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Trucking Accident Killed 8 People

Source: (The Washington Post)

In personal injury law, trucking accidents are vehicle crashes that involve a tractor-trailer truck, 18-wheeler, or any other large commercial vehicle.

The Washington Post reports “A crash that killed eight people in Mississippi last month happened after a box truck crossed the center line of a two-lane rural highway and struck a van, according to a federal report issued Wednesday”. 

Is Trucking Accident Different from Other Accidents? 

We tend to talk about trucking accidents a little differently than other vehicle accidents because they are more complicated, and they present a number of unique issues relating to both causation and liability.

Moreover, the defendants in these cases are typically powerful, wealthy corporations that operate whole fleets of enormous trucks. Those companies are represented by dozens of lawyers, as well as insurance companies that have their own legal armies, too.

As you can imagine, then, victims have an uphill climb toward justice. The corporate interests on the other side do everything they can to shield themselves from financial liability, even when the truck driver is clearly at-fault and the victims are clearly devastated.

Indeed, the devastation is common in these cases. Commercial trucks are enormous, and they tend to travel at very high speeds. Even the sturdiest car, pickup truck, or SUV is no match for the sheer size and force of a speeding 18-wheeler.

Victims are often left to pick up the pieces for themselves, unsure of where to turn for justice. Too often, the surviving victims are family members whose loved ones were killed in a horrible commercial trucking accident.

What Can We Do After the Trucking Accident? 

 

If you or your relative has suffered injury or death in a Georgia trucking accident, you may be entitled to a large amount of financial compensation (depending on the circumstances of the crash and the nature of the injuries). Many victims are surprised to discover that the law entitles them to much more money than they expected.

T. Madden & Associates, P.C. is an aggressive Georgia personal injury law firm serving the metro communities of Atlanta and Augusta, with additional services available throughout The Peach State.

Our experienced Georgia trucking accident attorneys are prepared to fight for the compensation that you deserve. We’ve represented many victims and families just like you. We’ve fought corporate giants in those cases – including some of the biggest corporations and insurance companies in the world – and we’ve frequently been successful in producing a financially advantageous outcome for the people whom we represent. Our Georgia truck accident lawyers are there for you – we serve all of Georgia.

Let us fight for you. Contact our Georgia trucking accident attorneys today.

Atlanta driver’s DUI wreck has killed a bicyclist

Antoniette Battle, (Source: NorthSide Neighbor

There is never, ever an excuse for drunk driving. So many innocent people lose their lives because others make an irresponsible choice. These deaths are entirely preventable, and that makes it all the harder to accept. 

A July 2019 NorthSide Neighbor reports that “The Sandy Springs Police Department is investigating a July 17 car wreck that resulted in the death of a bicyclist”. According to the police, the wreck was due to the vehicle driver’s DUI, and the report claims that “at about 5 a.m., officers responded to a 911 call regarding a bicyclist being struck by a car on Roswell Road near Trowbridge Road”. Later, the driver of the car was found to be Antoniette Battle of Atlanta. 

Georgia DUI Accidents & Injuries: Statistics

DUI happens everywhere in this country, and Georgia also suffers from this often. When you start crunching the numbers, you can quickly come to a chilling realization about the frequency and severity of impaired driving in The Peach State. It happens in big cities and small towns, on back roads and major highways alike. Consider the following: 

  • 297 people lost their lives in Georgia drunk driving accidents during 2013 (the most recent year on record). 
  • 839 people lost their lives in Georgia motorcycle accidents involving alcohol impairment during 2011 (the most recent year on record). 
  • DUI / DWI accounts for 28 to 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in Georgia. 
  • In Georgia, drunk driving victims are most likely to be male and between the ages of 21 and 34, though men and women of all ages are affected. 
  • In a poll, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that two percent of Georgia drivers were willing to admit that they had driven while drunk during the last 30 days. Experts believe the numbers are much higher than that, due to drivers being reluctant to confess. 
  • Drunk driving deaths are estimated to cost Georgia more than $1 billion a year. 

What should you do first after the DUI wreck? 

Even though you might think that you can handle the accident yourself, it is much better to hire experienced DUI Accident Lawyers especially when they are free. This is because, too often, we have seen entirely innocent people suffer needlessly while insurance companies add insult to injury by handling compensation claims unfairly or dishonestly. 

We’re here to provide support and experienced hand for guidance. We want to be your voice – a voice with which you can speak up and confidently demand true justice. T. Madden & Associates, P.C. will not charge you unless and until we get your money. There is absolutely nothing to lose when you contact us. But strict statutes of limitations do apply to DUI accidents and injuries, so please don’t delay. 

We care about you and your family. We understand how difficult this time in your life can be, and we want to make it as easy as possible. Let us bear your burdens and fight your battles. Let us take a stand when it matters most. 

Truck Driver Causing Fatal Interstate Crash

Source: AJC

Car crashes in Georgia are a regular and tragic occurrence. Wrecks can happen anywhere, at any time, and to everyone. They happen at high speeds and low speeds, on congested city streets and in parking lots, on public property and private property.

AJC reports “An Ohio truck driver is accused of causing the deaths of four people Thursday afternoon in a fiery interstate crash in Henry County”. According to Henry County Police, “Authorities on Monday announced charges against the driver, 39-year-old Mohabe McCoy, now that all four victims have been identified. Their bodies were badly burned when McCoy’s tractor-trailer slammed into the back of their Chevrolet pickup truck on I-75 in McDonough”.

Georgia only has a few big cities, but they’re so big – and have so much traffic – that car crashes are a regular and tragic occurrence. The law holds negligent drivers and their insurance companies financially liable for the damages that they cause. Yet, all too often, the accidents happen, and the insurance companies in this state are all too happy to take those drivers’ money, promise to insure them, and refuse to pay when the time comes. In fact, it is now common practice in this country for insurance companies to default to a “deny and defend” policy, which means that they automatically shortchange or altogether deny injury claims, often without even conducting a real review.

 

What Are Some Legal Options for the Victims of Auto Accidents?

Insurance companies figure that the victims will have to sue them to make them pay, and they are betting on the fact that many victims won’t hire a lawyer. They are right about that – a lot of accident victims mistakenly assume that they can’t afford a car accident and injury lawyer, or that they don’t have much of a case. Please do not make that mistake. You can afford a lawyer. In our office, everyone can. How do we know? We do not charge attorney’s fees for our services unless and until we recover compensation for our clients. You don’t pay us unless you get paid, too.

 

We find that clients are often surprised to learn that they are legally entitled to more money (sometimes much more) than they realized.

We have helped numerous crash victims recover substantial monetary settlements or verdicts after Georgia car accidents. We’ve also helped many grieving families recover money in a wrongful death action after the tragic loss of a relative. We want to help you, too. If we think we can, we’ll ask you to trust your case in our capable, caring hands – and then we will immediately go to work, with the unflinching goal of getting you as much money as possible.

We’ll listen to your story, look at the facts of the case, and help you decide whether legal action might be worth pursuing. 

Georgia Firefighter got hit by a vehicle

Source: WJCL

Car crashes in Georgia are a regular and tragic occurrence. Wrecks can happen anywhere, at any time, and to everyone. They happen at high speeds and low speeds, on congested city streets and in parking lots, on public property and private property.

A May 2019 WJCL reports “Sgt. Darrow Harden, 47, was responding to an overturned vehicle on I-85N Sunday when he was struck by a car while exiting his vehicle. News outlets have reported the car was hydroplaning at the time.

This tragic incident tells us a very important issue about auto accidents: car accidents can happen to us at any moment we are on the road, with very little warning.

What Should I Do after a Georgia Auto Accident?

It is hard to imagine the emotional state of someone who has just experienced a car crash. Victims are often so scared and surprised that they aren’t even entirely sure what just happened. It takes a few moments (or sometimes much longer) for the reality to set in. Even then, the pain of a physical injury might not become apparent right away. It’s easy to brush off your symptoms, not realizing they could be serious. On the other extreme, some people might succumb to panic.

You can help prepare yourself for the unfortunate possibility of a car crash by taking a few moments now to prepare your response. Commit these seven steps to memory:

  • Stay calm (and stay put). A clear head will help you seek help and stay focused on the task at hand. Panic leads to bad decision-making.
  • Call 911. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect an emergency condition, whether for yourself, a passenger, or someone in the other car.
  • Move to safety. If you can, get away from traffic. Accident victims sometimes sustain additional injuries because oncoming cars don’t stop in time to avoid the accident scene.
  • Gather evidence. Once you’ve attended to your health and safety, try to document as much of the accident scene as possible. This includes:
    • Photographs of the vehicles, the crash, and the surrounding conditions (weather, objects in the road, etc.)
    • The names of everyone else involved in the auto accident
    • Insurance information for the other driver(s)
    • Contact information for any eyewitnesses
    • Write down what happened so you don’t forget later
  • Call your insurance company. Most auto insurance companies require that you notify them soon after a Georgia auto accident. But only talk to your own insurer – not the other side’s (at least not until you talk to a lawyer).
  • Call an attorney. The car crash itself is just the beginning. There’s a long process to come, and a Georgia car accident attorney can help to protect your interests throughout. We recommend that you store our phone number in your cellphone now: 770-756-9311 (Atlanta) or 706-524-7784(Augusta).
  • See a doctor. Even if you didn’t suffer a medical emergency, you should still see a primary care or urgent care physician soon after the crash. Having a record of your doctor’s visit could be important to your claim later.

Contact Our Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys

Never settle for less than you deserve. You might be entitled to significant financial compensation, and it won’t cost you anything upfront to pursue it. Remember: You don’t have to pay us unless we get you money! There’s really nothing to lose. Isn’t it in your best interest to at least talk it over with our office before you make a decision?

We’re happy to offer you a free case consultation. There’s no charge and no obligation, just honest feedback to help you make a decision and understand your rights.

To contact our Atlanta car crash lawyers, call 770-756-9311.

To contact our Augusta car accident lawyers, call 706-524-7784.

If you’re living elsewhere in Georgia (or were injured while visiting our state), please feel free to call either number. You can also visit our offices or simply contact us online. We’re here to help.