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 …

A passenger on a motorcycle is dead after an accident involving an alleged drunk driver Sunday Morning. According to the Atlanta Police Department, the victim is identified as Atlanta resident, Ellie Morris, 33.

Officers indicate that Jessica Johnson was driving her Hyundai Sonata on the southbound side of Interstate 75 near the Interstate 85 connector when she tried to get into the left lane in order to get on to Interstate 20.

In attempting the lane change, Johnson’s Hyundai Sonata struck the rear of the motorcycle on which Morris was a passenger. As a result of the impact, Morris fell off of the motorcycle and was struck by Johnson’s vehicle.

The impact also caused the driver of the motorcycle to strike the median. The motorcyclist went to the car calling Morris’s name, and then fled the scene of the accident.

Officers performed a field sobriety test on Johnson. According to police, she blew more than twice the legal limit of .08 with a .209.

Johnson was arrested and faces charges of DUI, first degree vehicular homicide and other related charges. Also charged is motorcyclist, Saahir Salahuddin, 37, with first degree homicide, hit and run by receiving a stolen vehicle.

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Into the WildThose who hurt other people in accidents owe far more than whatever legal penalties they face. When they crash their car through someone’s wall, someone has to pay to repair that wall, and perhaps pay for alternate lodgings or lost business for the building so damaged. When these people cause injury, the victim should not have to pay for the medical bills. It is the responsibility of the person who caused the injury. The fight of a personal injury lawyer is all about making sure those who victimize others through their carelessness face up to that responsibility.

A suspect in a hit-and-run case that killed a small child and injured another has fled the country, according to DeKalb County police.

The 57-year-old driver has been identified by police by the truck he left behind. Using surveillance video, they were able to track the truck and they believe it was this truck that killed a 2-year-old boy and injured his 4-year-old sister.

The children were at an entrance to a Walmart store, waiting for an opportunity to cross the street when the car hit them and just kept going.

DeKalb County detectives collaborated with federal authorities to verify the suspect had …

WikipediaAtlanta and its suburbs have some of the most brutal traffic that anyone can ever deal with. Unfortunately, this also means that there are also plenty of accidents that can leave people injured, or even dead. An accident leaves people with mounting medical bills, left out of work, or unsure of where to turn while they grieve a loved one.

In Acworth recently there was an accident involving a pedestrian and a drunk driver. A 50 year old man was standing near his truck when another truck came by and struck his head-on. The driver of the truck was intoxicated, but is now being charged with first-degree homicide as well after the victim died at the scene.

This happens all too often, unfortunately. Under these kinds of tragic circumstances, families can be left out in the cold, with nowhere to turn for help. The loss of a loved one is always tragic, but it can also result in a huge loss of income for a family. Insurance companies might not be much help in the matter, since they are accustomed to dealing with cases that will only help protect themselves. With that in mind, it is easy to see why …

Atlanta has some of the busiest roads in the country. For that reason, it is also a place where a lot of car accidents happen. In Lawrenceville, an unusual crash occurred recently. A 52 year old man was in a minor accident and fled the scene before jumping over the median and peeling the roof off of another car, killing the driver of that vehicle. After hitting the other vehicle, he landed in the yard of a home after striking a gas meter and causing a leak that caused the neighborhood to be evacuated.

These kinds of accidents don’t happen often, but when something happens that affects this many people, it can cause a number of problems for the people who are trying to go about their daily life. They might end up missing work, having damage to their homes or property, or face health problems.

If they do, or if you have ever been in a similar condition, it is vital that they have someone fighting for them to get what they are rightly owed. Atlanta attorneys from Stokes & Kopitsky specialize in things like wrongful deaths and personal injury cases. When the unthinkable happens, you don’t want to …

Driving under the influence can harm not just the person driving the car, but anyone who comes in their way while they are driving. A DUI crash can break up entire families, while leaving the survivors stuck in a mountain of debt that is almost impossible to get out from under. Where can you turn when this happens?

That is a question that the parents of an 8 month old in Smyrna who was killed are asking. The car carrying her, her sister, and their intoxicated mother hit a taxi cab on Windy Hill Road. A pet was also in the car, and none of the children were restrained. The driver of the taxi was also injured, although not seriously.

The death of a child is never easy, but the drunk driver could face other charges and settlements. Since she willingly put lives in danger, the driver of the taxi could seek damages against her to pay for his car that was totaled, any loss of income that he has, or any medical bills that accrue while he is recovering.

If you have ever been hit by a drunk driver, you know how frustrating the process can be. Dealing with …

One of the major causes of injuries on the roads is people who drive under the influence of alcohol.  Every year, thousands of people get killed and injured because of alcohol. Anyone could be affected by this substance, even people who are responsible for arresting people who drink and drive.

 

Four Atlanta public safety employees are under investigation after a DUI investigation revealed that they were drinking and driving around New Year’s Day. One officer allegedly struck a hydrant in Buckhead with his personal vehicle. He was found with two open containers of beer in his car. Another officer that was caught has since resigned from the force.

 

It’s unfortunate that officers of the law were caught drinking and driving. It doesn’t take much to impair judgment. Many drunk drivers report that they felt they were safe to drive before their arrest. However, it can sometimes take more alcohol than the 0.08 BAC limit to notice impairment.

 

If you are injured by a drunk driver, there is a way you can get help. The attorneys of Stokes & Kopitsky have years of experience defending injury claims. The recovery from an auto accident can be expensive and time-consuming. …

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When a close family member dies in an accident, especially a young person, parents may feel that the actions of the court are not enough to punish the people in the crime. Lawsuits and criminal charges can only go so far. Sometimes a parent will decide that they need to take their demands to the legislature and ask lawmakers to change the laws.

That is what one family is doing after a young woman was killed in a road rage crash last October. According to police, a truck crashed into the 20-year-old’s SUV head-on.  Both drivers were killed in that accident, though the passengers in the woman’s vehicle survived. Police say that the truck driver got angry when he couldn’t pass another vehicle that was in front of him. When he tried to get in front unsafely he crashed into the woman.

The perpetrator paid the ultimate price, but the family wants to make sure that this sort of accident doesn’t happen again. They are working with State Rep. Kevin Tanner to create the Chelsea Gerrish Law. The parents are seeking stiffer penalties, including felony charges and license suspension for 6-12 months.

Time will tell if the proposed legislation …

Credit: Payton ChungIt’s that time of year again. The holidays are in full swing, and so are the parties. This is prime time of year for people to imbibe a little too much and get onto the roads. However, getting a DUI is no party, especially if an injury is involved. Many people die every year due to alcohol-related deaths during the holidays.

Police have instituted their annual crackdown on drunk drivers in Atlanta to prepare for this spike of drunk drivers. Operation Zero Tolerance is aiming to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road this season. Despite police efforts in previous years, the number of drunk driving crashes between November 20th and December 31st rose last year. There were 1,100 alcohol-related crashes in Atlanta, with 679 injuries and 20 deaths.

No one wants to spend their holiday season in Grady Memorial Hospital, a common place to send trauma victims who have been injured in accidents. The worries of medical costs and transportation replacement would just pile on top of the regret of missing out on the memories of the holidays this year. If you have been injured in a DUI accident, there is help. Call the law …

Credit: Jeff Kramer A Dawsonville woman has been charged by Alpharetta Police officers with DUI and child endangerment after crashing her SUV Saturday night while her two children were with her in the vehicle. According to police, Kelin Winters, 32, admitted to having taken four prescription medications before getting behind the wheel of her car. Officers also reported having found 11 loose pills in Winters’ SUV.

Alpharetta homeowner Ed Hohenberger was inside of his house on Providence Road when his daughter said she heard the impact of Winters’ SUV crashing into his brick mailbox that was left strewn across his lawn.

Many people have to take prescription medications for a variety of reasons. DUI charges can result while a driver is under the influence of prescription or even over the counter drugs that can impair driving. If you take medicine for an illness, be sure to find out if there are any side effects or drug interactions that could affect your driving before you get behind the wheel.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident or has suffered a personal injury or property damage due to the actions of a DUI driver, give us a call. Our lawyers have …

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