Over 1500 people died last year on Georgia roads, and sadly, most of these deaths could have been prevented. Data from the Georgia Department of Transportation shows that most car accidents are caused by distracted drivers who may be talking or texting on their phones, impaired drivers who may have been drinking or taking drugs, and motorists who are speeding recklessly.
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Sadly, statistics also show that as adults, chances are we will be in at least one car wreck, and even worse, perhaps once every ten years or so. It is a numbers game, depending on how much you drive.
No matter what type of accident you are in, the experience can be extremely jarring, resulting in a serious surge of adrenaline flow throughout your body. It could be a matter of 10 to 20 minutes before you are able to get your bearings back, but at the scene of an accident you may need to act quickly. If you or any of your passengers have injuries, an ambulance should be called immediately. You may need to move your car out of the way of traffic, so it is not a safety hazard, assuming it is still functioning.
Law enforcement should be called to the scene and by that point, you should be talking to the other party. If they were at fault, it is critical to get their name, address, phone number, and all their insurance information, including their policy number. If you can get their work phone number too, that can be very helpful.
Take pictures of damage sustained to both vehicles if you have your smartphone handy and be sure to include the model of the car and license plate while photographing. All this information is important to your case and should be passed on to your car accident attorney. Note: while taking pictures, include everything relevant to the accident also like skid marks or broken glass in the road, a view of the intersection, and traffic lights.
If you or a loved one have been in a car accident due to the negligence of others, you may be quickly burdened with medical expenses, emotional trauma, serious pain due to injury, and more. With over 30 years of experience in accidental and personal injury practice, we will help you get the compensation you deserve. Speak with a skilled car accident lawyer from the offices of H. Lehman Franklin, P.C. Call now to learn more at 912-764-9616, or contact us online.