Atlanta Car Accident Attorney
Glass & Robson Trial Attorneys
The Atlanta car accident attorneys at Glass & Robson, LLC devote more of their time to representing individuals injured in motor vehicle collisions than any other area of practice. But most importantly, they do not take on these cases merely to settle them pre-suit or pre-trial if the liability insurers do not make a reasonable settlement offer. The most effective way to ensure that insurance companies meet their responsibility is to make sure they know that their opposition tries and wins cases in the courtroom.
The attorneys at Glass & Robson are some of the most highly sought out car accident lawyers in Atlanta as they specialize in several types of automobile collision including Head-on card accidents, side impact car accidents, rear-end car collisions, Hit and run accidents, drunk driving, Uninsured and underinsured claims as well as bus accidents.
Road wrecks, whether involving 18-wheelers or regular passenger vehicles, are the single most common and most deadly form of personal injury in the United States. There are more than six million road wrecks every year in the United States. Sadly, a person dies in a road wreck every 12 minutes in our country.
This amounts to 40,000 deaths per year. Most of these are not “accidents” – they are serious collisions that arise from the negligence of another driver. You need a Georgia auto accident law firm that has the experience and skill set to help you recover the most money in your case.
A head-on collision occurs when the front end of two vehicles hit each other. Head-on collisions often result in the most catastrophic injuries because of the excessive amount of force that is generated between two cars at impact. If two vehicles collide head-on, with each traveling at 50 mph the combined speed would equal 100mph. The reason for this is a law of physics called the momentum conservation: In a collision occurring between car 1 and car 2, the total momentum of the two vehicles before the collision is equal to the total momentum of the two vehicles after the collision. Head on crashes often occur when passing, but can also be caused by driver inattention.
SIDE IMPACT COLLISIONS
A side impact car accident, or also known as a T-bone car accident, occurs when a car is hit by another car on the side creating the appearance of a “T”. Side impact car accidents can occur to the front passenger side, back passenger side, front driver side, or back driver side. Because of the location of impact during a side impact crash the driver and passengers occupying the car are at great danger for injury, whether or not of they are wearing a seat belt. While a seat belt greatly minimizes injuries in a car accident by keeping your body stationary, it does not help avoid the major injuries associated with side impact crashes.
Motorists involved in automobile side-impact crashes are three times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury than people involved in head-on or other types of collisions, according to a university study.
A rear-end collision happens when one car crashes into the back of another. This typically occurs because a driver is tailgating or the car in front stops in a panic. The typical scenario for a rear end collision is that a car in front suddenly slows down or stops (for example, to avoid hitting a dog), and the car that is behind it does not have time to react and subsequently collides with the rear end of the car in front.
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of car accidents. Rear end accidents are one of the most common types of accidents that happen. In 2006, for example, there were 1.8 million rear end accidents reported. This accounts for 29% of all of the injury crashes that occurred in the U.S. There are over 6 million car accidents that occur in the country every year and around 31% of these are rear end collisions.
Causes of rear-end collisions include speeding, inattention, tailgating, unsafe lane change, weather conditions, road conditions, and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
HIT AND RUN INCIDENTS
A hit and run collision occurs when a person operating a motor vehicle causes a collision to another vehicle or pedestrian and does not stop and provide his or her contact and insurance information. Motorists that cause hit and run collisions are often under the influence of alcohol or drugs and think they will be able to avoid liability and criminal prosecution by escaping the scene.
Hit and run charges are serious in Georgia and often give rise to both criminal prosecution and a subsequent civil suit if someone is injured. If the unidentified motorist escapes, you may be required to pursue your underinsured or uninsured motorist policy through your own insurance. This is a common scenario. We handle these types of cases on a daily basis and will be happy to explain your options to you.
FAILURE TO YIELD
Failure to yield right-of-way is one of the leading causes of accidents in the United States and is responsible for approximately 14.7% of all car wrecks. A failure to yield accident occurs when a driver’s refuses to follow the right-of-way rule and causes a car crash. Many motor vehicle accidents, particularly side-impact collisions, pedestrian accidents, and collisions with bicycles are caused by a failure to yield the right-of-way.
There are many types of Georgia failure to yield accidents including the following:
- Failure to yield to vehicles with right-of-way at a stop sign
- Failure to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left-hand turn
- Failure to yield at a pedestrian cross walk or when the pedestrian otherwise has right-of-way
- Failure to yield to cross traffic at a red light
- Failure to yield to an emergency vehicle when its lights and siren are engaged
- Failure to yield to traffic in the street when backing out of a driveway or parking lot
- Failure to yield when entering a freeway from an onramp
Accidents caused by drunk drivers often cause some of the worst injuries, sometimes including fatalities. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle collisions that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 seconds.
In Georgia, the impact of DUI cases is no different. In 2008 alone, there were 1,493 fatalities caused by alcohol-impaired drivers. In Georgia, a driver is considered “under the influence” with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
Most DUI wrecks occur in two-car collisions, however, sometimes the most devastating injuries are suffered by victims of DUI crashes while walking or on a motorcycle or bicycle.
In addition the criminal aspect of a DUI case, which will be handled by the county district attorney’s office where the driver was arrested, individuals and families that have suffered injuries as a result of a drunk driver are entitled to seek compensation in a civil suit. Our firm has handled many DUI cases and each one has resolved successfully and resulted in a substantial monetary settlement for the client.
If you are in an accident and it turns out that the person that hit you does not have insurance, are you out of luck? The answer, unfortunately, is that it depends. It’s important that we all make sure that our insurance policies include “underinsured or uninsured motorist” coverage. If you have “UM” coverage, this protects you. It’s often difficult for clients to imagine that they may be adverse to their own automobile insurer, but that is exactly how UM coverage works. For example, if you are in a car wreck caused by a drunk driver that does not have any insurance (and you are smart enough to have UM coverage), you would need to notify your own insurer of the accident and the insurance company would be responsible for your medical bills and pain and suffering. UM coverage also comes into play when a person causes a wreck and does not have enough insurance to pay for your medical bills and pain and suffering. In that case, you would be drawing against your underinsured motorist coverage and your own insurer would potentially be responsible for any damages above the policy limits for the at-fault driver.
Bus accidents are a serious problem, especially in and around major cities like Atlanta. Bus drivers are held to heightened standards as a common carrier and can be held liable for injuries caused to other motorists or pedestrians. The size and force of buses that cause injuries make victims susceptible to more serious and catastrophic injuries than those that result from smaller vehicle collisions. Glass & Robson has represented numerous clients in bus-related collisions.
Glass & Robson handles these cases on a daily basis and can help you navigate your options and make sure that you obtain the best result possible for your injuries.