Legal Guide For Specific Types of Car Accidents in Georgia
Any type of car accident can cause serious personal injury or death to car drivers or passengers. Some types of collisions – such as head-on collisions – are more deadly than others. Others are identified with certain injures, such as rear-end collisions and whiplash.
In Georgia in 2008, the latest year for which the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has published figures, there were 306,367 motor vehicle crashes, which resulted in 1,493 fatalities and 115,797 personal injuries. Of all 159 counties in Georgia, Fulton County (Atlanta) typically has the largest number of fatalities each year. The county had 113 fatalities in 2008.
When Georgia residents are injured or killed in car accidents caused by other drivers’ negligence or recklessness, the legal team at the Millar Law Firm are there protect their rights.
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Common Auto Accidents in Georgia
Car accidents are normally identified by the portion of the car involved in the wreck. But no matter the type of crash, or whether it involves a car, truck, SUV, minivan, full-size van or another type of vehicle, car accidents can cause catastrophic injury and death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that across the U.S. in 2011, car accidents claimed the lives of 32,310 people.
Some common types of auto accidents are:
Rear-end accidents occur when one car runs into the rear of another and are a very common crash. Rear-end accidents also tend to result in whiplash, a potentially serious injury to your cervical (neck) or lumbar (back) spine. This occurs when the car that is hit lurches forward, causing the driver’s head and neck to extend backward and then snap back into position. Distracted driving ( inattention caused by texting or talking on a cell phone, adjusting a radio or another electronic device, eating or grooming) is a common cause of rear-end collisions. The driver who rear ends the other vehicle is often assigned fault and liability.
A head-on car or truck crash often results in catastrophic injury or death. Head-on motor vehicle accidents most often occur when a driver crosses the centerline of a highway and into the path of an oncoming vehicle. The cause is usually driver inattention (distracted driving), fatigued driving, falling asleep at the wheel or drunk driving.
Side-Impact or T-bone Collisions
Side-impact car accidents (also known as “T-bone collisions”) are particularly dangerous because the sides of vehicles have relatively protection for occupants from the collision’s impact. According to an Insurance study by IIHS, side-impacts are responsible for approximately 25% of automobile deaths annually. In a T-bone crash, the driver or passenger closest to the point of impact is likely to suffer the most severe injury. But other occupants of the car also are susceptible to severe and sometimes life threatening injury in a side-impact crash.
A collision is known as a “sideswipe” accident when two vehicles traveling in either the same direction or opposite directions collide along the sides of the cars. In some instances, it is a glancing blow. But many sideswipe accidents can be severe. A driver may get into a sideswipe accident by making an improper lane change, drifting out of their lane, over- or under-steering in a curve, over-correcting after slipping off the edge of the roadway or by executing a turn improperly. Occupants of a car in a sideswipe accident might suffer any number of impact injuries from the blunt force trauma of the wreck. They may also be killed instantly or die from their crash injuries later.
The primary cause of vehicle rollovers is turning too sharply while traveling too fast. Vehicles with a high center of gravity, such as trucks, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and full-size vans are particularly susceptible to rollover accidents. Studies show that roll-over crashes are more likely and common in crashes involving small trucks and for SUVs than for passenger cars. Rollovers are also more likely for SUVs versus pick-up trucks. Possible injuries in a rollover accident include cervical neck fractures, head injuries, major back injuries, paralysis or death. Rollover crashes account for more than 33 percent of deaths in passenger vehicles, the IIHS says.
Chain-Reaction Collisions (Pile-Ups)
Most chain-reaction collisions, in which several cars run into one another, occur during adverse weather conditions. We’ve all seen and heard reports of multi-car pile-ups on major highways during heavy fog, snow or ice storms. Most chain-reaction collisions are rear-end accidents, which are the leading cause of whiplash injuries. But in large pile-ups, a variety of catastrophic impact injuries are likely. In some cases, fire breaks out, leading to burns and smoke inhalation injuries.
What Causes Different Types of Atlanta Car Accidents?
Too many Atlanta car accidents are caused by a driver’s negligence or recklessness. “Negligence” in an automobile accident is the failure of the vehicle driver to exercise due care, which results in an accident, injury or death. “Recklessness” is defined as a conscious disregard for a large and unwise risk created by the driver’s conduct.
The types of negligence and recklessness that typically leads to Atlanta auto accidents include:
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving (including illegal and prescription drugs)
- Distracted driving (such as texting or using a cellphone while driving)
- Fatigued/drowsy driving
- Speeding/driving too fast for conditions
- Following too closely
- Failing to yield
- Running stop signs/stoplights.
Georgia car accident laws impose fault on a person who is responsible for a car accident. Therefore, if found liable, the driver who caused an accident – or, more likely their automobile insurer – will be required to pay the damages arising from the accident, including medical bills, lost income and payment for pain, suffering and emotional distress. Additionally, and in the event of a fatal car accident, surviving family and the estate of the deceased victims of the wreck can take action to obtain justice for their deceased family member.
The lawyers at the Millar Law Firm know how to investigate crashes to determine whether another driver’s negligence led to your injuries. We work with accident reconstruction experts, medical experts and other specialists to determine how a crash happened and how the accident caused the victim’s injuries. We gather evidence from all sources, including the accident scene, medical records, police reports and statements from people who witnessed the accident.
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If you have been injured or a loved one of your’s has been killed in a car wreck, the legal team at the Millar Law Firm can offer you sound and proper legal guidance. We can immediately help you or a family member to identify the proper plaintiff or plaintiffs to bring a claim against and (if necessary) establish an estate for the victim to bring the case.
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