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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…
James Ponton
May 19, 2019
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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. Weather and lighting conditions. Your injuries. Road conditions. After-accident damage, such as skid marks on the road.…
James Ponton
May 18, 2019
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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