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Tweet My first jury trial close to twenty years ago focused on a car accident here in Georgia.  My client was hit and injured in the collision.  The at fault driver (referred to as “Defendant”) had a clever defense.  The insurance defense attorney refused to settle for a fair sum.  I tried the case to a jury.  It […]

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Tweet Atlanta is not a city that is synonymous with walking. Transportation for America, a pedestrian and mass-transit advocate group, recently ranked the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta as the 10th-most dangerous metro area for pedestrians. Sidewalks often have cracks in the concrete, are poorly lit, and in many cases, do not even exist. Pedestrians are faced with […]

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Tweet Although traffic courts throughout Georgia have made it easier on motorists by allowing online payments of tickets, the same doesn’t apply to those caught with an expired tag. Many think that simply paying the fine will make the citation go away, but an expired tag carries with it a mandatory appearance in court. A […]

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Tweet One way to ensure that you will continue to be a “family attorney” to both new and old clients is to periodically reach out to your entire client base. Even though their case may be completed, it is important to remind them of your specialty within the legal practice, but also that they can […]

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Preventible Tragedies

by Amanda Runnels on March 24, 2011

Tweet Due to the disparate height of tractor trailers and automobiles, underride crashes are often the most catastrophic and fatal. In 1998, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration mandated that all tractor trailers be equipped with underride guards. The mandate also increased the width of the bars from 60 inches to a minimum of 94 […]

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A Necessary Boost?

by Amanda Runnels on March 3, 2011

Tweet A lot of a debate has surrounded HB 279 over the past couple of days. Monday night a bill sponsored by Allen Howell (D-Hartwell) passed in the Georgia State House of Representatives. The bill, whose summary can be found here, would amend OCGA § 40-8-76(b)(2), raising the age limit of children in required to ride in booster car seats from […]

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Tweet The sportsworld was shocked yesterday when word spread about Chicago Bears’ safety Dave Duerson dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. Mr. Duerson had testified before Congress in 2007 about the NFL’s retirement program and its players suffering from long-term concussion-related injuries, and shortly before his death on February 17th, Duerson wanted […]

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Tweet The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration published its most recent data concerning fatal traffic accidents throughout the county. The NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), whose most recent statistics are through 2009, show that there was an overall 10 percent decline in fatal traffic accidents from 2008 in the United States. While the downward […]

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Tweet The effects of a collision – whether automobile, motorcycle, or tractor-trailer- are often not detected immediately. One injury that is often misdiagnosed or even missed altogether because it does not always manifest itself on an MRI or CT is a closed head injury. A closed head injury may lack the outward signs of physical […]

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A Nuisance, But It Works

by Amanda Runnels on February 5, 2011

Tweet The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a new study today, showing the installation of red light cameras, although controversial, has reduced fatalities by 35 percent in 14 of the largest cities in the United States.  Deadly intersection crashes fell in other cities with traditional enforcement, but only by 14 percent. The study also […]

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