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Alpharetta Car Accident Attorney
Car accidents are the highest cause of personal injury claims in every state across the country. In Georgia, more than 132,000 people were injured in car wrecks in 2003 according to crash statistics provided by GDOT. With so many injuries occurring annually, it goes without saying that the parties responsible for causing these crashes should be held accountable for the injuries involved.
At The Kalka Law Group, we handle all types of motor vehicle accident claims, including those involving Uber & Lyft drivers, drunk driving, uninsured motorists, and aggressive driving. We encourage you to become familiar with this website to obtain more information about our areas of practice.
To learn more about filing a claim for compensation, please contact an Alpharetta car accident attorney from our firm directly.
Dealing with Insurance Companies
One of the first things you need to do after a car accident is to call your insurance. If you say the wrong thing, this can undercut any claim that you file. Before you speak to any insurance company, be sure that you know what to do.
The right legal counsel can help navigate you toward success in filing your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), in 2011 alone more than 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes and another 387,000 were injured. Of all the forms of driver distraction, the most common and deadliest form involves texting while driving.
Uber & Lyft Accidents
If you were in an accident in an Uber or Lyft that resulted in serious injuries, we can help you seek the proper compensation to cover the damage done. Additionally, we can also represent you if you were driving your own vehicle and were struck by a rideshare vehicle. These can be complicated cases best handled by a professional injury attorney who knows the laws surrounding these types of claims.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Despite the nationwide campaigns put on by MADD and law enforcement agencies, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs remains a major cause of car accidents and fatalities in the United States. If you were injured or if your loved one was killed at the hands of a drunk driver, you deserve ample compensation to cover all of your economic and non-economic losses.
Uninsured Motorist Claims
Georgia is among the states that have a problem with having too many uninsured drivers on the roads. When you are involved in a collision with an uninsured driver, you can file a claim under your own auto insurance policy's uninsured motorist coverage providing you did not reject this coverage in writing.
Your attorney is one of the first people you should contact after a crash.
Some of the Most Common Types of of Car Accidents Are Explained Below:
One of the most common types of crashes, especially during heavy traffic, is a rear-end collision. This is exactly what it sounds like: one car hits the other from behind. In most cases, this is caused by a driver who is tailgating, driving too fast, or swerving into another lane. It can also happen during traffic where the driver in front stops and the drive behind is distracted. Due to this, rear-end accidents usually pin liability on the driver who was behind, not the driver who was in front.
That being said, there are certain situations where the driver in front can be held liable; for example, if they were reversing or if they swerved in front of another driver. A common injury that is sustained in rear-end accidents is whiplash, where the driver in front is projected forward and then slammed back when they hit the end of the slack in the seatbelt. This can cause the neck to move past the normal range of motion, causing stiffness, pain, and other symptoms.
This is the exact opposite of a rear-end accidents and involves two cars driving into one another head-on. In most cases, this is caused by a driver swerving out of their lane into another, attempting to pass on a two-lane road, or even going the wrong way down a one-way street. All of these can have similar effects: causing the driver to drive straight into one another. This is especially dangerous because if it involves two cars of similar weight and size, it has the same effect of driving into a solid wall-causing the vehicle to stop abruptly. The crash then causes the kinetic energy to turn into mechanical energy, which results in catastrophic injuries. Even crashing into a parked car is considered a better alternative since the car could move a little.
Most commonly occurring in intersections, side impact accidents, also known as broadside accidents, occur when one vehicle drives into the other vehicles side. This causes the two vehicles to form a shape akin to a capital "T," giving it the nickname T-bone accident. Common causes include drivers that run a red light, fail to yield, or make an illegal left turn. While the "crumple zones" of a vehicle help to absorb the energy of the impact, they do not completely protect the driver and passenger(s). In fact, individuals involved in side impact accidents are often afforded little protection, with nothing but the door and space between them and the oncoming vehicle. This can lead to catastrophic, and even fatal, injuries being sustained.
Car accidents do not always involve more than one vehicle. While most people consider multi-vehicle accidents to be the norm, there are cases where one vehicle alone can be involved in a collision. This could occur from human error (speeding, driving while intoxicated, or being distracted), or it could stem from environmental factors, such as inclement weather. Other causes of single-vehicle accidents include dangerous roadways and defective auto parts. In these cases, a pedestrian who was injured may be able to file suit, or you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the government for failing to upkeep the road or the manufacturer of the faulty part.
One frequent type of accidents is a "rollover," which involves the vehicle literally rolling over onto its side or top. There are two main categories of rollover accidents: tripped and untripped. Tripped rollovers may occur from the vehicle hitting something, such as a curb or another vehicle. Untripped rollovers, on the other hand, occur from the driver taking a curve too quickly, speeding, or friction. A contributing factor to these types of accidents is the center of gravity in the vehicle. In cars such as SUVs, the center of gravity is too high, which throws everything off, making them more susceptible to rolling over. This can result in the driver and passenger(s) being ejected from the vehicle, as well as roof crush and the windows shattering.
What is your next step if in a car crash?
If you have been involved in a car wreck, there are certain steps you must take to ensure that you are adequately compensated. The first would be to consult with an Alpharetta accident lawyer who has a detailed understanding of insurance companies' defense strategies and how to effectively fight them for compensation.
With their counsel and assistance, you could file a claim and successfully negotiate with the insurance companies or fight aggressively in court to recover the damages you deserve.
It may also be the case that you have been hit by a driver with no insurance, in which case your attorney should also be skilled in uninsured motorist claims. The Kalka Law Group could provide the assistance you need, so call now and schedule an appointment with a member of our team!
Over Two Decades of Legal Experience
As a former defense lawyer for large insurance companies, Attorney Tony Kalka understands their strategies and could provide insightful and aggressive representation on your behalf. You deserve to have your injury expenses covered by the liable party, so retain our firm today for skilled legal representation. We have practiced for more than 30 years and are prepared to obtain the highest possible amount of compensation for your case.
Our firm offers a free case evaluation, so call now (678) 270-2377 or fill out our online contact form to request yours today.
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