Personal Injury Lawyers
Many have noted that Georgia personal injury lawyers represent
clients from Augusta to Columbus and from Valdosta to Atlanta
and Rome plus many smaller towns around the state. Steeped in
the Deep South, Georgia personal injury lawyers have to pay special
attention to the history of laws and civil rights in the state
as well as keep abreast on current happenings as well.
In 1883, a small group of lawyers established the Georgia Bar
Association. This new professional organization proved beneficial
to its members, but since membership was not required of all Georgia
lawyers, it lacked power. "Because of its nature as a voluntary
association not comprised of all the lawyers in this state,"
explained 1946 Georgia Bar President Charles Gowen, "the
Georgia Bar Association was unable to address significant needs
including uniform discipline throughout the state and the passage
of important legislation."
By 1925, a trend toward unification became evident in state bars
across the country. The Georgia Bar Association struggled for
conversion over the next 40 years, enlisting the aid and support
of many of Georgia's most prominent legal minds. The bill to create
an integrated bar was finally passed by the Georgia House and
Senate in 1963, a move motivated primarily by the concept of regulated
self-discipline. "The capstone of the State Bar," said
1964-65 Bar President Hugh M. Dorsey, Jr., "is the power
of self-discipline, which has been sought so long and is needed
so badly. For the first time, all of us can and will be held to
answer to the public for the conduct and character of our profession,
and here we must not, and cannot, fail."
Personal Injury Lawyers
In June 2007, there was an email in circulation concerning new
traffic laws in California. In July 2007, the same email circulated
stating that these new traffic laws now applied to Georgia as
well. This had Georgia personal injury lawyers on the alert as
any vehicular cases brought to them would most likely be a part
of these new laws.
These new laws included:
- Driving in the car pool lane illegally. The posted highway
signs state that the fine will be $271. The email stated that
for a first offence the fine would be $1068.50. For a second
offence, that fine would be doubled and it would be tripled
for a third offence. After the fourth offence, the person's
license would be suspended.
- An incorrect lane change, which would constitute crossing
lanes on solid lines or crossing through an intersection would
be fined $380.
- Individuals blocking an intersection would be fined $485.
- Driving on the shoulder would be fined $450.
- Cell phone use must be limited to the "hands-free"
option and as of July 1, 2007, the fine for talking on a cell
phone through a construction zone will be doubled.
- For passengers over the age of eighteen not wearing seatbelts,
both the driver and the passenger will be fined.
- A charge of driving under the influence will be automatic
jail time, which will stay on the individual's record for ten
The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety issued a statement
saying that this email is not true. According to them, the email
is being adapted to different states and then being circulated.
The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has made it very clear
that no such changes have been made to their current traffic laws.
This is good news for the Georgian personal injury lawyers as
any clients coming to them after being involved in one of these
infractions will have the same consequences and fines as before.