Due to an improving economy and low gas prices, more people are driving more often. The number of miles driven in 2015 set new records for accidents at a 10-year high. This upsurge has big car insurers like Allstate and Geico raising premiums to offset the expenses of new accident claims. According to NSC, car accident deaths are projected to exceed 40,000 for the first time since 2007.
Distracted driving due to the use of smartphones and texting are definitely contributing to the rise in auto crashes. As a matter of fact, one in four car accidents involves cellphone use, even though the use of cellphones while driving has been banned in most states. People are also face-timing, taking selfies and posting on Facebook while driving. Some studies have suggested that even telephone conversations using hands-free technology can be highly distracting. Other contributing factors for the increase in car accidents include fiddling with game gadgets, small tablets and infotainment systems while driving. It appears that technology has created a very dangerous environment behind the wheel. At the same time, the most common causes for fatal car accidents are failure to use seat belts, intoxication and speeding.
Certainly, better education, laws and enforcement are needed to make the roads safer again. Even automakers have taken notice and collaborated with parts manufacturers to introduce new technology that minimizes driver distractions. Solutions such as voice control and gesture control have recently been introduced. Automakers have even developed heads-up displays, so drivers don’t have to take their eyes off the road to check speed and direction.
The estimated number of police-reported motor vehicle crashes increased by 3.8 percent from 2014 to 2015. This increase is driven by 4.1-percent increase in injury crashes and 3.7-percent increase in property-damage-only crashes. According to statistics, more than 1,720 drivers are involved in Georgia car accidents every day. These accidents include passenger cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, vans, tractor trailers, motorcycles and single-unit large trucks.
In Georgia, the law states that if a driver is at fault in a car crash that causes harm to another, the innocent injured parties deserve to be made whole financially. If you’ve been injured severely, it would be wise to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to help you obtain damages. Your attorney will collect evidence that will illustrate that the other party was negligent and determine whether or not the other driver was distracted, drove under the influence, violated traffic laws or failed to pay attention to their surroundings. This investigation may include reviewing photographs, interviewing witnesses, reviewing any video footage of the accident, analyzing medical reports and recreating the scene of the accident.
To determine the amount of compensation you may be entitled to, your attorney will work with experts to project your accident-related expenses. Damages may include current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of intimacy. Your attorney will use the covered damages as leverage for a fair settlement or jury decision outcome. If negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance company isn’t possible, your attorney will start the lawsuit process.
The personal injury attorneys at the Mann Law Firm are here to help you if you have been injured in a vehicle accident in Macon, Dublin, Warner Robins, Milledgeville or elsewhere in Georgia. In a free consultation, we will review your circumstances and discuss all available legal options. Call us at 478-742-3381 or fill out our online form today.