Macon Car Accident Lawyer
Thousands of people are injured or killed every day in Georgia while going about such simple chores as driving to work, dropping off children at school, or stopping by the grocery store. Lives can change forever in the blink of an eye.
Not all car crashes are merely accidents, however. If a driver has caused a wreck through careless or negligent actions, it is not an accident. Innocent drivers and pedestrians who have been injured because of another driver’s carelessness or negligence have a right to compensation for their financial losses, pain and suffering. A Macon, GA car accident lawyer at The Mann Law Firm can help Macon and Middle Georgia residents who have been injured in auto accidents obtain the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured, or a member of your family has been killed in a car wreck in the Macon area, contact the Mann Law Firm auto accident attorney today at (478) 742-3381 or through our online form for a free initial consultation about your legal options.
Car Accidents in Georgia
Automobiles are a fact of life in Georgia and the U.S. and, unfortunately, so are vehicle accidents 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. Georgia residents who suffer personal injury in a car accident are entitled to seek compensation to cover the cost of medical assistance and rehabilitation, vehicle repair or replacement, other property damage, lost wages and other expenses and losses.
After a fatal auto accident, a family may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver to seek compensation for their losses. In cases of severe personal injury or wrongful death, a Georgia court may order the driver at fault in a car accident to pay punitive damages.
5 Things to Do If You Have Been in an Car Accident
- Take photos of your vehicle and the other person’s vehicle.
- If you are hurt at all, go to the emergency room and receive an evaluation.
- Call the police/sheriff’s department and request an accident report.
- Notify your insurance company of the accident.
- Do not sign anything or agree to any settlement with any insurance company before talking to an experienced auto accident attorney.
Anyone can be hurt or lose a loved one in a car crash.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) says in its most recent Crash Analysis, Statistics & Information (CASI) Notebook that each day about 2,400 people are involved in car accidents in the state. About 360 people are injured in auto accidents every day, and each week about 30 people die in car wrecks in Georgia.
The Georgia DOT says further that driver error is to blame for most car accidents in the state.
These are the most common driver mistakes that lead to car wrecks:
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Failure to maintain control of the vehicle
- Improper lane change
- Disregarding a stoplight or stop sign.
The CASI Notebook says fatal car crashes in Georgia are most often caused by:
- Loss of control of the vehicle (Loss of control usually has its own cause, which increasingly is a form of distracted driving, such as texting while driving.)
- Illegal speed (i.e., speeding) or unsafe speed
- Driving left of center
- Failure to yield
- Alcohol or drug impairment (drunk or drugged driving)
- Driver condition (such as fatigued driving).
Car insurance may be the first thing to come to mind after an accident, but all too often after a wreck resulting in major injuries, the victim’s losses exceed minimum coverage requirements. Injured drivers also find out too often that the at-fault driver doesn’t even have car insurance. When you do deal with an insurance company, it is best to keep in mind that insurance firms profit by paying as little as possible for claims. This holds true for “your” insurance company and the other driver’s insurer. What’s best for you is not at the top of their agenda. This is where an experienced auto accident lawyer like those at the Mann Law Firm can help. When you hire a lawyer, that lawyer becomes your attorney, working with your best interests at heart. People who are injured or suffer other significant losses in motor vehicle crashes deserve to be compensated for their losses, but aggressive legal help is usually required to realize that goal.
Contact a Macon Car Accident Attorney Today
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car wreck anywhere in the Middle Georgia area, an experienced Macon auto accident lawyer from the Mann Law Firm can help you obtain the compensation for your losses that you deserve. At the Mann Law Firm, David Mann is involved in every case. David left larger firms, including work as an in-house counsel for a large insurance company, to join his family law firm and work to bring justice to residents of the Macon area who have been injured.The Mann Law Firm provides the personal touch that the sensitive issues surrounding personal injury and wrongful death cases deserve. Contact a Macon GA car accident lawyer at the Mann Law Firm today at (478) 742-3381 or through our online form to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation about your case.