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Multi-Million Dollar Verdict in Georgia Wrongful Death Suit

Posted on: July 21st, 2017 by James Haug

Train TresselWhile working on the movie “Midnight Rider,” a young woman lost her life. Her parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit and were recently awarded $11.2 million. Several parties were named as defendants in the case, and all will share in paying the damages.

According to reports, the young woman was part of a film crew working on a train trestle just outside Jesup. The crew, it was revealed, did not have permission from the train company to film on that section of track. The woman was killed when a train came down the track, striking her and other members of the crew. Six other people were injured.

As a result of the accident, the director of the film was charged with criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter. He was ultimately sentenced to incarceration followed by probation. He served part of his time and was released from custody in March 2016. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.

While the woman’s parents were pleased with the verdict, they did release a statement calling the accident a tragedy. They said that the train company has several issues that need to be corrected according to evidence presented. This verdict follows on the heels of another on-set accident in which a stuntman for the show “The Walking Dead” was killed.

If a loved one has been killed in an accident in Atlanta and someone else was at fault, you may be legally eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Reach out to our office and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.

Car Crash Victim Walks Out of Hospital and Vanishes

Posted on: July 14th, 2017 by James Haug

Double Yellow Lines That Vanish Into Distance as They Converge on Empty RoadA family is looking for a loved one who was involved in a crash, not because he was lost on scene, but because he walked out of the hospital and vanished. The accident happened on July 6 and the man broke his leg. He was transported to the hospital by ambulance with non-fatal injuries.

The man was a passenger in the vehicle, and the driver fled the scene on foot. Family members say that the man often gets confused and is on several prescription medications. The man lost his wife several years ago and sometimes walks trying to find her. His family also describes him as stubborn but as having a good heart.

The family has reported him missing and has checked local hospitals. The Atlanta Medical Center told the family the man refused treatment for a broken leg and head injury and checked out the morning following the accident. Family members say that despite momentary episodes of confusion, the man does not suffer with any mental conditions and typically calls home when he wanders off.

The man is Caucasian with long gray hair and a beard and mustache. He has a blue right eye and is missing his left eye. He is 6-feet tall and weighs under 200 pounds. The last time anyone saw him, he was wearing a red shirt and red shorts. If anyone believes they have seen the man, they are asked to call 911.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Atlanta, reach out to our team of experienced attorneys. Call today to schedule your free case evaluation.

Missed Cancer Diagnosis Lands Doctors in Court

Posted on: July 7th, 2017 by everspark

CT ScanSeveral Georgia doctors stand accused of failing to diagnose a patient with cancer in time to save his life. The patient died from cancer-related complications in 2015, just three years after finally receiving a diagnosis. By the time the cancer was detected, it had spread through his body. The medical professionals named in the lawsuit claim that they acted appropriately given the results of initial testing.

The man’s mother is the executor of his estate, and she filed a claim against a urologist and a radiologist, claiming that they failed to diagnose the man properly. If the doctors had detected the cancer and scheduled the man for appropriate tests and treatments, he may not have lost his life, according to the plaintiff.

In their defense, the doctors claim that the treatment the man received in 2009 was appropriate. The scan the man received showed a kidney stone and he was treated for the same. Imaging showed, at that time, that cysts the man had were benign. It is expected that the trial for medical malpractice will conclude in two weeks’ time.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a missed or delayed diagnosis in Atlanta, you have rights. Your health should not suffer due to a medical professional’s negligence or error. Call our office today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys. We will review the details of your case and help you determine whether or not you have the elements necessary for a successful personal injury lawsuit.

Teen Faces Charges in Hit-and-Run Case

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by everspark

Level asphalted road with a dividing stripes and pedestrian crossingA teenager in Georgia has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, hit and run and failure to report an accident. The charges stem from a June 19 accident that took the life of a pedestrian.

According to reports, a young woman and a friend were walking on SR 81 in McDonough. The friend crossed the street safely. As the teenager followed behind her friend, she was struck by a vehicle in the westbound lane. The driver of the vehicle did not stop and the teenager died of her injuries.

The 19-year-old driver responsible for the accident was arrested on June 21 without incident. His identification was determined through an investigation that included video footage of the incident taken from a camera at a nearby business. The suspect’s vehicle lost pieces that were found at the scene. A repair shop identified the pieces as belonging to a Honda Fit. Officers discovered that there were 200 owners of that type of vehicle living in the local area and went to owner’s homes.

Friends of the teen came together last week to hold a vigil. Friends and softball teammates remembered her as a good leader and a sister. Her coach described the girl’s passing as akin to losing a family member.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Atlanta or have lost a loved one in a car accident, you may have the right to collect compensation. Call our office today to determine what you may be entitled to under law. We will review the details of the accident at no cost to you and help you in making the best decisions for your unique situation.

Prison Doctor’s Malpractice Affects Victims Years Later

Posted on: June 23rd, 2017 by everspark

Disabled Injured Person With Sprained or Broken Ankle or Foot Sits Inside With Crutches Looking Outside the Sliding Glass Door Window on a Sunny DayIt has been close to two years since a doctor has worked in the state’s prison system, but he is still being found responsible for deaths of women who had been in his care. The latest victim died in April as a result of complications from diabetes.

Before her death, the woman’s right leg was amputated below the knee. The amputation was the end result of having suffered a cut on her foot that would not heal and was not cared for properly by the prison doctor. An attorney for the woman was going to file for medical malpractice against the state. The case will now be on behalf of the woman’s mother and will be listed as wrongful death.

An investigation into the same doctor that failed to treat the latest victim was conducted in 2015. During that investigation, it was found that nine women died under the doctor’s care. The doctor was suspended and then terminated as a result of that investigation. Another woman died after the conclusion of that investigation. And most recently, the woman in this story passed away.

Despite investigations showing that women had either fallen ill or died under the doctor’s care, he could not be penalized or sanctioned by the state’s medical board as his license had expired in January. This loophole has allowed the doctor to “get away” with what many consider to be a gross negligence in care.

Any person who has been misdiagnosed or a victim of medical negligence in Atlanta has legal rights. Reach out to our law firm today and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation. We will discuss your incident with you and advise you of your legal options. You may have the right to compensation for medical bills and more.

Time Served: NFL Player Signs with Falcons

Posted on: June 13th, 2017 by everspark

Twenty Yard Line on American Football Field with Hash MarksIn 2016, free agent Derrick Coleman was charged with felony hit-and-run and vehicular assault. Although he was not officially playing with a team, the NFL suspended him for four games. He also faced punishment from a judge. This year, Coleman has signed with the Atlanta Falcons and will be taking the field for the offense.

Police say that Coleman was driving through suburban Seattle last year at a high rate of speed. He struck a vehicle in the rear and caused that vehicle to flip off the road. The vehicle landed at the bottom of a hill, and the driver suffered a broken collarbone. Coleman fled the scene on foot.

Police officers located Coleman three blocks away from the crash. He told officers that he had smoked a synthetic form of cannabis prior to the accident, but a blood test did not reveal drugs in his system. He also passed a series of field sobriety tests. Coleman pled guilty to the hit-and-run and vehicular assault, and his felonies were reduced to misdemeanors.

As a result of the guilty plea, Coleman was sentenced to 240 hours of community service. He was also sentenced to a year of supervised probation. Coleman completed the sentence and has recently been signed by the Atlanta Falcons. He will take to the field this coming season, showing people exactly what he is capable of.

Coleman was better known prior to the hit-and-run for being the first NFL player who could not hear. Coleman lost his hearing at the age of three and wears double hearing aids. He also reads lips. No one expects that to hold Coleman back — he has lived his life to the fullest, overcoming what many would consider an insurmountable obstacle, given his profession.

If you have been injured in a hit-and-run, you have legal rights. Call our personal injury attorneys in Atlanta for assistance in determining the type and amount of compensation you may be entitled to.

Heavy Rain and Old Trees Don’t Mix

Posted on: June 6th, 2017 by everspark

Uprooted tree fell on a house after a serious storm came throughFew people expect to walk past a tree and be injured. After all, trees have deep roots and rarely topple. Unfortunately, trees can be taken off of their foundations faster than people believe. When they fall over, they can cause extreme injury if an unsuspecting pedestrian happens to be walking by. Head and brain injury, broken bones and even, in extreme cases, death can occur when a person is struck by a falling tree.

According to a news report, half of the state was in a drought at the beginning of 2017. At this point in the year, no area of the state remains in drought. While soil that is too dry doesn’t give tree roots much to cling to, no one is at danger from trees coming down because of the drought. That won’t happen for a couple of years. What citizens of Georgia are in danger of are trees toppling over because of too much rain.

Arborist Christy Bryant, an employee of Gunnison Tree Service, points out that the problems are several: Extra weight of ivy, top heavy trees and shallow root systems all pose a risk. When you add heavy rains to the mix and too-wet soil, it’s a perfect storm. Trees can fall over and cause not only injury, but tremendous property damage.

Bryant suggests looking at the trees that surround your home. Remove ivy, look for mushrooms around the roots and prune back dead and heavy branches. When you take care of your trees, you are less likely to see one falling over due to the heavy rains that Georgia has experienced.

If you have been injured by a falling tree in Atlanta, you may be legally entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more. Reach out to our team of personal injury lawyers today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation.

Nursing Assistant Arrested for Elder Abuse

Posted on: May 26th, 2017 by James Haug

Photo of professional healthcare and support at nursing homeA man was arrested in May after being accused of intentionally breaking a woman’s leg in a health facility. The woman was 98 years old at the time and had to undergo surgery to repair the injury. That woman did not make it through the surgery.

According to a report of the incident, another staff member noticed that the woman’s leg was swollen and alerted a supervisor. The man in question was spoken with and supervisors found that his story did not match the injuries. The man then said that he had gone into the woman’s room to ready her for breakfast. The woman, according to the accused, became combative, kicking at him. The man said that he held her legs to avoid being struck and heard a crack.

The man told his supervisors that he did not tell the truth the first time because he did not want to get into trouble. The man’s supervisor called authorities. Law enforcement conducted their own investigation and ultimately arrested the nursing assistant. The man was charged with intimidation of an elderly person and aggravated battery and exploitation.

During the investigation, police discovered that the same man had been arrested in 2016 for battery against a patient while employed at another facility. It is unknown why those charges were not pursued.

If a loved one has been the victim of abuse at an assisted living facility or nursing home, you are understandably upset. Call our team of nursing home abuse attorneys for a consultation. We will advise you of the legal rights your family possesses and how to make sure those rights are protected.

Woman Bit by Donkey Suing for Medical Malpractice

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by everspark

young donkey at the alps, bavariaA woman who was attacked by a donkey in November 2015 is suing a hospital for medical malpractice. The victim of the animal has settled with the farm she was visiting at the time of the attack for an undisclosed amount.

According to reports, the elderly woman was visiting a farm with permission. She was feeding the donkey on the North Georgia property when it bit down on her arm and dragged her into its enclosure. The donkey continued to bite the woman’s arm, chewing and “crunching.” The woman had been visiting and feeding the donkey for five years prior without incident.

After the attack, the woman was taken to a hospital. The woman developed a flesh-eating bacteria while at the hospital and required more than 10 surgeries in 60 days. She has had one leg and one arm amputated. According to an attorney for the woman, the hospital failed to notice that the woman had developed the bacteria until it was almost too late to do anything for her.

The woman has since had to move in with family. The fate of the donkey is not known, but the woman’s attorney reported that it no longer lives at the farm.

If you believe that you have been misdiagnosed or that a medical professional failed to diagnose a condition in a timely manner, you may have a legal right to compensation for your injuries. Reach out to our team of experienced attorneys for assistance. We will review your incident and advise you if you have the elements necessary for a successful medical malpractice case.

Carjackers Cause Wreck in Atlanta

Posted on: May 18th, 2017 by James Haug

Cropped image of woman putting shopping bags inside trunk of her blue carFleeing from the police is never a good idea. Not only does it typically end up causing additional charges to be filed, but it poses the risk of causing an accident and injury to innocent people. This is exactly what happened on the streets of Atlanta recently.

According to reports released by the police department, a woman reported that she was unloading groceries from her car after a shopping trip. Four or five men approached her driveway and took her vehicle. There were no injuries reported in the initial incident. The suspects fled the scene in the stolen car.

As the men were driving, they struck another vehicle. Five men fled from the car, and police were able to catch one. Officers searched for a second person, using tracking dogs in an attempt to apprehend him. They were unsuccessful in locating the man. Police searched the car and found two firearms.

The one man who was apprehended was arrested and charged with hijacking a motor vehicle, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony. Police are asking that anyone with information regarding the incident contact the Atlanta Police Department.

If you have been involved in a car accident in Atlanta that was caused during the commission of a crime, you have rights. Reach out to our team of experienced car accident attorneys to discuss your case. We will talk to you about the laws that are applicable to your situation and help you determine whether you have the elements necessary for a successful personal injury lawsuit.

Georgia Woman Suffers Burns Due to Medication Error

Posted on: May 10th, 2017 by James Haug

Medicine doctor hand giving prescription list to patient closeupA woman in Georgia suffered terrible injury as the result of a medication error. The woman is so unrecognizable today that she feels like she has lost someone she used to know. At only 26, the woman is recovering from a medication error that caused her skin to burn from the inside out.

The woman visited a doctor in 2014. She had been feeling depressed and wanted help. The doctor prescribed the woman lamotrigine. The woman took the medication for two weeks. It was after the two week mark that everything began to change. The first symptom was blisters. She then began to deal with pain and an incredible burning sensation.

The woman was diagnosed with Stevens Johnson Syndrome. It is a serious skin disorder that is typically caused by an incorrect dosage of medication or a reaction to a certain medication. Today, the woman is left without fingernails which will never grow back, her sweat glands are completely gone, and her skin is scarred. She is also losing her vision.

Not only does the woman have to deal with the ramifications of this error now, but she may have to deal with it again. There is no cure for her condition, and it could all occur again at any time. Doctors have told her that if she does relapse, the second instance will be worse. The woman’s medical bills have already surpassed $3 million.

You do not deserve to suffer financial difficulty or emotional distress due to a doctor’s error. Call our team of medical malpractice attorneys today to discuss your case. We will help you decide if pursuing a lawsuit for damages is the right decision for you.

Four Teens Killed in Collision with Semi-Truck

Posted on: April 26th, 2017 by James Haug

truck on asphalt roadThe City of South Fulton is reeling after discovering that an SUV full of high-school age teenagers was in a devastating wreck with a semi truck. According to reports, a Lincoln Navigator with five teens ran a red light at the intersection of Butner Road and Campbellton Fairburn Road around 1:15 p.m. They were struck by a semi-truck, resulting in what one witness said was the worst thing they’d seen in their life.

Four of the teens in the car, including the driver, were killed. One of the passengers, a 16-year-old girl, survived the wreck and is expected to make a full recovery from her injuries. The grandmother of the survivor thanked two bystanders for saving her granddaughter. After the wreck, they pulled up to the scene and carefully pulled the girl to safety before emergency personnel arrived.

Witnesses said they didn’t hear the typical sounds of an accident, like squealing tires. Instead, they just heard “one loud boom” — and when they looked over, the SUV was nearly in half. One of the victims was thrown from the vehicle in the accident, but the others were trapped inside.

South Fulton Mayor-Elect Bill Edwards said he was particularly disturbed by the accident due to the time at which it occurred. He said the students should have been in school at the time (all but one were students at Langston Hughes High School), and if they were, the accident could have been avoided.

Edwards said he is not pointing fingers in the incident, but rather it should encourage parents and the community as a whole to be more involved in their teenagers’ lives. He plans to introduce a truancy program once he is officially in office in May.

The driver of the semi truck driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Accidents involving semi trucks are often the most devastating on our roads. If you have been injured in a semi truck accident in Atlanta, contact the attorneys at Haug Law Group today for a free consultation.

Young Boy Killed at Rotating Restaurant

Posted on: April 19th, 2017 by James Haug

Abstract blur beautiful luxury restaurant interior for backgroundFor anyone who has traveled through Atlanta, the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza hotel is one of the most recognizable landmarks. The top of the hotel is the Sun Dial restaurant, which rotates slowly to give diners a full, 360 degree view of the city. Unfortunately, the Sun Dial was recently the site of a tragic incident that took the life of a 5-year-old boy.

A family from North Carolina were visiting Atlanta and decided to have a late lunch at the Sun Dial. The young boy wandered away from his family and somehow got his head stuck between a chair and the inner rotating wall. The automatic safety features stopped the rotation as adults tried to move furniture to get to the boy.

By the time the boy was able to be freed, he was unconscious. His father attempted to perform CPR while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. Once the paramedics got to the restaurant, they rushed the boy to Grady Memorial Hospital. The boy died from traumatic brain injuries sustained in the incident.

The Sun Dial closed immediately after the incident, and is expected to remain closed indefinitely while an investigation is conducted. This is believed to be the first accident of its kind at this restaurant.

The boy’s parents described him as a sweet, accepting, lovable child who had a thirst for adventure. His parents say everyone is his friend, and he always had a hug for everyone.

In lieu of flowers, his parents have set up a memorial fund in their son’s honor. Contributions can be sent to: The Charlie Holt Memorial Fund, Towne Bank, 5806 Harbourview Blvd., Suite 201, Suffolk, VA 23435.

There is no word yet as to whether the parents will file a lawsuit against the Sun Dial.

When a loved one loses their life due to someone else’s actions or negligence, no amount of money can be any real comfort. Yet, a wrongful death lawsuit can help with any financial obligations and can provide closure. Contact our Atlanta wrongful death attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Whistleblower Suing Atlanta Over Lost Job

Posted on: April 12th, 2017 by James Haug

Atlanta Georgia State Capital Gold Dome

Kasim Reed, mayor of Atlanta, has been in some hot water in the past few months due to his use of using vehicles with sirens and blue lights to get around the city. While some law enforcement officials say it’s clearly illegal, as doing so is not for an emergency situation, Reed says it is for security purposes. While that issue is still under investigation, a related problem has been brought to light by a whistleblower.

A former city police manager recently filed a lawsuit that claims the City of Atlanta used federal money that was supposed to be used to buy police cars to instead buy vehicles used for Reed, and she lost her job for reporting it. These are the same vehicles that are outfitted with blue lights and sirens to chauffeur the Reed family around Atlanta.

The whistleblower claims that, when she found out about the misuse of funds, she brought the issue to the attention of former police chief George Turner. Shortly after, she was laid off, and the position of city police manager was eliminated altogether. On April 5, she filed her lawsuit against the City of Atlanta.

Within the lawsuit, she also accuses Turner of using federal money, as well as money from drug seizures, to pay for overtime for police officers instead of using it for the special programs for which it was earmarked.

The plaintiff in the case says she wants her job back and back pay, as well as an unspecified amount of damages. The city says the manager was fired for not reporting grant funds and expenses appropriately.

While this lawsuit is being pursued, Atlanta is also involved in a federal criminal investigation. According to authorities, two contractors allegedly paid over $1 million in bribes in order to influence city contracts.

Whistleblowers, whether revealing information about their private employer or the government, have a right to not face punishment for doing so. If you have faced retaliation for whistleblowing in Atlanta, contact the attorneys at Haug Law Group today for a free consultation.

Driver Hits School Bus, then Flees

Posted on: April 5th, 2017 by James Haug

Front part of yellow school bus children educational transport with signs in the parking lot waiting to be in serviceSharing the road with school buses is a task (and sometimes a hassle) that every driver has to deal with at one point or another. Yet, those buses provide a vital service for our communities, and being in an accident with one can cause injuries to children. Luckily, this wasn’t the case in a recent incident.

A school bus was driving down State Route 142 in Covington on Friday. Due to a backup at a nearby intersection, the traffic was stop and go. The bus was struck by a small, brown Chevrolet sedan. No children were on the bus at the time of the accident, and there were no reports of injuries, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

According to reports, the driver of the sedan then turned around and fled in the opposite direction. Someone who saw the incident gave a statement to the Georgia State Patrol that included a license plate number; however, that plate number did not match the description of the car. The sedan driver was vaguely described as a white man with facial hair.

When it comes to hit-and-run incidents, the Georgia State Patrol keeps cases open until enough information is brought forward to conclude the case. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Georgia State Patrol Post 46 in Monroe at 770-464-1800.

Hit-and-run accidents are often some of the most confusing to deal with. It can be a struggle to get your insurance to pay for any damage or injury, since the insurer of the driver at fault generally pays these costs. However, it is possible to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been in a hit-and-run accident in Atlanta, contact the attorneys at Haug Law Group today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Georgia Woman Charged with Abuse

Posted on: March 30th, 2017 by James Haug

elder hand on loincloth thai, elder sitting on wheelchairs in bamboo gardenWhen we entrust our loved ones to the care of others, we expect that they will be loved and looked after appropriately and professionally. It is rarely an easy decision to place an elderly family member in a nursing home or long-term care facility. That is part of the reason it is so disturbing to hear of news of abuse in one of these facilities.

Sadly, a woman in Georgia has been charged with abusing an 87-year-old patient in the facility in which she worked. According to reports, it has not been confirmed if the arrested woman was a direct caregiver of the victim, but it is known that the abuse occurred at Pruitthealth – Magnolia Manor in the city of Moultrie.

Certified State Ombudsman Elaine Wilson said that abuse is something that happens everyday and often goes unnoticed. To help end the abuse that elderly patients suffer at the hands of caregivers, the state of Georgia enacted harsher penalties in 2013. In 2016, a law was passed that created a registry for Certified Nursing Assistants.

Any person who suspects that an elderly or disabled patient is the victim of abuse should speak up. It is only when someone is brave enough to step forward that the cycle of abuse may be brought to an end. In many cases, those being abused rely on others to be their voice.

If you suspect that your elderly loved one has been abused at the hands of a caregiver or are certain abuse has occurred, reach out to our team of experienced attorneys. We will review the details of the abuse and advise you of your legal options. Call today to schedule your free initial consultation. We are here for you and your family as you begin to move forward with your lives.

Bicyclist Victim of Hit and Run

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by James Haug

Man leading a group of riders up a mountain road during a raceA cyclist is recovering after being hit by a car on Tuesday, March 25. The man was riding his bicycle with a group of other cyclists, wearing reflective clothing. He also had blinking lights on his bike, as did other riders. Despite being visible, he was still struck. Here is what happened in Senoia, Georgia according to reports.

A group of 30 bicyclists was out for their normal ride. The man and three other people were at the back of the group, eventually separating from their friends. It was when they had separated that a car became impatient and attempted to pass the group on their left. The vehicle passed too closely after sounding its horn multiple times. The man heard the vehicle accelerate past his friends who were riding behind him and then he was struck.

The car hit the man with enough force to knock its passenger-side mirror off. The driver then sped away. The man said that the car’s driver never applied brakes or slowed to see if he was okay. The man suffered injuries to his hip and elbow and had back pain from falling on the ground. He hit his head on the pavement but was wearing a helmet which prevented serious injury.

The man is thankful to still be alive, but hopes that the accident serves as a message to other drivers. Cyclists have a right to the road as much as anyone else, and passing involves giving cyclists at least three feet of room. Police believe they have identified the man who struck the cyclist, and he is facing several charges as a result of the accident.

If you have been the victim of a hit and run driver, reach out to our team of experienced accident attorneys. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of your legal options.

Man on Probation in Georgia Accused of Hit and Run

Posted on: March 16th, 2017 by James Haug

Traffic cones at tropical street warning about asphalt pavement worksA hit and run accident proved fatal for two department of transportation workers in South Carolina earlier in March. The state’s highway patrol investigated the incident and they now believe that they know what happened.

According to reports, a man who was on probation in Georgia was traveling in South Carolina. Driving through Aiken, the man struck two DOT workers who were on the road, killing them. The man failed to stop. Instead, the man drove off, hid his vehicle and tried to cover it. Authorities did not say what the man covered his car with.

During a bond hearing for the driver who was eventually caught, officials brought up prior arrests and convictions in an attempt to have his bond denied. The man’s attorney said that he was not a flight risk, but the judge disagreed. The man’s bond was denied. Investigators spent time recreating the scene in an attempt to discover exactly what led to the accident. What is known is that the workers had just started their day and had not had the chance to put down orange warning cones before they were hit.

Anyone traveling through construction zones knows the irritation of being forced to travel at slower speeds or even wait as heavy machinery moves about. Despite this irritation, drivers are urged to stay aware of the people who are working along the road. Speeding through construction zones is dangerous for everyone and, if you hit a worker or cause an accident, you will face stiffer penalties.

If you have been involved in a hit and run in Georgia, call our office to schedule a free case evaluation. We will review the details of your accident and advise you of the options available to you.

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to MLK Blvd Hit and Run

Posted on: March 10th, 2017 by James Haug

crosswalkEarly in March, a woman was crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard at Murray Street. The woman was struck by two vehicles, the first stopping and the second fleeing the scene. The woman who fled was eventually caught and has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide and driving with a suspended license.

The woman’s attorney argued that she should not be charged with vehicular homicide based on the facts of the case. According to reports, the victim was struck by the first car and sent into the opposing lane of traffic. It was then that she was hit by the defendant’s vehicle. The woman’s attorney said that no one expects a person to suddenly appear in front of their car, and that vehicular homicide requires causation.

Investigators will need to prove that the second hit was the cause of the victim’s death. What they won’t have to work to prove is that the defendant should not have been driving as she was not legally able to do so or that she failed to stop after striking the woman.The driver who did stop is not facing any charges.

Officials want people to understand that they are required to stop after being involved in an accident. Leaving the scene of an accident before being instructed to do so by the police is a crime and is punishable by consequences unique to the totality of the incident.

If you have been in an auto accident or involved in a hit and run, reach out to our team of experienced accident attorneys. We will help you schedule a free consultation at which time we will review the details of the accident and advise you of your legal options. You may be entitled to compensation for injuries, property damage and more. Call today for your case evaluation.

“Vegan” Woman Crashes into Chicken Truck

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by James Haug

chickens on a farmMany people have personal convictions about what they will and will not eat. However, these convictions do not often result in violence or crime. One local woman from Hull, Georgia (northwest of Athens) took her convictions to the next level when she took action against a chicken truck.

The driver of the truck was driving westbound on Highway 72 when a red sedan slammed into the side of his vehicle. He pressed on his brakes, but the car came a second time and hit him again, causing the car to spin in front of the truck. The car driver then fled. The truck driver had a basic description of the driver — a woman with shoulder-length red hair — and called the Madison County police.

However, in the act of slamming into the truck, the driver left her license plate. This led the police to a home on Comer, which when they first arrived was abandoned. However, on the second attempt they found both the car and the woman who matched the truck driver’s description, later identified as 26-year-old Judith Moriah Armstrong.

The police attempted to get her to come out, but she refused unless they had a warrant. However, she did talk to the officers through the window. During that conversation, Armstrong told the officers that she had slammed into the truck because it was carrying chickens, and she was vegan. She saw the truck on her way home and hit it.

She did say she was sober at the time, but took a couple shots of alcohol when she got home. Once the police officer finally got a warrant, they arrested Armstrong, and in jail she blew a BAC of 0.089. She was charged with aggressive driving, obstruction, hit-and-run and driving under the influence.

The truck driver was unharmed.

If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run car accident in Atlanta, you have legal options. Contact Haug Law Group today for a free case evaluation.