A wrongful death action is a claim against a person who negligently caused the death of your loved one or relative.  If your loved one was killed due to the negligence or recklessness or even the intentional action of another person, you should immediately call a lawyer to help file and initiate your wrongful death claim. While no amount of monetary compensation can replace the loss of a loved one, securing the future and finances of those left behind can make a big difference.  What’s more, relatives are also given a sense of justice and security once they are able to obtain a recovery or judgment against the wrongdoer.


While filing a lawsuit or talking to a lawyer may be the last thing on your mind while you are grieving the loss of a loved one, it is imperative that a wrongful death suit be filed within a specific time period. If you file after the allotted period, you may lose the right to file the wrongful death action altogether. Therefore, it is essential to consult an expert Atlanta wrongful death attorney, such as Stokes & Kopitsky, who can help you understand your legal rights and …

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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.…

Rageross via Wikimedia Creative Commons LicenseNothing is more precious to anyone and to society as a whole than the wellbeing of children. Unfortunately, children can fall prey to negligence or carelessness, just like anyone else. The danger is even worse for them, because the very young don’t know what to watch out for. When they come to harm, those who allowed it to happen must absolutely be held responsible so it never happens to another child.

The death of a 3-year-old boy at a daycare center in Alpharetta was ruled an accident by police. Officially, the cause was accidental asphyxiation from hanging, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner.

A length of twine shaped like a loop was at the top of the slide, said the public information officer for the Alpharetta police department. The child’s head got inside the loop when he was sliding down and the caregiver had gone inside for a moment. When she turned around to check on the child, it was too late.

According to the public relations officer, the caregiver attempted CPR until first responders were on the scene. Paramedics took the boy directly to the hospital, but he later died.

Neighbors claimed the caregiver was an excellent mother …

July 4th is a time of celebration with family and friends. It’s a time to appreciate the freedoms we hold dear, and sometimes take for granted. Even in the best of times, however, an accident can happen when you least expect it

That is what happened this July 4th for at least one person. A fatal hit and run accident happened on northbound Interstate 285 and Interstate 20 in DeKalb County. Whoever committed this callous act, they have made it a more serious crime when they fled the scene. Whenever a person leaves the scene of an accident that they are involved in, it becomes worse for that person when they are finally caught.

It is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging insurance information and contact details with any other drivers. It is also a requirement by law to render aid if possible for those who are injured at the scene of a crash.  Not doing so can result in even more potential charges being filed. In a fatal accident like this one, fleeing could lead to charges of manslaughter, vehicular homicide, or even worse. It also opens you up to significant civil liabilities

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It is a fact of life that accidents can happen at any time and anywhere. Even if you are a pedestrian, you can find yourself involved in an automobile accident.

That is the case when a woman hit and killed a pedestrian in a hit-and-run accident that happened in unincorporated Norcross last month. According to police, Ruth Escobar, 50, hit Kanaiyalal P. Patel, 85, in the early evening near Kings Ridge Drive and Singleton Road around 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 13th.

Escobar failed you yield at a stop sign when she struck Patel with her 1999 FordF-150 pickup truck. Patel was transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with life threatening injuries. The elderly man later died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident.

Escobar did not stop and render aid to the driver as required by law. An eyewitness to the accident followed Escobar to her home where she was arrested by authorities. Escobar was held in the Gwinnett County Jail.

If you or a loved one has been in an accident, or has been hurt by the carelessness or negligence of another, you can find help by calling the office of Stokes & Kopitsky. We …

Oregon DOTThere are many factors that go into the making of an accident. All too often, one of those factors is neglect or carelessness. It only takes a moment of distraction to cause a crash that can alter lives forever. Some of these accidents result in only minor injuries, while others have tragic outcomes, but one thing remains the same — the victims deserve compensation for the harm done to them. They should never have to pay for the damages caused by someone else’s mistake.

Distracted driving is the one of the reasons for a crash in Rome, Georgia, which killed a 7-year-old girl and injured her mother and younger brother.

According to an accident investigator, the 34-year-old woman was driving when she reached down to get something her daughter dropped. Authorities say the woman’s moment of distraction caused the car to veer off the road and hit a utility pole. The woman’s 7-year-old daughter was pronounced dead upon reaching the Floyd Medical Center. Police say the girl’s mother and 3-year-old brother are in fair condition.

Authorities are currently investigating the crash.

After an accident, you need someone who understands what you’re going through. We understand at Stokes & Kopitsky, and …

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 …

Concluding an investigation ongoing for the past 16 months, the National Transportation Safety Board have determined the cause of a November 2012 police helicopter crash in Atlanta that killed two officers. The chopper was flying very low with a bright searchlight on while searching for a missing 9-year-old child. The pilot did not see a power pole and wires, and the helicopter’s landing gear caught on the wires. The chopper crashed, bursting into flames and killing both officers on board.

The investigation’s conclusions are consistent with the opinions of witnesses who saw the helicopter flying low, and the police department at the time who stated that the aircraft was in good running condition.  Weather was also clear the day of the crash.

In tragic accidental deaths like this one, the families of the deceased can struggle in many ways, with few resources for help. The pain of losing a loved one is difficult enough on its own, but there is also often significant loss of income, making once-routine tasks burdensome.  Unhelpful insurance companies, if they get involved at all, are typically only interested in protecting themselves.

Getting an experienced attorney on your side is the best first step you can …

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 …

GreeblieIf you travel along the interstates of Georgia, occasionally you’ll see signs that tell you to pull your vehicle over to the shoulder if possible after a crash. This not only keeps the roads clear, but also helps people avoid accidents. However, even when this warning is followed it is very dangerous to get out of your vehicle after an accident. Care must be taken, or further mishap can result.

That’s what happened to one woman this morning according to Fox News Atlanta. She was on Interstate 85 going southbound when she struck a guard rail just after an exit. She got out of the vehicle to inspect the damage, but then her car was struck by a second vehicle. That pushed the first car into the woman. A third car was also involved in the incident according to the video report.

In the aftermath of a crash, one of the things investigators will look for is whether or not people were following the law. The results of these investigations can affect the results of both criminal and civil suits. If you were doing the right thing, but got injured anyway, the chances of you receiving compensation are higher. However, …

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