Driving is not as simple as getting from point A to point B. A lot can happen between your starting point and your intended location. Despite all the precautions you take to ensure that your vehicle is in good condition and that you follow all driving laws, you can still end up in a car accident.

But what can you do when you wind up in an uninsured motorist accident where the responsible party is an uninsured driver?

You have two options. You can either seek a settlement directly from the driver, or you can file a claim to receive your own uninsured motorist benefits.

Seeking a Settlement From the Driver

The process of seeking a settlement directly from an uninsured motorist is lengthy, frustrating and often unfruitful.
It is unlikely that you will receive a substantial settlement from an uninsured driver. Chances are, he or she does not have the financial ability to pay you. Even if you do win your case, you may end up needing a court order to compel the driver to pay the settlement.

Filing a Claim With Your Insurance Company

In these accidents, your best option is to file a claim with your insurance …

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 reaction time making them liabilities on the road. A recent study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that driver fatigue is responsible for one in six — or 17 percent – of fatal car accidents.  In fact, nearly one-quarter of adults (23%) say they know someone personally who has crashed due to falling asleep at the wheel.

  1. Check to see if you or your passengers are injured. If there is any indication of injury or pain, call for medical help. If possible, check the other drivers.
  2. Immediately dial 911 and summon the police to the scene of the accident – regardless of whether or not there are injuries.
  3. If possible, quickly obtain all information about the other drivers involved. Get names, tag numbers, driver’s license numbers and insurance information. Most importantly, get names and contact information of any independent witnesses. Witnesses can make

 

 

Many of us at Stokes & Kopitsky Injury Lawyers are parents (and grandparents) and know personally that keeping children safe is a big concern. This includes safety while on the road.  Some of the hardest cases for us personally are ones involving children in auto accidents.  Helping a family deal with the aftermath of a serious car crash can be heartbreaking, and we take great care to ensure their needs are met throughout the process.

 

Traveling in a car with a child is a part of a family’s regular routine – from the moment a baby is brought home from the hospital, to long road trips to see beloved relatives and daily drives to and from school and recreational activities. Everyone should take care to exercise safety measures while riding in a vehicle.

 

There are plenty of ways that families can keep their children protected and comfortable at all times. 

 

Choosing a Proper Child Safety Seat

 

First and foremost, a high quality car seat can protect infants and small children from becoming fatally injured in the unfortunate event of a car accident.

 

In Atlanta, Georgia, all children under eight years old must be …

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Teen Drive Accident

As scary as it may be to consider, if you have a teenage driver, he or she may very like cause a car accident.  The Department of Motor Vehicles reports that drivers aged 16 to 19 have the highest average annual crash and traffic violation rates of any other age group. This means that there is a possible correlation between driving behavior and age.

As a parent, dealing with such a situation can be extremely stressful and upsetting.  So what do you do if your teenager causes a serious road accident?

Georgia may have enacted laws to decrease the number of teen driver accidents — specifically the graduated licensing laws — but the combination of inexperience and distractions (i.e., digital devices, other teens in the vehicle, etc.) could create a situation that leads to a serious accident.

If your teenager causes a car accident, contact an expert Atlanta personal injury lawyer immediately. You need this kind of expertise and experience because your teenager may be liable for injuries and property damage.

The impact of the accident may also be aggravated if your teenager is found to have driven while intoxicated. Under Georgia law, any driver under 21 with a BAC …

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What is an Accident Attorney?

Accidents – whether serious, mild, or otherwise – can create a tremendous impact and can leave a permanent imprint on the lives of its victims. A person might be left with scars, lost limbs, or permanent disabilities that alter their ability to work or live the way they did previously. It might take a long time for physical injuries arising from accidents to heal. Worse, there also exists the mental, emotional, and traumatic anguish – all of which can take an even longer time to recover from.

In general, accident attorneys are personal injury lawyers who provide legal representation for individuals who suffered either a mental or physical injury because of an accident. These lawyers will help you establish your claim before a court of law, or a tribunal, in order to gain some form of compensation or reparation for your accident. Accident attorneys target their attention on civil cases concerned with incidents by which a party is the recipient of an unfortunate mishap due to the negligence of another. The types of accidents for which you can receive relief through a personal injury claim include vehicular accidents, slip and falls, accidental deaths, brain injuries, …

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Experiencing a car accident is a very difficult and demanding ordeal. Apart from dealing with the accident itself and enduring possible medical injuries, most individuals are ill-prepared or downright clueless about the necessary steps that they must undertake in order to preserve their legal rights in such a situation. When dealing with a car accident, you will most likely have to deal with physical injuries, disorientation, confusion, and total devastation. Trying to preserve evidence or gathering facts could be the last thing on your mind. You may intuitively feel that you are entitled to some personal injury claim for the accident; however, in the eyes of the law, you may not be able to enforce a claim unless you are able to establish essential documentation and evidence.

If you have just suffered a car accident, here are some of the essential steps that you must remember to follow in order to establish your personal injury claim.…

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Car accident injuries are awful. Injuries from those accidents are even worse.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 2,239,000 people injured in car accidents just in the year 2010. Many accidents do not need to happen in the first place. Unfortunately, there are people who choose to drive while under the influence of alcohol, become distracted while driving, or choose to drive recklessly. All of these instances cause injury and even death where it should have been avoided.

So what should you do if you believe you have a good claim for a car accident injury? Here are some steps we go through in order to win your auto accident claim for you.

Before moving forward, make sure you have something to take notes with. This is really important to do so that when you finish these steps and if you still feel that you have a good claim, you already have those notes when you speak with one of our lawyers during your free consultation.


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HD207 via Wikimedia Creative Commons LicenseChanging tires on the side of the road is extremely dangerous. Although most drivers do try and move over to the next lane there are times it is impossible.

A 53-year-old Alpharetta man became a victim in what police think was an accidental killing on the highway while he was changing his tire. Officials are searching for a vehicle and trailer that was captured on the car camera of a Lamar County Sheriff’s vehicle.

Investigators do not believe that the driver of the vehicle hauling the trailer even knew the accident occurred but they would like to talk to the owner of a dark colored pick-up trick pulling a flatbed trailer.

If faced with the situation of a flat tire on the highway there are things that you can do to help ensure your safety. The National Safety Council offers the following tips for someone with tire trouble.

• At the first sign of tire trouble, grip the steering wheel firmly.

• Don’t slam on the brakes.

• Let the car slow down gradually by taking your foot off the gas pedal.

•Work your vehicle toward the breakdown lane or, if possible, toward an exit.

•Turn your emergency flashers on.…

Conner395It’s the responsibility of everyone who drives on public roads to help keep them safe. When that responsibility is shirked, people get hurt, sometimes even permanently. More tragically, death can result. The responsibility still remains for the driver who caused injury — this time to pay for the damages he or she caused.  There are going to be medical bills, car bills, and other losses to the victim. It should never be the victim’s job to pay these costs. A good attorney can make sure that burden is placed where it belongs.

Police in Rome are on the hunt for the suspect in a hit-and-run accident that caused injuries. They already have a name and know the driver is from Cedar Bluff, AL. He fled the area and ran into a drugstore in East Rome.

Police believe the suspect may have been driving a stolen vehicle at the time of accident. The suspect also has active arrest warrants in addition to the hit-and-run charges, unrelated to the accident, Rome police say.

When you or a loved one have become the victim of an accident caused by someone else, whether directly or through negligence or disregard of the law, you shouldn’t …

Renaissnce Man  via Wikimedia Creative CommonsWhen rage becomes uncontrollable people sometimes do foolish things that they probably would not do if given time to cool down and think. Apparently rage got the best of an Atlanta man recently. He became so angry at another man; he intentionally hit him with his SUV while the man was riding a bicycle. Now the driver of the SUV faces very serious charges including criminal attempt to commit murder.

Greg Germani was riding his bike down an Atlanta street when Joseph Alan Lewis intentionally hit him and then left the scene. Germani was critically injured in the crash.

The investigation led to a red Dodge Nitro and two people, Lewis and a 22-year-old female Shanelle Woodard. Police issued warrants for the arrest of both individuals. Woodard turned herself in on a Wednesday and was charged with tampering of evidence. Lewis turned himself in the next day and was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated assault, first degree criminal damage to property, aggressive driving, serious injury by vehicle and reckless driving.

Although this is a criminal matter, there is also an element of personal injury in this accident and the victim, Greg Germani, is entitled to compensation that …

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