I was rear-ended in a motorcycle accident. What should you do?

Rear-end collisions happen every day in the U.S. But when a motorcycle is involved, the chances of injury are much greater. A rear-end motorcycle accident can cause permanent injuries, serious head injuries, or even death to motorcycle riders. If you are a motorcyclist and you have been injured in a rear-end collision, you should speak with an attorney immediately. The longer you wait to get help on your case, the harder your case becomes to win. Memories fade and evidence can disappear. You may also miss certain legal filing deadlines.

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I’m a truck driver who was injured in a crash in Atlanta. What are my legal options?

There are millions of tractor trailers registered for use in the U.S. that travel along the roadways moving products and equipment to where they need to be. The vast majority of truck drivers are very competent, careful, and highly skilled. For many truck drivers, trucking can be an intense profession that requires long days and weeks on the roads, which can lead to exhaustion. Trucking deadlines can be tight and the pressure to drive for longer periods than allowed may be intense, which can lead to catastrophic accidents for truck drivers.

Regardless of who is responsible for causing an accident involving a tractor trailer, drivers are entitled to receive compensation. Most commercial truckers are covered by workers’ compensation, even if they are at fault for the accident. Workers’ compensation typically provides coverage for medical care, disability benefits, partial wages, and vocational training if the trucker is prevented from returning to his or her former position after the accident.

In some cases, the accident may be caused by the negligent actions of a third party. In that case, the injured trucker can file a lawsuit against the responsible individual. The lawsuit can seek compensation for the damages and pain and suffering not covered under workers’ compensation. If a truck driver was killed, his or her family may also be able to pursue benefits under workers’ compensation, a civil lawsuit, or both. Continue reading

If I choose to file for bankruptcy, can I keep some of my accounts open?

If you are in over your head with debts and are having trouble keeping up with your payments, you may choose to file for bankruptcy. Bankruptcy can offer a chance for consumers to get a fresh start. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy erases most unsecured debts, such as credit card debt and medical debt. A Chapter 13 bankruptcy is a reorganization and allows the consumer to reorganize their debts into manageable payments.

Many consumers who file for bankruptcy want to get rid of all of as many of their debts as possible, but may also want to retain one credit card. You may have a credit card that you only owe a small amount of money on that you want to keep open because it provides you with a lot of perks, such as airline miles or cash back.

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Can my car be repossessed if I file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy?

It’s not uncommon for consumers to get in over their heads with debt and consider filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a discharge in which the debtor’s debts are completely discharged. A debtor must meet certain requirements to be eligible to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. 

Some consumers may fear that if they file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the car loan lender may repossess his or her vehicle. Normally, during a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the car loan lender is prohibited from repossessing your vehicle or trying to collect the debt owed on the vehicle. That is called an “automatic stay”, and it makes it illegal for most creditors to continue any collection activities.

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I was riding a motorcycle and was struck from behind. Can I sue the driver?

I’m sorry to hear about your accident. If you are a motorcycle rider and you have been struck from behind while riding, you may wish to talk to one of the motorcycle accident attorneys at Holston & Huntley. A qualified Georgia motorcycle accident attorney can help you assess the merits of your case and help you determine the best course of action. It’s critical that you speak with someone as soon as possible, because the longer you wait, the more likely it is that you risk missing out on filing your claim due to an expiration of the statute of limitations.

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I am in over my head with tax debts to the IRS. Will a bankruptcy stop them from collecting or wipe the debts out?

Unfortunately for you, many tax debts cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. However, filing for bankruptcy can at least temporarily halt the IRS from attempting to collect the debt from you. Whether you are filing a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 also has an impact on how your tax debt is treated. 

When you file for bankruptcy, whether it’s a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13, an automatic stay is created. The automatic stay prevents most creditors, including the Internal Revenue Service, from continuing or starting any debt collection activities against you. If a creditor wants to continue trying to collect a debt, it must get permission from the court in order to legally proceed. However, when your case is dismissed, or if your debts are discharged, or if the court agrees to lift the automatic stay, the automatic stay ends and your creditors can continue attempting to collect any outstanding debts.

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I am a truck driver and was injured in an accident in Atlanta. What are my legal options?

Atlanta is a major city and commerce hub, and every day thousands of truckers pass through on Atlanta’s freeways, highways, and city streets. Unfortunately, Atlanta has a reputation of having roads which can be dangerous for truck drivers. Drivers spend long days and weeks on the roads, which can increase the potential that they will experience fatigue and distractions. Tight deadlines when combined with fatigue leads to an increased risk of catastrophic accidents for truck drivers.

Many truck accidents have catastrophic results. The injured trucker may be unable to work for a significant amount of time. Some of the common injuries that can occur in commercial trucking accidents include back and neck injuries, brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, and even death. Many of these injuries are life-long and will cost tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical treatment.

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Do I have to have a job to be able to file for bankruptcy in Atlanta?

When someone goes a long period of time without a job, bankruptcy can be the inevitable result. For most people, it’s hard to stay current on bills without any money coming in. Once debt starts to pile up, it can be hard to get out of it, which can lead to a bankruptcy. Under federal bankruptcy law, there is no requirement that a debtor must be employed. However, being unemployed can affect the success of your bankruptcy filing in some cases.

Individuals typically file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, the unsecured debts such as credit cards and medical bills are wiped out. In most situations, creditors do not receive anything because there is no property that can be taken and sold. Because of the nature of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, debtors have to pass a means test to be able to qualify for a Chapter 7. This means that your income will be compared against the state median income. If you have too much income, you may be disqualified unless you also have very high allowable expenses. If you are unemployed, you will obviously be below the income limitations, even if you are receiving unemployment compensation.

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I was hit by a tractor trailer because it could not stop in time. Can I sue the trucking company or the driver?

Because of their massive size and weight, as well as the speeds at which they travel, tractor trailers or semi-trucks are difficult to bring to a complete stop, especially when needing to do so quickly. One of the most common causes of commercial trucking accidents is a failure to account for additional stopping distance. If a driver fails to take the necessary precautions to avoid an accident, the driver and his or her employer may be held liable for any damages that occur as a result.

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I am considering filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, but I’m worried about my car. Will it get repossessed if I file?

For most people filing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, one of their biggest worries is their vehicle. If a person loses a vehicle in a bankruptcy, he or she loses a way to get to work and will then have even more financial difficulties.

If you are in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, your car lender cannot repossess your car or otherwise try to collect the debt without getting permission from the court. The reason is the automatic stay – when a Chapter 7 bankruptcy is filed, an automatic stay is created. An automatic stay makes it illegal for most creditors to attempt to collect debts.

However, your lender can ask the bankruptcy court to lift the automatic stay in order to repossess your car. In order to do this, the lender must file a “motion for relief from the automatic stay”. In the motion, the lender has to show that it’s a party to the bankruptcy as a creditor, that it has a right to repossess the car, and that its interests are not being properly protected because you are not making timely loan payments.

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