Athens Car Accident Attorney
An Athens car accident can affect every aspect of you and your loved one’s lives. Thousands of people are injured every year in Athens due to a traffic accident. Last year, there were 1,130 car accident related fatalities in Georgia, and 112, 526 car accidents that resulted in serious injuries according to Georgia’s Office of Highway Safety. Those statistics mean that there are approximately 3 deaths a day on the roads in Georgia.
Christopher Simon Attorney at Law understands how much a car accident can have a negative impact on the lives of you and your loved one. We will be there to help protect you and your loved ones and make sure insurance companies don’t try to take advantage of you when you are at your most vulnerable.Common Types of Car Accidents in Athens
You or your loved one may be involved in an Athens car accident with another car, a motorcycle, pedestrian, commercial truck, buses, and/or a pedestrian.
In Athens and throughout Georgia, there are many types of car accidents that occur, and while each one has its own set of unique circumstances, the most common types of car accidents in Athens are listed below:
- Rear-End Collisions: Generally speaking, a rear-end collision happens when the driver behind you is following too closely and is unable to stop should traffic suddenly stop. In Athens, rear-end collisions may result in injuries such as whiplash, and, in cases of an extremely violent collision, spinal cord paralysis.
- T-Bone (Side Impact) Collisions: In Athens, side impact collisions normally occur at intersections. The driver that hits you or your loved one may have run a red light, blew through a stop sign or pulled out in front of you into oncoming traffic. This reckless behavior could cause your car to be run off the road, spin out of control, cause your car to flip, your car may slide on wet roads, or hit an object such as a telephone pole. There are various injuries that may occur if you or you're loved one is the victim of a T-bone accident in Athens, but a defective vehicle or design flaw could also harm you or a loved one.
- Single Automobile Accidents: In Athens, single car crashes are most common among young and/or inexperienced drivers. Generally, these types of accidents in Athens usually involve your car and a stationary object.
- Multiple-Vehicle Accident: In Georgia and elsewhere, when two or more vehicles are involved in a car accident, it’s often referred to as a multi-vehicle accident. It only takes one driver to make a mistake while operating their motor vehicle and crashes into another vehicle to start a chain reaction that leads to multiple vehicles of all kinds being involved in an Athens car accident. These types of accidents can lead to serious injuries for you, your loved ones, and other drivers.
- Head-On-Collision: Head-on car accidents in Athens are generally very serious and the injuries you or a loved one could suffer in such an accident could be severe, if not fatal. Head-on accidents happen in Athens when two or more vehicles hit each other while facing each other. In some cases, the driver that hit you or a loved one may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, fell asleep at the wheel, or had a medical emergency.
- Side Swipe: In Athens and throughout the United States, a sideswipe accident can occur when one driver misjudges a turn or swerves to avoid a serious accident, but their car scrapes the side of your car. Generally, only minor injuries may happen in this type of Athens car accident, but it can cause damage to your vehicle.
- Parking Lot Accident: In Athens and throughout Georgia, parking lots can be dangerous places. Someone may not look before backing out of a parking space and could hit your vehicle or could strike you or a loved one if you’re walking in the parking lot. In other cases, someone may strike you or your vehicle while trying to parallel park. Most injuries sustained in this type of accident are minor but could be serious if a driver of a motor vehicle struck you or a loved one while you were walking.
In an Athens car accident, injuries such as broken bones, cuts, concussions, whiplash, nerve damage, soft-tissue damage, spinal cord injuries and/or joint dislocation may occur. The legal team at the Athens law office of Christopher Simon are committed to answering any of your questions involving your Athens car accident and be there for you during this difficult time.Common Causes of Athens Car Accidents
In 2015, Vox used data from the National Highway Traffic Association to report that the I-285 highway that circles around Athens, is the deadliest interstate highway in the United States. In fact, the state of California and Texas had less interstate deaths then Georgia. The article by Vox stated that on I-285 in Athens approximately 3.5 car accidents per every 10 miles of highway. In 2013, 26 people died due to an automobile accident on I-285. These statistics are staggering considering there was only 1,120 fatal car accident in all of Georgia.
Some of the most common causes of automobile accidents in Athens and throughout Georgia include:
- Driving Under the Influence: Someone driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the major causes of automobile accidents in Georgia, in spite the fact that laws are in place that gives DUI drivers harsher penalties. As an example, in 2013 297 of Georgia’s fatal car accidents were caused by drunk drivers. That number is just over 25% of all Georgia car accident deaths.
- Distracted Driving: In Athens, distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents. The driver that caused your accident and injuries to you or a loved one may have been texting, on the phone, adjusting their radio, eating and/or drinking, or following their GPS device. By taking your eyes off the road for one second, you could be involved in an Athens car accident and suffer major injuries.
- Driving too Fast or Slow: If an Athens motorist is driving too slow or too fast, it could be difficult to stop in time or for another vehicle to stop in time as well should they have to quickly react to road conditions. This type of accident is generally classified as a driver being careless or negligent.
- Failure to Signal When Turning: Often times, Athens drivers don’t use their turn signals to indicate what they are going to do. The failure of a driver to use their turn signals can cause a serious car accident in Athens. Again, these types of accidents are caused by a driver acting in a negligent manner.
- Disregard for Weather or Traffic Conditions: When an Athens driver ignores the weather and/or traffic conditions, it can lead to a serious car accident that may cause you or a loved one to be injured. In most cases, the other driver had a total disregard for weather and/or traffic conditions and a Georgia court may choose to charge them with negligence.
- Not Obeying Traffic Signs or Signals: In Georgia, all drivers have a responsibility to obey posted signs and traffic signals from other drivers. A failure to do this is negligence.
In Georgia courts, when a driver fails to pay attention to the roads, obey traffic and safety laws, a judge or jury may find them guilty of negligence. Under these conditions, Christopher Simon Attorney at Law may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver that caused you or your loved one to be injured. The lawsuit may be able to give you and your family the compensation you need to pay for medical expenses, loss of wage costs, and more.
If you or a loved one was killed in an Athens car accident that was caused by another driver being reckless and/or negligent, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit on your deceased loved one’s behalf.
Having an experienced Athens car accident lawyer like Christopher Simon Attorney at Law on your side may give you the advantage. Our attorneys will review all the information obtained during an accident investigation and use it to file a lawsuit on your behalf. In your claim, your Athens car accident attorney will outline the driver’s negligent behavior, the damages you are requesting, the compensation for these damages, and the injuries you and/or a loved one suffered.
Christopher Simon Attorney at Law will use your claim in an attempt to negotiate a settlement with the insurance companies on your behalf to settle your claim out of court. We will be a strong advocate for you and handle all the negotiations with the insurance companies involved. If your case isn’t settled, then we will prepare your case for trial in a Georgia court.Athens Hit and Run Accidents
Given the harsh penalties that go with the hit and run accidents in Athens, you would think they wouldn’t occur very often, but you’d be wrong.
Since 2009, hit and run deaths have increased by approximately 7.2% every year. It’s been estimated that a hit and run occurs somewhere in the United States at the rate of one every minute.
Whether you’re walking, driving, or on a bicycle, your chances of getting injured in a hit and run accident are extremely high.
The state of Georgia operates on a fault-based system. It often isn’t easy to track down the driver of the vehicle that caused your Athens car accident. If you aren’t able to locate the driver, your uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist car insurance coverage will be activated.
Most insurance companies in Georgia treat a hit and run driver like an at-fault driver with no insurance. This type of coverage may have been optional when you purchased your Georgia car insurance, and many Athens drivers choose to skip this coverage to save money.
Christopher Simon Attorney at Law recommends that you add this coverage to your automobile insurance because Uninsured Motorist/Underinsured motorist insurance is generally very affordable and could save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
In order to have a successful claim in an Athens hit and run accident, you will need to collect all of your medical expenses and records, try to calculate any lost wages, quantify your pain and suffering, and send a demand letter to your Athens car insurance company.
At this point, the negotiations with your Athens car insurance company begins, and most times your car insurance company will not offer you a fair settlement amount. You can choose to go through this process alone, but it is recommended that you have an experienced Athens car accident lawyer assist you in this process.
If you don’t have uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist coverage, you’re going to need to try to find the driver of the motor vehicle that caused you or your loved one’s injuries.
To accomplish this, there are some things you will need to do immediately after the accident:
If you do manage to find the driver that hit you and caused your injuries, they may be facing severe felony charges. Depending on you or your loved one’s injuries, the driver could face a felony conviction, fines, and jail time.
A criminal conviction due to your hit and run accident can be used by your Athens car accident lawyer as evidence in your civil case.
If you or a loved one is involved in a hit and run accident, you’re going to need an Athens car accident attorney to help guide you through the often complicated and complex processes to get you the compensation you deserve.Common Car Accident Injuries in Athens:
If you’re involved in an Athens car accident, you or a loved one could suffer any number of injuries, and those injuries could result in conditions that affect you or your loved one’s future.
Depending on the severity your or your loved one’s injuries are, you could be looking extensive rehabilitation therapy and/or multiple surgeries. Even a minor injury may turn into something more severe days or weeks after the accident.
The most common injuries that occur in Athens include, but aren’t limited to:
- Whiplash and/or Neck Injuries: Whiplash is caused by the sudden impact of the Athens car accident that can move your head and neck outside your normal range of motion. This can stain tendons and ligaments.
- Cuts and/or Lacerations: Such things as broken glass, ripped metal, and flying objects in your automobile can all cut you and cause lacerations that could require you to need stitches. In some cases, your cuts and lacerations may require surgery and/or plastic surgery.
- Internal Injuries: The seat belt, airbag, and other devices in your Athens motor vehicle that are meant to restrain you could cause you or a loved one serious internal injuries in the event of an accident. Such injuries normally require surgical intervention.
- Broken Bones: In some Athens car accidents, the impact is quite severe. As a result, broken bones such as wrists, arms, legs, and ribs are all common. In some cases, your broken bones could require surgery. Long term effects of some types of injuries involving broken bones, should be considered by you and your Athens car accident lawyer when filing your claim or lawsuit.
- Brain Injuries: Generally referred to as a “traumatic brain injury,” (TBI), these types of injuries can be caused by a blow to your head during the impact of your Athens car accident. It’s important that you realize that many times the symptoms of a TBI don’t show up immediately, so you should see your doctor as soon as possible after your car accident. Other types of traumatic brain injuries can include concussions, skull fractures, swelling of the brain, and other types of brain injuries.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: While extremely rare, severe spinal cord injuries due to your Athens car accident, could leave you paralyzed. Certain types of spinal cord injuries can be long term in nature, and your doctor should fully explain your short term and long-term medical needs before you and your Athens car accident attorney file a claim.
- Psychological Injuries: Many people don’t normally associate psychological injuries with Athens car accidents. However, it’s becoming more common for people to suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), after being in a serious Athens car accident. For example, you may be having trouble sleeping, eating, interacting with friends and family, and trouble going to work. These are all common symptoms of PTSD. If you or a loved one is suffering from PTSD, you should seek psychological help with these symptoms, not only to assist in your recovery, but you could be eligible for monetary damages due to your PTSD. In order to recover any compensation, it’s vital that a mental health worker gives you that diagnosis and that you are able to show you are seeking treatment.
It’s imperative that if you or a loved one is involved in an Athens car accident, you seek treatment by medical professionals as soon as possible after the accident. It’s also important to go to any follow-up appointments that are provided. This ensures no new injuries show up after the adrenaline of the accident wears off.Damages You're Entitled To After an Athens Car Accident
If you and your Athens car accident lawyer file a lawsuit against the reckless and/or negligent driver that caused you or your loved one to suffer injuries in an Athens car accident, you could be eligible to receive damages, (financial compensation) that can be used to assist you and your loved one to recover from your injuries.
The types of financial compensation you and/or your loved one may be entitled to include, but may not be limited to:
One of the first things you should do is seek immediate medical attention for you, your loved ones, and any of the other drivers involved in the Athens car accident.
You have a responsibility to assist other drivers and/or passengers who were injured in an Athens car accident. After calling the police department, you should talk to the other drivers, if possible, so you can exchange names, phone numbers, and contact information for the insurance companies.
In order to protect your legal rights after an Athens car accident you should:
- Don’t ever assume responsibility for the accident, even if you think you may have been wrong. Even saying something like: “Sorry, I didn’t see you,” could be used as an admission of guilt, and you may not be able to recover any compensation.
- Take as many pictures as possible of any vehicles involved in the Athens car accident. Include pictures of obstructions in the roadway, the weather at the time of the accident, street signs, stop signs, stop lights, and the condition of every car involved in the Athens car accident.
- Talk to any witnesses and get their contact information.
- Record any events that happened right before, during, and after the Athens car accident. It’s important to write down everything you can remember as soon as possible so you don’t forget important details.
- Call your insurance company. Refuse to make any recorded statements. Keep your answers short and to the point. Anything you say may be used against you later when you and your Athens car accident attorney are in settlement negotiations. Don’t enter into any settlement at that time. Tell them the Athens car accident is still under investigation.
- Contact an experienced Athens car accident lawyer about the details of your car accident. The Athens law firm of Christopher Simon is there to assist you and to explain all your legal options.
If you or a loved one was in an Athens car accident recently, and that accident was caused by another driver’s negligent or careless driving, hiring an experienced Athens car accident lawyer is your best chance of recovering damages for your injuries.
When you are looking to hire an Athens car accident lawyer, there are several things you should look for in order to ensure your case will be handled properly. They include:
- Is the Athens car accident lawyer experienced? Experience counts. You want an Athens car accident lawyer that is not the only experience in handling Athens car accidents but is experienced in handling other types of personal injury cases as well. This wide range of experience gives your Athens car accident lawyer, the ability to use different strategies, and the capability to solve any complex problems that could come up in your individual case.
- Are they Available to You? When you’re looking for an Athens car accident lawyer, you want one that’s going to be there every step of your Athens car accident case. You are going to want to find an attorney who will be there to answer any questions you may have throughout what could be a long process.
- Do They Have a Successful Record? It’s your right to ask to see the success record of an Athens car accident attorney you are thinking about hiring to handle your case. Any attorney who has a record of success shouldn’t have any problem sharing that information with you.
- Do They Work on a Contingency Fee? During your consultation with an Athens car accident lawyer, keep in mind you should never have to pay up front. The Athens attorney you hire should work on a contingency basis. This means that the Athens lawyer doesn’t require any up-front fees and will only get paid once your case is settled. Their fee will come out of the settlement agreement.
- Does this Athens Car Accident Lawyer Offer a Free Consultation? A free consultation is your opportunity to explain the details of your case, ask questions about the Athens attorney’s services, and decide if they’re a good fit for you. You shouldn’t have to pay a fee to discuss your case with an Athens car accident attorney. Make sure your consultation is with an attorney, and that your questions are being answered by the lawyer that is going to be handling your individual case.
If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident in Athens that was caused by someone else’s negligence or careless behavior, you and your family deserve to be compensated for your damages.
Christopher Simon not only specializes in Athens car accidents but has handled many other types of personal injury cases. He has the experience and training to assist you and your family.
Christopher Simon makes himself available to his clients and will answer any questions you may have. He will also keep you up-to-date on your individual case every step of the way.
We work on a contingency fee basis and don’t charge any up-front fees for our services, and Christopher Simon only receives compensation when he has settled your case or wins your case at trial.
Athens car accident lawyer Christopher Simon offers a free consultation so he can speak with you and find out the details of your Athens car accident and the extent of you or your loved one’s injuries. It’s his goal to have you be confident and secure when it comes to choosing the right Athens car accident lawyer.