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Truck Driver Violates Hours of Service Regulations, Kills Innocent Victim- $1,875,000.00

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- $1,000,000.00

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.


Man Suffers Groin Injury After Vehicle Makes Illegal U-Turn in Front of Him- $950,000.00

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- $775,000.00

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- $755,000.00

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.


Motorcyclist Suffers Multiple Fractures After Car Makes Improper Left Turn- $530,000.00

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- $500,000.00

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.


Apartment Complex Dishwasher Starts Fire and Kills Apartment Tenant- $375,000.00

Fulton County apartment complex installed, maintained, and failed to service defective dishwasher, which started an apartment fire and killed a tenant. Apartment complex threw out defective dishwasher so that it could not be inspected. Kalka & Baer LLC traced the dishwasher to a salvage yard and was able to have it inspected. The inspection revealed negligent electrical wiring, which was manipulated by the Apartment Complex. Client recovered settlement on behalf of the tenant's child.


Truck Rear-Ended Vehicle- $375,000.00

Dekalb County-Interstate 285. National tractor trailer trucking company rear-ended client on Interstate 285. The truck driver stated he was not responsible for accident . Client suffered a torn rotator cuff which required surgery. Kalka & Baer LLC proved through deposition and witness testimony that the truck driver had caused three accidents in two years and that truck driver was operating his tractor trailer too fast for the weather conditions. Trucking company offered substantial settlement at mediation prior to trial.


Fractured C6 and C7 Vertebrae in Spine Due to Intersection Accident- $350,000.00

Auto accident attorneys represent injured Monroe man who was a passenger in a vehicle when he suffered a fractured C6 and C7 vertebrae. Our client suffered a herniation and fractured vertebrae while riding in a minivan that was struck at a red light intersection. Our client retained the firm and was able to be seen and treated by a board certified neurologist with privileges at Athens Regional Hospital because of Kalka & Baer LLC. Our client has made a great recovery.


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