Duluth and Gwinnett County Lawyer Helping Car Accident Victims
According to the USDOT statistics released last October for 2016, fatal car accidents are on the rise. In Georgia, car accidents involving serious injuries have been rising steadily since 2007. The financial, emotional, and physical impact of a car accident can place a huge burden on both the victim and his or her family. If you have been involved in a car accident, it is critical that you take care of yourself and your family. The actions you take today can have a tremendous impact on your well-being in the future.
The Brauns Personal Injury Law Firm has an experienced legal team that can help you get through this difficult time. Call us at (404) 418-8244 or send us an email via our online contact form for a free consultation.
Am I Entitled to Compensation?
Unfortunately, there is no one simple answer as to whether or not you can be compensated for your injuries and other damages. Here are the main issues that will determine whether you can receive compensation:
- Liability. When there is a car accident, the first step is to determine who was at fault. If the accident was your fault, the chances are that you will not be able to be compensated for your claim. If the accident was someone else’s fault, you may be able to receive compensation if you can prove the other party was at fault. This can be a very complicated legal question that may require you to hire a lawyer.
- Damages. To receive compensation, you’ll need to be able to prove that you have been harmed in some way as a result of the accident. Your claim for damages can consist of the medical bills for your injuries and additional pain and suffering. Your claim can also include financial harm such as vehicle repairs, lost wages, and loss of other income. In order to prove your claim, you need to keep very careful records. A lawyer who specializes in claims arising from car accidents can help you identify and assemble the proof you will need.
Brauns Law, PC, specializes in car accident cases and has been helping clients in the state of Georgia get the compensation they deserve. If you meet with us for a free consultation, we’ll evaluate your case and tell you if we think you have a claim.
Georgia Attorney Specializing in Intersection Accidents
If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, the chances are that the accident occurred at or close to an intersection. Roadway intersections bring traffic together from multiple directions. When you factor in poor visibility, distracted drivers, and varying speeds, you realize just how dangerous intersections can be. According to the Federal Highway Administration, more than 50 percent of motor vehicle accidents occur at or near intersections. In Georgia, intersection accidents resulting in death have been rising.
Because traffic is entering from different directions and at different speeds, intersection accidents can result in more serious injuries than a minor fender-bender. The safety features in modern vehicles help a lot, but the forces involved are incredible. Even if you don’t have any broken bones, injuries may take some time to present themselves and can be severe. Recovery can take quite a while.
If you’ve been involved in an intersection accident, your priority should be to seek medical treatment. It’s also advisable to have your doctor examine you even if you don’t have any apparent injuries—nerve damage, concussions, and other injuries may not manifest themselves right away, and a medical professional can at least give you signs to watch out for.
Obviously, the risk and severity of your injuries increase dramatically if you are a pedestrian, motorcyclist, or bicyclist.
If you have been injured, you should also consider consulting with an attorney who is skilled in working with motor vehicle accidents, especially accidents that occur at intersections. Intersection accidents can involve certain challenges in proving who was at fault. An attorney who has experience with intersection accidents will focus on the following factors:
- The traffic lights. It’s important to know which lights were red at the time of the accident. This is easier said than done, and it’s critical to know what you can prove versus what you think you saw. The attorney will also want to investigate whether the lights were functioning properly at the time of the accident and whether the lights worked adequately and safely controlled the flow of traffic.
- Signage. The attorney will want to know as much as possible about the signage that directs traffic around and through the intersection. Were there signs missing? Are they clearly visible? Are they confusing or is there contradictory signage?
- Weather. The attorney will want to document the weather at the time of the accident. Was it raining or snowing, or otherwise difficult to stop in time? What time of day was it? Was the sun in the driver’s eyes? How was visibility? Weather conditions can play an important factor in determining exactly why the accident happened and who was at fault.
- The physical layout of the intersection. The attorney will want to understand exactly how traffic moves through the intersection, how many lanes there are, how many roads enter the intersection, what the speed limit is, and various other details in order to best understand what happened.
If you’ve been involved in an intersection accident, we recommend that you write down everything you can remember as soon the accident happened, or when you are safely able to do so. This information is critical, and you want to remember as many details as possible.
Call a Georgia Car Accident Lawyer Today
In the event of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages. The legal team at the Brauns Law, PC, is here to help guide you through this process. Call us at (404) 418-8244 or send us an email via our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.