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Stay Safe This Memorial Day Weekend

Fireworks-300x225Memorial Day is right around the corner, and Americans are looking forward to having as much fun as possible on our three-day weekend. This is a time for us to relax, enjoy ourselves, and to celebrate the freedom that our veterans gave their lives for. You and your family might be planning to do that by enjoying the freedom of the open road this Memorial Day. After all, a three day weekend is a perfect time to load up the car and head somewhere fun. Unfortunately, Memorial Day Weekend is also a perfect time for things to go very wrong on the road.

Memorial Day might mark the unofficial start of summer, but it also marks the start of the 100 Deadliest Days of Driving, a period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal crashes increase dramatically. According to the National Safety Council, at least 366 traffic fatalities are expected this Memorial Day weekend. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep you and your family safe on the roads this weekend. And if you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, contact the Don Turner Legal Team and see how we can help you.

How Do You Know Who is At Fault in a Car Accident?

Car-Wreck-3-300x200Anyone can be involved in a vehicular accident. There were over 385,000 car crashes in Georgia alone in 2018, with over 19,000 of these crashes resulting in injuries and over 1,500 resulting in fatalities. You need to be prepared to know what to do if you are ever involved in a collision. This includes figuring out exactly which driver is at fault. Determining liability in a car accident matters because the person at fault is responsible for paying the other party’s damages. But how do you prove who is and isn’t responsible for a collision? Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you were involved in a car accident and have questions about liability.

Establishing Negligence in a Car Accident

Beach-1-300x169Don’t Let Spring Break Become a DUI Disaster!

For students around the United States, spring break is a perfect time to take a breather from your studies, relax, and enjoy yourself. It’s a perfect time to travel out of state, attend a few parties, and even crack open a few cold beers with your friends. Unfortunately, youthful recklessness, alcohol, and an increased number of travelers on the road do not mix well. Traffic accidents and fatalities spike during spring break, and alcohol plays a prominent role. About one and three traffic deaths in Georgia involves a drunk driver, a troubling fact at a time when many young people will choose to get behind the wheel when inebriated.

Even if your decision to drive under the influence does not lead to any injuries or deaths, it can still have a significant impact on your life. Georgia law is tough on those who drive under the influence, especially if the drivers are underage, and a DUI arrest can turn your relaxing spring break into a nightmare. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, contact the Don Turner Legal Team and see how our attorneys can help you with your case.

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Understanding First Offender Pleas in Georgia

Pleading guilty to even a minor criminal charge can have steep consequences, even if you have never committed a crime before. Fortunately, Georgia law recognizes that many first-time offenders genuinely regret their actions and are unlikely to reoffend. A single mistake does not have to define your entire life, and Georgia’s legal system offers various avenues that can help ensure this will not happen. Contact the Don Turner Legal Team if you have questions about the different types of first offender pleas in Georgia and how they might affect your case.

Georgia’s First Offender Program

IMG_37601-300x200The summer of 2020 has not been the summer that many Americans were hoping for. Most of us have had to call off their planned vacations and many popular destinations for summertime fun have been shut down for the year due to the novel coronavirus. But that doesn’t mean that the last few weeks of summer are devoid of fun stuff for you and your family to do. There are plenty of ways to make the most of what remains of the summer season, both in and around Atlanta and in your own backyard! Like or follow the Don Turner Legal Team on Facebook for more suggestions on how to spend your summer!

Summertime Fun in Georgia

There are still plenty of fun summertime activities to do this month in and around the Atlanta area. Need a little something to perk up your week? Dunkin’ Donuts is offering Free Coffee Mondays and Free Donut Fridays throughout August! Looking to calm your mind instead? Consider picking up tickets to Roots and Wings’ August Hike and Meditation in Cumming or Roswell.

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For every negative news story where police are involved, there are thousands of positive incidents involving officers.  Please take a moment today to read a positive story during our not so positive times.

What does it mean for a police officer to protect and serve? Officers have the ability to spend time in their local communities, day or night, rain or shine, to assist citizens with a range of requests. That is what it means to protect. Officers are also able to be the first ones on the scene when someone needs assistance. That is what it means to serve. “To protect and serve” isn’t just a vow for law enforcement officers. It is also a privilege. 

Today is August 1st, 2020. On this day, three years ago, I was going to stop to pick up dinner for my wife and I when I drove into the restaurant parking lot, had a heart attack, and passed out. My vehicle ran into several other cars in the parking lot while I was unconscious, and then someone called 911.

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