Georgia Auto Accident Attorney

About Atlanta Car Accidents

Our Atlanta car accident lawyer knows that when we get into our cars, most of us take for granted that we will arrive safely at our destinations, whether we’re driving to work, running errands around town, or heading out on a long trip. Sadly, Georgia motor vehicle statistics show that many drivers never make it to their destinations safely. Georgia drivers are involved in thousands of car crashes every year. Some of those wrecks are serious collisions that permanently injure and even kill drivers, their passengers, and others.

Our Atlanta car accident attorney can help those victims recover the compensation they deserve.

Atlanta Car Wrecks by the Numbers

The statistics for Georgia motor vehicle collisions are grim. According to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s most recent Crash Analysis, Statistics & Information Notebook, from 2000 to 2006 more than 6 million people were involved in motor vehicle crashes in Georgia, with nearly a million injured and more than 11,000 killed. For that seven-year period, crashes caused on average more than 2,500 injuries per week. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that the total cost of crash-related-deaths in Georgia, including medical costs and work losses, can reach $1.5 billion in a year.

Our Atlanta Auto Accident Attorney Knows the Leading Causes of Accidents

What causes devastating motor vehicle collisions that injure or kill drivers, passengers, pedestrians, or others? In many cases, wrecks are the preventable result of  someone’s  carelessness or negligence. Where this is the case, the person at fault in causing the wreck  should be held responsible for the harm they cause to the victims and their families.

Many serious Georgia car accidents have common causes, including:

Distracted driving

Today’s drivers are too often distracted by talking or texting on smartphones, operating navigation systems, adjusting DVD players or personal media devices like iPods, or fiddling with their in-car information systems. With the perpetual increase in gadgets vying for a driver’s attention, it’s all too easy to forget that a lapse in attention can have fatal consequences.

Driving while impaired/drunk driving

Driving while impaired includes not only drunk driving, but driving under the influence of illegal drugs, and even prescription and over-the-counter medications. All of these can have serious side effects that interfere with a person’s ability to drive safely. In Georgia, we’re fortunate to have excellent enforcement of our drunk driving laws, according to a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) study. Even so, the same study reveals that almost a quarter of our traffic deaths are related to driving under the influence.

Speeding and other reckless driving

When drivers get in a hurry or, worse, experience “road rage,” they take chances that put the rest of us at risk — like speeding, failing to obey traffic signals and signs, and tailgating.

Vehicle Defects

 Catastrophic Georgia traffic accidents can happen when defects in cars and trucks cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle. When tires or other components are unsafe because of the way they were designed, manufactured, or maintained, terrible accidents can follow.

Let an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer Help

At the law firm of James M. Poe, P.C., Atlanta car accident attorneys Jim and Matt Poe know just how devastating serious collisions can be. Catastrophic wrecks leave injury victims and families overwhelmed with worry about their future as they desperately try to put their lives back in order. Even where insurance coverage is available, accident victims can’t depend on insurance companies to protect their interests, and in many cases available insurance coverage isn’t even enough to cover a victim’s losses.

That’s why having experienced, individual help from a dedicated Atlanta car accident lawyer can make all the difference in protecting your family’s welfare. We also offer additional helpful information in our frequently asked questions about car accidents.

If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt in a Georgia car wreck, we can help. As trusted Atlanta personal injury attorneys, Jim and Matt Poe know what it takes to protect the rights of motor vehicle accident victims. We proudly represent victims of serious auto, truck, and other vehicle accidents throughout Georgia.

We Combine Energy and Experience to Get Results for Atlanta Car Accident Victims

Jim and Matt Poe bring together the experience and energy necessary to get maximum results for serious car accident victims. Jim Poe has received Super Lawyers recognition for the past 7 years, and has held the prestigious AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for more than 25 years.

In the confusing aftermath of a serious motor vehicle accident, it’s critical to have the help of experienced and skilled car accident lawyers who can protect your rights.

Types of Damages 2

Car crash victims and their families in Georgia may be entitled to recover significant compensation for their injuries, including:

Compensatory Damages

Your compensatory damages can include past, present and future medical costs, lost wages and reduced earning capacity, pain and suffering, and property damage costs.

Special Damages

Special damages will repay financial losses such as the below:

  • Medical expenses for past, present and future costs.
  • Lost wages and earnings for past, present and future costs.
  • Disability for past, present and future costs.

General Damages

General damages cover non-financial losses such as:

  • Physical pain and suffering.
  • Mental pain and suffering, including emotional distress, shock, fright, and humiliation.

Punitive Damages

In some  circumstances,  a jury may award punitive damages where it is appropriate to punish, penalize and deter the defendant from behaving in the same way in the future.

TIPS: What to Remember If You’re in an Atlanta Car Accident

Please see our helpful tips if you’re involved in an Atlanta vehicle accident.

TIP 1

Your very first priority after a car wreck is getting proper medical attention for you and anyone else involved in the collision. That means having a full medical evaluation and letting your doctor know about any injuries, pains, or other problems you have. Your doctor needs that information to determine whether you’ve been hurt, and the diagnostic work up and treatment you will need to return to your normal life.

TIP 2

It’s also important to let your insurance company know about the accident at your first opportunity. Delaying too long can create problems with your claim. Do not, however, give any written or recorded statement to your insurance company until you’ve consulted with an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer, because insurance personnel are often trying to secure damaging admissions before you even have full knowledge of your injuries.  An optimistic statement made in any interview will always be used to claim you weren’t “really” injured, not matter what the facts show.   You need to consult with an attorney earlier rather than later to ensure that your interests are protected.

TIP 3

Record anything you can remember about the accident, and remember to keep taking daily notes about how the accident and your injuries have changed your life. You should keep track of your injuries, how you’re recovering, and what costs and expenses you’ve had to pay. All of those details can be easy to forget over time, so writing them down when they’re fresh in your mind creates a good record that can help you recover all the fair compensation to which you’re properly entitled.

When Do You Need to Work with an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer?

Never sign any agreements with an insurance adjustor who contacts you to settle your claim without first getting advice from a skilled Georgia car crash attorney, like Jim or Matt Poe. We can help you avoid giving up your rights as an accident victim, which could mean losing fair compensation that you’re properly entitled to under Georgia law.

Don’t delay in calling us for help. Our knowledgeable Atlanta car accident lawyer will get you the compensation you deserve. Just call us or use our convenient online contact form.

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