Car accidents occur often and can result in life-altering injuries. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents happen and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on to learn more about car accidents in Georgia.
How do Car Accidents Occur?
Car accidents can occur for any number of reasons. Some accidents are due to poor road conditions, inclement weather, or faulty car parts. That being said, the majority of car accidents are caused by driver negligence. The most common forms of negligence include:
- Making illegal turns
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving while fatigued
- Texting and driving
- Carelessly changing lanes
- Otherwise driving recklessly by ignoring traffic lights, signs, and all other rules of the road
What do I do if I am Involved in an Accident?
If you are injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, be sure to:
- Call 911: The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Seek medical attention: Many people attempt to skip the hospital and recover at home after a car accident. This is dangerous because it is possible to sustain a serious injury without realizing it. After an accident, go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance, take pictures and videos of your injuries, as well as the damage done to all cars and property involved.
- Obtain witness contacts: An accident can occur in the blink of an eye and it can be hard to understand what happened. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Ask any witnesses for their contact information.
- Contact an attorney: An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including security camera footage.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you are injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to file your claim in time. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident, reach out to our firm today.
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