Because we depend so heavily on cars to get us around, auto crashes are a common fact of life. Unfortunately, many car accidents are avoidable. Victims of car accidents who have been injured through the fault of another person have a legal right to collect compensation for their injuries. The Atlanta car accident lawyers of The Angell Law Firm exclusively represent plaintiffs and have helped accident victims throughout Georgia recover money for their injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident, we will fight to protect your legal interests.Car Wrecks Are Common But Avoidable
No one is perfect, but acting carelessly behind the wheel can be deadly. Drivers who text while driving are more than 23 times more likely to cause a crash. About one quarter of all fatal accidents in Georgia involve drivers who were under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Although these statistics are sobering, countless Georgians get behind the wheel and engage in dangerous and negligent behavior every day.Georgia Law Provides a Remedy to Accident Victims
Someone injured in a car accident caused by the negligence of another person has a remedy under Georgia law. A negligence lawsuit allows the plaintiff to recover damages intended to compensate for physical, emotional, and financial injuries.
To bring a successful negligence lawsuit, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant:
- Owed a duty to the plaintiff;
- Breached the duty owed; and
- Engaged in behavior that was a cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
Every driver on the road owes a duty to others on the road to act reasonably behind the wheel. A person driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or while sending or reading text messages has breached this universal duty. If that person causes an accident, she could be held liable to the people injured as a result of her actions.
If their lawsuit is successful, victims of car accidents can recover compensatory damages. These damages are designed to compensate the plaintiff for his losses and come in two types. Economic damages are those that are quantifiable, such as lost wages, hospital bills, and property damage. Noneconomic damages are damages that cannot be easily reduced to a calculation, such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. There are also special damages available in wrongful death cases. Because there are many types of compensatory damages available, ask a knowledgeable attorney if you have a question about the damages to which you may be entitled.
In some cases Georgia plaintiffs may seek and recover punitive damages, which are intended to punish the defendant for egregiously bad behavior. In Georgia, uncapped punitive damages are available only in certain cases, but incidents involving someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol is one of them. Be sure to ask your lawyer about the types of damages you may be eligible to receive.
Even if the plaintiff was partly at fault, he may still be able to recover damages. Because Georgia follows the rule of modified comparative negligence, as long as the plaintiff was less than 50 percent responsible for the accident, the plaintiff can still recover a portion of his damages.Trust Your Case to an Experienced Attorney
Being involved in a car accident can put the rest of your life on hold. Because the sole focus of The Angell Law Firm is personal injury cases, our Atlanta car accident attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to aggressively litigate your car accident claim. Call (770) 217-4954 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.
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