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.

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.