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Monthly Archives: October

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A Checklist for Victims of a Fatigued Driver Accident

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Rest and sleep are important for overall health. Go a day without adequate rest and you not only feel tired, but your cognitive abilities are also compromised. These factors can combine to cause driver fatigue and result in a considerable number accidents. When drivers are fatigued, they have compromised judgment, lower attention, and slower… Read More »

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When you have a leased car accident, what happens?

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Greg Stokes: Let us say it is a rental car.You go over to the airport. Yourented a car. Well you have got two options. You can either take out the optional coverage and if you are in a crash, the rental company will pay the claim. Or you can give them your own insurance… Read More »

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What to do if you witness a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: That is a great question. We had a Superior court judge on Peachtree Street who witnessed a car accident, and he did just the right thing. He walked up to the injured party, took out his business card, said, “my name is Judge. Here is my card. I saw what happened. Here… Read More »

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What to do after a car accident that is not your fault?

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Greg Stokes: The first thing to do after an accident is call the police. If you are injured, go to the doctor or hospital and get treatment. The next thing is report this claim to your own insurance company. Pick up a copy of the accident report, and find out who is the at-fault… Read More »

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What should I do after a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: The moment there is a crash, you have to think in terms of it is an emergency. If possible, you want to pull your car off to the side of the road. If it is a serious crash, you can leave the car right where it is and get out of your… Read More »

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What is your advice about how to avoid a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: Probably your state of mind and the condition of your vehicle are key to avoiding crashes. Being very aware of what is in front of you, what is in the back of you, what is to the left, what is to the right, and when you are going through an intersection, even… Read More »

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What is whiplash from a car accident and when is it evident or not evident?

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Greg Stokes: What usually happens in a car crash is there is sudden, violent movement to the neck and the spine. If you picture the head as a bowling ball that weighs about six or seven pounds and you picture this all happening within about 300 milliseconds, the G forces are pretty severe on… Read More »

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What are the top reasons for car accidents, particularly for Atlanta, and where do they occur most often?

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Greg Stokes: We see these ten things occur day in, day out, week in, week out:Following too closely Failure to yield the right of way Running a red light Improper lane change Reckless driving Speeding DUI Crossing the center line Failure to control the vehicle Failure to post a proper lookout When you get… Read More »

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What are the steps for how to sue after a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: The preliminary step usually is to hire an attorney. Your attorney is going to gather all of the evidence, do his investigation, get all the medical records, document the claim, and make a demand on the insurance company. They are going to negotiate back and forth and try to get the case… Read More »

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What about physical damage to the vehicle? How to determine diminished value of the car after accident?

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Greg Stokes: This comes up very often. You are always entitled to the repairs. The insurance companies have computer programs that spec out the cost of the equipment and the cost of the labor and they can get that right down to the penny, but the second part is the diminished value of a… Read More »

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