Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer: What Can You Expect

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Hollywood celebrity River Phoenix once said that, “I don’t want to die in a car accident. It will probably be a waterfall.” Well nobody wants to die, especially in a car accident. But can you avoid a car accident just because you want to? You can prevent an accident by being cautious. But when it becomes somebody else’s fault, staying cautious don’t cut it.

Each year billions of people die in car accidents globally. But did you know that every day almost 70 people get injured from car crashes in Atlanta? Well that’s not just it, average crashes per day is around 1200 fatalities. You can see more at the Atlanta’s car accident stats to know I am really talking about.

Atlanta Car Crash Statistics: 2013-2015

 

  • Traffic fatalities: almost 25000 each year
  • Passenger Vehicle Fatalities: Almost 55% of total   fatalities
  • 70% drivers involved in fatal crashes aged under 20
  • Pedestrian fatalities: almost 10000 each year
  • Drunk driver accident: more than 60% of total
  • One out of every five accidents involve heavy duty vehicle.

And the leading causes of these fatalities are:

  • Unsafe over speeding
  • Driving under alcoholic or drug influence
  • Disregard to traffic laws
  • Driver losing control of vehicle
  • Driving in the wrong lanes
  • Following another vehicle at close distance

 

Atlanta Car Accident Penalties

 

     There are certain penalties for roads accidents in Atlanta, Georgia. This is to encourage the drivers to abide the traffic rules. Well road accident penalties in Atlanta can charge you in the following ways:

  1. Jail: For hit and run and most accident scenarios you may get sentenced to serve time in a prison. Depending on damages you caused this sentence may contain up to 10 years of prison time.
  2. Cash penalty: Usually the amount of cash penalties for minor accidents is around US$200-US$500. But up to US$10,000 cash penalty is added with jail time for major accident felony in Atlanta.
  3. Driving License Cancelation: This is also determined by the type of accident. The court may cancel your driver’s license for one year to lifetime.

 

   If you get charged for road accident or want to charge someone else responsible, then you will need to file a lawsuit. And for that you will have to hire an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer. A car accident lawyer will:

  1. Collect evidence and witnesses for your case.
  2. File your case.
  3. Will try to negotiate with your opponent.
  4. Get you medical expense or damage penalty.
  5. Defend you unless no hard evidence is found against you.

 

         You can find a lot of professional law firms in Atlanta who provide free consultancies. And most car accident attorneys won’t even charge you if they do not win the case. But statistics show that the chance of winning a car accident is above 80% if you hire an attorney. So never afraid the law, follow it. And keep your focus on driving in the roads. Drive safe, be safe.

 

Author: Stephen Zee.

 

7 Comments
  1. Kelvin

    January 1, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Traditionally, accident victims had to rely on police reports and witness statements to understand how and why an accident occurred. Today, there are other key ways to get information about an accident: information from government agencies and data from high tech devices.

  2. Collin D

    January 2, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Safety comes first. First, get any injured people to a place of safety. Do not attempt to administer medical treatment beyond what is required of you in an emergency, such as CPR. When a driver hits a pedestrian, often the biggest question is: Whose fault was the accident? Generally, fault is determined by the law of negligence. A person who fails to exercise a reasonable standard of care under the circumstances may be considered “negligent.”

  3. Robart Z.

    January 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    The police will take statements from the driver, pedestrian, and witnesses to determine who was at fault. They may make a conclusive finding on the spot or conduct a detailed investigation to make the finding later. Some states, called “no-fault” states, require insurance companies to pay for the medical expenses and lost wages of their own policyholders, regardless of who is at fault. This is also known as personal injury protection (PIP).

  4. Zane C.

    January 7, 2015 at 1:46 am

    The best way to avoid pedestrian accidents is to understand that “defensive driving” means being wary of people who walk, use a bicycle, operate a wheelchair, rollerblade, rollerskate, ride an electric scooter, and play in the road. Pay particular attention to young children and older adults. These individuals may be less aware of drivers on the road. They are more likely to stray outside crosswalks and not pay attention to traffic signals.

  5. P. THompson

    January 8, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    When it comes to coverage for injuries to pedestrians in no-fault states, laws between the states vary. In some states, the driver’s insurance company pays the amount of the pedestrian’s medical expenses up to the PIP limit, even if the accident is the pedestrian’s fault. There are exceptions to this payment scheme. For example, in New Jersey, if a pedestrian is not insured, she or he may be paid out of a special state-mandated fund called the Unsatisfied Claim and Judgment Fund.

  6. James E

    January 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    State laws vary widely when it comes to car insurance schemes, and each scheme has limitations and exclusions. In addition, recovery may depend on the particular insurance policies involved as well as judicial decisions in that state.
    It is important to remember that individuals who are not in a motor vehicle and are in the road are extremely vulnerable and more likely to be seriously injured than a driver. If you take care to give pedestrians notice, room, and time to move out of your path, you may be able to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

  7. Brandon G.

    January 10, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Because the web of players in the trucking industry can be complicated and getting information from the right sources may require some industry know-how, you may want to get advice or representation from a personal injury lawyer.

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