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August 21, 2018

When a school bus is stopped with its visual signals flashing, it is illegal for motorists in either direction to pass unless there is a grass strip or “physical dividing median.” At least it was. A recent revision to Georgia law now allows vehicles to pass a school bus that is loading or unloading children even if no physical barrier exists.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a majority of fatal bus accidents involving elementary school-aged children don... Read More

August 06, 2018

It’s National Coffee Month and, while this celebration isn’t likely to prompt more consumption of America’s favorite beverage, it does give us a good opportunity to consider how and where we’re getting our daily doses, allowing us to modify our behavior to help keep ourselves and others safe from harm.

Many people consume coffee en route to work, social gatherings, kids sporting events, trips home from the supermarket, and at other times while driving. For some, that little pick me up... Read More

July 19, 2018

Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law SB 406,  amending Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, and enacting the "Georgia Long-term Care Background Check Program.” This act strengthens and standardizes the criminal background check process performed on potential employees of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Georgia.

Under SB 406, existing employees who do not meet new requirements must be terminated from their positions. There is, however, an appeals... Read More

July 12, 2018

Running just under 64 miles, I-285 is consistently named one of America’s deadliest stretches of road. While the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents varies from year to year, sometimes even dipping, I-285 is frequently listed among the top 10 most dangerous interstates. In 2015, I-285 was named the deadliest highway in America - and with several fatal accidents having already occurred this year, it may well be awarded that horrible title again.

As anyone living in Atlanta knows, I... Read More

June 11, 2018

The much anticipated Hands-Free Georgia Act goes into effect on July 1st. Here’s what you need to know to comply. Under the new law, you cannot:

Hold or cradle a phone or electronic device Use more than one button to answer or use a mobile device Reach for a mobile device if standing up or unbuckling is required

A mobile device may be a cellphone, a tablet, a portable music device, or anything else that requires manual manipulation to control. Penalties for a first-time violation... Read More

June 01, 2018

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day sees an average of 10 motor vehicle realted deaths daily - a 14% increase in fatal auto accidents compared to the rest of the year according to AAA. Dubbed the “100 Deadly Days of Summer,” more traffic, an increase in inexperienced drivers on the road, and intoxication are leading causes of the uptick in accidents during the summer months. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in one of these accidents, Watkins, Lourie, Roll... Read More

May 15, 2018

Bad weather that results in slick roads, limited visibility, and/or high winds can increase your risks of getting into a car accident. When these factors contribute to the cause or severity of an accident, they must be taken into account during the settlement process. However, in many instances, an accident could have been avoided if all drivers were behaving responsibly - that’s why it is essential that you take steps to... Read More

March 28, 2018

Most of the leading causes of truck accidents are entirely avoidable, making these often-fatal accidents all the more tragic. If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a truck accident, our Atlanta personal injury lawyers can help.

Call Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance at 404-948-4893 to schedule a free consultation and learn more. We serve Columbus, Decatur, Augusta, Savanah, and surrounding Georgia communities from our offices in Atlanta.

March 21, 2018

In 2012, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned truck drivers from using handheld cellphones while driving. This regulation is in addition to cellphone laws already in place in various states and holds truckers accountable for cellphone use even in those states where no existing regulations exist. If you or a loved one have sustained an injury during an accident caused by a truck driver using a cellphone, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call our Atlanta truck... Read More

February 27, 2018

The steps you take following a car accident will directly affect your ability to collect fair and complete compensation. The infographic below is intended to highlight these steps in an easy-to-remember way. However, many car accidents result in injury so severe, taking action on the scene of the accident is impossible. In these cases, you need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side as soon as possible to investigate the accident, identify its causes, and help you get the... Read More