A simple car wreck is a myth.
The second you hear that crunch of metal or glass shattering, your life gets anywhere from a little more complicated to vastly devastating.
There may be medical bills, lost income, car repairs, and other expenses. Dealing with an insurance company is the last thing you want to do.
If you have been injured in a car wreck, it’s imperative that you have an aggressive Georgia auto accident attorney on your side to fight for the compensation you deserve.
Negligence and carelessness on the part of others are often the cause of car accidents. Often times, this negligence results in the destruction of property, and it can destroy human lives, inflicting pain, suffering, and even death. Jonah Flynn, a Savannah car accident lawyer, can help you recover for your injuries if you have been in a Georgia auto accident.
A 1985 study using British and American crash reports as data, found that 57% of crashes were due solely to driver factors.
There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than $230 Billion. 2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States – one death every 13 minutes.
Types of injuries
Although car accidents can cause many different injuries, to virtually any part of your body, these are the most common car accident injuries.
- Face and Head Injuries – such as a scrape, bruise, laceration, fracture, TMJ, dental injury.
- Brain Injuries – such as a concussion, post-concussion syndrome, closed head injury, traumatic brain injury.
- Neck Injuries – such as a sprain, strain, whiplash, fracture, cervical radiculopathy, disc injury.
- Shoulder and Arm Injuries – such as a laceration, sprain, strain, fracture, dislocation, and rotator cuff injury.
- Back Injuries – such as a sprain, strain, fracture, disc injury, thoracic spine injury, lumbar radiculopathy, and lumbar spine injury.
- Leg, Knee and Foot Injuries – such as a laceration, bruise, fracture, sprain, strain, dislocation, ligament injury, hip injury, knee injury, foot injury.
- Psychological Injuries – such as a post traumatic stress disorder.
- Crashes are categorized by what is struck and the direction of impact, or impacts. These are some common crash types:
- Rear impacts (1,824,000 crashes, 29.6% of all US crashes, 5.4 % of US fatal crashes)
- Angle or side impacts (1,779,000 crashes, 28.9% of all US crashes, 20.7% of US fatal crashes)
- Run-off-road collisions (992,000 crashes, 16.1% of US crashes, 31.7% of US fatal crashes)
- Collisions with animals (275,000 crashes, 4.5% of US crashes, 0.4% of fatal crashes)
- Rollovers (141,000 crashes, 2.3% of all US crashes, 10.9% of US fatal crashes)
- Head-on collision (123,000 crashes, only 2.0% of all US crashes, but 10.1% of US fatal crashes)
- Collisions with pedestrians and bicyclists (114,000 crashes, only 1.8% of US crashes, but 13.5% of US fatal crashes)
- Back-up collisions killed 221 people in the US in 2007, and injured about 14,400. This is one of the most common types of non-traffic auto collision in which road workers and children 15 and younger are killed
Rollover, head-on, pedestrian, and bicyclist crashes combined are only 6.1% of all crashes, but cause 34.5% of traffic-related fatalities.
After any Georgia auto accident, you should not speak to any representative from an insurance company without first consulting with a Georgia auto accident lawyer.
Once the case has been accepted by your Georgia car accident lawyer, the lawyer will take steps to prove liability (who was at fault) and maximize your results. The Savannah car wreck attorney or Georgia auto accident lawyer you hire should aggressively move to “freeze” and preserve the evidence which may disappear in time. This evidence may include photographs of damage to the vehicles, roadway conditions and skid marks, and witness statements.
There is usually a police report. The investigation evaluates evidence, usually immediately, as to how the accident occurred. This is important evidence for your Savannah auto accident lawyer. Conclusions are determined and sometimes published in a report. Next, your medical records should be gathered and analyzed to determine the extent of your injuries and need for future care.
The general structure of a Georgia auto accident lawsuit is that, after the case is filed, there is a pre-trial phase which is known as “discovery,” during which the parties, using procedures set up for this purpose, exchange information about the case. You can learn what the defense is and the defense can learn the details of your auto accident case.
After discovery is complete, there is a trial. Many Georgia car wreck cases settle at some point during discovery, but if not, you need an attorney who can try your case and obtain full value for your injuries.
Hiring a Georgia Auto Accident Lawyer and Going to Court
There are many attorneys on the internet and on television all across Georgia who claim to be auto accident “specialists” but really just run volume “mill” operations, settling every case for what the insurance company will give them. They don’t care about your file or your injuries. The Flynn Law Firm handles catastrophic injury claims not only in Georgia, but across the country, and usually only handles serious personal injury or wrongful death cases. Not all cases are accepted, and cases are never taken with the goal of settling. A full medical work up is done for each client, to insure that proper care is provided and future medical needs are taken care of with the proceeds from your Georgia auto accident lawsuit. The best liability experts are retained to testify in your Georgia car accident case about the Defendant’s negligence or the extent of your injuries.
The Flynn Law Firm has the experience and vision to take your Georgia auto accident case to trial, and will not settle for what some insurance adjuster feels like offering. The Flynn Law Firm has the resources to prepare and try your case effectively, and also has the resources to make sure you get the best medical care for your injuries, regardless of whether or not you have health insurance or your financial situation. If you have been injured in a Georgia auto accident, whether in Atlanta, Savannah, or anywhere else, call the Flynn Law Firm at 1-866-904-3143.