According to Business Insider, drivers who fail to stay in their lanes are responsible for most fatal collisions in the state of Georgia. Other common causes of deadly accidents include speeding, drunk driving, and poor weather.
Crashes that do not result in fatalities often cause debilitating injuries, which can cost a veritable fortune to treat. According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, motor vehicle wrecks caused more than 115,000 injuries in 2013.
If you were hurt by a distracted, drunk, or negligent driver, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other damages. Attorney Robert Finnell can help you pursue the maximum settlement, and if your case goes to trial, he has the litigation experience to represent your interests in court. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation with a Rome auto accident lawyer from The Finnell Firm.
Let's take a look at four of the most common causes of car wrecks:
1. Distracted Driving
It is easy to associate distracted driving with texting, but anything that inhibits your visual, mental, or physical abilities behind the wheel is a dangerous distraction. Common examples include:
· Eating or drinking;
· Adjusting the climate or audio controls;
· Talking with passengers;
· Gawking at billboards or accident scenes; and
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, at least 3,477 people died in distracted driving crashes in 2015 alone.
2. Drunk Driving
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, alcohol contributed to nearly one-third of all fatal traffic accidents in 2014. In the state of Georgia, at least 3,699 people died in alcohol-related collisions between 2003 and 2012.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, speeding was a factor in about 27 percent of all fatal collisions in 2015. Speeding reduces the amount of time a driver has to react to unexpected hazards, and it increases the impact when an accident occurs.
4. Poor Weather
According to the Federal Highway Administration, nearly 27 percent of all collisions are weather-related. The vast majority of these crashes involve wet pavement, and nearly half of them occur during rainfall.
Even if poor weather contributed to your wreck, the other driver may still be liable for your medical expenses, lost income, vehicle repairs, and other damages. Most accidents - even those that involve inclement weather - are the direct results of human error.
Attorney Robert Finnell can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a personal injury claim. Mr. Finnell is an auto accident lawyer in Rome with a reputation for tough litigation and a strategy for winning substantial settlements and verdicts for his clients. He will help you avoid costly mistakes such as making a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster or overlooking certain damages.
Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation. You can learn more about car accident lawsuits in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.com.