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12329241_H23336942-300x200Many Americans have been eager to travel this summer, even as they continue to take precautions against COVID-19. But the coronavirus isn’t the only danger you need to be aware of as you hit the road. Right now, we are in the middle of the 100 deadliest days of driving– the period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal accidents are at an all-time high. When a driver’s actions, be they intentional, accidental, or a result of a manufacturing defect, lead to the wrongful death of a loved one, you may be entitled to financial compensation. If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident, contact the Don Turner Legal Team and let us help you get the compensation you deserve.

A Deadly Time for Drivers

Why are the summer months so much deadlier for motorists right now? There are a variety of factors that lead to the sharp increase in traffic fatalities during this time:

sjm-l-frijoan-1122-01_70429004-300x200For many of us, a dog is man’s best friend. So what should you do when someone else’s dog injures you or someone you love? Georgia has one of the highest rates of dog bite injury claims in the United States, and many of these injuries will require medical care. In order to ensure you get the compensation you deserve for your dog attack injuries, you will need to establish legal liability on the part of the animal’s owner. That is why it’s important to know the laws surrounding dog bite claims in Georgia. If you or a loved one was bitten or otherwise injured by another person’s dog, contact the Don Turner Legal Team today and see how we can help you pursue your personal injury case.

What is the “One Bite Rule”?

Many states have a “one bite rule” for dog attack-related personal injury claims. Dogs are considered harmless until proven dangerous under most state laws. Under the “one bite rule” a dog cannot be considered dangerous unless it has bitten a person before, and the owner probably knew about this. When the dog bites another person, then the dog is considered dangerous, which means the owner is responsible for any damages that arise from this second bite. Essentially, the dog gets one free bite before the owner can be held liable.

PKL-Motorcycle-Accidents-01-1500x1000-900x600-1-300x200Everyone knows that wearing a helmet as a motorcyclist is an essential safety measure – in fact, the state of Georgia legally requires motorcycle riders to wear a helmet. But if you are not a biker, you might be surprised to know that a motorcycle’s loud exhaust pipes are also a safety measure! The road can be a dangerous place for motorcyclists, and a rider whose bike is too quiet is in even more danger of being struck by a motorist who did not notice them. Make sure you are protected as a motorcycle rider by downloading a copy of Ride Ready. And if you have been involved in a motorcycle accident, contact the Don Turner Legal Team today for a free virtual consultation.

Protection Doesn’t Stop with a Helmet

negligent-security1-300x200-1All property owners have a duty to maintain a safe, hazard-free environment for anyone invited onto their property. If someone lawfully on the premises is injured by their failure to uphold this duty, then the injured party may have grounds to sue for damages. This duty to keep the property safe extends to any criminal activity on the premises. If you were injured in a act of criminal violence, and the property owner could have prevented this with proper security measures, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team for a free virtual consultation and see how we can help you with your personal injury case.

Elements of a Negligent Security Case

Negligent security is a form of premises liability – a legal theory staring that property owners are responsible for any accidents or injuries that occur on their property. Premises liability covers a wide variety of areas, including slip and fall cases, swimming pool accidents, and accidents caused by structural defects or poor maintenance. All premises liability cases involve a property owner failing to address or warn about dangerous conditions on their property that they either knew or should have reasonably known about. Negligent security is no exception to this rule.

IMG_13121-300x157 You want to make sure your auto insurance policy adequately protects you and your family in case you are in a collision. More specifically, make sure you have uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage. Over 1.16 million people in the Georgia drive without any kind of liability insurance, and still more only carry the minimum possible coverage of $25,000.00. Our attorneys can help you make sure that you and your family have the protection you need in the event of an auto accident. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team today for a free virtual auto insurance audit.

There is a good chance that any driver you get into a collision with will be uninsured or underinsured. You need to be prepared for this possibility. If the other driver lacks liability insurance or only carries the bare minimum liability coverage, you will not be able to rely on their insurance company to cover your damages or medical expenses. Without uninsured and underinsured motorists coverage, you will have to go through your insurance company or sue the other driver. And if the other driver cannot afford a proper amount of insurance coverage, they likely will not be able to afford to pay damages.

Fortunately, uninsured and underinsured motorists insurance can keep this from becoming an issue. Uninsured motorists coverage will typically help you pay for any property damage or medical bills that result from a collision caused by an uninsured driver, while underinsured motorists coverage will also help cover any bodily injuries you might suffer due to a collision with an underinsured driver. Better yet, adding this coverage to your policy is not expensive at all – on average, it will only cost you 10 to 20 dollars a month.

Capture-300x208This month, the Carolina Panthers’ Luke Kuechly joined a growing list of football players forced into early retirement due to injuries after suffering several concussions over the past few years. He is far from the only one. Five months before, the New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski retired from the game due to complications from repetitive head trauma. And still more players are becoming aware of one of the greatest dangers of football – an elevated risk of a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

For years, football has enjoyed a lofty status as one of America’s great pastimes. The Super Bowl is just around the corner, and millions of people are looking forward to watching the game this Sunday. But despite football’s continued popularity, growing knowledge about the risk and consequences of traumatic brain injuries has cast a dark shadow over the future of the sport. TBIs have had a long-term impact on multiple football players, and they’re something everyone should take seriously.

The risk of traumatic brain injuries in football players is a significant issue, one the NFL has been accused of not taking seriously. There have been steps to reduce the incidence of TBIs in football players in recent years, including shock-absorbing helmets and increased penalty for helmet to helmet hits. That doesn’t change the fact that football is, at its heart, a game of massive bodies colliding into each other, which creates plenty of opportunities for players to suffer head trauma.

What does Thanksgiving Day mean to you? For most people, it means spending some quality time with relatives, enjoying a nice home-cooked meal, and watching some football. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving is also one of the deadliest times of year. Every Thanksgiving season, the mortality rate in the United States spikes. The main reason behind this sudden increase in deaths? Car accidents.

The National Safety Council estimates that over 417 people may die on the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday period. According to the NHTSA, over half of people killed on the roads during the 2018 Thanksgiving season weren’t wearing their seat belt, and nearly one out of every three Thanksgiving traffic fatalities involved a collision with a drunk driver.

There are many reasons for a sudden spike in traffic accidents this holiday season. AAA states that more than 45 million people traveled by car to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday in 2017. More cars on the roads means more congested roadways, which means more opportunities for collisions. Many people will be driving on unfamiliar roads and determined to get to their destination no matter what, making the likelihood for a deadly traffic accident that much higher.

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Every year, millions of people end up in the emergency room after sustaining injuries from accidents that were not their fault.

Common causes of incidents that lead to personal injury claims include pedestrian accidents, dog bites, workplace accidents, slip and falls caused by another person’s negligence, and injury caused by defective products.

Although it will depend on the specific facts relating to your accident, there is a strong chance that you will be able to file a personal injury claim against whoever was responsible for the accident that caused your injury. There are many factors that will determine whether your claim can be successful or not. Your personal injury attorney will help to determine the odds, but he or she will need all the facts that you can possibly provide.

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In Georgia, filing a personal injury lawsuit against someone needs to be done within two years of the accident or incident that caused the injury. If the plaintiff waits any longer than this, he or she may be barred from filing the claim due to the statute of limitations having passed.

It is not always that simple, however. If your personal injury claim is against a city or county, then you will only have six months to file the claim in court. If the claim is against the state, then you have the normal two years.

The Statute of Limitation for Personal Injury in Georgia

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Georgia law allows injured parties two years to file a personal injury claim. But this does not mean that a person injured in an accident that was not their fault has two years to get medical treatment. In fact, if you don’t get treatment as soon as possible after the accident, and have gaps in ongoing treatment, your personal injury claim might be reduced as a result, or even thrown out of court.

What is a Gap in Treatment?

A gap in treatment is the term commonly used in the insurance industry to describe, quite literally, a gap or break in medical care after being injured in some sort of an accident.

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