Can I Sue After an Accident Caused by Winter Weather Conditions?

With winter comes dangerous driving conditions. Black ice, heavy snowfall, roads that have not been cleared of snow and other bad driving conditions can all make it more difficult to control your vehicle and avoid an accident. Each year, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and 15 percent happen…

Sharing the Road with Truck Drivers

There are few things as scary as coming up behind a tractor-trailer and seeing the words “student driver” across the back. But those with commercial driver licenses are often good truck drivers. Not only is it a requirement for their livelihood, but they all know that if they get into a crash, the other vehicle…

What To Do When You’re in an Accident with an Uninsured Driver

Car accidents happen. They’re an inconvenient, yet inevitable part of life. For this reason, almost every state requires drivers to have car insurance. However, with so many drivers on the roads, you will probably come across someone who doesn’t follow these laws. In fact, in the United States, 12 percent of drivers are uninsured. When…

Trucking Accident Attorneys

Trucking Accident Attorneys Due to the massive size and weight of a tractor trailers, anything they collide with does not stand much of a chance of being unharmed. The size, weight and momentum of a moving eighteen wheeler makes trucking accidents almost always catastrophic, often resulting in serious personal injury and death. Trucking accident cases…

$197 Million Jury Verdict

$197 Million Jury Verdict on behalf of plaintiffs injured when their rented car, insufficiently equipped with seat belts, collided with a disabled tractor trailer truck. (more…)

$100 Million Jury Verdict

$100 Million Jury Verdict passed in a pedestrian knock down case when a mother and her child were struck by a car.  

$51.4 Million Jury Verdict

$51.4 Million Jury Verdict for a young girl whose right forearm was crushed when she fell beneath the wheels of a streetcar in New Orleans during a birthday party.

$23.5 Million Jury Verdict

on behalf of a young woman who suffered severe brain injury after a tractor-trailer collided with the van in which she was a passenger. (more…)

$25 Million Jury Verdict: Drunk Driver

$25 Million Jury Verdict against a drunk driver and a bar for the wrongful death of a jogger struck and killed by the drunk driver. This case was a dram shop action against the bar (more…)

$32.5 Million Settlement

for passengers in a van hit by a bus. One female client sustained severe internal injuries which resulted in seven reconstructive surgeries (more…)

$14.4 Million Jury Verdict

When an asphalt truck, improperly serviced and inspected by the driver and asphalt company, caused a chain collision. (more…)

$33.5 Million Jury Verdict

$33.5 Million Jury Verdict against the City of New York for a wrongful death suit resulting from negligent highway design and maintenance.

$20.2 Million Jury Verdict

$20.2 Million Jury Verdict was awarded to the family of a 62 year old school teacher who suffered injuries when his car was struck from behind by a truck. (more…)

When Should I Consider a Claim for Auto Accident Injuries?

Auto Accident Injuries Each year nearly 2 million Americans are injured in automobile accidents. Another 42,000 Americans are killed in accidents. Not every accident involving death, injury or property damage results in a claim or lawsuit. Not every accident should result in a claim. How do you know when to make a claim and when…

What Damages May I Recover If I Am Successful In My Claim?

Recoverable Damages Each jurisdiction determines the available damages a party may recover in an action resulting from an automobile accident. The policy behind compensation for injures is to place the injured party back into the same position he would have been in if the accident had not occurred. This concept is referred to as making…

Should I Go to the Doctor to Get Checked For Injuries?

Should I See A Doctor? Yes. Many people who are involved in an automobile accident are too embarrassed to seek medical treatment. The initial bumps and bruises do not seem serious or the onset of the symptoms does not immediately occur. After an accident, an initial evaluation at a local emergency room is recommended. X-rays…

Presenting Your Evidence At Trial: Auto Accident

Evidence At Trial A case may be won or lost depending on how the evidence is presented at trial. If the judge or jury does not understand the theory of the case or the testimony of the witnesses they will have a hard time ruling in your favor. This is why it is extremely important…

What are the Expected Attorney’s Fees and Costs?

Attorney Fees & Costs Generally, attorneys that work on personal injury cases do so on a contingency fee basis. The specific fee will generally be set forth in the attorney's fee contract. In addition to the attorney's fees, the attorney will also generally be reimbursed for all costs expended on the litigation from the client's…

Why Do You Need Automobile Liability Insurance

Automobile Liability Insurance Many states require that drivers have some minimum amount of automobile liability insurance. The amount of coverage required may vary from state to state. Even if liability insurance is not mandatory in your state, it is still a pretty good idea to carry enough insurance coverage to protect yourself in the event…

How Do I Make a Claim Against An Insurance Company?

Claims Against Insurance Companies The decision to make a claim against an insurance company generally should be based upon the fault of the other driver and the extent of injuries and damages you suffered as a result. Of course, not every auto accident will or should result in a claim. This is especially true in…

The Statute Of Limitations: Auto Accidents

What is The Statute Of Limitation? One of the first questions that must be answered before filing an automobile accident claim is the question of whether the claim is beyond the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is the time period that the law allows for asserting a claim. If a claim is not…

Do I Need An Umbrella Liability Insurance Policy?

Liability Insurance Policies Personal umbrella liability insurance financially protects you against a catastrophic lawsuit or judgment. It provides expanded liability coverage over and above your primary liability protection. It increases the coverage afforded under your homeowners/renters and auto insurance policies. Do not assume that your automobile and homeowners insurance coverage provide you with enough liability…

What Law Will Be Used To Decide My Auto Accident Case?

My Auto Accident Case Generally, the law of the state in which the accident happened and where the case is pending will govern the facts of a particular automobile accident case. However, there are instances in which the courts must decide which state's law to apply. An example of this issue may arise when a…

Getting Your Experts And Witnesses To Trial

Using Subpoenas In an automobile accident case, the plaintiff has the burden of proving his case by a preponderance of the evidence. In order to meet his burden of proof, the plaintiff must present evidence in the form of testimony to the judge or jury. Although the method of presentation of the evidence can be…

Working With Your Attorney

Your Role in The Claim Too many clients attempt to let their attorney handle all of the case without their help. As a client, you have a responsibility to assist your attorney for the most likely chance of a favorable outcome. Moreover, the client has critical factual and background information which the lawyer does not…

What Do I Do At The Auto Accident Scene?

Auto Accident Scene When you are involved in an automobile accident you may not be thinking as clearly as you should. Knowing what to do at the scene could not only save someone's life, but it could also help you at a later point. If you have been involved in an accident, the most important…

Do I Really Need an Attorney For Every Potential Claim?

Do I Really Need an Attorney For Every Claim? The short answer is "No". If you are involved in an automobile accident and it involves property damage only with little if no personal injury, you may do well to handle the case yourself or with your own insurance company. If you have collision coverage your…

The Philosophy of Our Accident Lawyers

Auto Accident Attorneys Fight for the innocent. Fight for the injured. Fight for those hurt by negligence and recklessness, those on society's margins who are too often shut out by the legal system. That was the philosophy of Johnnie Cochran, our firm's founder. And it remains the philosophy of The Cochran Firm's accident lawyers. When…

Investigating Your Auto Accident

Starting the Investigation The Cochran Firm’s auto accident lawyers always urge the innocent victims of these wrecks to speak with us as soon as possible. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in your state. However, perhaps even more pressing is…

Determining Liability in an Auto Accident

Determining Liability One of the most important jobs the accident lawyers at The Cochran Firm do is investigate your case. By looking at the details of your accident, speaking to witnesses, examining physical evidence and following all relevant leads, we can determine who was at fault in your accident. Once that determination has been made,…

Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving Attorneys If there’s one thing the history of the automobile has proven, it’s that drivers have to take their responsibilities seriously. Cars and trucks are too dangerous to be operated by people who don’t follow the rules or take basic safety precautions. The most fundamental precaution one can take is to give the…

Dram Shop Laws

What Are Dram Shop Laws? These laws hold accountable businesses and individuals who provided alcohol to people who then went on to hurt others as a result of their intoxication. At The Cochran Firm, our lawyers will have a keen, complete understanding of the dram shop laws in your state and how they apply to…

Fatal Auto Accidents

Fatal Auto Accident Attorneys As auto accident lawyers with years of experience handling fatal auto accidents, we understand how devastating the consequences of these wrecks can be. We have helped many clients who tragically lost loved ones in accidents that were caused by another driver’s negligence or misconduct. At The Cochran Firm, our auto accident…

How To Deal With Insurance Companies

Accident Lawyers While discussions about the importance of retaining an accident lawyer after your accident tend to revolve around potential legal actions, most accidents are resolved through the insurance system. The important thing to understand is that the insurance companies are looking out for themselves, not for you. They want to resolve your claim as…

The Importance of Seeking Medical Attention

Seeking Medical Attention In the immediate aftermath of your accident, you might not feel much pain. There's an even better chance you won't see anything wrong with yourself. And considering the hassles of hospitals and doctors' offices, it's easy to decide that you don't need to see a medical professional. This is a mistake, however…

Intoxicated Drivers

Drinking & Driving Driving is a task that requires a clear mind. It’s not a task one can safely perform when intoxicated. Unfortunately, thousands of people attempt to do just that every day, and these attempts often result in innocent people getting hurt. At The Cochran Firm, our auto accident lawyers have seen the catastrophic…

Dangerous Rural Roads and Bridges

Dangerous Rural Roads Nearly 50 million Americans live in rural areas where vehicle transposition is necessary on a daily basis. While the number of people living in rural areas is much lower than those living in urban or suburban areas, the number of fatal auto accidents on rural roads is nearly three times higher. A…

Uninsured & Underinsured Drivers

Uninsured & Underinsured Driver Coverage Most U.S. states require that automobile insurance companies offer uninsured / under-insured motorist coverage as a coverage option. Whether a motorist decides to purchase such coverage is a matter of personal choice. Making an Auto Accident Claim If you are involved in an auto accident with a driver who is…

What To Do After an Auto Accident

Your Auto Accident Attorney Even when you do your best to drive defensively, an auto accident can occur. Another driver who is distracted, speeding or daydreaming may be at fault. What can you do if an auto accident happens to you? Make a stressful situation more tolerable by immediately contacting the expert attorneys at The…

Whiplash in Auto Accidents

Car Accident Attorneys Whiplash is a sprain or strain of the neck. The word ‘whiplash,” coined by Dr. Harold Crowe in 1928, aptly describes the nature of the injury. Hyperextension and hyperflexion are the medical terms for what happens to the head and neck at the point of impact during an auto accident. The neck…

SUV Rollover Lawyers

SUV Rollover Lawyers As Americans continue purchasing SUVs in greater numbers, the likelihood of SUV auto accidents continues increasing. Due to their higher center of gravity and narrower track width, SUVs are more susceptible to rollover accidents than any other automobile. By their very nature, SUV rollover accidents are more dangerous than typical automobile accidents…

Tractor Accident Attorneys

Tractor Accidents Farming is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. Each year, more than 120,000 people are injured in farming accidents, and over 1,300 of these accidents are fatal. More than half of all fatal farm accidents involve tractors. Preventable Tragedies Many of the tragic fatalities caused by tractor accidents could have…

Motorcycle Accident Attorneys

Motorcycle Accidents According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 4,810 motorcyclists were killed and 88,000 were injured in motorcycle accidents in the United States in 2006. These fatalities accounted for 11% of total traffic fatalities during 2006. While riding a motorcycle can provide a sense of freedom and exhilaration not found with other…

Municipal Liability Lawyers

What is Municipal Liability Litigation? Municipal liability litigation involves cases and claims against a state, city, town, or county. There are numerous types of municipal liability cases, and with increasing numbers of dangerous situations in our cities and counties and ignored safety precautions, municipal litigation cases are becoming more and more common. Our lives involve…

Fatal Auto Accident Lawyer

Fatal Auto Accidents Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic event, even if it’s only a fender bender. Unfortunately, however, many car accidents in the United States are much more serious than that. According to FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System), 34,017 people died in auto accidents in 2008. While much is being done…

Defective Automobile Lawyers

Defective Automobiles A defectively designed automobile may give rise to liability on the part of the vehicle's manufacturer. There are situations where the design of the vehicle actually causes the occupant's injury, or makes those injuries more severe. Examples of automobile defects include, but are not limited to the following: Fuel System Failures:the car experiences…

Distracted Driving Accidents

Distracted Drivers There is no denying it: distracted drivers cause auto accidents. The moment you take your eyes off the road, you increase the risk for injury, disability and even death for yourself, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians. At The Cochran Firm, we understand the complexities of prosecuting distracted drivers for reckless injury and…

Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

Auto Accident Attorneys In the United States, driving a vehicle is both a privilege and a way of life. Approximately 200,000,000 people drive on our country’s highways and byways each day, according to the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). Sadly, as many as 40,000 men, women and children die in

Common Car Accident Injuries

Car Accident Lawyers Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience, even if the injuries are minor. But when there are serious injuries (or fatalities) as a result of a car accident, the trauma only intensifies. Because of their size and weight, when cars collide or when cars collide with trucks, the chances…

Dangerous Guardrails

Dangerous Guardrails Guardrails are designed to prevent vehicles from drifting off of the road. They can also serve to slow vehicles down during a head-on impact. Upon impact, the end terminals of guardrails, also known as rail heads, are designed to push the metal railing to the side as the posts that secure the rail…

Intersectional Collision Accident Lawyers

Intersectional Collisions Intersectional collisions make up approximately 40% of all motor vehicle accidents. Typically, one vehicle's front bumper will strike the other on the side in one of three locations: the front quarter-panel; the front or rear doors; or the rear quarter panel. The side of a car may be the least protected area. There…

Lane Change and Side Swipe Cases

In addition to rear-end collisions and intersectional collisions, personal injuries often times result when one vehicle makes an improper lane change and makes contact with the vehicle in the adjacent lane. There may be a presumption of negligence on the part of the lane-changing vehicle. Before a lane change is attempted, the driver has a…

Left Turning Motorist Rules

Left Turning Motorist When an automobile accident occurs with a vehicle attempting to make a left turn, the law sets forth certain rules and presumptions regarding the fault of the parties involved. The law recognizes that a left turn is a dangerous maneuver because the left turning vehicle enters the lane of traffic for other…

Pedestrian Injury Lawyers

Pedestrian Injury Cases Universal enjoyment of roadways is largely a matter of sharing the road. There are a number of different entities that use America's busy streets: cars, trucks, bicyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians, among others. It's everyone's responsibility to behave legally and safely, but those driving the bigger, heavier, more dangerous vehicles have a particular…

Rear Impact Collision Accident Lawyers

Rear Impact Collision The rear impact collision is the most common type of automobile collision with "approximately 2.5 million rear impact collisions occurring each year." There are "six deaths per one million registered cars." Most of these accidents occur as a result of inattentiveness on the part of the rear-ending driver. One can expect these…

Auto Accident Cases – Unlicensed Operators

Unlicensed Operators Generally, the owner of a vehicle is not liable for damages which occur when another person is operating the vehicle. However, numerous exceptions to this rule exist where (i) the driver is on a mission for the owner of the vehicle; (ii) when the driver is an agent or employee of the owner;…

Aviation Accident Attorneys

Aviation Accident Cases Just like any other product that is sold on store shelves, airplanes are held to a standard of reasonable safety. If an airplane crash occurs, there is potential for a products liability case. The main issue in most aviation liability cases is whether the pilot was negligent or whether the manufacturer is…

Bucket Truck Accident Attorney

What are Bucket Trucks? If you are not familiar with the term “bucket truck,” a bucket truck is a truck with a boom and bucket (also called a cherry picker) attached to it and is often used as a service vehicle in utility businesses such as electric and phone companies. Tree cutters must use bucket…

Bus Accident Lawyers

Bus Accident Lawyers Bus accidents occur all too frequently on America’s streets and highways. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately three hundred fatal bus crashes occur annually. In bus accidents with no fatalities, the damage to property and the cost of severe injury and disability is high. If you have been…

Favored and Inferior Roads Information

Favored & Inferior Roads The motorist on a favored street has the right to assume that any driver approaching the intersection on a less favored street will yield the right-of-way. This right-of-way driver can indulge in this assumption until he sees, or should have seen, that the other car has not yielded. The doctrine of…

Cases Against Governments

Car Accident Lawyers In many cases handled by The Cochran Firm's accident lawyers, there are many causes of the accident in question. Sometimes another driver is at-fault, sometimes it's a company located hundreds of miles from the scene of the accident and sometimes the fault lies with a government entity that has failed in its…

Bucket Truck Accident Study

Bucket Truck Accident Attorneys One of the manufacturers of aerial lift devices conducted a 15 year study of National Safety Council public records related to electrocution accidents in the electric industry. The study revealed that nearly all line to grounded wire or grounded structure accidents involving aerial bucket trucks have occurred on systems of 15.000…

Accidents Caused by Defective Roads

Defective Roads There are situations where driver error is not the only cause of an accident. A defective highway or street may cause or contribute to motor vehicle accidents. Sometimes the governmental entity is held liable for a single car accident that occurs on defectively designed streets and roadways. This is the case both in…

Accidents in Urban Areas

Urban Auto Accident Attorneys The Cochran Firm has offices located in major cities across the country, including New York City, Atlanta and Los Angeles. As such, our accident lawyers have grown quite familiar with the dangers of driving in heavily populated urban areas. While speeds are often reduced on city streets, urban driving scenarios still…