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are-truck-accident-attorneys-different-than-car-300x205The simple answer is “Yes.”  Although most truck accident lawyer could handle a car accident case, most car accident attorneys are not competent to handle truck accident cases.  Why?  Because truck accidents are much more complex and require a greater skill set than car wreck cases due to three factors:

  1. Truck Drivers and Trucking Companies are governed by federal law, state commercial driving regulations, company policies and other industry standards that do not apply to regular, non-commercial car drivers.
  2. Truck Wrecks Often Result in More Serious Injuries than Car Accidents.
  3. Trucking Companies, Truck Drivers and Trucking Insurance Companies Fight Harder because the Stakes are Higher.

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who-is-going-to-fix-my-car-300x200Although most attorneys who work with car accident victims are personal injury attorneys, they often have experience in dealing with property damage issues.  As soon as you get in an accident, you should immediately talk to an experienced attorney who can help walk you through your property damage claim.  It is always best to have an attorneys advice when dealing with an insurance company to ensure that your claim is protected.  While there are many potential pitfalls in dealing with an insurance company, we have a lot of general knowledge about property damage claims that can apply in many cases.

Common Questions About Who Will Fix Your Car After A Car Accident

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can-a-chiropractor-treat-my-car-accident-injury-300x200Most plaintiff attorneys in a personal injury case have strong feelings about chiropractors and those feelings are usually not positive.  While a lot of people swear that their chiropractor makes them feel better, most insurance companies do not see chiropractic treatment as legitimate treatment and more importantly, final treatment.  Most often, our clients do not get a prognosis and treatment plan with an end goal in sight from a chiropractor.  While we won’t ever direct our client’s medical treatment, we do have an ethical duty to advise them that their settlement could be significantly affected by chiropractic treatment.

Why Chiropractic Care Doesn’t Always Provide The Highest Financial Settlement In A Car Accident

In order to understand why chiropractic care doesn’t always provide the highest financial settlement in a car accident personal injury case, let’s look at a client story.

medical-malpractice-300x200When people entrust their well-being to medical providers, they expect that the care they receive will be competent and will adequately identify and address any health issues they might have. It is a sad fact, however, that medical providers do not always provide sufficient care, and patients unexpectedly become the victims of medical malpractice. If you suffered harm due to inadequate or negligent medical care and wish to pursue a claim against your care provider, it is essential to choose an experienced Georgia medical malpractice attorney who will aggressively advocate on your behalf.

There are several factors you should consider in determining how to select the medical malpractice attorney that is best suited to represent you in your pursuit of damages. Generally, it is better to retain an attorney who has substantial experience litigating medical malpractice cases and understands the nuances and intricacies that come with such cases. Thus, a good question to ask a potential attorney is how many medical malpractice cases he or she has handled, and what percentage of his or her practice is devoted to medical malpractice. It is also important to ask questions about the specific circumstances surrounding your harm, and what damages you may realistically hope to recover. A capable medical malpractice attorney will be able to accurately assess your case and manage your expectations regarding its value. Additionally, it is important to ask questions that provide insight into the attorney’s demeanor and personality, to ensure that you feel comfortable with the attorney on a personal level. Continue reading

motorcycle-awareness-300x200Spring has arrived and as the weather gets increasingly warmer here in Georgia, there will be higher numbers of motorcyclists on our roadways, which in turn means more motorcycle related crashes.  And, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta drivers were ranked among the worst in the nation for 2018.  With this, it is more important than ever to maintain your situational awareness on the roads.

Given the relatively small foot-print of a motorcyclist as compared to other vehicles, they can be difficult to see, if not impossible, as they travel unwittingly through the blind spots of other drivers.  Motorcycles can therefore appear suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere resulting in precarious situations.  This certainly serves to underscore the importance of defensive driving for all of us. Continue reading

Hands-Free-Driving-Update-300x200As you all know by now, it is illegal in Georgia to drive while holding a cellphone.  The Hands-Free Law went into effect on July 1, 2018 that made using a handheld cellphone against the law while operating a vehicle in the state, except in a few situations.

You can still talk on the phone while driving in Georgia as long as you use Bluetooth, a headset, or other hands-free device.  But, even with hands-free technology, drivers cannot write, read or send text messages, emails, social media content and other internet data while on the road.

Since this texting law went into effect through the end of 2018, the Georgia State Patrol estimates that they issued more than 8,000 citations for violations of the Hands-Free Georgia Act. Continue reading

How-Much-Can-I-Expect-From-a-Car-Accident-Settlement-300x200You’ve been involved in an car accident that wasn’t your fault. You see ads everywhere on billboards, television, the internet, and you hear them on the radio all promising that if you call that a car accident lawyer they will get you the hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions, of dollars! Meanwhile you are injured and wondering if calling a lawyer really will really result in the kind of settlement those ads claim.

We often get asked “how much can I expect from a car accident settlement?” The truth is, we don’t know when you first walk in our door because it depends on the facts of the case. What we do know is that we will work with you to obtain the best possible settlement.

Step 1:  Look At The Police Report From The Car Accident

To fairly answer the question of what your case is worth, we have to evaluate the facts of your case. For car accidents, this starts with the accident report. There, the police officer documents facts by identifying all parties involved in the accident and the cause of the accident and they will usually assign fault to one of the drivers. Also included will be the insurance information provided at the scene for the vehicles involved and any injuries reported to the responding officer. Continue reading

areyoucovered-300x180Georgia requires vehicles carry insurance with a minimum of $25,000 in Property Damage Liability, and $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident in Bodily Injury Liability. These coverages help pay for damages you cause when you are at-fault in an auto accident. If your vehicle is financed, the lender usually requires that you also carry Comprehensive and Collision, which will help repair damage to your car. The combination of these coverages offers protection, and is considered by some to be ‘full coverage’ – but it won’t provide all the protection you might need for an accident!

When you buy or lease a vehicle, it starts to depreciate, or lose value, the minute it leaves the car lot. Depreciation frequently causes the amount owed on a vehicle to be higher than the actual value of the vehicle during the first few years of ownership. If you are involved in an accident where your vehicle is badly damaged or totaled, Gap insurance covers the difference between the vehicle’s current value (what the insurance carrier will pay) and the amount you actually owe on the vehicle. If you lease a vehicle, Gap is usually a required coverage.

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Across our country, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of death both for those sharing the road and walking on our streets around distracted drivers. Two years ago, a teenager was staying in Georgia with her family to get away from a Florida hurricane that threatened her home. That fateful stay here, altered her life forever. While driving in Woodstock, Georgia, she struck three pedestrians while they walked in a crosswalk. She had been texting prior to the fatal car accident that took the lives of all three of those hit by her vehicle. One of those was a small infant. Continue reading

motorcycle-300x177The weather’s getting warmer, the sun is shining, and you’ve been waiting months for this day to arrive. You’ve taken all of the safety precautions with your riding boots, leather jacket and DOT approved helmet, you’ve tuned up the bike, filled up the tank, and you’re ready to head to Deal’s Gap to Run the Dragon!

Even with the best of intentions, motocycle accidents happen. It’s a part of life, but an especially scary part if you’re on a motorcycle.  The feel of the wind on your face and body as you’re riding is exhilarating as you cruise around trying to find the best unknown eateries, but not as you’re flying off of your bike after someone hits you! For all of the preparations that you’ve made to be safe, does the insurance policy that you purchased really have the coverages you need to take care of you?

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