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Charter Bus Accident Lawyer in Georgia

Charter bus accidents have been too occurring frequently in Georgia. Victims need a serious charter bus accident lawyer to assist with their injuries. In 2018, a charter bus accident caused serious injuries when a bus containing a group from Gwinnett County overturned on its way to the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia. Also in 2018, members of a West Georgia Tech women’s basketball team sustained injuries when their charter bus overturned in Virginia as they drove to a national tournament. Both incidents allegedly involved drivers subjecting the passengers to unnecessary risk and danger.

Charter bus accidents are serious. Passengers place their faith and trust in drivers and bus companies to get them to their location safely. When a company and its drivers are driving erratically, not taking appropriate driver sleep breaks, or driving under the influence, the resulting accidents are devastating. Charter bus companies often do not put seat belts in their buses. This means that nothing keeps the passengers safely in their seats in a rollover accident.

Charter bus accidents require a charter bus accident lawyer who understands the important differences between charter bus accidents and regular car accidents. The courts consider some charter bus companies “common carriers” under the law. “Common carriers” are a special grouping that must obey stricter safety requirements. A charter bus accident lawyer can use the bus company’s failure to follow these requirements to help the injured victims in court. An experienced charter bus accident lawyer can tell you if your bus company qualifies as a common carrier. A charter bus accident lawyer can determine if your bus company followed these stricter requirements.

The attorneys and staff at the Law Offices of R. Michael Coker handle complex and complicated charter bus accident cases. R. Michael Coker understands this complicated area of the law as a charter bus accident lawyer. He has handled some of Georgia’s most high-profile bus accident cases. If you or someone you know has been injured in a charter bus accident, call our law firm for a free consultation today.  You must act quickly to preserve critical evidence in the case. You can protect your case by speaking with a charter bus accident lawyer as soon as possible.

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.

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.

Dacula, Georgia

Dacula Car Accident Lawyer

Did you know that the Fence Road and Georgia Highway 316 intersection is one of the most dangerous intersections in all of Georgia. Dacula car accidents at or around Highway 316 are becoming more and more common as distracted drivers drive through red lights or fail to yield to traffic. Sadly, the results can be devastating. In 2007, a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel killing a family of four at Highway 316 in Dacula.

Dacula, once a quaint, small town, has become a major suburban center for both personal and commercial traffic. Our firm has seen the number of Dacula car accidents rise in the last year. Unfortunately, the number of uninsured drivers involved in a Dacula car accident has also increased. Hardworking Dacula residents are often left with significant car accident medical bills, particularly in high-speed collisions occurring on Georgia 316. Sometimes, health insurance carriers refuse to cover the accident related expenses, and an attorney must be used to make sure that all past and future medical bills are covered.

Our firm regularly sponsors local youth sports teams in Dacula and even participates in the Dacula Memorial Day parade with some of the local organizations. Our firm has a network of doctors in Dacula that can help you get the treatment that you need after a Dacula car accident. Dacula has some of the best orthopedic physicians, physical therapists, and orthopedic doctors in all of Gwinnett County. If you were injured in a Dacula car accident, you need to make sure that you get the medical treatment you need. Never accept a quick settlement from the insurance company when you are still having pain.

Dacula, Georgia is a beautiful town and a great place to live. If you need an attorney to help you after a Dacula car accident, we are always willing to give you a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Call us today to learn more about our experience helping residents of Dacula with their car accident injury claims.

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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.

Georgia fallen tree

Georgia Fallen Tree Responsibility Law

Georgia is getting pounded this year with intense summer storms. Almost every night the local news tells stories of downed trees crashing through houses, cars and power lines. The combination of high winds and Georgia pine trees can lead to a serious disaster.

But what happens when a tree from your neighbor’s property falls on your house or car? Who is responsible for paying the expensive repair bill or medical bills? The answer is a complex and often misunderstood aspect of Georgia’s fallen tree responsibility law.

Georgia’s fallen tree responsibility law uses the “visibly dead or diseased” rule for falling trees. In other words, when a tree from your neighbor’s property falls and injures someone or causes damage to your property, the neighbor is responsible for paying for any damage when the fallen tree showed visible signs that the tree was dead or had a disease. If the tree showed no signs of death or disease, then you are responsible for covering the cost for the damages. It is important to remember that this law only applies to “urban landowners” [rural landowners have their own set of rules and laws].

Obviously, this means that you have certain duties as a homeowner to find and remove trees on your property that are dead or diseased under the fallen tree responsibility law. Failure to remove these dead trees from your property will mean that any damage that they cause will be your responsibility. Even more important, however, trees that show signs of disease, look unhealthy or have died altogether are dangerous to all people nearby. Always take proper action to remove these dangers from your property. In the event that one of these trees fall and causes injury or even death, you will be personally liable under the fallen tree responsibility law.

If you have a neighbor’s tree fall on our property and cause injury or damage, you want to keep any evidence you can to show that the tree itself was dead or diseased when the tree fell. Pictures are a great tool. Taking photographs of the fallen tree can be good evidence if you find yourself in court with your neighbor arguing over whether the tree showed visible signs of disease or decay.

Of course, if you are the victim of a dead fallen tree, always contact a good lawyer who can help you navigate this complex area of Georgia’s fallen tree responsibility law – especially when a person suffers injury caused by the fallen tree. If I can help you in any way, do not hesitate to call or email me.

Insurance Diminished Value

Georgia Diminished Value Law: The Insurance Company’s Dirty Little Secret

Nothing is more irritating after an accident than getting your car fixed. Calling to set up the claim, taking your car to collision centers for estimates, setting up a rental car — the list goes on and on.

As if that weren’t bad enough, the insurance company is intentionally “keeping quiet” on extra money you are entitled to receive under Georgia diminished value law. Georgians leave millions of dollars of their money in the pockets of insurance companies every year.

“Diminished Value” is the most misunderstood concept in insurance law. Diminished Value is compensation after a car accident for the anticipated future loss that will occur when the vehicle owner tries to re-sell the vehicle. To better understand this legal concept under Georgia diminished value law, let me give you an example:

Bob gets rear-ended by Jan, and Jan’s insurance company pays for the repairs to Bob’s vehicle. Bob’s vehicle looks like new, after the frame damage is hammered back out. Two years later, Bob takes his car to CarMartWorld to sell. CarMartWorld pulls the car history and sees his vehicle has been in a bad accident. They offer Bob $10,000 for the vehicle even though the car’s normal value is $12,000.

As you can see, Bob will lose $2,000 because of the accident caused by Jan. Under Georgia diminished value law, Jan’s insurance company is responsible for paying Bob the $2,000 diminished value as part of the property damage settlement.

Here is the kicker: Most insurance companies will not offer to pay you diminished value unless you ask for it, and 99% of all Georgians involved in a car accident don’t know to ask. The higher the cost of repairing your vehicle, the more important it is that you to ask for compensation for diminished value. Remember never to sign a property damage release until you receive your diminished value payment.

First, try to find the re-sale value of your car and compare it to cars for sale online that have been in an accident. Then ask the insurance adjuster to pay you the difference. Generally, the insurance adjuster will counter with their own amount — ask how they arrived at the number. Most often they will tell you they arrived at the number by a “formula,” but this “formula” is not necessarily the final authority. Keep negotiating until you come to an amount you feel good accepting.

If you still cannot recover what you feel you deserve, talk to a lawyer or file a lawsuit in small claims court. A lawyer can be particularly helpful if the insurance company is acting in bad faith — as the court can force the insurance company to pay a serious penalty if they are intentionally not paying a valid claim.

Best of luck in your negotiations, and always get all the compensation you deserve under Georgia diminished value law.  If you have any questions, we are always here to help.

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.