Vehicle accidents are a leading cause of death and 1 million Americans spend more than 1 million days in the hospital each year from crash-related injuries (CDC, 2014).
The devastation is made more tragic with the realization that almost all vehicle wrecks are preventable. As we drive our Georgia streets and highways to school, work, and travel we find ourselves in danger from drunk drivers, careless truckers, distracted drivers and poorly maintained or improperly engineered roads.
There are more drivers than ever on our roads, leading to increased risk for us all. Additionally, the dangers increase even more the greater number of hours we spend behind the wheel. The average commute time in Georgia continues to increase (+25% since 1960) and the number of Georgia workers who commute beyond their county of residence has doubled.
If you have been injured, or a member of your family has been killed in a car wreck in the Macon area, contact a Macon GA Vehicle accident lawyer at the Mann Law Firm today. Call us at (478) 742-3381 or go to our online form for a free initial consultation about your legal options.
AUTO ACCIDENTS IN GEORGIA
Automobiles are a fact of life in Georgia and the U.S. and, unfortunately, so are automobile crashes that injure and kill drivers, passengers and pedestrians. The law in Georgia and other states recognizes that if a driver is at fault in a car crash that has resulted in injury or death, the innocent parties who have been hurt deserve to be made whole financially.
Tractor Trailer Crashes
Tractor Trailer crashes are much more complex than car accident cases. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) ranks Georgia 5th in the nation in number of fatal commercial motor vehicle accidents. A 10,000-pound 18-wheeler traveling at 70 miles per hour does terrible damage if it collides with a passenger car going 55 mph. The complexity of a commercial truck accident and the number of well-defended parties likely to be involved makes it crucial to obtain legal help after a truck wreck from an experienced truck accident lawyer like those at the Mann Law Firm.
Despite what insurance companies may argue, car drivers often cause crashes with motorcyclists. In fact, a recent study found that drivers of the other vehicles were at fault in over 60% of motorcycle accidents. Our lawyers know what’s at stake: High medical bills, inability to work and earn income, pain and suffering and more. We are committed to seeking the most compensation you can recover.
The danger of being hit by a car is a very real one, especially in today’s society where distracted driving seems to be the norm. On average, a pedestrian was killed in a traffic crash every 120 minutes and injured in a traffic crash every 7 minutes. Most pedestrian injuries and deaths are caused by careless or negligent motorists. Pedestrians involved in motor vehicle crashes usually sustain severe injuries.
Winter Weather & Vehicle Accidents
While summer months present personal injury dangers, including car accidents, winter weather can present unique hazards. Located between the moisture rich weather patterns from the Gulf and the cooler temperatures from the north – Georgians remain alert for risks from rain, ice and snow. Already a notorious time of year for drunk driving crashes associated with the holiday season, bad weather brings higher rates of traffic accidents, too.
What Will Winter Bring 2015-2016?
Take a look at the below for a quick Winter forecast prediction for Georgia. All we can say is to stock up on the milk, eggs and bread now! And, as the Winter unfolds, please be careful on our roads and stay warm.