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Legal help for victims of distracted drivers

Victims of distracted drivers can suffer a host of serious injuries that may result in disability or worse. When a victim has suffered injuries in a distracted driving-related car accident, they need to be familiar with where they can turn including personal injury legal protections which can help with medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

Injuries that can result from distracted driving-related accidents include severe spine injuries; traumatic brain injuries and other types of brain injuries such as concussions; soft tissue injuries and whiplash injuries; paralysis; amputations; severe broken bones; and even death. Injured victims may need help with their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. A distracted driver may be liable for compensating victims for the damages they have suffered in a distracted driving-related car accident.

Help for victims of truck accidents

Truck accidents can be catastrophic for victims and can cause serious injuries that can be devastating medically, financially and emotionally for victims. Fully loaded commercial vehicles weigh 25 times as much as other passenger vehicles they share the roadways with which can create a true danger for other vehicles on the roadway.

According to the Department of Transportation, during 2006, truck accidents accounted for 4,995 fatalities and 106,000 injuries. Those fatalities and injuries result in real damages and harm to victims and their families. Truck accident victims and their families may suffer serious injuries and harm including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. A personal injury claim for damages can help and may allow victims to recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in a truck accident.

More than 10% of Georgia traffic deaths involve motorcycles

Since 2007, 10 percent or more of all traffic fatalities in Georgia involved a motorcyclist. In that time, between 6 percent and 10 percent of those fatalities involved a motorcyclist who was not wearing a helmet.

The data, compiled by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia, shows that fatalities most commonly occur when the operator is between 20 and 29 years old.

The different types of car accident injuries

Car accident injuries can be devastating and can impact a victim's life for a long time to come. As a result, victims may find themselves in a position to need help with the physical, financial and emotional damages they suffer in a car accident.

A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation to help with their damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Damages may also be available for future medical car expenses and lost earning capacity. Car accidents are costly. The economic costs of car accidents is estimated to be $277 billion annually. Car accidents are also the leading cause of injuries. Out of 5.6 million car accidents reported in 2012, 1.6 million involved injuries and another 30,000 were fatal.

Fewer distracted driving-related fatalities in Georgia

Victims of distracted drivers have to be familiar with legal protections available to them. Georgia's hands-free phone law went into effect over the past year and the number of fatal accidents has also dropped during the past year. The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety reported that fatal accidents were down six percent during 2018. The drop translates into 92 fewer victims of fatal accidents than the previous year. Last year was on track to be the first year Georgia saw fewer than 1,500 fatalities in four years.

Concerning causes of car accidents, both roadway and lane departures are also down for the year. The new hands-free phone law is considered a contributing factor to the decrease in traffic accident fatalities. Data concerning non-fatal accidents will be available this year. Authorities reported a decrease in accidents when the new law went into effect but believe there may have been a return to previous driving behaviors.

Damages that may be available following a car accident

A variety of damages may be available to victims harmed in a car accident. Damages that may be available are based on the circumstances and the harm the victim, and in some circumstances the victim's family, suffered.

Car accidents can have a tremendous impact on the lives of victims, leaving them facing injuries and the financial and emotional costs associated with those injuries. Personal injury damages for the harm suffered by victims may be recoverable through a personal injury claim for damages against the negligent party responsible for the causing the accident and the harm they have suffered such as a negligent driver.

Who is responsible for a truck accident?

Truck accidents can result in catastrophic damages for victims and their families which is why they need to be familiar with the legal resources available to protect them. They may wonder what legal options are available to them and who may be liable to compensate them.

Truck accidents are serious because, among other reasons, trucks can be 25 times heavier than other passenger vehicles they share the roadways with. During 2006, large truck accidents accounted for nearly five thousand fatalities and 106,000 truck accident injuries. Truck accidents can cause extensive damages to victims including medical expenses, lost wages and emotional damages. The impact of an unexpected truck accident on victims and their families could be extensive.

Factors that influence the amount of crashes on the holidays

December is one of the most chaotic months on the roads. Several states experience cooler weather, darker days and some of the most traffic-heavy highways they have seen throughout the whole year. With all of these elements, it is easy to see why the end of the year contains such a high amount of fatalities and injuries on the roads.

However, there are several other variables that come into play for holiday drivers. While there are still bound to be hundreds of crashes on the roads in Georgia around Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, whether or not it will top the previous years will depend on a number of factors. It is important to be aware of these circumstances so families can take the proper precautions before preparing their trips this year.

Help for victims of distracted driving

This blog recently discussed that distracted driving claims lives and is a danger on our roadways. Distracted driving can result in serious harm to victims and their families which is why personal injury protections are available to protect victims from this known danger.

Unfortunately, distracted driving-related car accidents can lead to severe injuries and fatalities which can unexpectedly change the lives of victims and their families in an instant. Injuries that can result from a distracted driving accident can include serious brain and spine injuries, including traumatic brain injuries; soft tissue injuries which can worsen over time; and paralysis injuries in addition to broken bones and other types of harm that may be suffered in a distracted driving-related car accident.

Distracted drivers taking innocent lives

The worst motor vehicle accidents are those that claim young lives. A series of car wrecks at school bus stops in the past few days has caught the nation’s attention and focused it on the dangers of distracted driving. Five early-morning car crashes – including one not far from Valdosta – have claimed five young lives and left six other children hospitalized.

Law enforcement officials blame distracted driving in the wrecks – “a huge problem,” one official said. The crashes were in Tallahassee, Florida, Mississippi, Indiana and Pennsylvania.

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