Hit By A Student Driver in Georgia?
Georgia Auto Wreck Attorneys Offer Advice How To Navigate The Situation
A young woman who is learning to drive crashed the car she was operating into a mobile home just outside of Indianapolis recently. The female driver and her passenger quickly got out of the car before it, and the mobile home burst into flames. The two people residing in the mobile home, who were present inside their residence at the time of the accident, were unhurt. Police say that the student driver panicked after missing a turn and she depressed the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal. Consequently, she crashed her car. She was fortunate no one suffered any injuries in the wreck.
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, has handled hundreds of auto accident cases involving a student or inexperienced drivers. At Montlick & Associates, we understand how frustrating it can be to get into a wreck with a young driver.
Our Georgia car accident lawyers have the experience and knowledge you need to put you in the best position possible to receive a substantial financial award if you were injured or a student or inexperienced driver killed a loved one. We have represented the people of Georgia for over 35 years in car accident claims, and during our service, we have collected over $1 billion for our clients.*
No matter the age of the driver, every person on the road in Georgia owes everyone else a duty of care to drive safely and act reasonably. A 15-year-old driver operating a motor vehicle under the authority of a Georgia instructional permit has the same obligation to drive safely as someone who has had his or her license for 20 years. However, younger drivers are more easily distracted and their lack of experience behind the wheel not only gives them a lack of appreciation for the danger of driving, but they lack the savvy or skill to know how to avoid dangerous situations. In other words, they get into collisions more mature or experienced drivers might know how to avoid.
Tips on How to Deal with an Inexperienced Driver After an Accident
1. Remain Calm
Your immediate reaction might be to yell and scream, especially if someone is obviously hurt in the crash. You should try to resist that temptation. In fact, the less you say, the better off you will be. That rule of thumb applies to any accident. You should ask if anyone is hurt in the student’s car and render aid reasonably. Do not apologize. It is okay and perfectly understandable if you are emotional and you could feel bad for the young driver who collided with you. Apologizing might be mistaken as an admission of guilt.
Exchange paperwork as required by Georgia law and that is it. Otherwise, walk away and stay in your car until a law enforcement officer arrives and then tell your side of the story to the deputy sheriff, officer, or trooper who responds to the scene. Staying quiet helps keep you calm so you can think. Also, anything you say can be used in court against you. Therefore, you should not say anything you do not want a judge or jury to hear. Additionally, getting mad or being mean does not help the situation and can potentially damage your injury claim. Not many insurance companies will go out of their way to help a bully.
2. Obtain as much information from the scene as you can.
Look to see how many people were in the car with the student driver. Try to remember the behavior of the witnesses. They might try to shift the blame away from the student driver onto someone or something else. Pay particular attention to see if anyone had his or her cellphones out in the aftermath of the crash. They might have been using them leading up to the crash and could have documented what transpired. Alternatively, cell phone use could have been a distraction which contributed to the collision.
3. Contact an Experienced and Successful Georgia accident attorney
Many legal issues could surface when filing a claim against a student driver. There could be a claim against the owner of the car for negligent entrustment or liability attaching to a person in the car as well as the driver. Insurance companies will not tell you that because they cannot offer you legal advice. Besides, insurance company adjusters and lawyers are not going to help you get the most out of your claim. They will try to do the opposite - to deny or minimize your claims as much as possible. Our Georgia young driver collision attorneys can examine your case and advise you on your legal rights as well as what steps can be taken to protect those rights.
Put Our Law Firm's Over 35 Years Of Legal Experience To Work For Your Case!
If you have been injured in any type of accident caused by someone else’s negligence, call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law for your free consultation today. Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law has been representing those who suffer serious injuries throughout all of Georgia and in the Southeast for over 35 years, including but not limited to Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Gainesville, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller cities and rural areas in the state.
No matter where you are located our attorneys are just a phone call away, and we will even come to you. Call us 24 hours day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation 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 chat.
Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law
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Atlanta, GA 30329
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* $1 billion obtained for clients is cumulative and does not necessarily represent individualized results