Tag: Transportation Accidents

Undocumented Couple Injured in Hit and Run Receive $1.13M Deal

The hit and run accident involving a street sweeper and two undocumented immigrants posed a quite a challenge for Decatur lawyer, Jeremy Citron. His clients, Ramon Medrano-Ortega and Estella Carillo, won a $1.25 million settlement thanks to his decision to avoid a messy lawsuit.

Because his clients did not have health insurance, it was essential that they obtained compensation for the medical treatment they needed. He also feared a lawsuit may delay their ability to recover lost wages due to their undocumented status.

According to the Gwinnett County Police report, the married couple was driving to church when a commercial street sweeping truck rear-ended their SUV on May 6, 2012. The impact forced Medrano to swerve into a concrete barrier, causing the SUV to flip. The vehicle came to rest on Dawson Boulevard, which runs parallel to I-85 in Norcross.

The driver of the street sweeper, Gregory Jeffery, fled the scene. Police found his converted truck 5 miles away. It had been abandoned at the bottom of an entry ramp to US 78, west of Mountain Industrial Boulevard in DeKalb County.

As a result of the accident, Medrano suffered significant back injuries and had to undergo two surgeries. Carillo, the passenger, suffered a head injury and herniated discs in her lower back.

Trucking Accident Cases at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLC

Within seconds, a collision with a truck can result in serious injury, property damage, and immeasurable trauma. Due to insurance issues, trucking accidents can quickly become complex. Although the insurance company of the party at fault is required to pay damages, you may not receive the compensation you need with their first offer –that’s why you need an experience trucking accident attorney on your side.

At Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, we have the knowledge and experience you need to win your case and obtain the compensation you deserve. Call (404) 445-1411 to schedule your free consultation today. You pay no attorney’s fees unless we obtain a fair settlement or win a jury award on your behalf.

Types of Public Transportation Accidents in Atlanta

Atlanta has over 6 million people within its borders. Every day, whether for work or leisure, a large percentage of the population commutes using public transit or transportation services such as the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA. MARTA consists of railways with 38 train stations as well as a network of bus lines.

However, in addition to subways and buses, public transportation also encapsulates a number of other modes of transport such as:

  • Taxis
  • Escalators
  • Limousines
  • Trolleys
  • Airport shuttles
  • Rideshares, like Uber and Lyft

Legal Duties of Public Transport Companies

Most businesses or companies licensed to operate as public transportation are heavily regulated and monitored by state and federal laws so that injuries or any harm to passengers can be avoided.

For instance, the carrier must make sure exits are kept clear, security is available when necessary, vehicles are maintained, there is no speeding, and that only qualified people are hired to operate and drive the vehicles. Unfortunately, not all of these rules are followed sometimes, resulting in public transportation accidents or injury.

Many insurance companies working for public transportation services will rush to settle out of court to avoid additional publicity and legal fees. That is why it is important to always consult an experienced, knowledgeable attorney before you agree to a settlement offered by a public transport agency or company.

Contact Us for More Information on Public Transportation Accidents

Don’t settle for less, receive the compensation you deserve. Public transportation services and companies should be held liable for any accidents they cause. Contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP so that you can receive optimum litigation and any possible compensation for loss of wages, medical bills, pain and suffering.

Contact our office by phone at 404-445-1411 or by using our online contact form. Your consultation is free and you pay nothing unless there is successful conclusion or settlement of the case.

Tuna Truck Catches Fire on I-75 in Clayton County

The holiday weekend has begun, and that means an increase in traffic on Atlanta highways. But holiday travelers and spring breakers headed toward Florida faced a unique delay this Friday morning: a truckload of tuna caught fire on I-75 in Clayton County.

The southbound truck, which was hauling 40,000 pounds of canned tuna, caught fire around 6 a.m. near Forest Parkway, the AJC reports. Authorities blocked all but one southbound lane of I-75 for over an hour, jamming traffic beyond I-285. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Trucking Accident Cases at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

Although the insurance company of the party at fault is required to pay damages, the first offer is usually not the best offer. At Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, we have years of experience fighting cases like these and know how to get you the compensation you deserve. Before accepting any offer, give us a call. We’re Atlanta’s veteran trucking trucking accident attorneys who are not intimidated by complex cases or a team of corporate lawyers.

If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, call (404) 445-1411 to schedule your free consultation today. You pay no attorney’s fees unless we obtain a fair settlement or win a jury award on your behalf.

Trucking Company Ordered off the Road After Fatal Accident

Federal investigators looking into a trucking accident that killed one Illinois toll worker and seriously injured a state trooper discovered a company history of regulation violations and record falsification. Investigators have called the trucking company, DND International, an €œimminent hazard to public safety’€. As a result, DND International trucks have been ordered off the road pending a complete investigation.

The fatal accident that spurred this investigation took place on January 27, 2014. Illinois toll worker Vincenzo Petrella pulled over with State Police Trooper Douglas J. Balder to help a disabled tractor trailer truck. While assisting with repairs, DND International driver, Renato Velasquez veered off the highway and crashed into the disabled truck.

The Petrella family is currently pursing law suits against DND International, and the driver, Renato Velasquez for negligence. According to state prosecutors, Velasquez slept only 3 ½ hours during his 37-½ hour shift. Investigators have since revealed a company history of trucking violations and €˜serious falsification’€™ in diver log books.

Legally, truck driver shifts can only last 14 hours, with a maximum of 11 hours driving. Drivers are then required to take a 10-hour break between shifts to prevent fatigue. When trucking regulations about shift length are not followed, there is a higher possibility that drowsy truck drivers are behind the wheel.

Trucking Accidents at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

At Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, our legal team understands the intricate regulations that govern tractor trailer trucking in the United States. Our experienced lawyers know where to look for answers after atrucking accident. We know that tractor trailer accidents can cause serious injuries and large scale property damage. Our team helps people affected by tractor trailer accidents find justice.

If you, or someone you love, was involved in a trucking accident, contact Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP for support. We will work with you to investigate the truck driver and the trucking company to find real resultsafter your accident.

Truck Driver Charged in Wreck that Shut Down I-85 North

Truck driver Terry Curry, a 47-year-old native of Waxhaw, North Carolina, was charged with reckless driving after a catastrophic accident that occurred on December 26, 2013. Curry, who allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, is recovering in a nearby hospital.

According to the Virginia State Police, Curry violently swerved to the left at about 3:30 AM, and quickly overcorrected, at which point he lost control of the tractor trailer and hit the guardrail on the highway. Although no one was killed, the northbound lanes of I-85 were shut down from 10:30 AM to 1:15 PM as clean-up crews worked to remove the debris from the roadway.

Although truckers and trucking companies alike are outraged by the new rules enacted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in July 2013, this accident (among others) seems to affirm their necessity. The new provisions, which are currently under fire by representatives of the trucking industry, mandate that commercial vehicle drivers must take a ½ hour break during the first eight hours on the road. These laws also force truck drivers to take at least one €œrestart’€’€”a 34 hour off-duty period, once per week in order to catch up on much needed rest.

Big accidents, like the one in Petersburg, Virginia, are often the result of fatigued driving’€”something that the regulations enacted by the FMCSA are designed to eliminate.

Trucking Accident Law at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

 The expert trucking attorneys of Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP are committed to helping you and your loved ones gain the compensation you deserve. During your initial consultation, our attorneys will listen to your case and determine the legal options available to you. If we take your trucking accident case, our lawyers will use their extensive experience and resources to investigate the accident and build a solid case.

Below are just a few of the case results achieved by the attorneys of Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP:

  • $600,000 €“ Orthopedic Injuries incurred by an Auto Accident
  • $495,000 €“ Brain Injury caused by a Commercial Vehicle Accident

Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Accident Was Partially Blind

The families of the victims of a July trucking accident that occurred in Channahon, IL are calling for a federal inquiry into exemptions that allowed the truck driver in the accident, Francisco Espinal-Quiroz, to maintain his license, despite the fact that he is partially blind.

According to current policy, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) makes exemptions for drivers with physical or medical issues if they can pass certain medical tests and demonstrate a safe driving record of at least three years. This exemption must be renewed every two years, and Espinal-Quiroz had just had his license renewed for the fourth time on July 20th‘€”one day before the fatal accident.

Since it has come to light that the FMCSA was aware of Espinal-Quiroz’€™s impairment, there has been an outcry from not only the victims’€™ families, but also the general public. It is common knowledge that people with monocular vision, or vision in only one eye, have decreased depth perception and peripheral vision, both of which are key in operating a motor vehicle’€”especially large trucks and semis.

The July 21st chain-reaction crash resulted in the deaths of five people. Espinal-Quiroz has been charged with 15 counts of reckless homicide as a result of the crash.

Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, Trucking Accident Lawyers

The expert legal team at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP understands the complex laws and regulations involved in the trucking industry, and are highly experienced in trucking accident and personal injury law.

With over 70 years of combined legal experience, trucking accident attorneys Nicholas C. Moraitakis andGlenn E. Kushel work tirelessly to help their clients seek justice and proper compensation. If you would like to meet with our legal experts to discuss a potential case, call (404) 261-0061 or toll free at 1(800) 688-2357 to schedule a free consultation in our Atlanta area office.

Truck Accident Lawyer in Atlanta

Life changes the instant a major accident occurs. If you or a family member has been involved in a collision with a truck, you need a skilled truck accident lawyer in Atlanta. Our expert truck accident trial lawyers, Nicholas Moraitakis and Glenn Kushel, have the extensive knowledge and expertise necessary to get you the just compensation you and your family deserve.

Choose a Truck Accident Lawyer with Proven Results

As the leading Georgia serious injury law firm, Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP will represent your best interests in the complicated practice area of trucking accidents. Our firm is built on our reputation and results, and we are proud U.S. News and Best Lawyers chose us as one of the best law firms this year. You can feel confident in your choice of a truck accident lawyer in Atlanta with our firm.

In consideration of your case, we can help you with the numerous issues that will come up in litigation during a truck accident case, including:

  • Potential negligence on the part of the truck driver
  • Proof for compensation
  • Legal issues surrounding medical care
  • Legal ramifications if you are no longer able to work

We are not intimidated by corporate lawyers for the big trucking companies, and are determined to pursue your legal rights when you or a family member has been in a terrible accident. In this difficult time, we have the compassion and confidence you need to be your truck accident lawyer in Atlanta.

Call Today for an Atlanta Truck Accident Lawyer

Call today or visit us online for a free consultation. Contact us at 1-800-688-2357, or our local Atlanta number 404-445-1411. If you are looking for a truck accident lawyer in Atlanta who has tried and won numerous cases in tractor-trailer accidents, call today.

Tractor Trailer Accident Lawyer in Atlanta

Tractor trailer accidents are common, especially in Georgia. If you’€™ve been injured in a tractor trailer accident and suffered catastrophic injuries, then you need a tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta you can trust. Nicholas Moraitakis and Glenn Kushel, of Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP, have over 70 years of combined experience trying tractor trailer injury cases, giving you the edge you need to win your case.

Rated in publications like Georgia SuperLawyers and U.S. News and World Report‘€™s Best Lawyers,Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP has tried and won numerous cases involving tractor trailer accidents.

Let Our Expert Accident Lawyers Try Your Case

Although the insurance company at fault is required to pay for damages, you may not receive the compensation you need from their first offer. An experienced tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta knows how to negotiate with the insurance companies to ensure you get the settlement you deserve.

During your consultation with a tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta, we will go over many questions in regards to your case, including:

  • Were you hurt because of the driver’€™s negligence?
  • Can you prove the accident was the driver’€™s fault?
  • Do you have enough evidence to obtain fair compensation?
  • And many other questions

Your tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta will give you an honest assessment before taking on your case. If we decide to take your case, rest assured that we will explore every avenue to fight for maximum compensation.

Reach Out to Moraitakis & Kushel for Legal Help

Call (404) 445-1411 or contact us online to speak with a tractor trailer accident lawyer in Atlanta today.

Tips for Safe Driving in the Rain

Traffic isn’t simple. In Atlanta alone, there are millions of cars on the road, multiple lanes, speed limits, road signs, and every car is full of people trying to get where they’re going quickly and safely. Add rainy or inclement weather to the mix, and suddenly things get a whole lot more complicated. With low visibility and slick roads, driving in the rain can often lead to serious car accidents.

Follow these tips from the leading auto accident lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP to help ensure you have a safe journey the next time you drive in the rain:

How to Drive Safely in the Rain

Whether it’s drizzling, or you’re stuck in a torrential downpour, the following safe driving tips can keep you from having an accident on those slick and rainy days:

Slow Down!

While you may have a very important meeting or appointment to get to, slowing down in the rain can be the difference between arriving a few minutes late and finding yourself in a severe accident. To stay safe while driving in the rain, stay safely below the speed limit, and let speedier drivers pass you.

Stick To the Middle Lane.

Roads are designed to be highest in the middle lanes and lower on the outer lanes so that water can siphon naturally. Staying in the middle lane can keep you out of pools of deep water.

Maintain Proper Distance (Plus Some).

Ease up on other cars and keep a safe distance. Those few extra yards between you and the car in front can help keep you out of an auto accident in rainy conditions.

Use Your Headlights.

Headlights aren’t just for visibility’s sake. They’re also meant to alert other drivers to your presence. In low visibility conditions, headlights and taillights might be the only thing others can see of your vehicle.

Don’t Drive Through Moving Water.

If you can’t see the road through moving water or a large stationary puddle, go around it. If you try to drive through a puddle of unknown depths, your car might get stuck, and your engine might be flooded. Puddles can also conceal potholes, nails and glass, which can damage your tires.

Don’t Slam on the Brakes.

The best way to slow down in rain is to take your foot off the accelerator. If you have to make a full stop, lightly increase braking until you come to a complete stop. Slamming on your brakes can cause your wheels to lock and make your vehicle hydroplane.

Turn off Cruise Control.

While helpful during long drives, cruise control is counterproductive in rainy conditions. If your vehicle hydroplanes in wet conditions, it may actually accelerate.

Drive Smart.

This may seem obvious, but driving can become second-nature, especially on your daily commute. Stay alert, and if conditions become too hazardous or your visibility is extremely low, pull over, put your flashers on, and wait for the worst to pass.

Five Things to Do Before Driving in the Rain

An important part of staying safe in the rain is the preparation done before the rain ever comes. To make sure you’re as safe as possible in wet conditions, consider these car maintenance tips:

• Wipers. Make sure your wipers can easily wipe away rain or dirt without leaving streaks behind, which decrease visibility.
• Headlights. Check your headlights and replace any burned out bulbs. Cleaning your headlights regularly can also help increase visibility.
• Taillights. Your taillights are extremely important for others to see you during low-visibility weather conditions. Replace old bulbs and clean them regularly.
• Brakes. Your brakes need TLC from time to time. Make sure they brake easily, with short stopping distances.
• Tires. Bald tires do nothing to help provide traction while driving on slick roads. Check your tires to make sure they still have significant tread. If they don’t, replace them and have the auto shop rotate your tires.

Contact Moraitakis & Kushel: Top Atlanta Auto Accident Attorneys

If you’ve been injured in a car accident during rainy conditions, or due to the negligence of another driver, contact the auto accident lawyers at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP. They’ll work hard to make sure you receive justice for your injuries and property damage.

Contact Moraitakis & Kushel at 800-688-2357 or online to schedule a consultation with our expert team.

Takata Airbag Victims Suffer Extensive Injuries

The wounds found on Hien Thi Tran’s body after she was injured in a minor car accident in Orlando in 2014 seemed to point clearly to a stabbing. After the accident, Tran was transported to a nearby hospital and police produced a “person of interest” as they continued with their investigation. They soon shockingly discovered that the wounds were not caused by a stabbing, but by the airbag, the car’s intended safety device. Tran died three days later in the hospital with fragments of metal and plastic.

A year earlier in California, Hai Ming Xu, was believed to have been shot to death, because of the extreme facial wounds sustained in a minor traffic accident when his 2002 Acura TL hit the wall of a building in a parking lot. The airbags that allegedly killed both drivers were manufactured by Takata and are believed to have exploded with such force that they sent shrapnel flying into the car’s drivers. Two other fatalities tied to the airbags, also in Honda cars, were found in court records and police reports in 2009.

The Center for Auto Safety lists nine other people that sustained serious injuries. Two of the victims suffered from permanent damage to their sight due to flying shrapnel. One driver, Kristy Williams, had a piece of shrapnel tear her carotid artery. She was able to slow the bleeding by applying pressure to the wound, but has since suffered several strokes and a traumatic brain injury.

Honda extended sympathies to the victims and their families and Takata executives apologized for the harmful defects. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recalled 8 million of the airbags manufactured by 10 different automakers, and may expand the recall nationwide.

Personal Injury Law at Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP

At Moraitakis & Kushel, LLP we have years of experience in personal injury litigation and are proud to offer you a free consultation for your personal injury case. We listen to you, present all of the available legal options for your case, and provide you an honest assessment of whether or not you have a solid claim that we can pursue.

If we determine that you have a viable personal injury claim, we will work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay us no money unless we can win your case and secure a judgment or settlement on your behalf.

Call us toll-free at 1-800-688-2357, or locally at 404-445-1411 today for your free consultation with our expert attorneys. Let us get you and your loved ones the compensation that you deserve for your pain and suffering.