Best of Gwinnett

Attorney R. Michael Coker Named Best of Gwinnett

The votes are in, and Michael Coker was named Best of Gwinnett by Gwinnett Magazine. Best of Gwinnett is an exclusive honor reserved only for those businesses that are dedicated to providing top quality service to the people of Gwinnett County.

“We are pleased and honored that our clients have voted us Best of Gwinnett,” said Attorney Michael Coker. “We appreciate our clients’ recognition of our hard work and dedication to helping them maximize their accident or injury case.”

Since 2012, the Law Offices of R. Michael Coker has recovered over $4.7 million dollars for Gwinnett County clients injured in serious car accidents and slip and falls.

Gwinnett Magazine, who publishes the Best of Gwinnett list, had the following to say about Attorney Michael Coker: “Gwinnett’s own, R. Michael Coker is one of Georgia’s most effective personal injury lawyers having received both state and national recognition. He is ready to help you and your family get the compensation you deserve after a car accident, truck accident, dog bite, slip and fall, or other serious injury.”

The Best of Gwinnett seal is verification that a Gwinnett business is dedicated to serving the county’s citizens with excellent customer service and powerful results. R. Michael Coker and his dedicated staff look forward to a long and successful relationship with the people of Gwinnett County.

“I feel like it is my duty to continue to provide the people of Gwinnett with top quality legal services as our way of saying thank you for voting us Best of Gwinnett,” Coker said. “I look forward to continuing to earn my clients’ respect as one of the best personal injury lawyers in Gwinnett County.”

Print copies of the Best of Gwinnett edition of Gwinnett Magazine are available at newsstands now.

Gwinnett County Dangerous Intersections

Gwinnett County’s 20 Most Dangerous Intersections

Did you know that Gwinnett County has some of the State of Georgia’s most dangerous roadway intersections? We have compiled traffic data from Gwinnett County, local and city police departments, and our own personal injury cases, to provide you with the 20 most dangerous intersections in Gwinnett County. Is an intersection in your home city on the list?

20. Buford Drive and Buford Mill Drive – Buford, Georgia
The Mall of Georgia brings thousands of visitors to Buford from across the state, and many are unfamiliar with the area. Drivers often run the red light on Buford Drive because they are distracted by the nearby merge on to Interstate 985. When mixed with other drivers in a hurry to leave the nearby Wal-Mart store, this intersection is notorious for accidents.

19. Scenic Highway and SR78 – Snellville, Georgia
The crossing of two major state highways in Snellville, Highway 124 and Highway 78, has gotten safer since the Georgia DOT removed the reversible lanes. Drivers were often confused by the vague street markings and the overhead “X” signs resulting in serious head-on collisions. Although the reversible lanes were removed, the heavy traffic and high speeds of travelers on Highway 78 still makes it one of Gwinnett’s most dangerous intersections.

18. Buford Drive and Old Peachtree Road – Buford, Georgia
This is the second time that an intersection near the Mall of Georgia appears on Gwinnett’s 20 most dangerous intersections. Drivers on this stretch of Highway 20 often drive well in excess of the posted speed limit, and drivers turning left onto Old Peachtree Road face a serious risk from oncoming traffic.

17. SR316 and Winder Highway – Dacula, Georgia
Georgia Highway 316 has always been one of Gwinnett County’s most dangerous roads. In 2015, tragedy struck the City of Dacula when two brothers in high school were killed in Dacula while crossing Highway 316. Drivers on SR316 treat the state road as an expressway, driving at excessive speeds and without the proper care for the intersections.

16. Duluth Highway and Riverside Parkway – Lawrenceville, Georgia
The chance of an accident at the intersection of Duluth Highway and Riverside Parkway peaks between 4 pm and 7 pm during the height of the afternoon rush hour. Highway 120 has quickly become a popular alternate for drivers attempting to avoid traffic on Highway 316 and Interstate 85. During peak travel hours, distracted drivers in a hurry to get home, often take unsafe risks when turning or crossing Duluth Highway.

15. Lawrenceville Highway and Lawrenceville Suwanee Road – Lawrenceville, Georgia
Intersections 14 and 15, if combined, would put them at the top of the list. Located only 1,000 feet apart, Lawrenceville Highway’s intersections with Lawrenceville Suwanee Road and Sugarloaf Parkway, when considered together, have the most accidents in Gwinnett County. With the combination of high driver speeds, heavy traffic, and a busy Wal-Mart shopping center, these two intersections create a dangerous combination for drivers in Lawrenceville.

14. Lawrenceville Highway and Sugarloaf Parkway – Lawrenceville, Georgia
Sugarloaf Parkway has become a popular alternate for travelers attempting to cross the heart of Gwinnett County. With this increase in the number of travelers on Sugarloaf Parkway, crossing Highway 29 is extremely dangerous, particularly when drivers are in a hurry and not paying close attention.

13. Goshen Springs Road and Jimmy Carter Boulevard – Norcross, Georgia
Drivers from around Metro Atlanta now use Jimmy Carter Boulevard as an alternate for Interstate 285. As the congestion on Interstate 285 continues to get worse, so does the traffic on Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross. The “diverging diamond” intersection at the Interstate 85 overpass was supposed to help with the congestion, but heavy traffic still remains in the area. As a result, the Goshen Springs Road intersection nearby remains a danger for travelers.

12. Hewatt Road and Stone Mountain Highway – Snellville, Georgia
The traffic on Georgia Highway 78 reaches its most dangerous point in Gwinnett County at its intersection with Hewatt Road in Snellville. Drivers in a hurry on Highway 78 often run the Hewatt Road red light. Hewatt Road provides access to many of Snellville and Lilburn’s residential areas along the Yellow River, so travelers coming to and from their homes must always be alert when crossing this intersection.

11. Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and McGinnis Ferry Road – Suwanee, Georgia
Did you know that Peachtree Industrial Boulevard has more speeding drivers than most roads in Gwinnett County? Many drivers treat Peachtree Industrial like an interstate rather than a residential road. Peachtree Industrial’s speeders are the greatest threat to other drivers at McGinnis Ferry Road in Suwanee, another major thoroughfare.

10. Braselton Highway and Hamilton Mill Road – Dacula, Georgia
Once considered the far reaches of Gwinnett County, the population of the Hamilton Mill area has exploded with growth. Unfortunately, the intersection of Highway 124 and Hamilton Mill has been unable to keep up. Despite added turn lanes, the intersection struggles to handle the retail and residential traffic in the area regardless of the time of day.

9. Duluth Highway and Satellite Boulevard – Duluth, Georgia
Located just outside our office, we have seen terrible accidents at the Duluth Highway and Satellite Boulevard intersection. After 5 pm, traffic backs up on the streets surrounding the intersection, and distracted driving can result in a serious rear-end collision. Traffic using Satellite Boulevard as an alternate during that time period should use extra caution.

8. Pleasant Hill Road and Satellite Boulevard – Duluth, Georgia
Although Gwinnett Place Mall continues to undergo retail changes, the traffic on Pleasant Hill remains heavy. Both Pleasant Hill Road and Satellite Boulevard reach their widest points at this intersection, which means that Pleasant Hill and Satellite easily places as one of Gwinnett’s top ten most dangerous intersections.

7. Brook Hollow and Jimmy Carter Boulevard – Norcross, Georgia
Located approximately 700 feet from the Goshen Springs intersection, the Brook Hollow intersection with Jimmy Carter Boulevard also makes the top ten most dangerous. In fact, Jimmy Carter Boulevard has more dangerous intersections than any other road in Gwinnett County. Brook Hollow provides an alternate route to Indian Trail Road instead of Interstate 85, and thus the greater amount of traffic from Jimmy Carter adds to the danger.

6. Cruise Road and Sugarloaf Parkway – Lawrenceville, Georgia
Near the Sugarloaf 316 overpass, the Sugarloaf turn lanes are confusing for traffic turning both on to Cruise Road and Highway 316. Many drivers unfamiliar with the area have difficulty merging into the heavy traffic. With the amount of restaurants and shopping centers nearby, the amount of traffic can cause serious accidents.

5. Beaver Ruin Road and Indian Trial Road – Norcross, Georgia
Indian Trail and Beaver Ruin Road meet at the top of a hill which provides an awkward visibility angle for drivers turning from Indian Trail. This limited sight angle combined with the speed of drivers on Beaver Ruin Road creates a dangerous situation. Norcross drivers also face a second risk at Beaver Ruin’s nearby intersection with Buford Highway – an intersection which narrowly missed making this list.

4. Nelson Brogdon Boulevard and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard – Sugar Hill, Georgia
The only Sugar Hill intersection appearing on our list is also the fourth most dangerous in Gwinnett. The intersection of Nelson Brogdon Boulevard (Highway 20) and Peachtree Industrial is dangerous in part because Highway 20 shifts from a four lane highway to a two lane highway shortly after this intersection. This unexpected lane merge causes drivers to slam on their brakes quickly and rear-end collisions are common.

3. Steve Reynolds Boulevard and Venture Drive – Duluth, Georgia
The Steve Reynold Boulevard and Venture Drive intersection’s danger comes from the number of drivers crossing that intersection to access the retail stores on Venture Drive. Costco, one of Duluth’s largest stores, is located near the intersection and congestion is heavy, and Steve Reynolds’ lack of an I-85 south exit ramp only adds to the amount of traffic in this intersection.

2. SR 316 and Fence Road – Dacula, Georgia
The intersection of Highway 316 and Fence Road is one of Gwinnett’s most chaotic intersections. Traffic coming from and turning onto Fence Road often must jockey for position just to see the approaching traffic. Even if drivers have a good view of approaching traffic, the lack of any traffic light at the intersection makes this Dacula intersection one to avoid if at all possible.

1. Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard – Norcross, Georgia
Jimmy Carter Boulevard’s intersection with Peachtree Industrial tops our list with the most accidents. The Jimmy Carter/Peachtree Industrial Intersection is both confusing and dangerous. High speed traffic on Jimmy Carter meets fast traveling traffic exiting Peachtree Industrial, and the traffic signals and street markings only add to the confusion. Always slow down when crossing under the Peachtree Industrial Bridge to ensure that no confused driver enters into your path.

That concludes the top 20 most dangerous intersections in Gwinnett County. Do you believe that we left off a dangerous intersection near you? Like us on Facebook and leave us a comment to let us know which ones you believe are Gwinnett’s most dangerous intersections.

Loganville Accident Lawyer

Loganville Accident Lawyer

Between the feeling of a good, southern hometown and the beauty of the Vines Botanical Gardens, Loganville, Georgia, is a city filled with many visitors and residents. With the big majority of traffic traveling on Highway 78, accidents happen and problems arise day in and day out. Highway 78 is considered one of the most dangerous roads in the State of Georgia, and Loganville accidents can be serious. In 2010, an accident occurred at the intersection of Brand and Oak Grove roads. Two teen brothers were injured when their vehicle collided with a pick-up truck. Both boys were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center, one being in critical condition.

Our Loganville accident lawyer has handled many Loganville personal injury car accidents both in Gwinnett and Walton Counties, and we are ready to answer questions you may have about your rights and responsibilities after an accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Loganville, please call our Loganville accident lawyer for a free case evaluation from an experienced Loganville accident lawyer. Our accident lawyer can help with medical bills, accident expenses and insurance policies. Our Loganville accident lawyer will help you navigate the next steps when moving forward after a life changing even, such as an accident.

Loganville, Georgia is a city where residents and visitors leave the crazy and hectic schedule of the city to relax in the comfortable feel of a great town. Sometimes, though, there are accidents caused by citizens who are distracted and serious injury and damage can result. If you are looking for a Loganville accident lawyer to help you with a Loganville accident, our firm is always available to give you a free, no-obligation case evaluation. A member of our team can even meet you in Loganville. We are prepared to answer any questions you may have resulting from the accident. Call today to learn more about our experience helping Loganville residents in car accident and injury claims.

Suwanee Accident Lawyer

Suwanee Accident Lawyer

The city of Suwanee, Georgia is traveled through by thousands a day. Between Buford Highway and Interstate 85, heavy traffic is expected when going to work early in the morning or going out to dinner on a Friday night. With such a great volume of travelers, accidents ranging from minor to major occur frequently. In 2013, a tractor trailer and a car collided at Satellite Boulevard and Shawnee Industrial Way near McGinnis Ferry Road, leaving two dead and one critically injured.

Our Suwanee accident lawyer has handled many Suwanee personal injury car accident cases. We are prepared to answer any questions you many have regarding your rights and responsibilities after an accident. Since the City of Suwanee is governed by both the Suwanee Police Department and the Gwinnett County Police Department, it is important to know which police jurisdiction applies when handling your Suwanee automobile accident case. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Suwanee, please call our firm for a free case evaluation from an experienced Suwanee accident lawyer. Our accident attorney can help with medical bills, insurance policies and anything else related to the accident expenses. Our Suwanee accident lawyer will help you decided the next steps after a tragic incident.

Suwanee, Georgia is a great city, filled with residents and travelers at all times of the day. Most often, the City of Suwanee is filled with hardworking citizens who obey traffic laws and drive safe. Sometimes, however, drivers are distracted and a serious injury can result. If you are looking for a Suwanee accident lawyer to help you with a Suwanee accident, our firm is always available to give you a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Call today to learn more about our experience helping Suwanee residents in car accidents and injury claims.

R Michael Coker Seminar

R Michael Coker Speaks on Trial Tactics at State Seminar

On March 12, 2015, Attorney R Michael Coker spoke on trial techniques for personal injury lawyers from across the state at the State Bar of Georgia. R Michael Coker shared his personal experience litigating and trying injury cases against insurance companies to a crowd of over eighty trial lawyers in Atlanta. Attorney Coker was the only attorney from Gwinnett County asked to speak at the seminar and was one of the only presenters with an office outside of Atlanta.

At the seminar, R Michael Coker shared trial strategies with the lawyers in attendance to help maximize their client’s recovery. By explaining ways to overcome common defense tactics at trial and how to address juror biases when dealing with a personal injury tort case, R Michael Coker created an open forum for fellow trial lawyers. The goal was for lawyers to share and gain trial skills in an injury case. The seminar was sponsored by the Georgia Institute for Continuing Legal Education, and participants received course credit for attending.

The seminar topic included strategies for admitting medical records and bills, vehicle damage photographs, the client’s testimony, and opening and closing arguments. R Michael Coker explained how attorneys could establish themselves as trial lawyers with insurance companies. Insurance companies know which lawyers are capable of taking a case to trial, and even their pre-suit settlement offers reflect the actual threat they feel from a particular lawyer at trial.

If you, or someone you know, would like more information about the topics covered by R Michael Coker at the seminar, please feel free to contact us directly. We love helping fellow trial attorneys maximize the recovery for their clients, and we would be happy to help in any way that we can. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcycle accidents can be horrific. When a negligent driver causes a motorcycle accident, the result is almost always devastating for the driver of the bike. Recently, the driver of a motorcycle was killed near Interstate 85 in Gwinnett County when another driver failed to stop at a red light, struck him, and threw him into the middle of the interstate. As an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer, I would like to explain Georgia’s motorcycle accident laws and how you could be affected:

Georgia’s motorcycle accident laws about injuries are nearly identical to those for car accidents. Despite the added danger that open motorcycles can present, the rules of the road and other driver’s responsibilities are the same. In Georgia, negligent drivers are not able to cut the amount they are obligated to pay after an accident simply because the injured party was driving a motorcycle. Insurance companies must pay for the full amount of you medical bills after a motorcycle accident, even if you would have been safer in a traditional vehicle.

The sad reality is that insurance companies discriminate against motorcycle drivers everyday, blaming them for driving a “dangerous vehicle” and refusing to pay a fair settlement amount. Never let an insurance company blame you for an accident or the severity of your injuries simply because you were on a bike. Georgia’s motorcycle accident laws actually say the opposite. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can fight to protect your rights to a settlement for your injuries and to replace or repair your bike, especially when the insurance company refuses to properly value your case simply because you ride.

Given the complexity of Georgia’s motorcycle accident laws, it is important to speak with a motorcycle accident lawyer who can recommend to you whether or not the amount the insurance company offers is fair. Knowing that motorcycle accidents are often the most serious, our firm offers a free case evaluation for victims of motorcycle accidents and their families. We will honestly tell you if our firm can help add value to your case under Georgia’s motorcycle accident laws. You will see why we have become the trusted motorcycle accident lawyer for so many in Gwinnett County and throughout Georgia. Call us for a free consultation.

Restaurant Accidents

Restaurant Accidents Lawyer

Eating at a restaurant is something that most Americans do every single week. When you go out to eat, you are entering an establishment where you expect the restaurant to have a safe environment and give you well prepared food. Unfortunately this is not always the case. Many people have suffered from restaurant accidents. Recently a woman suffered from a restaurant accident when she drank her sweet tea mixed with cleaning chemicals. The chemicals were toxic to her system and left her in critical condition. Restaurants are busy places and accidents do happen. It is important to be prepared if you find yourself part of a restaurant accident.

You need to follow some simple steps if you suffer from an injury at a restaurant. First, make contact with the manager on duty to file an accident report with the restaurant. It is important to document the situation with specific events that occurred. Be mindful of your injury and take action with proper medical attention. Medical attention is your choice. Do not feel pressured from a restaurant manager if they were to lead you away from medical attention. Restaurant accidents can happen to anyone and it is important to seek representation if you are part of a restaurant accident.

Our firm has handled many Georgia restaurant accidents where victims have injured themselves due to an unsafe environment or ill prepared food. We believe that dining out should be an enjoyable, safe experience. If you become injured because the restaurant was neglecting important precautions, then you need to handle the situation appropriately. How you handle the situation could prevent future restaurant accidents. Restaurant Accidents are confusing cases and it is helpful to have a knowledgeable attorney. Contact Attorney R. Michael Coker today to discuss your restaurant accident case. The Law Offices of R. Michael Coker is a firm that you know you can trust to help you receive the best settlement you deserve.

Rental Car Accident

Rental Car Accident

The rental car industry is a billion dollar industry. Here in Georgia, the new Rental Car Center at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has increased the number of rental cars driven in the City of Atlanta. The Rental Car Center provides rental cars to travelers who come to Atlanta through one of the busiest airports in the world. Many of those travelers that rent a car are using Georgia interstates, meaning those who travel on interstates have a higher chance of being involved in a rental car accident. In either situation, it is important to be knowledgeable of how to handle a rental car accident since theses cases are very different from regular car accidents.

When you are involved in a rental car accident there are some steps that you need to follow. First, call the police so the accident is properly documented. Second, be sure to take pictures of the damage to all vehicles. It is important that there is evidence of the damage for both the insurance companies and the rental car company. Third, gather the other driver’s personal insurance information as well as the rental car company’s insurance information so that you can properly file a claim with both companies. With this information, an attorney can help you find out whether the rental car driver also had extra coverage available to you through their rental car company. Last, contact your insurance carrier to report the accident and setup a claim if necessary.

If you are the driver of a rental car, you should always be familiar with rental car accident coverage on your personal auto insurance policy. Your insurance agent can give this information to you. Rental companies such as Hertz, Enterprise, Budget, and Avis offer more coverage at a higher cost to further protect you if you are part of a rental car accident. Be sure to always ask the rental company what coverage applies when you rent the car. Finally, many credit card companies now also offer complimentary rental car insurance through certain cards. Check with your credit card company to see if your card could offer extra coverage if you are involved in a rental car accident.

If you have suffered injuries from a rental car accident where you were not at fault, please call our law firm for a free case evaluation. Rental car cases are more complicated because they include multiple insurance policies. It is important to have a knowledgeable attorney that knows how to best handle these type of cases and will get you every penny you deserve. Failure to properly file with all applicable insurance companies could cause you to miss out on critical insurance money to pay for expensive medical bills. We have successfully handled rental car accident cases and discovered extra insurance coverage for clients. Call our firm today.

Drugged Driving Accidents

Drugged Driving Accidents

We are all too familiar with accidents being caused by drunk driving. Drugged driving accidents, however, are another growing problem. Drugged driving is driving while under the influence of illegal drugs or unhealthy amounts of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. 10.3 million people on the roadways have admitted to driving under the influence of some drug. Back in 2012, a driver in Gwinnett County was driving under the influence of a sedative and caused an accident. Other drivers in the accident suffered serious injuries, and the drugged driver was forced to serve jail time.

Drugs have similar effects as alcohol on driving abilities. Drivers lose their general attention to the roadway and the ability to react quickly. Gwinnett County has many busy roadways. It is important for a driver to be attentive and focused on their commute. Gwinnett County has one of the largest populations in Northeast Georgia, and drivers may have a higher risk of potentially being involved in drugged driving accidents.

Our firm has handled many cases of people seriously injured in drugged driving accidents. If you have been involved in a drugged driving accident, please contact our firm so we can discuss your case and best help you. Too often people do not pursue a claim and no action is taken against the driver. The driver is allowed to continue their reckless behavior without any real consequence. This could potentially endanger other drivers by causing another drugged driving accident.

As a leading personal injury law firm in Gwinnett County, we know the importance of keeping our roadways safe. We want to make sure drivers that cause drugged driving accidents are punished properly – with higher insurance premiums. Since many drugged drivers can escape criminal prosecution by paying a small fine, significant insurance settlements are often the best remedy for stopping the dangerous behavior. Call our firm so we can discuss your claim. We appreciate you doing your part in making roadways in Gwinnett County safer after drugged driving accidents.

drunk driver accident attorney

Drunk Driving Accident Attorney in Gwinnett

Drunk driving is a common phrase that we often hear in the news that causes accidents daily, and as Gwinnett’s drunk driving accident attorney, we see the tragic effects of drunk driving regularly. When a driver is behind the wheel intoxicated they lose their ability to react quickly in a given moment. In 2013, there was a fatal accident in Snellville on HWY 78 caused by a drunk driver. The driver was unable to react quickly and rear-ended the car in front of him causing a domino effect.

Being on the road with a drunk driver is a harsh reality. Every two minutes someone is injured in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. Our firm has seen serious, tragic accidents caused by the influence of alcohol, and we have helped families seeking a drunk driving accident attorney. When an accident is caused by a driver under the influence, it is helpful to hire an attorney who will not only get you the compensation you deserve, but will fight for the driver to be punished for their choices. As Gwinnett’s drunk driving accident attorney, we believe in doing everything possible to keep the roadways safe for our families.

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol, please contact Gwinnett’s drunk driving accident attorney today so that we can help you in your claim. By hiring a drunk driving accident attorney and taking action against the driver and their insurance company, you may just be the action that gets the drunk driver off the road and saves someone’s life.

Remember, our firm always offers a free consultation. We can discuss your case and help guide you in the best direction to meet your needs. If you are looking for a drunk driving accident attorney, we have settled many cases involving drunk drivers and have the knowledge and ability to best handle this type of case.