Auto Accidents | Georgia Personal Injury Blog
Drunk drivers have been a menace on our roads since cars were first invented. In order to combat the danger of drunk drivers, Georgia laws have been passed limiting the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) of drivers to under .08%.
Sadly, not everyone follows the law, and when people get behind the wheel drunk, they can cause catastrophic damage. Knowing what a drunk driver looks like and how to properly respond to one can save your life.
When someone chooses to drink and then get behind the wheel, they are putting everyone on the road with them at risk. Sadly, many drivers still make these dangerous decisions and cause tragic accidents. However, legally they may not be the only party responsible for the inevitable accident. According to dram shop liability laws in Georgia, the bar, liquor store, or restaurant that served the drunk driver could also be considered liable.
When first learning to drive, we were all taught to obey all traffic laws, especially the speed limit. But as drivers get older and become more experienced, many choose to push against speed limits or brazenly break the limit altogether. But those speed limits are not just random, arbitrary numbers. They are designed to protect everyone on the road, as any high-speed collision could be absolutely devastating.
Rear-end collisions, sometimes known as “fender benders,” often get the reputation of not being that serious of an accident. T-bones, as in when a car collides with the side of another collision, or head-on accidents are seen as far more serious because they can put the occupants at the immediate risk of suffering a fatal injury. But the same can be said about rear-end collisions. They can be absolutely devastating and, due to their reputation as being mild accidents, the injuries caused by them may be overlooked.
You are making your daily commute, a drive you know like the back of your hand when suddenly a loud horn blares from behind you. You check your rearview mirror and there is a car driving so close behind you that you can make out the furious face of the driver. His teeth are gritted, his eyes are bulging, and you can see the veins on his head and neck pulsing. You have just come across an aggressive driver and have no idea what to do.
There was once a time when take-out and delivery were limited to a select handful of restaurants in your neighborhood. If you wanted to order out, chances are you would have to either get pizza or Chinese food. These days, however, it seems that nearly every restaurant, café, and bakery can be found through food delivery apps. While this technology makes ordering food simple and convenient on those nights that you just don’t want to cook, the new influx of delivery drivers is also dangerous.
A cast member of the Real Housewives of Atlanta had a “terrifying” car accident in Los Angeles back in June. Tanya Sam later gave an interview to PEOPLE magazine about the incident, and one detail stood out to our law firm: the nearly hidden abdominal trauma.
While modern automobiles are much safer than their predecessors, the act of getting into a car is still the most dangerous thing many of us do on a given day. Advances in design; the development of lighter, stronger metals; and safety features like airbags and shoulder harnesses make the likelihood of surviving a collision greater today than 20 years ago. Still, thousands of Americans are killed or catastrophically injured in motor vehicle accidents every year.
Liability insurance is a requirement for operating a motor vehicle in Georgia. If you are involved in an auto accident, this type of coverage is used to financially compensate the other motorist(s) who was impacted, to pay for medical costs and property damages. The majority of U.S. states require liability insurance, and also require certain minimum amounts of coverage.
Each year, in the state of Georgia, approximately 120,000 individuals are injured in car accidents and another 1,200 lose their lives. Car accidents often occur suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving the victim driver with little to no time to react. Despite this, they are largely preventable. Because many are caused by driver negligence, by practicing safer driving and reducing distractions, a vast number of car accidents could be avoided. With that said, Georgia state law allows victims of car accidents to seek compensation for their damages from the at-fault driver.
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