Although it's no secret that car accidents are an everyday occurrence in Georgia and across the country, what's less well known is that the vast majority of crashes—as well as the resulting injuries and deaths—are preventable.
According to the Georgia Department of Transportation's Drive Alert, Arrive Alive campaign, more than 1,500 people were killed in accidents on Georgia roads in 2018 alone. Unsafe driving behaviors caused a whopping 70 percent of fatal crashes.
In this article, we explain some of the common causes of Georgia car accidents, the injuries associated with serious crashes, and how our attorneys can help you pursue compensation for damages sustained in an accident caused by another person or entity's negligence.
Common Unsafe Driving Behaviors
Though most people think they're safe drivers, many have engaged in unsafe behaviors in the past, and some may even do so regularly. That's because the actions that lead to serious crashes don't have to be as flagrant as running others off the road or leading the police on a high-speed pursuit. In fact, they can be as simple as getting too involved in a conversation with your passengers or driving when you haven't gotten enough rest.
Common crash causes include:
- Distracted driving. Any behavior that takes a motorist's attention away from driving safely can be a dangerous distraction. Examples of distracted driving behaviors include talking or texting on a smartphone, making selections on a navigation or entertainment system, and eating, drinking, or grooming behind the wheel.
- Impaired driving. Drunkenness isn't the only type of impairment that leads to accidents. Illicit drug use, prescription drug use or abuse, and fatigue all have dangerously impairing effects on drivers.
- Driving too fast for road or weather conditions. Motorists are obligated to drive safely at all times, which may require them to alter their speeds or vehicle handling according to road or weather conditions. When drivers fail to account for current conditions, devastating accidents can result.
- Disregarding traffic signage and laws. Reckless or aggressive drivers who speed or otherwise flout traffic safety laws are frequent reasons for serious crashes.
Injuries Associated With Car Accidents
Car accident victims often suffer a wide range of injuries—many of which may be severe and require extensive medical treatment. Common car crash injuries include:
- Soft-tissue injuries, such as whiplash, strains, and sprains
- Broken or crushed bones
- Lost or amputated limbs
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Head and brain injuries, such as concussions or traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries, such as herniated discs
- Spinal cord trauma, which can result in varying degrees of paralysis that may be temporary or permanent
Seeking Compensation for Car Crash Injuries and Losses
If you were hurt in a car accident caused by another person or entity's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and other losses. Thanks to Georgia's comparative fault laws, as long as you were less at fault for the crash than the other driver, you may be eligible to pursue a recovery for damages such as:
- Accident-related medical expenses, including medically-necessary travel costs
- Wages lost while physically recovering from your injuries
- Loss of income if your injuries permanently prevent you from working
- Physical pain and suffering you endured in the crash and during the recovery process
- Mental and emotional trauma resulting from the accident
- The effects of scarring or disfigurement
Consult an Experienced Georgia Personal Injury Attorney About Your Car Accident Case
If you were hurt in an accident caused by another person's negligence, you shouldn't be the one left footing the bill for your crash-related injuries and losses. The knowledgeable and skilled personal injury attorneys with Rechtman & Spevak can help you understand your legal rights and explore your options for compensation. Contact us today to schedule a free, initial consultation.