RvannattaSometimes, it is helpless children who find themselves in critical condition after a car accident. In Macon recently, the police reported that an Oldsmobile Achiva was pulling out of an apartment complex when it was hit by a logging truck. The man driving the logging truck attempted to miss the car, but failed to do so and lost control.

As a result, the log truck rolled over and struck another car with the logs that it was carrying. All of the drivers were in stable condition at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, but a 7 year old girl that was riding in one is listed in critical condition with a head injury as a result of the crash.

Messy accidents like this often end much more tragically. Anytime there is an accident, there is a chance that you may be entitled to monetary compensation. With the right attorney in Atlanta, like those at Stokes & Kopitsky, you can fight for your rights and get back to your normal life. You don’t have to be on your own after an accident. Call today and schedule a consultation that will help you understand what you are owed and what your next …

CBS AtlantaIf you have lived in the Atlanta area for any length of time, you know that Atlanta drivers like to speed. If you get onto I-285 when the traffic is clear, very few people stick to the posted 55 MPH speed limit. In some areas, it’s so common to speed that going at the speed limit can confuse drivers and cause accidents.

The Georgia legislature is now making a move to perform traffic studies on the major freeways in order to raise the speed limits. In a vote of 157-7, the House of Representatives voted to raise the limit in metropolitan areas with populations above 50,000. If the bill passes the Senate, traffic studies will be performed to see if it is safe to raise the limit to the suggested 70 MPH limit.

Whether or not this will make driving safer or not remains to be seen, but one thing we can agree on is that faster speeds do cause more severe accidents. Getting into an accident on the interstate at full speed is extremely dangerous and has a high likelihood of injury and fatality.

If you have been involved in a car accident on the interstate, you will need …

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Yesterday, Atlanta was hit with a snowstorm that rivaled the ‘snowmageddon’ that happened in 2011. Cars were stranded, buses fell off the road into ditches, and ten minute commutes expanded into 3 hour commutes. There were reports of people taking upwards of six hours to get home.

It started snowing early in the day and began to pile up.  By the time that businesses called it an early day and sent people home, it was too late to save them from traffic snarls that lasted for hours. Schools tried to let out their students around the same time, further compounding the traffic issues.

The snow didn’t let up until the early evening, leaving at least three inches on the ground.  While this may be child’s play to Northern cities, Atlanta does not have the infrastructure to handle snow and ice well. As a result, over a thousand calls to police were made last night alone for traffic accidents. Police, fire, and rescue personnel were dispatched to the most severe of crashes.

In response to all of the stranded motorists, the people of Atlanta started to create impromptu shelters.  Churches, Mexican restaurants, Home Depots, and other places raised their hands …

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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 …

Construction slowdowns forced the driver of a semi-tractor trailer to stop his rig on I-75. Unfortunately, 40 year old Vahid Husic of Lawrenceville was not able to stop his vehicle in time before crashing into a BMW. That BMW smashed forward into a 2011 Town and Country minivan. That vehicle hit several more from there.

The only fortunate thing about this incident which killed 2 people is that it happened just after 2pm instead of during the thick of rush hour traffic.

The driver of the BMW, Gregory Alan Millsaps of Marietta, was killed when the vehicle burst into flames. In the Town and Country, passenger Barbara Phenicie of Peachtree City was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The other two people who were in the Town and Country, husband Dale Phenicie and son Jonathan Phenicie were also taken to the hospital. They are both expected to recover. We wish them both a speedy recovery.

Others who were involved in this fiery chain reaction crash are expected to recover. Everyone else who was checked out at the scene should be okay.

Officials worked diligently to clear the scene, and despite the incident happening at 2pm, it still …

A tragic semi-truck accident in Gwinnett County has left two people dead and one seriously injured. According to Gwinnett County Police Sergeant Brian Doan, the accident occurred when the driver of a PT Cruiser that was headed west on Shawnee Industrial Boulevard turned in front of a big rig headed north on Satellite Boulevard. The tractor trailer then apparently left the roadway and struck a number of trees prior to coming to a stop. Sadly, both the 20-year-old driver of the PT Cruiser and the 25-year-old front seat passenger were killed in the automobile wreck. Rescue crews reportedly transported a third passenger, a 31-year-old man, to a local area hospital with critical injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the deadly crash.

Although the exact cause of the fatal collision is currently under investigation, police do not believe speed or driver impairment played a factor in the incident. In addition, no charges are expected to be filed against the truck driver in connection with the wreck. At this time, it is unknown whether those killed in the collision were wearing a seat-belt.

Despite that it appears the tractor-trailer driver did not cause this crash, big rig accidents …

A daytime tractor-trailer collision on Interstate 285 in Cobb County snarled traffic for hours and left one person dead. According to Cobb County Police Spokesperson Sergeant Dana Pierce, a semi, a Lexus sedan, and a Toyota pick-up truck were headed east on the freeway near the Chattahoochee bridge around 4:20 pm when the fatal crash occurred. An accident reconstruction team is currently attempting to piece together exactly what caused the fatal wreck.

Pierce claims the accident occurred after one of the three vehicles made an improper lane change. He also stated it was unclear which vehicle caused the wreck because witnesses provided conflicting reports regarding the circumstances that lead to the deadly collision. According to police, it was clear the sedan collided with both the big rig and the pick-up truck during the wreck. Unfortunately, the force of the impact reportedly caused the pick-up to roll and the vehicle’s 29-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck. Paramedics transported the 50-year-old driver of the pick-up to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta with injuries that were purportedly deemed to be non-life threatening. The 39-year-old trucker and the 37-year-old driver of the Lexus were reportedly uninjured in the accident.…

Two children were recently killed and three other people were hurt in a tragic two-vehicle crash in Murray County near the Gordon County Line. According to a Georgia State Patrol spokesperson, Franka Young, the accident occurred when a GMC Envoy that was headed south on Old U.S. 411 failed to stop at a stop sign and was struck on the passenger side by a semi-truck that was headed east on Georgia 136. The force of the initial impact purportedly caused the GMC to spin and be struck by the tractor trailer in the rear as well.

Following the crash, the driver of the GMC, 39-year-old Susan Greene of Summerville, was transported to the Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton. The driver of the big rig, 41-year-old Bobby Douglas of Resaca, was reportedly taken to the same hospital with minor injuries. Emergency responders also transported a juvenile passenger who was riding in the GMC, 13-year-old Dylan Webb of Euharlee, to the Dalton hospital for medical treatment. Greene’s two sons, 12-year-old Mason and 6-year-old Zach, were unfortunately killed in the collision. The fatal accident is currently under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.

Although it appears that the driver of the big rig …

On December 21st, two people were killed in a daytime hit-and-run crash when a semi struck a sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 near exit 293 in Bartow County. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the tractor-trailer was changing lanes when it hit a Ford Expedition driven by 29-year-old Maria Tabuena of Calhoun. The impact purportedly forced the SUV off of the roadway where it struck a guardrail and a support post before the vehicle burst into flames. Sadly, the driver of the SUV and her four-year-old daughter, Melina Trichell, were both killed in the incident.

The maroon long-nose Peterbilt truck allegedly continued without stopping. According to an accident witness, the cab had orange fenders and the silver refrigerated trailer had two horizontal red stripes on the rear doors. Crime Stoppers is reportedly offering a reward to anyone who can assist the Georgia State Patrol in finding and arresting the driver of the big rig that caused the fatal crash.

Unfortunately, the sheer size and weight of tractor-trailers means any collision involving a big rig can be devastating or fatal. Both federal and state laws regulate commercial trucks that operate on Georgia interstates and roadways. …

A 67-year-old Conyers man was recently killed in a Rockdale County pedestrian accident that involved a tractor-trailer. Melvin Duerson was reportedly walking his bicycle across Georgia Highway 138 near South Main Street in Conyers when he was hit by a semi-truck that was headed north. Immediately following the collision, emergency responders allegedly transported Duerson to Rockdale Medical Center where he later died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. The exact cause of the fatal accident is currently under investigation by the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit. According to Sheriff’s Office Investigator Michael Camp, it is unlikely the unnamed driver of the truck will face criminal charges in connection with Duerson’s death.

It is a sad fact that pedestrians throughout Georgia are placed at risk of being hurt in a collision with a motor vehicle each time they leave their home. Georgia reportedly ranks ninth in the number of per capita deadly pedestrian crashes nationwide. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data found that almost two pedestrians per 100,000 people died in Georgia in 2010. During the same year, the national average for pedestrian accident deaths was only 1.38 per 100,000 people.

In 2010, more …

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