Doraville 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.


Doraville Truck Accident Attorneys

If you are involved in a collision involving a tractor-trailer (commercial truck, big-rig, 18-wheeler, semi-truck), it is important to understand the unique aspects of trucking accident cases that make them more than just a car accident with a massive vehicle involved. Trucking accident cases involve many complexities that are not present in other motor vehicle accident cases. Commercial carriers and truck drivers employ virtually limitless resources when defending Doraville truck accident claims, including use of quick response accident investigation teams that can be dispatched to a trucking accident scene shortly after a trucking accident.

A trucking accident usually means serious physical injury and even fatalities for those in other motor vehicles. The massive force generated by a vehicle weighing more than 25 times the weight of a passenger car frequently means permanent devastating injuries to other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. The weight differential between a tractor-trailer and passenger vehicle explains why it is virtually always the occupant of the passenger vehicle that suffers permanent serious injury or wrongful death. Effective trucking accident litigation necessitates a thorough knowledge of trucking regulations, litigation tactics used by commercial carriers and the unique types of risk factors in trucking accidents. At Montlick and Associates, our experienced Doraville tractor-trailer accident attorneys have been providing persuasive legal advocacy for trucking accident victims since our law firm was founded in 1984.

 

Special Tractor-Trailer Regulations in Doraville Trucking Cases

The trucking industry can be divided into two separate forms of trucking, which includes interstate and intrastate trucking. When tractor-trailers are used to transport products and materials across state lines, this form of multi-state trucking is referred to as interstate trucking. If a truck is operated exclusively within Georgia, this is referred to as intrastate trucking. This distinction is extremely important because the trucking industry is subject to extensive regulations designed to protect others from trucking accidents. Because violations of trucking regulations are often the basis of liability in a Doraville trucking accident case, tractor-trailer accident victims need to retain an experienced trucking accident lawyer with extensive knowledge of both state and federal trucking regulations. Experienced trucking accident attorneys must not only have a thorough understanding of trucking regulations but must also understand the differences between state and federal regulations. Some types of regulations that are directly intended to prevent trucking accidents include the following:

  • Requirements for screening prospective drivers regarding past driving history and substance abuse issues
  • Certification of medical fitness for drivers
  • Bans on cell phone uses while operating a big-rig
  • Mandatory pre-employment drug and alcohol screening
  • Hours of service (HOS) rules designed to reduce the risk of driver fatigue
  • Specifications for maximum loads and securing of loads
  • Required pre-trip and post-trip inspections of tractor-trailers
  • Mandatory limits on length and weight of big-rigs

When these types of state and federal regulations are violated, the danger of a trucking accident is apparent. At the federal level, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the agency that enacts regulations that govern the trucking industry. The vast majority of tractor-trailer accidents in Doraville and throughout Georgia are the direct result of violations of trucking regulations like these. Many times trucking companies turn a blind eye to such violations or tacitly encourage violations to increase profits. When these important regulations are disregarded, the result can be devastating trucking accidents resulting in life-changing injuries or wrongful death.

Unique Evidentiary Issues in Trucking Accident Cases

While it is important that your Doraville trucking accident attorney have a thorough understanding of trucking laws and regulations, our Doraville trucking accident lawyers also understand the problematic evidentiary issues in trucking litigation. The trucking industry is renowned for tampering with mandatory logbooks that are designed to provide evidence of HOS violations, performance of vehicle inspections, vehicle maintenance issues and other information that may be critical evidence in a trucking accident case.

Our experienced Doraville truck accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand how to preserve critical evidence that may be used to expose false logbook entries. We regularly take affirmative actions to preserve information saved in black box data recorders with which many tractor-trailers are equipped. The black box on many commercial big-rigs is similar to an accident recorder that is used when there is a plane crash. The data recorder can provide critical evidence about driver fatigue, driving immediately prior to the collision and vehicle maintenance issues. Because trucking companies often put tractor-trailers immediately back into service, data on black box recorders may be erased and damage to the big-rig repaired. Our experienced trucking accident lawyers typically take precautions to prevent critical evidence from disappearing.

 

Financial Recovery for Serious Doraville Trucking Accidents

There are many serious injuries that may be experienced in a trucking accident, whether a rollover accident, jackknife accident or carriage under-ride accident, which may include brain injuries, paralysis, third-degree burns, loss of limbs, spinal cord injuries, disc injuries, injury to vital organs and even wrongful death. These types of severe injuries often result in permanent impairment of mental and physical functioning. When a Doraville tractor-trailer accident results in these sorts of severe life-changing injuries, the impact on a trucking accident victim’s quality of life can be significant. These types of trucking accidents also often result in severe medical expenses and lost income. Our experienced Doraville trucking accident lawyers may be able to seek many types of damages depending on the specific circumstances of your case, including the following:

  • Costs related to medical treatment, hospitalization and rehabilitation
  • Lost income and impaired future earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent disability and disfigurement
  • Extreme distress and mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Vehicle repair and other property damage
  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Punitive damages

If you or someone you love has suffered a severe personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Doraville trucking 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 your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Doraville tractor-trailer 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.

Doraville Auto Accident Attorneys

In Doraville, high traffic freeways and crowded streets pose threats for drivers who take life into their hands on a daily basis when they travel the roadways of Doraville. When involved in an auto accident causing serious injuries and financial challenges, those driving threats can turn into a living nightmare. Doraville auto accident attorneys understand the pain and frustration auto accidents can cause.

Negligent or reckless behavior of another driver cause the majority of Doraville car accidents. Many injuries suffered in these collisions can have long-term and even permanent consequences. They may cause excruciating pain and also have a profound psychological impact. These injuries can include the following:

  • Head trauma with bleeding or bruising of the brain
  • Back or neck injuries that cause whiplash or damage to the disc or spinal cord
  • Severe damage to internal organs
  • Broken bones
  • Dislocations
  • Torn tendons/ligaments
  • Loss of a limb

Know Who You Can Trust for Legal Advice

No matter the car accident claim, you should not take on a well-funded insurance company alone. Car accident victims need an experienced Doraville auto accident law firm with the financial resources and legal knowledge to seek a wide spectrum of damages that can provide for many financial needs. This monetary compensation can help pay the medical bills and rehabilitation costs associated with future disability, future loss of work salary and future diminished earning capacity. It can prevent the risk of losing assets due to an inability to work and pay household bills and mortgage. Costs can cover damage to your vehicle and even tragic funeral expenses associated with loss of human life. Aside from tangible easy to quantify financial costs, there are less tangible but very real losses that must be compensated, such as emotional stress, physical pain or loss of companionship of a spouse. Also, there may be punitive damages, such as compensation for gross negligence that may be appropriate.

The procedural rules, court rules, and substantive law involved in the successful pursuit of a Doraville motor vehicle accident case are complex, making it essential to work with experienced and skilled Doraville auto accident attorneys. It is very important that anyone injured in a motor vehicle accident seek the legal advice of an experienced car accident lawyer prior to speaking with insurance adjusters. Accident victims should never agree to provide a verbal or written statement or to sign any written documents regarding the claim without first consulting a car accident attorney. Our Doraville auto accident attorneys are experienced in negotiating with insurance companies so that they can help innocent victims avoid the typical pitfalls that may derail their car accident claim.

The Causes of Doraville Auto Accidents

Some common risk factors include:

  • DUI/DWI (Driving under the influence)
  • Drivers that are not paying attention to the road
  • Talking or texting while driving
  • Not obeying Georgia speed limits and the Basic Speed Law in poor weather or heavy traffic
  • Operating a vehicle with improperly cared for tires
  • Defective vehicles or lack of vehicle maintenance
  • Lack of care when changing lanes or turning
  • Tailgating or zigzagging in and out of traffic
  • Speeding through red lights and stop signs
  • Public entities that do not exercise reasonable care in the design and maintenance of roads

Our Doraville auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates understand the importance of conducting an investigation thoroughly and carefully for clients regardless of the type of collision. We develop persuasive legal strategies and then work diligently to negotiate an appropriate settlement for our clients. Doraville auto accident attorneys handle all types of accidents that include the following:

  • Single car run off the road accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Multi-car chain reaction collisions
  • Tractor-trailer collisions (Trucking accidents)
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Distracted driving collisions

The Doraville auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates perform a thorough investigation of our clients auto accident claims and use proven legal and negotiation strategies when representing our clients. Our attorneys also employ persuasive presentation of facts during litigation and informal negotiation. We are committed to ensuring that our clients receive up-to-date communication of their claims in a timely fashion. Our Doraville auto accident attorneys do their best to provide exemplary legal services to accident victims knowing this is a special time of need.

Know your legal rights! If you or someone you love has been injured in a Doraville auto accident, our experienced Doraville auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates are committed to seeking the best possible outcome for our clients. We encourage you to schedule a free consultation because there is absolutely no obligation for us to evaluate your Doraville car accident claim. 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). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Doraville Personal Injury Attorneys

The emotional, financial and physical impact of a severe accident that causes debilitating and painful injuries or the tragic loss of a family member can be devastating. There are millions of people each year who are sent to emergency rooms with severe injuries because of careless drivers, unsafe construction projects, poorly maintained commercial property, medical errors and other unsafe behavior. While it is always frustrating to suffer injuries, the anxiety resulting from being involved in an incident that causes you to suffer injury may be exponentially worse when the cause of your injury is negligent, reckless or intentional conduct of a third party. At Montlick and Associates, we are committed to providing aggressive legal representation to those who suffer injury or the wrongful death of a loved one caused by the unsafe actions of others.

Because our Doraville personal injury attorneys have been advocating for injury victims in Doraville and throughout Georgia since 1984, we have the resources, network of experts and proven results to put insurance companies on notice that we are prepared to zealously seek the full measure of damages that our clients are entitled to receive. The insurance industry is a billion dollar industry because it works feverously to delay, deny and underpay claims. Because of the massive volume of insurance claims that insurance companies handle, an accident victim should avoid confronting the virtually unlimited resources and experience of an insurance provider without an experienced Doraville personal injury attorney. Our team of Doraville personal injury lawyers represents clients in a wide range of personal injury cases including:

Doraville Auto Accident Cases: While motor vehicles of all types may be involved in serious collisions, these collisions are typically the result of drivers that fail to exercise reasonable safe driving practices. Although approximately 30,000 people die each year in motor vehicle accidents, most of these accidents could be prevented if drivers abided by Georgia traffic laws and engaged in safe driving practices. The preventable nature of motor vehicle accidents is revealed by some of the most prevalent causes of these accidents including speeding, intoxicated driving, distracted driving, running traffic lights or stop signs and similar negligent driving practices. Our Doraville auto accident attorneys are committed to seeking full financial recovery for victims of collisions involving all types of vehicles, such as trucking (tractor-trailer) accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and more.

Doraville Dog Bite Cases (Dog Attacks/Dog Maulings): Dog bites can result in serious injuries causing permanent disfigurement and permanent disability. While there are multiple legal theories for imposing liability on dog owners for the injuries caused by their dogs, a dog owner generally has a duty to exercise reasonable care to prevent injury to others. The duty imposed on dog owners to protect others from dog attacks is even more exacting if the dog owner has reason to know that the dog has vicious tendencies. The dog owner may even face strict liability for a dog attack if the dog owner fails to comply with local ordinances regarding confining dogs on leashes and behind fence enclosures. If you or someone you love suffers serious injury in a Doraville dog attack, our experienced Doraville dog bite lawyers can examine the facts and circumstances of your dog bite to assess your rights and remedies.

Doraville Wrongful Death Cases: There are many tragic cases where families lose someone they love prematurely because of an intentional, reckless or negligent party. From companies that produce defective motor vehicles to medical professionals that fail to exercise the diligence of doctors with similar experience in the area, there are many forms of behavior that may result in preventable deaths. At Montlick and Associates, our experienced wrongful death attorneys understand the hardships imposed on families when a loved one dies in a tragic accident or violent crime. We understand that we cannot give a family back the love, companionship and guidance of a loved one, but we can ease the financial burden that accompanies such a loss.

Doraville Workers' Compensation Cases: While the Georgia workers' compensation system is intended to provide a system for compensating employees for work-related injuries without the need to establish negligence by one’s employer, it is a mixed blessing. While workers' compensation benefits include medical care, partial income replacement and compensation for permanent disability, it does not provide compensation for many forms of injury that are common in personal injury cases. Because of these limitations of the workers' compensation system in Georgia, our experienced team also explores the feasibility of a legal claim against a responsible third party to supplement workers' compensation benefits.

Doraville Slip and Fall Cases: Although slip and fall accidents often cause severe injuries including traumatic brain injuries, insurance companies are particularly aggressive about contesting these cases. Insurance companies often contend that any hazard that caused a slip and fall injury was “open and obvious” so that the accident was the fault of the injury victim. Many slip and fall cases also are defended by insurance companies by claiming that the injury victim is misrepresenting or lying about the severity of one’s injuries. Our experienced Doraville slip and fall attorneys have the experience to successfully navigate around such defense strategies so that we can seek the compensation our clients need. Slip and falls and other accidents that occur because of hazards on the property of others are covered by premises liability law. Our Doraville premises liability law firm represents clients in the full range of premises liability cases, such as the following: Construction site accidents, pools and spa accidents, animal attacks, intentional assaults caused by negligent security and more.

Doraville Product Liability Claims: When consumers purchase goods ranging from automobiles with defective tires to children’s toys tainted with lead paint, there are often hidden dangers in products that can cause life-altering injuries. Because the corporations that make products are uniquely situated to test their products for defects and prevent injury, any entity involved in the production process or distribution of products may be liable for product defects. Many hazardous products possess defects that are difficult to identify, such as drugs with side effects. Product liability law provides a means to hold companies accountable that fail to take adequate measures to confirm that their products are safe before they are made available to consumers. Our dedicated Doraville product liability attorneys at Montlick and Associates have the experience and expertise that comes from taking on large corporations that fail to make their products safe for consumers.

If you or someone you love has suffered a severe personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Doraville personal injury attorneys 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 Doraville personal injury attorneys. Our Doraville personal injury 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, www.montlick.com, to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.


Please Note:
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.