Responding To Motor Vehicle Accidents
In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, you need an experienced lawyer who can efficiently and aggressively protect your interests. Dealing with the insurance company alone is not the way to best protect your interests.
At The Law Offices of T. Andrew Miller, LLC, in Atlanta, we will fight for the compensation and benefits you deserve. In addition, we will provide the personal guidance you need to feel comfortable with the process.
Types Of Motor Vehicle Accidents
Car accidents can happen in an instant. The Atlanta area sees a higher number of serious car wrecks due to the number of people who live and drive in the greater metropolitan area.
Trucking accidents have a broad range of potential causes, including driver fatigue or intoxication, a failure to properly maintain the truck, unsecured or improperly secured cargo, and inadequate driver training. In addition to following the rules of the road that apply to anyone behind the wheel, truck drivers are subject to additional state and federal regulations.
Motorcycle accidents can have devastating and long-term consequences for a rider, and the crashes often are not the fault of motorcyclists.
Hit-and-run accidents occur when one driver involved in a wreck illegally flees the scene, failing to stop and identify him or herself to the other people involved in the accident. Under Georgia law, a person involved in a car wreck that injures another person must stop, provide identification and vehicle registration, and offer reasonable assistance, including seeking emergency medical services if needed.
With drunk driving accidents, punitive damages may be available, as well as compensatory damages for items such as medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and property damage.
With public transportation accidents, a driver and his or her employer may be held liable for careless conduct that results in a crash. This is because drivers generally are acting in the course of their employment duties for the city while they are operating buses or trains.
Types Of Injuries
Catastrophic injuries. This typically refers to serious harm to the brain, spinal cord or central nervous system, as well as amputations, blindness, severe burns, coma, paralysis or disfigurement.
Spinal cord injuries and paralysis. An injury victim may sustain a broad range of injuries related to the spinal cord such as a herniated disk, crushed vertebrae, spinal cord compression or a fractured spine.
Head and brain injuries. A blow to the head that causes disruption in the function of the brain is called a traumatic brain injury (TBI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI affects 1.4 million people each year in the United States.
Loss of limb and amputation. Approximately 1.7 million amputees currently living in the United States can trace the loss of their limb to an accident caused by someone else.
What Do I Do After A Motor Vehicle Accident?
After any type of accident, be sure to:
- Make a police report
- Seek medical care and treatment for your injuries
- Document everything, including injuries, property damage and lost wages
Documentation can include video, pictures, recorded statements, statements from witnesses and medical records. Having this information to show to your attorney before you determine whether to speak to the insurance company is paramount.