Personal Injury Lawyer in Clayton County
Because Jonesboro has one primary arterial roadway, Tara Boulevard (Highways 19 and 41), traffic can get congested. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for negligent drivers to cause car accidents. And because Jonesboro and Atlanta are connected by four main interstate highways—I-75, I-85, I-285, and I-675—collisions with tractor-trailers or other commercial vehicles also occur. The high volume of traffic on Tara Boulevard and other major highway contributes to these motor vehicle collisions.
Our Jonesboro car accident lawyers have tried and won cases in front of Clayton County judges, and we have represented many car accident victims who have been seriously hurt in automobile accidents or criminal acts. For a free legal consultation on your rights, please call a car accident lawyer at our Jonesboro office and we’ll schedule a time to meet.
We could tell you more about ourselves—and if you keep scrolling down, we will! But our clients say it best.
Car Accident Lawyer in Clayton County
When another driver crashes into you, things change in a flash. You may experience pain in your neck and back, and may find that pain radiates from your spine to other parts of your body. In serious collisions, permanent disability can occur or someone can be killed. You may miss work. Family members who depended on you for financial or emotional support may not know where to turn.
We know car accident cases. Butler Tobin has filed, settled, and tried many car accident cases, and we know the tricks that the insurance companies play. We have seen insurance companies try to take recorded statements from victims, hoping to find something to use against that person later. We have seen insurance companies pretend to be friendly to the person who was hurt—even claiming that the insurance company wants to pay the claim—when what the insurance company really wants is to close the file and pay less than they should.
We fight for our clients. Many law firms that advertise on billboards talk big, but they don’t back it up. Most of those billboard advertisers won’t return their clients’ phone calls, and have paralegals who handle hundreds of cases at a time. They settle cheap, then move on to the next case.
At Butler Tobin, that’s not how we operate. Our lawyers handle approximately 15 cases per lawyer, so we can give each client the personalized attention he or she deserves. When we say we fight for our clients, we mean it.
Truck Accident Lawyer in Clayton County
When big trucks share the road with small cars, bad things can happen—because when an 80,000 pound truck collides with a 5,000 pound car, the car is a bad place to be.
Truck accident cases call for truck accident lawyers. Truck accident cases are different than car accident cases for a few reasons. For one, the trucking company usually blames its own driver, but claims that the company is not responsible. But the truck company is responsible, and at Butler Tobin, we win that argument almost every time. We have written multiple briefs on the subject, and cross-examined truck company owners and their ‘safety directors’ about it. The truth is that the truck company is almost always responsible for two reasons:
- The truck company is liable for its driver’s misconduct under the legal rules of “respondeat superior” and “vicarious liability,” and also under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
- The truck company often hired a driver who should not have been allowed behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, or the trucking company failed to train that driver to operate a commercial truck safely.
Truck accident cases are also different than car accident cases because of the insurance involved. In many car accident cases, we have to look hard to find all the available insurance, such as liability insurance, underinsured motorist insurance, and resident relative insurance. But in a truck accident case, the trucking company is required by law to have a larger insurance policy. Most trucks who operate in multiple states must have at least $750,000 in liability insurance. With so much money at state, trucking companies and their insurers hire smart defense lawyers and fight hard. It often takes an experienced truck accident lawyer to win.
In this truck accident case, the trucking company at first denied everything. The trucking company and its insurer refused to accept responsibility for anything. But in this video clip from the deposition of the trucking company owner, Butler Tobin got down to the heart of the matter.
Sexual Assault Lawyer in Clayton County
When an attacker sexually assaults a victim, the attacker takes something that can never be returned. But that doesn’t mean the victim can’t fight back. At Butler Tobin, we empower victims to take control and go after their attackers.
Our firm has handled sexual assault and rape cases against attackers and the organizations that allowed the attacker to do what he did. We have handled cases in which minors were sexually abused at school, in which pastors sexually abused fifteen-year-olds, and in which companies that were supposed to provide therapy sexually exploited the very people they were supposed to care for. These are hard cases.
We know it is not easy for victims to come forward, so we are here to help when they do. Many times, sexual assault cases settle before they have to be filed with the court. However, when our clients want to fight publicly, we are here to help. When our clients want to do it, Butler Tobin files sexual assault cases and takes the fight to the attacker in court.
Jonesboro Attorneys in Action
It never hurts to see your lawyer in action. Below are a few video clips showing our Clayton County lawyers taking depositions or trying cases to juries.
In this case, which we filed in the State Court of Clayton County, a commercial vehicle company hired a bad driver, did not train him, and then put him behind the wheel of a commercial truck. In this video clip, we took the deposition of the company’s vice president—and look what he admitted at the end! This trucking case settled against the company on the first day of trial for $460,000.
When terrorists overseas attacked a crowd of people using a commercial truck, news reporters came to Butler Tobin for expert analysis of the commercial vehicle.
Clayton County and Jonesboro
The city of Jonesboro was the setting for Tara, the main setting for Margaret Mitchell’s famous novel. It was also the city where many scenes from the 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit were filmed. Originally called “Leakesville” in 1823, the city later changed its name to “Jonesborough.” The spelling was later changed to Jonesboro.
As the county seat, Jonesboro is also home to the historic Clayton County Courthouse which was built in 1898. However, both the State Court and the Superior Court of the Clayton County Judicial Circuit are held at the Harold R. Banke Justice Center which was opened on November 6, 2000 and is located at 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, GA 30236. It has 18 courtrooms, and is also home to the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department. (The Probate Court remains at the original courthouse located at 121 South McDonough Street, Jonesboro, GA 30236.)
In this car accident trial in Atlanta GA, our client was struck in the rear by a drunk driver—while her two-year-old daughter was in the back seat. In opening statement, we described the wreck to the jury using the present tense.
The Clayton County Justice Center is at 9151 Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro GA 30236. It is a large, modern courthouse where the State and Superior Courts of Clayton County are based.
Our Clayton County office is located at 21 Lee Street, Jonesboro GA 30236, less than a mile from the Clayton County Justice Center.
If We Don’t Take Your Case, We’ll Help You Find a Lawyer Who Can
Because our firm devotes time and attention to each case we take, we only handle a select number of cases. If we can’t handle your case, we’ll help you find someone who can. We know other good lawyers who handle Clayton County cases, and can send you to the right place.
Clayton County News Updates
What’s better than good BBQ? Good BBQ that’s for a good cause. The Jonesboro Humane Society will be hosting a ResQ Me BBQ event on May 5 at the historic Warren House. It will start at 5pm, and it will have an alcohol cash bar for the of-age patrons. There’s going to be a lot of dancing, fun, and good food that all helps save abandoned pets.
Every lost life is a tragedy, and that is especially true when the one lost is so young. 18 year old Makayla Penn died in a one-vehicle crash off I-75. According to police, the vehicle was traveling too fast for an exit ramp and the driver lost control of the vehicle. The driver was taken to the hospital, and Makayla was pronounced dead at the scene. Both Makayla and the driver were seniors at Community Christian School.
Clayton County’s finest have done it again. Clayton county has had a number of church break-ins over the past month, and they have their man. Darrius Vasser was arrested and charged for the break-ins. Clayton PD pieced it together after responding to an injured person – who just so happened to be Vasser – at a Wal-Mart and then realizing his injuries matched the suspected injuries at a local church that was recently broken into. Vasser has reportedly confessed to the crimes and is cooperating with authorities to locate the stolen items.
The Clayton County District Attorney is serious about the future. Tracy Graham Lawson, the District Attorney, brought a $4500.00 check to Brown Elementary School to help encourage the students to keep reading. The students at Brown Elementary gain reading points through a variety of means, whether that be from Accelerated Reading or newer programs like MyOn. Regardless of how, the students are educating themselves every time they crack open a new book. And that means the future is brighter every time someone pulls a book of a shelf.
Students in Clayton County can receive free school supplies Jan. 23rd. Amerigroup Community Cares is hosting a giveaway for Clayton students at College Park Elementary School. Students can get free health screens, as well as games, prizes, and health education. The event will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
I-75 was shut down again on Jan. 8. A multi-vehicle wreck stopped all lanes on I-75 Northbound near Exit 233. Four vehicles colliding shut down all four lanes of traffic in that area. Unfortunately, two people were critically injured; one of them was pronounced dead at the scene. The other is still in critical condition. No names have been released as of Jan. 9.
The law does care. Tasha Mosely, Solicitor General in Clayton County, and her office donated nearly a dozen laptops to Adamson and Morrow County Middle Schools in Clayton County on November 6, 2017. Ms. Mosely in particular was driven to help when she would tour schools and see that students in ISS or other similar detention had limited access to computers. This is not the first time Ms. Mosely has helped, either. Last year, Kendrick Middle School received five laptops to help address the same problem. The future depends on the youth, and the Clayton Solicitor General wants the future to be bright.
A 15 year old boy was killed while playing with this friends. This young man and his two friends were playing with a few firearms and smoking marijuana in one of their backyards. While enjoying themselves, one of the firearms discharged, mortally wounding one of them. He died in the hospital. Both of the other young men involved are in police custody. Their names haven’t been released, as they are both minors.
In Clayton County, a K-9 helped officers find 30 kilos of cocaine in a U-Haul. The street value for 30 kilos is about $840,000. The K-9 detected the cocaine with his nose. The truck was stopped at Highway 42 at Conley Road in Clayton County. COBRA Units busted the two men involved in transporting the cocaine. Tirzo Navarrete and Lopez Garcia were arrested by Clayton County Police for drug trafficking. No one was hurt during the arrest.
31-year-old Demosthenes Kostapapas was struck and killed in Clayton County when he was riding his scooter on I-75 near Bob White Trail. Kostapapas was a new father and Army National Guard member. The driver who struck him fled the scene. Investigators only had a piece of the car’s body. The police took that piece of the hit and run vehicle to dealerships for more information. Later, investigators found out that the car was taken to Hennessy of Southlake for repairs. Police officers arrested and charged Christopher Walthall with first-degree vehicular homicide, improper lane change, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving on a suspended license. Officers also arrested Walthall’s mother Sonya Walthall for tampering with evidence and insurance fraud. She is the registered owner of the vehicle.
A nineteen-year-old young woman was found dead in Union City after being hit by a vehicle. The nineteen-year-old, Antshanthony Bell, was found by Union City Police Officer Chris Murphy when he responded to the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Oakley Road off I-85. The driver of the vehicle that hit the young pedestrian stayed at the scene and called police. Union City Police are still investigating the accident and no charges have been made.
Clayton County Police were called to the scene of a deadly accident on Flint River and Taylor Road. Fayette County Sheriff’s Office had been chasing a vehicle that had four passengers. The vehicle was traveling on Flint River Road. The chase began when Fayette Police officers arrived to a burglary reported at the Sprint Store off Highway 85 in Fayette County. The four suspects got away before the police arrived. The vehicle being pursued collided into another vehicle at the intersection of Flint River Road and Taylor Road. The vehicle with the four suspects fell and landed upsided down in a pond. Three suspects, Mark Mathis of Jonesboro age 19, Eddie Alford of Jonesboro age 21, and Devongelo Pereez Hunter of College Park age 19, all died in the collision. The fourth suspect escaped the scene, but was apprehended by officers.
A kitten was in the vehicle that went on a highspeed chase in Morrow, Clayton County. Morrow Police Lt. Bobby Mosteller found the kitten in the vehicle after the chase and took it home before finding it a home the very next day. The chase ensued after two teenage girls stole a man’s vehicle at gunpoint. The girls drove the vehicle over 100 mph and were weaving in and out of traffic on I-75. Morrow Police Department were in pursuit when the stolen vehicle driven by the assailants struck a median barrier and spun out of control. Police apprehended the nineteen-year-old suspects, Jordan Troimarie Tabron and Anessa Isebelle Wright. The police found the weapon used during the hijack and the scared unharmed kitten. Both girls were taken to Clayton County Jail for charges of motor vehicle hijacking, aggravated assault, endangering the hapless feline, and cruelty to animals. Wright was also charged with possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime, reckless driving, and fleeing from police.
In Clayton County, the Forest Park Police have been investigating break-ins at a Public Storage facility on Jonesboro Road. 76 units had their locks cut and burglarized. Several victims have been coming forward about the thefts. A suspect has still not been identified and the Police Department is asking for the public’s help.
Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services found 22-year-old Ronald Triche III of Fayetteville and 26-year-old Nikko Sepulveda of Jonesboro shot dead in the middle of Lundy Lane just west of Jonesboro. Clayton County Police were called to the scene after receiving a report of gunfire at Lundy Lane and Kendrick Road. After investigation, Clayton County Police still does not have any suspects and urge the public to contact Atlanta Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 with any information regarding the fatal shooting.
Clayton County Police reported that street racing may have led to a fatal accident on Lees Mill Road near Bob White Trail. The Clayton County Police are still investigating the accident. Witnesses reported that one of the drivers was racing, lost control, and veered into oncoming traffic. The driver had a head-on collision with another driver not involved in the racing. Kyle Michael Nelson, 23, of Forest Park was one of the racing drivers. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, Leonardo Allen, 45, who was not involved in the racing but was involved in the head on collision was taken to a hospital with serious injuries. He died later at the hospital. Clayton County Police said that speed was the contributing factor to the crash. While they are not positive it was street racing, they have not ruled it out. Police have identified the other suspect and are still investigating what happened. No charges have been filed.
Phillip Goodman of Jonesboro was found shot dead and lying face down inside a home in the 8400 block of Susan Lane located off Kendrick Road in Clayton County. An anonymous witness had called the Clayton County Police to the scene after they saw the shooting. The witness told the Clayton County Police that a man shot another man in the street then dragged his body inside a Susan Lane home. The witness believed the suspect was still in the home when the crime was reported. Clayton County Police arrested Cornelius James Burnley of Jonesboro and charged him with murder and aggravated assault. He is being held at the Clayton County Jail without bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled on April 13, 2017 before Judge Richard Brown.