Each year, thousands of people are injured or tragically killed on our nation’s roads. According to data released by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, the state recorded more than 385,000 car accidents in 2015 resulting in over 1,400 deaths. When compared to the prior year, 2015 had a 22.8 percent increase in roadway fatalities. Only eight counties in the Peach state experienced no fatal car accidents that year. The top ten Georgia counties with the highest number of car accident-related deaths are, in order: Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Chatham, Cobb, Hall, Bartow, Henry, Carroll, and Richmond.
Common Car Accident Injuries
There is a broad range of the types of injuries a car accident victim may suffer. These can be as minimal as minor bumps and bruises or as serious as death. Moreover, injuries suffered by those involved in an Acworth car crash may be temporary or permanent. Beyond physical damage to the person as a result of the impact, car accident victims may also suffer from mental health issues due to the accident. Some common car accident injuries include damage to the:
- Head and brain – commonly referred to as a “traumatic brain injury” (TBI), this type of injury occurs when a car accident victim’s head violently hits (or is hit by) an object. The resulting symptoms of a TBI can be mild or severe, depending on the extent of damage that was done to brain as a result of the impact. It is not uncommon for a victim of a TBI to have no visible signs of trauma. That being said, the victim’s brain may have been bruised, swollen or bled as a result of the injury causing symptoms to appear days or months later;
- Neck – a car accident can result in serious injuries to the neck, which is referred to as the cervical spine, and may include dislocation and/or disc injury. Mild forms of neck injuries include whiplash or neck strain, both of which can adversely affect someone’s ability to function on a day-to-day basis;
- Back – perhaps the most common part of the body that is injured in a car accident, injuries to the lower back may include sprains, strains, fractured vertebrae and herniated discs that may result in the need of a brace, pain medications (including block injections) or even the use of a cane to ambulate;
- Spinal cord – a bruise or tear in the spinal cord tissue nerves may occur in a car accident due to disc material, displaced bone fragments, or ligaments being injured as a result of the impact. Because these types of injuries typically affect the signals that are sent between the brain and the spine to the rest of the body, common symptoms include loss of function or feeling in the upper and/or lower extremities.
- Internal organs – damage to internal organs can be serious and should be treated immediately. Because internal organ damage is typically not visible to the naked eye, bleeding or bruising that affects the kidneys, liver, bowels, lungs, spleen, heart or aorta can be serious and requires immediate medical attention and possibly surgical intervention;
- Face – another very common injury due to a car accident, facial damage is likely due to the fact that on impact a driver’s face may hit the steering wheel. Likewise, a driver or passengers alike may suffer physical damage to their faces due to hitting the airbag upon deployment, smashing into the windshield or side windows or being cut by shattered glass.
What To Do After An Acworth Car Accident
If you or someone you care about is involved in an Acworth car accident there are a few things that should be done right away, if possible, but always after ensuring everyone involved is alright:
- Immediately seek professional medical attention – it is not uncommon for it to take hours – or even days – to feel the symptoms and effects of a car accident. If you are found to be seriously injured at the scene of the accident, you will likely be transported to a local hospital by medical first responders. If you are not seriously injured, you should still see a doctor within a few days of the accident to assess your medical status;
- Get the information of all parties involved – exchange of personal information should occur among all the parties involved in a car accident before anyone leaves the scene. Important information that should be obtained includes complete names, addresses, phone numbers, the accident case/report number, law enforcement’s name and badge number, as well as all parties’ insurance information.
- Try to say as little as possible – it is essential (although difficult) to not discuss details of the accident, argue with anyone, or admit fault at the scene of the accident. This is because any or all of these statements may be used against you by the other side during a trial proceeding on the personal injury lawsuit;
- Retain a Car Accident Attorney – if the car accident resulted in extensive physical injuries or property damage, you should immediately search for an Acworth car accident attorney to help you understand your rights and obligations under state law and pursue monetary damages to which you may be entitled.
The Importance of Proving Fault
Georgia is an at-fault state. This means that, unlike other states where laws mandate each party’s insurance company pay for its own policy holder’s damages to person and property incurred in an auto accident no matter who was at fault, establishing fault in Georgia is necessary to determine who will be financially responsible for damages resulting in an Acworth car accident.
In personal injury cases, fault is typically established one of two ways: through proving (1) negligence or (2) recklessness. Negligence is generally defined as the failure of a party to take reasonable care. Reasonable care is the same degree of care that a reasonably prudent person would have taken in the same circumstances. To successfully prove negligence, an injured victim must establish that the other party (1) owed a legal duty, (2) breached this duty owed, (3) the breach was the actual and legal cause of the injury, and (4) the injury resulted in damages. Recklessness, on the other hand, occurs when a party knew – or should have known – that his or her behavior were likely to cause harm. While fault can sometimes be obvious in a car accident (such as a rear-end or left-turn crash), often it is not so clear.
Car Accident Help in Acworth
If you are in need of a dedicated and aggressive car accident attorney Acworth, or anywhere else in the state of Georgia, contact the Roger Ghai Law Offices today. With years of experience representing injured victims, Mr. Ghai will fight diligently to obtain the monetary compensation you deserve and push for the best possible settlement. Click here today to schedule your initial case evaluation.