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Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys for Collisions with Animals

The car accident attorneys at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC represent victims of personal injury and wrongful death arising out of collisions with animals in the communities surrounding Atlanta and rural areas throughout Georgia.

Car Crashes Resulting From Rancher Negligence

There are well over one million head of cattle being raised throughout the state of Georgia. Half the cattle in the state are owned by over 20,000 small producers with less than 100 head of cattle apiece. Wherever you drive in Georgia, you will not be too far from a cattle ranch. A full-grown cow can weigh well over 1,000 pounds, and a collision with one is enough to cause serious damage to the vehicle and severe personal injury to the occupants.

Owners of pets and livestock, from dogs and horses to cows, are required to exercise care in the keeping of their animals. This duty includes maintaining fencing in good repair and taking other steps to avoid animals wandering out into the road. Animal owners who negligently allow their animals to stray onto the road and cause a collision may be liable for any injuries which result.

Deer Strikes and Other Collisions with Wildlife

Coincidentally, there are about as many wild deer living in Georgia as there are cattle being raised as livestock - about 1.3 million. Unlike cattle which are fenced in and constantly accounted for, there is nothing to stop a deer in search of food, water, or mating from leaping over a fence and dashing into the road. In fact, the odds of colliding with a deer in the state of Georgia are 1 in 154, meaning that it is not all that unlikely that you may hit a wild animal on the road at some time. The damage to your car in an animal strike can be substantial, and serious personal injury can result. Collisions with deer and other wild animals account for hundreds of deaths each year nationwide, and the number of collisions is actually on the rise as human and animal habitats continue to get closer together.

Some tips for safe driving include taking special care when you see an animal crossing sign, and being attentive in areas where a deer is likely to cross the road to forage or access a water source. How you react is critical as well; swerving to avoid hitting a deer can cause you to go off the road, sideswipe another vehicle, or have a head-on collision with an oncoming car, which often leads to serious or deadly results. Also, always assume that there are more animals that will cross the road after you see the first one do so. This is one of the key mistakes drivers make, which is to assume that the animals that have crossed the road are the only ones that are going to cross.

Most importantly, do not assume that you have no way to recover for the damages to your car and person if you are involved in a collision with an animal. Often times, there is insurance available to drivers and passengers in these cases, including policies covering nearby landowners, the state or local municipality, your own auto insurance, etc. Remember that filing an insurance claim puts you at odds with the insurance company, even if they are "your" insurer, so it is important that you have legal representation to keep your claim from being seriously undervalued or denied.

Our Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys are Here for You

From Columbus to Macon to Rome and all points in between, the attorneys at Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC are here to help if you or a family member have been hurt in a collision with an animal due. Contact our office at (404) 460-0101 or for a free consultation with an experienced GA lawyer regarding your right to receive compensation for your injuries, property damage, lost wages and pain and suffering.

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I was in a head-on collision last year that put me in a wheelchair with a fractured femur. I needed an attorney and my cousin recommended this firm because he had used Briant Mildenhall for his accident. I was glad I called Briant because he always did what he said he would do and kept me informed. We settled with the insurance company and I'm happy with the result. If someone I know needs an attorney, I will tell them to call Briant because he will get the job done. Michael G.
After a head–on collision I had extremely serious injuries to my back and neck, and some internal injuries. I was airlifted to the hospital and started a huge amount of medical expenses accumulating. I hired a lawyer recommended by a friend but I was not satisfied. My cousin told me about this firm so I talked to Briant Mildenhall about handling the case. I was at ease from the get–go. Briant kept me informed all the way through, was always reassuring and did everything he said he would do. He helped us get the money we needed to get the treatment we needed. Briant was fantastic! Ronda W. (Car Accident)
I was in a car accident that was complicated from the start. I looked on the internet and called a few different lawyers but they turned me down after they heard my story. When I called this firm Lyn Dodson asked me to talk to her in person. I met with Lyn and Rob Katz and after hearing my story they were confident I had a case. They vigorously pursued my case and over time we built a trusting relationship. Lyn even took time to help me with the traffic issues and other aspects of the case. They were always on my side and talked to me about the advantages and disadvantages of my options... Robert W. (Car Accident)
After my car accident, I was looking for an attorney and came across the name Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC. My intuition told me to call. I called in and Briant Mildenhall talked to me. He was very clear and honest about my options. As the case went forward, Briant and the staff at the law office always answered my questions right away. I was very confident in Briant's legal ability. He kept me informed every step of the way. I would recommend Mr. Mildenhall and the firm to anyone who needs an attorney. Antonio J. (Car Accident)
I would recommend the law firm of Katz Wright Fleming Dodson & Mildenhall LLC. Lyn Dodson was my attorney after my auto accident. I had confidence in her legal abilities and experience. She did a very good job for me. She was always there to answer the many questions I asked. The firm is very professional. Lyn always gave you her undivided attention. The firm, especially Lyn, worked with you like a long time friend. Joe B. (Auto Accident)
I am 100% satisfied. I called Rob the day after the accident. Everything he said that would happen did, every step of the way. He went beyond what we needed him to do. I would definitely use him again and recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer. Steve H.
Robert Katz isn't your average personal injury lawyer. He has specialized knowledge and experience that the others don't. Timothy W. (Trucking Accident)
I have nothing but good and positive things to say about Rob. One of the unique things about my case was that I was involved in a bicycle accident with another biker. He took an unorthodox case between two bicycle riders and he could see the logic and liability in it. I was very happy with the result. Rodney H. (Bicycle Accident)
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Throughout the course of my case, Mr. Katz kept me informed about its status, returned my telephone calls and was very attentive to my needs and concerns. Simply put, he cared not just about my case, but about me. Joseph B.
I was, and still am, extremely satisfied with Rob's work and with the outcome of my case. Rob strives to be there for his clients, and I was no exception...I would happily recommend Rob to anyone who is seeking legal assistance after suffering a severe injury. Joey E.
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