A recent editorial from the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) focused on the need to change Georgia’s seatbelt laws. The author urged Georgia to adopt a law which would require adults in the back of cars to wear seat belts. Georgia is one of 28 states without such a law already on the books.  Georgia also has high rates of death among passengers who are not restrained by seat belts at the time when collisions occur. atlanta car accident deaths

If an accident happens and a victim is not wearing a seatbelt, the risk of a serious injury or death significantly increases. While it could be argued that the victim should have been buckled up, this does not prevent the injured victim or his family from making a claim for damages.

If the crash caused injury and someone else was to blame for it, the person hurt or the family of the person killed can still hold the responsible party accountable for losses- regardless of seatbelt status. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help victims to pursue claims to get compensation when damages occurred.

Recent reports from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association contain troubling news for motorcycle riders. Unfortunately, the data shows a significant increase in deaths among motorcyclists in 2015. The increase was so substantial that GHSA is calling it a “surge” in the fatality rate.  As summer approaches and more motorcycle riders are out on the roads, everyone needs to be aware of this surge and try to prevent a similar rise in death rates in 2016.  atlanta motorcycle crashes

If a motorcycle accident does occur and the motorcyclist or any other party in the crash is killed, it is important for the family of the victim to consult with an Atlanta car accident lawyer.

An attorney can also help in the case of non-fatal injuries. A personal injury or wrongful death claim could potentially help victims and family members get compensation for losses they have experienced, if they can prove the other motorist was to blame for causing a motorcycle crash to occur.

CNN published an article recently with a troubling warning for parents. The article focused on a phenomenon called the 100 Deadliest Days, which refers to the fact that the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the most dangerous time for teen drivers. atlanta teen car accidents

Teens who drive could not only injure themselves or fellow passengers during the 100 deadliest days, but could also cause serious injuries or even death among other motorists on the road.

If a teen driver does something wrong behind the wheel, the teen and his family could all potentially be held accountable, depending upon the circumstances. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help victims to determine if it is possible to pursue a case.  Parents should also try to make sure their kids are making smart driving decisions so they are not the ones who end up being sued for losses because of causing a crash.

Car crashes can happen at any time, and can cause serious injuries when a collision occurs. Victims who get hurt must get prompt medical attention, get an accurate diagnosis, and ensure that they have a full understanding of how their injuries affect their current and future health status. A victim needs to know the full extent of losses a collision will cause in order to seek full and fair compensation for all economic and all non-financial losses which happen directly because of the injury. atlanta car accident leg and knee injury

While any part of the body could be hurt in a crash, some of the most common injuries experienced are injuries to the lower extremities. If you hurt your legs, knees, or feet in a crash, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can help you to make a damage claim.

You can get medical bills paid, receive compensation for missed work and reduced earning power, and obtain compensation for pain and emotional distress. To get this money, you must prove both that the party you are making a claim against was at fault for harming you and that you actually suffered serious injuries for which compensation is an appropriate remedy.

On June 1, 2016, a new law went into effect aimed at making it safer for motorists to rent a car. The new regulation requires that rental car agencies must ensure that any and all safety defects in vehicles are fixed before the car is rented out to customers. Previously, rental car companies often did not check their fleets for recalls and take the vehicles out of service in a timely manner. This risky behavior of renting out vehicles with known defects has resulted in accidents and even fatalities. rental car defect accidents

When someone is in a rental car and a crash happens because of a defective vehicle, the victim needs to understand who a claim could be pursued against. With the new safety regulations, victims could potentially take legal action against the rental car company and argue the company was negligent for failing to follow the rules on taking recalled vehicles out of service.

It could also be possible for victims to pursue claims against the car manufacturers who had released the defective vehicles for use by the public. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can provide advice on who should be held accountable and who victims could pursue a claim against when injury occurs.

Distracted driving is the cause of a significant number of accidents, which has prompted extensive research into the dangers of operating a vehicle without 100 percent focus. Insurance Journal reported recently on a study in which researchers aimed to determine whether a “sixth sense” could lessen the risks associated with driving while texting. Researchers also aimed to determine if texting was more distracting than driving while upset or than driving while absentminded. distracted driving accident

Unfortunately, researchers found that texting drivers were far more dangerous than motorists who were coping with other distractions. Texting and driving significantly increases accident rates, which is why it is unlawful. Some motorists, however, opt to text while they are driving a car despite the risks that this behavior presents.

An experienced Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer can provide invaluable assistance in situations where a driver has caused a collision while texting. An attorney can help victims to hold a distracted driver accountable for the consequences of any accidents he causes while not paying attention, so get in touch with a lawyer as soon as you can after a collision occurs.

Many victims of car accidents wish to pursue a claim to recover compensation for losses. If you or someone you love has been involved in a collision, you must know what has to be proved in order for you to get the money you need to move on after the crash. atlanta car accident

Determining what the law requires you to prove can be complicated, as can actually conducting investigations to discover evidence. An Atlanta car accident lawyer will help you to make your case. We can explain the law to you and our legal team can get to work on putting together a strong damage claim. Give us a call today to find out more about how we help you to fight for full compensation.

What Has to be Proved in an Atlanta Car Accident Claim?

Drowsy driving is now being called an “epidemic,” with more than 300,000 motor vehicle crashes occurring annually because of fatigued motorists. These collisions cause an estimated 6,400 fatalities each year. The scope of the crash rate and the number of deaths led panelists at a recent forum held at the Harvard School of Public Health to warn that we can no longer afford to take baby steps in dealing with the distracted driving crisis. Atlanta drowsy driving accident

Drivers need to be aware of the risks of driving when they are tired, and should ensure that they make smart choices like stopping to rest when they find themselves dozing off or unable to pay attention.

If a motorist is too tired and continues to drive, this negligent decision could make him responsible for the serious consequences of his actions. This means victims could potentially pursue a case against the fatigued driver with the help of an Atlanta drowsy driving accident attorney.

Many people believe that driving while using electronic devices is safe as long as voice control is enabled. Voice-controlled infotainment and navigation systems have become increasingly common in vehicles, with drivers able to do everything from change the radio station to make a telephone call and send a text message to entering a location into a navigation system. These systems are legal to use when driving, unlike handheld phones, and motorists often believe that they are not taking any risk because their hands are still on the wheel. atlanta distracted driving

Unfortunately, the  use of handheld devices does not prevent Atlanta distracted driving accidents. In fact, recent research from AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has revealed that it can sometimes actually be more dangerous to use hands-free controls than it would be if a driver simply used a handheld device while driving.

Motorists need to be aware of the substantial risks that come with using any electronic devices while driving and they must ensure that they are making smart choices to protect themselves so they do not become responsible for causing injury. If a driver does cause harm, a car accident lawyer in Atlanta can provide assistance to victims and their families in pursuing a damage claim.

If you or someone you love has been hurt or killed in a car accident, you may be facing substantial costs for the injuries incurred or you may be facing substantial financial loss due to your loved ones death. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates the total annual costs from car accidents is around $277 billion, including costs for medical expenditures as well as loss of productivity and other losses.  Victims and their families who bear the burden of these costs need to be compensated for their damages.  atlanta car accident

An Atlanta car accident lawyer can represent victims or surviving family members after a fatal crash.  The goal is to get you the maximum compensation for damages so you can be fully and fairly compensated for all losses.

In many situations, victims are able to get a fair amount of compensation for damages by settling their claims outside of court. In other situations, however, a civil lawsuit will need to proceed to a trial for the victim to receive fair compensation and be “made whole” for all crash losses.