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.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance Car Accident Letters

Individuals call my office frequently after receiving a letter from their health insurance provider asking for more information regarding the cause of their injuries. Few people know why they are receiving this letter or how they should respond. The letter could come from Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), United Healthcare, Kaiser, Humana, Cigna, Coventry, or one of many others. Allow us to explain why your health insurance company is contacting you, and why you need an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you respond properly to the health insurance car accident letter and prevent the loss of your health insurance coverage.

When the insurance company sends you a letter asking about the cause of your injuries after an accident, they are seeking to collect information to enforce their right of reimbursement or subrogation rights under the terms of your insurance contract. You might not remember signing an insurance contract, but you likely agreed to the terms when you applied for the health insurance coverage. One of those terms you accepted likely requires that you pay back your health insurance provider from a settlement if you are ever injured because of someone’s negligence. Health insurance car accident negotiations are almost always best left for an attorney.

Most insurance contracts contain a health insurance car accident right of reimbursement. This means that any time your health insurance company pays for your medical treatment related to a car accident, slip and fall, dog bite, or some other injury, you are responsible for reimbursing them from any settlement or jury verdict for the amount they paid. This applies even when the settlement is minimal. Failure to pay back the health insurance company means that they could have sufficient grounds under the law to drop your coverage!

Do not think you can just hide the information from the insurance company and they will not find out. The negligent party’s insurance company will likely report any settlement. Plus, the terms of your health insurance contract likely also require that you cooperate by providing injury and settlement information. Failure, by you, to provide the information as required could cause you to lose your coverage.

Having an attorney guide you through the health insurance car accident process critical. These health insurance car accident subrogation rights are extremely complicated. For example, if you receive health benefits through your employer or the employer of your spouse, you might be violating federal law by not cooperating and reimbursing the health insurance plan. Federal law is very strict on which employer funded plans are legally entitled to be reimbursed. Only an experienced attorney can tell you which employer’s plans have that right.

Certain government health plans have even stricter and more complicated requirements. Medicare, Medicaid, the V.A., and others all have their own specific requirements. Medicare’s processes are the most complicated. Failure to follow all of the federal requirement with Medicare could cause you to experience a denial of Medicare claims.

You need an attorney that will not just settle your case, but will also ensure that all health insurance car accident rights of reimbursement are handled so that you do not face a future loss of health insurance coverage. You might think that you can save some legal fees by handling your own case, but failing to comply exactly as the law prescribes for your specific health plan could have devastating consequences.

Our firm routinely handles cases with health insurance car accident reimbursement implications. We take all of our personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not have to worry about paying any legal fees from your pocket. We simply take a percentage of the settlement. Unlike some other lawyers, we do not take any additional amount for resolving any potential health plan or government right of reimbursement or subrogation issue. We consider this an added benefit for our clients as a thank you for hiring our firm. We will fight to ensure that the amount you are required to pay back is as low as possible and give you peace of mind knowing you don’t run the risk of losing your coverage.

If we can help you with a personal injury matter and the potential complications associated with health plan rights of reimbursement, call us at (678) 537-1209 or contact us on our webpage. We would be happy to answer your questions.

Gwinnett Accident Repoert

Gwinnett Accident Reports

The first step after a Gwinnett County accident is to get a copy of your Gwinnett County Motor Vehicle Accident Report. Gwinnett is actually one of the most efficient counties when it comes to obtaining reports as many of the Gwinnett accident reports are available online. Generally, Gwinnett accident reports take up to four days to complete. You can check the status of your report by calling the police department that responded to your accident (contact numbers below) or by logging into Buycrash.com.

Individuals involved in car accidents in Gwinnett County can get a copy of their accident report one of three ways:

(1) Online: – Gwinnett makes almost all of their Gwinnett accident reports available online at buycrash.com. Buycrash is an online service that allows you to print your accident report from the internet. Purchasing Gwinnett accident reports on Buycrash are generally more expensive than picking up Gwinnett accident reports in person [$11.00 Buycrash fee for Gwinnett Police Department reports as of the date of this article, less for some city police department reports].

Please note that to buy your report on buycrash.com you will need the following (a) the date of the accident, (b) the police department that responded to the accident scene [i.e. Gwinnett County, Duluth, Lawrenceville, etc], and (c) ONE of the following: driver’s last name, accident report number, or vehicle VIN number. For security purposes, Buycrash will not let you get the report without all the needed information.

(2) In Person Pick-Up: The accident report cost and pick-up site are going to depend on the police department that responded to your collision. City and county departments have different precincts and headquarters for picking up Gwinnett accident reports:

Please note that as of the date of this article, the information below was. Prefect to the best of knowledge and we make no warranty or claim as to the accuracy of any of the information contained therein. Please call and independently verify the correct cost, availability date, and pick up place for your report.

Gwinnett County Police Department Reports – Gwinnett accident reports are available at the Gwinnett County Police Headquarters, 770 Hi Hope Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044. As of the date of this article, the charge for accident report pick ups are $5.00 CASH ONLY, and often the headquarters will not break a bill larger than $10.00. Please call (770) 513-5000 in advance to confirm price and availability.

Auburn Police Department Accident Reports – Call (770) 513-8657 to receive your accident report cost and availability date. Prices vary by pages copied. As of the date of this article, The Auburn Police Department accepts check, cash, or money order. Pick up at 1369 Fourth Ave., Auburn, GA 30011.

Braselton Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, people can pick-up their accident reports at 5040 Georgia 53, Braselton, GA 30517. Call (706) 658-2852 x1101 before arriving to confirm cost and availability of report.

Duluth Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, accident reports are $5.00 (sometimes free for involved party) and are ready for pick-up after 5-10 days at 3276 Buford Highway, Duluth, GA 30096. Call (770) 623-2771 to check the status of your report, availability and cost.

Lawrenceville Police Department Accident Reports – Call (770) 962-4173 to check the status of your report, cost, and pick-up site. As of the date of this article, accident reports are $5.00 (sometimes free for involved party) and can be picked up at 300 Jackson Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

Lilburn Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, accident reports are $5.00 and can be picked up at 76 Main Street, Lilburn, GA 30047. Confirm cost, pick-up site, and availability by calling 770-638-2193.

Loganville Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, accident reports take 3 to 5 business days to complete, cost $3.00, and can be picked up at 605 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA 30052. Call (770) 466-8087 before arriving to make sure of cost, and availability of report.

Norcross Police Department Accident Reports – As of the date of this article, accident reports are generally available within 3-5 business days and can be picked up at 65 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross, GA 30071. Call (770) 448-2111 to check the status of your report, availability, and cost.

Snellville Police Department Accident Reports – To confirm status, cost, and pick-up site, call (770) 985-3555. Accident reports cost $5.00 [Cash, Visa or Mastercard] and can be picked up at 2315 Wisteria Drive, Snellville, GA 30078 as of the date of this article.

Suwanee Police Department Accident Reports – Call (770) 945-8995 to check the status of your report, cost, and pick-up place. As of the date of this article, accident reports are $3.00 and can be picked up at 373 Buford Highway, Suwanee, GA 30024.

(3) U.S. Mail – If you want to receive your Gwinnett accident reports via the U.S. Mail, you may do so by calling (770) 513-5000 and obtaining your cost. Then you can mail your cashier’s check payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Gwinnett County Police Department, Attn: Records, P.O. Box 602, Lawrenceville, GA 30046 with your accident report case number.

Note: This only applies to reports taken by the Gwinnett County Police Department. Reports taken by the City Police Departments have different request rules for U.S. Mail delivery, and the accident report cost varies by city. Call your city police department ahead of mailing to confirm address, cost, and payment method before mailing.