures, broken bones, contusions, internal bleeding, spinal cord damage, loss of organ function, back injuries and many others. An accident victim not only suffers from the physical pain associated with the collision, but from prolonged mental anguish and crippling financial obstacles.

Trucking accidents can have prolonged economic effects upon you and your family. If you suffer disabling injuries in a DeKalb tractor-trailer accident, medical expenses and lost income can deflate your savings and lead to insurmountable debt without obtaining financial recovery from the responsible truck driver and trucking company.

Our experienced DeKalb County truck accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have been representing trucking accident victims for nearly thirty years. We understand the complex regulatory structure of the trucking industry, commercial carriers’ customs and practices, and the unique danger posed by 80,000 pound, fully loaded tractor-trailers.

Common Causes of DeKalb County Trucking Accident Cases

Our experienced DeKalb County big-rig accident lawyers have been handling trucking accident cases for nearly three decades. Most trucking accidents are caused by truck driver negligence or poor truck maintenance. Driver fatigue plays such a substantial role in tractor-trailer accidents that there are special rules called “Hours of Service” (HOS) rules. These rules establish a maximum number of hours behind the wheel in a day or quasi-weekly period, minimum rest periods, and time that a driver must be completely off-duty. Because drivers and trucking companies can increase their bottom line by driving further, faster and longer, these HOS rules are frequently disregarded by commercial drivers with the tacit or express approval of the trucking company. Some of the other causes of trucking accidents that we frequently see include:

  • Distracted truck drivers using their cell phones
  • Drowsy truck drivers
  • Drivers in violation of an intrastate or interstate regulation or company policy
  • Overloaded trailers or unbalanced freight
  • Truck component failure resulting from lack of maintenance, or failure to make repairs
  • Truck drivers that fail to observe traffic safety rules
  • Insufficient screening or training of drivers by trucking companies
  • Improperly secured loads that shift while the vehicle is moving
  • Lack of attention to blind spots (“no zones”)
  • Commercial drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Because of the comprehensive fabric of trucking regulations governing safety issues, our experienced DeKalb County trucking accident lawyers have extensive knowledge of these regulations. Violations of trucking regulations often are the key factor in imposing fault on a truck driver or trucking company.

The Pervasive Practice of Evidence Destruction and Distortion in Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Many trucking accidents occur only because truck drivers or trucking companies make a conscious decision to put profits above public safety by disregarding critical safety regulations covering a multitude of issues, including proper loading, driver fatigue, drug testing policies, and other important regulations designed to protect the public. These unconscionable decisions often are compounded by unethical trucking company practices designed to evade responsibility for the horrific collisions they cause by destroying or manipulating evidence. This pattern for distorting evidence includes falsifying logbooks that drivers are required to keep, which provide valuable evidence of driver fatigue and big-rig maintenance. These important records are so frequently altered and distorted that they are derisively referred to in the trucking industry as “lie logs.”

Another form of evidence that may disappear is electronic data recorded in black box data recorders installed in many tractor-trailers. These black boxes are similar to those used in airplanes and can provide critical information about vehicle speed, location, sudden braking, driver fatigue and other critical information about the condition of the tractor-trailer and driving behavior immediately before the DeKalb County trucking accident. Unfortunately, when tractor-trailers are put back into service, the stored data from prior trips may be erased so it is imperative to take affirmative steps to prevent this loss of evidence. Trucking companies typically repair body damage before sending a tractor-trailer back out on the road, which also can result in the loss of important vehicle damage that, depending on the facts of the case, can be used by an accident reconstruction expert to analyze the causes of a tractor-trailer collision.

Because our DeKalb County tractor-trailer accident attorneys understand the importance of preserving such evidence and exposing its manipulation, we routinely send a letter to the commercial carrier informing the trucking company that the big-rig and its black box data are the subject of pending litigation and must be preserved. If the trucking company does not comply with our request, we may even file for injunctive relief so that a judge can impose sanctions against the trucking company for not safeguarding the evidence.

Available Compensation in DeKalb County Big Rig Accident Cases

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious trucking accident or a loved one has died, our DeKalb County truck accident lawyers may be able to help you recover a broad range of damages, including lost wages, pain and suffering, diminished earning capacity, a loss of overall enjoyment of life, burial/funeral expenses, property damage, medical costs, loss of consortium and other damages. Our experienced DeKalb County trucking accident lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining the compensation necessary to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced DeKalb County trucking 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 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.

DeKalb County Personal Injury Attorneys

The DeKalb County personal injury attorneys of Montlick and Associates has been providing injury victims in DeKalb County with effective legal representation and advocacy in all types of personal injury claims since we were founded in 1984. At Montlick and Associates, we understand that injuries cause physical, financial, and psychological hardships. Because we are committed to seeking positive outcomes for our clients that facilitate overcoming these hardships, we tailor our legal strategies to each client’s unique circumstances because we are dedicated to obtaining compensation for DeKalb County injury victims.

During our nearly thirty years as advocates for those injured by negligent and reckless conduct, Montlick and Associates has recovered millions and millions of dollars for thousands of clients in DeKalb County and the surrounding areas of Georgia. Our clients come to us for legal representation in a wide array of personal injury cases, such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, slip and fall accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, abuse and neglect of elderly in nursing homes, product liability legal claims, and many more types of personal injury cases.

DeKalb County Motor Vehicle Collisions--Car Accidents: Our DeKalb County car accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have the experience, knowledge, and resources to provide effective legal counsel and representation to injury victims pursuing an accident claim involving motorized vehicles, as well as pedestrians and bicycles. Auto accidents are the leading cause of accidental injuries and wrongful death despite substantial improvements in motor vehicle safety. Whether these accidents occur because of speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving, changing lanes carelessly, tailgating or failing to properly abide by traffic laws, Montlick and Associates has a proven track record for obtaining the monetary recovery our clients need to rebuild their lives.

DeKalb County Commercial Trucking Accidents--Tractor-Trailer Collisions: Montlick and Associates understands the unique challenges involved in pursuing personal injury claims arising out of commercial trucking collisions. Tractor-trailers are particularly dangerous to others on the road because tractor-trailers weigh up to 80,000 pounds when transporting a full load. At Montlick and Associates, we aggressively pursue trucking accident claims when trucking companies disregard safety regulations by improperly screening, training, or supervising their drivers. Because we have extensive knowledge of trucking industry tactics designed to manipulate or destroy key evidence like driver logbooks and data from black boxes, our experienced DeKalb trucking accident attorneys have the tools to maximize our clients’ claims for financial compensation.

DeKalb County Motor Vehicle Crashes—Motorcycle Accidents: Motorcycles are much less stable than automobiles and provide little physical protection when involved in collisions. Motorcycles have a much higher rate of fatalities and/or catastrophic injuries than passenger vehicles. Motorcycle collisions often require significant rehabilitative care and cause permanent life-altering disabilities. At Montlick and Associates, our DeKalb County attorneys understand these devastating consequences and work diligently to investigate motorcycle accident claims and construct persuasive positions to obtain compensation for our clients.

DeKalb County Wrongful Death Claims: At Montlick and Associates, we understand that losing someone you love in a motor vehicle accident or because of other careless or violent conduct may cause heavy financial burdens that complicate coping with one’s emotional loss. Our DeKalb County wrongful death attorneys are firmly committed to the principle that victims of intentional and negligent conduct should be compensated. Our committed DeKalb County wrongful death attorneys may be able to seek compensation to restore the financial security to families that have lost a breadwinner. We know that we cannot give you back someone you love, but we can help you obtain the financial resources you need to pay your mortgage, household bills and children’s education.

DeKalb County Slip and Fall Claims: Our DeKalb County slip and fall attorneys believe that patrons of DeKalb County businesses should be able to reasonably expect that business owners will remedy hazardous conditions or warn patrons of existing dangers that could cause a patron to slip or trip and fall. Our team of DeKalb County slip and fall attorneys has the experience necessary to investigate and identify hazards such as improper lighting, uneven flooring, and other conditions that may increase the risk of slipping and falling in a grocery store, department store, restaurant, or other local businesses. If you are the victim of a slip and fall accident at a DeKalb County business, please contact Montlick and Associates so that we can help you seek the compensation that you deserve.

DeKalb County Construction Site Injury Claims: Our DeKalb County construction attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand that there are a multitude of injury risks that exist at construction sites. Whether the danger is falling from scaffolding or injuring oneself while operating heavy machinery, such as loaders, backhoes, excavators, cranes, or booms, our DeKalb County construction accident attorneys are here to help construction injury victims effectively pursue a construction accident claim. Construction accident claims pose particular challenges, such as identifying viable defendants and preventing the disappearance of critical evidence from a construction site that may be in constant flux. Our DeKalb County construction accident attorneys may pursue both a workers' compensation claim against our client’s employer and a personal injury claim against third parties.

DeKalb County Workers' Compensation Claims: When an employee in DeKalb County suffers a workplace injury, the employee may seek compensation for that injury from his or her employer without requiring the employee to prove that the employer’s negligence caused the injury. Although the workers' compensation system offers free medical care, income replacement and compensation for long-term disability, it does not provide many forms of compensation available in a personal injury claim. This is the reason our DeKalb County workers' compensation attorneys typically also investigate the viability of a personal injury claim so that we can seek the fullest recovery for our clients.

DeKalb County Dog Bite Claims: Millions of people are the victims of dog attacks annually with nearly 800,000 of those victims suffering injuries severe enough to require medical treatment. Nearly one billion dollars in insurance claims are generated annually arising from dog bite injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured as the result of an aggressive dog whose owner has failed to properly contain or restrain it, we invite you to contact Montlick and Associates. Our attorneys have successfully obtained compensation for many victims of dog bite attacks who have suffered serious injury, including the need for reconstructive surgery.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced DeKalb County 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 a FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced DeKalb County personal injury attorneys. Our attorneys are here to help. If you cannot travel to our office, we can discuss alternative meeting arrangements, including a potential home visit. Call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for a FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website, www.montlick.com, to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.


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