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Truck Driver Violates Hours of Service Regulations, Kills Innocent Victim
On May 22, 2014 our client was tragically killed on I-95. Tony Kalka was called to investigate the accident and prove the truck driver's negligence within 4 days of the accident. Mr. Kalka tirelessly over the next 12 days to move faster and more efficiently than the Trucking Company and the Insurance Company Mr. Kalka dispatched a team of experts to inspect the truck and accident scene. Mr. Kalka personally spent days at the accident scene and investigating every facet of the truck and tracked down every possible witness. He eventually found two witnesses that helped prove the Truck Driver's negligence. Tony also discovered that the truck driver had violated the Federal Motor Carriers hours of service violations and that his R2 brake was inoperable. Tony also proved punitive damages against the Trucking Company. The case settled out of court at Mediation with the highest settlement award in that County.
Truck Stopped in Road with No Indicators, Causes Car Crash
A driver collided into an 18-wheeler in Paulding County in the early hours of the morning because the truck did not have any lights indicating its presense on the road. The man in the automobile was coming up over the hill and was not able to respond quickly enough because of the lack of indicators. Suffering pain and certain injuries to his ankle, arms and head requiring 5 different surgeries, the victim had over $320,000 in medical expenses. There were still even additional costs that the victim was going to have to pay out of pocket. Through the aggressive representation provided by Kalka & Baer, LLC, a settlement was reached for $1 million.
Recovery Man Struck by Vehicle at Full Speed, Forced to Amputate Both Legs
Top-rated Atlanta personal injury attorneys, Kalka & Baer, LLC represented
a client who had suffered the loss of both of his legs. The client was
an employee of American Disposal Services, and was stopped on near 5384
Austell Road in Austell to load some additional garbage into the truck.
The truck’s emergency flashers were on at the time. A driver in
a Dodger Caliber was traveling on the same southbound road crashed head-on
into the client, and slid for 30 feet on the asphalt before it crashed
into the rear of the truck. The force from the impact knocked him into
the trash pile inside the truck. The man sustained injuries to his head
and torso. Doctors had no choice but to amputate both legs. Thanks to
the Kalka & Baer, LLC’s aggressive pursuit of the case, the
firm successfully recovered $1, 000, 000.
Man Suffers Groin Injury After Vehicle Makes Illegal U-Turn in Front of Him
Client was out for a ride on his motorcycle on King Road (northbound) in Roswell, Georgia. SUV ahead of him made a sudden, illegal U-turn forcing the motorcyclist to swerve to the left but was unable to avoid being hit by the SUV. The impact of the crash forced the man's groin and pelvis to slam into the motorcycle's fuel tank, which occurred right before he was thrown off of his motorcycle. During this process, the man impaled his groin and perineum on the windshield of the motorcycle. Fortunately, he was able to move out of road quickly enough to avoid being hit by oncoming traffic.
Client Hit and Pinned By Car, Resulting in Serious Leg Injuries
Attorney Kalka represented a client in Atlanta who had been catastrophically injured while installing pine straw on a driveway. The client was working when he was suddenly struck and pinned against his truck by a reversing vehicle coming down the driveway towards him. The vehicle was operated by the owner of the house he was working for. After the incident, the man was unable to walk for weeks on end, due to catastrophic leg injuries and multiple fractures. Performing thorough investigations and preparing detailed case information, Attorney Kalka settled the case for his client at $775,000 in mediation.
Truck Makes Illegal U-Turn, Blocks Traffic, Causes Accident
Fulton County-Interstate 75.Our client was traveling down the highway on his way to the airport to begin work for the day. The tractor trailer missed its turn and attempted to make a u-turn. However, truck became stuck in mud and debris; the trailer was blocking two lanes. Client's vehicle struck the broad side of trailer at 55 miles per hour. Client suffered a broken back and a shattered kneecap. Truck driver and the national trucking company testified that truck driver was making a left rurn and became stuck in mud. National truck company alleged that our client should have perceived the truck and that our client had the last clear chance to avoid the accident. Kalka & Baer LLC successfully proved that the trucking company's trailer did not have proper lights or reflecting taping under 49.CRF 392.33 and was in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act. Kalka & Baer LLC also subpoenaed the trucking company's navigation and electric tracking system, which proved that the truck driver was making an illegal u-turn. This vehicle maneuever violated state law and internal company policies and procedure. Kalka & Baer LLC successfully secured millions of dollars in a confidential settlement that proved for client and the future of client's family.
UBER-X Driver T-Boned Resulting in Multiple Foot Fractures
An UBER-X driver was t-boned by another vehicle who failed to yield and
turned left into the Uber driver’s car. The impact of the crash
causing multiple fractures to her right foot. The injuries necessitated
a complex surgery and she was unable to put any weight on her right foot
while she waited for the procedures she needed. Additionally, she had
no health insurance or access to a good surgeon. Initially she hired a
lawyer with too high of a case load who did not spend adequate time on
her case and did not have connections with qualified doctors, causing
her to have to bounce from physician to physician. Frustrated and still
without proper treatment, she hired Bryan Baer who immediately referred
her to an excellent orthopedic surgeon and helped her get the insurance
she needed to pay for her surgery while Attorney Baer sought out compensation.
Through a thorough investigation of the accident, Kalka & Baer proved
that our client was not speeding contrary to what the at-fault driver
said, and we recovered $550,000 for her.
Motorcyclist Suffers Multiple Fractures After Car Makes Improper Left Turn
Client was driving eastbound on Highway 293 when another vehicle made an
improper left-hand turn in front of him, causing him to run into the passenger
side of their car. He was immediately life-flighted to the hospital where
they discovered he had serious injuries including multiple fractures in
his right leg and both of his wrists. The next day he underwent surgery
to fix the fracture in his leg and one week later he had surgery again
for the fractures in his wrists. He was moved to a rehabilitation center
for a while after his procedures and has to complete extensive out-patient
physical therapy. Kalka & Baer, LLC showed fault on the part of the
other driver and recovered $530,000 to cover his extensive medical bills,
lost income, pain and suffering, and the fact that his life will be forever
altered by his injuries.
Driver Rear-Ended, Suffers Serious Brain Injury Resulting in a Coma
Heading southbound on I 85, a commercial vehicle was speeding at 81 mph in a 55 mph zone and rear-ended Kalka & Baer's client. The impact pushed the front car across the interstate and resulted in serious injuries to the driver. When the first responder arrived, the driver did not have a pulse and was airlifted to the hospital, where it was discovered that he had an anoxic brain injury. The client is still in a coma. Kalka & Baer, LLC were contacted by the family of the victim because the truck driver was not cited for speeding. Our Atlanta accident attorneys were able to download the crash data and prove that the work truck was going 81 mph two seconds prior to impact and hit the other car at 52 mph. Through their dedicated representation, they recovered $500,000 in compensation for the victim and his family.
Rear-End Accident Results in Back & Neck Injuries for Passengers
Our clients were driving northbound on Highway 293 waiting to turn from
their lane in the street when they were hit from behind by a box truck
driver. The impact left both the driver and the passenger in the car with
painful neck and back injuries. They immediately went to the emergency
room and where their injuries were assessed. In the months that followed,
they both received numerous tests and various forms of treatment, including
CT scans, MRIs, physical therapy, and even a back brace for one of the
victims of the crash. They both have severe pain in their neck, back,
and shoulders, as well as ongoing headaches. It is recommended that they
both have surgery to fully correct the damage done. Tony Kalka of Kalka
& Baer, LLC was able to prove that both truck drivers were to blame
for running into our client’s car. Tony Kalka settled the case:
$487,500 recovered on behalf of both of clients.