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Automobile Accidents

Car Accidents can drastically affect every aspect of your life.  With so many car and truck accidents, chances are you will be involved in a car or truck accident at some point in time. After an accident, most people are confused, vulnerable, and possibly injured. It can be very difficult to know where to turn or what to do next. First, if you need medical attention, please see a doctor or physician; you physical or emotional well-being is the top priority. Second, you need to seek legal guidance from a knowledgeable attorney who knows how to assist you in your specific situation. During the difficulties and confusion immediately following an accident, adjusters and attorneys for the insurance companies will often attempt to take advantage of victims by quickly persuading them to agree a settlement that does not cover all the costs caused by the accident, so the insurer can pay less money. It is crucial you have an attorney who will protect your interests to ensure you receive proper reimbursement for the loss already suffered by you and your family.

At Rhodes Law, we can’t “undo” an automobile accident, but we can assist you to get back on your feet afterward. A settlement or verdict is designed to compensate victims for all costs directly caused by an automobile accident such as medical expenses, lost employment wages lost while injured, pain and suffering, loss of time and enjoyment of family, friends, and activities, loss of services and companionship with spouses, legal expenses and others. This firm is dedicated to protecting victims of automobile accidents to ensure they are not taken advantage of by the insurance companies. We will answer any questions our clients may have, explain their legal rights, and help them through every step of this difficult process. Rhodes Law is committed to providing personal service to each of our clients and their loved ones and to restoring their lives after an unfortunate life event.

Injuries caused by an automobile accident can vary greatly and can be life-threaten to relatively mild. Regardless of the severity, injuries caused by automobile accidents can often not reveal themselves until several days after an accident, but can linger for a life time. Some of the most common injuries and symptoms include:

  • Whiplash
  • Concussions
  • Seizures
  • Back Pain
  • Broken/Fractured Bones
  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Loss/Lack of Motion  
  • Damage Organs
  • Internal Bleeding

The state of Georgia has a set of laws specifically created to prevent car accidents known as the “Rules of the Road”. When a driver fails to follow the “Rules of the Road” and causes an automobile accident that driver has been “negligent per se” and can be held responsible under these specific laws.

Some of the more commonly-violated Georgia driving laws in car accident cases are:

  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-49 (car accident caused by following too closely),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-48 (car accident caused by failure to maintain lane),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-180 (car accident caused by failure to drive at reasonable and prudent speed),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-72 (car accident caused by failure to yield at stop or yield sign),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-20 (car accident caused by failure to obey traffic control device),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-71 (car accident caused by failure to yield when turning left),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241 (car accident caused by a distracted driver),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241.1 (car accident caused by the use of wireless device by a person under 18),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-241.2 (car accident caused by texting and driving),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-91 (car accident caused by failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-56 (car accident caused failure to pass bicycle at safe distance),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-390 (car accident caused by reckless driving),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-391 (car accident caused by driving under the influence),
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270 (car accident caused by a hit and run), and
  • O.C.G.A. § 40-6-253 (car accident caused by the presence of an open container).

In addition to recovering the traditional damages, there are times when the law punishes a driver when a driver engages in extra egregious conduct that harms others. The driver and/or their insurance company can be forced to pay the harmed party additional damages as punishment for committing extra harmful acts. These acts can include:

  • The at-fault driver was intoxicated;
  • The at-fault driver was texting and driving;
  • The at-fault driver committed a hit and run;
  • The company that employed the at-fault driver knew the driver was dangerous, but let them drive anyway;
  • The automobile manufacturer knew the vehicle was dangerous, but sold it anyway;
  • Other situations authorized by the law.

 

When you or a loved one must deal with an automobile accident, it can be overwhelming and complex. To ensure you are protected in your path forward, please seek the advice and assistance of knowledge legal help. Rhodes Law seeks to provide you and your family with the best personal and legal services possible after an automobile accident.