Is a County Liable When a Tree Falls in the Road and Kills a Motorcyclist?
On the afternoon in November 2016, Clinton Giddens was riding his motorcycle on a road in Jones County when a pine tree located in the right-of-way fell and struck him. He died as a result of the accident. Ann Etheridge, Clinton’s mother, brought a wrongful death action against Jones County employees John Lowe and Donald… read moreRead More
The Verdict Is In!
On Friday July 16, we tried a jury trial. Courthouses had been closed, and in many places still are, for over a year and a half. We represented as co-counsel a wonderful young mother who suffered injuries over 5 years ago. We spoke to a jury and shared our client’s story and the jury listened…. read moreRead More
Is a Passenger Able to Recover Uninsured Motorist (UM) Benefits in One-Car Auto Accident?
Is a Passenger Able to Recover Uninsured Motorist (UM) Benefits in One-Car Auto Accident? In a personal injury action, a passenger, who was the driver’s daughter, was not entitled to recover uninsured motorist (UM) benefits from the insurer because the driver was the first named insured shown in the subject policy’s declarations. Plus, uncontroverted evidence… read moreRead More
$1,000,000 Settles Claims for Wife of Elderly Man Struck and Killed in Crosswalk by HVAC Van
We had the honor of helping a widow who lost her husband when he was struck while walking in a crosswalk. We appreciate Greg Land and the Daily Report for writing about this case. Here’s a link to the article: https://www.law.com/dailyreportonline/2021/06/25/1m-settles-claims-for-wife-of-elderly-man-struck-and-killed-in-crosswalk-by-hvac-van/Read More
Driving Safely Behind a Tractor
What’s a Safe Distance to Follow Behind a Semi? Did you know that the average stopping distance for a loaded tractor-trailer moving at 55 mph (in ideal conditions) is about 200 feet? Compare that with around 130 feet for a passenger vehicle. That 70-foot difference is significant and could be the difference between life and… read moreRead More
What is an Independent Medical Examination in a Semi Accident Lawsuit?
Have you ever heard the words “Independent Medical Examination” in the context of a personal injury case? In a recent Georgia case, the plaintiff Michael Jacob Castle-Foster, and his Atlanta personal injury lawyer, sued Cintas Corporation for $7,500,000 for injuries the plaintiff received when a Cintas employee driving a company truck struck his 2002 Lexus…. read moreRead More
Researchers Find Nearly 50% of Truckers May Have Sleep Apnea
You’ve heard of falling asleep at the wheel. Drowsiness can be a significant hazard for truck drivers. But so can sleep apnea. What is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a breathing-related, sleep disorder. It causes short interruptions or stoppages of breathing during sleep. These pauses in breathing can last 10 seconds or more and can… read moreRead More
PTSD After an Accident: What to Expect and How to Cope
When it comes to dealing with injury after an accident, there are two types of injuries to deal with. Seen and unseen. It is easy for doctors to look at a patient, see obvious injury and treat those injuries accordingly. Treating the injuries that are not seen are not always straight forward and easy to… read moreRead More
What Does the Term “Accident” Mean in an Auto Insurance Policy?
What Does the Term “Accident” Mean in an Auto Insurance Policy? A good truck accident lawyer Atlanta residents turn to for advice should have answers to your questions. In an appeal from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals just announced a per curiam decision where… read moreRead More
Georgia’s “Family Purpose” Doctrine
Georgia’s “Family Purpose” Doctrine Car accidents happen every single day, all day. In Georgia, it is possible to be held responsible for an accident in which you are not directly involved under what Georgia calls the “Family Purpose” rule. The “Family Purpose” doctrine allows the owner of a vehicle to be held liable for damages… read moreRead More