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Georgia Firefighter got hit by a vehicle

Source: WJCL

Car crashes in Georgia are a regular and tragic occurrence. Wrecks can happen anywhere, at any time, and to everyone. They happen at high speeds and low speeds, on congested city streets and in parking lots, on public property and private property.

A May 2019 WJCL reports “Sgt. Darrow Harden, 47, was responding to an overturned vehicle on I-85N Sunday when he was struck by a car while exiting his vehicle. News outlets have reported the car was hydroplaning at the time.

This tragic incident tells us a very important issue about auto accidents: car accidents can happen to us at any moment we are on the road, with very little warning.

What Should I Do after a Georgia Auto Accident?

It is hard to imagine the emotional state of someone who has just experienced a car crash. Victims are often so scared and surprised that they aren’t even entirely sure what just happened. It takes a few moments (or sometimes much longer) for the reality to set in. Even then, the pain of a physical injury might not become apparent right away. It’s easy to brush off your symptoms, not realizing they could be serious. On the other extreme, some people might succumb to panic.

You can help prepare yourself for the unfortunate possibility of a car crash by taking a few moments now to prepare your response. Commit these seven steps to memory:

  • Stay calm (and stay put). A clear head will help you seek help and stay focused on the task at hand. Panic leads to bad decision-making.
  • Call 911. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect an emergency condition, whether for yourself, a passenger, or someone in the other car.
  • Move to safety. If you can, get away from traffic. Accident victims sometimes sustain additional injuries because oncoming cars don’t stop in time to avoid the accident scene.
  • Gather evidence. Once you’ve attended to your health and safety, try to document as much of the accident scene as possible. This includes:
    • Photographs of the vehicles, the crash, and the surrounding conditions (weather, objects in the road, etc.)
    • The names of everyone else involved in the auto accident
    • Insurance information for the other driver(s)
    • Contact information for any eyewitnesses
    • Write down what happened so you don’t forget later
  • Call your insurance company. Most auto insurance companies require that you notify them soon after a Georgia auto accident. But only talk to your own insurer – not the other side’s (at least not until you talk to a lawyer).
  • Call an attorney. The car crash itself is just the beginning. There’s a long process to come, and a Georgia car accident attorney can help to protect your interests throughout. We recommend that you store our phone number in your cellphone now: 770-756-9311 (Atlanta) or 706-524-7784(Augusta).
  • See a doctor. Even if you didn’t suffer a medical emergency, you should still see a primary care or urgent care physician soon after the crash. Having a record of your doctor’s visit could be important to your claim later.

Contact Our Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys

Never settle for less than you deserve. You might be entitled to significant financial compensation, and it won’t cost you anything upfront to pursue it. Remember: You don’t have to pay us unless we get you money! There’s really nothing to lose. Isn’t it in your best interest to at least talk it over with our office before you make a decision?

We’re happy to offer you a free case consultation. There’s no charge and no obligation, just honest feedback to help you make a decision and understand your rights.

To contact our Atlanta car crash lawyers, call 770-756-9311.

To contact our Augusta car accident lawyers, call 706-524-7784.

If you’re living elsewhere in Georgia (or were injured while visiting our state), please feel free to call either number. You can also visit our offices or simply contact us online. We’re here to help.

Running Away From Police, Driver Killed and Injured Other Drivers

Source: CARSCOOPS

An April 2019 CARSCOOPS reports that “A man has been killed and six others injured after a driver suspected of DUI who was attempting to flee from the police crashed his Dodge Challenger into two other cars in Atlanta”. The driver of the Challenger, Kahre Williams, was later detained. According to the media, “Williams refused a blood test”.

Georgia only has a few big cities, but they’re so big that car crashes are a regular and tragic occurrence. Unfortunately, about one-third of accidents in the United States happen because of drunk driving. According to the CDC, there is one death every 53 minutes in the United States due to a drunk driver. If you are involved in an accident with a driver who is clearly over the legal limit, you may feel a multitude of emotions.

 

What should we do?

  1. Contact the Police Immediately. If there are serious injuries, call 911. You need to get the guilty driver’s offense on the record; Because he or she is likely to be charged with a crime, that criminal charge could help strengthen your civil claim. If the drunk driver fled the scene, you still must contact the police. Provide them with as much information as you can – such as the make, model, and color of the vehicle, or even a license plate number, if available. Any additional information provided to police can greatly assist you when filing a claim or suit in the future.
  2. Get Medical Help. Even if you do not have injuries that require emergency medical care, you still need to seek a full medical evaluation. Many drivers are unable to detect injuries at the scene due to fear, endorphins or shock. Medical attention can help establish your injuries, but also save your life. Often, there are serious injuries that can be unseen to the naked eye, but identified through advanced medical imaging.
  3. Gather as Much Evidence as You Can. Depending on your injuries, you may or may not  be able to gather all of the following evidence. (Do not hesitate to ask a loved one to assist you with gathering the following if you are unable):
    1. Photographs of the accident scene – including damage to your vehicle and the other vehicle; copies of the police report;
    2. Photographs of your injuries
    3. Names and phone numbers of any witness at the scene
    4. Copies or insurance information of all parties; and
    5. Criminal citations issued to any party involved.
  4. Contact an expert personal injury attorney. An accident attorney can help you in gathering the necessary evidence to prove that the other driver was under the influence. Because drunk driving is a form of negligence, that driver could be civilly liable for your damages – including lost wages, medical costs (past, current, and future) associated with the accident, as well as your pain and suffering. Additionally, punitive damages (money awarded to punish the wrongdoers and deter others) may be available in your case that only an experienced personal injury attorney can assist you obtain.

 

Experienced Georgia DUI Accident Lawyers Seeking Justice for Victims in Jonesboro, Augusta, Atlanta, Riverdale, Morrow, and Stockbridge T. Madden & Associates, P.C. is an aggressive Georgia personal injury law firm. We take a proactive, compensation-oriented approach to auto accident litigation. In other words, we fight to get your money, and we fight hard.

Never settle for less than you deserve. You might be entitled to significant financial compensation, and it won’t cost you anything upfront to pursue it. Remember: You don’t have to pay us unless we got your money! There’s really nothing to lose. Isn’t it in your best interest to at least talk it over with our office before you make a decision?

We are happy to offer you a free case consultation. There’s no charge and no obligation, just honest feedback to help you make a decision and understand your rights.

To contact our Atlanta car crash lawyers, call 770-756-9311.

To contact our Augusta car accident lawyers, call 706-524-7784.

 

If you are living elsewhere in Georgia (or were injured while visiting our state), please feel free to call either number. You can also visit our offices or simply contact us online. We are here to help.

 

Road-Rage Leads to Car Accident

Source: WSB-TV 2

Car crashes in Georgia are a regular and tragic occurrence. Wrecks can happen anywhere, and at any time, often with a very little warning to the victim. They happen at high speeds and low speeds, on congested city streets and in parking lots, on public property and private property. In most accidents, though, the root cause is careless driving. 

An April 2019 WSB-TV 2 reports the incident that took place in Henry County: “four people were detained and three were hospitalized following what police called a road-rage collision and possible attempted shooting in Stockbridge”.

 

Other Common Types of Auto Accidents in Georgia

  • Rear-end collision
  • Accidents caused by failure to yield
  • Sideswipe or T-bone collision
  • Head-on collision
  • Accidents caused by a vehicle moving in reverse
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents (e.g., texting behind the wheel)
  • Hit-and-run / pedestrian accidents
  • Blind spot accidents
  • No-contract collisions (e.g., one driver’s bad behavior causes another to swerve and hit a tree, even though the two vehicles never made a contract)

This isn’t an exclusive list. In most accidents, though, the root cause is careless driving. The law holds negligent drivers and their insurance companies financially liable for the damages that they cause.

 

Our suggestion

As you can see from the above list, dangerous drivers are everywhere. On top of that, the insurance companies in this state are all too happy to take those drivers’ money, promise to insure them, and then refuse to pay when the time comes.

In fact, it is now common practice in this country for insurance companies to default to a “deny and defend” policy, which means that they automatically shortchange or altogether deny injury claims, often without even conducting a real review. They figure that you’ll have to sue them to make them pay, and they’re betting on the fact that many victims won’t hire a lawyer.

They’re right about that – a lot of accident victims mistakenly assume that they can’t afford a car accident and injury lawyer, or that they don’t have much of a case. Please don’t make that mistake.

If you’ve been in a vehicle accident in The Peach State, pick up the phone and call the experienced Georgia auto accident attorneys at T. Madden & Associates, P.C. (or simply contact us online).

We’ll listen to your story, look at the facts of the case, and help you decide whether legal action might be worth pursuing. We find that clients are often surprised to learn that they are legally entitled to more money (sometimes much more) than they realized.

DUI Causes Three-Vehicle Accident

(Source: Gwinnett Daily GDP Post )

Common Types of Auto Accidents in Georgia

Many car crashes in Augusta and Atlanta happen on the interstate or the busy state highways. Interstates 85, 285, 75, 678, 20, and 520 are especially problematic in terms of traffic accidents and fatalities. But wrecks can happen anywhere, and at any time, often with very little warning to the victim. They happen at high speeds and low speeds, on congested city streets and in parking lots, on public property and private property. Some vehicle accidents don’t happen on roadways at all – off-terrain vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles, golf carts, scooters, watercraft, mass transit, and more can all cause injury, too. Of course, the most common accidents do involve passenger vehicles like cars, vans, SUVs, motorcycles and pickup trucks. Among those crashes, the most common kinds of accidents are:

  • Rear-end collision
  • Accidents caused by failure to yield
  • Sideswipe or T-bone collision
  • Head-on collision
  • Accidents caused by a vehicle moving in reverse
  • Drunk driving accidents
  • Distracted driving accidents (e.g., texting behind the wheel)
  • Hit-and-run / pedestrian accidents
  • Blind spot accidents
  • No-contract collisions (e.g., one driver’s bad behavior causes another to swerve and hit a tree, even though the two vehicles never made contract)

This isn’t an exclusive list. In most accidents, though, the root cause is careless driving. The law holds negligent drivers and their insurance companies financially liable for the damages that they cause.

 

A February 2019 Gwinnett Daily GDP Post reports “A 54-year-old Stone Mountain woman has been charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence in connection with a three-vehicle crash that killed one woman and injured two others near Norcross Monday night.”

 

What if this happened to Me?

It is hard to imagine the emotional state of someone who has just experienced a car crash. Victims are often so scared and surprised that they aren’t even entirely sure what just happened. It takes a few moments (or sometimes much longer) for the reality to set in. Even then, the pain of a physical injury might not become apparent right away. It’s easy to brush off your symptoms, not realizing they could be serious. On the other extreme, some people might succumb to panic. You can help prepare yourself for the unfortunate possibilities of a car crash by taking a few moments now to prepare your response. Commit these seven steps to memory:

  • Stay calm (and stay put). A clear head will help you seek help and stay focused on the task at hand. Panic leads to bad decision-making.
  • Call 911. Seek immediate medical attention if you suspect an emergency condition, whether for yourself, a passenger, or someone in the other car.
  • Move to safety. If you can, get away from traffic. Accident victims sometimes sustain additional injuries because oncoming cars don’t stop in time to avoid the accident scene.
  • Gather evidence. Once you’ve attended to your health and safety, try to document as much of the accident scene as possible. This includes:
    • Photographs of the vehicles, the crash, and the surrounding conditions (weather, objects in the road, etc.)
    • The names of everyone else involved in the auto accident
    • Insurance information for the other driver(s)
    • Contact information for any eyewitnesses
    • Write down what happened so you don’t forget later
  • Call your insurance company. Most auto insurance companies require that you notify them soon after a Georgia auto accident. But only talk to your own insurer – not the other side’s (at least not until you talk to a lawyer).
  • Call an attorney. The car crash itself is just the beginning. There’s a long process to come, and a Georgia car accident attorney can help protect your interests throughout. We recommend that you store our phone number in your cellphone now: 770-756-9311 (Atlanta) or 706-524-7784 (Augusta).
  • See a doctor. Even if you didn’t suffer a medical emergency, you should still see a primary care or urgent care physician soon after the crash. Having a record of your doctor’s visit could be important to your claim later.

It is now common practice in this country for insurance companies to default to a “deny and defend” policy, which means that they automatically shortchange or altogether deny injury claims, often without even conducting a real review. They figure that you’ll have to sue them to make them pay, and they’re betting on the fact that many victims won’t hire a lawyer. They’re right about that – a lot of accident victims mistakenly assume that they can’t afford a car accident and injury lawyer, or that they don’t have much of a case. Please don’t make that mistake. If you’ve been in a vehicle accident in The Peach State, pick up the phone and call the experienced Georgia auto accident attorneys at T. Madden & Associates, P.C. (or simply contact us online)/ We’ll listen to your story, look at the facts of the case, and help you decide whether legal action might be worth pursuing. We find that clients are often surprised to learn that they are legally entitled to more money (sometimes much more) than they realize. Indeed, we have helped numerous crash victims recover substantial monetary settlements or verdicts after Georgia car accidents. We’ve also helped many grieving families recover money in a wrongful death action after the tragic loss of a relative. We want to help you, too. If you think we can, we’ll ask you to trust your case in our capable, caring hands – and then we will immediately go to work, with the unflinching goal of getting you as much money as possible.

You can afford a layer. In our office, everyone can. How do we know? We do not charge attorney’s fees for our services unless and until we recover compensation for our clients. You don’t have to pay unless you get paid, too.