Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys Provide Legal Assistance
When drivers fail to follow the rules of the road responsibly, accidents happen and innocent people get hurt. The Georgia car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., are a dedicated team of legal professionals who devote their practice of law to helping victims of negligence get on the road to recovery.
Georgia Car Accident Fatalities and Injuries
Since the introduction of automobiles into society, 1.3 million people die in traffic accidents annually worldwide. Accident fatalities are the leading cause of death among people aged 15 - 29, and, in the U.S., car accident injuries and death lead the statistics for people aged 3 - 33.
Sadly, those sharing the road with cars - pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists - are nearly half of the fatality statistics at 46 percent. In fact, the first fatality in a car accident occurred in 1899 when an automobile struck and killed a pedestrian. In the United States, there were also 22,187 vehicle passengers killed in 2010. These are the innocent victims referred to above, and it is a large number.
Besides fatalities, car accidents cause severe, and often permanent, injuries. When a car is moving, people and objects in the car also move at the same speed. While the car itself stops suddenly at impact, people and things in the car don't stop until they hit something like the windshield, seats or steering wheel. Even the seatbelts protecting the occupants cause injury.
Any part of the body is susceptible to injury in a car accident. These are common areas injured:
- Connective tissue
- Spinal cord
- Internal organs
Georgia Car Accident Damages
Under Georgia law, the purpose of a civil claim is to make someone whole after sustaining injury by the negligence of another. Unfortunately, there is no way to bring a loved one back to life or to restore your health after irreversible damage due to injury. The law allows monetary damages to ease the financial burdens resulting from a negligent act. Experienced Atlanta auto accident attorneys, like those at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., can ensure that you receive full compensation.
Under Georgia civil law, there are three categories of damages: economic, noneconomic and punitive:
- Economic damages
Economic damages are tangible, financial-related and allow present and reasonable future expenses. Economic damages include property damage, medical expenses, lost wages and loss of earning capacity.
- Noneconomic damages
Noneconomic damages are intangible, and it is difficult to put a value on these damages. Noneconomic damages are things that have a detrimental impact on your quality of life, like pain and suffering and loss of consortium for your spouse.
- Punitive damages
A jury can award punitive damages in cases where the negligent act showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others. An example of this is intoxication. Under Georgia law, these damages have a cap of $250,000 unless the liable party acted with intent.
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While the person who caused the accident holds liability, the automobile insurance carrier defends the claim. Insurance companies are big business, and the bottom line is profits. Profits do not rise by paying out claims, so it is to their advantage to settle claims as low as possible. It is important that you have legal counsel experienced in personal injury claims. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., make reasonable attempts to settle your claim without the time and cost of extended litigation. However, if necessary, these Georgia car accident lawyers do not hesitate to take a claim to trial to ensure that their clients receive the full compensation to which they are entitled to under the law.
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