While motor vehicles serve a vital and indispensable role in our everyday lives, cars and other motor vehicles also claim an enormous toll in human cost, including injuries ranging from soft tissue damage to catastrophic disabling injuries and far too often fatalities. The enormous human cost associated with car accidents in Union City and the greater Atlanta metro area is accompanied by enormous financial loss in productive work hours, emergency response services and property loss.
Sadly, these enormous costs associated with Union City car accidents are largely the product of careless and indifferent conduct that could easily be avoided. It is easy to discount the risk that you will personally be involved in a serious car accident in Union City and presume that serious motor vehicle accidents only happen to other people. Nothing could be further from the truth because statistically everyone will experience at least one serious car accident at some time during his or her life.
The experienced Union City auto accident attorneys at Montlick and Associates have developed a reputation with judges, insurance adjusters, insurance defense attorneys and our peers for obtaining impressive results for our clients. Our Union City car accident attorneys recognize that each of our clients is special and unique in their own way, and they are more than just a potential auto accident plaintiff. Our clients are beloved parents, siblings, children and grandparents to those who love them.
There are many types of car accidents involving different types of vehicles, and each requires a unique understanding of the physics and accident dynamics associated with crashes involving the specific type of motor vehicle involved in the collision. We have a Union City car accident team made up of attorneys who understand the liability issues, causes and potential defenses associated with each of these types of motor vehicle accidents. We know that our clients are facing enormous challenges, including debilitating physical pain and potential loss of income from a breadwinner as well as stress and uncertainty regarding the future. At Montlick and Associates, we know that reasonably timely communication, promptly returned phone calls and clear answers to your questions can go a long way to alleviating your stress and uncertainty. We believe that the practice of law is a service-oriented profession, and this is the philosophy that guides our law practice.
What to Do in the Aftermath of a Union City Car Accident
When you are involved in a Union City auto accident, you should seek immediate medical treatment no matter how mild your symptoms. Many very serious injuries are not obvious in the immediate aftermath of an auto collision. If you delay seeking medical care until physical symptoms become obvious, insurance lawyers may claim your injuries were not caused by your car accident or that you are now fabricating or exaggerating your injuries.
It is also important to take pictures of any injuries, vehicle damage and the surrounding area. You should also get the names and contact information for any witnesses that observed the accident. Do not be surprised if shortly after the accident, you receive a call from the other driver’s insurance adjuster offering to settle your case quickly. This is a common insurance adjuster tactic designed to settle cases for far below their actual value before a car accident victim has had a chance to obtain a full medical evaluation and consult with a Union City car accident lawyer. URGENT: DO NOT SPEAK TO AN INSURANCE ADJUSTER FOR THE OTHER DRIVER, SIGN ANYTHING OR CASH A CHECK UNTIL OBTAINING LEGAL ADVICE FROM AN EXPERIENCED UNION CITY AUTO ACCIDENT LAWYER!
Understanding Fault in Union City Car Accidents
If you are involved in a Union City auto accident, you may have a right to legal compensation for your injuries. When your accident is caused by the misconduct of a third party, the type of misconduct will provide the basis for liability for your injuries and may include negligence, intentional acts and even liability without fault (strict liability). While any of these may be a basis for imposing fault on a driver of a motor vehicle that causes injury to you in a car accident, the most common basis is negligence, which is essentially the failure to act with reasonable care for the safety of others. When the negligence (i.e. carelessness) of a third-party is extremely egregious, a court will sometimes award punitive damages, which are designed to punish extremely inappropriate behavior and discourage such behavior in the future.
While negligence is by far the most common basis for imposing liability on a third party for his or her role in causing a Union City auto accident, the basis of liability can also be intentional misconduct or even liability without fault. Intentional misconduct typically involves acts of road rage where one’s motor vehicle is used as a weapon. Strict liability or liability without fault may be an appropriate legal theory for imposing liability on a third-party when an accident is caused by a defective car or by systems or components of a car that malfunction due to a product defect.
While there are virtually an unlimited number of causes that may play a substantial factor in a serious Union City car accident, some of the most common causes include the following:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol
- Fatigued truck drivers who exceed hours of service
- Drivers text messaging or talking on a cell phone who fail to notice others like motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians
- Lack of caution on wet, slippery roads
- Distracted drivers who fail to pay attention to vehicles in front of them in heavy traffic
- Product design defects like making an SUV with a high center of gravity and narrow wheel-base
- Disregard of Georgia vehicle safety laws, including speed limits, following distance and right-of-way rules
- Drugged drivers
- Trucking company indifference, including negligent hiring of drivers, lack of training and failure to conduct safety inspections
- Failure of drivers in cars, trucks, SUVs and tractor-trailers to check blind spots
- Poorly marked construction zones or other unsafe road design or maintenance
Obtaining Compensation to Rebuild Following a Union City Car Accident
If you are the victim of auto accident in Union City, you may suffer a wide range of injuries, including the following:
- Closed head injuries
- Brain damage
- Loss of limbs
- Disc and spinal cord injuries
- Injury to vital organs
- Permanent disfigurement and severe burns
- Joint injuries including the knee, elbow and shoulder
- Broken ribs and limbs
- Other broken bones and severe compound fractures
- Injuries resulting in paralysis
These are examples of common car accident injuries suffered in Union City collisions that can be painful and debilitating. These types of serious injuries can impair your mental functioning and reasoning skills, ability to walk, capacity to continue in your chosen livelihood and even your ability to engage in simple pleasures like giving your child a piggyback ride. Serious Union City auto accidents can result in devastating catastrophic injuries that can cause excruciating pain, enormous emotional distress and overwhelming financial difficulties.
Our experienced Union City car accident lawyers know the financial, emotional and physical challenges that a family faces in the wake of a serious car accident. Our knowledgeable and experienced car accident legal team strives to obtain the compensation that enables our clients to recover quickly and obtain the highest quality of life following a serious car accident. Our Union City auto accident law firm is committed to lifting the burden of handling insurance and legal hassles from the shoulders of our clients so that they can focus on healing and taking care of their families.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a Union City auto accident, we may be able to recover a wide variety of damages against the party responsible for your injuries or loss of a loved one including:
- Medical and rehabilitation expenses
- Past, present and future lost income
- Pain and suffering including any negative impact on your quality of life
- Vehicle repair or replacement and other property damage
- Loss of consortium (impairment of services and companionship from a spouse)
- Fatalities – burial and funeral experiences
- Exemplary or punitive damages depending on the circumstances
Be aware of your legal rights! If you have been injured because of the failure of a driver on the streets or highways of Union City to engage in prudent driving practices, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call now for your FREE CONSULTATION with Montlick and Associates experienced Union City car accident attorneys.
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 www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.