Articles Posted in Car Accidents

Heavy trafficThe Atlanta-Journal Constitution is reporting that we can expect an increase in vehicle traffic of almost 3% this year. More cars on the road doesn’t just mean more traffic – it also means that your chances of getting into an accident are higher than normal. Recognizing this fact can help you be prepared so that you can keep your family safe. 

The car accident lawyers 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 our clients need to get them the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, we can help. Call us at 888-474-9616 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation about your case. 

Drivers Under the Influence

An urban sunsetIt seems like the dog days of summer have barely passed but already the days are getting shorter. Soon it will be time to turn the clocks back. In a 2001 study, the National Center for Biotechnology Information documented an increase in car accidents whenever we change the clocks. This could be due to a variety of different factors, but the reality is that the sudden change in available daylight can result in serious accidents. 

The personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd have been helping injured Georgians since 1992. We have the knowledge and experience you need to get the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, contact us at 888-474-9616 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help. 

Tips for Drivers

A severely damaged red carA new study released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sheds some interesting light on fatal car accidents. The report compares accident fatality rates between urban and rural areas and reveals some interesting conclusions. By studying where fatal car accidents happen, perhaps we can better understand their causes, and reduce the number of people who are killed in car accidents every year.  

At Slappey & Sadd, we stay abreast of these studies so that we can better understand the trends involved in our clients’ cases. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, or have a loved one who has been killed, we can help you get the compensation you need to put your life back together. We work with clients in Atlanta and other cities and across the state of Georgia. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, give us a call at 404-255-6677 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys. 

Fatalities in Urban vs. Rural Areas

A severely damaged red carCar accidents are traumatic events that can result in very serious injuries. If you’ve been injured, you may be facing weeks and months of recovery or even permanent disability. You may be unable to work or enjoy day-to-day living. All of this can take a significant toll on your mental health, adding to the challenges you are already facing. 

The Georgia car accident attorneys at Slappey & Sadd believe that accident victims deserve to be made whole. We pursue compensation on your behalf for more than just your unpaid medical bills – we have the knowledge and experience to value your entire claim, including the psychological harm you may have suffered. If you’ve been injured and need someone on your side, contact Slappey & Sadd at 888-474-9616 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. 

Anxiety

Heave traffic on a snowy roadIt seems hard to believe, but winter is right around the corner. Before we know it, the days will be shorter and temperatures will be dropping. Even though we don’t get “winter” like some of our northern neighbors, winter weather can still result in accidents across the state of Georgia.  

At Slappey & Sadd, we help injured Georgians get the compensation they need to make a full recovery. We understand the games insurance companies play and know how to win. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence and need help, call us at 404-255-6677 or visit us online for a free consultation.

Decreased Visibility

A car with a damaged front endFew things are scarier than a head-on collision. When traveling at high speeds, two vehicles colliding head-on can produce a tremendous amount of force, resulting in very serious injuries and even death. According to the Institute for Highway Safety, head-on collisions accounted for 56% of all car accident fatalities in 2017. 

The lawyers at Slappey & Sadd have been representing car accident victims in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia since 1992. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should talk with an experienced car accident attorney as soon as possible. We know how to get results and we know how to get you the compensation you deserve so that you can put your life back together. Call us today at 404-255-6677 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation to discuss your case.  

Common Causes of Head-On Collisions

A road signs that reads "wrong way"No one plans to be in a car accident. The experience can be overwhelming even if you’re not injured. In many cases, people think everything will work out ok, only to discover months later that the consequences were much more serious than they initially thought. Unfortunately, there are mistakes that you can make early on that can make your case much more difficult to prove. 

The car accident attorneys at Slappey & Sadd help people in the Atlanta area and across the Georgia area navigate the claim process to get the compensation they deserve. If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, we can help. Call us at 404-255-6677 or visit us online to schedule a free consultation today. 

Admitting Fault

Stopsigns with the text "wrong way"At Slappey & Sadd, we’re committed to helping accident victims get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives. We also believe that education is important, and we want to help Georgians avoid the errors that can undermine an otherwise valid claim. We covered a few of these mistakes in our prior post, and we’ll continue that discussion here. 

Failing to Follow Your Doctor’s Orders

Many of us are far too busy to spend time in bed recovering. We need to go to work to support our families, and can’t afford to take time off for doctor’s appointments or physical therapy. Unfortunately, failing to follow the prescribed treatment can result in a denial of your claim. Opposing parties will argue that failing to follow your treatment plan made your injuries worse or use it as evidence that you weren’t really injured in the first place. 

lawyer standing next to a gavel with the scale of justice behind himIf you suffer injuries in a car accident case that is not your fault, you could bring a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. As part of the claim, your lawyer will likely submit a settlement demand package. This package includes copies of all of your medical treatment records, bills, and lost wage documentation. A copy of the police report is also typically included.

Once the insurance company reviews the demand package, the adjuster may make an initial settlement offer on your case. These initial offers are usually very low and are not meant to adequately compensate you for your injuries, suffering, pain, and inconvenience. If the car accident case does not settle, your lawyer will likely file a lawsuit on your behalf in the court system, and the case will be litigated. Upon completion of discovery, the insurance company may make additional offers to settle your case.

If the at-fault driver’s insurance company still refuses to compensate you adequately for your injuries, you and your lawyer might decide to take the case to trial. The knowledgeable Georgia car accident lawyers at Slappey & Sadd, LLC have been taking car accident cases to trial throughout Georgia, including in Fulton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Muscogee County, Newton County, Richmond County, Troup County, Walton County, and Whitfield County. Call us today for assistance with your case.

Red car with dented door and front fenderBecause driving is so commonplace, we tend to overlook the inherent danger that we face every time we get behind the wheel. In addition, most car accidents are caused by surprisingly common behaviors and ordinary events. If you’ve been in a car accident, chances are that one of the issues below is to blame.

  1. Distracted driving. Even though we hear about the dangers of distracted driving every day, it continues to be a leading cause of car accidents in the United States. The most well-known distraction is the ubiquitous smartphone, but remember that distractions can come in many forms – eating while driving, dealing with young children, and talking with your passengers.
  1. Speeding. When you speed, it reduces the amount of time you have to react to road hazards and avoid possible accidents. In addition, it changes how your vehicle handles and increased the distance you need to stop safely.