Holidays are quickly approaching, meaning many of us will travel to spend time with our loved ones. This is supposed to be a joyous time, but with so many people on the roads, there are often car accidents that turn the holiday season into a nightmare.
Car accidents can leave you with physical injuries that prevent you from working, which means lost wages, and they can cause emotional pain as well by keeping you in the hospital or in physical therapy instead of spending time with your family. Spending time with family is one of the most important parts of the holiday season, and no one should miss that because of someone else’s negligence.
No one wants to be in a car accident. However, the good news is that if the car accident you where in was caused by the negligence of another driver, you have the possibility of receiving financial compensation for the injuries and suffering you have suffered.
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we want to fight for you. Financial compensation can’t reverse what happened in a car accident, but it can help justify your situation, especially if you’re struggling with lost wages from missing work because of your injuries.
What counts as negligence?
Drunk driving is a crime and one of the most serious problems during holiday celebrations, but it is not the only type of negligence. There are numerous causes of distracted driving that do not include illegal substances. Did you know that over 50% of accidents are caused by young adults who are distracted? Some of the things that are distracting them, and many of us, are:
- Talking on the phone or texting. Even though this is now illegal in the state of Georgia, many people still do it, and there can be disastrous consequences.
- Eating and drinking. Even drinking a non-alcoholic beverage can reduce reaction time when driving, which can cause an accident.
- Talking with people in the car and fiddling with controls such as the temperature and sound can divert a driver’s attention for 3 to 6 seconds. A few seconds doesn’t seem like a long time, but a driver can miss important information in those seconds that can lead to a life-changing accident.
- Checking the GPS or another electronic device can also put people at risk of an accident. New technologies are helpful, but people must use them wisely.
When other drivers partake in these types of distractions, they put you and your loved ones at risk. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident because another driver was distracted, please contact us. The holiday season is about helping other people, and we want to help you get the compensation you deserve.
What should you do after the accident?
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers wants to offer you some helpful legal advice on what to do after you’re in a car accident. This information is an important part of receiving fair compensation.
- Do not accept an advance payment without consulting a lawyer. After your accident, it is very likely that the insurance company of the person who caused the accident will try to contact you to offer you an agreement in advance. We recommend that you first consult with a lawyer who specializes in car accident compensation to avoid being tricked into accepting lower compensation than you deserve. Many insurance companies offer these advance payments to avoid paying you more money in the future. For example, if your medical expenses become higher than expected, they would have to pay you more money than originally planned, which they do not want to do.
- Keep copies of medical treatments following the accident. To obtain compensation for your car accident injuries, you will need to keep records of all of the details of your medical care: receipts, copies of your condition upon entering and leaving the doctor, registration of all the doctors, chiropractors and physiotherapists who treated you, medications and treatments you received. Then, share all of this documentation with your lawyer, who specializes in car accidents.
- Consider suing the driver. As you file your compensation claim, you will learn about additional legal options. One of them is to file a lawsuit and initiate a civil proceeding against the driver who caused his accident.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers specialize in helping people after car accidents. We will help you find the best compensation for your accident because we understand the physical and financial suffering you’ve been through. Call us now for a free consultation.
Seth Bader is an Auto Accident and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.