Most of the time, people driving cars from one place to another do so without incident or excitement. However, when car accidents do happen, they can lead to serious injuries. Recovering from a car accident can rack up enormous medical bills, not to mention the potential length of time it may take to recover from your injuries.
Luckily, our lawyers are ready to help deal with the aftermath of your car accident. We can talk to hospitals to get medical records, interview witnesses, and take your case to court so you can get the financial compensation you deserve after you were wrongly injured in a car accident.
To have our car accident lawyers analyze your case, call Howe Law at (844) 876-4357.
Causes of Car Accidents in Peachtree Corners, GA
Car accidents can happen in a variety of ways. For example, an accident that happens because of a popped tire will play out differently than an accident that happened because someone was not following the speed limit. The cause of your accident is very important to our car accident lawyers. In court, you can only recover damages from defendants who you can prove have caused your injuries. Thus, the cause of your particular car accident is a very important part of the argument in your car accident lawsuit.
A common cause of car accidents is one driver not paying attention to the road like they are supposed to. Drivers can get distracted for many reasons. Common culprits include talking on the phone, getting engrossed in a particular song, texting, or talking with someone else in the vehicle. More recently, the advent of partially self-driving vehicles may lead drivers to become complacent and not pay as much attention to their surroundings as they may have without this feature. Most of these vehicles have this feature intended as “driver assistance,” meaning that the driver still needs to control their vehicle, pay attention, and make appropriate decisions on the road. If a driver chooses to preoccupy themselves with other things because they think they are free to do so because of driver assistance features, they could easily get into an accident.
Ignoring Traffic Rules
Another common cause of car accidents is drivers simply ignoring traffic rules. Some of these rules that drivers ignore are laws, and simply proving that the driver who injured you violated those laws in court can be strong evidence for your case. Speeding, running red lights, failing to use turn signals, and failing to yield to pedestrians are all things that are traffic violations that could easily lead to injury.
There are also many ways that drivers violate traffic rules that are not necessarily against the law but are still careless behavior. For example, tailgating and aggressively switching lanes may not be directly prohibited but are still very unsafe things to do, and such conduct can easily lead to a car accident.
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous. Intoxication limits the ability to make good decisions by removing inhibition and reducing one’s ability to react quickly to situations around them. This combination of effects behind the wheel of a vehicle can lead to disastrous consequences; many accidents involving drunk drivers result in fatalities.
Driving while tired or fatigued can also be considered impaired driving and is just about as dangerous as driving drunk. Much like the effects of intoxication, lack of sleep makes drivers sluggish and unable to react quickly to changing circumstances on the road. At worst, a tired driver can fall asleep at the wheel and thus lose control of their vehicle entirely.
Sometimes, an accident is not primarily the fault of the driver. In certain instances, car accidents happen because the car is defective. In law, something is considered defective when it is used in the way it is designed to be used but still malfunctions and injures the user. Examples of problems with cars that would make them defective include faulty airbag installation, brakes that do not work, or gas tanks positioned in such a way that the fuel is likely to combust on impact.
When an accident is caused by a defect, it is advisable to sue the car manufacturer or the entity that performed maintenance on the vehicle since those are two of the parties likely to have caused the defect, not necessarily the driver. However, it would be good practice to include both the driver and whoever caused the defect since the driver still may have had a part to play in the cause of your car accident.
Who Should You Sue in a Peachtree, GA Car Accident Lawsuit?
Taking the right people to court is just as important as forming a strong argument for your case. If you do not sue the right person, you cannot recover damages and will not be successful in your lawsuit. We will go over the main parties you may wish to include in your lawsuit below.
The most common target of car accident lawsuits is the driver, and you will want to include them in your lawsuit even if another party may be more responsible for your injuries. Chances are, the driver was at least somewhat responsible for the accident. Unless there is very strong evidence to the contrary, the driver should be in your lawsuit as a defendant.
Manufacturers can be sued if a defect with the vehicle causes your injuries. You can generally figure out if a problem with the vehicle helped cause an accident when a mechanic or other inspector looks over the vehicle after the accident happens.
If the driver who injured you was driving a company vehicle and doing a work-related activity, you may be able to sue their employer for your injuries. The law allows employers to be liable for their employee’s conduct so long as the employee was doing something related to work. For example, if a pizza delivery vehicle hits you on the way to drop off some food, you can probably sue your employer for their conduct.
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