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A Little Friday Evening Funny for Fellow Atlanta Commuters

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Fellow Atlanta commuters, sometimes enough is enough and we need to blow off a little steam and release continuous hearty chuckles that can be heard from across the street because … Atlanta! Here, at the Law Office of Neil Flit, we get a little overwhelmed with heavy case loads and feeling slightly preachy when we continuously enogucarge Atlanta drivers to be safe drivers every chance we get on this blog and just before the day came to a close, an email thread with a story linked to the Facebook page called “Georgia on My Mind” began to float around the office. The title of the story is called “How to Drive in Atlanta” and truer words have never been spoken! For example – “Road construction is permanent and continuous. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure …” We all got a kick out of it and figured we’d share the laugh! Just little Friday evening funny for our fellow Atlanta commuters! Check it out! We dare you not to laugh your way into the weekend!

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HOW TO DRIVE IN ATLANTA:

1. You must first learn to pronounce the city name, Atlana. Old-timers are still allowed to call it Alana.

2. The morning rush hour is from 5:00 am to noon. The evening rush hour is from noon to 7:00 pm. Friday’s rush hour starts on Thursday morning.

3. The minimum acceptable speed on I-285 is 80 mph. On I-75 and I-85, your speed is expected to at least match the highway number. Anything less is considered ‘Wussy’.

4. Forget the traffic rules you learned elsewhere. Atlanta has its own version of traffic rules. For example, Ferraris and Lamborghinis owned by sports stars go first at a four-way stop. Cars/trucks with the loudest muffler go second. The trucks with the biggest tires go third. The HOV lanes are really designed just for the slow Floridians passing through who are used to hogging the left lane everywhere.

5. If you actually stop at a yellow light or stop sign, you will be rear ended, cussed out, and possibly shot. Unless there is a police car nearby.

6. Never honk at anyone. Ever. Seriously. It’s another offense that can get you shot.

7. Road construction is permanent and continuous. Detour barrels are moved around for your entertainment pleasure during the middle of the night to make the next day’s driving a bit more exciting. Generally, city roads other than the main streets have more potholes and bumps (usually speed bumps) than most dirt roads in the countryside.

8. Watch carefully for road hazards such as drunks, possums, skunks, dogs, barrels, cones, furniture, cats, mattresses, shredded tires, squirrels, rabbits, and crows.

9. Be aware that spelling of street names may change from block to block, e.g., Clairmont, Claremont, Clairmonte.

10. If someone actually has their turn signal on, wave them to the shoulder immediately to let them know it has been “accidentally activated”.

11. If you are in the left lane and only driving 75 in a 55-65 mph zone, k, e.g., you are considered a road hazard and will be “flipped off” accordingly. If you return the flip, you’ll be shot.

12. For summer driving, it is advisable to wear potholders on your hands

Road Trip Safety Tips for Your Labor Day Travels

Friday, September 4th, 2015

Ah, finally! The long weekend we’ve all been waiting for since the untimely back-to-school grind has arrived – thank you, Labor Day! What to do, right? Well, you, along with so many other Atlanta residents are on their way to the lake or the beach to close out the summer. So you pack up the family car and head South! More often that not, two things can be expected – unpredictable traffic and reckless drivers, so what’s the best course of action here? Be prepared for anything! Here’s a quick list to reference to make sure all your ducks are in a row:

  • Before you hit the road, it’s important to double check with your insurance agency and make sure you have medical payment and uninsured motorist coverage so that in the event you are hit by someone with no insurance, you will be covered.
  • Make sure your car’s tires are aligned and the engine maintenance is up to date and has been inspected.
  • Keep your roadside assistance contact handy

The weather, unfortunately, can be just as unpredictable as the traffic and one thing drivers must remain aware of is the commercial trucks you share the roads and highways with. Due to the size of these vehicles, a truck driver’s blind spot is much larger than that of a passenger vehicle – this is the cause of several collisions involving trucks. Truckers rely only on their side mirrors to maneuver through lanes, so if you are driving in their blind spot, they cannot see your car or your turn signals and chances are they cannot hear you should you honk your horn to alert them. It’s important that you stay a safe distance from trucks on the highways – given the speed at which such a heavy vehicle travels, it’s almost impossible for them to make sudden stops effectively.

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Remember to try and plan to do the most of your traveling during daylight hours. While the traffic may be a little more congested, drivers are moving at slower speeds and the chances of potentially fatal accidents are slightly decreased. Driving during the day will also lower the risk of of a collision with a drunk driver. In the event you should find yourself stranded after an accident on the highway please make note of the traveler’s checklist below:

  • ID of all drivers and proof of insurance
  • a shared plan with all travelers in the automobile in case of emergency
  • emergency contact list
  • list of all passengers medical conditions and allergies
  • heavy blankets
  • first aid kit
  • flashlight

 

 

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Do be mindful of the fact that you will be sharing the roads with a number of drivers, including college students. While it should be unlikely, the fact remains a number of college kids take the Labor Day weekend party on the road with them and make the unsound decision to drink and drive. Attorney Flit explains the consequences of this choice in the video below.

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Wait, Don’t Cash That Check! Insurance Company Tactics Exposed

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Car accidents – they really are a pain in the neck … on top of the pain in the neck one might have after being in accident! If you’ve been in an auto accident for the first time and have suffered bodily injury and property damage as a result, odds are you want to, first, feel better, secondly, get your car repaired and lastly move on with your life in a regular fashion! Seems pretty simple, right? The roadblock in the desired course of events is typically, wait for it … insurance companies! And here’s how they do it!

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In some cases, insurance companies will send you a check for the damages they feel you’re entitled to – which the may or may not have honestly appraised – to compensate you for your losses. Your best bet is to not cash the check! DO NOT CASH THE CHECK. Reason being, once you cash it, you more or less accepted the offer as it stands and the chances of you receiving any residual compensation is next to impossible! In this case, a personal injury attorney would walk you through all the ins and outs as it relates to insurance company tactics.

For starters, we must take on a realistic perspective about auto insurance companies. You would think that by paying a monthly policy premium, that would be all that is needed to get a reasonable settlement from the party at fault. Not even close! It’s still a business. To break it down into segments, here’s how it works.

An insurance adjuster has the authority to settle a claim within a certain dollar amount and you can rest assured the adjuster won’t offer a settlement starting from the middle! No way! Adjusters typically play the low ball game and try to settle for a little as possible to save the liable insurance company money. This is why it is so important to hire an attorney who’s seasoned in negotiating personal injury and property damage. Insurance companies deal with claims differently when the affected party has hired legal representation versus a claimant going at it alone. According to FreeAdvice, here are a few thing to consider before accepting a settlement:

  • You need to reject the first offer. You should do this by writing a insurance claim letter setting forth the facts of the case, your injuries, and the value of your auto accident settlement.
  • After establishing the value of your claim, decide upon a range that you feel would be fair compensation for your claim settlement.
  • Let the insurance adjuster make the first offer. Keep in mind, she has a range as well. This first offer will give you the low end of her range.
  • Start at somewhat of the high end of your range and explain any extenuating circumstances that may have prompted you to come up with this figure.
  • Don’t ask for an outrageous amount just because you know the adjuster has more money to play with in her range. That won’t bring you any closer to settling your claim.
  • Asking for more than what is offered to open the door to further negotiations is perfectly fine. Just be reasonable.

So to cut to the chase, while you feel like you may be well suited to negotiate a settlement with an insurance company, they tend to take you more seriously with lawyer representation because the last place they want to end up is in a courtroom to litigate!

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Smaller firms tend to do a better job at being attentive to all cases from start to finish. For example, here at The Law Office of Neil Flit, we have a very seasoned staff of in house litigation attorneys who, with every case, make it clear that there is an imminent possibility of litigation. From the the start of any and all legal proceedings we handle, our clients know that we will do all we can to get the settlement you deserve.

Here at The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

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3 Most Important Things to Do After an Auto Accident

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

The weather system here in the Atlanta Metro area has been quite unpredictable this winter – from freakish freezes and black ice to seventy degree temps within the span of 48 hours – then comes the inevitable cold snap and the cycle continually repeats itself until Spring. Not only is this exhausting, it’s nerve wrecking in a city where public transit is a non-option and commuters pile onto every major street and highway at the same time and the traffic is mind-numbing. Then add an accident. Not only is the traffic now at a standstill, the parties involved in said accident are not only aggravated – they’re wanting to get to their destination now more than ever! If you have the unfortunate experience of being involved in an accident, here are the 3 most important things to do after an auto accident!

 

Gather Evidence – if you’re in an accident due to another driver’s negligence there’s a chance he or she may try to persuade you to avoid calling the police and settle the matter personally. This is a no-no! Call the police to get an official report for your auto insurance company for when you get your damages repaired because he say/she say doesn’t hold well in a dispute over hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of repairs. Be sure to take pictures and document your account of the accident in your own words in case you ever have to explain damages and injuries to insurance companies and, perhaps, medical staffers if need be.

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Know Your Insurance – for most of us, car insurance is simply a bill we pay monthly until we actually have to utilize the specifics of our policy. Even if you were in the wrong, you should notify your insurance company that you were involved in an accident. Sometimes we don’t know off the top of our head our policy provisions but it’s best to take a glance over your policy from time to time just to get an idea. For example do you have a AAA Roadside Assistance? Do you have an allowance for a rental car while your car is being repaired? Do you have a damage deductible? This is why it’s good to be somewhat familiar with your policy so you’re not blindsided by what you may be responsible for.

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Hire a Personal Injury Attorney –  oftentimes, immediately after an accident injuries go without detection but one may begin to develop stiffness and sore muscles. According to the National Library of Medicine, car accidents are largely responsible for nearly 32% of spinal cord injuries (SCI) that could result in devastating effects on one’s quality of life. This is why a personal injury attorney is most essential when negotiating a settlement after having been injured by a negligent, impaired or drunk driver. Recent statistics have found that hiring a personal injury lawyer for your claim can increase your settlement by upwards of almost fifty percent in some cases. With a team of well-trained legal professionals representing your case, you can eliminate having to deal with the back and forth with medical billing, insurance companies, and the like.

Here at The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. From auto wrecks and injuries from drunk driving accidents, on the job injuries to slip and falls and medical malpractice, we are here to help you. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves in our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

 

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Protecting Yourself Against Uninsured Atlanta Drivers

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Accidents happen every day in Atlanta, and all too many of them involve uninsured drivers. While all drivers in Georgia are required by law to have insurance, not all drivers follow the law. It’s easy to assume that your own insurance will protect you, but in fact many insurance policies do not cover accidents involving uninsured drivers. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself in the event of an accident with an uninsured driver.

Make sure you are covered. The first and simplest step is to check your own auto insurance policy. If you do not have a policy that covers accidents with uninsured or underinsured drivers, buy one immediately. In most cases, an uninsured/underinsured motorist policy will cover damage to your vehicle as well as medical expenses for you and any passengers in your car.

Look for the best policy available. It’s important to look at multiple options while shopping for a new insurance policy. If you find a better deal than you would get with your current insurance provider, feel free to go with it. However, make sure that you have done the necessary research to ensure that your provider is a reputable one.

Talk to an attorney. If you are involved in an auto accident in Georgia, you should speak to a lawyer even if you have uninsured motorist insurance. In many cases, it may still be difficult to collect from your provider—which can be frustrating when you have medical bills and other expenses to deal with.

Have you been injured in an auto accident in the Atlanta area? If you are in need of a skilled personal injury attorney to handle your case, contact the Law Office of Neil Flit. We will work to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages. To schedule a free initial consultation at our Atlanta office, call (678) 809-7428 today. 

Factors to Keep in Mind When Filing a Personal Injury Claim in Atlanta

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

If you suffered injuries in an auto accident in Atlanta, do not wait too long to file a personal injury claim. Certain civil actions can be time-barred or otherwise disqualified. Here are several things that can disqualify you from filing a personal injury claim:

Lack of Negligence

If the accident was completely your fault or the other side did not carry no-fault insurance, you may not be able to receive compensation from the other driver. In order to file a personal injury claim, you have to prove negligent acts, such as drunk driving or running a stop sign. These actions must also be shown as being the causes of your injuries. If you cannot show that the other driver was at fault for your injuries, you will not be able to file a claim against them.

Statute of Limitations

Every state has a personal injury statute of limitations to put a time limit on the amount of time that someone can sue in a court of law. If you wait too long to file your claim, you may permanently disqualify yourself from obtaining compensation. The statute of limitations for personal injury in Georgia is two years from the date of the accident. However, if you discover harmful effects from a negligent situation many years later, your statute of limitations clock starts on the day of discovery.

If you have suffered an injury due to negligent acts, the personal injury lawyers with the Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta are here to help. We can help assess your personal injury claim. Contact us today at (678) 809-7428 to set up an appointment, or visit our website to learn more about our legal services.

Understanding the Dangers of Head On Collisions

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Head on auto accident collisions result in the highest number of fatal injuries. Auto accident victims who survive head on collisions often suffer very serious, life-altering injuries, including traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. Other head on collision victims can lose a limb or experience other disfiguring injuries.

The serious nature of head on collisions typically results in medical care costs amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Catastrophic injuries can lead to even more medical costs, as the auto accident victims require years of surgery, therapy, and rehabilitative medicine. For this reason, it’s crucial that anyone who suffers a head on collision seek immediate attorney representation. In cases involving such serious injuries, the insurance claim for damages become a critical component for receiving compensation. Unfortunately, insurance companies work to reduce the value of a claim, regardless of the severity of the injuries. An auto accident attorney can help a head on collision victim receive the full compensation to which he or she is entitled. 

Call (678) 809-7428 to schedule a free consultation with the Law Office of Neil Flit. Our Atlanta personal injury firm can help you achieve the best possible results in your auto accident claim. 

The Leading Cause of Teen Driving Accidents: Passenger Distraction

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Researchers have long been aware that the presence of other teens in the car can be distracting to new drivers. However, in 2012, the Automobile Association of America’s Foundation for Traffic Safety released the results of a study aimed at understanding the threat of this type of distraction. The results revealed that a teen driving with friends is at a much higher risk of suffering an auto accident than a teen driving alone or with an adult.

According to the AAFTS’s report, a 16 or 17 year old driver’s risk of death per mile driven increases 44 percent when there is another passenger younger than 21 in the vehicle. This risk doubles if there are two or more passengers under the age of 21 present and quadruples when there are three more passengers in the car. The study also revealed that a teen’s risk of suffering a fatal auto accident decreases 62 percent when driving with a passenger aged 35 or older.

At the Law Office of Neil Flit, we protect the rights of Atlanta residents injured in auto accidents. You can schedule a free consultation with a car wreck attorney today by calling (678) 809-7428.

The Dangers of Elderly Driving

Friday, January 17th, 2014

In 2010, an 84-year-old woman was recorded driving down the wrong side of an interstate just outside of Philadelphia. Despite causing four accidents around her and having nearby drivers yell at her to stop, she failed to notice she was driving the wrong way. This incident sparked conversations across the country about the dangers of senior driving.

As this ABC News report explains, people aged 65 and older are 16% more likely to cause an auto accident than drivers between the ages of 25 and 64. This is because older drivers often have limited range of motion, are easily confused, and suffer from slower reflexes. As a result, it’s up to the family members to look for signs that their loved one shouldn’t be driving.

The personal injury team of the Law Office Of Neil Flit in Atlanta offers focused, personalized representation. Call (678) 809-7428 to schedule a free consultation.

Interacting with an Insurance Claim’s Adjustor

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Insurance claim’s adjustors are trained to look for auto accident fraud as well as to trying to get an auto accident victim to settle immediately. Some insurance claim’s adjustors even try to get an auto accident victim’s car repaired at a preferred body shop or to offer less than fair replacement value for a totaled car. As a result, anyone involved in an auto accident should be cautious when a claim’s adjustor seeks him or her out following an accident.

If you’ve been involved in an accident, you will likely feel very dizzy and frazzled in the moments that follow. This state of mind may cause you apologize, use hyperboles, or make nervous jokes. An insurance claim’s adjustor can use all of these kinds of statements against you in your case. For this reason, the best advice following an auto accident is to remain silent until you meet with an auto accident attorney.

If you’ve been injured in an Atlanta auto accident, contact the Law Office Of Neil Flit at (678) 809-7428. Our office offers free initial consultations to assess the facts of your case.