In a busy metro area like Atlanta, you’d think that drivers would be especially cautious before starting their daily commutes. Not so. Thousands of Georgia motorists are killed in car accidents every year, and even more, are injured.
No two car accidents are alike. Each crash tells its own story and comes with a unique set of facts. But there is something that most accidents have in common — they are caused by some form of driver negligence.
People who are injured by a careless driver can pursue compensation for their medical expenses, lost income and pain, and suffering. Finding a reliable and experienced car accident attorney is essential.
The Champion Firm, P.C., can help. Our dedicated attorneys provide personalized legal services tailored to meet your specific needs and goals. Schedule a free consultation with us today to review your case and learn all of your legal options.
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Common Causes of Atlanta Car Wrecks
Anyone who’s driven in Atlanta knows that traffic congestion is a problem. So are car accidents. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 58,581 crashes in Fulton County in recent years. Of that number, 17,947 resulted in injuries.
The most common causes of car accidents in the Peach State include:
Distracted driving has become such a problem in Georgia that lawmakers have banned the use of handheld devices behind the wheel. However, the danger extends far beyond our state. More than 3,100 people in the U.S. died in distracted driving crashes in a single year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The threat of an accident grows any time a driver’s attention is pulled from the road. Common forms of distracted driving include:
- Texting while driving
- Talking on the phone
- Adjusting the climate controls or entertainment system
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Putting on makeup
Of all the distractions, texting is considered the most dangerous. That’s because it distracts drivers on multiple levels. They must take their eyes off the road to read the message, take their minds off driving to think of a reply and take their hands off the wheel to type it.
Drunk driving is a classic example of driver negligence. There’s simply no excuse for it.
People who choose to drive after drinking too much are putting not only their lives at risk, but the lives of every other motorist, pedestrian, or bicyclist who happens to cross their path. Drunk drivers have slower reflexes, impaired judgment and less motor coordination, which makes them more likely to speed, swerve and disregard traffic signals.
Georgia law defines reckless driving as any behavior that endangers the safety of other people or property. This can encompass many dangerous actions, such as:
- Unsafe lane changes
- Driving too fast for road or weather conditions
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Weaving in and out of traffic
- Ignoring traffic signals and stop signs
- Road rage
Reckless drivers can face both criminal and civil penalties. At The Champion Firm, P.C., we represent clients in civil claims seeking compensation from the careless driver for medical expenses, property damage, emotional distress, and other losses.
However, we pay very close attention to the criminal proceedings against the reckless driver. A criminal conviction strengthens your claim for compensation, making it difficult for insurance companies to dispute who was at fault for the car accident.
Car accidents are a leading cause of death for young drivers. Inexperience can contribute to judgment errors that easily cause wrecks. Examples include braking too late or failing to ensure that there is enough time and space to make a left turn at an intersection. Roughly 5,000 teenagers die every year in car accidents.
Proving Liability in Atlanta Car Accidents
Obtaining compensation after a car accident hinges on proving liability. Victims must be able to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent.
To prevail in a negligence claim, you must successfully show that:
- The at-fault driver had a duty to keep you safe from all reasonable harm.
- The driver breached that duty by driving unsafely.
- That breach directly contributed to your injuries.
As a result, you have suffered damages (i.e., medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering and more)
In some car accidents, determining liability is pretty straightforward. In other cases, it can be more complicated. A simple example would be a multi-car accident. Although the fault might rest solely on one driver, it’s possible that the actions of several drivers (yourself included) caused the crash.
Having an experienced car accident attorney by your side when determining liability is crucial. Insurance companies are in the business of saving money. Claims adjusters will look for any reason to try to limit their client’s responsibility for the accident, often by pushing the fault on to you. A skilled attorney will expect those tactics and have a strategy in place to counter them so that you have the best chance of recovering maximum compensation.
Contact an Atlanta Car Crash Attorney Today
When you’ve been hurt in a car accident, your main focus should be on healing. But that can feel impossible when the insurance company keeps calling and you’re trying to figure out how you’re going to pay your medical expenses and keep the household afloat.
Let us relieve some of your burdens. Put the hardworking car crash attorneys at The Champion Firm, P.C., to work for you.
When you hire us, you can rest assured that your claim is being handled by a professional and capable legal team who knows what it takes to get results. Our lawyers can take over every aspect of your claim so that you can focus on rest and recuperation.
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