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Drinking at holiday parties can lead to injury causing accidents

Now that the holiday season is here, holiday parties are in full swing. These parties often include alcoholic beverages that can lead to dangerous circumstances if the person who consumes the alcohol decides to try to drive a vehicle. Each year, 4 million people get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol. That puts everyone else on the roadway at risk of being injured in an accident.

All states in the U.S., including Georgia, have laws that forbid places from selling or serving alcohol to someone who isn't 21 years old. Still, some people who haven't reached that age are able to get their hands on alcohol. In approximately 88 percent of cases of a drunk driving episode for people who are 18 to 20, a male was the drunk driver.

Car accident cases require determining who to hold liable

Car accident injuries can be very serious. Many accidents are caused by driver error, but as we discussed last week some accidents are caused by defective motor vehicle components. With that in mind, one of the first things that must be determined when a car accident occurs is who should be held liable for the accident and the effects of the accident.

We know that trying to figure out which parties must be held liable for car accident is difficult if you are still trying to recover from the accident. This is especially true if you suffered a severe injury, such as a brain injury, spinal cord injury or another catastrophic injury. We can help you to determine who to hold liable for the accident so that you can move forward with your claims for compensation.

Tire recall system is leaving unsafe tires on the roadways

There are many things that can lead to motor vehicle accidents. Drunk drivers, unsafe driving and inclement weather are some of those factors. In some cases, a person can be a perfectly safe driver and still be involved in an accident. In other cases, tire failure might lead to an accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board recently adopted a report that notes that many tires on the roadways are unsafe. This is because many tires that have been recalled by the manufacturer might still be in service on vehicles. A flawed recall system is to blame for this serious safety issue.

What types of compensation can I seek after an accident?

One of the primary concerns of people who are seeking compensation after an accident, such as a drunk driving accident, is just how much compensation they might be looking at for their case. The answer to that question isn't always an easy one to determine. There are several factors that come into the picture when trying to determine the amount of compensation a person should seek.

What types of medical expenses might be sought?

DUI case facts might help civil claims for compensation

With the holiday season fast approaching, the time for holiday parties is right around the corner. Those parties might involve alcohol, which means that some people might end up drinking and driving. While the drunk driver might not have an issue with getting behind the wheel after a few drinks, their choice to do so can lead to accidents that injure innocent people. We know that you never expected a drunk driver to slam into your vehicle. We are here to help you explore your options for seeking compensation.

The sad fact of the matter is that many drunk driving accidents can cause serious injuries or fatalities. When this occurs, the victims of the accident might choose to seek compensation for the injuries they suffer. Not only does compensation help to cover medical bills, it can also help to cover the reduction in income if the victim is unable to work because of the accident.

What types of insurance is required for drivers in Georgia?

Drivers in Georgia are required to have car insurance. This insurance must meet at least state minimum requirements in order for the person to drive legally. Simply carrying the minimum coverage to drive legally doesn't necessarily mean that the person's insurance will be sufficient enough to cover all the expenses if the person is involved in a serious accident.

What is liability insurance?

What should I know about child safety seats?

Almost all parents want to protect their children when they are in the car. Many parents know that children should be secured in child safety seats or seat belts when they are in a vehicle, but many people might not realize just how important this is.

How important are child safety seats?

Determining the cause of big rig accidents is vital

One of the most important things that can affect your claim for compensation after a semi-truck accident is the cause of the accident. If you were injured in a semi-truck accident, you might not feel up to trying to determine what caused the accident. We can investigate your case to determine what caused the accident. Once we figure that out, we can determine who to list as a defendant in your claim.

When a semi-truck accident occurs, there is often more than just one party to hold accountable for the accident. If the cause of the accident was driver fatigue, company policies might have been the reason why the trucker was driving while fatigued. In that case, it might be possible for the trucking company to be listed as a defendant.

Your actions matter after a semi-truck accident

All automobile accidents are frightening. When the accident involves a semi-truck, the fear you experience might be even more pronounced. It is vital that you understand some basic points about how you should react after a big rig accident.

The most important thing you should do is to seek medical care if you need it. After the accident, you should call emergency services so you can get medical care and so that the police department can be notified of the accident. When it comes to medical care, you should be evaluated after a semi-truck accident even if you don't think that you were injured. In some cases, injuries can become evident days after the accident.

Are property owners liable for injuries to a child on their land?

The liability that property owners have for injuries on their property usually depends on the status of the person who is injured. That means that they have a liability for people who are invited onto the property, but usually not for people who are on the property for an illegal person. That determination of liability doesn't have a bearing when the person who is injured is a child. The legal doctrine of attractive nuisance often provides a way for the property owner to be held liable.

What is an attractive nuisance?