Motor vehicle accidents that involve passenger cars, trucks, SUVs and other vehicles often cause significant injuries and even fatalities. Poorly designed roads, defective vehicles and bad drivers cause the death of tens of thousands of innocent victims annually. These factors also cause serious injury in 1.5 million collisions per year. Many of those injured in Atlanta auto accidents suffer permanent injuries that impact their quality of life and ability to continue in their occupation. If you suffer this type of life-altering injury in a Atlanta car accident, the financial recovery you obtain in a car accident settlement or verdict can play a vital role in providing for your family and preserving the highest quality of life possible given your injuries.
Our experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyer at Montlick and Associates understand that no amount of money can restore a person’s ability to walk or give back the love and affection of a family member. However, monetary recovery from a car accident claim can alleviate the financial hardships created by escalating medical expenses and prolonged time away from work. The other driver’s auto insurance provider may compound these financial hardships by dragging out the settlement process or refusing to pay a valid claim.
Insurance carriers often engage in this type of conduct to increase the financial pressure on car accident victims and their families. This is just one of many tactics insurance companies may use to deprive personal injury victims of the full value of the damages suffered in a serious auto collision. Our Atlanta auto accident law firm has been effectively countering such tactics while aggressively pursuing our clients’ best interest against insurance providers since our founding in 1984.
Negligent Causes of Atlanta Car Accidents
The basic legal theory that is at the heart of the majority of Atlanta car accident claims is negligence. This is a legal term of art that describes the failure of a party to take reasonable care to avoid causing foreseeable injury or death to another. When a negligent driver causes a Atlanta auto accident, the key issues that must be proved to establish negligence are that the other driver engaged in some form of unreasonably unsafe conduct that was the actual cause of injury to another. While DUI, excessive speed and inattentive driving are the most common causes of driver error that result in car accidents in Atlanta, there are many other forms of driver error that may cause serious auto collisions including:
- Violations of Georgia traffic laws
- Tailgating or not allowing sufficient following distance based on speed
- Inattentive or distracted driving
- Illegal or unsafe U-turns or left turns
- Passing when not safe (i.e. on hills, curves, etc.)
- Blowing through traffic controls at intersections
- Driver inexperience
- Failure to slow down and pay attention in construction zones
- Drivers that fail to turn their head to check blind spots
There are certainly many other types of unsafe driving conduct that may cause a Atlanta car accident, but unsafe driving is not the sole cause of serious collisions in Atlanta. Sometimes public entities do not design or construct roadways or traffic controls so that roadways and intersections are safe. Public entities also may fail to respond promptly to maintenance issues, such as objects that fall in roadways or traffic lights that malfunction. When public entities fail to design, build or maintain safe roadways, injured motorists may be able to pursue a claim against the public entity. Since public entities have sovereign immunity, personal injury claims against a public entity in Georgia must meet with special procedural and timing requirements. If a public entity may have contributed to your Georgia car accident, time is of the essence in seeking legal advice.
If your vehicle has defective components that contribute to a Atlanta car accident, the vehicle or component manufacturer may also be liable for your injuries. One of the most widely publicized types of collisions involving vehicle defects in recent years is sudden unintended acceleration accidents. Atlanta car accidents may be caused by defects in many different auto systems including brakes, steering, acceleration, fuel and others. When a defective component or vehicle contributes to your car accident, our experienced Atlanta car accident attorneys may be able pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer, distributor or retailer.
Serious Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys for Serious Injuries
Car accidents in Atlanta can result in injuries ranging in severity from minor lacerations, abrasions and soft tissue injuries to permanent, life-altering injuries and wrongful death. The compensation that may be sought in a Atlanta auto accident is related at least to some degree to the severity of one’s injuries. While calculating the value of a car accident claim is complex, two of the most significant factors are the cost of medical and/or rehabilitation expenses and the length of disability from one’s injuries. Injuries with high medical costs or those that never heal will typically result in more extensive recovery than injuries that heal relatively quickly with non-invasive medical procedures. Some of the kinds of injuries that we frequently see in Atlanta car accidents include:
- Severe brain injuries resulting in loss of cognitive functioning
- Injuries to the back and spinal cord that may impair mobility and sensation in the extremities
- Amputation of extremities or decapitation
- Fractures, broken bones and bone crush injuries
- Internal injury to vital organs
- Severe internal bleeding
- Paralysis, including paraplegia and quadriplegia
- Dislocation or torn ligaments and tendons
- Wrongful death
Severe injuries suffered in Atlanta car accidents mean not only physical pain but also extensive costs associated with medical treatment, rehabilitation and disruption in employment. These costs can intensify your anxiety and distract you from focusing on your physical and emotional recovery. The specific types of compensation that our dedicated and compassionate Atlanta car accident attorneys may be able to pursue for our clients depends on the specific facts and circumstances of their collision but may include:
- Hospital bills and other expenses related to diagnosis and treatment
- Compensation for mental anguish and physical pain and suffering
- Income lost while you are recovering
- Impaired earning ability
- Vehicle repair and other property damage
- Negative impact on marital relationship
- Costs associated with wrongful death
- Exemplary or punitive damages
Aggressive & Compassionate Representation of Atlanta Car Accident Victims
If you or a close family member has suffered painful and/or debilitating injuries in a car accident or a loved one dies, our Atlanta car accident attorneys have been diligently advocating for personal injury victims for nearly three decades. We offer a free, candid case evaluation so that you can make informed decisions. We have helped many people in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia who have suffered all types of injuries in car crashes.
Be aware of your legal rights! If you have been injured because of the failure of a driver on the streets or highways of Atlanta to engage in prudent driving practices, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call now for a FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyer.
Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for a FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.