The auto accident injury attorneys of McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham, LLP of Dalton handle car crash injury claims in Georgia and Chattanooga, TN. We ensure clients get the lawsuit settlement they deserve.
Our attorneys are experienced with many different types of personal injury and wrongful death claims that occur due to auto accidents. Our personal injury law firm has successfully litigated many car accident cases. We serve Atlanta, Dalton, and all of northwest Georgia, as well as Chattanooga, Tennessee. If you cannot reach our offices, our attorneys will come to you.
In auto accident cases, a lawsuit is often necessary to recover damages, which can include compensation for medical bills, physical rehabilitation, pain and suffering and lost wages. If you are the victim of another driver's reckless or negligent driving, your suffering may force you to pursue a personal injury claim. Contact us online or call us at 706-508-4292.
Common Auto Accident Injuries
Automobile accidents are unpredictable and cause a variety or injuries from whiplash to more serious and crippling injuries such as broken bones and internal injuries. Some of the most common injuries from auto accidents include:
Auto Accident FAQs
I've been hurt in an accident. What should I do?
If you have been injured in a car accident in Georgia, contact a car accident injury lawyer as soon as you are able. Attorneys can handle working with insurance companies and help you get back on your feet.
What are some common causes of auto accidents?
Automobile accidents can occur due to aggressive driving, road rage, negligence, speeding, recklessness, fatigue or falling sleep behind the wheel, and substance abuse such as drunk driving. Learn more about thecommon causes of road traffic accidents and how they can be prevented.
What kind of auto accidents can occur?
Common car accidents are rear-end collisions which commonly result in whiplash and other spinal injuries; side impact, where injuries and damage are often severe; sideswipes; rollover accidents, and head-on collisions, which are often fatal. Read more about motor vehicle collisions and how they occur.
Have you been injured in an auto accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident in Georgia, contacting a personal injury lawyer experienced with auto accident cases is an important first step to protect your legal rights. Car accident attorneys know the ins and outs of the law and can help determine who was at fault, evaluate property damage, and assess the severity of any mental and physical injuries. Lawyers at McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham aggressively fight for the legal rights of those injured in automobile accidents.
Insurance companies have scores of lawyers and experts on their side, so it's important to protect yourself. Many auto accident victims often try to deal with insurance companies on their own. Insurance companies do not have your best interest at heart, so contact an experienced Chattanooga auto accident lawyer to help.
Contact a Chatanooga Car Accident Lawyer
McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham represents those injured in a wide range of auto accidents including those involving motorcycles, trucks, or buses, as well as multi-vehicle accidents or pile-ups. If you have been the victim of personal injury due to an auto accident, contact our car accident attorneys. If your family member has died a wrongful death due to an automobile accident in Atlanta or Dalton, we can help you also. Call us at 706-508-4292, or submit our quick contact web form.
Types Of Auto Accident Injuries
While any part of the body can be injured during a car accident, the most common injuries are to the head, neck and back. Internal injuries and injuries to arms and legs are also reported often. Some of the more common injuries that occur are whiplash, head injury, back injury, internal bleeding or fractures to the limbs.
Common Car Accident Injuries
- Whiplash, which most often occurs as a result of a rear-end collision. It is a soft tissue injury, meaning it impacts the muscles, ligaments and even the nerves. Whiplash is generally a spinal injury, and often affects the neck or mid-back. Sufferers most commonly experience symptoms such as pain and aching in the neck and back, shoulder pain, and sensory disturbance (tingling "pins and needles" feeling) in the arms and legs. Headaches are also a common symptom when a whiplash injury has occurred. The neck pain and stiffness can limit the neck and head movement, affecting peripheral vision, as well as the ability to turn or rotate the body (especially the neck). In some cases, a whiplash injury may not be immediately apparent. Often pain and other symptoms are not noticed or are not severe until a few days later. The injury may be temporary, or can be permanent and result in the need for physical therapy and rehabilitation, chiropractic therapy or medication.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can occur during a car accident, and is more common in side impact car accidents than in rear-end collisions. TBI is extremely serious and can cause temporary or permanent brain damage, leaving a victim with cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities. Some common signs and symptoms are: concussions, seizures, headaches, dizziness, memory loss, depression, anxiety and lack of concentration. Traumatic Brain Injury occurs when the force of a physical impact during a car accident car accident traumatizes the brain. Skull fractures, hematoma, and in some cases nerve damage are injuries related to TBI.
- Common Back Injuries Sprains, strains, herniated disks and fractured vertebrae are allcommon back injuries. Lower back injuries are most common. Back injuries can cause severe and persistent pain and limit movement and range of motion. Back injuries can require a long recovery or even bed rest. Some common treatments are drugs to manage pain and swelling, heat or ice therapy, physical therapy, ultrasound, chiropractors, steroid injections, and in some cases surgery may be needed.
- Lower Extremity Injuries The lower extremities from the hips, calves, thighs, knees, heels to the toes can be seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident. Fractures are very common, especially to the pelvic bone, femur, patella, tibia and ankle. Serious injuries to the hip joints and knee ligaments are common and may require several operations. Sprains, tendon injuries and stress fractures are also very common. Lower limb injuries impact your ability to do everyday things like walk, drive and exercise and can be permanent or require a long recovery. A long recovery can cause a financial impact as well as permanent physical and psychological problems.
- Upper Body Injuries It is common in a car accident to injure your upper body. Arms, wrists, hands, fingers, shoulders, collarbones and the sternum are often fractured. A fracture may either require surgery or a long period in a cast or splint. Some broken bones may cause permanent injury to nerves, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Physical therapy may be required after a bone has healed to improve strength and range of motion.
Injuries to the rotator cuff in the shoulder joint are also common and can be diagnosed with an MRI. Serious rotator cuff injuries often require extensive surgical repair.
- Internal Injuries In a car accident, internal injuries may not be immediately apparent, even to the victim. Some of the more common injuries to the internal organs are to the lungs, heart, spleen, kidneys, liver or even the intestines. A rib fracture can puncture a lung or other organ and cause internal bleeding. Spleen injuries are common and can be quite serious and may require a long recovery at a hospital.
Auto accidents can happen in many different situations. They might occur due to speedy highway driving or bumper-to-bumper traffic, but they can also occur on side streets and in parking lots. How vehicles collide with other vehicles, objects, and even pedestrians impacts the resulting injuries.
An experienced Atlanta auto accident attorney will know how to help determine who was at fault, evaluate property damage, and assess the severity of any mental and physical injuries. Lawyers at McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham aggressively fight for the legal rights of those injured in automobile accidents.
Common Types of Auto Accidents
Car accidents can happen in many different situations. They might occur due to speedy highway driving or bumper-to-bumper traffic, but they can also occur on side streets and in parking lots. How vehicles collide with other vehicles, objects, and even pedestrians impacts the resulting injuries.
- Rear-end collisions are traffic accidents that occur when one car crashes into a car in front of it. Rear-endings can be caused by sudden deceleration (slowing down or braking) by the first car, or when the following car accelerates more rapidly than the vehicle in front of it. Injuries to the occupants of the impacted vehicle are usually much worse. Whiplash is an injury in rear-impact collisions, even when the wreck occurs at a moderate speeds. The driver of the car that rear-ends the other car is usually considered to be at fault due to not being within stopping distance, or following too closely, or lack of attention. An exception is when the impacted vehicle is in reverse gear. If the driver of the car that was rear-ended files a claim against the driver who hit him, said driver could be responsible for damages.
- Side-impact collisions, also called a "T-bone" collision, or "broadsided," occur when the side of a vehicle is impacted by the front or rear of another vehicle or a fixed object. Vehicle damage and occupant injury are more likely to be severe in this type of car crash. However, that varies based on the part of the vehicle that is struck, the vehicle's safety features such as airbags and crumples zones, weight and construction of the vehicle, including materials, and the speed of the vehicles involved in the wreck. Vehicle occupants on the side of a vehicle struck usually sustain far worse injuries than they would in a front or rear-end crash.
- Sideswipe collisions are typically when the sides of two parallel cars touch and "swipe" each other. If both motor vehicles are traveling in the same direction and neither driver loses control, the vehicles may suffer only cosmetic damage.
- Vehicle Rollover occurs when a vehicle flips over onto its side or roof. Rollovers are often caused by a sharp turn at high speed. All vehicles are subject to a rollover accident, but SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles) are usually at a greater risk because they are usually taller than other vehicles, and have ahigher center of gravity. This combined with speeding increases the risk of a vehicle rollover.
- Head-on collisions are when the front ends of two vehicles hit each other. Head-on collisions are often fatal.
- Single car accidents occur when only one vehicle is involved. In some cases a vehicle strikes other objects such as poles, trees, fire hydrants, walls and may involve innocent bystanders. Those accidents often result in property damage and personal injury.
- Multi-vehicle pile-ups, also called multi-vehicle collisions, are accidents involving many vehicles. Pile-ups usually occur on highways or freeways. They are one of the deadliest kinds of traffic accidents and a solid mass of crumpled vehicles makes escape or rescue difficult. A fire in one part of the accident can quickly spread to spilled fuel and cover the entire crash area. Vehicles in a pile up are often hit multiple times, increasing risk of injury to its occupants. Cars often spin during a pile-up accident and are hit from the side. In some cases, drivers and passengers choose to get out of their vehicles during a pile up, putting them at risk of being hit by another vehicle. Determining the cause of multi-vehicle collisions is difficult; it's often impossible to tell if negligence caused the crash.
If you have been injured in an auto accident, contacting an Atlanta injury lawyer experienced with auto accident cases is an important first step to protect your legal rights.McCamy, Phillips, Tuggle & Fordham represents those injured in a wide range of auto accidents including those involving motorcycles, trucks, or buses.
If you have been the victim of personal injury, or if a family member has died a wrongful death, due to an auto accident, contact our Atlanta auto accident attorneys. We can help. Call us at 706-508-4292, or submit our quick contact web form.