Greg Stokes: That is a great question a lot of people want to know. They are afraid to call a lawyer because they think they are going to have to pay the lawyer money out of their pocket. Some people just do not know that basically the legal system and most personal injury lawyers are going to operate on a no charge, free consultation basis by telephone or in person. And most lawyers are going…

Greg Stokes: I would say, when in doubt of whether you should hire an attorney or not, without question, call an attorney and get their advice. It usually does not cost you anything to call the attorney. Then you get a feel for what is going on, and you have got your options ahead of you. If there is one thing I see, it is people trying to handle their own claims, making a lot…

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 though you have got the green light. You have a legal duty to look to the left and the right to…

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 information and say, “well, I do not want to take out the optional insurance. I am going to use my insurance…

Greg Stokes: In general, personal injury settlements are not taxable. The IRS has a specific code section that deals with settlements that come from physical injury claims. If you have been injured and you receive a settlement, it is considered a loss to your body and it is not taxable income. The example I give is when your car is in a crash and it is a total loss, and they give you, say, $30,000…

Greg Stokes: Well, you want an attorney with a good track record. When you go to a law firm, you are looking at not only what their verdicts and settlements are, but you are looking at what their clients are saying about them.

The best situation is where it has been a referral because then you have a friend or a relative that said: “this attorney treated me professionally. We are happy with the end…

Greg Stokes: Yes. If you are not at fault, do not be afraid of reporting this to your insurance company. Back in the 1980’s, a law was passed in Georgia that prevented an insurance company from canceling you or going up in your rates because you made a claim if the crash was not your fault.

Some insurance companies have a claim forgiveness policy where they understand that over the lifetime you may get in…

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 down to locations for crashes, the interstate highway system without a doubt. Many of the truck crashes occur on the…

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 is my telephone number.”

If you are a witness, wait for the police, and tell the police your name and telephone…

Greg Stokes: It depends upon what you are talking about as a record. If we are talking about the Department of Motor Vehicles, and if you are cited with the accident, you have a ticket, and you are found guilty, or you plead guilty, usually the Department of Motor Vehicles is going to keep that on your record for about seven years. It is going to show if somebody runs a DMV report going back…

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