Being involved in a car accident can have serious consequences for both an individual and their family. The immediate effects of the accident, ranging from physical trauma to costly medical care, can be extremely difficult to handle. However, the long term consequences, which may include a loss of income as a result of time spent away from work, emotional trauma, permanent disability, and even wrongful death can also be extremely traumatic. If you or someone you love has been involved in an auto accident in the state of Georgia, contact an experienced and successful Savannah car accident lawyer for a free legal consultation.
In the United States, there are more than 6 million car accidents every year. That translates to an injury occurring every 14 seconds and a fatality caused by a car accident occurring every 12 minutes.
Following an accident, you may be angry and confused, and you may have many unanswered questions. The last thing you need to worry about is a complicated legal case. If you or a loved one has been involved in a motor vehicle accident because of the negligence of others, you may be entitled to payments for personal injury or wrongful death. The Savannah car accident attorneys at Roden + Love may be able to help you recover payments for medical and funeral expenses, physical pain and emotional suffering, future losses, or lost wages if necessary. Punitive damages that discipline wrongful conduct may be awarded to you in some disputes. Our Savannah, GA auto accident attorneys can give personal, legal advice for reducing the emotional and financial costs of a motor vehicle accident.
Car accident injuries can vary significantly in terms of severity, from minor cuts and bruises to traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord damage, but whenever someone else was at fault for the accident, whether due to their reckless driving, a car malfunction, or other causes, injury victims may be entitled to seek compensation. Some common car accident injuries may include:
- Brain injuries
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Chest injuries
- Diaphragm rupture
- Burn injuries
- Pelvis and/or abdominal injuries
- Leg and knee injuries
- Foot injuries
- Cut and tear injuries from broken glass
Multiple studies of car accidents have determined that where a person is seated in a car during an accident has an effect on the type of injury they are likely to suffer and its severity. As you would expect, being seated closer to the point of impact is likely to result in injuries that are more severe.
Fatal Car Accidents
If your loved one was in a fatal car accident or motor vehicle accident, your first emotions were likely shock and sadness. If another driver’s negligence, recklessness, or carelessness caused your loved one’s fatal accident, you may feel angry and want justice for your loss. In addition to the grief that this negligence has caused your family, you will no doubt also incur medical bills, funeral costs, loss of financial support, loss of emotional support and loss of companionship. You are entitled to compensation for all of these losses.
Our auto accident attorneys in Savannah, GA can help you get the best compensation. At Roden + Love, a Savannah personal injury lawyer is committed to helping you get through this. We will stand by your side to see that you get full and fair compensation to cover the costs associated with your loss. If your family member died in a car accident, it is important that you make informed decisions that best serve you and your family. You need to understand the steps you must consider to preserve your rights related to the wrongful death of your loved on as soon as possible after the accident.
While every state has different laws surrounding a wrongful death claim due to an accident, all states have a specific time limit within which you must file your claim for your loved one’s wrongful death. Georgia has a two year statute of limitations generally applicable to all personal injury and wrongful death cases, including these involving a car, truck or motorcycle accident (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33). In cases of personal injury, that two year statute of limitations begins to run on the date of the crash. Because this timeframe to file a claim for wrongful death is limited, it is very important to seek out a qualified Savannah car accident lawyer who has successful experience handling wrongful death cases to file your claim as soon as possible after the accident.
According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) each day in the United States, more than 9 people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. Distracted driving is driving while doing another activity that takes your attention away from driving. Distracted driving can increase the chance of a motor vehicle crash.
There are three main types of distraction:
- Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
- Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
- Cognitive: taking your mind off of driving.
Distracted driving endangers not only those behind the wheel but also their passengers, fellow road occupants and pedestrians. In fact, drivers using handheld devices are four times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. Other types of distractions include:
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
The most alarming of these distractions is texting because it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. In Georgia, all drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. The ban applies to text messages, instant messages, email, and Internet data.
Despite the laws put into action to combat distracted driving, it still occurs with alarming regularity. These distracted driving accidents can result in single-vehicle crashes involving pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents, or multi-vehicle car accidents that can include truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. Regardless, these accidents are caused directly by driver negligence and could have been easily prevented. By filing a personal injury claim with the help of an experienced Savannah car accident attorney from Roden + Love, you can resolve compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial damages you suffered as the result of an accident caused by a distracted driver.
Our cities and streets are busy with activity in Savannah. Automobiles, bicyclists, and pedestrians all share public space and roadways. Unfortunately, not everyone understands or observes the rules of the road that govern the right of way at crosswalks, stoplights, and stop signs. Common causes of pedestrian accidents include:
- Distracted drivers;
- Drunk driver accidents
- Driver failing to observe the rules of the road;
- Pedestrian failing to utilize crosswalk properly; and
- Drivers travelling at high speeds.
Tragically, children are particularly at risk for being injured by a vehicle. Often, children do not fully understand pedestrian traffic rules, and are much harder for drivers to notice on the road.
Injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident are often catastrophic. The impact of the car itself and the impact on the ground afterwards can lead to severe trauma to the head, neck, and spine. Injuries can include head and brain injuries, as well as broken bones, neck and spinal injuries, and many others. Our accident attorneys in Savannah will thoroughly review your accident to determine what happened, the extent of your injuries and who should be held accountable. Victims of pedestrian accidents deserve to be properly compensated for medical bills and other expenses.
In Georgia, we have our share of drivers who are impaired, distracted, careless, speeding, aggressive, impatient, or who just don’t get it that the law requires them to safely share the roads with cyclists. Drivers of this sort pose a serious threat to bicycle riders.
A collision between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist can cause serious harm due to the amount of force exerted on the person riding the bicycle during the moment of impact. The additional impact against the ground can further injure the cyclist. Common injuries occurring in cycling accidents may include the following:
- Simple or compound fractures that can occur during the collision or if the bicyclist should crash into the ground or motor vehicle after being thrown from the bicycle
- Lacerations caused by the vehicle, the ground or debris
- Injuries to the back, neck or spine should the cyclist impact an object head first
- Brain damage caused by trauma to the head during the accident
- Death as a result of injury
These serious medical injuries and conditions often require months and sometimes years of medical care and rehabilitation services, as well as a substantial amount of time out of work. If you have been injured in any type of cycling accident, it is important to speak to an experienced car accident attorney in Savannah, Georgia in order to protect your rights to recover just compensation for your medical and rehabilitation expenses, lost current earnings and future earning potential, and your pain, suffering, and damaged quality of life.
Rear End Accidents
Serious injuries can occur when another vehicle hits you from behind, even if the other vehicle was traveling at a relatively slow speed. After a rear end accident it is crucial to understand what to do so you can preserve important evidence for your case and get the medical treatment you need. An injury from a rear end collision may go unnoticed if not immediately treated.
A rear end car accident is frequently caused by driver in the rear car following too closely or tailgating. Other causes may include driver distraction, such as cell phone usage or adjusting a radio, or when they driver in the front makes an abrupt stop, which the following driver does not anticipate. Usually, in a rear end collision, the driver in the rear vehicle is presumed to be at fault. Rear end collisions can be complex situations and the rear-ended driver may not be wholly responsible for the collision that follows. Every car accident has its own unique features and these play a role in obtaining compensation.
In Georgia, state law requires you to maintain a safe following distance between yourself and the car in front of you. Fault for most rear end collisions in Georgia falls upon the driver who rear ended the car in front. Presumably, if this driver had been maintaining a safe following distance, he would have been able to decelerate enough to avoid the collision.
At Roden + Law, our team of lawyers have experience in all types of car accidents, including rear end collisions. Typically after any accident where you have been injured, the insurance company will attempt to contact you. Before doing anything with a Georgia insurance company, it is best to consider your legal options by contacting an experienced Savannah auto accident attorney. By working with a skilled legal representative from our firm, you have an experienced professional in the field of car accidents so you can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and property damage.
After a motor vehicle accident, insurance companies will immediately begin looking for ways to avoid paying your claim or minimizing the amount they pay. Insurance companies work for their shareholders, and they make money, in part, by collecting as much as possible in insurance premiums and paying out as little as possible in claims.
When you need to make an auto insurance claim, you should proceed with care. Your actions may have significant influence on the amount of compensation you receive. You should:
- Consult an attorney for legal advice
- Review your insurance policies to find out what is covered and what is excluded
- Notify your insurance company right away after you are in a car accident
- Take pictures of your vehicle, the accident site, and your injuries
You should not:
- Accept the insurance company’s estimate of your losses and damages until you have a chance to fully explore the matter yourself. Help from an experienced attorney at Roden + Love will help in determining whether the insurance company’s estimate is fair.
- Sign a release or waiver until you have gotten reliable legal advice.
- Accept a check from your insurance company, especially a “final payment,” unless you have obtained legal advice and carefully weighed out your options.
If you have been injured in an auto accident of any kind, consulting an experienced trial lawyer as soon as possible after the accident is critical to securing the compensation you need to pay for your recovery. Without the help of an experienced Savannah, GA accident attorney, evidence gets lost, witnesses become difficult to locate, and it becomes difficult to accurately assess the site of the accident.
At Roden + Love we will:
- Conduct a thorough investigation of your claim
- Retrieve and review all relevant police reports and video footage
- Collect and review all of your medical records and billings
- Identify and obtain copies of all relevant insurance policies
If you have been injured in a car accident, don’t let the insurance company push you around, contact Roden + Love at once. We will always relentlessly pursue your injury claim and make sure we get you the top dollar for it. Contact us today at 844-RESULTS for a free initial consultation.