Distracted Driving Awareness Month

  • By lonatilaw2015
  • 29 Apr, 2016
“An 18-year old female has been airlifted to an area hospital with life threatening injuries after losing control of her car on Memorial Drive. Officers believe speeding and texting played a major role in this single car accident this evening.” That story was reported this evening by a local news reporter at the scene of […] The post Distracted Driving Awareness Month appeared first on Lonati Law Firm, P.C..

“An 18-year old female has been airlifted to an area hospital with life threatening injuries after losing control of her car on Memorial Drive. Officers believe speeding and texting played a major role in this single car accident this evening.” That story was reported this evening by a local news reporter at the scene of the accident.  How many times have you heard similar news reports like this one about an auto accident? It only takes one text or call to flip your world upside down. Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents across the United States.

In recognition of April being distracted driving awareness month, here are a few tips to help you focus on the road and stop being a distracted driver.

6 Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

  1. Turn off your phone or place it on silent.Good ways to avoid using your cell phone while driving is to turn it off or place it out of your reach until you arrive at your destination. Cell phone use has been a contributing factor to distracted driving and has led to the “no texting” law in many states, including Georgia.
  2. Finish your personal grooming at home.We understand that you want to look your best, but finishing your make-up, floss your teeth, or attack that zit before you get into the car.
  3. Avoid multi-tasking by organizing your stuff before you drive off. Setup your GPS route before you get on the road. Doing this beforehand can ensure you input the correct information for your destination and don’t get lost.
  4. Save serious talks for later.It’s important not to lose yourself in stressful thoughts or serious conversations when you’re behind the wheel. Driving and focusing on the road is your task at hand, so you should save the “we need to talk” moments for later.
  5. Avoid eating or drinking while driving.It may seem like a good idea to grab a bite to eat on your way to a meeting, but food spills are a major distraction when driving. What’s more important, your morning coffee or your safety?
  6. Limit the number of passengers in the car with you.By limiting the number of passengers in the car, you can reduce the activity level inside the car. Driving with friends can often create dangerous driving environment, especially for teenage drivers who focus on their friends rather than the road.
Take your time driving and focus on the road. When you get behind the wheel of a car the entire object is to keep yourself and your passengers safe on the road.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 8 people are killed each day in the United States and 1,161 are injured in car crashes that involve a distracted driver.  Don’t let a stupid text be your last words. Keep your eyes on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a distracted driver, contact Lonati Law Firm, P.C. in Dallas, Georgia for a free case evaluation. We’re dedicated to help seek justice for your injuries while providing you with caring, thorough, and purposeful legal support.
By PatientPoint Launch 29 Sep, 2017

If you've suffered a dog bite or other form of animal attack, you may be missing out on compensation. Up to 2 million people are victims of animal attacks in the United States each year, but not many know that they could have grounds to sue. Here's our guide to what is involved with an injury case due to a dog bite or animal attack and how to find out if you should take legal action.

Once you've had the appropriate medical treatment and ensured you are protected from any diseases that may have been carried by the animal that bit you, it's time to get in touch with a legal expert. It's best to contact someone with knowledge and experience in dealing with injury cases involving animal attacks, as they will be able to advise you on the strength of your case and the actions to take to have the best chance of success. When contacting an attorney, make sure you have all the relevant details. This includes where and when the attack took place, plus the contact details of the animal owner and any witnesses. This will enable them to review the incident and put together a strong case.

Depending on which state the incident took place in, there are different laws regarding who is responsible for the attack. For example, in some states, the owners will be held responsible, even if they didn't know the animal was dangerous. In other states, you'll need to prove that the owner was aware of the animal's "dangerous propensities" or habits.

Additionally, liability can depend on whether there were sufficient warnings about the animal, such as a 'Beware of the Dog' sign. You may need to prove that you were not acting irresponsibly yourself, such as taking unnecessary risks. Another issue to consider is the age of the person who was attacked.

To find out whether you should take legal action regarding an animal bite or attack in Dallas, Georgia, get in touch with the team at Lonati Law.

By PatientPoint Launch 22 Sep, 2017

When someone slips and falls on another's property, it can set forth a chain reaction of events that lead to serious injury, claims of negligence on both sides, and time spent in court. However, many people don't completely understand the  Georgia laws  when it comes to this type of case and may act under assumptions that aren't actually correct. In this blog post, you can find out exactly what the state of Georgia says about the owner's responsibility to maintain a safe premises and the  rights of the person injured .

The Property Owner's Responsibilities

Private property owners have the responsibility to keep their premises free from obvious hazards that could cause injury to visitors. This includes those invited onto the property or those who have prior permission to be there as well as strangers who have a legitimate reason for being there. An example of this last point is if a delivery person leaves a package on your porch when you're not home. You may not have specifically said the individual could come onto the premises, but you would still be potentially  legally liable  if the person were to get hurt in the yard or on the porch. However, if a person is trespassing, the situation is treated differently.

The Injured Party's Rights

In short, if you believe you have been injured due to the negligence of a property owner, you have the right to file a claim and seek compensation for damages including but not limited to lost time from work, medical bills, loss of future work, and pain and suffering.

It's important to remember that cases like these have a  statute of limitations . In Georgia, this means you only have two years to file -- four if you are seeking compensation for damage to personal property -- if you wish to pursue a personal injury claim against the property owner. Keep in mind, this is two years from the date of the incident, not the date you realized you were seriously injured. It's not uncommon -- particularly when the parties know each other -- for the issue to be downplayed and brushed off with a "no problem, I'm fine," only for the victim to realize that the injury was far more serious weeks or months later.

If you or someone you love has been injured as the result of a slip-and-fall accident you believe to be caused by unlawful negligence on the part of the property owner, you need legal counsel. At Lonati Law Firm, we can help you understand the Georgia laws and your options.


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