Georgia Personal Injury Law Blog


By Montlick & Associates

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.

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Are Truck Under-ride Guards Providing the Necessary Level of Protection in Georgia?

January 17, 2018

Georgia 18-Wheeler Accident Lawyers Discuss Truck Under-ride Guards

Driving behind a large commercial truck you have likely noticed the metal bar hanging down from the bottom rear of the truck’s trailer. Those metal bars are called under-ride guards and their purpose is to prevent passenger cars from slipping underneath the trailer in the event the trailer is rear-ended by the smaller vehicle. Although there has been a push for over two decades in the U.S. mandating the use of under-ride bars, the truth is the strength of those bars remains woefully inadequate. In a crash test performance of the average under-ride bar installed on a tractor-trailer, the guards were not strong enough to withstand even a 35 mph crash. This study sent an average-sized sedan crashing into the rear of a truck at 35 mph with a crash dummy behind the wheel. Although the under-ride guard fully met current governmental standards, the vehicle slid right under the truck, removing the top of the vehicle—as well as the crash dummy’s head.  

Was Your Georgia Accident Caused by an Overloaded Truck?

January 16, 2018

Was Your Georgia Accident Caused by an Overloaded Truck?

While the general perception is that trucking accidents are caused by unsafe driving, there are other factors involved in accidents involving large commercial trucks. When an 18-wheeler is too heavy, the momentum of the truck is changed, making it more difficult to stop and more likely to skid out of control during a minor swerve. Even though there are laws in place which dictate weight and height limits, these laws may be circumvented in the interests of getting a load delivered quickly.

The Growing Problem of Road Rage in Georgia

January 15, 2018

Auto Accident Attorneys in Georgia Discuss the Growing Problem of Road Rage in Georgia  

All automobile accidents have the potential to be traumatic for all those involved however, accidents involving road rage introduce another element into the mix as well. Aggressive driving and road rage incidents are becoming increasingly common across America as our increasingly-busy lives leave little patience for any type of slow-down needed while driving. Heavily congested freeways fill morning and evening commutes with tension causing the most even-tempered person to lose their cool.  A study which looked at fatal auto accidents from 1990 to 2006 found a significant number of those accidents to be the result of road rage. Further, AAA found that aggressive driving behaviors factor into at least 56% of fatal crashes.

Georgia Car Seat Laws & Safety Advice

January 14, 2018

Georgia Car Seat Laws & Safety

Protecting your little one is instinctive, especially when your child is riding in a car.  Both your child’s safety and yours, however, can be unexpectedly jeopardized by the thoughtless actions of another motorist or an unavoidable malfunction in your own vehicle.  That’s why it’s important to always have your child properly restrained up until the age of eight (8) while traveling the streets, highways, and byways.  In Georgia, it’s the law.  Many parents may believe that children are more vulnerable the younger they are.  While this may be true in certain situations, it is also true that your child, regardless of how young or old, is at risk for being seriously injured if not properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat.

Georgia Booster Seat Law and Safety Tips

January 13, 2018

Georgia Booster Seat Safety

Our children are our greatest asset.  In essence, they are our future.  We, as parents and adults, share a societal responsibility to help ensure all children stay safe.  Keeping children safe on the roadway is a vital part of this mission.  Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1 and 12 years old.  Each year, approximately 600 children under the age of 13 are killed in motor vehicle accidents.  One-third of these young accident victims were killed as a direct result of improper use of child safety restraints, including car seats, booster seats, and safety belts.  Study after study demonstrates that the use of proper safety restraints reduces the risk of death in infants by over 71% and in children by up to 59%.

Back-To-School Means Georgia Drivers Must Exercise Greater Caution

January 12, 2018

Back-To-School After Winter Break Means Georgia Drivers Need to Exercise Greater Caution

Back-to-school after the New Year can be an exciting time of year for many children in Georgia. Students are excited to be reunited with their favorite teachers, friends, and have new experiences. However, back-to-school, after the winter break, is also the time of year when drivers need to exercise the greatest caution when driving near buses, bus stops, and in school zones. After a couple of weeks off from morning bus routes and paying close attention to children, it is easy to lose some focus and become complacent as a motorist. That is why motorists must be ever vigilant and anticipate that a young child might do the unpredictable.

Georgia Car Seat Safety Resources Links Page

January 10, 2018

Montlick & Associates' Georgia Car Seat Safety Resources Links Page

Keeping abreast of car seat safety information is important to ensuring you are taking the right steps when placing your child in a car seat.  Children are always vulnerable, but are even more vulnerable at the age when they must be placed in a car seat.  As such, the more you know when purchasing and using a car seat, the more likely it is that you are using a car seat as intended.  

Filing a Booster Seat Lawsuit in Georgia

January 09, 2018

Montlick & Associates Examines How to File a Defective Booster Seat Lawsuit in Georgia

Automobile accidents have the potential to result in significant injury or even death, to any driver or passenger involved.  When it comes to our children, however, injury and death seem unfathomable, especially because our children have so much to look forward to in their young lives. 

Georgia Booster Seat Laws and Child Passenger Safety in Georgia

January 08, 2018

Georgia Booster Seat Laws 

Child Passenger Safety in Georgia

All states have their own unique laws regarding child safety seats and seatbelt use.  In Georgia, the booster seat laws have been strengthened in response to a saddening large number of Georgia children being seriously injured or tragically killed in automobile accidents.  Booster seats have been proven to help reduce the risk of injury or death in children, and Georgia’s enhanced booster seat laws are aimed to encourage their proper use for children younger than eight (8) years old.

Georgia Car Seat Laws and Regulations

January 07, 2018

Georgia Car Seat Laws

Georgia Car Seat Safety

While babies always seem safest in the arms of a loved one, the opposite is true when traveling Georgia roadways with your little ones.  Your baby is three-times more likely to be injured in a crash when he (or she) is not properly restrained.  Until they reach the age of 12 months and weigh at least 20 pounds, infants must be restrained in a federally approved car seat. 

Georgia Product Liability Laws and Punitive Damages in Georgia

January 06, 2018

Georgia Product Liability Laws, Time Limits and Punitive Damages

Georgia Code
TITLE 51 - TORTS (2010)
CHAPTER 1 - GENERAL PROVISIONS
§ 51-1-11 - When privity required to support action; product liability action and time limitation therefore; industry-wide liability theories rejected

Whenever we purchase a product, we are placing our trust in the manufacturer and seller of that product. We eat food and trust that it is not contaminated with harmful bacteria, take medications and trust that they will not cause horrible side effects, and we drive in cars and trust that the brakes will not fail us. Part of the reason that our products are typically safe is that we have laws to product consumers. In the event that a product is defective in such a way that it harms someone, the person or corporation that sold the product or manufactured it will be liable to the injured person for damages. Damages can include the cost of medical care, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and emotional distress. Another type of damages that are sometimes awarded are punitive damages, which are different from the other types of damages because they are not meant to compensate the injured person, but rather to punish the person or company responsible for the harm.

High School Football Player Injuries on the Rise, Study Reports

January 05, 2018

Our Georgia Attorneys Help Parents Understand High School Football Player Head Injuries and Prevention

High school football games are a fun pastime for teenagers and adults alike. In many cities and towns across the country, Friday nights are dedicated to football games. Many parents understand that some risk of injury is present in a football game. However, some are unaware that there is a risk of death in this popular sport. According to our Georgia personal injury attorney, 24 high school football players died over the past few years from traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries they sustained during football games.

18-Wheeler Accidents Caused by Fatigued Truck Drivers in Georgia

January 04, 2018

Montlick & Associates, Attorneys At Law: Georgia Lawyers For Victims Of Fatigued Truck Drivers in Georgia

Large trucks arguably make our nation run. Many people argue that without truck drivers hauling freight across the nation, our economy would come to a standstill. The numbers tend to support that theory. Large trucks move 70% of all goods shipped in commerce in the United States, weighing 10.49 billion tons. In 2015, there were 3.46 million large trucks on the road hauling freight, driven by 3.5 million registered CDL, or commercial driver's licensed, truck drivers. Those drivers traveled almost 170 billion miles.

Protecting Georgia Children Through our Child Passenger Safety Program

January 03, 2018

Protecting Georgia Children Through the Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, Child Passenger Safety Program

Our nation’s children are our greatest asset.  In essence, they are our future.  We, as parents and adults, share a societal responsibility to help ensure all children stay safe.  Keeping children safe on the roadway is a vital part of this mission.  However, Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children between the ages of one and 12 years old.  Each year, approximately 600 children under the age of 13 are killed in motor vehicle accidents.  One-third of these young accident victims were killed as a direct result of improper use of childhood safety restraints, including car seats, booster seats, or safety belts.  Study after study demonstrates that the use of proper safety restraints reduces the risk of death in infants by over 71% and in children by up to 59%.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation FAQ’s

January 02, 2018

Accidental injuries that occur at work are handled by workers’ compensation programs. This means that these claims are treated differently from other personal injury lawsuits. If you suffered an injury while working, or while at work, will likely be able to collect workers’ compensation.

Kroger in Slip and Fall Case in Fulton County, Georgia

January 01, 2018

Man Prevails Against Kroger in Slip and Fall Case in Fulton County, Georgia

A 52-year old man sustained serious injuries when he slipped and fell in a Kroger store in Fulton County, Georgia. Prior to the man’s fall, some yogurt had spilled onto the aisle. Kroger employees failed to clean the yogurt in a timely manner. Security cameras captured a store employee passing by the spill several times and failed to clean it up or leave a “Wet Floor” sign to warn shoppers of the hazard.  As the man was shopping, he slipped on the yogurt and fell, which caused a serious shoulder injury. In doing so, he tore his rotator cuff. He underwent two surgeries and his medical bills amounted to roughly $58,000. The slip and fall case went to trial, and the man was awarded $400,000 by a Fulton County jury.

Bicyclist Killed on St. Simons Island Causeway in Georgia

December 31, 2017

Bicyclist Killed on St. Simons Island Causeway

A Kingsland woman was killed as she and her husband were riding their bicycles west on the St. Simons Island causeway and a nearby motorist drifted out of his lane and struck the mother of four. The woman was pronounced dead at Southeast Georgia Health System a short while later. The motorist fled the scene. However, he was located a short while later in Brunswick by the Georgia State Patrol. Witnesses noticed that the truck he was driving had business details on it, and they turned this information over to police. Using these details, law enforcement located the driver roughly an hour and a half later at his home. He was arrested and has been charged with homicide by vehicle, failure to report an accident involving a death, following too closely, injury or property damage, causing a serious injury by vehicle, hit and run, failure to wear a seatbelt, and operating a vehicle with defective tires.  

Settling a Personal Injury Case

December 30, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers Explain Settling a Personal Injury Claim

The parties in many personal injury cases worry that, if they agree to settle their claims, it is a sign of weakness. However, this is not the case. By working out a settlement agreement, whether it occurs in mediation or simply by negotiations through attorneys, the parties maintain control over their case and can save a great deal of time and money in the process. Mediation has proven successful in many lawsuits and legal claims, including personal injury cases. Even if the parties are hostile toward the idea of settling, often, after speaking with the mediator, these parties agree to compromise.

Georgia Man Suffers Serious Injury When E-Cigarette Explodes in His Pocket

December 29, 2017

E-Cigarette Expolsion Injury Lawyers in Georgia

In Breman, Georgia, a young father’s life was likely forever changed when the e-cigarette he carried in his pocket spontaneously ignited. According to ABC News, a man felt a burning sensation in his pocket. Frightened, he jumped up, but flames began to soar up his pants leg as his pants were actually burned onto his leg. His hand was also burned when he reached into his pocket to throw the e-cigarette batteries onto the ground. Horrified, he noticed that when he did so, the hot batteries melted through the tile on the floor.

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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.