Drugged driving remains a major problem on U.S. roads. In fact, as drunk driving deaths have fallen over the past several decades, drugged driving deaths have been rising. In light of the growing number of people who are driving while impaired by cannabis and other drugs, the Governors Highway Safety Administration (GHSA) has moved forward with new efforts that are aimed at combatting the problem.  atlanta drugged driving accidents

Unfortunately, drugged drivers present a significant risk on the roads. If you are a victim of an accident caused by a driver who was impaired by drugs, an Atlanta car accident lawyer can help you. Contact Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. today to find out about pursuing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against a driver who caused a drugged driving collision to occur.

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Car accidents can have a devastating impact. When an accident happens, the person who caused the crash should be held responsible. However, it is important to understand exactly what it means to hold someone responsible for a motor vehicle accident. A person who causes a collision could sometimes be criminally responsible and face charges. The driver who caused the crash could also face civil liability and be held responsible for the monetary damages an accident caused to occur. There are different rules for criminal and civil liability, and car accident victims should understand these essential differences. car accidents

An Atlanta car accident lawyer can provide assistance in pursuing a civil claim for damages. A civil claim gives victims the chance to take legal action and prove a defendant was responsible for causing a crash to happen. Contact Sammons & Carpenter, P.C. today to find out more about what an attorney can do to help you make your case if you are a crash victim or if your loved one was killed in an auto accident.

Civil vs. Criminal Cases After Auto Accidents in Atlanta

The New Year is fast approaching and many people will be out and about on New Years Eve. Unfortunately, New Years Eve is one of the most dangerous days on the roads in the United States. New Years is a high risk time because of increased travel, as people visit friends and family members and head out to celebrations. One of the biggest risks on New Years Eve, however, is motorists who drink to celebrate and then drive while intoxicated. Atlanta car accident risks

It is important that everyone who will be driving on New Years Eve follow best practices to try to reduce the risk of auto accidents on this dangerous day. If a crash does happen, victims of the accident must understand what options they have available to them for making a damage claim and seeking compensation for losses.

An Atlanta car accident attorney can represent injured victims and those whose loved ones were killed in auto accidents, so contact us as soon as possible if a tragedy causes you to be hurt or takes your family member away.

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There has been a big increase in car accidents over the past several years, and the New York Times thinks they have determined one big reason why so many more people are dying in car accidents: apps.  There are a huge number of apps specifically designed to be used in cars now. People also use lots of different apps, including games and social networking applications, while they are driving. As these motorists use their phones and electronic devices to manipulate apps, they take their focus off the road. This leads to auto accidents. Atlanta distracted driving accidents

If a driver is using an app while behind the wheel, the motorist should be held legally responsible for damages if he causes a crash to happen. An Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer can provide representation to victims, and to surviving family members of victims of fatal crashes, in pursuing a claim for compensation after a collision occurs.  Contact an attorney for help after a crash.

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Bad weather can be a major problem for truck drivers and trucking companies. Long-haul truckers have to drive through all different kinds of weather conditions as they cross the country. Rain, fog, sleet, hail, and snow are among the different weather problems that could necessitate a driver take a break from driving until the bad weather passes. These weather problems could also significantly increase the risk of auto accidents if a trucker tries to drive through the bad weather. Now, Fleet Owner is suggesting that better use of big weather data could help truckers to respond more effectively to adverse weather events. Atlanta truck accident bad weather

If a truck driver causes a crash, regardless of the weather, the driver and sometimes his employer could potentially be held accountable to accident victims. Truck drivers and trucking companies are responsible for covering crash losses if the driver causes a crash by behaving in a negligent way. This can include driving in a manner that is unsafe for current road conditions, or driving when no reasonable driver would have due to the adverse weather.

An Atlanta truck accident lawyer can provide assistance in determining if a truck driver can be held responsible for a collision as a result of negligence. Contact an attorney following a crash so your lawyer can begin an investigation and gather proof to help you make a successful truck crash claim.

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Distracted driving continues to be a major public health problem and a leading cause of accidents throughout the United States, even though the dangers of distracted driving are well-known. Distracted driving can occur whenever motorists pay attention to things like phones or in-vehicle infotainment systems, but can also happen if drivers are daydreaming or talking to passengers or paying attention to music.  Atlanta distracted driving accident

Unfortunately, far too many motorists discount the very real risks of distracted driving and they engage in behaviors that can cause crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released proposed guidelines to try to tackle this issue.  These new guidelines will join a long list of efforts made by advocacy groups at preventing driver distraction.

Ultimately, drivers must be responsible for making safe decisions and not driving while distracted. If a motorist fails to follow the rules and makes the choice to get behind the wheel and focus on something besides the road, that driver should be held accountable. An Atlanta distracted driving accident lawyer should be consulted to provide assistance to collision victims and their families harmed by a driver’s failure to focus.

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Passengers depend on drivers to avoid accidents, and can pursue claims when crashes happen. Unfortunately, passengers are at serious risk of an injury when a collision happens, especially if those passengers are not wearing their seat belts at the time the accident occurs. Governors’ Highway Safety Association just recently published a comprehensive report recently highlighting the dangers that back seat passengers face when unbuckled. The report shows how many people in the backs of cars aren’t wearing belts and are experiencing traumatic injury as a result. atlanta passenger car accident

If you are a passenger in a car and an accident happens, it is important to understand how to get your injury costs covered. You can pursue a claim for compensation for losses, regardless of whether or not you had a seat belt on, but you must understand what your rights are and how to make your case. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help you.

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The rise in the popularity of car sharing apps has caused substantial risks for riders. While most car sharing companies, like Uber, now provide large insurance policies to provide compensation for victims injured while using a ride sharing service, the fact remains that the injuries people are experiencing in ride-sharing cars can change lives in profound ways. Atlanta car accident vehicle defect

Unfortunately, those who use ride sharing apps face lots of different kinds of risks exacerbating their chances of accidents. Drivers may have limited training who drive for these services, and these drivers may be distracted by the use of their phones to communicate with the car sharing company. The drivers may also be working multiple shifts for different car-sharing companies, increasing the risk of driver fatigue.

Added to all of these sources of danger is another concern which was reported on recently by WCSH. The problem is that many of the vehicles which are used for ride sharing have open recalls.

Recent studies suggest that Americans are spending a lot of time in their cars. The number of miles that motorists travel and the amount of time spent driving is increasing. Unfortunately, more motorists driving and more people operating vehicles for longer periods of time means a greater risk of Atlanta car accidents. Atlanta car accident lawyer

If and when a collision happens, those involved must know their obligations and know their rights. You have to stop at the scene of a crash, exchange contact info with other drivers, and report the accident to the police if it was a serious one. You also must make certain that you have sufficient auto insurance.

If a crash is another driver’s fault, knowing how to recover compensation is also essential so you don’t face financial loss from the collision. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can provide assistance in responding in the aftermath of an accident.

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When considering teen car accident risks, many people think of young teen drivers aged 15 or 16 who have just gotten a license. While these teens have limited or no experience and can be high-risk drivers, there is actually another group of teens who may be even more concerning when it comes to worries about road safety. As recent reports indicate, fatal car accident rates for teen drivers have declined in the past decade among young people aged 15 to 17, but the same decline has not occurred among motorists between the ages of 18 and 20. Atlanta teen driving car accidents

Older teen drivers cause a substantial number of accidents, and it is important to understand the reasons why these drivers are so dangerous. Those who are involved in a crash with a teen driver of any age and who suffer injury as a result should consult with an Atlanta car accident lawyer for help making a case for compensation.

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