Far too many car crashes occur in the state of Georgia each year. A number of these lead to serious injuries, while others lead to catastrophic property damage and even death.
Under the statute of limitations for personal injury cases, you have only two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit. While this may seem like plenty of time, few people can wait this long to get the compensation they need to help pay for the medical expenses and lost wages that resulted from their accident. The sooner you get our team of experienced car accident attorneys on your side, the sooner you can get the compensation you need to recover.
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According to the latest vehicle crash statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over six million car accidents occur each year in the United States, resulting in nearly two million injuries for drivers, passengers, and others involved, including pedestrians and bicyclists. In Georgia alone, car crashes and collisions claimed far too many lives.
Car accidents often occur due to a variety of factors, such as road conditions and heavy or congested traffic, as well as due to weather related issues, such as heavy rain, flooding, and fog. While drivers have little control over these types of situations, they are responsible for their reactions to them and their own behavior behind the wheel.
The NHTSA reports the majority of accidents could have been prevented if drivers had not engaged in dangerous, reckless and, in some cases, illegal conduct behind the wheel. The following are among the most common types of driving behaviors that contribute to car accidents and injuries:
Driving Under the Influence: Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or even over-the-counter and prescription medications causes serious impairments that puts yourself and others at risk. Despite tougher laws and the efforts of law enforcement, DUI accidents continue to be a problem in Georgia, playing a factor in nearly a third of all motor vehicle fatalities.
When the above types of behaviors result in crashes and collisions, the damages to drivers, passenger, other motorists, and pedestrians can be severe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), car accident injuries often require lengthy hospital stays and the need for ongoing medical case and physical rehabilitation, sometimes for years after the accident occurred. Each year in this country, Americans spend roughly one million days in the hospital as the result of car accident injuries, while the costs associated with their medical care and treatment are estimated at over $18 billion. The CDC estimates that it can take a minimum of 18 months or more to reach the maximum level of medical recovery after an accident, and that more than 75 percent of all medical costs occur during this time.
In addition to the medical care and attention your injuries may require, you may also be dealing with lost wages and potentially long term disabilities. Even a seemingly minor accident can have major impacts on your health and wellbeing, and in NHTSA surveys of accident victims, among the most common types of injuries suffered in these accidents include the following:
Other types of car accident injuries include major cuts and lacerations, bruises and contusions, burns, and internal injuries. Regardless of your physical symptoms after an accident, it is important to get medical care immediately to avoid permanent and potentially life threatening harm.
If you or someone you love has been injured due to a car accident or collision, contact the Law Offices of John M. Phillips today. Our car accident attorneys understand how damaging these injuries can be to your physical health and financial security, and the impacts they can have on every area of your life. We provide the aggressive legal representation you need to hold responsible parties accountable, and can advise you on the best options for getting the compensation you need to recover.