Conyers GA Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents can be some of the most traumatic events that a person will ever experience in their lives, and the recovery process can take months, years, or be an ongoing process for a long time to come. Making a traumatic car accident even worse is the financial troubles that can come with it, such as hospital and doctor’s bills, missed days at work, and the cost to fix your vehicle or purchase a new one. However, this is where working with an experienced Conyers car accident attorney will prove invaluable. The car collision attorneys of MG Law will aggressively pursue the at-fault party for damages, ensuring that you are not left with the large fee that another should cover for their negligent driving. Reach out to us today to speak with one of our compassionate car accident lawyers in Conyers today and to find out how we can help you achieve your compensation goals.
Negligent Driving in Georgia
The vast majority of traffic collisions in Conyers and around the country are caused by negligent drivers, meaning that the event could have been avoided if that driver (or multiple drivers) had operated their vehicles properly. Sometimes negligent driving is speeding, other times it is following too closely to the vehicle ahead. A detailed traffic collision investigation carried out by law enforcement will reveal who was at fault. This party is called the negligent party, and can be held liable for the other party’s damages. Sometimes, there is some confusion about who caused the crash, and other times multiple parties will be found negligent. It is necessary to have an attorney at your side who can successfully argue your side of the story and prove that you either did not cause the crash or that your actions only played a very small role in the crash, and that the other party should bear the majority of the blame. The more at fault you are found, the less compensation you will be able to receive, as explained below.
Modified Comparative Negligence
Pursuant to Georgia statute 51-12-33, negligence may be shared if both parties are found at fault. Georgia abides by the law of modified comparative negligence. Under this rule:
- A plaintiff may be compensated only if they are found to be less than 50 percent at fault; and
- The liability of the other party is reduced by the plaintiff’s fault.
What this means is that if you, as the plaintiff, were found to be 30 percent at fault for causing the crash (for an improper lane change, as an example) and the other party was found 70 percent at fault (for traveling 30 miles per hour over the speed limit), you would only be able to recover 70 percent of the total damages that you are entitled to. Comparative fault can quickly eat into the compensation that goes towards your medical cost and lost wages, which is why it is so important to seek the help of a qualified car accident attorney who has experience and a proven record of success in this specific area of law.
The Damages You may be able to Collect from a Conyers Car Crash
Injured parties may receive various types of compensation depending on the circumstances of their injuries and other crash-incurred costs. You may be entitled to compensation for your:
- Medical bills and future medical costs;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of joy of life;
- Permanent scarring or disfigurement;
- Lost wages;
- Lost earning capacity; and
- Property damage.
The amount that you receive depends on the experience and determination of your attorney, the assets or insurance policy of the negligent driver, and the severity of your injuries and other costs.
Driving is Becoming More Dangerous than it has Since Before the Time of Airbags
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 1,430 traffic fatalities in Georgia in 2015, which was a 22.9 percent increase from the year before. In 2016, roughly 1,500 people died, according to WABE.org, and in 2017, increasingly more people died on the state’s roads, showing a problem that is quickly growing out of hand. Georgia has not seen this many fatal crashes in more than a decade. These tragic numbers have ballooned as more people are driving than in the past half decade due to a better economy and lower gas prices. However, the real driving force behind the increase in fatalities often has to do with driver distraction, aggression, and impatience.
Technology’s Role in Driving up the Traffic Death Rate
As of 2016, the year with the most current numbers, Americans spend an average of five hours per day staring at a mobile device, according to Flury. Just three years before that, in 2013, that number was just 2.5 hours. It should come as little shock then to see the correlation between time spent on a mobile device and traffic fatalities; there are not suddenly two and a half more hours in the day. People are spending more time than ever before looking down, away from the road, while driving. Mobile devices are frequently used, while driving, to:
- Talk on the phone;
- Use GPS;
- Use social media websites;
- Answer and send emails; and
- Read the news.
Simply talking on the phone can cause serious distraction, while texting or browsing the Internet takes the driver’s eyes and mind of the road.
Frequent Contributing Factors to Motor Vehicle Collisions
Other factors that lead to collisions include:
- Driving while intoxicated;
- Driving while drowsy;
- Other forms of distraction;
- Aggressive driving; and
- Impatient driving.
A Car Accident Lawyer in Conyers is Available to Assist You Today
Our Conyers car accident attorneys at MG Law assist injured parties get back on their feet after car accidents by providing them with the highest level of legal assistance and resulting compensation that comes from persistent, meticulous legal work. We are here to help, and you can reach us today to set up a consultation at once. Call (770) 766-1636 for a free consultation with a car accident lawyer in GA.