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 was in an accident in Atlanta with a driver who was using a cell phone. What are my legal options?

Experts say that there are now more cell phones in the United States than people. Many cell phone users are attached to their phones at all times, and often driving a vehicle does not prevent them from using their cells.

Using a cell phone while driving can in some cases be more dangerous than driving under the influence of alcohol. Almost a quarter of all car accidents are attributed to cell phone usage, or over 1.5 million accidents a year. The CDC estimates that nine people per day are killed in an automobile accident due to a distracted driver, and most of those distractions are attributable to smart phone use. 

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How does bankruptcy affect my personal injury case?

Bankruptcy and personal injury cases can go hand in hand. When an individual is involved in a serious car accident, slip and fall accident, or another type of accident, he or she is often unable to work for a time or permanently. This can lead to financial devastation, which can lead to bankruptcy. This can happen even though the injured party is expected to receive significant compensation in a personal injury claim.

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Who is liable if I am injured in a taxi, bus, or Marta accident in Atlanta?

Atlanta’s roads can be dangerous. Accidents involving public transportation are on the rise in Atlanta. It’s not uncommon for the operator of a taxi, bus, Amtrak train, Marta train, airplane, or another type of public transportation to be involved in an accident. If a passenger is hurt while using public transportation, the company that is providing the service could be held legally liable for the passenger’s injuries. Companies that provide public transportation services are called common carriers.

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My loved one was killed in an accident involving a tractor trailer. Can I sue for wrongful death?

Typically, when a passenger automobile is involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, semi-truck, or other commercial vehicle, very serious injuries or death is the result. The weight of the truck and the speeds at which they drive can cause the truck to roll over in an accident, crushing other vehicles. In some cases, the driver may be negligent and the accident can be catastrophic, resulting in multiple deaths.

In many situations, fatal accidents involving commercial truckers may result in criminal as well as civil charges, holding the trucker, the trucking company, and other negligent parties responsible for the tragic loss of life. There are a number of situations that can cause fatal accidents involving large commercial trucks. Some common scenarios include the trucker falling asleep or driving while distracted, the trucker speeding or driving recklessly, the truck rolling over or jackknifing, and the cargo being overloaded and/or improperly secured.

There are a number of safety regulations mandated by the Department of Transportation, but those regulations are routinely violated. One of the areas that often is ignored by truckers and trucking companies is the regulations on hours that truckers can work. There are strict rules about how many hours truckers can drive within certain time frames set by the federal government. Those rules are in place in order to reduce the chances that truck drivers will push themselves too far while driving.

Trucking companies are often responsible for the accidents caused by their truckers. They may choose to hire unqualified drivers, or drivers with a long history of serious traffic violations. They may fail to properly inspect their vehicles or the cargo. In many cases involving serious tractor trailer accidents, the trucking companies as well as the truckers can be held liable for damages.

Fortunately, help is available for the family members of loved ones who are killed in accidents involving tractor trailers. Surviving family members can choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit can help in two ways – first, it helps surviving family members receive financial compensation for the loss of a loved one. The other way it helps is by ensuring justice on those who wrongfully killed your loved one.

If your wrongful death lawsuit is successful, you can recover compensation for a variety of expenses, including medical bills, lost wages of your loved one (both past earnings and future earnings), pain and suffering, funeral costs, and compensation for pain and suffering of the surviving family members.

If your loved one was killed in a tractor trailer accident in the Atlanta area, you should speak with an attorney about your legal options. Call the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Holston & Huntley, LLC. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case, and if we choose to take your case you pay us nothing unless we obtain a recovery for you. Call us today at 1-888-513-0004 consultations are free and you are under no obligation to use our services. We serve Metro Atlanta Georgia as well as Birmingham Alabama including surrounding areas.

What should I do if I have been hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver in Atlanta?

Even if you are the safest driver in history, you can still get into an accident because you share the roads with other vehicles. You may never take chances and may always obey all speed limits and traffic laws, but you still run the risk of being involved in a wreck, which may involve injuries, with a driver without adequate insurance or with no insurance at all.

Normally, when you suffer from an injury because of another party’s actions, you are entitled to pursue a claim for the damages to which you are entitled by law. However, if the person who caused the accident does not have enough insurance or personal assets to properly compensate you, you may be left without a way to pursue compensation.

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Bus Accidents in Atlanta

Generally, riding on a bus is a fairly safe method of transportation. The size of the bus typically protects passengers in the event the bus is in an accident with a smaller vehicle. However, in some cases a lapse in the judgment of a bus driver, or a failure to perform the proper maintenance on a bus can result in a crash that can injure passengers on the bus.

Bus drivers are required by law to use the highest standard of care towards passengers, because legally bus drivers are considered “common carriers”, meaning that they transport passengers for hire. However, despite that requirement, Georgia bus accidents can happen and may lead to serious injuries or even fatalities.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, at least 11,000 bus accidents occur every year in the U.S., which typically result in between 20,000 and 40,000 injuries. Most of the accidents do not involve fatalities. Among those bus accidents that do involve fatalities, the majority happen with young school children.

There are a number of factors that may contribute to an accident involving a bus. The bus may be poorly maintained. The bus driver may be under the influence of drugs and alcohol, or may simply be overworked and fatigued. The bus driver may not have been properly trained. Other drivers on the road may be to blame for the bus accident as well. There may also be third parties involved, such as manufacturers of defective vehicle parts, or negligent maintenance companies.

School bus drivers have very difficult jobs, and even the best trained drivers can make mistakes that would endanger the children in their care. Many accidents involving school buses in Atlanta do not occur while the bus is in motion – many occur while the bus is loading or unloading children. School bus drivers have a responsibility when allowing children to board and exit the bus.

If you have been injured or a loved one was killed in a bus accident, you should speak with a law firm with experience in handling complex personal injury attorneys. Bus accident cases can be much more complex than standard automobile accident cases. There are often many different entities involved, which depends on who owns the bus, who maintains the bus, which insurance companies are involved, and who employs the bus driver. All of these parties typically have expert attorneys on their side, in order to pay as little in damages as possible.

Call the Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Holston & Huntley, LLC. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case, and if we choose to take your case you pay us nothing unless we obtain a recovery for you. Call us today at 1-888-513-0004 consultations are free and you are under no obligation to use our services. We serve Metro Atlanta Georgia as well as Birmingham Alabama including surrounding areas.

I was injured as a passenger on a motorcycle in an accident in Atlanta. What legal steps should I take?

If you have been injured in a motorcycle accident as a passenger, you are a victim no matter whether another driver or the motorcycle driver is at fault for the accident. A passenger on a motorcycle has no control of the situation and is helpless to prevent an accident. While many accidents occur due to the negligence of drivers on the road, a passenger on a motorcycle who is injured has a right to be compensated for his or her injuries.

Motorcycle accidents may occur involving multiple vehicles, or they may be single vehicle accidents. Some accidents are caused by other vehicles, while others are caused by the recklessness of the motorcycle driver.

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