Situated in DeKalb County, Dunwoody became incorporated as a city in 2008 but has existed as a neighborhood since the 1800s. It’s home to several historic sites, including the Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, which dates back to 1829, and the Roswell Railroad. Most drivers in Dunwoody are courteous and drive safely, but occasionally serious car crashes can happen. If one happens to you, it’s important to know your legal rights.
Ali Awad, the founder and managing attorney at the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm, is determined to protect his clients from big insurance companies and lowball offers. Known as the CEO Lawyer, Mr. Awad grew a tiny business to an 8-figure firm in just three short years. His firm was also voted the fastest-growing law firm in the United States, beating out 499 others in 2021. The CEO Lawyer has over a million followers on social media, where he dispenses no-nonsense legal information.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, don’t wait to call Ali Awad for a no-obligation consultation of your potential claim. The CEO lawyer and his injury and accident attorneys work for you using a contingency basis – that means they don’t get paid unless and until you do. You have nothing to lose, so call (833) 254-2923 or contact us online to discuss the details of your situation and your options to move forward.
School Zone Safety in Dunwoody
Recently Police Chief Billy Grogan of Dunwoody joined police chiefs from three surrounding cities in urging the DeKalb County School District to approve the use of Automated Traffic Enforcement Safety Devices (ATESD) in certain school zones.
A Georgia state law passed in 2018 authorizes the use of these devices, but the DeKalb County School District needs to take action for them to be placed in specific school zones. Applications for permits to install the traffic cameras will need to be signed off by the DeKalb School District. The four police chiefs sent a letter urging the district to do so in November, but say they didn’t receive an answer.
Chief Grogan says that the plan is for Dunwoody, Chamblee, Brookhaven, and Doraville to use the camera in areas where they don’t have sufficient officer coverage. He notes that none of the small city departments have the resources to assign an officer to the school zones each day, and the ATESDs would use flashing lights to slow drivers down, increasing safety for school children. Drivers who still exceed the posted speed limits would automatically receive warning citations in the mail, discouraging them from speeding through a school zone again.
Motorists should always use caution when driving through a school zone and be especially careful when they see flashing lights or many children are present, such as in the hours right before school starts or lets out.
School zones aren’t the only areas where drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians or people riding bikes. Over recent years, Georgia has seen an increase in pedestrian deaths and injuries. In fact, they actually rose in 2020 despite there being less traffic on the road early in the Covid-19 pandemic, with 113 pedestrian deaths in the state in the first half of the year alone.
What’s causing the increase in pedestrian deaths and injuries? There are several factors, but high speeds and distracted driving are two key factors. Ironically, the reduction in traffic may have played a role. Experts say that some motorists took the lower traffic levels as a license to speed more, leading to both a higher number of accidents and an increased risk of injury or death. (This led to more accident fatalities for all types of accidents, not just pedestrian collisions.)
In general, accidents are more common at intersections than other parts of the road, but with pedestrian crashes, most occur outside of intersections. In fact, many happen outside of crosswalks. Pedestrians are required to cross at crosswalks as marked in between two traffic lights under Georgia state law. However, sometimes drivers who hit walkers claim they were outside the crosswalk. Your Dunwoody personal injury lawyer can work to refute this assertion if the driver’s insurance rejects your claim.
People who are hit by cars often suffer a wide range of serious injuries. These may include broken bones, head and neck injuries including soft tissue injuries like whiplash, concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI), back and spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding or injuries, and more. You may also suffer psychological issues like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and symptoms of PTSD. The medical bills can add up fast, even with health insurance.
Many people turn to file a claim with the driver’s insurance company in the hopes of getting their bills covered. This is usually the right place to make a claim, but we don’t recommend doing so on your own. In fact, we don’t recommend talking to the insurance company at all if you can avoid it. This is because they often try to blame the victim due to Georgia’s comparative negligence laws. Essentially, if you are found to be more than 49 percent at fault in any accident, including a pedestrian accident, the insurer doesn’t have to pay anything. Even if you are found to be only 10 or 20 percent at fault, they will still get a reduction in what they have to pay by that amount, so either way, trying to pin the blame on you will save them money.
Insurance adjusters often call and ask you questions about the accident in the hopes you’ll accidentally say something they might use to suggest you were at fault. You can avoid this issue by not talking to them and referring their calls to your attorney.
Insurers also use another tactic where they do make you a settlement offer and push you to accept it right away. Frequently the offer is for much less than your case is worth. Sometimes it’s just based on your current medical bills and doesn’t take into account your need for future treatment. If this happens, don’t sign anything or agree to anything until you speak with a Dunwoody personal injury attorney.
When you’ve been harmed by a negligent driver, as a pedestrian or another driver, it’s important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible to protect your legal rights. Do this before you talk to the insurance company, and you may save yourself the hassle of negotiating with the insurance adjuster. Your attorney is experienced at this and will strive to get you the best settlement possible for your injuries.
What Kind of Compensation Are You Entitled To?
Your personal injury lawyer in Dunwoody will ask you questions to determine your needs and accident-related expenses or losses and make a list of all the things you might need to be compensated for. If you or a loved one were hurt in a pedestrian or other car accident caused by a negligent driver, you may be able to seek damages for the following:
Your medical costs, both current and future. Your attorney can help you estimate projected costs for your care – something the insurer hopes you never do.
Lost income if you had to take off work to deal with your injuries.
Permanent disability if you are no longer able to work at all.
Pain and suffering.
Loss of enjoyment of life or ability to do the things you love, including hobbies.
Loss of companionship if a loved one was killed in the accident.
What Are Some Factors Affecting Compensation?
There are many things that your lawyer will consider when helping guide you to a number you should request from the insurer or the driver:
Severity. The more serious your injuries, the more damages you should receive.
The extent of medical treatment. The more extensive treatment you had, including things like physical therapy and other continued support, will usually lead to more damages.
How your life is impacted by your injuries. This includes factors like whether you’re no longer able to do things you enjoyed doing or needed to do or any changes you had to make to your daily routine.
Any permanent effects of your injuries, such as scarring or disability.
Whether you lost any opportunities because of the accident. For example, if you couldn’t start a new job because you were hit by a car and spent two weeks in the hospital, that would be a lost opportunity.
If the injuries affected your ability to earn a living in the future.
Some of these things are hard to quantify, so it’s important to talk them over with an experienced attorney who can advise you on your options. They will answer your questions and go head-to-head with the insurance adjuster to protect your interests.
Ali Awad is often found in the courtroom and the mediation room fighting to get his clients the settlement they deserve, but he can also be found on Instagram. With more than 1 million followers, he’s one of the first attorneys to bring easy-to-understand legal advice to the people. Call the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm at (833) 254-2923 or contact us online today.
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Frequently Asked Questions
After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney?
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process.
Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today.
We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, you should not hesitate to speak with the experienced attorneys at CEO Lawyer personal injury law firm. Call, email, or fill out our online contact form today so that we can begin helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.