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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.

What Can Victims of Trucking Accident Do?

Source: AJC

 

In personal injury law, trucking accidents are vehicle crashes that involve a tractor-trailer truck, 18-wheeler, or any other large commercial vehicle. We tend to talk about these accidents a little differently than other vehicle accidents because they are more complicated, and they present a number of unique issues relating to both causation and liability.

 

A December 2018 AJC investigation reveals that “A motorcyclist is on life support at a local hospital Wednesday after being pinned under a cement truck in Clayton County”.

 

The defendants in the trucking accident cases are typically powerful, wealthy corporations that operate whole fleets of enormous trucks. Those companies are represented by dozens of lawyers, as well as insurance companies that have their own legal armies, too. As you can imagine, then, victims have an uphill climb toward justice. The corporate interests on the other side do everything they can to shield themselves from financial liability, even when the truck driver is clearly at-fault and the victims are clearly devastated. Indeed, the devastation is common in these cases. Commercial trucks are enormous, and they tend to travel at very high speeds. Even the sturdiest car, pickup truck, or SUV is no match for the sheer size and force of a speeding 18-wheeler. Victims are often left to pick up the pieces for themselves, unsure of where to turn for justice. Too often, the surviving victims are family members whose loved ones were killed in a horrible commercial trucking accident.

 

What Causes Most Georgia Trucking Accidents?

Commercial trucking crashes happen for many different reasons. Studies show us that the truck driver is usually at fault. There are a few explanations for that.

First, truck drivers are susceptible to the same kinds of negligence that plague so many other motorists, things like:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Failure to check blind spots before merging or making turns
  • Texting while driving (or other smartphone use behind the wheel)
  • Distracted driving
  • Road rage
  • Careless or reckless driving
  • Failure to adjust driving behavior to weather or traffic conditions
  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Violating traffic laws

Most commercial truck crashes, though, are caused by issues that are more specific to the trucking industry:

Drowsy driving – Trucking companies assign grueling schedules to their drivers. The state and federal governments have cracked down on that, regulating the amount of time that drivers can spend behind the wheel of a truck before getting some shuteye. But trucking companies frequently violate those laws. We’ll investigate to find out if that happened in your case. Moreover, even drivers who are technically in compliance with the rules may be too sleepy or overworked to drive safely.

Drugged driving – Recent federal studies presented shocking evidence that some form of drugged driving is responsible for an overwhelming number of commercial trucking accidents in this country. Often, these are legal prescription or over-the-counter medications that affect the driver’s judgment or energy. Even if the drugs are legal, driving under those conditions can constitute negligence.

Dangerous truck conditions – Trucking companies frequently overload their trucks or fail to make the necessary investments in properly maintaining their fleets.

Driver Inexperience / Bad Records – While truck drivers must meet special licensing requirements, many companies fail to thoroughly screen the drivers who they hire. Accordingly, inexperienced or unlicensed drivers sometimes end up in these jobs. Others have dangerous driving records or criminal history. Sometimes, even good drivers get into trouble when they travel unfamiliar routes late at night and on little sleep.

If you or your relative has suffered injury or death in a Georgia trucking accident, you may be entitled to a large amount of financial compensation (depending on the circumstances of the crash and the nature of the injuries). Many victims are surprised to discover that the law entitles them to much more money than they expected. T. Madden & Associates, P.C. is an aggressive Georgia personal injury law firm serving the metro communities of Atlanta and Augusta, with additional services available throughout The Peach State. Our experienced Georgia trucking accident attorneys are prepared to fight for the compensation that you deserve. We’ve represented many victims and families just like you. We’ve fought corporate giants in those cases – including some of the biggest corporations and insurance companies in the world – and we’ve frequently been successful in producing a financially advantageous outcome for the people whom we represent. Our Augusta truck accident attorneys and Jonesboro truck accident lawyers are there for you – we serve all of Georgia. Let us fight for you. Contact our Georgia trucking accident attorneys today.

DUI driver crashes into patrol car

(Source: FOX5)

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 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. 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 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.

A January 2019 FOX5 reports “Police had to call Atlanta Fire to help rescue the woman and the two little girls from the wreckage”, which “has claimed the life of a girl and has left another girl fighting for her life”.

What if this happened to us, civilians?

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 cell phone 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.