Our Atlanta car accident injury lawyer at Montlick and Associates know that auto accident victims who suffer debilitating injuries or the loss of a family member may confront severe financial hardships during a time of physical and emotional pain. No driver, passenger, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian should be forced to endure such hardship for no other reason than a driver in another vehicle decided to drive unsafely or recklessly. Tragically, there are millions of car accidents each year that cause hardships and injuries including broken bones, paralysis, brain injuries, disk injuries, amputation of limbs, spinal cord damage and even fatalities. At the Atlanta auto accident law firm of Montlick and Associates, we understand the devastating impact of a serious motor vehicle accident on an injury victim and the victim’s family so we fiercely fight for our clients.
When you suffer incapacitating injuries that necessitate long-term rehabilitation and nursing support, the financial toll on you and your family can be enormous. The mortgage, utilities, and other household expenses, not to mention medical bills resulting from your injuries, must still be satisfied. If you are unable to work for months or become permanently disabled, the financial recovery from your auto accident claim can be the key to your ability to protect your assets from bankruptcy and to preserve your lifestyle.
Most Atlanta auto accident claims are paid by the insurance company for the negligent driver, but the insurance company for the other driver has no concern for treating you fairly. In fact, the objective of the insurance company is to treat you as unfairly as possible. The insurance industry does not generate billions of dollars in revenue annually because they are generous about compensation provided to injury victims. The insurance company typically will look for ways to avoid paying your claim or at least to pay you as little as possible. Our experienced Atlanta car accident injury lawyers advise injury victims to avoid speaking with a representative from the other driver’s insurance company until legal representation has been retained. The insurance company may request that you give a recorded statement but this request should be declined because its purpose is to compromise your Atlanta auto accident claim.
Legal Concepts of Fault and Negligence in Atlanta Auto Accidents
While drivers that fail to comply with Georgia traffic safety laws and other safe driving practices cause the majority of serious Atlanta car accidents, there are other parties that also may be legally responsible. Other parties that may be liable for a car accident include the following:
- Vehicle manufacturers that produce defective motor vehicles
- Motor vehicle owners that “negligently entrust” their vehicle to drivers they know are incompetent
- Municipalities, counties and other government entities that are negligent in designing or maintaining roads
- Employers of employees that cause accidents in company cars or while performing job functions
- Parents that make a car available to other members of the household for family purposes
Personal injuries caused by Atlanta car accidents may result in extensive medical expenses, lost earnings, and other intangible loss like pain and suffering, but many car accidents involve drivers that are either uninsured or underinsured. Our Atlanta law firm works to identify multiple viable defendants so that more insurance coverage is available to satisfy a personal injury settlement or judgment.
The legal concept of negligence refers to the failure to act in a reasonably prudent manner that causes foreseeable harm. A common example is a motorcyclist accident that occurs because the driver of a passenger vehicle is texting on a cell phone and fails to turn and look before executing a lane change. An example of an accident scenario with multiple negligent parties might involve an Atlanta trucking accident (tractor-trailer accident) that is caused because the trucking company failed to perform mandatory drug testing of a truck driver that was under the influence of methamphetamine while driving. There are numerous types of unsafe driving practices that may contribute to an Atlanta motor vehicle accident including the following:
- DUI (drunken driving)
- Drug impairment
- Defective roadways
- Excessive speed
- Drivers not paying attention
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Unsafe lane changes, turns or passing
- Product defects that cause vehicles to malfunction
- Non-compliance with traffic laws
Atlanta Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys Handling All Types of Vehicle Accidents
Because our experienced Atlanta auto accident attorneys have been representing motor vehicle accident victims since our law firm was founded in 1984, we have handled hundreds upon hundreds of motor vehicle accidents so we are qualified to provide legal representation in virtually any motor vehicle collision case. Some of the types of motor vehicle accident cases that we handle include:
- Rollover, carriage under-ride, and jackknife trucking accidents (tractor-trailer collisions)
- Pedestrian accidents
- Intersection T-Bone collisions
- Freeway accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Rear impact and side impact crashes
Compensation for Atlanta Car Accidents Claims
These are only a few of the types of motor vehicle accident claims that our experienced Atlanta car accident attorneys routinely handle for injury victims. Recovery in a motor vehicle collision claim may include both special and general damages. The term general damages refers to tangible types of economic loss, such as medical and hospital expenses, lost wages, cost of vehicle repair, funeral/burial costs, and future reduced earning ability. Personal injury damages also include special damages, which are harder to quantify but may have a greater impact on the injury victim and his or her family. These damages include pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and loss of consortium. Punitive damages also may be available where the form of unsafe conduct is particularly egregious, such as driving while impaired by drugs.
If you or someone you love has suffered a serious personal injury or a loved one has died, our experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyers are committed to representing personal injury and wrongful death victims in obtaining compensation to rebuild their lives and support their families. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates' experienced Atlanta car accident injury 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 your FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website, www.montlick.com, to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.