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THOMAS J. ASHENDEN NAMED 2019 SUPER LAWYER

Personal injury attorney Thomas J. Ashenden has been named one of the top attorneys in Georgia by the prestigious Super Lawyers selection committee. The 2019 selection marks Ashenden’s sixth consecutive year on the list, which represents the top 5% of lawyers in the state. 

Ashenden has represented clients in personal injury cases for more than three decades, and is the proud founder of Atlanta-based Ashenden & Associates, P.C. In addition to the 2019 Super Lawyers, Ashenden was recognized for the eighth year in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Ashenden also holds an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell for exhibiting professional excellence in legal knowledge, communication, and ethical standards. He is a longtime member of the Atlanta Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association and Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

ABOUT SUPER LAWYERS

Super Lawyers is a publication that rates the top attorneys in more than 70 practice areas across the country. A committee bases selections on a combination of peer nominations and evaluations, independent research, case results and other topics.


After a crash, what do you do?

What to do after a crash

Don’t panic. An automobile crash can be a traumatic event, but knowing what to do after a  vehicle accident is critical for making your case to the insurance companies, and for ensuring that you receive all damages allowed under law.

Roughly 385,000 crashes were reported in Georgia in 2015 according to the Governor’s Office on Highway Safety.

Call for help

First, determine if there are any injuries and call for help.Take a moment to inspect yourself for any injuries, and to inspect your surroundings for any remaining source of danger like a fire, exposed electrical components, or spilled gasoline.

Review these common types of accident related injuries and seek medical attention. If signs or symptoms do not appear right away, your attorney may be able to help.

Document damages

Take pictures and write down important information from the scene. Next, be sure to exchange personal and insurance information with all parties involved. You will want auto details as well: obtain the make, model, year, and plate number of any other vehicles that have sustained damage.

Contact Ashenden & Associates, P.C.

The trusted and experienced attorneys at Ashenden & Associates serves clients across the State of Georgia. If you have been involved in a wreck, contact us today for a free consultation.



Happy Thanksgiving from Ashenden & Associates P.C.

All of us at Ashenden and Associates P.C. would like to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

As per tradition at our table, we’d like to say what we are thankful for: our families, our friends, and of course our clients. Enjoy time with loved ones and whatever else the holiday will bring you.

Save us a slice of pie and keep in touch with Ashenden and Associates, P.C. on our social media pages by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.



Accidents involving pedestrians in Georgia

The number of pedestrians injured or killed across Georgia are climbing at a disturbing rate according to official state data.

Statistics from the Georgia Department of Transportation indicate 260 pedestrians killed on state roads in 2017 — injuries including those treated in emergency rooms topped 120,000 according to the CDC in 2015.

A June 2018 article published by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on the rise of fatal pedestrian-vehicle crashes. Deadly accidents happen more in city and suburban areas according to the article.

TIPS FOR THE ROAD

Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety share several tips on pedestrian safety including making eye contact with a driver at stops — ensuring they can see you before crossing.

Pedestrian injuries can range from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones and head trauma. Consult medical experts right away, then consult the attorneys at Ashenden and Associates, P.C. to help with your case.


Look Twice: Motorcycles on Georgia Roads

Whether driving through busy Metro Atlanta or up to the North Georgia mountains, motorists must watch for motorcycles.

According to a 2017 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcycle fatalities reached a nine-year record. More than 5,200 motorcycle deaths happened on American roads. That represents a 5.1 percent increase over one year.

Men are in fatal motorcycle crashes 10-times more than women according to statistics. Moreover, motorcyclists deaths over age 50 are higher than any other age group.

Motorists  should allow additional distance as well as double-check mirrors and blind spots.

HELMETS ARE THE LAW

In the state of Georgia, motorcyclists and passengers must wear helmets. The law that has remained unchanged for nearly 50 years. The CDC indicates the risk of serious head injury drops by 69 percent if using a helmet.

Injuries and damage to property can be extensive, so if you are involved in a wreck contact Ashenden and Associates, P.C.


Understanding Workers’ Comp in Georgia

If you’ve been hurt on the job while working for a company in the state of Georgia, you may be entitled to certain rights.

Your medical treatment, lost earnings, and permanent impairment benefits may fall under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. If a party other than your employer has caused or contributed to your injuries while you were on the job, negligence, occupational hazards, and other factors may play a role in your particular situation as well.  Additionally, injuries caused by a third party may fall under a personal injury claim.

THE PROCESS

Consider contacting Ashenden and Associates, P.C. to help with your case. If you need to verify workers’ compensation insurance coverage, visit the state of Georgia’s office website.


Back to School: Safe Driving Reminders

Metro Atlanta schools are back in session, which means it’s a good time to brush-up on safe driving techniques.

SPEED LIMIT

Always know the speed limit and whether or not you are driving through an active school zone. In Georgia, penalties for excessive speeds in a school zone can mean points on your license and expensive fines. If you’ve been hit by a speeding driver, contact Ashenden and Associates, P.C.

ROAD CROSSINGS

Pay attention to crosswalks and obey directions from crossing guards. Remember that the use of cell phones while driving is illegal in Georgia, so limit all other distractions in your vehicle too.

SCHOOL BUS

Georgia Rules of the Road clearly outline that drivers must stop when the red lights of a school bus and stop sign arm extend. When a school bus stops for passengers, all traffic in all directions must come to a complete stop and give appropriate distance. The exception to the rule is for median-divided highways where only traffic flowing with the school bus must stop.

Penalties for disobeying the law include a mandatory court appearance, up to $1,000 in fines and as many as six points on a driver’s record.

PARKING LOTS AND PICK-UP/DROP-OFF LINES

Accidents can happen anywhere, including on school property when dropping-off or picking-up a child. Give appropriate distance between vehicles, check mirrors, and watch for pedestrians. Even slow speed incidents can lead to injury and property damage, so always use caution.

For questions or information on other personal injury topics, contact Ashenden and Associates, P.C.


Georgia roadway deaths drop in last year

A decline in how many Georgia drivers and passengers lost their lives in 2017 was noted in a report by Georgia DOT and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

Last year’s numbers indicate 1,522 people died on the roads in the state, which was 39 fewer than 2016. Still 2017 ranks as the second-most deadly year for roadway fatalities in Georgia over the past decade. This is the third year since 2013 with more than 1,500 deaths.

Nationally, it’s estimated that more than 4 million Americans were involved in crashes resulting in injuries during the last available data year (2016).

At Ashenden & Associates we are troubled with any loss of life or injury. We want to give Georgia drivers the tools they need to stay safe on the roads in addition to representing parties that have been involved in roadway wrecks. Please be safe on the roads, and check out some of our travel tips.

If you’ve been in an accident, please give one of our experienced attorneys a call.