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Read blog posts about a wide range of issues facing the loved ones of wrongful death victims. Important information that could impact how your wrongful death case is handled and other critical information that you need to know is shared here.

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7/15/2014
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What to Do if You See a Dog Attack in Atlanta | Jason R. Schultz

Learn what to do if you are the victim of a dog attack in Atlanta, as well as if you witness another person being attacked by a dog.

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7/8/2014
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Fatal Dog Bite Statistics | Jason R. Schultz

Review the most recent fatal dog bite statistics. Learn trends in the breed of dog, age of victims, and other relevant factors.

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8/24/2011
Jason R. Schultz
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Fayette County Georgia Wrongful Death Attorney Notes August is Most Dangerous Month on Nation's Highways

Don't be a victim twice. Before you talk to the insurance company or hire a lawyer, get free information about personal injury and wrongful death claims.

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11/12/2010
Jason R. Schultz
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Newton County Wrongful Death Lawyer - Motorcycle Rider Killed in Crash

The death of a loved one can crippled a family financially and emotionally. If you have suffered tragedy due to negligence, call (866) 455-4709 to discuss your rights and options.

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10/6/2010
Jason R. Schultz
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Atlanta Bus Accident Lawyer - Carroll County Student Killed in Roll Over Bus Accident

Am I the best personal injury and wrongful death attorney for your case? Some former clients may tell you so. If you or a loved one has been injured or you have suffered the devastating loss of a family member due to someone else's negligence, please call (866) 455-4709 immediately for a confidential case evaluation.

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9/16/2010
Jason R. Schultz
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Parasailing Death of Lawrenceville Woman in Florida was Preventable

Jason R. Schultz P.C. has recovered millions in compensation for those who have lost family members as a result of the negligent acts of companies and individuals. If you have suffered the loss of a family member, call (866) 455-4709 or (404) 474-0804 for a FREE consultation.

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3/19/2010
Jason R. Schultz
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A Marine who was on his way home to Alabama after a tour of duty in Iraq was killed this week in Atlanta. Police confirmed that  the crash was caused by a wrong way driver.

Lance Cpl. Gregory Suedmeyer and his wife Katelyn were on their way home to Huntsville, Alabama, when their car was struck by a Chevy Silverado, driven by a 74-year-old Bruce Joseph Quayle.  He was apparently driving eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-20. He drove at least one mile in the wrong direction before his car crashed head-on into the Suedmeyers.

The Marine was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he later died.  His wife continues to remain in a critical condition.  Police are investigating how he ended up driving the wrong way on the interstate.  Just before the fatal crash, numerous emergency calls were made to Douglas County 911 about the wrong way driver.

This traffic fatality is especially tragic given the fact that Suedmeyer was a young Marine who had survived deployment in Iraq only to be killed near his home in an automobile collision.  The fatal wreck occurred in a week in which the Department of Transportation estimated that highway crash fatality rates last year had been the lowest since 1954. There are fewer people dying in crashes across the country, but accidents like this one remind everyone, including Atlanta wrongful death lawyers exactly why we need to keep focusing on preventing the needless loss of innocent lives.



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1/29/2010
Jason R. Schultz
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Georgia DUI Accident Lawyer - Georgia Sees Fewer Christmas Weekend Accident Deaths than Predicted

Have you lost a loved one due to someone's negligence or misconduct? Contact a Georgia Wrongful Death Attorney Jason Schultz. Jason Schultz has successfully handled wrongful death lawsuit throughout Georgia. Call us toll free today at (866) 455-4709!

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9/18/2009
Jason R. Schultz
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The family of a boy who was killed in a pedestrian accident in Duluth over the weekend is calling for speed limits to be lowered in the area.

Four-year-old Tylerlee Magliocco was killed when he walked on to the road on Saturday night and was struck down by an SUV. Apparently, Tylerlee had managed to open the locked door of his house on his own and walk out. His mother was on the phone and didn’t hear the chime that normally rings when the front door is opened. She only realized something was wrong when she heard the squeal of tires. Tylerlee sustained serious injuries and died the next day in the hospital.


The driver of the SUV, an 18-year-old, stopped after the crash.  So far, there is no indication that drug or alcohol use was a factor in the accident. Police don’t believe the driver was speeding or distracted either.

Tylerlee’s parents say they don’t blame the driver of the SUV for their son’s death, but they are calling for speed limits on Grant Avenue to be lowered. The speed limit is 45 miles per hour.  The parents believe that 35 or 30 mph would be the right speed limit, given the number of families with little children living nearby. According to Duluth police, the particular stretch of road where Tyler was hit doesn’t appear to be especially prone to accidents.

As a Cobb County personal injury lawyer, investigations sometimes reveal that accidents are caused because of a defect in the design or layout of a road. Unfortunately, many of these defects only come to light when there is a serious or fatal accident.  Hopefully county and/or city authorities must evaluate the speed limit where Tylerlee was struck and determine if any changes can be made to prevent similar pedestrian accidents.

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9/11/2009
Jason R. Schultz
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A motorcycle rider died in an accident in Cobb County over the weekend.

According to news reports, the motorcyclist Anthony Torone Anderson was riding his bike behind another motorcyclist. When the second rider attempted to make a left turn, Anderson's bike crashed into the motorcycle. The impact of the collision sent the motorcycle crashing into several utility poles. Anderson was rushed to a hospital, but was pronounced dead.

Earlier this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its annual report on traffic accident fatalities for 2008. As a Cobb County personal injury lawyer, I was very encouraged to see that fatality rates across almost all types of accidents, had declined substantially. However, the rate of fatalities in motorcycle accidents had actually increased, as it has been over the past decade.

In Georgia, 177 persons died in motorcycle accidents in 2008, compared to163 in 2007. These numbers have been steadily increasing, from 111 in 2004, to 144 in 2005, to154 in 2006.  Of the 2008 fatalities, 160 motorcyclists were wearing a helmet at the time, and 14 were not.

Law enforcement agencies in Georgia have grappled with the problem of motorcycle safety, but face challenges in bringing down the fatality rates in these accidents. Motorcyclists, for one, are at a much higher risk of dying in an accident. In fact, a motorcyclist is up to 80 times more likely to die in a crash than a motor vehicle driver. Motorcyclists have little protection in the event of an accident, and this increases the risk of a rider becoming one more number on the fatality list. Helmets may offer a high degree of protection, but as we can see from the 160 helmeted motorcyclists who died in Georgia last year, they are no guarantee against death.

It's also hard to target awareness campaigns to educate motorcyclists about safe riding practices.  There are higher numbers of motorcyclists aged 40 and above now on the streets, compared to decades earlier when motorcycles were the ride of choice for younger men.  The demographics of riders have changed dramatically, creating challenges in implementing education programs.



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3/31/2009
Jason Schultz
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A Gwinnett County family that lost three members in a drunk driving car accident last year will mark the one year anniversary of their deaths at the end of this month. On the 31st it will be one year since the horrendous alcohol-related car crash which 20-year-old Gainesville resident caused a five vehicle crash that killed two siblings and an infant of the same family as well as the driver of his car.

On that fateful day, Carmon Cody Rhoden, who had been drinking before the crash, was spotted by a motorist weaving in and out of traffic and driving recklessly.  The motorist called police to inform them of the driver, but police never got a chance to stop Rhoden.  A few minutes later, he clipped a Ford SUV carrying Demetrius Randle, his wife Falleen, daughter Whitney, her 13-month-old son, Kayden and her 14-year-old brother Alexander. The force of the impact caused the SUV to flip over several times before it came to rest on its top.  Whitney, her little son, brother, and the driver, Mark Anthony Gay were killed.  Demetrius Randle suffered serious brain injuries.

Rhoden never stopped to offer the victims any help, or call for emergency rescue personnel. He simply drove on. He later claimed at his bond hearing that he didn't realize that the crash was "that big."  Drunk driving was not Rhoden's only offense, it later came out. He was driving at a speed of 112 mph at the time of the crash. He was denied bond and has spent the last year at the Gwinnett County jail, charged with reckless driving, vehicular homicide, and hit and run.

Demetrius Randle has spent much of the year since the accident recovering from his injuries. When his loved were ones were being buried, Demetrius was deep in a coma, battling for his life. As he attends the memorial service on the first anniversary of their deaths, he may receive closure.

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers

The combination of speed and driving is a potent one, and any automobile accident that involves a speeding and intoxicated driver almost always has  devastating results such as catastrophic injuries and death.  If you have questions about how to proceed after suffering injuries in an alcohol related accident, contact an Atlanta and Peachtree City car accident lawyer at my office.



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3/31/2009
Jason Schultz
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Earlier in January, a 16-year-old Cobb County student was killed in a car accident when he crashed his vehicle into an incoming car. The driver of the other car was left with serious injuries.  Toxicology reports now show that the teenager Garret Reed was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of .133 at the time of the crash.

The accident had ignited debate about teen drunk driving, and the role of adults who provide alcohol to under aged drivers.  On the evening before the accident, Garret had attended an event at his school. After he left, he obtained a half gallon of rum which he consumed at various spots, including in the parking lot of an entertainment center. Shortly after midnight, Garret left for home, but not before telling his friends that he was drunk. He insisted however, that he felt well enough to drive. A few minutes later, he crashed his vehicle. A week after the accident, police arrested Kecia Evangela Whitfield for providing rum to Garret and his friends. Whitfield was the mother of one of Garret's classmates, and is currently awaiting a court date in April.

Georgia is one of at least 10 states that allow parents to give their own children alcohol, but only in the home or in a private setting. However, it's illegal to give other people's children alcohol. Garret's accident has raised the issue of "social hosting laws" that punish parents whose homes become venues for drinking parties. Parents, whose children use their homes for such parties where other minors consume alcohol, can be fined thousands of dollars. Social hosting laws are being enacted not just in Georgia, but across the country in efforts to crack down on binge drinking by teenagers. 

With alcohol being one of the biggest factors in teen-related car accidents, it's becoming more important than ever to realize and understand that such accident prevention is not the sole responsibility of law enforcement agencies, but also requires the active participation of adults in the community, including parents. Teenagers find it far too easy to obtain alcohol, even with strict rules against furnishing alcohol to a minor.  This has to change, and we need to realize how we endanger children of our community when we place a bottle of alcohol in their hands. According to an American Medical Association study, at least 1/3rd of teenagers say that they were able to obtain alcohol from their parents, while at least 40% say that they have been able to get alcohol from a parent's friend. As an Atlanta car accident lawyer, I think we focus harder on teaching teens the dangers of drunk driving, while neglecting to make sure that they don't obtain the stuff in the first place.

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3/23/2009
Jason Schultz
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Last month, I discussed the deplorable state of Georgia's trauma care network and the increase in auto accident fatality rates in rural Georgia, which has fewer numbers of such emergency care centers.  A severe paucity of funds, made worse by a recession and a budget deficit, threatens to condemn thousands of Georgians in the south to continued limited access to "golden hour" trauma care.  Now, a new bill that offers a ray of hope for funding efforts has been introduced in the legislature.

The bill, sponsored by state Representative Jim Cole is backed by Governor Sonny Purdue. It aims to charge an additional fee of $200 from every motorist who is caught driving at extreme speeds on the state's highways.  Motorists driving at 85 mph on four lane highways and 75 mph on two lane roads will have to pay the $200 fine, in addition to any other fines that may be levied.  The bill will also impose a fine of $400 on drivers as they attempt to get their suspended or revoked driver's licenses renewed.   The bill aims to raise at least $30 million each year, and these funds will be used to expand the state's trauma care system.  Another scheme that will eliminate the annual car tag tax, and replace it with a fee of $1,500 payable one time only on newly purchased vehicles, is also receiving backing from House Republicans.  This move too is expected to add to the state's coffers, enabling funds to be channeled towards trauma care center expansion.

As a Georgia personal injury lawyer and a concerned Georgia citizen, I am delighted by these measures that promise to bridge the gap in emergency trauma care in cities and rural centers.  It also makes perfect sense to me that "super speeders," who are typically involved in serious auto accidents, are the ones who should pay heavy fines for their behavior, thus funding the expansion plan.

The risk of death is highest during the "golden hour" - the first hour after a serious car accident, fall or explosion - and too many Georgians suffer from a lack of access to immediate trauma care because there are no trauma care centers in their area.  If the bill is passed, more people in rural parts of the state will receive access to the trauma care they need.



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3/17/2009
Jason Schultz
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An automobile accident on Friday night involving a pickup truck, a MARTA bus and a car killed 2 people in Atlanta.  According to this report, a speeding Dodge pickup truck hit a MARTA bus at a Southwest Atlanta intersection. The impact caused the pickup to become air borne, crashing down on a nearby passenger car.  The 2 occupants of the car were killed instantly. The driver of the pickup truck suffered moderate injuries, and was rushed to the hospital, where he is listed as being in stable condition. Police have not yet filed criminal charges against the pickup driver and have confirmed that alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

Judging from the impact of the accident, the pickup driver seemed to have been driving at excessively high speeds. Speeding is one of the most avoidable driving behaviors. When a motorist drives at excessive speed, he risks not only his own life, but also the lives of dozens of other motorists who are sharing the road with him. A crash involving a speeding car almost always results in severe and catastrophic injuries and death.  The kind of injuries that result from such crashes are life altering ones like brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputations, which can drastically alter the quality of a person's life.

As a Peachtree City Wrongful Death Lawyer I have litigated cases for people who have suffered serious injuries in a crash where speeding was one of the primary factors. No matter what the compensation amount, it can never return the quality of life that was enjoyed before the crash. Many victims depend on the damages they receive to bear their expensive medical treatment, rehabilitation therapy and income replacement.



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2/3/2009
Jason Schultz
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A seven year old boy was struck and killed in a pedestrian accident when he was walking across the street in a crosswalk near Princeton Elementary School in south DeKalb County on Monday.  Cameron Dunmore was on his way to his first day in a gifted program at school, when he was struck and killed by an SUV driven by a parent of another student at the school. The driver, Shirley Ogilvie, is expected to be charged with vehicular homicide.

According to reports, the boy was crossing the street at the school crosswalk at 7.30 am.  There was a crossing guard on duty holding a stop sign, but for unknown reasons, Ogilvie failed to stop.  In the 24 hours since the pedestrian accident, we've also learned that there had been a traffic light in front of the school, but it was removed recently by County officials.  Residents of the neighborhood, concerned about the high levels of traffic and the safety of students, had recently submitted a petition to the County authorities to install a traffic signal.  County officials apparently conducted an "assessment" of the need for a light, but the light was never installed.  Residents claim that the area can be a problem, especially when there are inattentive or speeding drivers. 

Pursuing Pedestrian Accident Claims in Atlanta 

Pedestrian accidents almost always result in severe and life threatening injuries and even fatalities.  Liability in an Atlanta pedestrian accident can extend not just to the motorist who was driving the vehicle, but also any agencies that may have been responsible for defective design or negligent maintenance.   An injured person can claim damages for both economic losses - medical bills, hospitalization - as well as non-economic losses like damages for pain and suffering, etc.

In the accident results in death, the family may file a wrongful death claim. These claims are involve both tangible (financial) losses, as well as intangible losses, like loss of the joy of living which may be harder to quantify.  In addition, a jury may return a verdict for punitive damages, where there was conscious pain and suffering, to deter an exceedingly reckless driver.

If you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, you will need the counsel of an experienced Atlanta pedestrian accident attorney to recover damages for you.  Contact an Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyer at my office for a free evaluation of your case.



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1/23/2009
Jason Schultz
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No surprises here.  Research has shown that alcohol plays a major role in car accidents involving fatalities.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research shows that between 2002 and 2006, nearly 4 fatalities out of ten involved alcohol impaired car wrecks in the last two weeks of December. The new study also found that drivers twenty one to twenty four years old are involved in more alcohol impaired fatal crashes than any other age group.  Drunk driving is one of the most serious, and preventable, dangers we face on our roadways.  The death toll from drunk driving accidents is higher between Christmas and New Year's than at any other time.

If you have suffered serious injuries or have have a family member or loved one killed due to a drunk driver or the careless, reckless or negligence of another driver, call the Peachtree City Atlanta Wrongful Death lawyer Jason R. Schultz immediately at (404) 474-0804.

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