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Atlanta Negligent Hiring Attorney

When we are suing a corporate company whose driver was involved in an Atlanta accident or we are suing a trucking company whose driver was involved in an Atlanta accident, we will typically assert a claim for the negligent hiring of the driver. Negligent hiring, entrustment, supervision, and retention claims are causes of action based upon the defendant’s direct negligence in employing an incompetent driver rather than vicarious liability for the driver’s actions.  Thus, the company’s liability is not dependent upon a finding that the driver was acting within the scope of her employment at the time of the wreck.  Georgia, like many other jurisdictions, does not allow a plaintiff to bring these causes of action when the company admits an agency relationship with the driver. See Bartja v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA, 218 Ga. App. 815, 818 (1996).  This is because a company’s admission of an agency relationship establishes the liability link from the negligence of the driver to the carrier rendering proof of negligent hiring and retention unnecessary and irrelevant. The e..

Atlanta Taxi Accidents

Ponton Law has handled many taxi accident cases in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeast.   The first issue that comes up in every taxi case is the amount of the total available insurance coverage. This is why we always advise all of our clients to utilize an Uber or Lyft for their transportation needs in the greater Atlanta area. This is because Uber and Lyft have minimum amounts of liability coverage which are available in the event that the Uber or Lyft driver is at fault.   In Georgia, Uber and Lyft drivers have a minimum of $1,000,000 in coverage. Of course, this does not mean that the insurance company is paying that sort of money on each and every case.  Rather, this is the outer limit of what would be paid in the event that your damages, including your special damages and general damages, were worth the policy limits. On the other hand, Georgia law only requires taxicab operators to maintain minimum limits in Georgia, which is $25,000 per person. This means that the total available insurance coverage to pay for all your damages is $25,000. We have never handled a taxi accident case in Georgia where the liability limits exceeded $25,000...

Deposition Preparation for an Atlanta Car Accident Case

Depositions are part of the legal process when it comes to pursuing an Atlanta car accident case. Cases most often head to “litigation,” which is a fancy legal term for filing a lawsuit, in one of three scenarios. First, there is a dispute about what happened. Both individuals involved in the accident claim they had the green light as they entered the intersection. Second, there is a dispute on causation-did the accident cause the claimed injuries? The issue that most often comes up here is the amount of the property damage most of the carriers operating in the Metro Atlanta area, including Allstate, State Farm, Geico, and Progressive, have cutoffs when it comes time to evaluate your case for settlement. The more property damage you have, the easier your claim will be to present to the insurance company. The less property damage you have, the more pushback you will get. Generally speaking, if the property damage is under $500 and not visible, the insurance company will offer significantly less than the full value of the claim. Third, damages. Was the treatment reasonable and necessary? If you were involved in a minor fender bender with minimal property damage and accrue over $300,000 in medical bills (don’t laugh, it has happened!) the insurance company will have some questions about relating all of your medical treatment to the accident...

What To Do If You Slip And Fall In a Store

If you get hurt from a personal injury after a fall or slip accident, contact an Atlanta Slip and Fall Attorney as it might have happened due to someone's negligence. Filing a case is the only way you can get compensated for your lost wages and the medical expenses incurred. The main challenge in these cases is to prove that the owner of the property is responsible for the accident. To arrange a free first consultation with one of our lawyers, contact our office. Here are some tips to help you get compensation if you fall or slip in a store: Look for medical assistance: Severe injuries do not seem serious when they occur. Ensure that you seek medical help immediately, even if it does not seem important. Or else, it will be harder to prove that your accident ensued from a slip or fall accident. Inspect the area: Examine the spot where the accident happened and record what you ob..

What to do after a slip and fall accident

What to do after a slip and fall accident Regardless of how careful you are, slip and fall accidents happen. Like other accidents, this is something that you cannot possibly predict, but you can sure do something after it happens. How do you deal with a slip and fall? Here are the steps to take if you find yourself in such a situation. Seek Medical Assistance Your health should come first.. You cannot just assume that you are okay and go on with your regular errands. Make it your priority to seek medical attention and let a professional determine if you suffered any serious injuries and ensure that the injuries are well documented. Note that the medical documentation will be part of the evidence to present if you plan on seeking compensation. Report the Incident Regardless of where the ac..

Everything You Should Know after an Injury in an Atlanta Uber Car Accident

Uber is a popular ride-sharing service that connects a passenger with a free-lance driver. Its popularity is spreading globally with most states around the US adopting Uber’s services. As a result, Uber accidents have become more and more of a problem. The ridership of Uber has increased greatly, and hence the possibilities of accidents in an Uber lift have increased exponentially. When you are involved in an Uber accident, the first thing you should consider doing is speaking to an Atlanta car accident attorney about it. Insurance Policies Uber insurance policies do not cover commercial accidents, and the Uber industry pays its drivers differently compared to other taxi drivers. Uber feels that since it simplifies the work of the driver and the rider, then they should not offer any compensation for commercial accidents. Technically, as a driver, you have your own insurance policy which does not cover commercial accidents. Another disadvantage is that Uber drivers do not undergo special training as drivers and in transportation services. That means that at an average, you carry riders with liability coverage in case accidents happen to you,..

Assessing If You Need to Call a Personal Injury Attorney after a Georgia Car Accident

Driving a vehicle has become part of our existence as human beings and help us move from one point to another. Having a vehicle can enhance the quality of life, but can also serve as a hazard that may change our lives for the worse. It includes having accidents that affect you as the driver, your passengers and other parties such as pedestrians. It may also result in damage to your car and other cars, which may translate to a huge financial loss on your part. An accident can affect your life forever due to the psychological, physical and financial pain it may cause. Therefore, it is always important to be prepared for such situations to help you reduce the burden of the resulting pain. The tips below will help you access whether a situation calls for an Atlanta car accident attorney to help you resolve a situation as it may demand. Improper Documentation Most first-time drivers do not have the knowledge of what they need to carry at all times when driving. The most important documentation would includ..

Legal Evidence That Improves Your Chances of Compensation as a Car Crash Injury Victim

After an auto accident, so as to build a strong legal case to improve your chances of compensation, it is essential to collect as much evidence as possible. The more documented evidence you have to support your claim for damages, the more likely you are to obtain full compensation. It is crucial to gather the right amount of evidence that will help your Atlanta car accident lawyer to get a verdict in your favor. Here are some types of evidence that can be presented in a car accident court case. Photo Evidence If you have been in a car accident, you should take as many pictures as possible soon after the accident. This includes taking photographs showing External and internal damage to your vehicle.The position of the cars immediately after the crash...

How Truck Accidents Are Different from Other Car Accidents

Globally truck accident has been known with its severe consequences as compared to the average cars. The fact that the commercial trucks are heavy and large increases the possibility of causing catastrophic damages to properties, severe injuries and even death. The commercial trucking accident has massive destruction since they weigh approximately 80,000 pounds as compared to an average car that weighs about 3,700 pounds. Nearly 4,321 people have died, and about 77,000 people were left with severe injuries based on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration statistics. Furthermore, the property damages claims based on this statistic is more than 250,000. If you or a loved one was involved in an accident involving a semi, consult our Atlanta car accident attorney. Complexity of Truck Accident Cases Another distinctive difference is the investigation complexity. The track accident investigation involves various parties such as detectives, tracking companies as well as insurance companies; thus, mak..

How a Car Accident Settlement is Determined in Georgia

Georgia is a very populous state with several drivers on the road. This leads to an inevitably high number of auto accidents resulting in serious injury and even death. If you or a loved one was involved in a catastrophic accident, you may be wondering what to do from here. Your hospital bills may be mounting up or you may be experiencing funeral costs that you didn’t know about. In this article, we will shed light on the elements that come to play when determining your next step, including what it will take to reach a car accident settlement that is capable of claiming you compensation for all of your expenses, pain, and suffering. We also highlight the importance of hiring an experienced car accident lawyer in Georgia and how Ponton Law can help you through the settlement process. After an Accident Atlanta State laws dictate that any party involved in an accident should report the incident to the local law enforcement agencies, especially if it there is an injury, death, or property damage that exceeds $500 dollars. You should also seek medical attention no matter how small the injury might seem because doctor's reports will come into play..