Most Common Types of Accidents
Accidents can happen due to many reasons: drunk driving, weather conditions, dangerous road conditions or simply not paying attention. While there are many different types of accidents, the ones most common in cities are pedestrian accidents, intersection accidents (also known as left-turn accidents), bus accidents, and accidents involving a biker. Another common type of accidents are rear-end collisions, which are often fender-benders but can be quite serious. Even at low speeds, the driver who was struck from behind may experience whiplash and neck pain or injury.
Rural roads are often only two lanes where it is unsafe to pass. On rural roads, therefore, the risk of being involved in a fatal crash is higher. And most rural roads don’t have streetlights, making night driving far more difficult. Accidents that happen on freeways can be exacerbated by things like high speeds, heavy traffic, alcohol, and not paying attention. Some drivers weave in and out of lanes very quickly, which can be dangerous if another driver decides to change lanes. This can lead to side-swipe accidents. If the impact is strong enough, one or both of the cars can be knocked off the road. When the front tire of a car going over 60 mph hits the grass, dirt, or clay beyond the asphalt, the sudden change in mediums combined with the speed can cause the vehicle to roll over.
These facts aren’t comforting, but what is comforting is that you can maintain as much control as possible behind the wheel to protect yourself and your loved ones. At The Pendergrass Law Firm, we recommend our clients familiarize themselves with how to drive safely in the snow, rain and when a traffic light is out, and to sit down with teenagers or other new drivers to review safety tips.
Car Accident Statistics Gwinnett County
Fortunately for drivers in Gwinnett County, car accident fatalities are lower than both the national average and Georgia’s. The majority of the accidents caused between the years of 2014 and 2018 were caused by alcohol and speeding. However, there were no motorcyclist or bicyclist fatalities between those same years. In 2017 there were 39,473 total car crashes in Gwinnett County.
What To Do Immediately After An Accident
Regardless of what type of vehicle you are driving, or whether or not bicyclists or pedestrians are involved, if you cause an accident in the state of Georgia that results in over $1,000 of property damage or severe personal injury or death to another, then you are obligated to report it. Always call 911 when you have been involved in an accident. You might be wondering how you’re going to pay for such a bill that is sure to be high. A car accident attorney will fight for the liable party to pay for your:
- Medical treatment
- Loss of income based on days already missed
- Loss of expected income due to inability to work
- Property damage (your motorcycle)
- Emotional distress
You will strengthen your case by asking for all medical records immediately, telling your doctor that you will need a statement about your prognosis, and by requesting a copy of the police report.
Why You Need A Car Accident Lawyer in Gwinnett County
Some people think they cannot afford an attorney, so they wait. This is not advisable since many accidents have statutes of limitations, or how long a person has to report them and file a claim for damages. Additionally, cases that are reported sooner are much stronger and less likely to be found suspicious by the insurance company’s attorneys. If you delay, however, then they will argue that your injuries must not have been that bad. If your injuries are severe, however, or you suffered significant loss, or want to sue on behalf of a loved one that was killed, then our office is ready to handle your case with compassion. Give us a call today, let us know about your situation and we will do our best to help you.