Atlanta Accident & Injury Blog
5 Questions to Ask Your Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer
When you schedule a free consultation with an Atlanta car accident lawyer, come prepared with questions. This appointment is a critical stage in your journey after your accident – a journey that should conclude with you recovering all of your accident-related losses.
Suing for Lost Wages After a Car Accident in Atlanta
After a car accident in Atlanta, you may think your most pressing financial issue will be medical bills. But the truth is, many wrecks will leave you with injuries that mean you are no longer able to work. You may have some paid time off built up, but even so, by using your paid time off, you lose your right to use those days later on.
The good news is, Georgia law allows you to recover lost wages after an accident that wasn’t your fault. At the Law Offices of Andrew E. Golder, we have helped hundreds of people recover lost wages after a car accident. We know what it takes to go up against the insurance company and get the compensation you deserve.
Give us a call at (404) 869-1580 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with an Atlanta car accident lawyer today.
How to Travel Safely to and From Atlanta this Holiday Season
Whether you’re driving to the mall to get some Christmas gifts, you’re coming into town to visit family or you’re heading to the airport to catch a flight, traffic in Atlanta during the holiday season is wild, to say the least. Trying to get around the city is only made worse by the fact that public transportation is completely unreliable.
What Suntrust Stadium’s Rideshare Troubles Mean for Fans’ Safety
When the Atlanta Braves first moved to Suntrust Stadium in Cobb County, there was a lot of worry about traffic in the area, as well as rideshare costs and wait times. In the first couple of seasons, traveling to and from the stadium was a relatively easy task.
Now, it seems those initial worries were well-founded. This baseball season, trying to get an Uber or Lyft outside of Suntrust Park has become a nightmare. There are reports of people waiting for hours on end for their ride, and some fans have even walked out into the busy roads surrounding the stadium in order to find their ride.
Establishing Negligence After a Truck Accident
Truck accidents cause devastating injuries that can have lifelong effects. The costs of treating these injuries can be astronomical. Without a way to pay for medical bills, injury victims may be saddled with cumbersome medical debt in addition to a painful recovery period. Those who are injured in a truck accident, therefore, have a strong motivation to hold negligent parties accountable and, thereby, liable for their injury costs and other damages.
But how do most truck accident injury lawyers go about proving negligence? Sometimes, showing that a truck driver or trucking company was negligent is easy, such as pointing to a faulty hitch or a driver under the influence of amphetamines. Other times, establishing negligence in a truck accident case can be incredibly difficult, depending largely on obscure facts of law or prior case rulings.
The Most Dangerous Intersections in Atlanta
Anyone who has driven through Atlanta, whether they live in the City or are just visiting, knows how terrible the traffic can be in our City. Highways are congested at just about all hours of the day, and intersections can be incredibly dangerous.
Our Atlanta car accident attorneys have seen firsthand how dangerous these intersections can. Knowing which intersections are most dangerous can help you plan your routes and take extra precautions if you can’t avoid these areas.
Top 5 Trusted Daycares in Atlanta
Choosing a daycare in Atlanta can be a daunting task. You don’t want to leave your children in a potentially dangerous situation, and trusting reviews on Yelp and other sites can be risky.
As Atlanta daycare injury lawyers, we know these risks all too well. That’s why we want to help you find the best daycare for your child. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning’s Bright from the Start provides Quality Ratings, with 3 being the highest quality.
Here are some daycares in the Atlanta area which achieved a three star rating, as defined by Bright From The Start, along with maps from the daycare to our offices if anything ever goes wrong and you need to speak with a daycare injury lawyer.
Children Are Injured Daily at Daycare. Here’s How You Can Protect Your Child
When a parent or guardian drops their child off at daycare, they often do so assuming that the child is in good, trained, and reliable hands. They trust that the people behind the door are professionals with appropriate training. Parents believe that their children will be safe.
Sadly, as Atlanta daycare injury lawyers, we know that this isn’t always the case:
What Happens If I’m in an Uber or Lyft Accident?
Our Atlanta car accident lawyers know that Uber and Lyft have become increasingly popular in the city and throughout the state. The use of these two services, and others like it, has boomed in the last few years. Just a decade ago, no one uttered “Call an Uber” as often as they do now. Getting in a car with an Uber or a Lyft driver has become more convenient than ever.
They may be popular, but popularity does not negate the risk. They are still vehicles, after all. When you climb into a car driven by someone else, you are essentially putting your life in their hands.
If you are injured in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft, you may not be covered. There are obstacles that are unique to the circumstances surrounding this type of accident.
Driving Safely In the Rain in Atlanta
August started with heavy rainfall throughout the Atlanta area. But rain on the roads is more than just an inconvenience; it’s much more dangerous than people may think.
As Alpharetta car accident lawyers, we have represented countless victims that were involved in car accidents during inclement weather. We have put together a list of driving tips to help you keep yourself and others on the road safe.
Your Guide to Georgia’s New Hands-Free Law
The state’s new hands-free law, called The Hands-Free Georgia Act, took effect on July 1, 2018. Chances are that you’ve at least heard of the law even if you don’t know exactly what it mandates.
To help you better understand what is now considered illegal and to keep you on the right side of the law, we’ve put together a quick guide to what can be found on the books. Here’s what you need to know.
The Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents in Atlanta
A truck accident is often more serious than an accident between two passenger vehicles. The force that a truck packs means that colliding with one often causes more serious injuries to the occupants of the vehicle. Knowing why truck accidents most often occur can help keep everyone on the road safer.
Driving Tips to Avoid Truck Accidents in Atlanta
Atlanta’s highways are considered some of the most congested in the country. If you ask anyone who commutes through the city on a daily basis, they can attest to this fact. Whether you live in or near the city or are visiting on vacation, you will be sharing the roads with semi trucks, tour buses and other large vehicles. Driving near these trucks is not the same as driving near another car.
There are simple actions you can take to avoid being in a collision with a semi or causing a semi to hit someone else. Keep reading to discover more about how you can drive safely, and avoid an accident with a big rig.
Andrew Goldner Wins $5.5 Million in Settlements in Just Three Weeks
When you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit in Atlanta, you undoubtedly vet your potential attorney. There may be many things that factor into your decision making, not the least of which is their success in obtaining settlements. If that’s the case, Andrew Goldner should top your list. In a matter of three weeks, the Atlanta attorney won a total of $5.5 million in settlements.
Motorcycle Versus Car in Columbia County Turns Fatal
One of the most common causes of motorcycle versus car accidents is the left hand turn. When a driver of a vehicle turns left in front of a motorcycle, the aftermath can be devastating. Motorcycle drivers often find themselves unable to stop when vehicles make this surprise move. This is exactly what happened in Columbia County just before the holidays.
Woman Sentenced in Fatal DUI Crash
A woman from Madison County will spend 25 years behind bars for her part in a crash that took the life of a college student in Georgia. The 32-year-old woman was sentenced to 31 years in prison. Only 25 of those years will have to be served and the remainder will be completed on probation.
Tragic Crash Near High School Claims Lives
A Friday night football game ended in tragedy for four families in and near Norcross. One teenager was left seriously injured in a car accident and three others were killed. The accident is thought to have been caused primarily by speeding.
According to reports, four teenagers left Friday’s football game in a Toyota 4Runner. The driver of the Toyota is thought to have been traveling at high speeds when the vehicle came upon a slower one in the roadway. To avoid colliding with that car, the driver of the Toyota swerved and ended up traveling down an embankment.
Suffering from Atlanta Hospital Negligence? Lawyers Answer 5 Frequently Asked Questions
Patients and their families who are dealing with the after effects of Atlanta hospital negligence often feel frustrated and confused. They know they deserve some sort of compensation for their suffering, but they don’t know where to even begin the process of seeking recourse. READ MORE >
Polk County Chief Released from Hospital
When police officers make the headlines, it’s often in a bad way. The officers going above and beyond the call of duty rarely make headlines. Unfortunately, one such officer has made headlines, though not because of his actions.
According to reports, the chief of the Polk County Police was struck by a vehicle while performing a good deed. The chief was driving along Highway 278 when he saw a woman and a child walking down the road. He stopped to speak with the woman and little one and offered them a ride to where they were going.
Georgia Accused of Slow Investigations Into Nursing Homes
A report by a federal watchdog agency says that people in risk of serious injury in nursing homes within the state of Georgia may not be able to depend on the state for help. Georgia has been notoriously slow to investigate nursing homes, despite a federal mandate stating an investigation must commence within two days of a reported complaint.
An analysis released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that it took Georgia 15 or more days to send an investigator in hundreds of cases. Only the state of Tennessee had a worse track record. For its part, the state’s Department of Community Health blames job vacancies, low pay and high turnover for their slow response. A written statement details a clearing of the backlog of cases thanks to a state allocation of millions of dollars.
Two-Vehicle Accident on Atlanta Highway
The Georgia State Patrol says that a collision involving two vehicles on a portion of W. Highway 16 may be attributed to speed. The accident occurred early in the morning on September 22. Two people were flown by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center due to injuries sustained in the crash.
According to reports, a Toyota Corolla was traveling eastbound at approximately 8:00 a.m. when it struck a Nissan Altima that was trying to get onto the highway. The collision with the Nissan caused the Toyota to go off the road and into the woods.
DUI Charges Filed After Officer Struck
On September 4, 2017, a law enforcement officer was doing her duty by responding to an accident on I-75. As she was performing her job, she was struck by a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver.
According to reports, the officer had responded to a crash between a truck and a motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle had died on scene. The female officer was driving up to the scene of the accident, slowing her vehicle, and was struck by another vehicle being driven by a person suspected of being intoxicated. The officer was not injured seriously, but was reported to have been shaken up.
Tiger Roams Through Atlanta Neighborhood
Many people believe, and rightly so, that the only place to see a tiger is in a zoo. No one living in the United States expects to look out their window and see a jungle cat on their sidewalk or in their backyard. This is exactly what happened in Atlanta last week in an unusual string of events.
According to reports, Suzy the tiger was being transported by a company called Feld Entertainment. The company was transporting the tiger from Tampa to Memphis. The drivers decided to make an overnight stop in Georgia, checked on Suzy and laid down to rest. When they arrived in Tennessee the next day, they realized Suzy was missing.
Irma Is On Her Way
People of Atlanta, watch out: Hurricane Irma is on her way. As residents of Houston and the surrounding area assess the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the East Coast is preparing for the landfall of what may be the strongest hurricane of current record. Irma was spotted on the Atlantic Ocean just as Harvey was dying out, and people quickly took notice.
Hurricane Irma is currently classified as a Category 3 storm and is expected to be upgraded to a Category 4, if not a Category 5. If the storm remains at this level when it hits land, experts warn that destruction may be imminent. The state of Florida is already under a declaration of emergency, even though the storm is not expected to make landfall before the end of the week.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Atlanta Ends in Arrest
A crash occurred on a busy road early on August 24. A car and a motorcycle collided on Clifton Road and Ponce De Leon Avenue in the early morning hours, leaving the motorcyclist with fatal injuries. The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody.
According to reports, a motorcyclist was driving in the area when a silver Porsche slammed into him from behind. The motorcyclist was dragged and pushed through the intersection. Residents of the area say that the intersection has been a problem for a long time. They claim that there has been an average of an accident a week in the area.
Woman Charged in Motorcycle Accident
A woman in Valdosta has been charged as the result of an early-August motorcycle accident that sent two people to local hospitals with injuries. The Georgia State Patrol announced the charges following the woman’s arrest.
“Heroes” Rush to Aid of Motorcycle Crash Victim
What would you do if you witnessed a car accident with severe injury? Would you rush to the scene to help? Many of us like to think we would render aid, but the truth is that we don’t really know how we will react until we are put in that situation. Thankfully, for one man, it wasn’t a single person that jumped into action following a motorcycle crash, but three. Those three people are being hailed as heroes and are credited for possibly saving the man’s life.
Pedestrian Struck by Officer in DeKalb County
A police officer in DeKalb County was taken to a local hospital after an early-morning accident on July 25. A female jogger was also taken to a hospital following the accident. Here’s what happened, according to police reports.
The officer was responding to a call of a downed tree just before 7:30 a.m. As he was traveling down a local road, a vehicle attempted to make a left turn in front of his cruiser. The officer swerved to avoid a collision with that vehicle and, as a result, struck a pedestrian who was in a marked crosswalk.
Set Accident Results in Multi-Million Dollar Verdict
In February 2014, a young woman was killed on a movie set in Georgia. The woman was part of a film crew and was helping set up for a scene. The crew setting up did not have permission to be on a particular set of train tracks and a train came barreling down the track. That train struck the woman, ending her life.
Second Car Strikes Restaurant
Imagine owning your own business. You have the pleasure of being your own boss, and you have something, if it is successful, to hand down to your children or other family members. It seems like the American dream.
Until something comes along that puts a serious kink in your plans.
Man and Pet Attacked by Dogs
People across the country walk their dogs every day without incident. We attach a leash to a collar or harness and take off down the sidewalk. It’s a great way to bond with our pets. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned, as a man in Georgia recently found out.
The man was walking his dog near East Roswell Park early in the morning on Saturday, July 1. Two large dogs attacked the man’s small Bichon Frise and the owner attempted to fight them off. The man’s dog died as a result of the attack and the man sustained several injuries. He was treated at a local hospital.
Driver in Drunk Driving Crash Remains in Custody
A Columbia County Magistrate Court has denied bond for a woman charged with six felonies. The woman was charged with six counts of serious injury by vehicle after causing a crash. The woman is accused of being intoxicated while driving with six children in her vehicle, all unrestrained. The woman is also charged with 16 additional traffic violations.
The woman’s bond was originally set at $5,000, but was revoked after the injuries sustained by two of the children worsened. READ MORE >
New Bill Reminds Parents to Look Again
The beginning of summer has come and the season is in full swing. For many families, summer means road trips and even staycations. As temperatures rise, parents are being told to look twice before they walk away from their vehicles.
The Hot Cars Act of 2017 would make it a requirement for new cars to have safety equipment installed that would alert drivers to children in the backseat of vehicles. Until the bill passes, parents are urged to check the backseat before they leave their vehicles. READ MORE >
Dog Bites Passenger on Flight
In a story that made national headlines, an emotional support dog bit a passenger in the face on a Delta flight originating in Atlanta. According to witnesses, the man sustained a bloody face due to injuries sustained in the bite. Crew rendered assistance to the man immediately. He was taken off the plane and to the hospital with “severe injury” to the face.
The mixed-breed dog was sitting in the middle seat with his owner. The victim of the bite was sitting in the window seat. Witnesses say that the dog had been growling at the victim, and the victim asked if the dog was going to bite him. He asked that question several times. It was not clear what had upset the dog or what caused the attack. READ MORE >
Nursing Assistant Abuses Resident
When a family places an elderly loved one in a nursing facility, they have a reasonable expectation that their family member will be kept safe and as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. A nursing assistant in Georgia has been charged with crimes in connection with activity at Newnan Health and Rehabilitation.
According to reports, the arrestee’s actions led to a 98-year-old woman suffering a broken leg. As a result of the break, the woman had to undergo surgery. The woman died while the procedure was being completed. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the nursing assistant intentionally caused the woman’s injury. READ MORE >
How to Select an Atlanta Attorney
Writing an article about how to pick a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, when you ARE a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta, may seem self-serving. It is. I make no apologies for wanting potential clients to review our law firm’s website, read our client testimonials, examine our results, and then call us. However, our firm is certainly not the only good injury law firm in the Atlanta area. So, if you want to call us and interview some other firm, we understand. The key is to be armed with the right questions to ask so that you can differentiate between lawyers who advertise that they handle car, truck, and premises cases and those that actually do. READ MORE >
Can Auto Accident Lawyers Tell You What Your Case Is Worth?
Auto accident lawyers can be extremely beneficial when you’re pursuing a settlement. Putting together a strong case is a long and complicated process. A great attorney is backed up by an experienced staff. Together, they will gather all the materials necessary to build your claim against the responsible party. Hiring experts for this task is far easier than fumbling through it yourself. READ MORE >
What Should I Look for When Looking for Personal Injuries Attorneys?
Hiring personal injuries attorneys is no time for trial and error. You and your family are likely stressed out due to an injury in the household. Money is tight. Time is even more precious. You don’t have the resources to meet your injured spouse’s new list of needs, take care of the kids, keep working every day, and interview a bunch of potential attorneys. READ MORE >
3 Ways a Work Injury Attorney Can Help You Keep Your Job
When you find yourself searching for a work injury attorney, you’re already stressed out. You’ve been hurt at work, and it was bad enough that you had to miss some work days. Now you’re staring down a pile of medical bills that you don’t know how in the world you will pay. You’re trying to figure out how to get those bills paid, get back on your feet, and keep your job. READ MORE >
Hit By a Careless Driver? 3 Reasons to Hire a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Thousands of people die every year in motorcycle crashes, and many thousands more are injured and need a motorcycle accident attorney’s help. Motorcyclists face a high probability of injury or death in an accident, compared to car drivers. READ MORE >
3 Common Misconceptions About Head Injury Attorney Firms
Nobody wants to find themselves searching for a head injury attorney. However, when disaster strikes, you will want an experienced lawyer on your family’s side. Personal injury attorneys may or may not have handled a case like yours before. It’s important to ask specific questions to make sure you hire a lawyer who knows brain trauma cases inside and out.
As you start your search for a qualified lawyer, you will find your mind racing in a thousand different directions. READ MORE >
How Can Slip and Fall Lawyers Help You Prove Your Case?
Slip and fall lawyers sometimes get a bad rap. But someday when you find yourself the victim of someone else’s negligence, you will be glad to have one of these attorneys on your side. Proving your accident case without their experience can be hard. You likely don’t know where to even begin the process of filing your case. An experienced attorney can make this step effortless. READ MORE >
Dog Bite? When You Should Call a Personal Injury Law Firm
Dog bite cases can be tricky, and consulting with a personal injury law firm is an excellent idea in the event of a bite. There are many circumstances of the incident that have to be examined. Witness statements must be taken. The animal’s owner has to be contacted. Medical documentation has to be gathered. And each state treats dog bite cases a little bit differently. READ MORE >
5 Times You May Need a Medical Injury Attorney
Building a malpractice case is complicated, and doing it right requires the help of a medical injury attorney. But many people feel uncertain whether they have a substantial malpractice case on their hands. A misdiagnosis or bad outcome does not always mean malpractice has occurred. READ MORE >
When Should Accident Injury Attorneys Handle Your Loved One’s Case?
Accident injury attorneys know having a loved one harmed in an accident is a stressful event. However, the aftermath of the incident often becomes even harder to handle. Medical care leads to medical bills, and lots of them. Insurance companies always want to pay out as little as possible, which makes your life complicated. READ MORE >
What Constitutes Medical Malpractice Negligence and How Do I Know If I Have a Case?
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) says, “Medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—right behind heart disease and cancer.” In fact, Americans received more than $3 billion in medical malpractice payouts in 2012. That’s a lot of dollars insurance companies shelled out to compensate for those mistakes. READ MORE >
The Top 3 Reasons Attorneys See Premises Liability Cases
Premises liability cases are presented to attorneys when injury victims feel that they were hurt because of a careless property owner’s missteps. Many different kinds of injury cases can stem from poorly maintained properties. But all of these cases depend on the victim’s ability to prove that the owner failed to use reasonable care in the maintenance of the property where the injury occurred. If you or someone you care about has been injured on someone else’s property, you might have a strong personal injury case on your hands. READ MORE >
How Severe Do Injuries Need to Be to Hire a Motorcycle Injury Attorney?
If you have been in a bike accident, you might not be sure your injuries are bad enough to hire a motorcycle injury attorney. Are a few bruises and some road rash enough to make you call a lawyer? Making that call is a complicated decision. It seems so much easier just to do your best to forget about it and move on with your life. So exactly how severe do injuries need to be to hire a motorcycle attorney? READ MORE >
Can I Hire a Back Injury Attorney Before I See a Doctor?
It can be confusing trying to figure out whether and when to hire a back injury attorney. In the days and weeks after a debilitating accident, there’s a lot going through your mind. You’re in pain, you’re having a hard time taking care of yourself and your family, the medical bills start to pile up, and you’re not sure who to turn to for help. READ MORE >
Steps for Hiring the Right Injury Accident Attorney
If you have been hurt in an auto accident, you may have a lot of questions about hiring an injury accident attorney. Finding the right person to help you file your lawsuit and build a case is an important process. Hiring the right lawyer can make or break your case, so it’s important to take the time to do research and make an informed decision. READ MORE >
What Are the Most Common Types of Cases Handled by Work Injury Attorneys?
Getting hurt at work can create a dilemma for employees: how bad does the situation have to be before you should look into work injury attorneys? What kinds of injuries call for legal assistance? What are you going to do when the workman’s compensation runs out? Or even worse, what if your employer tries to withhold compensation after your injury? READ MORE >
The 3 Biggest Clues You Could Use a Truck Accident Attorney
Getting into a wreck with a big rig almost always calls for a truck accident attorney, especially if the accident was the truck driver’s fault. There could be a wide range of problems that led up to the accident, and a number of them could secure you restitution for the loss of your vehicle and physical health. READ MORE >
4 Ways a Child Injury Lawyer Can Help You Recover
When you find your family in a situation where you think you may need to hire a child injury lawyer, emotions are running high. Having a child become injured in an accident is one of the most stressful events a parent can endure. READ MORE >
How Badly Do I Need to Be Hurt to Benefit from a Car Injury Attorney?
Many car accident victims have a hard time deciding whether they should secure a car injury attorney. If you find yourself in that situation, you may be asking yourself if you really need to find a lawyer to help you out. Maybe your car wasn’t completely totaled. READ MORE >
What Types of Cases Are Handled by Catastrophic Injury Attorneys?
Catastrophic injury attorneys handle cases that most people pray they never have to endure. This is the type of lawyer you hope you never meet – but you will be grateful to find a good one in the unfortunate event that you really need them. READ MORE >
Do You Really Need Representation by Stockbridge Auto Accident Lawyers?
If a collision-related injury has you searching through Stockbridge auto accident lawyers, you have come to the right place. Finding the right attorney to handle your case can feel overwhelming, especially when you are still recovering (financially and physically) from a serious accident. READ MORE >
Should I Agree to a Personal Injury Settlement Offer?
Many people are surprised when their pursuit of restitution following an accident results in a personal injury settlement offer. The fact is that few of these cases make it to trial – it takes a lot of time and money to go to court, and these are resources an insurance company would rather spend elsewhere. READ MORE >
5 Questions You Should Ask before Hiring a Jonesboro Car Injury Attorney
When you’re searching for a Jonesboro car injury attorney, it can be hard to decide which lawyer will be able to do the best job with your case. When you’re recovering from injuries and trying to get your life back on track,the last thing you want to deal with is an inexperienced attorney who doesn’t know what they’re doing. READ MORE >
Suffering from Atlanta Hospital Negligence? Lawyers Answer 5 Frequently Asked Questions
Patients and their families who are dealing with the after effects of Atlanta hospital negligence often feel frustrated and confused. They know they deserve some sort of compensation for their suffering,but they don’t know where to even begin the process of seeking recourse. READ MORE >
Do I have Legal Rights if I Slip and Fall?
Slip and falls happen frequently. A person will slip or trip and fall on a wet floor, over a raised curb, or for some other reason.
READ MORE >
The Volkswagen Scandal: How Does This Impact Me?
If you’re a Volkswagen driver, there’s no doubt you’ve been paying close attention to the news over the last month. Word leaked in September that the carmaker outfitted nearly 11 million diesel
READ MORE >
The 5 Most Common Personal Injury Settlements for Truck Accidents
When you are involved in an accident involving a commercial semi-truck, it is important to understand how personal injury settlements for trucking accidents differ from other automotive injury accidents.
READ MORE >
Car Accidents in Georgia remain Top Killer of Children
Car accidents in Georgia remain the primary cause of death for all children in Georgia between the ages of 1 and 12. Many times, parents do everything they can to safeguard their children
READ MORE >
Allstate Insurance Uses “Colossus“ Computer Program For Georgia Car Accidents
As an attorney in Atlanta handling serious auto accident claims, I have become very familiar with the various insurance companies and how they handle claims negotiations.
READ MORE >