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Georgia cracks down on boating under the influence

Georgia cracks down on boating under the influence
Every summer thousands of metro Atlanta residents take to the surrounding lakes in boats. And every summer we see fresh cases of boating accidents, often collisions between watercraft in which someone is drinking alcohol, often at night, killing or injuring people involved. Boating under the influence is a … Continue Reading

The learning curve of a bar president

In the past 10 days this plaintiffs’ trial lawyer, in the capacity of State Bar of Georgia president, has co-presided over a joint meeting of the State Bar Executive Committee and the Georgia Supreme Court, had a joint press conference with the Attorney General of Georgia and spoke at a lunch meeting that included general … Continue Reading

Trial preparation – field investigation

As president of the State Bar of Georgia, I often have occasion to speak at events that extend beyond my own personal injury, wrongful death and commercial trucking law practice. The following is excerpted from my presentation — “Trial Preparation: 30 tips in 30 Minutes” – at the Georgia Law of … Continue Reading

When drunk bought 12 pack, then killed 6, convenience store accountable under Georgia dram shop law

The Georgia Supreme Court issued a landmark decision today, in FLORES et al. v. EXPREZIT! STORES, holding that a convenience store that sold a 12 pack of beer to a visibly intoxicated customer could be accountable for the injuries and deaths that resulted.
The Georgia dram shop statute, OCGA § 51-1-40, provides:
(a) The General Assembly finds … Continue Reading

Should all convicted drunk drivers be required to pay for ignition interlocks as condition of probation?

Should all convicted drunk drivers be required to use an ignition interlock device at their expense as a condition of probation?
Ignition interlocks, or in-car breathalyzers, are devices that can be installed in vehicles to prevent people who have consumed alcohol from driving. They are most often installed after a driver has … Continue Reading

DUI in BMW kills woman in Atlanta, freed on bond

On September 4th in Atlanta, Angel Rivers, 21, was ejected and killed in a fiery crash when the Chrysler in which she was an occupant was rear-ended by a drunk driver.  Witnesses saw Donis Hodges recklessly driving a 2006 BMW M6 just before he crashed into the Chrysler near Hamilton E. Holmes Drive.
Charges  against Hodges … Continue Reading

Victims of drunk driving can seek justice in civil lawsuits

Drunk drivers may be held financially accountable for injury or wrongful death.
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Gwinnett mom killed by drunk speeding through neighborhood

This news story brings out the old prosecutor in me.
Sunday evening in Gwinnett County, a young mom walked out to the street to tell a driver who had repeatedly sped through her neighborhood to slow down.
But the allegedly drunk driver ran off the road and hit her, crushing her between the front of his truck … Continue Reading

MADD proposes ignition interlocks for all drunk drivers

As an Atlanta personal injury trial lawyer, I have been pleased to sponsor the Mothers Against Drunk Driving of Georgia web site.  (See the extremely small print with no hyperlink at the very bottom of the home page.)
Now MADD is proposing legislation to require DUI offenders to have ignition interlock devices — an electronic gadget … Continue Reading

$25 million settlement for NJ girl paralyzed by drunk football fan

As a personal injury trial lawyer in Georgia, I have often told clients that they do not want what goes with the kind of case that makes headlines. It is better to have good health than a multi-million dollar injury case.
A recent New Jersey case is a good illustration of that.
In 1999, an Aramark concession employee … Continue Reading