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Henry County Police Officer Killed in Hit-and-Run Accident | Atlanta Auto Accident Attorney

November 16, 2012

Henry County Police Officer Elgin Daniel was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while helping a stranded motorist on North Henry Boulevard in Stockbridge on Monday night. According to police, Daniel, 53, was putting gas into a stranded Mustang near the Star Lite Skate Center, when a vehicle hit both Daniel and another roadside assistance worker before speeding off. Daniels was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center, where he later died from his injuries. The roadside worker was also taken to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. The suspect, who was driving a newer-model Ford F250 pickup truck, was later arrested by police.

Hit-and-run accidents are always an outrage – but especially so when the victim is killed in the accident. The death of a loved one is never easy to accept, but it can be even more difficult when it is the result of an irresponsible hit-and-run driver's negligent or reckless behavior. If you have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, you may have a claim for wrongful death against the driver. An experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney can fight to bring the responsible party to justice for causing your loved one's death.

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If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an auto accident, call (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury and accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta injury attorney who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Teen Driver Charged in Hit-and-Run Crash

September 4, 2012

A teen driver was arrested and charged with driving without a license and hit-and-run after attempting to flee the scene of a minor accident. The driver hit another vehicle on South Deshon Road near Shady Creed Drive just before 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Dekalb County Police said. When the teen tried to flee the scene, he crashed into a utility pole, trapping himself and a female passenger in his vehicle. Emergency workers were able to free the teens, who were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. Fortunately, the driver of the vehicle involved in the first accident was unharmed.

Personal injury does not involve only injuries to other drivers and passengers on the road, it also includes damage to property. It is the responsibility of a driver to exercise caution and due care when operating any motor vehicle. Engaging in reckless acts, such as driving without a license, can claim lives and cause extensive property damage. Anyone injured due to the reckless behavior of another motorist on the road should consult with an Atlanta auto accident attorney who will help them sort out their legal options and fight for just compensation for their losses.

Free Consultation with an Atlanta Auto Accident Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident, call (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury and accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta auto accident attorney who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Daughter is Killed in Car Crash by Drunk Father

June 10, 2012

A 15-year-old girl died after her intoxicated father wrecked his car on Georgia Highway 78 last week. DeKalb police say the 35-year-old father had consumed at least 16 ounces of beer and a pint of liquor before he crashed his car near Stone Mountain with his four children inside the car. Another daughter, age 11, is in critical condition at Children’s Hospital and two sons were not seriously injured. The man had been arrested twice before in the last decade for driving under the influence and has now been charged additionally with vehicular homicide.

The family's pastor says the family has chosen to mourn and heal together and the church is withholding judgment, choosing instead to offer love and support for the family. Our hearts go out to the children’s mother and everyone in the family during this terrible tragedy. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driving accident, you should have the proper compassionate guidance that Leigh Bodner and his staff are equipped to offer in your time of need.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a DUI vehicle collision, call (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta injury attorney regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury and accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta injury attorney who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Weekend Bus Accident Injures 50 Students | Atlanta Bus Accident Attorney

May 25, 2012

A chain collision involving 7 buses occurred just east of Atlanta en route from Burke County, near the South Carolina border, to a Six Flags amusement park. As one bus approached a construction site on Interstate 20 it slowed abruptly, setting off a chain collision with the other buses. Medical officials examined and treated more than 50 children for minor injuries. One trapped female driver needed to be cut from the wreckage and flown to an Atlanta hospital. She was listed in stable condition.

Tailgating, or following the vehicle in front of you too closely, is the cause of most rear-end collisions. It is always important to maintain a safe following distance behind other vehicles, as you can never be sure when the vehicle in front of you will need to stop or slow down. As speed increases, as in this case on the interstate, so should your following distance to ensure enough time to react; to stop or change lanes if necessary. An experienced attorney at our firm will assist you whether you are the ‘leader’ or ‘follower’ in a rear-end collision.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a bus or other vehicle collision, call (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta injury attorney regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury and accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta injury attorney who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Care Home Operator Charged with Theft, Forced Labor | Atlanta Injury Attorney

April 16, 2012

Police have charged an operator of a care home for the mentally handicapped with stealing from clients and forcing them work for free, doing home improvement jobs around her house. The care home operator has run several care homes throughout Lawrenceville for many years. She was arrested after police conducted a five-month investigation following several complaints from residents, who claim they were forced to perform manual labor and live in unsanitary conditions. The care home operator is also charged with taking money from clients' Social Security checks.

The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at Bodner Law Firm strongly believe that abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults is an outrage.Residents in both short- and long-term care facilities are entitled to certain rights according to state and federal laws. When these rights are violated, victims and their families should seek the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately


If you or someone you love has been injured in a nursing care facility, call (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta injury attorney regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury and nursing home abuse cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta injury attorney who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Pedestrian Killed in 4-Car Wreck

February 29, 2012

A 24-year old pedestrian who was crossing Camp Creek Parkway in Fulton County around 3:30 AM last Monday morning was killed when he was struck by oncoming traffic. Four vehicles were involved in the wreck, and all the drivers were held at the scene for the police investigation of the crash. The busy south Fulton County road had been shut down for more than three hours after the crash.

We are taught to always look both ways before crossing the street and to cross only at designated places, but accidents involving pedestrians still happen every day. Often, pedestrians accidents occure because of speeding drivers who disregard the rights of pedestrians on the roadway. Unfortunately, as was the case in this incident, pedestrians are more likely to be killed or sustain serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, paraplegia, fractured bones, coma, and psychological injuries. In pedestrian accident cases, legal representation from an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer can help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and physical and emotional trauma.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a pedestrian accident, contact an experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner helps personal injury victims in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Our Atlanta accident lawyers will not charge a fee unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Banning Vicodin and Percocet

November 23, 2011

According to recent findings by a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel, acetaminophen overdose is the leading cause of liver failure in the U.S., which prompted the panel to recommend that the FDA ban prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Percocet that contain high levels of acetaminophen. Many over-the-counter drugs - including Tylenol - also contain smaller doses of acetaminophen, which, if taken in combination with acetaminophen-containing prescription drugs, may lead to an overdose. The FDA is not required to accept the panel's recommendation, but consumers should consult their pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter medications while taking Vicodin or Percocet, which are often prescribed as painkillers.

Each year hundreds of new drugs enter the $60 billion per year prescription-drug market promising to improve our lives. But each year, hundreds of thousand of Americans die and many more suffer injuries as a result of those drugs. Despite the many clinical trials and tests conducted on prescription drugs to protect the public, many drugs still cause serious injuries and death. In fact, according to the General Accounting Office, over 51 percent of FDA-approved drugs have major adverse effects that aren't detected until after the general public uses them.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed due to a dangerous drug, call (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation with an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury and product liability cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta injury lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Auto Accident Kills 4, Injures 4 Others

October 10, 2011

Four members of a Georgia family were killed in a rollover accident on Interstate 75 near Ocala, Florida, early Sunday morning. According to police reports, 17-year-old Darrian George, of Tucker, was driving the family's 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe when it veered off the roadway and rolled several times, ejecting five passengers. Rescue crews reported that Darrian and 30-year-old Tiffany Bradshaw were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Two other passengers, Kayden George, 3, and Kyia George, 7, were transported to Shands Hospital in Gainesville, where they later died from their injuries. Four other passengers were also taken to the hospital, where they are recovering from their injuries. Only one passenger was wearing a seat belt in the crash, police said.

As an Atlanta accident attorney, I know firsthand that using safety belts can save lives and help prevent personal injuries when auto accidents occur. In Georgia, all drivers and front-seat passengers are required by law to wear a seat belt. In addition, children eight years of age or older must be buckled in and children under 8 must either be either secured in a federally-approved child safety seat or wearing a seat belt. Observing these seat belt laws can help prevent tragedy in the event of a car accident. However, failure to wear a seat belt may not be "considered evidence of negligence or causation, . . . and shall not be evidence used to diminish any recovery for damages" in a personal injury lawsuit.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an auto accident, contact an experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner helps personal injury victims in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Our Atlanta accident lawyers will not charge a fee unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.

Atlanta Police Ramp Up Enforcement in School Zones

August 10, 2011

Atlanta-area kids went back to school this week, and police officers ramped up enforcement of crosswalk and speed laws in Atlanta school zones on Wednesday. Unfortunately, drivers often exceed the posted speed limit in school zones - despite the fact that there are children present. The APD implemented this special operation in order to remind drivers that ignoring driving laws near school zones can result in tragedy.

In 2009, 150 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents in Georgia and tens of thousands more were injured. A significant percentage of those victims were children traveling to and from school. If your child has been injured in a crosswalk or anywhere in a school zone, you deserve compensation for your child's medical bills, pain and suffering, and emotional trauma. You need an experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyer to fight for your rights and help bring the responsible parties to justice. Leigh R. Bodner has over 30 years experience representing victims of auto accidents in Georgia.

If your child was injured in a school zone, contact Atlanta auto accident lawyer Leigh R. Bodner at (404) 262-3343 to discuss your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury and auto accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. The Atlanta personal injury attorneys at Leigh R. Bodner, P.C. offer a free initial consultation regarding your case.

College Park Woman Injured in Ceiling Collapse

July 12, 2011

A woman in College Park was injured when the ceiling of her apartment collapsed onto her while she was asleep in bed on Wednesday night. The 68-year-old was in her bed at the Vesta Gardens apartments when the ceiling of her bedroom came crashing down. She was transported to the emergency room at Atlanta Medical Center for treatment of neck injuries and head trauma. The collapse may have been the result of a leaky roof.

When accidents occur on the premises of an apartment complex, the owner of the premises and/or the landlord may be held liable for the resulting injuries in certain circumstances. If a landlord knows or should have known of the danger on the premises, and failed to repair it, then he or she may be liable for the damages caused by that negligence. Anyone injured on someone else's property should seek appropriate medical treatment, and then contact an experienced premises liability attorney to discuss their case.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one because of the negligence of a property owner, contact Atlanta personal injury lawyer Leigh R. Bodner at (404) 262-3343 to discuss your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of premises liability and slip and fall cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. The Atlanta injury attorneys at Leigh R. Bodner, P.C. offer a free initial consultation regarding your case.

Study Reminds Parents to Watch Children Around Water This Summer

June 20, 2011

A recent study reveals that a child drowns in a portable pool every five days in the U.S. during the hot summer months. According to an article published this week in Pediatrics, 209 children drowned between 2001 and 2009 in as little as 2 inches of water in backyard "kiddie pools." Researchers believe that the reason so many children die in portable pools is because parents don't realize how dangerous they actually are. Parents need to keep in mind, however, that children can drown in only a few inches of water in just a matter of moments. In fact, over 40 percent of the children who drown in portable pools are supervised by adults at the time of the drowning.

Another reason for the high incidence of drownings in portable pools is that parents don't invest in the same safety measures with kiddie pools as they do with standard in-ground pools, such as fences and covers. In some cases, drownings can be caused by a defect in the design or manufacture of the swimming pool. When a child dies due to the negligence of another, the negligent parties must be brought to justice.

If your child has drown or nearly drown in a swimming pool due to someone else's negligence, call (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of accident injury cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta accident lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Offers Summer Program for Teenagers with Brain Injuries

May 25, 2011

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is offering a two-week summer program for teenagers who are living with acquired brain injuries (ABI). The intensive program addresses the needs of teens who are suffering from brain injuries as they make the difficult transition into adulthood. According to the CHOA website, "Key skills for adult transition will be addressed, including goal setting, self-management, health and wellness." To learn more about CHOA's traumatic brain injury summer program, click here.

Most cases of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are mild, involving only temporary loss of consciousness. The most severe cases, however, can have a devastating impact on victims' lives, causing paralysis, seizures, impaired speech, sensory losses, amnesia, coma, and even death. Victims of TBI may never fully recover and deserve full compensation for their injuries. Atlanta brain injury attorney Leigh R. Bodner, P.C. will conduct a thorough investigation of your case, assist you in assessing the full amount of your damages, and present testimony of expert witnesses to prove your Traumatic Brain Injuries to the jury.

If you or someone you love has suffered a traumatic brain injury, contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner helps brain injury victims in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Our Atlanta brain injury lawyers will not charge a fee unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.

NHTSA Issues New Guidelines for Child Car Seats

April 19, 2011

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently revised its child restraint guidelines, which are now categorized by age instead of by type of child seat, in response to the latest scientific and medical research. The new guidelines urge parents to keep children in each restraint type, including rear-facing, forward-facing and booster seats, for as long as possible before moving them to the next type of seat. Kids should be kept in rear-facing car seats, for example, until 2 years of age or until they surpass the height and weight limits of the car seat.

Each year, child safety seats are recalled by manufacturers due to a variety of defects in the design, manufacture, or warnings on the products. Children involved in accidents while restrained in defective car seats often suffer catastrophic injuries and death. If your child has been injured due to a defective child car seat, contact Atlanta personal injury attorney Leigh R. Bodner to discuss your legal options.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been injured in any type of accident, call (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of accident injury cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta auto accident lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Woman Dies in Fall From Condo Balcony

April 6, 2011

A Marietta woman died in a fall from a 14th-floor balcony at a Panama City Beach condominium, police investigators said. Michelle Haley, 44, fell from a balcony at around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, landing on a parking structure below. The cause of the fall is currently under investigation, but police do not suspect foul play.

Falls such as this one are often the result of a structural defect. Some of the causes of structural defects are:

  • Inadequate design
  • Materials that are poor quality or defective
  • Improper workmanship
  • Improper use of structural components
  • Construction methods that are unsound

If you have been injured or lost a loved on in a slip and fall accident, contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner helps bus accident injury victims in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Our Atlanta injury lawyers will not charge a fee unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.

10 Charged in Deadly Drunk Driving Crash

February 25, 2011

Ten people have been charged in connection with a drunk driving accident in Douglas County that left a 16-year-old dead on Saturday. The crash occurred early Saturday morning after the driver of the car, along with the deceased and another passenger, left a bonfire party where they had all consumed alcohol. Police have arrested the 17-year-old driver and his passenger, the Douglasville Chief Code Enforcement Officer who hosted the party the teens had attended and his teenage son, another adult who furnished alcohol to the teens at a separate party, the owner of the store where the alcohol was purchased, and several other adults and teens in connection with the case.

Drunk driving crashes such as this one are especially tragic because they could have been prevented. Sadly, DUI-related crashes often cause injury and death to innocent victims. It is commonly the case that drunk drivers involved in crashes are uninsured or underinsured and have no assets to cover the cost of medical bills, time missed from work, or other damages caused by their irresponsible conduct. In these cases, it may be possible to seek compensation from the bar, restaurant, or social host that overserved the driver. An experienced Atlanta accident lawyer can help you seek compensation from the person or business that served alcohol to the drunk driver under Georgia’s “dram shop” acts.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a drunk driving accident, contact Atlanta auto accident lawyer Leigh R. Bodner at (404) 262-3343 to discuss your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury and auto accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. The Atlanta injury attorneys at Leigh R. Bodner, P.C. offer a free initial consultation regarding your case.

HERO Worker Killed in Crash

January 31, 2011

A Georgia Department of Transportation employee was killed while aiding a stranded motorist on I-85 as part of the Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) unit Monday morning. The HERO employee was helping a motorist near Metropolitan Parkway when he was struck by a flatbed truck on the side of the highway. The driver of the truck was taken to a local hospital in serious condition. A Georgia DOT official said that this is the first instance of a HERO worker being killed in the line of duty. Fortunately, the stranded motorist was not harmed in the crash.

The number of stranded motorists killed on highways is on the rise in the U.S. According to a recent report by the Automobile Association of America (AAA), motorists who break down on highways should not get out of their vehicles. Rather, stranded motorists should pull as far onto the shoulder of the roadway as possible, turn on their vehicle's hazard lights, call AAA, a towing company, or the police, and wait for assistance. Stranded motorists who exit their vehicles on the highway place themselves in danger of being seriously injured or killed by passing cars and trucks.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an auto accident, contact Atlanta auto accident lawyer Leigh R. Bodner at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of accident injury cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta auto accident lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

School Bus Driver May Have Been Negligent in Crash

January 6, 2011

Police may file charges against the driver of a school bus that was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer in Cherokee County this week. The crash occurred on Highway 369 at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, when substitute bus driver Lisa Spince turned in front of a large truck while carrying students to Free Home Elementary. Police say the truck driver was unable to avoid the crash. Six of the students on board the bus suffered minor injuries. Spince and the truck driver were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries. Fortunately in this case, no children were seriously injured in the collision.

Bus drivers are required to exercise the utmost degree of care when transporting students to and from school. Bus driver negligence, however, often causes serious injuries and death to students on board the bus at the time of the crash. There are many different ways in which a driver may be negligent, including failing to yield the right of way, fatigue, distracted driving, or speeding, to name only a few. When a bus driver's negligence causes injury to a student, the school district will typically be held liable for the injury.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner helps bus accident injury victims in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Our Atlanta injury lawyers will not charge a fee unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.

Kroger Recalls Tainted Pet Food

December 20, 2010

Kroger, Inc. has recalled select varieties of pet food sold in stores in 19 states, according to a company announcement. The states affected by the recall are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Below is a complete list of the recalled pet food products:

  • Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088128
  • Pet Pride Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071357
  • Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111088152
  • Pet Pride Tasty Blend Poultry & Seafood Cat Food sold in 18 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074580
  • Pet Pride Kitten Formula Food sold in 3.5 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071903
  • Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 22 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074566
  • Old Yeller Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111074563
  • Kroger Value Cat Food sold in 3 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111000018
  • Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 15 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code: 1111071559
  • Kroger Value Chunk Dog Food sold in 50 lb. packages with a sell by date of OCT 23 11 DP and OCT 24 11 DP under the following UPC code:1111000108

Consumers may call Kroger at (800) 632-6900 with comments or questions.

If your dog or cat has become ill or died after consuming tainted pet food, contact an Atlanta injury lawyer at (404) 262-3343 to discuss your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. The Atlanta injury attorneys at Leigh R. Bodner, P.C. offer a free initial consultation regarding your case.

 

New Crash Test Ratings Tough on Toyota

November 22, 2010

Toyota did not fare well when the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the first set of results under its stringent new crash ratings system. The five-star rating system, called the New Car Assessment Program, evaluates the safety of new vehicles in front impact, side impact, and rollover crashes. In its first round of tests, the Toyota Camry received only 3 stars, while similar GMC, Honda, and BMW models all earned 5 stars. The results are bad news for the Japanese auto maker, which has been subject to several recent lawsuits regarding recalled Toyota and Lexus model vehicles. The new crash test ratings may be a red flag for consumers concerned about the safety of Toyota cars, trucks, and SUVs.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident involving a Toyota vehicle, contact Atlanta auto accident lawyer Leigh R. Bodner at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of accident injury cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta auto accident lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

School Buses Are Safe Without Seat Belts, Study Reveals

October 27, 2010

A new study concluded that school buses are safe enough without seat belts. Researchers estimate that equipping school buses with safety belts would work to prevent only one death every eight years. The study was conducted by the University Transportation Center for Alabama at the behest of Alabama Governor Bob Riley after four students were killed in a school bus crash in 2006.

Because the cost of installing seat belts would run $11,000 to $15,000 per school bus, the state of Alabama has determined that they are not a cost-effective solution. Lawmakers say spending the money on increased safety procedures for students while boarding and getting off buses, which is when most deaths occur, would be a better investment. Georgia legislators may still require safety belts on school buses despite the study's findings. The state had put off making a decision regarding seat belts on school buses until the results of the three-year study were released.

If your child has been injured in a school bus accident, contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of auto accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers will not charge a fee unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.

Are 15-Passenger Vans Safe?

October 11, 2010

A deadly October 3 crash that killed four members of a Georgia church group has raised serious concerns about the safety of 15-passenger vans. The crash occurred on U.S. Highway 27 when the tire blew out on a van carrying 17 members of the Tabernacle of Prayer and Deliverance church of Columbus to a revival meeting in Quincy, Florida. The driver lost control of the van which crossed the median and rolled several times before landing in a ditch. Four passengers, including the church's pastor, were killed, and 13 others were injured in the crash. None of the passengers were wearing seat belts.

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, 15-passenger vans are more likely than other passenger vehicles to roll over at high speeds. In fact, they are 50% more likely to be involved in a rollover crash when fully loaded than when empty. The NHTSA offers the following safety tips regarding 15-passenger vans:

  • All occupants should wear their safety belts at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Operators should make an inspection of the tires and check tire pressure before each use.
  • Drivers should be trained, experienced drivers who operate 15-passenger vehicles on a regular basis.
  • Drivers should be well rested and refrain from using cell phones, having conversations with other passengers, and engaging in other distracting activities while operating the vehicle.
  • Drivers should limit the time they are behind the wheel to eight hours in a 24-hour period.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving a 15-passenger van, contact an Atlanta injury lawyer at

(404) 262-3343

to discuss your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. The Atlanta injury attorneys at Leigh R. Bodner, P.C. offer a free initial consultation regarding your case.

New Roller Coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia

September 3, 2010

A new roller coaster is set to open in 2011 at Six Flags Over Georgia, according to a company spokesperson. The coaster, which is set to be named "Dare Devil Dive," will be the first new roller coaster to open at the amusement park since the release of "Goliath" in 2006. Dare Devil Dive is the first "Eurofighter" style coaster, which has a 10-story-high vertical lift, to be introduced at the park. This will be the park's 11th roller coaster ride.

Along with the excitement of a new adventure ride at Six Flags should also come caution. Although most amusement park rides are completely safe, when improperly operated or maintained, these rides can be deadly. In July, a twelve-year-old girl suffered severe injuries after falling more than 40 feet because a ride operator at a Wisconsin Dells theme park "blanked out" and failed to wait for a signal from another operator that a safety net under the ride was secured. The sheer size, weight, and speed of amusement park rides make them inherently dangerous products when a malfunction or operator error occurs.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an amusement park accident, you deserve compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of auto accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Our Atlanta injury lawyers will not charge a fee unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.

Toyota Announces Recall of Another 1 Million Vehicles

August 26, 2010

Toyota announced this week that it is recalling over one million of its 2005-2008 model Corolla sedans and Matrix hatchbacks due to issues with engines stalling while the vehicles are in operation. Corolla and Matrix vehicles equipped with the 1ZZ-FE engine contain a defective engine control module (ECM). Soldering on the ECM may develop cracks which can cause the engine to fail to start or to stall while the vehicle is in motion. To date, at least three accidents are believed to be related to defective ECMs in Toyota Corolla and Matrix models.

This latest recall comes in the wake of a series of Toyota recalls for unintended acceleration and braking problems with several other Toyota models, including the Camry, Prius, and Lexus hybrid. This current recall brings Toyota's total recalled vehicles to over 9 million since last September. Toyota will begin repairing the faulty ECMs on the recalled vehicles in September.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by a defective Toyota vehicle, contact an Atlanta injury lawyer at (404) 262-3343 to discuss your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of personal injury cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. The Atlanta injury attorneys at Leigh R. Bodner, P.C. offer a free initial consultation regarding your Toyota recall case.

1 Dead in South Fulton Motorcycle Crash

July 12, 2010

A 32-year-old Jonesboro man was killed when his motorcycle collided with an SUV on Old National Highway in South Fulton early Sunday morning. Albert Davis was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Grady Memorial Hospital at around 4 a.m. Sunday morning. According to police, the SUV appears to have pulled out ahead of Davis, who was headed northbound near Jolly Road. Davis crashed into the SUV after losing control of the motorcycle upon trying to stop suddenly. No charges have been filed in connection with the accident, but police aren't ruling out the possibility that a third vehicle may have been involved in the crash.

Sadly, when motorcycles are involved in accidents with passenger cars, trucks, and SUVs, the results are often tragic. Motorcycle accident victims often suffer catastrophic injuries that leave them unable to work after the accident. If you have sustained personal injuries in a motorcycle crash, you are most likely facing thousands of dollars in medical debt and household bills that you are unable to pay. You deserve compensation for your injuries.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in a motorcycle accident, contact Atlanta injury lawyer Leigh R. Bodner at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of accident injury cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta injury lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

State Texting Ban Clears Senate

March 23, 2010

The Georgia Senate passed a bill on Thursday that will ban texting while driving throughout the state. The bill is now headed for a vote in the House of Representatives. The bill was drafted in memory of Caleb Sorohan, a college freshman who died last December as a result of texting while driving. The bill would impose a $150 fine to anyone caught texting while operating a motor vehicle.

Texting while driving is more common than you may think. According to a study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, distracted driving is responsible for nearly 80 percent of traffic accidents each year. If you have been injured in an accident caused by a texting driver, you may have suffered serious, debilitating injuries that prevent you from leading the life you lead before the accident.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, contact an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of auto accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers will not charge a fee unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.

Motorist Killed by Flying Tire on I-285

March 5, 2010

A motorist was killed on Interstate 285 Thursday afternoon when a tire flew off a van traveling eastbound near Bouldercrest Road. The victim's Hyundai Sonata was traveling westbound on I-285 when the tire came loose from the van, hurdled over the median, and hit the Hyundai. The driver of the Hyundai was killed. The tire then hit another vehicle, but no one in the second vehicle was injured.

When a driver operates a vehicle that he or she knows to be unsafe, it constitutes negligence. When an unsafe vehicle causes an accident, the driver is liable for compensating other drivers and passengers for any injuries sustained in the accident. If you believe an unsafe vehicle caused your auto accident injuries, you need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Leigh R. Bodner, P.C. are dedicated to getting our clients full compensation for their medical bills, vehicle repairs, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering.

If you have been injured or a loved one has been killed in an accident caused by a negligent driver, contact Atlanta car accident lawyer Leigh R. Bodner at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of accident injury cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta injury lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

U.S. DOT Increases Roof Strength Requirements on Passenger Vehicles

May 15, 2009

In an announcement this month, the Department of Transportation revealed that it is setting tougher roof strength standards for passenger vehicles in the U.S. The new restrictions will require all cars, trucks, and SUVs under 6,000 pounds to have a roof strength that is able to withstand up to 3 times the vehicle’s weight. In addition, previously unregulated heavy vehicles (weighing 6,000 to 10,000 pounds) are now required to have a roof strength that can withstand 1.5 times the vehicle’s weight. These standards will begin to be implemented in September 2012, to be standard on all vehicles by 2017. The announcement was met with acclaim by vehicle safety advocates, who have been demanding stricter roof strength requirements for several years.

It is hoped that these tougher restrictions will help to lower the number of fatalities in rollover accidents. In 2007, rollover accidents were responsible for over 10,000 deaths and another 250,000 injuries in the U.S. Victims involved in rollover accidents often suffer serious or catastrophic injuries that may leave them permanently disabled and unable to return to work after the accident. Mr. Bodner is an Atlanta auto accident attorney with the skills and experience to help rollover accident victims receive full compensation for their injuries.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a rollover accident, contact an experienced Atlanta Accident Lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of auto accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Mr. Bodner works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you owe nothing unless you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

 


If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, contact an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer at (404) 262-3343 for a free consultation regarding your case. Mr. Bodner handles all types of auto accident cases in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Austelle, Chamblee, College Park, Conyers, Decatur, Doraville, Duluth, Dunwoody, East Point, Hapeville, Marietta, Milton, Norcross, Riverdale, Rockdale, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stockbridge, and throughout Gwinett County, Dekalb County, Cobb County, Clayton County, and Fulton County. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers will not charge a fee unless you receive a favorable verdict or settlement in your case.