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Which Driving Environment Is Especially Dangerous for a Distracted Driver?

By | Car Accident

The environment in which you are driving is a significant factor as to how well you drive. Worse environments require greater driving skill and focus. Such environments are even more dangerous when drivers are distracted. Distractions come in all forms including drinking, smoking, using your cell phone or the numerous elements outside the car among others. If you get into a car accident in one of these conditions while you were distracted, it is a good idea to contact an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer. Read on to find out which driving environment is especially dangerous for a distracted driver. Heavy Rain About a third of all run off the road accidents in the United States are as a result of wet road conditions. Many drivers state that the hardest condition for them to drive in is heavy rain. Heavy rain becomes even more dangerous when you are distracted. You increase…

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Do I need a Car Accident Attorney Near Me, Ponton Law

Do I need a Car Accident Attorney Near Me?

By | Car Accident

If you’ve ever asked the question “Do I need a Car Accident Attorney near me?” it’s good to know at a minimum it is best to have a car accident attorney who is licensed to practice in the state where the accident took place.   However, our experience has shown that it is also better to hire a car accident attorney near where you physically live or work. Here are a couple of reasons why: (1) Knowledge of local medical providers.    After you are involved in a car accident, you will meet with your attorney (hopefully not an “intake specialist” who isn’t even an attorney).   Many attorneys have relationships with various medical providers and can point you in the right direction, but more importantly can tell you who to stay away from.   There are certain doctors who have never seen a car accident cause a herniated disc…

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Dram Shop Liability, Ponton Law

Dram Shop Liability

By | Car Accident

I was hit by a drunk driver, can I file a claim and sue the bar that overserved him?  In the right circumstances, yes.    These cases are what Georgia refers to as “Dram Shop” cases.    Ponton Law has handled a number of these cases. Georgia Dram Shop liability is found in OCGA 51-1-40.    In a nutshell, the statute protects people who sell alcohol from being legally responsible unless: The individual sells, furnishes, or serves alcohol to a minor with knowledge that they would soon be driving a motor vehicle, or owing that such person will soon be driving a motor vehicle.  These cases always focus on showing that the individual was intoxicated and that he would soon be driving a vehicle.   Just because he was served 10 beers at a bar does not mean that you will be able to make a claim. You also need…

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Ponton Law, Recovery of Future Medical bills in Car Accident Cases

Recovery of Future Medical bills in Car Accident Cases

By | Car Accident

Can I recover for future medical bills in my Car Accident Case? Here is one that pops up fairly regularly.    You may be nearing the end of your treatment, and the doctor has made some recommendations about some additional treatment you may need after you are discharged from his care.   These recommendations most often occur for: (1) additional chiropractic or physical therapy modalities; (2) additional facet or epidural injections, and (3) additional surgical procedures.   How does that work, and will you get credit for the future medical treatment that has been recommended?    Georgia does allow for the recovery of future medical expenses.  Generally speaking, this means that that the future medical expenses need to be proven with a reasonable degree of medical certainty.  There is no guessing and speculation permitted. If your doctor says that the likelihood of you needing a future procedure from your car accident…

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Should I Get a Lawyer for a Car Accident That Wasn’t My Fault?

By | Car Accident

Car accidents are without a doubt a trying experience and no one wants to go through that. However, life is not fair. Nothing’s obvious about the outcome of a car wreck case. So, if you’re wondering, “Should I get a lawyer for a car accident that wasn’t my fault?” Yes, you certainly should and here’s why. 1.      The At-Fault Driver Can Deny Causing the Collision Not all people are honest enough to admit they caused a car accident even when they’re clearly at fault. You cannot force somebody to claim responsibility, so the best cause of action is to hire an Atlanta car accident lawyer. If you’re not to blame, only an experienced attorney can help prove your innocence if the other party denies their wrongdoing.  2.      You Might Have Partial Responsibility In most cases, car accidents are caused by multiple parties. You might think you’re…

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