Our Atlanta Accidents Lawyers understand the mental, physical and financial obstacles you face may be tremendous when you become the victim of a negligent driver in an auto accident or if you suffer the loss a loved one in a fatal motor vehicle accident. Collisions may involve the full spectrum of vehicles, including passenger vehicles, motorcycles, pickup trucks, SUVs, tractor-trailers, buses and bicycles.
The severity of your collision and injuries are typically determined by the relative mass of the vehicles, their rate of speed, the angle of impact and safety features of the vehicle in which you are an occupant. Many serious auto accidents result in prolonged disability and long difficult courses of physical therapy. When you suffer a traumatic brain injury, injury of the spine or other serious injury, you also may be forced to overcome long-lasting physical or mental impairments, such as loss of memory and/or mobility, diminished cognitive skills and excruciating and enduring pain.
Our Atlanta accidents Lawyers at Montlick and Associates understand the profound and lasting impact that an Atlanta collision can have on the life of an accident victim and his or her family. People take for granted the value of a life without chronic pain until suddenly it is all taken away by a careless or inattentive driver. If you become the victim of a driver who ignores traffic safety laws, drives aggressively without regard to others or fails to focus solely on his or her driving, the financial resources available to facilitate your recovery will be determined by how you manage insurance and legal hurdles.
Protecting Auto Collisions Claims When Dealing with Insurance Companies
The auto insurance industry generates more than $178 billion in annual revenue in part by misleading injury victims into thinking their claims are worth much less than their actual values and by failing to pay valid motor vehicle accident injury claims. Frequently, an insurance adjuster for an at-fault driver may try to convince you that you are only entitled to nominal financial compensation because there is minimal or no vehicle damage in a collision.
Many individuals suffer injuries such as whiplash that cause chronic neck and back pain and may be extremely debilitating for months as a result of rear-end accidents even when the vehicle that rear-ends you is moving at a rate of speed less than 15 mph. The symptoms of whiplash do not always fully manifest themselves immediately after a collision. Many other serious injuries suffered in Henry County auto accidents may have delayed symptoms, including injuries involving bleeding that creates pressure on the brain.
The delayed onset of symptoms associated with many serious car accident injuries makes it essential to seek proper medical treatment even if you only suffer minor aches and pains or other tolerable symptoms. Delaying medical attention until symptoms become more fully developed may result in insurance company claims that you are lying or exaggerating the severity of your injuries and more severe injuries. The best practice is never to speak to the other driver’s insurance company or sign any document presented to you by the insurance company. Our experienced auto collision attorneys understand how to negotiate your claim and to avoid traps set by insurance companies that are designed to minimize or avoid liability.
High Risk Driving Practices That Promote Atlanta Auto Accidents
Negligence is the legal basis for most personal injury accident claims in Atlanta and throughout Georgia. Negligent drivers essentially fail to exercise reasonable care while operating vehicles and cause foreseeable injury to other drivers, passengers, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. Determining the cause of a motor vehicle accident is frequently open to multiple interpretations and dispute so, depending on the facts of the case, we may use experts who specialize in accident reconstruction. We work closely with our experts so that we can determine the best legal strategies based on the law and facts to maximize the value of our clients’ legal claim.
The most common causes of Atlanta auto collisions include the following:
- Hazardous and unsafe road conditions and the failure of public municipalities to maintain safe roadways
- Distracted driving by drinking and eating, using a mobile phone, adjusting car stereos and other distractions
- Driving with a BAC of .08 percent or above or while under the influence of drugs
- Driving at an unsafe rate of speed
- Ignoring the Georgia Rules of the Road
- Running red lights and stop signs
- Following too closely especially in rainy or other inclement weather conditions
- Moving into an adjacent lane without turning to check for other vehicles
- Mechanically defective motor vehicles
- Truck driver fatigue
Seeking Monetary Compensation for Atlanta Motor Vehicle Injury Accidents
Injuries that someone may face due to a Atlanta car accident range in severity from mild to permanent and life-changing. An Atlanta auto collision victim may suffer extreme pain and emotional distress due to a variety of injuries, and families also share the burdens caused by a serious collision. Various injuries that you may suffer as a result of a motor vehicle accident include the following:
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Head trauma including brain injury
- Torn ligaments of the knee
- Paralysis including paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Severe burns that require skin grafts and rehabilitation
- Whiplash that causes back and neck pain
Although a legal action cannot fully restore your physical or emotional functioning or alleviate your severe pain, it can provide a positive influence on the quality of your life when you suffer extreme injuries as a result of an Atlanta auto accident. The monetary recovery that you receive may assist you in obtaining excellent medical and rehabilitative services, providing for the basic needs and care of your family and paying bills and household finances. Examples of the financial compensations that may be available to you include some or all of the following:
- Medical treatment expenses, hospital bills and other similar expenses
- Loss of wages and reduction in future earnings capacity
- Negative consequences to one’s relationship with one’s spouse
- Automobile repair or replacement
- Wrongful death expenses (burial/funeral)
- Indeterminate expenses such as impaired quality of life and pain and suffering damages
- Emotional distress
- Punitive damages
Know your legal rights! If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident, our experienced and dedicated car accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates are committed to obtaining the best possible results for our clients. Our attorneys are only a phone call away, no matter where you are, and we will even come to you. Call 1-800-Law-NEED (1-800-529-6333) 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation. Visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our 24-hour Live Online Chat or use our Free Case Evaluation Form.