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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Important Information for Georgia Residents About Takata Airbag Recall

Airbags manufactured by Takata, a Japanese auto supplier, have been recalled due to a possibility of serious malfunction that can result in severe personal injury or even death. It's especially urgent that Georgia residents are informed about this issue because the airbag is more likely to become defective in warm, humid climates.  To complicate the problem: There is no question that these airbags are dangerous and should be replaced as soon as possible, however Takata does not have enough airbags on hand to replace the millions of cars that are affected.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Personal Injury Law and Car Wrecks Involving Three or More Vehicles: Who is at fault?

Car accidents that involve three or more vehicles are not as common as wrecks involving just one or two cars.  Commonly referred to as “pile-ups,” this type of accident is usually a result of two cars colliding, then sliding into other vehicles nearby.  Bad weather, poor visibility and road conditions can all contribute to the increased risk of a multi-car pile-up.  Busy highway systems are often the scene of such pile-ups, such as the I-75 corridor near our law offices located in Stockbridge, McDonough, Jackson and Barnesville in Henry, Lamar and Butts Counties.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Personal Injury Law: Fatal Car Wrecks in Urban Versus Rural Areas in Georgia

Everyone has a preference -some people feel safer driving city streets, where the pace of traffic is frequently slowed down by traffic lights and stop signs.  Others prefer driving on long stretches of open road.  But which is safer?

According to a NHTSA report, driving in rural areas is more dangerous. In fact, the fatality rate was 2.4 times higher in rural areas than in urban areas.  Read this blog post for details...


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Georgia Drivers Known for Speeding, Especially Teens

Georgia has more than our fair share of drivers who break the speed limit.  In fact, Georgia ranks 6th in the nation for the number of speeding tickets issued.  Why is speeding a problem for Georgia motorists?  According to the NHTSA, over 30 percent of all fatal crashes are estimated to be related to speeding.  The NHTSA defined speeding as “racing, exceeding the speed limit, or driving too fast for conditions.”  Teens are especially prone to speeding... 


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Car Accidents Most Common Cause of Spinal Cord Injuries

Whether it is a car, truck or motorcycle, the most common cause of spinal cord injury is motor vehicle accidents. As a personal injury attorney located just south of Atlanta in Henry County, I have helped car accident victims who have suffered from spinal cord injuries get the compensation they need to cover medical bills, lost wages and other related expenses.

What types of incidents typically contribute to spinal cord injuries? According to an article published by the Mayo Clinic, here are the top five most common causes of spinal cord injuries in the United States...


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Thursday, October 2, 2014

How Georgia Residents Can Avoid a Truckers’ Biggest Blind Spot

Trucks are an intimidating presence on our roadways due to their sheer size.  In addition, it’s important to know that drivers of large tractor-trailers also have multiple blind spots.  As a safety precaution, motorists, pedestrian and cyclists in Henry County, Georgia  need to be aware of the risks associated with all of tractor trailers’ blind spots.  And according to recent research, the right side of the truck is consistently the most dangerous area due to the truckers’ limited field of vision in that area.  
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Georgia Ranks Fourth in the Nation for Fatal Crashes Involving Commercial Vehicles

According to recent statistics, our state ranks fourth in the nation for fatal crashes involving commercial vehicles.  This week the Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) of the Georgia Department of Public Safety is taking preventative measures to reduce the amount of fatal crashes caused by semi-trucks in Georgia. The Department announced a 72-hour multi-state enforcement campaign targeting unsafe commercial vehicle drivers who are driving recklessly, driving while impaired, speeding, texting while driving, following too closely or driving while fatigued. Learn more about these efforts and what you should do if you're involved in an accident with a commercial driver by reading this blog post....
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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tips on The Best Way to File an Insurance Claim in Georgia

Metro Atlanta is known for traffic, as many of us depend on our cars every day. So when you or a loved one are injured or your car sustains major damage from an accident, what should you do to recover from the loss?

There are certain steps that every motorist in the Henry County area should take after a car accident, but acting fast to make the proper insurance claims may seem overwhelming when you are physically and mentally recovering from a car wreck. Fortunately, a quick phone call to an experienced attorney can ensure that you get the best possible compensation from the insurance company.  Read this blog post to see why...


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Common Signs of Elder Abuse, from a Personal Injury Attorney in Stockbridge, Georgia

There may come a time in your parents' life when they need professional care to stay healthy and safe. When making this decision, you want to be sure that your loved ones receive the respect and quality care they deserve.

However, even though families go the extra mile to insure the best care for their parents, through research, conducting site visits to nursing home facilities and interviewing caregivers, there are still times when those loved ones may show signs of elder abuse and neglect. In fact, it is estimated that over 2 million seniors are the victims of some form of abuse or neglect annually in the United States at the hands of those responsible for their care.

Here are common signs of elder abuse that you can watch for when visiting your loved one:


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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Personal Injury Law: Tractor Trailer Accidents on I-75

A common headline in Henry County, Georgia is “Tractor Trailer Accident on I-75.”  An accident with a truck that can weigh up to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle can result in serious personal injury and even death.  As a personal injury attorney who lives in Henry County, Georgia, I often work with the victims of tractor trailer collisions to get the compensation they deserve.

It is important to raise awareness of tractor trailer safety because, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), tractor trailers are involved in about 74% of the fatal crashes involving large trucks every year.  Read this to learn more about the factors that can contribute to a tractor trailer accident....


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents: Important Info from a Personal Injury Attorney in Henry County, Georgia

More than 1,100 people are killed or injured from distracted driving accidents every day.  Motorists in Henry County, Georgia can’t afford to divert their attention from the road, as we are home to many busy intersections, thoroughfares and major highways.  As local personal injury attorneys located in McDonough, we work to raise awareness of distracted driving and lend our expertise to help the victims of distracted driving accidents.  Read this to learn more about the three different types of distracted driving, and what to do if you're involved in an accident caused by a distracted driver. 
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