After sustaining injuries from an Atlanta automobile accident, there are several things that will be done to establish whose fault it was. This is done to determine who should be compensated for the injury or fatality (in case you had filed a wrongful death lawsuit). You may be eligible to claim compensation for personal injuries you sustained if the reckless, negligent, or careless actions of someone else caused the car accident.
This compensation is meant to cater to your medical expenses, damaged property, and other related bills, as well as the impact the injuries, have had on your day-to-day life.
To ensure that your right to compensation is respected, we recommend that you hire a reputable and experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer. Continue reading to learn more about automobile accidents and how an experienced attorney can help you.
Types of Atlanta Car Accidents
There are many different types of car accidents. Regardless of the type of accident, each one of them poses a risk of injury or even fatality, depending on the circumstances, such as the difference in size between the vehicles involved, whether the vehicle’s occupants were wearing their seat belts, the speed of the vehicles at the time of the collision, and so on. Some of the common types of vehicle accidents we see on the roads in Atlanta are:
– Head-on collisions
This type of accident occurs when the front side of two vehicles collides with each other. Even though head-on collisions account for a relatively small number of road crashes in the United States, they are responsible for the highest number of deaths that result from car accidents.
The main factor that determines the level of danger occupants face in a head-on collision is how fast each vehicle was traveling. The higher the speed of the vehicle, the greater the energy of the impact and the risk of serious injuries and/or fatalities.
– Rear-end collisions
A rear-end collision is a type of automobile accident where the rear end of one vehicle is hit by the front of another. This type of accident mostly occurs when the vehicle behind is traveling too close to the one in front and is not able to safely come to a stop when the vehicle in front suddenly slows or stops.
Though they are often considered minor, in the United States, approximately 1.6 million rear-end collisions occur annually, resulting in about 1,800 fatalities and 500,000 injuries.
– T-bone collisions
Also known as side-angle or broadside crashes, T-bone collisions occur when the side of one vehicle is hit by the front of another. This collision mostly occurs when one driver fails to give the right-of-way to another driver – usually at intersections.
Occupants sitting on the side of the car that was hit are the ones who face the highest risk of injury or death as a result of a T-bone collision partly because of the fact that most vehicles lack passenger protection equipment on the sides.
– Sideswipe collisions
This type of accident occurs when two vehicles hit each other on the sides. Sideswipes mainly occur when a driver tries to shift lanes without confirming that the other lane is clear, a vehicle swerves or drifts into another lane and a who fails to maintain his or her vehicle on its designated lane.
– Chain reaction accidents
These are the types of accidents where more than two vehicles are involved. In most chain reaction crashes, the accident begins with two vehicles colliding then their collision’s impact causes another vehicle to crash into another vehicle, and so on. Also known as a pileup, this type of crash commonly occurs on interstates and other major busy highways.
– Single vehicle accidents
This type of crash occurs when a single vehicle runs off the roadway and in most cases hits utility poles or guardrails, or when it collides with an obstacle, such as a person, animal, or median on the road.
Though most motorists worry about dying in a collision with another vehicle, statistics indicate that single-vehicle accidents are the most common type of car crash and they result in more than 50 percent of all road-related fatalities, however, most people don’t immediately consider this a need where they should hire an Atlanta car accident lawyer.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Atlanta, Georgia
There are numerous reasons why vehicles crash. Most of these reasons are related to human error. Below are a few of the leading causes of car accidents:
Over speeding is one of the leading and also the deadliest cause of fatal car accidents in Atlanta and the rest of the nation. In fact, data collected in 2018 indicates that speeding took more than 9,000 lives nationwide in only that year. Speeding doesn’t only mean that a driver exceeded the posted speed limit, but it also implies that he or she drove too fast for the conditions of the road.
What makes overspeeding dangerously is it reduces the time a driver has to make quick and precise decisions on the road, reduces the effectiveness of the vehicle’s safety and protective features, such as the steel frame, airbags, and seat belts, and increases the distance needed by the vehicle to come to a safe and complete stop.
– Distracted driving
A driver who is distracted while operating a vehicle poses a major risk to other road users. There are three main types of distractions. They include cognitive distractions, such as talking to another passenger or simply not paying attention.
Another example is visual distractions, which draw the eyes of the driver from the road, such as paying more attention to anything else other than the road itself.
Lastly, there are manual distractions. These cause the driver to remove his or her hands from the steering wheel by trying to reach for something.
Using hand-held personal communication devices, such as cellphones while driving is of major concern, as it causes all three types of distractions.
Other common causes of distractions for drivers include external distractions, such as rubbernecking past other accidents, staring at billboards or other road users, and internal distractions, such as talking to the passengers in the car, adjusting the stereo or vehicle controls, and eating or drinking.
– Drug impairment
Alcohol and drug impairment is among the most common causes of traffic accidents that result in more than 10,000 fatalities annually in the United States. In fact, statistics indicate that a person loses his or her life every 48 minutes in the country for driving while intoxicated.
This doesn’t affect the driver his or her friends and family, and other road users alone, but other parties too since alcohol-related car accidents cost the American taxpayers over $44 billion yearly.
Most of the skills a driver needs to safely operate his or her vehicle, such as the ability to concentrate, respond appropriately to emergency driving situations, steer and brake effectively, and track other vehicles, road users, and moving objects are compromised when he or she is intoxicated.
– Fatigued driving
Driving when fatigued or drowsy impacts similar driving skills in a driver as driving when intoxicated. Though any driver can become drowsy while operating a vehicle, it is mostly those who drive for long distances and those who suffer from certain health conditions, such as sleep apnea are at a higher risk of drowsiness and falling asleep while driving.
Drivers who are confused and end up missing their turn are most likely to make poor judgment calls, such as ramp entering the freeway, turning the wrong way on a one-way road, or changing lanes without confirming that the lane other lane is clear.
Common Injuries Associated with Atlanta Car Crashes
Nearly any part of your body can sustain an injury from a car crash. The part that becomes injured depends on the circumstances surrounding the accident. While some of these injuries can be minor, others can be severe and life-threatening. Here are some of the common injuries sustained from a car accident:
– Brain injuries
One of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in Atlanta and the rest of the country is motor vehicle accidents. Such injuries are incurred from a sudden jolt or blow to the head, which might leave you with permanent, life-altering disabilities or even result in death. The brain is divided into several sections, with each controlling a certain body function.
Depending on the part of the brain that was damaged and how severe the injury was, a person with traumatic brain injury may experience problems with balance and coordinated movement, the ability to properly communicate with others verbally, the ability to control his or her emotions, and memory.
– Spinal cord injuries
These types of injuries are also among the most serious ones that can be caused by a car accident. The spinal cord consists of four parts, that is the sacral region (lower back), the lumbar spine (middle back), the thoracic spine (upper back), and the cervical spine (neck). The higher the location of the injury along the spinal cord, the more severe the injury.
Injuries sustained by the cervical spine may result in quadriplegia (tetraplegia), which is a loss of function and sensation in the pelvis, torso, chest, and all limbs. Damages to the lower parts of the spinal cord (lumbar or thoracic regions) may result in Loss of sensation and function in the pelvis and legs, which is a condition known as paraplegia.
Spinal cord injuries at the moment do not have a cure. For a person to retain as much functionality and sensation as possible from this type of injury, he or she needs to seek medical attention and thorough treatment promptly.
– Broken bones
Most bone fractures heal well with a setting and a cast. However, there are some circumstances where the fracture can lead to chronic pain, loss of function in a limb, or even internal damage if its fragments tore internal organs, e.g., broken ribs.
Burns are common types of injuries in motor vehicle accidents due to the presence of caustic chemicals, hot metals, and even the car catching fire as a result of the crash. Burn victims from car accidents may experience difficulties in berating if their airway was affected, they face the risk of contracting skin infections, and some may require skin grafts. That’s how serious this type of injury is.
– Soft tissue injuries
There are many different types of soft tissue injuries a person may sustain from a car crash. One such injury is whiplash. Though often considered minor, these injuries may cause chronic pain that the patient may continue to experience long after healing from his or her injuries.
– Amputated limbs
A person may lose a limb that is crushed or torn by jagged, heavy metal from a severe car crash. Doctors may also have to amputate a limb in case it sustained serious damage that cannot be repaired.
After a Car Accident Contact Our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer Today
Though car crashes occur in a flash of a second, you may have to live with the consequences of the injuries you sustained for the rest of your life.
Contact a reputable and experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer for help in seeking the compensation you rightly deserve. Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines is a top-rated injury firm serving car accident victims across Georgia from our offices in Atlanta, Gainesville, Marietta, Austell, and Norcross, call us today for a free consultation.
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