While any kind of car crash, even minor fender benders, can be frightening or stressful, there are some types of Georgia car accidents that can be especially devastating. While some accidents may have a higher incidence of severe personal injury and even death, they are unfortunately quite common.
While you may still be in the initial stages of recovery after your car crash, if you're planning to file a Georgia personal injury claim, it may help to know a little more about some commonalities among recurrent accidents, in case your accident fits the profile of some listed below.
Some common types of car crashes in Georgia include:
- drunk driving accidents;
- speeding accidents;
- "asleep at the wheel" accidents;
- head-on collisions;
- side impact collisions;
- rear-end accidents;
- rollover accidents; and
- runoff accidents.
Drunk Driving Car Crashes
This is perhaps one of the most serious and common types of car crashes nationwide. In Georgia alone, 26% of all of the state's traffic fatalities were the result of DUI crashes, resulting in a total of 331 deaths from 2007 to 2008.
Drunk driving isn't just a criminal act-it's also a form of negligence-which can be addressed through civil action such as a Georgia personal injury claim. If you have been injured because of the actions of a drunk driver, you may have rights to seek compensation for the other party's blatant disregard for your safety and that of others on the road.
Speeding Car Crashes
Any car accident has the potential to cause injury as a result of the impact with another vehicle or object, but when that is coupled with speed, the likelihood for injury dramatically increases. Nationwide statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration pointed to speeding as a factor in 30% of all traffic deaths in 2004.
If you've been involved in a car crash in Atlanta, you may be eligible to file a Georgia personal injury claim to cover your medical expenses, lost income and emotional strife. Some cases of negligence may be obvious, such as in a speeding or drunk driving accident. Other times, lines of liability may be a bit fuzzy. To be sure if you can file a claim, you'll want to contact an Atlanta car accident attorney as soon as possible after your car crash.
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