Determining Liability After a Car Wreck in Georgia: Illegal U-Turns – OCGA 40-6-121

When Are U-Turns Legal in Georgia?   When is it okay to make a U-turn in Georgia? When a sign says so? When there’s no sign saying otherwise? The real answer is a bit more complicated, and it’s found within OCGA 40-6-121. Before we get into analyzing OCGA 40-6-121, let’s review why we’re talking about […]

GeoCode Tips

Search phrase:  Keyword geocode:LATITUDE,LONGITUDE,##km Examples: wreck geocode:33.412788,-84.734553,15km flood OR surge geocode:40.714353,-74.00597299999998,20km gun OR dangerous geocode:33.747471,-84.329324,5km Basic guide to geocode searching here. Twitter location search resources: How to find a latitude/longitude Use Hootsuite to search Twitter by location Use Tweetdeck to search Twitter by location Advanced topics to search by location with Twitter. Example Twitter location […]

Determining Liability After a Car Wreck in Georgia: Yielding to Emergency Vehicles – OCGA 40-6-74

What Can Happen If Someone Doesn’t Yield to an Emergency Vehicle   What do you do when you hear a siren and see those flashing lights? Do you stop where you are? Do you look for a parking spot? How long do you wait before continuing onward? Today we’ll talk about the proper way to […]


Practice Tips From Matt Wetherington on Working With Experts   The mandate of the United States and Georgia civil justice system is to provide parties before the court with a “just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action.”[1]  Prohibitive litigation costs, particularly from experts, undermines the “inexpensive” goal of the civil justice system.  In most […]

Georgia’s Rules for Stop Signs and Yield Signs: OCGA 40-6-72.

Understanding Stop Signs and Yield Signs as a Driver in Georgia   Welcome back to our ongoing discussion of Georgia’s rules of the road, and how they can be used to establish liability after a car accident. The rules of the road are a vital resource for proving liability, because of a concept called negligence […]

Civil Liability and Sex Crimes in Georgia: Child Molestation OCGA 16-6-4

Child Molestation Civil Lawsuits in Georgia Hello, and welcome back to our ongoing blog series on sex crimes and civil liability.  The statutes forbidding sex crimes are intended to protect people from physical and emotional pain, so violations of these statutes can create criminal AND civil liability. Last week, we talked about how this applies […]

In Georgia, Tampering With a Traffic Control Device Can Result in Civil Liability if it Causes a Car Wreck

Unlawful Tampering With a Traffic Control Device in Georgia   When one person’s actions cause harm to another person, proving that those actions qualify as negligent is an essential step in securing a settlement to cover the damages. In this blog series on civil liability in traffic accidents, we’ve been discussing how individual traffic laws […]

When Replacing Only Two Tires, Should the New Tires Be Placed on the Front or Back?

When Buying Two Tires Instead of Four, Place the Two New Tires on the Rear By: Matt Wetherington   In an ideal world, motorists who need new tires would always buy a complete set of four at the same time.  However, for various reasons, many consumers purchase two new tires instead of four.  If you […]

Georgia Police Officers Who Give Chase in a Reckless Manner May Be Responsible for Injuries Under OCGA 40-6-6

Proving Negligence in Police Chase Cases In this series of articles on vehicular accidents and negligence per se, we’ve been talking about how the rules of the road can take the guesswork out of determining negligence after a car wreck. Normally, the negligence of an action is measured by whether a reasonable person would expect […]

Determining Liability After a Car Wreck in Georgia: Passing Vehicles Proceeding in Opposite Directions Under OCGA 40-6-41

Determining Liability After a Car Wreck in Georgia: O.C.G.A 40-6-41   Last week, in our ongoing blog series on civil liability after traffic accidents, we went over statutes 40-6-40, 40-6-45, and 40-6-48, which deal with when it is and isn’t acceptable to leave your lane or your side of the road. Today, we’ll continue with […]

Closing Argument Considerations for Personal Injury Claims in Georgia

Helpful Tips From Matt Wetherington on Closing Argument   In the 1986 science fiction novel Speaker for the Dead, author Orson Scott Card writes about the fictional profession of being a Speaker.  A Speaker researches the complete life of a deceased person to enable the Speaker to tell the person’s story, with all the small […]