Alpharetta Car Accident Attorney
Georgia Crash Statistics
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2011, 32,367 people were killed in an estimated 5,338,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes. Of those collisions, more than 2 million people were injured and 3,778,000 involved property damage only. According to the NHTSA, on average 89 people died in a motor vehicle crash in 2011, that's one every 16 minutes. In 2011, 9,878 of the fatalities involved drunk driving, accounting for 31% of the total traffic fatalities. In that same year, speeding was one of the most prevalent factors that contributed to traffic crashes, with speed being a factor in 9,944 or 31% of the fatal collisions. (NHTSA)
Car accidents are the highest cause of personal injury claims in every state across the country. In Georgia, more than 132,000 people were injured in car wrecks in 2003 according to crash statistics provided by GDOT. With so many injuries occurring annually, it goes without saying that the parties responsible for causing these crashes should be held accountable for the injuries involved.
At Kalka & Baer, LLC, we handle all types of motor vehicle accident claims, including those involving underinsured and uninsured motorists. We encourage you to become familiar with this website to obtain more information about our areas of practice. To learn more about filing a claim for compensation, please contact an Alpharetta car accident attorney from our firm directly.
Drivers can cause serious accidents through their reckless maneuvers, such as speeding, swerving into another lane, or running a red light. Even though this is not the same problem as road rage, which is criminal assault with a car, aggressive drivers are responsible for many horrific injuries and even fatalities.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
One of the first things you need to do after a car accident is call your insurance. If you say the wrong thing, this can undercut any claim that you file. Before you speak to any insurance company, be sure that you know what to do. The right legal counsel can help navigate you toward success in filing your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in 2011 alone more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and another 387,000 were injured. Of all the forms of driver distraction, the most common and deadliest form involves texting while driving.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Despite the nationwide campaigns put on by MADD and law enforcement agencies , driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains a major cause of car accidents and fatalities in the United States. If you were injured or if your loved one was killed at the hands of a drunk driver, you deserve ample compensation to cover all of your economic and non-economic losses.
This is one of the most dangerous accidents in which to be involved. A distracted or tired driver who veers past the median or is going the wrong way can collide with an oncoming car, resulting in broken bones, spinal and brain injuries, and even tragic death.
When more than one vehicle collides with another, a great deal of damage can occur to the cars, and serious personal injures can be sustained. If you are involved in this type of accident, you could be on the hook for expensive car repair and medical treatment unless you get a sufficient settlement.
A rear-end collision occurs when the front-end of the vehicle in the rear collides with the rear-end of the vehicle in front. Rear-end collisions commonly cause whiplash injuries and other neck and back injuries. In the cases where the vehicle in the front was a minivan, the victims (usually children) can be fatally injured due to the lack of a physical barrier between the two vehicles.
If you have been in a rollover accident, you may have suffered from a roof crush incident. Roofs of cars are supposed to be able to sustain the weight of the car. If it caved in for whatever reason, this may point to the manufacturer or designer being at fault for the accident and any associated injuries. If you or a loved one were injured from an accident involving roof crush, then there is a possibility you are entitled to compensation.
Single Vehicle Accidents
Even when only one car is involved, serious loss and injury can still result. Whether a defective car part or bad roads made you to collide into a pole or tree, caused a rollover, or created some other type of accident, you may not be at fault for a single vehicle accident. You may be owed compensation.
Soft Tissue Damage
This type of injury is characterized by pain, swelling bruising and potential loss of function after damaging muscles, ligaments and tendons throughout the body. Car accidents often involved sudden and violent movements which can easily cause damage to these parts of your body making soft tissue injuries very common.
Types of Car Accidents
There are several types of accidents, some of which include head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, side-impact crashes or T-bone collisions and rollovers. Of these, the head-on collision is often the most deadly, especially when the vehicles are moving at high speeds during the crash.
Uninsured Motorist Claims
Georgia is among the states that have a problem with having too many uninsured drivers on the roads. When you are involved in a collision with an uninsured driver, you can file a claim under your own auto insurance policy's uninsured motorist coverage providing you did not reject this coverage in writing.
What to Do After an Accident?
Car accidents occur without warning. The only way to be ready for a collision is to be prepared in advance. Learn from our experienced car accident attorneys what actions you should take if you find yourself in an auto accident. Your attorney is one of the first people you should contact after a crash.
This is one of the common injuries sustained in a rear end collision. You should go see a doctor if you feel pain spread from your neck to your shoulders and arms, or if your arms feel weak or numb. Headaches and pain experienced when moving your head are further indicators that you may have whiplash. If you have suffered from this injury, chances are the other driver is at fault for the accident, and you may deserve compensation.
What is your next step if in a car crash?
If you have been involved in a car wreck, there are certain steps you must take to ensure that you are adequately compensated. The first would be to consult with an Alpharetta personal injury lawyer who has a detailed understanding of insurance companies' defense strategies and how to effectively fight them for compensation. With their counsel and assistance, you could file a claim and successfully negotiate with the insurance companies or fight aggressively in court to recover the damages you deserve. It may also be the case that you have been hit by a driver with no insurance, in which case your attorney should also be skilled in uninsured motorist claims.
Kalka & Baer LLC could provide the assistance you need, so call now and schedule an appointment with a member of our team!
Over Two Decades of Legal Experience
As a former defense lawyer for large insurance companies, Attorney Tony Kalka understands their strategies and could provide insightful and aggressive representation on your behalf. You deserve to have your injury expenses covered by the liable party, so retain our firm today for skilled legal representation. We have practiced for more than 20 years and are prepared to obtain the highest possible amount of compensation for your case. Our firm offers a free case evaluation, so call now (770) 285-5117 or fill out our online evaluation form to learn how we could help!
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