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What is Contributory Negligence, and How Does it Work in Georgia?

A central issue in almost any personal injury lawsuit involves proving that the defendant was negligent. In other words, the plaintiff must show that the defendant was not exercising the required level of caution to prevent the accident. Traffic laws and building codes provide specific rules and instructions that a defendant is required to follow. There are times where legal disputes arise because the rule the defendant violated was unclear, thereby prompting the defendant to allege it does not bear responsibility for the plaintiff’s injury. The Law Allows for Nuances in Determining Fault Auto accidents may not be 100% the fault...

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Summer Safety Travel Tips

Summer in Georgia is for road trips, whether you are driving across the state to visit your relatives for a Fourth of July barbecue, canoeing in the Okefenokee Swamp, or just feeling the wind in your hair on Atlanta’s highways. Summer travel has its dangers, though. Plenty of accidents happen on summer vacations that started out as innocent fun. You can prevent a lot of accidents by taking the proper safety precautions. In some cases, though, accidents happen even when the injured person is taking reasonable care to stay safe; if the negligence of someone other than the injured person...

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What is the Difference Between Wrongful Death and a Survival Action?

The loss of a loved one due to someone else’s carelessness is a terrible and life-changing event. Though nothing can replace what that person meant to their family, the law provides ways that families of the victims of fatal accidents can seek to find some relief and support during such an emotionally and financially trying time: wrongful death and survival lawsuits. Wrongful Death Actions The surviving family members of the victim are the plaintiffs in a wrongful death lawsuit. More specifically, in legal terms, they are the beneficiaries of the deceased person’s estate. They must prove that the defendant’s negligent, reckless, or...

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Can I Recover After a Car Accident if No Tickets Were Issued?

If you are able to walk away or drive away without a ticket after being involved in a car accident and reporting it to the police, then you should be thankful. Just because no tickets are issued in an accident, it does not necessarily mean that everyone’s troubles are over. If someone was injured in a car accident, the injuries resulting from that accident can still form the basis of a personal injury lawsuit, even if the police did not issue any tickets related to the accident. It is possible for Georgia courts to award damages to an injured party...

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Is the Trucking Company Responsible if I am Injured in a Truck Accident?

Just as trucks are a lot more complicated than cars, truck accidents are a lot more complicated than car accidents. More wheels mean that there are more ways that things can go wrong. In a car accident involving two cars, the insurance companies determine which of the parties was at fault or, more specifically, what percentage of the fault can be attributed to each party. In a truck accident, there are many more factors at play. For example, if you file a personal injury lawsuit because of an injury resulting from a truck accident, the defendant is often the company...

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Is it Just an Accident or Premises Liability?

Television ads for personal injury law firms tend to focus on car accidents, but that is not the only kind of personal injury lawsuit. You might have a case for a personal injury lawsuit if you were injured in any kind of accident that was the result of someone’s negligence. Negligence means that, while no one caused the injury on purpose, the accident could have been avoided if the negligent party had been more careful or more responsible. One category of personal injury lawsuits involves product liability, sometimes known as “dangerous drug” lawsuits; a famous example is the lawsuits surrounding accidental...

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Tailgating Accidents Entitle You to Get Compensation for Your Injuries

Tailgating Accidents Entitle You to Get Compensation for Your Injuries

Tailgating is a common (yet avoidable) driving hazard that puts the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk for serious injuries. Tailgating and other forms of aggressive driving are caused by careless drivers who can be held liable for the injuries and damages they cause to others. Working with an experienced personal injury lawyer helps you get the highest compensation for your personal injury claim. This lets you recover losses related to your injuries and achieve financial security for you and your family. Tailgating and Georgia Law Tailgating occurs when a vehicle behind yours is traveling too closely. This reduces the space needed...

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Serious Personal Injuries Result From Drivers Making Improper Turns

Serious Personal Injuries Result From Drivers Making Improper Turns

Improper turns can lead to severe injuries for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Improper turns can also cause vehicles to move into oncoming traffic, resulting in head-on collisions that can be fatal. The following helps you understand the causes related to improper turns and how you can hold liable parties accountable for your injuries and property damage. What Causes Drivers to Make Improper Turns? Drivers who fail to yield to other vehicles and pedestrians cause accidents related to improper turns. Drivers need to yield to other motorists and ensure that they can safely turn before proceeding to make a left turn or U-turn. Increased speeds,...

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Wrong-Way Driving Accidents and Personal Injury Compensation

Serious Personal Injuries Result From Drivers Making Improper Turns

The safety of drivers depends on their ability to navigate the roadways and the safety hazards that can arise. Reckless and negligent behaviors contribute to the number of injuries and fatalities that occur on the roads each year. Wrong-way driving is one of the most serious and dangerous risk factors that drivers face. It leads to head-on collisions that put you and your family at risk for serious injuries and even fatalities. However, victims can obtain compensation so that they can recover from their injuries and restore damaged property. Wrong-Way Driving and Your Safety Sadly, fatalities caused by wrong-way driving have...

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Unsafe Lane Changes Contribute to Severe Accidents on the Roadways

The actions of other drivers put the lives of you and your passengers at risk every day. One example that happens all too often is unsafe lane changes, which can contribute to severe accidents and injuries. Changing lanes illegally or without warning significantly increases the risk of a collision. Drivers who are at fault for these accidents can be held liable for injuries and other damages. Understanding how unsafe lane changes contribute to roadway accidents, along with the many factors that can be involved, can help you obtain compensation for your injuries. Causes of Unsafe Lane Changes Unsafe lane changes are...

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