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a model of a human spineIn many accident cases, the people involved feel “fine” immediately afterward. A day or two later, they’re still stiff and sore. Sometime after that, they start experiencing significant pain. In those situations, many people worry that they cannot pursue a claim since they didn’t seem injured at the time of the accident. Fortunately, this is not the case – you can still pursue a claim even if your injuries were not immediately apparent. 

Delayed Injuries Are Very Common

Thanks to the safety features that are standard in modern vehicles, many people are able to literally walk away from a car accident. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you weren’t injured. The tremendous forces exerted on your body in a car accident can result in serious injuries that aren’t always immediately apparent: 

a large transport truckTruck accidents are obviously some of the most dangerous accidents on our highways.18-wheelers are so much larger and heavier than the cars we drive that any accidents between the two are bound to be incredibly serious. Further, as the drivers of the noncommercial vehicles, we are at far greater risk of incurring life-threatening injuries in any such accident. If a negligent truck driver leaves you injured, consult with an experienced Atlanta-area personal injury attorney today – your rights and your rightful compensation matter.

Your Damages

If you’ve been injured by a negligent truck driver, you are likely facing a long road toward recovery, and obtaining compensation that covers your full range of damages is critical. The damages associated with truck accidents – in addition to property damage to your vehicle – are generally extensive and can include:

damaged crash barrier at the roadsideAcross the country, more and more states are legalizing marijuana every year in response to our changing attitude toward the drug. While the recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in Georgia, it’s important to remember that marijuana, just like alcohol, can cause impairment when someone gets behind the wheel. Driving while high can lead to serious car accidents that can result in severe injuries to innocent people. 

Georgia DUI Laws

Like every other state, it is illegal in Georgia to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. For alcohol, anyone who has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of more than .08 may be charged with DUI. Because there is currently no way to measure the content of marijuana in the blood, any presence of any amount of marijuana in the blood is sufficient to charge someone with DUI. 

clipboard with checklist attached Pursuing a claim for compensation is not easy unless you plan to accept the insurance company’s low-ball offer. Even if you don’t plan to go to court, you will need evidence to prove your claim no matter how obvious it seems to you that the other party should be held accountable for your injuries. Unfortunately, this can be overwhelming for many people who have suffered a serious injury. An experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney can help. 

The Basics of a Personal Injury Case

In any personal injury case, you will have to prove to the insurance company or the court that you deserve compensation. To put it another way, you will have to prove the following elements in order to successfully bring a claim: 

side mirror of a car showing highwayRear-end accidents are among the most common car accident cases we handle. A rear-end collision can result in serious injuries, leaving you unable to work or take care of your family. If you’ve been injured in a rear-end car accident, a Georgia car accident lawyer can determine whether you are entitled to compensation and help you understand your options. 

Liability in Rear-End Car Accidents

In a rear-end accident, the following driver is almost always at fault. Rear-end accidents typically occur because the following driver was negligent. Below are some common causes of rear-end accidents: 

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The car accident attorneys at Slappey & Sadd have been working with car accident victims in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia since 1992. We have the knowledge and experience to hold negligent drivers and their insurance companies accountable. If you’ve been in an accident and don’t know where to turn, call us at 888-474-9616 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. 

Rear-End Accidents Involve Intense Forces

Most rear-end accidents involve one vehicle that is moving and one that is stopped or moving significantly slower. As a result, the forces involved can be tremendous, particularly if the vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed. The larger the vehicle and the faster it is traveling, the greater the force exerted on the vehicle that is rear-ended. For this reason, rear-end accidents involving trucks can be especially dangerous. 

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