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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,…
James Ponton
May 17, 2019
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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…
James Ponton
May 16, 2019
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The Most Important Car Accident Laws You Should Be Aware of in Georgia

Road accidents are unfortunately rampant across the United States and injuries suffered thereafter can be very severe. Following a car accident in the state of Georgia, if you have experienced bodily injury and/or significant car damage, you might want to consult a skilled Georgia car accident lawyer to advise you on the options you have to hold the at-fault driver financially accountable for your losses. Filing a Personal Injury Claim after a Car Accident Statute of limitations is a law that sets a limit on the amount of time that a potential plaintiff has to file a lawsuit. In Georgia's statute of limitations, an injury claim after a car accident should be filed by the injured person within 2 years after the incident. An injured person can be a driver, a passenger, motorcyclist, cyclist or pedestrian. It is always wise to give yourself sufficient time to make a case even…
James Ponton
May 15, 2019
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How does subrogation work in a personal injury case?

If you have ever had an accident or probably you once had interests in a personal injury case, then you might have come across terms such as subrogation. You will realize that some accidents might have a person to blame, either a company or an individual. So if the injured person had an insurance cover, the insurance company would want to follow up with the person responsible for the accidents so that they can reimburse some funs the insurance has paid. This article is about subrogation and how it works in a personal injury case. Subrogation definition So what is the meaning of subrogation? Subrogation can be defined as the substitution of an individual or a group by another in relation to a debt or an insurance claim. Basically, it means an individual or a party takes charge on behalf of another while accompanied by the transfer of all duties…
James Ponton
May 14, 2019
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How do I pay medical expenses while I am seeking compensation through a personal injury case?

The General Approach When it comes to paying medical bills in a personal injury case, a car accident, for instance, your options differ greatly depending on particulars and type of the accident. The general approach is that you would pay the bills by yourself, through a program like Medicare or through private health insurance. You would later seek reimbursement with the third-party through a lawsuit. So here are a few things to take note of: Medical Expenses Medical bills and expenses are a common category of damages in personal injury cases and are usually settled by whoever caused the injury. Accident victims who lack medical insurance or may be unable to work after the accident need options that will allow them to receive sufficient medical attention especially when the case is still pending in court. In a personal injury lawsuit, medical expense settlements can raise interesting questions, like when a…
James Ponton
May 13, 2019
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What You Should Know about Georgia Car Seat Laws

In the state of Georgia, road accidents are unfortunately common, and they are a leading cause of injuries and deaths for young kids aged 1-12 years. Failing to incorporate car seats or using them improperly is a huge contributor to this issue. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 4/10 children under 6 years, who are injured or die in car accidents were unrestrained or not incorrectly restrained. If you need to file a lawsuit due to a car accident, you should consult a Georgia car accident lawyer. The Age and Weight for Using a Car Seat Georgia car seat laws stipulate that children aged 8 years and below should sit in a car seat or a booster seat that compliments their age and height. The kids need to be in the backseat to protect them from the force of an airbag. However, if the vehicle does not have…
James Ponton
May 12, 2019
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How Much is a Torn Rotator Cuff Worth in Georgia?

This is a question we are asked often, because it is a fairly common injury. I recently asked the members of a jury pool in Gwinnett County how many people had a close family member or friend who had a torn rotator cuff and 8 hands went up out of 36. Of the 36, 1 previously had a full tear and 1 previously had a partial tear. It is certainly helpful when you have an injury that many folks can relate to, especially when it comes to permanent restrictions and limitations. The folks on that jury and the many clients I have represented who have suffered similar injuries, will tell you that even after surgery and physical therapy they still have trouble with everyday activities, like reaching for a cup on the top shelf of a cabinet or changing a lightbulb, without enduring some level of pain. The value of…
James Ponton
May 8, 2017
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What Qualifies as a Commercial Motor Vehicle in Georgia?

What Qualifies as a Commercial Motor Vehicle in Georgia? One of the first things that our team looks at when we are investigating a trucking accident is whether the vehicle qualifies as a “commercial motor vehicle.” Many times the at fault vehicle is not aware that the operator should have a CDL and be registered with the DOT.  For example, in Georgia, you must have a CDL to operate: Any Single Vehicle With a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 26,001 pounds or more. The GVWR of the vehicle is attached on a sticker, usually with the VIN number of the vehicle, typically found on the driver’s side door.  If the vehicle is rated for 26,001 pounds or more, then registration with the DOT is required. Any size vehicle which requires hazardous material placards or is carrying material listed as a select agent or toxin. This is something that comes up infrequently.…
James Ponton
February 27, 2017
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Understanding Georgia’s “Super Speeder” Law

Reckless speeders are dangerous to everyone on the road and excessive speeds typically lead to higher fatality rates. Drive defensively and if you are injured by someone who was speeding, let us help you get the compensation you deserve. The Facts Speed-related automobile fatalities are staggeringly high in the United States. In 2015, Georgia saw a significant increase in the number of speed-related vehicle fatalities with nearly 270 deaths attributed to high speeds. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has provided the following disturbing facts: Males under the age of 35 account for the majority of drivers involved in speed-related accidents. Over the past decade approx. 30% of all fatal accidents have been attributed to speeding. In 2014, 41 percent of all speeding drivers in fatal crashes were intoxicated, compared to 17 percent of non-speeding drivers involved in fatal crashes. The NHTSA also found that in 2014, only a little over half of…
James Ponton
November 2, 2016
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Truckers And Drugs: The Dangers Of Drug Use By Commercial Truck Drivers

Drug use by any driver is a serious threat to your safety and the safety of your family. When the drug user is driving a multi-ton commercial truck, however, the risks become exponentially greater. Why is drugged driving so dangerous? Impaired drivers pose a risk to everyone. Drug use can impact drivers in many ways. Some drugs will cause a driver to become agitated, take unnecessary risks or drive aggressively. Other drugs may cause the driver to become drowsy or lose the ability to focus properly. Driving impaired limits a driver’s ability to adjust his or her surroundings and delays reaction times. This leads to a greater risk of accidents. One recent study found that “drug use now rivals drunk driving as cause of fatal car crashes.” The study noted that drugs were found in the systems of almost 40 percent of fatally-injured drivers who were tested for them and…
James Ponton
October 31, 2016