Car accidents are a common cause of serious injuries, and each one results in unique struggles for victims and their families. Some people will need immediate medical attention at the scene, others may feel pain in the days after a fender-bender, and many will be unable to work for weeks or even months due to the effects of the accident. However, all car crash victims have one thing in common: they have a right to compensation if the collision was caused by someone else’s negligence.
Serving Victims of All Types of Car Accidents Throughout Georgia
At The Champion Firm, we have successfully handled many car accident cases in the Atlanta area, and we will use that experience to help you pursue the financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. We work to identify all parties that may be responsible for your crash and all sources of insurance that can be used to pay for your damages, getting you the maximum amount of compensation possible for your medical bills, time off work, and pain and suffering.
We can help you recover from many different types of collisions, including:
- Head-on crashes. The impact when two cars strike each other on their front ends can be devastating, and these types of collisions are often fatal.
- T-bone accidents. Side-impact collisions, commonly called T-bone accidents, can cause severe injuries for passengers on the affected side of the vehicle.
- Rear-end crashes. A driver who is following too closely may not have enough room to stop suddenly, leading to whiplash and other injuries for occupants of the car in front.
- Hit-and-run accidents. A hit-and-run collision not only results in extensive injuries, but places a burden of identifying and tracking down the at-fault driver on the victim.
- Parking lot accidents. Crashes can result in severe or fatal injuries to children and other pedestrians walking near cars, and collisions between two vehicles in a parking lot can be severe even if they happen at low speeds.
- Ridesharing accidents. Insurance problems often arise after a person is injured in a crash with a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft, as the driver, the rideshare company, and your own insurance provider may all be responsible for damages and compensation.
Common Causes of Traffic Accidents
Driver negligence is the most common cause of car accidents. However, there could be other factors that made an accident more likely or the injuries it caused more severe, including:
- DUI. Alcohol, prescription medications, and illicit substances can all dull a driver’s senses and delay reaction times, making it less likely that the driver will be able to respond quickly to sudden hazards.
- Distracted driving. Any action that takes attention from the road can be a distraction, including talking on a cell phone, texting, eating and drinking, or talking to other passengers.
- Drowsy driving. A driver does not have to fall fully asleep for an accident to occur, as even veering out of a lane can cause a crash that pushes the victim’s vehicle off the road.
- Reckless driving. Speeding, following too closely, changing lanes without signaling, and weaving in and out of traffic are all forms of reckless driving that can lead to accidents.
- Elderly drivers. Some elderly drivers may face a decline in cognitive or physical function, placing them at risk of causing accidents due to impaired vision, inability to turn their heads to check mirrors, or failing to recognize the dangers of their actions.
- Teen drivers. Teen drivers are more likely to cause a crash than any other age group. Their lack of driving experience makes them less able to recognize and respond to road hazards, and the newfound freedom of driving can lead to distracting or reckless behaviors.
- Defective car parts. In some cases, it is the condition of the vehicle that is to blame for an accident. We can help determine whether defective tires or brakes, faulty vehicle design, manufacturer negligence, or another unsafe condition led to the crash.
Types of Injuries Suffered in Car Accidents
Crash injuries that require ongoing medical care can cause significant financial difficulties. The medical costs of an accident can quickly spiral out of control, especially if the victim is unable to perform any work during his or her recovery.
Car accident victims will commonly suffer:
- Brain injuries. It can take months or even years to recover from a traumatic brain injury, and some people suffer permanent behavioral or cognitive changes.
- Spinal injuries. Injuries to the spinal cord can cause permanent paralysis, while back injuries can result in lifelong physical limitations that prevent the victim from returning to his or her previous employment.
- Internal injuries. High-speed collisions may crumple a vehicle and cause traumatic internal injuries to passengers, such as internal bleeding, ruptured organs, or organ perforation due to broken ribs.
- Bone fractures. Broken bones may require surgery to place screws or remove bone fragments, and the victim’s mobility may be permanently limited.
- Limb amputations. Severe crush injuries may result in excessive bleeding or mangling of a hand, leg, or foot that requires amputation to save the victim’s life.
- Knee injuries. Passengers in the front seat may suffer broken kneecaps as their legs are shoved into the dashboard, while those in the back seat may suffer knee injuries as their legs are pinned under seats.
- Shoulder injuries. Drivers may stiffen their arms to brace for a crash, injuring their shoulders as the cars make impact.
- Burn injuries. Thermal burns, explosions, and road rash may all cause scarring and disfigurement that greatly impacts a victim’s self-esteem and quality of life.
- Wrongful death. When a loved one is killed in a car accident, the family may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death claim.
Types of Compensation That May Be Available for Your Car Accident Injuries
Georgia car accidents follow the fault-based system, meaning the person who caused the crash—or his insurance company—is responsible for paying the damages. In Georgia, car accident damages may include:
- Economic damages. Economic damages are the direct financial costs of the accident, such as medical expenses, loss of a vehicle, and loss of income. Victims can collect the full amount of their medical expenses as well as an amount to compensate them for the time off of work they suffered due to injury.
- Non-economic damages. Unlike economic damages, there is no formula for establishing the amount of non-economic damages that may be owed to a victim. These damages may include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost quality of life, and permanent physical limitations.
We understand that the aftermath of a car accident is a confusing and painful time, and that each victim has different concerns about the future. At The Champion Firm, we tailor our services to meet the needs of each individual client. We thoroughly investigate and prepare every case, and we will fight as long and hard as it takes to get you what you deserve for your injuries. If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident in the Atlanta area, fill out the quick contact form on this page or request our free book, Georgia Car Accident Guide: What Should You Know If You Are In An Accident.