Personal injuries can happen any time of year; however, certain accidents become significantly more common in the summer months. As the weather heats up and people ditch their (probably light) coats for their (definitely heavy) boats, it’s important to remember how to keep you and your family safe. With that in mind, we’ve assembled some summer injuries for you to look out for this season.

Fire-related Injuries 

Summer and fire are as natural a pair as…well…summer and water, but we’ll get to that soon enough. In the meantime, barbeque artists, beware: Grill-related injuries occur most often during May, June, July, and August, according to the National Fire Protection Association. These can be a fault of the person behind the grill or even the grill itself if it’s a defective product. The same can be said of fireworks, which injure about 15,000 people a year, according to the Consumer Public Safety Commission. Generally most of the fireworks used are legal, but especially if they aren’t, whomever is responsible for your injuries could be held legally and financially liable.

Water-Related Injuries

No one loves their pools like we do in the South. But in addition to all the fun and relaxation that water provides comes the risk of accidental drowning, slip and fall injuries, boating accidents, and more. According to the U.S. Consumer Safety Administration, around 400 deaths per year are due to drowning in a pool or spa. Because half of all drowning deaths in young children happen in private residences, homeowners must be extremely careful to secure their pool area, preventing these senseless deaths as well as any trespassers who may abuse your property or become injured on it. 

Properly securing and maintaining a property can also do wonders to avert any nasty poolside falls. While such accidents may seem blameless, many injuries like these can be a result of legally provable negligence. 

Boats are another area that can prove problematic this time of year. Many boating accidents occur because the driver may be distracted, underage, or intoxicated, resulting in crashes into other boats or even other people. Like with pools, proper maintenance, safety equipment, and adherence to the rules of the water will help avoid any such accidents. 

Car Accidents

Everyone knows that a car can easily turn into an oven if it’s parked in the sun long enough, but that’s not the only reason to be cautious in your vehicle this time of year. Road work generally increases in the summer months, underneath tires that are deteriorating faster in the heat. Both can lead to unexpected accidents. Perhaps most inconveniently, traffic is also usually heavier. With the general inclination to head outside in the warmer weather, not to mention college and high school kids alike out of school and on the roads, there’s a higher risk of collisions, regardless of your age. Drunk driving accidents can also increase during the summer months, especially around the fourth of July. Take it from us: don’t let your guard down – Buckle up, be safe, and drive defensively.

But what if it happens to me?

The only thing you want more than a good tan is a safe summer. But unfortunately, accidents happen. And while most of them are innocent, they’re not all so black and white. If you get hurt because of someone else’s negligence or are accused and need protection, contact the personal injury attorneys at Akin & Tate Law for a free case evaluation today. 

Summertime accident? Call  Atlanta’s personal injury attorneys – Akin & Tate: 770-382-0780





We’ve all experienced that feeling deep in our stomachs while holding our breath. You can feel
your hands tighten on your steering wheel as a semi-truck hurtles past you in the opposite lane
just feet away. Tractor-trailers can make even the most experienced drivers nervous on our
Georgia highways. Weighing in at as much as 80,000 pounds, including cab, trailer, and load,
and moving at high rates of speed, these giants on the road pose a safety risk if not operated
properly. According to Trucksmart, a fully loaded semi-truck driven at 65 miles per will take
approximately 525 feet to reach a complete stop, almost the length of two entire football fields.

According to the National Safety Council, in 2020, over 107,000 large trucks were involved in
crashes resulting in an injury. The reasons for these truck accidents vary and may include some
of the following:

Protect Yourself – 5 Defensive Driving Tips Around Large Trucks

Have you ever heard the term “The best offense is a good defense”? Keep these five things in
mind when driving around big rigs.

  1. Be aware of a truck’s blind spots.
    This is an area beside the vehicle a driver can’t see while looking in a mirror. If you
    cannot see the driver, there’s a good chance the driver can’t see you.
  2. Allow enough space between your vehicle and the truck.
    Build space between your car and the other vehicle. A truck that has to navigate
    challenging weather conditions like high winds or that has to brake suddenly are two
    examples that may cause a truck to tip over and trap you and your vehicle.
  3. Be smart – pass trucks safely.
    Maintain safe speeds and use proper turn signals to allow the truck driver to
    adjust to your vehicle. Use extreme caution when passing a large truck on hills,
    particularly when they are speeding up or slowing down to navigate the terrain.
  4. Go the appropriate speed – not the posted speed.
    Always adjust your speed to the specific road conditions. Weather and road
    conditions are significant factors in determining how fast you should be driving.
    Your priority should always be safety.
  5. Don’t be distracted when driving.
    Texting and driving is just one form of distracted driving. Changing radio stations, talking
    on your cell phone, self-grooming, and plain old daydreaming are just a few more
    examples that many drivers abuse – focus on the road!

Have you been injured due to the negligence of a semi-truck driver or trucking company?
Don’t wait – call Akin & Tate.

Contact us for a free consultation if you were injured in an accident involving a large truck. The
moments after a truck accident are critical and can be overwhelming. Gathering the facts and
conducting a thorough investigation to determine if there is negligence by the driver or the
trucking company is an important step to helping you build your claim so we can fight for the
compensation you deserve. Time is of the essence since their insurance provider very likely has
a legal team working on the details of your accident. Don’t wait and be pressured to settle for
less than you deserve.

Contact us immediately.

Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Akin & Tate specializes in the laws and the
regulations that govern the trucking industry. We have the knowledge and expertise to navigate
important negotiations with insurance companies, so you don’t settle for less than you deserve.
We can advise you on the best path to recover maximum compensation for injuries and losses
related to a truck accident. As Georgia’s oldest continuing law practice, we understand the
greater Atlanta area, and we take pride in protecting the rights of accident victims and fighting
for the justice they deserve.

Lester Tate, former President of the State Bar of Georgia and former Chair of the Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission, discusses his career as a trial lawyer, the current state of judicial ethics, and the often political nature of successful advocacy. Since 1996, Lester has practiced as a shareholder in Akin & Tate, Georgia’s oldest continuing law firm, and offers his advice to new and future attorneys, including the one job he believes best prepared him for a career in law.

Learn more about the Advocate’s Key Podcast here.

The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has appointed S. Lester Tate III as treasurer for its national association. 

Photo Credit: American Board of Trial Advocates

ABOTA is an invitation-only organization with over 7,300 member lawyers and judges, spread among 96 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

“It’s a great honor to be chosen by my fellow members to be a national officer for this outstanding organization,” Tate commented.

“I look forward to advancing the Association’s mission to promote and improve the American civil justice system and to preserve the Seventh Amendment right to civil jury trials for future generations,” Tate added.

Most recently, Tate served as president of the Southeast Region of ABOTA in 2021.

With the warmer weather comes increased ridership of motorcycles throughout the Atlanta area and the state of Georgia. The motorcycle accident team of Akin & Tate reminds everyone that the National Safety Council has declared May to be Motorcycle Safety Month. Please be alert, and please share the road with motorcyclists. 

In 2017 there were over 89,000 motorcycle accidents with injuries in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists were nearly 29 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash per vehicle miles traveled.

Driver error is a factor
The primary reason for motorcycle accidents in Atlanta was driver error, particularly when combined with the sleek design of motorcycles that makes them less visible to other drivers and pedestrians. It is the obligation of all drivers to be aware of their surroundings and check blind spots, particularly when making lane changes. Motorcyclists are at particular risk of a driver error involving lane changes due to lower visibility of the frame of a motorcycle.

Another contributing factor to motorcycle accident injuries and fatalities is distracted driving on the part of automobile and truck drivers. Any activity diverting attention from driving, including texting, is a distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), at 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

How you an observe #MotorcycleSafetyAwarenessMonth

Motorcycle Accident – Call Akin & Tate
If you have suffered an injury in a motorcycle accident due to the negligence of others, call the motorcycle accident attorneys at Akin & Tate. You could be entitled to a monetary award.

Free case review.
Our personal injury attorneys at Akin & Tate have extensive experience pursuing negligence claims involving motorcycle accidents. We will review your case and advise you on your right to seek compensation for your injuries.

No fee unless you win.
We work on a contingency fee basis. You owe nothing unless we obtain a favorable settlement or judgment on your behalf.

Motorcycle accident questions? 
Our motorcycle accident legal team has answers.

When people think of Atlanta auto accident lawyers, Akin & Tate is the personal injury law firm they turn to for help. Our experienced trial lawyers have seen first-hand the devastation resulting from auto and truck accidents. In many of these cases, the common theme is – distracted driving.

Recent studies have confirmed what many of us already may know, distracted driving is a growing problem on our roadways. Roughly 20% of injuries occurring in car accident crashes involve distracted driving, according to a study published by The Zebra.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Council defines distracted driving as “Any activity that diverts attention from driving…anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.” It can be texting, drinking coffee, or even looking at your neighbor’s holiday light display. Any loss of focus required for safe driving is considered distracted driving.

So, how about you? Does this sound familiar? According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), a driver is eight times more likely to be involved in a crash while eating and drinking. 

The recent increase in cell phone use also has resulted in more distracted driving. The convenience and ease of texting are very appealing while driving, with many thinking it will only take a second to complete the exchange. However, texting is the cause of more than 58% of crashes involving teen drivers. 

Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed.

National Highway Traffic Safety Council

Our entire team at Akin & Tate is dedicated to helping bring attention to the fight to end distracted driving by promoting this important cause in our community. We can all do our part by practicing safe driving habits and focusing our attention on the road. We can also be a voice of education in every community from Atlanta to Cartersville and throughout Georgia.

As Atlanta’s personal injury attorneys, our entire staff at Akin & Tate is well recognized for our work in and out of the courtroom on behalf of victims injured due to the negligence of distracted drivers. If a distracted driver has hurt you, contact us immediately. Akin & Tate’s car accident lawyers are here to help. Call us at 770-382-0780 for a free case evaluation today.

A judge threw out a misdemeanor charge against state Rep. Trey Kelley on Tuesday, ruling that his failure to call 911 in response to a fatal crash wasn’t reckless conduct.

Senior Superior Court Judge Stephen Schuster dismissed the indictment against Kelley, a Republican from Cedartown, that stemmed from his friend’s collision with a bicyclist in Polk County two years ago…

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On Thursday, September 7, 2017, the Atlanta-based credit bureau, Equifax, announced that hackers had potentially compromised the sensitive information of 143 million American consumers from a cyberattack that occurred between May and July of 2017. With Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, credit card information, addresses, and birthdates exposed to potential identity thieves, the Equifax data breach has affected an estimated 44% of the American population—meaning that you might be one of the millions of Americans affected by this data breach and eligible for a cash settlement.

With the recent surge of consumer worry regarding the Equifax data breach, they have introduced a temporary solution: the company is offering a one-year trial of its TrustedID product, providing the opportunity to sign-up for free identity theft protection and credit file monitoring on its website. However, there’s a catch. By registering for this product and agreeing to TrustedID Premier’s lengthy terms of service, customers are forfeiting their right to join a class action lawsuit in a court of law and right to a jury trial in exchange for use of the credit protection product, and after the one-year trial-period, customers will be charged “an unspecified amount” unless they go through with the cancellation process.


The same day the cyberattack was announced, a class action lawsuit against Equifax was filed in federal court in Atlanta. The federal class action lawsuit claims that Equifax executives sold “hundreds of thousands of dollars in stock” prior to going public with the data breach and seeks “as-yet-unspecified damages for negligence, violations of federal Fair Credit Reporting Act laws and Georgia’s Fair Business Practices Act statutes”

Akin & Tate has experience in major national class action law suits concerning data breaches, with attorney W. Matthew Wilson serving as part of the leadership team in the class actions against Home Depot’s 2014 major national data breach. In that suit, he helped recover $27 million on behalf of customers included in this settlement. Contact Akin & Tate today if you are a victim of the 2017 Equifax data breach.CONTACT AKIN & TATE.

To determine if you’re one of the millions of Americans affected by the 2017 Equifax data breach and entitled to a settlement award, please click here and fill out the brief form.

It seems like for the past month, you turn on the television or the computer, and you see news of shootings and protests and counter-protests and political divisions where folks on different sides paint very different pictures of what is going on,” he said. “You wonder if we live in a country where we can’t agree on anything anymore. It seems like we can’t even agree on three words. The Clinton and Trump camps have their three words. One says ‘I’m with her,’ while the other says, ‘I’m with you.’ But there are still three words I think we can all agree on when we, as we did a few minutes ago, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and end it with ‘justice for all.’” Read the full story here: http://www.daily-tribune.com/…/5980-tate-salutes-judicial-s…Source:http://www.daily-tribune.com/newsx/item/5980-tate-salutes-judicial-system