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.

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.

Truck Insurance Settlements

Truck Accident Settlements: $100,000.00 in Gwinnett Case

This week, Attorney R. Michael Coker settled a minor truck accident case for $100,000.00. Although the vehicle sustained only moderate damage and the client’s injuries required neither hospitalization or a surgery, Attorney Coker was able to secure a $100,000.00 settlement for his client. Before the client hired our firm, the trucking company offered the client less than $8,000 (or less than 8% of the final settlement amount) and even instructed the client not to get an attorney!

The story is a common one. Trucking insurance companies offer a quick settlement to unknowing victims for pennies on the dollar in hopes that the person will forever waive their right to a fair settlement amount. Some tractor-trailer insurance companies even tell their victims not to call a lawyer. If this has happened to you, this is a huge red flag.

Truck accident cases are common in Gwinnett County, most often on Interstate 85. Truck drivers are often distracted by radios, cellphones, music players, and even other vehicles. Sadly, when a distracted truck driver causes an accident, the damage to other vehicles involved is almost always extensive and people often need hospital treatment, surgeries, and extensive medical care. The injured person should not suffer financial ruin due to a trucking company’s negligence or intentional acts.

A vast knowledge of trucking laws and regulations is necessary to maximize truck accident settlements. That is why having a knowledgeable and experienced attorney is so important. These are necessary documents to see and analyze for before settling a truck accident case:

1. The truck driver’s driving history;
2. The trailer’s weight and whether it exceeded the most poundage;
3. The driver’s log book to see if the driver was on the road for more hours per day than permitted by law;
4. The sleeping habits of the driver to learn if they were proper;
5. The driver’s employment history to see if a history of drug or alcohol abuse;
6. The trucking company’s history of accidents, road violations, and load capacity;
7. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Violations as shown in their online database;
8. The truck’s lighting and reflector strips to see if they met minimum requirements;
9. Past truck accident settlements for the truck driver, trucking company, or trucking insurance company;
10. Other serious violations or problems.

To maximize truck accident settlements, you need an attorney who understands these key points and can find serious federal law violations. Multiple clients have called our office after first trying to negotiate their own truck accident case. Studies show that when a client hires a lawyer, truck accident settlements increase dramatically. R. Michael Coker is a lawyer with vast experience handling truck accident settlements. If we can help you check your truck accident settlement, then please send us a message or give us a call. We are happy to give you a free consultation and explain how we do not collect any attorneys’ fees unless we win for all truck accident cases. Call us today as time is precious when preserving evidence in truck accident cases.

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Gwinnett Accident Lawyer R. Michael Coker Selected as One of National Trial Lawyers’ Top 40 Under 40

Duluth, Georgia – Gwinnett County residents no longer need to look to Atlanta for a high-rated lawyer. Gwinnett lawyers are some of the best in the state, and national organizations have taken notice.

Gwinnett personal injury lawyer R. Michael Coker was recently named one of the 2014 top 40 trial lawyers under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association. Coker is one of many lawyers helping to establish Gwinnett County as one of the state’s leading counties for superior legal services.

“I was raised in Gwinnett County,” Coker said from his office in Duluth’s Sugarloaf Center. “When I was deciding where to build my law practice, Gwinnett was always my first choice. Gwinnett is my home, and I wanted to make the quality of Gwinnett’s legal services competitive with those in Fulton, Cobb and the City of Atlanta.”

The National Trial Lawyers only invite those attorneys who possess the knowledge, skill and expertise of the best lawyers in the country. The nomination of a Gwinnett lawyer into the National Trial Lawyers’ top 40 under 40 is rare. The majority of the Georgia attorneys selected to join the elite organization practice inside the Atlanta city limits.

The inclusion of a Gwinnett lawyer into the top 40 under 40 shows that Gwinnett residents do not have to leave the county for superior legal representation.

“Gwinnett families need strong legal representation when an accident threatens to put the family into financial ruin,” Coker explained. “No one ever wants to bring an injury claim or lawsuit, but medical bills alone can be hundreds of thousands of dollars. I am proud that the National Trial Lawyers organization has recognized that the people of Gwinnett are well-represented if a serious injury occurs.”

About R. Michael Coker: Michael Coker represents victims of serious personal injuries in car accidents, truck accidents, dog bites and pedestrian collisions throughout Georgia. For more information, visit https://www.gwinnettaccidentlawyer.com.