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A car colliding with the rear of another carMany people sign up for uninsured motorist coverage (UIM) and forget about it. Unfortunately, UIM is not something that you can put on autopilot now and forever. Instead, you need to periodically review your policy to understand what is covered and see if changes are necessary. After the holidays and the start of the New Year is the best time.

The Law Does Not Require UIM, But You Need It

In Georgia, the legal requirement is for auto insurance companies to make uninsured motorist coverage available to drivers in every policy. There is no legal requirement for motorists to purchase this insurance, but they have every reason in the world to want and need it. UIM coverage is one area where people may have an inclination to be penny wise and pound foolish. Our very strong recommendation is not to do it.

A stopwatchIn your personal injury case, a lawyer is not a luxury – an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney is essential to getting the compensation you deserve. Not only that, but you need to retain an attorney at the first possible moment. Otherwise, your ability to recover financial compensation for your injuries may suffer. Here are three reasons why you should hire a personal injury lawyer immediately. 

Statute of Limitations

You have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under Georgia law, your time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the time that you were injured. Once that deadline passes, you lose the right to file a lawsuit, and this is a hard limit. It takes time to file your lawsuit in court since you need to draft a strong legal complaint that would survive an initial motion to dismiss the case. The sooner you hire an attorney, the quicker they can get to work in beginning your case, so you are in no danger of missing any legal deadlines. 

A BMW with front-end damageHead-on accidents are among the most dangerous accidents in which a person can be involved. In many cases, victims are severely injured and incur tens of thousands of dollars in losses and are left with long-term medical problems that will never fully resolve. Thankfully, victims of head-on crashes can often recover compensation with the help of an Atlanta car accident attorney.

Head-on collisions typically do not occur in the absence of negligence on the part of at least one of the drivers involved. As a result, people who are hurt in head-on accidents are typically entitled to compensation for their accident-related losses under Georgia law. Some of the more common causes of these extremely dangerous accidents include:

● Speeding

Wrapped presents under the treeThe holiday season is always a busy time, especially for retail businesses. It is the season of giving, after all, and many observers predict that this is going to be a record-shattering year, especially for online retailers. All of that economic activity is great for getting people back to work during the pandemic, but it will also put significantly more delivery trucks than usual on the roads this December – putting us all at risk of involvement in an accident. Fortunately, if you are hurt in a crash, our Atlanta truck accident lawyers are here to help.

Avoiding Truck Accidents around the Holidays

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to avoid involvement in an accident with a commercial truck this year. Some of the most important are discussed below.

The aftermath of a car accidentThe police report can help your car accident claim. If the police have found that the other driver broke a traffic law, it will appear on the police report. The insurance company will use this when they are determining fault for the accident. While many cases feature two different competing versions of what happened in an accident, the police report could serve as an authoritative statement on the accident, and our Atlanta car accident lawyers will find it helpful. Simply stated, you need a police report from every car accident. 

What Is on the Police Report after an Atlanta Car Accident?

Police officers are presumed to be unbiased, and their accounts are given a lot of weight. The facts that they record are considered to be neutral. They may note things such as:

A Security CameraMost people think of premises liability cases as slip-and-falls. However, property owners have more obligations to people on their premises than just keeping the walkways clear and in good condition. They must also provide adequate security for guests on their property. If you are assaulted on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a lawsuit for a lack of adequate security. 

Assaults in Georgia stores and businesses are on the rise. There have been disturbing recent incidents of unprovoked attacks on customers, including one brutal assault in a convenience store in Athens. Attacks do not just include assault and battery. Some customers or guests are sexually assaulted on someone else’s property. If you are assaulted on someone else’s property, you should contact a Atlanta personal injury lawyer immediately.

You May Be Compensated if Assaulted on Someone Else’s Property

Two people raising glasses at a tableAs Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are looking forward to a long weekend involving rest, relaxation, food, and drink. Unfortunately, sometimes, people drink to excess over the holiday weekend, and Thanksgiving is known as a time when there are more drunk drivers on the road than usual. In fact, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Blackout Wednesday” as it’s consistently among the busiest nights of the year for bars.

While the Coronavirus pandemic may make this Thanksgiving look a bit different than other years, it’s still important to be on guard for drunk drivers on the road. In the unfortunate event that you are injured in an accident this Thanksgiving, be sure to call one of our Atlanta car accident lawyers as soon as you can.

How to Avoid Drunk Drivers this Thanksgiving

A young person holding an older person's handNursing home neglect is a serious problem in Atlanta and throughout the United States. Unfortunately, in many cases, nursing home abuse goes unnoticed, leaving victims to suffer indefinitely and without compensation for their injuries. At Slappey & Sadd, our experienced Atlanta elder abuse attorneys understand how seriously abuse can affect nursing home residents and are available to review the facts of your case at no cost to you.

Below are some common signs of nursing home neglect that you should be on the lookout for:

Unexplained Weight Loss

A busy construction siteLiving in a major metropolitan area like Atlanta, construction is unavoidable. There are constantly buildings being built, renovated, or torn down, and our roadways are under seemingly continuous improvement.

As a result as an Atlantan, the chances are good that you can be exposed to the various risks present at construction sites at some point – even if you are not one of the thousands of people who work at one. In the event that you are injured while at or around a construction site, there are a few things that you should do to protect your rights, which we detail below. For more information, call us today to speak with an Atlanta construction accident attorney.

Document the Incident

A semi truck on the highwayAt Slappey & Sadd, our Atlanta truck accident lawyers regularly work with people who have been hurt in commercial trucking accidents. Below, we’ve compiled answers to some of the questions we hear most frequently when victims first come to us for help. To find out whether you have a case, call us today for a free case evaluation.

How Common are Trucking Accidents?

Commercial trucking accidents injure innocent victims every day. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 151,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks in 2018 alone.

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