Distracted driver- risk of being killed

The higher risk of being killed in a car accident or a truck accident might be worth looking at changing the way we drive. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted drivers (“dangerous drivers”) caused 3092 deaths in 2010.  The NHTSA reports that sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for …

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Diminished Value

Diminuation of Value represents the lost value of a vehicle after it has been repaired.  The law says that once your car is fixed you can still recover the loss in value that represents its “diminished value.”  This issue usually arises when one’s car has been damaged in an accident and is repaired.  Eventhough the car is fixed, it remains a …

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Philosophy from the clouds

The Huffingtonpost is reporting this morning that a California Jury rendered a 1.05 Billion dollar patent infringement verdict against Samsung. http://tiny.cc/u3iljw According to the article, Apple filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung in April 2011.  Apple alleged that Samsung stole technology used in its iPad and iPhone products.  A jury trial culminated in a verdict against Samsung. Over 100 years ago, Judge …

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Teen drivers and initiative

In 1958, a TWA Super Constellation and a United DC-7 departed from Los Angeles three minutes apart headed east.  While over the Grand Canyon the two aircraft  maneuvered separately to give their passengers a better view of the canyon.  The planes collided killing all  128 people aboard both planes.  In response to the crash, the government invested 250 million dollars to upgrade the …

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Lawyer tools- Georgia’s law helps injured from tractor trailers

A lawyer seeking to help someone injured by a truck or tractor trailer has some tools to aid settlement or recovery from the trucking company or insurance company.  Under Georgia’s “Direct Action” statute, a lawyer can join or add the insurance company to a lawsuit against a trucking company (otherwise referred to as a “motor carrier”).  In a typical car accident, a lawyer …

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Trucking companies avoid safety

Safety Cannot be Delegated Personal Injury Lawyers in Tractor Trailer Accident Cases often seek documents that motor carriers are required to maintain by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.  Many times, Tractor Trailer Companies delegate the hiring and supervision of drivers to third-party staffing companies.  When litigation commences, motor carriers often attempt to avoid responsibility by claiming they delegated safety compliance …

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Trucking Companies and Trade Secrets

Safety and Training Documents are not Trade Secrets Trucking Accident Lawyers in tractor trailer cases often seek safety budgets, safety documents, training budgets and policy and procedure materials from the defendant trucking company.  Tractor Trailer companies often assert that such documents are protected from disclosure as “trade secrets.”  The first question is whether any of this material is a “trade secret” in …

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Medpay

THE PROBLEM You will have to pay the bills if you’re hurt in a car accident and you don’t have health insurance; even if it’s not your fault. Here’s another problem.  You may have to pay back your health insurance company if they pay your medical bills after a motorcycle accident; even if it’s not your fault. For nearly twenty years, …

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Uninsured Motorist Coverage

THE PROBLEM Last Sunday Night, I had the chance to talk with a friend, Abraham Abukar at WATB AM 1420 which serves the Somali Community in DeKalb County.  We spoke about uninsured motorist coverage (or “UM Coverage”).  For close to twenty years, I have represented accident victims injured or killed in auto, trucking and motorcycle accidents.  One of the biggest problems …

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Unsafe Truckers

On Tuesday, a tragic accident in Virginia forced the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to fundamentally alter protocol regarding Out-of-Service orders for commercial motor carriers and passenger motorcoach companies. A SkyExpress bus filled with passengers traveling from Charlotte, North Carolina, en route to New York City’s Chinatown, suddenly veered off Interstate 95 in Virgina. The bus hit an embankment, flipped, …

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