How to Avoid Being an Injured Passenger in a Georgia Auto Accident
As we all know, when you are a passenger in a car you have no control over the driver or other vehicles on the road. With nearly 7,000 passengers killed in automobile accidents across the country each year, it is crucial to understand that getting into an automobile with anyone is inherently risky. As a passenger, while you cannot prevent harm caused by the negligence of other drivers, you can take measures to protect yourself if you are involved in a collision, by getting the medical treatment you need, by taking the necessary steps to protect your legal rights, and by pursuing a personal injury claim to recover the money damages that you are due. Additionally, you can speak up if the driver of your vehicle is engaging in reckless behaviors that put you at risk.
Normally, passengers injured in an automobile accident may recover monetary damages from the insurance carrier of the driver who caused the collision as well as that associated with the car in which they were harmed. You can receive compensation from the driver of the other automobile due to their level of negligence in causing the accident. Just because you were a passenger in a car that was involved in a car accident does not mean that you are without legal rights. Moreover, in the event that a passenger is killed in a car accident, the decedent's family members can still pursue legal action against the responsible parties.
Not surprisingly, auto accidents often cause serious injuries and may require significant time spent by injured parties in hospitals and rehabilitative programs. They can also lead to high medical and other costs associated with one's injuries. As such, it is important to take the following proactive steps in protecting yourself from becoming an injured passenger:
- Speak up – if your driver is texting, emailing or engaging in any other type of distracted driving, let them know that you are not going to tolerate it. Driving with someone who is distracted is similar to being in a car with an intoxicated person. Neither a drunk nor distracted driver is able to react in time to keep themselves and others, including you, safe.
- Don't get into a car with a person who has been drinking – if you think someone has had too much to drink or is impaired for whatever reason, don't make the wrong move and risk your life by getting into their car. If you believe you have no other options of getting home, call a friend or parent. Taxis, buses and other mass transportation are usually available, especially in high density areas such as Atlanta. Don't take unnecessary risks with your life.
- Report other drivers – if you are a passenger in a car and notice another vehicle driving erratically, there is no harm in reporting them to the police. Get the make, model and license plate number of the offending vehicle so that they can be readily identified by law enforcement personnel.
While taking the above precautions is extremely important, if you are hurt it is important to know your legal rights and the actions that must be taken in a timely fashion to protect those rights. We urge you to speak with an experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney who can properly advise you of the legal aspects in successfully bringing forth your accident claim. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our Georgia personal injury law firm has been successfully representing auto accident victims located throughout the Atlanta area as well as all of Georgia for three decades. We offer clients an incomparable commitment to fighting for their legal rights and protecting their interests throughout the pendency of their case.
With 30 years of legal experience, the Georgia auto and truck accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, have successfully helped thousands of victims of impaired drivers obtain the compensation they deserve for their injuries. Our firm covers all smaller cities in Georgia and the rural parts of the state as well. Regardless of where you are located, our lawyers are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you.
To schedule your free, confidential case evaluation, you can call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.