One of your attorney’s primary goals is to find out how the crash occurred and to hold the responsible party accountable for causing the crash, while fighting off false allegations that you had a hand in causing it. It may be easy to prove that the other party was speeding, by analyzing their skid marks, but it can be more difficult to prove that you were not doing something unlawful as well, such as sending a text or drifting out of your lane of traffic. The other party, including the driver as well as their insurance company, may use any excuse to place as much of the blame onto your shoulders as possible. Our job is to see through these falsehoods and, if necessary, help the court see through them as well. We work closely with law enforcement, private investigators, witnesses, and expert witnesses when the occasion calls for it. Car crashes generally happen due to distraction, aggression/impatient or recklessness, DUI, or drowsy driving.
- Distracted Driving – According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia has some of the most distracted, irresponsible drivers in the nation. In fact, our state ranked third highest amongst those who reported texting and driving, which increases a driver’s chances of being involved in a traffic collision by 23 times, according to the New York Times. Texting and talking on the cell phone are not the only ways in which drivers distract themselves and cause crashes. Reaching for a moving object increases a driver’s chances of crashing by nine times, looking out the window at an object increases the chances of crashing by 3.7 times, and grooming or applying makeup increases the chances of crashing by three times.
- Aggressive/Impatient or Reckless Driving – It is common to get on the highway and see driver after driver cut others off and weave in and out of lanes, all while going 15 or 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. Aggression or impatient driving is another leading cause of motor vehicle collisions. Behind the wheel of a car, nearly everyone can feel powerful, particularly because identities are hidden and people feel like they can get away with rude or improper behavior. Research has also shown that those who view their car as an identity of themselves are more likely to be aggressive drivers, according to Consumer Reports.
- Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs – Alcohol and drugs, particularly prescription opioid medication, which has become an epidemic in recent years, both cause serious impairment of a driver’s reaction time and decision making. Driving under the influence is a large problem in Georgia and across the country.
- Drowsy Driving – Falling asleep at the wheel, or nodding off for a few seconds at a time, is just as dangerous as driving drunk. Even driving on an impaired level of sleep slows the driver’s reaction time and decision making abilities. And, many drivers admit to falling asleep at the wheel or driving drowsy. It is a common contributing factor to many car crashes.