Car accidents are an unfortunately common occurrence in today’s society.
From hazardous, unavoidable conditions in our infrastructure to negligence
on behalf of our fellow travelers, there are more possible causes for
accidents on the road than possibly ever before. Atlanta is no stranger
to these causes, and we at Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. have helped clients
who have been injured due to many of them.
With the rise of technologies such as cell phones, electronic billboards
designed to attract attention, and even some forms of automobile technology,
it’s no wonder that today’s drivers are operating vehicles
in perhaps the most distracting circumstances in history. All of these
things, which pull your attention away from the road in front of you,
have also been known to cause accidents and often serious injuries. To
limit this, the state of Georgia has made it mandatory that all drivers
over the age of 18 use a hands-free device in order to make phone calls,
and the sending of text messages and “Internet data” is banned outright.
Speeding, Reckless Driving, & Moving Violations
Reckless drivers, street racers, or drivers who blatantly break laws designed
for safety (including speed limits, stop signs, red lights, and right-of-way
designations) can be just as hazardous to roads as a distracted driver.
These drivers can easily lose control of their vehicle and collide with
other drivers, pedestrians, buildings, causing large amounts of damage,
catastrophic injuries, and fatalities.
Rain, snow, ice, or even heavy fog can all contribute to unsafe driving
conditions, and cause a large number of accidents annually. Whenever visibility
conditions are limited, it’s always advised that drivers take extra
care when operating a vehicle by reducing speeds, allowing for extra stopping
distance, turning on your vehicle’s headlights, and looking carefully
around your car before making any maneuvers such as lane changes. Also,
be sure your vehicle’s maintenance is kept up to date by periodically
checking your tires, brakes, and windshield wipers, and replacing them
if they are worn out.
Road Construction or Poor Road Conditions
Bad road conditions, such as rough asphalt, road hazards (i.e. potholes),
and worn out road markings can lead to auto accidents, purely because
drivers are not aware of the operational procedures in that particular
area. This can also be true around construction sites, where confusing
cone patterns, poor or confusing road signage, distracted drivers, and
suddenly changing traffic flows can all contribute to a car crash. Be
sure to always slow down for construction sites and make sure you keep
an eye on the road in front of you to avoid collisions with any debris,
hazards, or suddenly stopping motorists.
Under the Influence or Intoxicated Drivers
Drunk or intoxicated driving is treated as a serious crime by the state
of Georgia, which has implemented large fines, jail time, and license
suspensions for those convicted of doing so. Drunk or otherwise intoxicated
drivers pose a serious threat to those who share the road with them and
are the reason for countless accidents, serious injuries, and deaths each
year. If you are going to be enjoying an alcoholic beverage, be sure to
do so responsibly, and plan for getting a ride home if you know you are
going to be drinking.
Goldstein & Hayes, P.C. we are a nationally recognized Atlanta personal injury law firm, focusing
specifically on catastrophic injuries. If you or a loved one has been
injured in a motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation
for your medical expenses, welfare, property damage, and more. We have
more than 60 years of legal practice experience and have recovered more
than $200 million in settlements for our clients.
We offer free initial consultations to new clients.
Contact us online or call our Atlanta personal injury attorney at (404) 869-8600 today.