Vehicle accidents sometimes occur in Georgia due to the carelessness of a particular motorist. These accidents, unfortunately, may not only leave long-lasting physical scars but also emotional and financial ones. When a car accident leads to serious injuries, the motorist deemed at fault in the crash may be held liable.
Common reasons for auto accidents, besides negligence, include road rage and aggressive driving, recklessness, speeding, falling asleep at the wheel, fatigue, or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. These behaviors can easily contribute to an accident, causing debilitating injuries, such as spinal injuries, head injuries and whiplash. Damage and injuries are oftentimes severe in side-impact crashes as well as in head-on collisions, which many times are fatal.
After people have been injured in a vehicle accident, it is wise for them to get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible. Insurance companies generally do not have accident victims’ best interests at heart, but an attorney can deal with these insurance companies in an effort to help the injured parties get back on their feet. An attorney may help to determine which individual was at fault in the collision, assess how severe any physical or mental injuries are, and evaluate any damage done to property.
People who are hurt in a motor vehicle accident have the right to file personal injury claims seeking damages against the reportedly at-fault individuals. Awarded damages in a car accident case may help to cover the cost of medical treatment, the loss of wages and other expenses tied to an accident. A preponderance of the evidence is needed to establish liability to the satisfaction of a Georgia court hearing the case.