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South Georgia Car Accident Attorney

Why Hire an Automobile Accident Lawyer?

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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Confidential settlement of over 100 cases against a pediatric dentist who faces prosecution for fraud based on abuse of children.

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Facts About Automobile Accidents and Why They Occur

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:

  • Speeding: An estimated 29 percent of all car accidents are the result of driving over posted speed limits. Even driving too fast for condition can increase your risk of being in an accident by nearly 40 percent.   
  • Distracted Driving: Distracted driving includes texting, talking on cell phones, adjusting GPS settings, or even engaging with other passengers while. Any behavior that distracts your attention from the road or causes you to take your hands off the wheel puts you, other motorists, and pedestrians at risk.
  • Aggressive Driving: Aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating, failure to yield, improper passing, or disregarding traffic signals are not only dangerous, but many of them are illegal, and lead to a great risk for accidents and injuries.
  • Drowsy Driving: In our busy society, many people fail to get the total amount of sleep they need. They may work multiple jobs, of have family responsibilities that keep them up at night, leaving them groggy and tired during the day. Being excessively tired while driving can affect your ability to react quickly to situation, while falling asleep behind the wheel can result in devastating crashes and collisions.

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.

Common Types of Car Accident Injuries

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:  

  • Whiplash, which occurs when the head and neck are violently whipped or shaken, causing damage to underlying muscles, tendons, and disks. Whiplash victims often experience ongoing pain and limited movement, and in severe cases, partial or total paralysis can result.
  • Concussions, which occur as the result of a bump, blow or jolt to the head. While mild concussions may result in temporary symptoms, such as headaches, lightheadedness, and nausea, more serious cases can result in traumatic brain injuries that impact physical, emotional, and cognitive functions.  
  • Bone fractures, which are common in the aftermath of an accident, with potentially severe ramifications that depend on the type of fracture and where it occurred. While some fractures may be reset with a cast, others require the use of metal plates and pins to ensure the bone heals properly. Broken bones that occur in the ankles, joints, hips, and back can result in limping and periodic pain and stiffness, as well as permanent impairments.  
  • Muscle and ligament strains, sprains, tears, while they may appear minor, can have a major impact on your ability to move or perform even simple tasks. Soft tissue injuries often require lengthy recuperation times, preventing you from engaging in activities while being subject to re-injury.    

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.

Let Us Help You With Your Case

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.

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