LAWRENCEVILLE PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
Our Lawrenceville injury lawyers are available for consultations and meetings at 154 Stone Mountain Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045. Our office is located within walking distance from the Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center, Gwinnett County’s courthouse. The courthouse is located at 75 Langley Drive, just half a mile from our office.
Personal Injury Lawyer for Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County
As the city of Lawrenceville continues to expand and grow, it is important to know a personal injury attorney that you can trust. That is especially true as increasing traffic leads to car accidents and the nearness of major highways like Interstate 85 and Georgia 316 leads to tractor-trailer accidents. Having a firm that is respected by defense law firms and judges makes a difference. Our Lawrenceville injury lawyers understand the dynamics of a changing city, community, and subsequently, the shifting jury dynamics. We understand the influx of new people to Gwinnett County, and the new views of the courtroom and the civil justice system that those people bring.
We could tell you more about ourselves, but our clients say it best.
Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County
Lawrenceville is one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia. Located in Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville is home to the Gwinnett Braves, Georgia Gwinnett College, and the Aurora Theatre. Nearby cities include Duluth, Norcross, Buford, Snellville, Lilburn, and Suwanee.
It is relatively close to the University of Georgia, where our Lawrenceville injury lawyers graduated from law school. Darren is actually a “double dog” having graduated from the University of Georgia for college and law, while Jeb graduated from Vanderbilt for college. Lawrenceville is also home to an excellent hospital, Gwinnett Medical Center, and the spacious Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center where the county’s courts are located. Gwinnett residents are fortunate to have excellent judges presiding over cases.
Jeb Butler and Darren Tobin with a happy client after a successful car accident trial in the State Court of Gwinnett County, which is based in Lawrenceville.
The Gwinnett County Justice Center at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville GA is a large, modern courthouse with plenty of space and modern amenities.
Personal Injury Lawyers in Action
Before you hire a personal injury lawyer, it doesn’t hurt to see him or her in action! Below are a few video clips of our trial lawyers trying cases to juries or taking depositions to use at trial.
This closing argument clip comes from a wrongful death car accident case in which a young boy lost his life. The jury returned a verdict of $150 million.
When terrorists overseas used a large commercial truck to attack a crowd, news reporters called our firm for expert analysis of the truck.
In this car accident trial in Atlanta GA, our client was sitting at a traffic light when her car was struck in the rear by a drunk driver—while her two-year-old daughter was in the back seat. During opening statements, we described the wreck to the jury.
Lawrenceville Car Accident Lawyer
A car accident can change your life in a flash. Serious injuries result in pain, suffering, and costly expenses. Neck, back, and spinal injuries are common. Death can shatter a family and leave people feeling lost. It is crucial you have a personal injury attorney who is there to help you through your recovery process, and who you can rely on for sound advice. Our Lawrenceville car accident attorneys understand what it means to be there for their clients. We deliver top-caliber service to the men, women, and children we have the honor of helping.
We understand auto insurance, and we know the tricks that insurance companies use to get out of paying the amount that they should. For instance, we know that insurance companies frequently try to record people who have been hurt in hopes of getting something that the insurance company can use against them later, and we know that insurance adjusters sometimes pretend to be an injured person’s friend when what they really want to do is pay as little as possible. We pursue liability insurance policies, UM insurance policies, and resident relative polices—and we often find insurance that our clients didn’t even know they had.
Lawrenceville Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents are different than car accidents for a few reasons. First, they tend to have different results. Tractor-trailers, box trucks, and other commercial vehicles are larger than other cars on the road, so the injuries caused in trucking accidents tend to be more severe. When a tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds collides with a car that weighs 5,000 pounds, the car is not a good place to be.
Second, they’re different from a legal perspective. Our firm has handled many truck accident cases, and the trucking company often tries to convince the judge that while the truck driver is responsible, the trucking company is not. That argument is almost always wrong, both because the truck company has often hired or failed to train a dangerous driver, and because the truck company is liable under the doctrines of “vicarious liability” or “respondeat superior.” We have confronted this issue, written briefs on it, and gotten trucking companies to admit that they were responsible.
A truck accident lawyer knows to investigate not only the collision, but the truck driver. In this deposition, we cross-examined the vice president of the commercial truck company—and look what he admitted in the end.
Although trucking companies usually deny responsibility at the beginning, cross examining the truck company owner—like in this video clip—sometimes straightens things out.
If We Aren’t the Right Fit, We’ll Find a Lawyer Who Is
Our Lawrenceville injury attorneys are experienced in handling motor vehicle collisions, helping crime victims, and fighting back against dangerous products. If you or a loved one has been harmed and need a personal injury lawyer in Gwinnett County, talk with us to see if we are a good fit for you. If we aren’t the right fit for your particular case, we’ll share with you the names of other good Lawrenceville injury lawyers we recommend.
Gwinnett County News Updates
A fiery crash of a county police cruiser closed the intersection of Scenic Highway GA 124 and Sugarloaf Parkway to thru traffic for several hours early on the morning of October 29th . Gwinnett County Police Department spokesperson Corporal Michele Pihera reports that her fellow officer appeared to have suffered a medically-related event and suddenly slammed into a nearby wall, whereupon his cruiser burst into flames. The police vehicle also knocked over a large tree alongside the roadway before coming to a stop. Responding officers quickly used fire extinguishers on the fire, and Pihera reported that the officer was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and sustained only minor injuries. It has been a sad time for all of Gwinnett County with the recent death of Officer Antwan Toney who was shot while investigating a suspicious vehicle near Shiloh Middle School in Snellville on October 20th.
A Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services news release reports that children playing with lighters have caused fire damage to two homes in the area on the same day. On the morning of October 8th an active house fire was reported in the 800 block of Emerald Forest Circle SW in Lawrenceville, which caused extensive damages to the interior and exterior of the home and has displaced the family indefinitely. A few hours later, crews responded to another fire call, this time in Duluth at The Heights at Sugarloaf Apartments, where minor smoke and fire damages were reported in the child’s bedroom but were quickly extinguished. Luckily none of the children involved were injured, but youngsters and lighters are always a dangerous combination. Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge reminds residents to be aware that during October, Georgia’s Fire Prevention Month, families should check their smoke alarms, educate their children about fire safety and discuss emergency plans for escaping and surviving a home fire.
A Gwinnett County law enforcement community is the proud recipient of a state award honoring their agency’s ongoing work to educate the public about the dangers of distracted driving. Chief Roy Whitehead of the Snellville Police Department recently attended the 19th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards and accepted the award on behalf of his whole department, and says he is “proud to work with these officers every day”. Throughout the year, the department works as a team to promote public safety by speaking about the dangers of distracted driving at schools, civic groups, the Citizens Police Academy, city events like Public Safety Night, and posting on all their social media platforms. These concerted efforts to educate the public on new laws and safety tips have resulted in a much lower traffic accident rate involving distracted drivers in the city. In other Georgia communities, approximately 20% of all traffic accidents involved distracted drivers, but in Snellville that number has been reduced to only 5% of all accidents, proof that this award-winning program is working.
On August 23rd Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Keith Miles sentenced Theandre Chishun Haggins (aka Denzel Morris) to life in prison plus 40 years for armed robbery, hijacking a motor vehicle and 2 counts of aggravated assault after the jury deliberated the case for only 20 minutes, reports the Gwinnett County District Attorney’s office. Last year a local couple had arranged a potential Craigslist transaction with Haggins at the Lawrenceville Walmart for their 2013 Chevy Camaro, only to have him demand to take the car out on a test drive without any proof of payment. Haggins then forced them to hand over the title to the car at gunpoint and took off. After the couple called 911, it only took 10 minutes to arrest Haggins. Heavy traffic on Sugarloaf Parkway had helped a Gwinnett County law enforcement officer locate the hijacked vehicle with Haggins inside.
Ventura Drive near Gwinnett Place Mall was re-opened to traffic on August 11th thanks to efforts by the Gwinnett DOT, local police, Water Resources and Code Enforcement departments to repair two dangerous sinkholes. Since June 21st the busy road located a block from the mall was closed from Steve Reynolds Boulevard to Pleasant Hill Road due to damages caused by failure of a pipe to a nearby stormwater detention pond. Gwinnett County took legal action against Venture Outlet Mall LLC and Best Friends Development Inc., citing the fear that the sinkholes these companies controlled could cause ‘catastrophic damage’ to the county’s stormwater system. The two sinkholes and retention pond are on Venture Outlet Mall’s property, and Best Friends Development owns the adjoining property. The lawsuit was still active as of mid-July.
A Lawrenceville man, Tyquan Samuel, age 31, was booked into Gwinnett County Jail on July 25th without bond on charges of felony homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, driving on the wrong side of the road, drag racing, failure to maintain lane, simple battery-family violence, and possession of marijuana stemming from a deadly five-car accident. Around 9 a.m. on July 14th, his 2015 Audi suddenly went left in an apparent loss of control and crossed the raised median on Buford Drive/Highway 20 by The Circle, hitting two vehicles and causing a fourth vehicle to strike and push 23-year-old Sinee Hicks into the side of Samuel’s burning car. The horrific accident trapped Hicks in flames until local firefighters could extract her. Samuel, two other drivers and a passenger were transported to Gwinnett Medical Center with serious injuries. Ms. Hicks sustained horrific burns and was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced brain dead on July 20th and passed away on July 22nd.
The two-way conversion of vehicular traffic on Perry and Clayton Streets from Pike Street south to the merge in the city of Lawrenceville will take place over a period of several weeks this summer, beginning on July 9, 2018 and tentatively completed on July 23, 2018. The majority of the conversion work will be completed in individual sections at night, weather permitting, with new traffic patterns beginning the following morning. All parking spaces adjacent to the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse on the square from Pike to Crogan will be closed indefinitely until all work is complete and crews can change the angled spaces. Drivers can monitor the proposed timeline and subscribe to receive text alerts on traffic conditions at the following link: www.lawrencevillega.org/downtownconstruction
The portion of Langley Drive directly in front of Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center will re-open on June 25th after years of construction intended to offer improved access to the building. The front entrance has been completely reconfigured and upgraded with a pedestrian drop-off area, enhanced security on the new plaza, and a handicapped parking area. There is an improved entrance to the parking lot and new concrete sidewalks and walkways. The Langley Drive entrance now has one lane of traffic in each direction after the road realignment project with a future bus pullover area. Construction is still ongoing behind the Center for the new courtroom addition and parking deck, according to county officials, but all visitors are welcome to visit Gwinnett’s Fallen Heroes Memorial, honoring over 700 fallen military and public servants from the earliest Native Americans to the most recent casualties.
Shocked residents of several apartment complexes near Johns Creek and Duluth alerted local police that a young adult man was approaching women at apartment pools and exposing himself, then disappearing. The latest incident occurred at the Colonial Grand Apartments at River Oaks on Pleasant Hill Road on June 6th, and witnesses identified the suspect immediately with a mug shot from the responding officer’s phone. Duluth police issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) and a warrant for public indecency for 21-year-old Daniel Unjie, who was apprehended on June 11th outside the police department. Unjie is familiar to area police as he was on probation for a previous charge of sexual battery, and is currently jailed on one count of public indecency.
Emergency responders are the ones who do the most important work in the worst conditions. Gwinnett county fire fighters were out in middle of a serious storm, saving a pair of homes from being burned down. One of the burning homes was in unincorporated Lilburn, and the other was in unincorporated Lawrenceville. Luckily, none of the homes’ occupants were injured and all escaped safely.
The Aurora theater will be honoring Jon Richards at its annual Aurora Gala. Richards, a well-known local and state political activist, was a consistent supporter of the arts. Mr. Richards passed away last year after a battle with cancer. Richards dedicated not only his money to the Aurora theater, but his time, as he was also quietly helping to maintain the theater’s website. Anthony Rodriguez, the Aurora theater’s Producing Artistic Director called Richards a “hero” in a statement.
Governor Nathan Deal announced Jan. 22 that Gwinnett County Public Schools would receive a $20,000.00 grant for its “Getting Ready to Read” project. The project is aimed at helping children, from newborn to eight years old, in low-income areas learn to read and understand literature. The project will take place at multiple elementary schools and retail establishments in Gwinnett County.
The State senate has a new president pro tempore. Sen. David Shafer announced in early January his resignation from the post he’d held since 2013. He state that the resignation was because he is running for Georgia’s Lieutenant Governor. Butch Miller, a Republican from Gainesville, was elected as the senate’s new president pro tempore.
Public service deserves thanks. The Red, Blue, and You event at Coolray Field had well over 300 people attending. Police officers, firemen, and other similar professions were honored. Jessica Rantamaki was severely injured in a car wreck this year. She spoke her sincere thanks to the emergency personnel who treated her. There were statements from local officials and even a recorded message from Rob Woodall. These people do a hard, thankless job. This event showed everyone that it’s not as thankless as some believe.
A pooch in trouble landed its owner in hot water. A concerned citizen called 911 about a dog locked in a hot car, and the police discovered marijuana in the car after helping the poor pup. Soon after, the owner and her companion, a felon, came to the vehicle after shopping. Both were arrested and the police searched the vehicle further with probably cause. They discovered a firearm tucked away along with more marijuana and cocaine in the vehicle. The owner was released and cited for cruelty to animals, but their partner is charged with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm by a felon. Luckily, the young pup was fine afterwards.
47-year-old Orlando Hall from Dallas, Georgia died in Lawrenceville, Georgia after being pinned between the hydraulic arm of the hopper of a street sweeper in the parking lot of a Quick Trip at Pleasant Hill Road and Club Drive in Gwinnett County. Hall was the operator of the street sweeper, and Gwinnett County Fire believe that he was under the street sweeper to fix a mechanical issue. The street sweeper was still running when firefighters found Hall. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) have been investigating the incident.
A three-vehicle crash in Gwinnett County resulted in minor injuries and an oil leak on GA-316. A tractor-trailer carrying a load of dry ice collided with two other vehicles. Gwinnett County Police do not know the cause of the accident. Multiple lanes were blocked on GA-316 at Harbins Road while hazmat cleaned the area. One driver was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center. Investigations are ongoing.
Gwinnett County Police responded to a four-vehicle accident in Duluth, Georgia on Highway 316 near Boggs Road. Three people were injured and one child died. Since the investigation is ongoing none of the names of those involved have been released yet.
A high speed accident killed two teens and injured several others on Lawrenceville Highway near Tucker. Kiara Oliver, 37, was speeding in a 2000 Cheverolet Tahoe heading north in the center lane on Lawreceville Highway. Oliver prepared to make a left turn onto Kenvilla Drive and turned her vehicle in front of a 2016 Honda Accord driven by teenager Sani Velani. Velani had three teen passengers. The collision was so strong that it rotated the Honda Accord clockwise hitting it into a power pole before coming to a stop on the highway’s grass shoulder. The Tahoe rotated counter clockwise and stopped in lanes of travel. Two of the teens were trapped in the wreckage. Gwinnett Fire Captial Tommy Rutledge said that the firefighers had to use hydraulic rescue tools to free them. Velani died at the scene. Passengers Rutesh Kakadiya, 16, and Afaan Asit, 15, were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center. Passenger Taha Muhammed, 15, was taken with Oliver to Atlanta Medical Center. The highway was shut down for an extremely long time. Georgia Power and Georgia Department of Transportation were notified of the collision and damage.
Lawrenceville City Police arrived to horrific car wreck that killed one person (62-year-old Eva Wilkerson) and injured 18 on Georgia 316 at Buford Drive in Lawrenceville. The wreck involved 8 vehicles and shut down traffic for several hours. A tractor-trailer failed to stop when traffic came to a standstill on Hi Hope Road causing pileup. One vehicle went completely under the tractor-trailer and caught on fire. Gwinnett County Fire Department reported 8 children and 10 adults injured. Those with injuries were take to Gwinnett Medical Center and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.
Hundreds of watermelons caused a major traffic delay for those traveling on I-985 North in Gwinnett County. It took crews two hours to clear the scene before I-985 could be reopened after the watermelon spill. The Georgia State Patrol said that their troopers had responded to a crash involving a Ford F-350 and a tractor-trailer. The Ford was hauling the watermelons in its truck bed. The Ford driver failed to maintain his lane and crossed the fog line to the left. He overcorrected which caused him to lose control of the truck, strike the tractor-trailer, and hit a concrete traffic barrier. At that time, his load of watermelons spilled onto the roadway. Both lanes of I-985 were clocked for about 2 hours. There were no injuries reported.
A Gwinnett County jury convicted Jhonatan Romero-Alvarez of felony hit and run and failing to stop at or return to the scene of an accident involving a death. The incident happened in Duluth in 2015 when Romero-Alvarez’s vehicle mirror hit pedestrian Dante Wilson who was trying to cross the intersection of Boggs Road and Magnolia Pointe Boulevard at about 9:45 PM. Wilson fell when Romero-Alvarez’s vehicle hit him. While injured and lying in the road, two other vehicles ran over him. The drivers of those vehicles stopped and assisted the police investigation. Wilson died at the scene. 24 hours after the accident, Romero-Alvarez called police and he was arrested at his home. Romero-Alvarez was sentenced to three years and eight months in federal prison then he will serve about two years and four months of probation for the crimes.
A White SUV crashed into a new Lawrenceville restaurant wedging itself upright into a brick wall just after striking an embankment. The restaurant named Parkside District has not opened to the public yet. The owners made light of the situation by posting a photo of it with the caption, “The anticipation is REAL, Lawrenceville! Our first guest couldn’t wait any longer for us to open and created a drive thru.” Gwinnett County Police reported that the anonymous driver was traveling too fast in heavy rain and lost control of the vehicle trying to make a right turn into the restaurant’s parking lot. No one was hurt. Parkside District’s opening has not been impacted by the crash and the restaurant will still open as planned in the summer. The driver received multiple citations, including driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane.
In Gwinnett County, 30-year-old Natalie Nation and her 2-year-old son Cole were brutally assaulted at their home on Tybee Drive in Buford, Georgia. The mother and son were strangled by 32-year-old Brandon Williams. According to the Gwinnett County Police, immediately after the assault Williams admitted to his father that he choked Natalie and Cole in their room at the home. Williams’s father was outside during the incident working on his vehicle. Williams’s father owned the home that Natalie and her son rented. Natalie was Williams’s father’s girlfriend. Williams’s father contacted police and Williams was apprehended at a nearby gas station. Natalie and her son were rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center where they both died from their injuries. Williams is being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond on multiple charges. Among the charges are one count for felony murder and two counts for aggravated assault. Williams is not related to the victims and police do not know the motive behind the murders.
A vehicle drove into the wall of a Chick-Fil-A off of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth, Georgia. It smashed so hard into the building that it broke a hole in the wall where patrons dine. An unidentified woman who was sitting where the accident happened was taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with minor injuries. No one else was seriously hurt. The Duluth Police Department responded to the scene. The driver was an unidentified elderly woman who was trying to move around another car in the parking lot of the restaurant. The woman hit the gas instead of the brake which launched her vehicle into the Chick-Fil-A. The restaurant remains open to patrons while it is being fixed.
Lawrenceville police need the public’s help to locate the driver of a U-Haul truck involved in a deadly hit-and-run accident near the intersection of Johnson Road and Daniel Lane. On the afternoon of Monday, September 10th around 3:45 p.m. 79-year-old Tran Hong was walking along the road when the U-Haul truck left the roadway, struck the elderly woman, then got back on the roadway and continued driving. Ms. Hong died at the scene. Anyone having information about the identity of the male driver, or finding damages to the right front headlight and corner light on any U-Haul truck should call Lawrenceville police detectives right away at 770-339-2412.
A 19 year-old was shot to death in the 4600 block of Grove Lake Street in Loganville. Gwinnett County Police said the victim, Jacquorrius Madison, was shot during a fight with other teenagers. The shooting is believed to be drug-related. While the Gwinnett County Police have not released the three suspect’s names, two teens have been arrested. The third suspect is still being investigated. The neighborhood is reported as being quiet. Gwinnett County Police is still obtaining information for their investigation.