Clark McGehee at Johnson and Ward in Atlanta specializes in personal injury law, and he is not only seasoned in dealing with victims of trucking accidents but he is also known to take a firm stand against trucking corporations.Did you know? • Several thousand people died in large truck crashes in 2020. • The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 28 percent higher in 2020 than in 2009 The statistics are alarming! Georgia is known for its extremely busy road networks with large commercial trucks transporting produce and other materials across the length and breadth of the country. Given the urgency of their job, truck drivers are made to work long hours and have to adhere to stringent delivery deadlines, so despite their professional training in handling 18-wheelers, disastrous accidents do happen, often proving fatal for people traveling in passenger cars. A collision with a commercial truck can be due to a truck driver’s negligence or road conditions, but no matter the reason, the accident can lead to catastrophic injuries. The victim’s life is changed forever, with huge medical bills piling up quickly. If you have been involved in such an accident or know anyone who has and is dealing with traumatic injuries (both physical and mental), please remember that it is critical to appoint someone who specializes in personal injury law to get you justice and fair compensation. Just like urgent medical care is necessary, a trusted lawyer specializing in trucking accident litigation is equally essential. A qualified attorney like Clark McGehee, who has been standing up against trucking corporations for decades, is YOUR ANSWER. Mr. McGehee specializes in personal injury law and has over 40 years of experience going up against large trucking corporations. He holds a deep understanding of the relevant laws and has the best team who will fight for you and thoroughly investigate your claim. Clark McGehee’s take on trucking accidents Trucking accidents are one of the most fatal types of motor vehicle accidents and, unfortunately, one of the most common in Atlanta. Speeding, driver impairment, blind spots and road conditions are common causes of these crashes, and the aftermath is brutal. In my career, I have seen numerous trucking accidents and have helped many families fight for the justice they deserve. I understand how it may feel to have one’s life turned upside down in a flash. Therefore, I have made it my mission to help these vulnerable victims get fair compensation and justice for themselves and their families. About Clark McGehee Clark McGehee specializes in personal injury/wrongful death civil litigation. With his decades of experience, he can provide his services on a wide array of subjects such as automotive/trucking, aviation, railroad, product liability, medical/professional negligence, highway design, architectural/engineering negligence, and related Plaintiffs’ tort litigation. He has been selected for inclusion in “Georgia Super Lawyers” since 2004 and was chosen by the National Trial Lawyers Organization for inclusion in “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in 2011. To book your free consultation, please call (404)500-7445 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgA car accident can change your life in a split second; one wrong action from a negligent driver can become the cause of significant injury and, in some cases, even death. Often, it is distracted driving which causes automobile accidents. However, many other reasons may lead to fatal car accidents such as speeding, drunk driving, inclement weather, reckless driving etc. No matter the cause, a car accident can lead to severe anxiety and create long-term fear about driving. Atlanta’s leading attorney, Clark McGehee, offers his expertise on how to best respond to a car accident and shares crucial tips: 1. Most importantly, look to see if you’re injured or if any of the passengers involved in the accident have been injured. If yes, call emergency services. 2. Move your vehicle to the side of the road if it is safe to do so and maintain composure. 3. It is advisable to not engage in conversation with anyone in the other car or anyone else involved in the car accident. 4. Take photos of the scene, such as any damages to the vehicle, license plate etc. 5. Call the police and your insurance. Have them file a report on your behalf but refrain from giving too much detail until you speak with your legal counsel. 6. Exchange information with the other driver and contact your legal counsel, Clark McGehee, with Johnson and Ward. It is advisable to contact a personal injury lawyer who will guide you through the process and ensure you receive fair compensation. Moreover, it becomes imperative to hire a personal injury attorney if the circumstances of the accident are not precise and it may not be clear who was at fault. The lawyer will conduct a thorough investigation on your behalf to ensure liability is fairly determined. Clark McGehee is a trial attorney specializing in all aspects of personal injury/wrongful death civil litigation. With his decades of experience, he can provide his services on a wide array of subjects such as automotive/trucking litigation, aviation and railroad litigation, product liability, medical and professional negligence, highway design, architectural and engineering negligence, and related Plaintiffs’ tort litigation. He has been selected for inclusion in “Georgia Super Lawyers” since 2004 and was chosen by the National Trial Lawyers Organization for inclusion in “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” in 2011.
The results of the 2020 Legal Food Frenzy Competition are in and Johnson Ward was recognized as the best new team and small firm category in 2020. Johnson Ward and other participants helped raise over $600,000 dollars or enough food for over 2.6 million means for food insecure families. Accepting the award on behalf of the firm is Ken Shigley and John Adkins. Click the following press release for more details about the competition and other award recipients.
Johnson & Ward is a small, specialized civil litigation boutique which has been a fixture in the Atlanta legal community for over 70 years, being the successor to Phillips & Johnson, founded in 1949. The firm’s practice over the ensuing five decades has focused primarily on civil litigation and general corporate services. Johnson & Ward is listed in AVVO, the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and has been AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for decades. Most of the firm’s clients are referred by other lawyers or former clients.
Imagine you are driving along your normal route that you take every day. Passing the same stop signs and red lights as you do every day. As you accelerate through the green light, BOOM, you are hit by a truck traveling full speed. The truck slammed into the driver’s side knocking you unconscious. Air bags are deployed, but your head is slammed against metal and glass shards are covering your face and arms. Your legs are crushed from the impact. A few moments later you awake to the loud sound of your cars horn ringing in your ears, red and blue lights flashing, and people yelling.
The next day you wake up in the hospital; your legs are crushed, you have a concussion, and the Doctors are talking about surgery and long-term injuries. By now, the police have made their reports, the insurance companies have been notified, and you are stuck in the hospital facing an uncertain future. What do you do now?
7 things to remember if you’ve been injured in a wreck!
1st: Call John W. Adkins personal injury attorney at 404-524-5626. He will give you a plan and peace of mind.
2nd: Start gathering your records of what happened and your side of the story. Never admit fault or say I’m sorry to anyone involved or around the accident scene.
3rd: Do not give a statement or tell your story to an insurance claims adjuster, ESPECIALLY if you taking medication, tired, or not feeling well.
4th: Organize your Paperwork! You will need the following:
1) Your record of the events and police report
2) Your medical records
3) The different doctors and offices you visited
4) Copies/invoices of all out of pocket expenses
5) This includes parking, gas mileage, etc.
6) Keep notes of your correspondence with the insurance company.
5th: Medical Treatment is essential to your case. Follow up and visit a specialist for each injury that you have. Try to find out if your doctor is going to recommend surgery because this will impact the value of your case.
6th: REMEMBER the Statute of Limitations! Regarding personal injury cases, the Statute of Limitations in Georgia is TWO YEARS from the date of your injury. That means you have two years from the date of your injury to settle your claim or file a lawsuit or you lose your chance to make a recovery.
7th: Protect the Evidence! Maintain a list of the witnesses from the accident scene. Maintain pictures of the scene and of your vehicle. Keep a list of all statements made from the wreck; the statements in the police report and those not in the police report.
The two most important things to do and remember from the seven items listed above are to remember the Statute of Limitations and to seek medical treatment for your injuries immediately after the wreck. The Statute of Limitations is important because if you fail to bring an action before it expires, you won’t have a case or any redress for your injuries that you have suffered if you wait too long to file a lawsuit. Calling the attorney John W. Adkins and his team immediately after your accident will save you from the grief of missing any important deadlines and ensure that proper steps are being taken to protect you and your family. Our experienced Attorneys will guide you through the process and protect your rights to make sure that a deadline is not missed. After your accident, immediately call John W. Adkins and his team of attorneys, so that we can help you navigate the court system and protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.
The second most important item from the list above is getting the medical treatment for your injuries immediately after the wreck. In Georgia, injured parties have the burden of proof, which means they must be able to prove that they suffered a physical harm as a result of the other party’s negligence. Visiting a specialist for each injury is very important and necessary for you as the victim of a wreck. If the Doctor recommends a procedure or that you follow up with physical therapy, then it is of the utmost importance that you listen to the Doctor and follow their advice regarding your treatment as soon as possible. We understand that taking time off from work is hard to do, but if you don’t address the injuries right away, your injuries can get worse and lead to more severe physical problems in the future that may take many years to resolve. By following the Doctor’s orders and aggressively treating your injuries, you will be in a much better negotiating position when dealing with the automobile insurance company. Pain and suffering should be included in your compensation demands with the automobile insurance companies, and the amount that you demand will depend on the severity of your injuries and the limitations that your injuries put on your life. Your spouse may also have a loss of consortium claim against the negligent other driver, so make sure to tell your attorney if you are married.