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A red traffic lightIntersections are dangerous places when it comes to driving. In recent years, one-fourth of all traffic deaths and roughly half of all traffic injuries each year happen at intersections. In fact, the federal government reports about 2.5 million intersection accidents every year. Roughly 40 percent of all traffic accidents occur at intersections, the majority of those involving a vehicle turning left across traffic. However, where there are intersections, there often are traffic signals, and where there are traffic signals, there is someone running a red light. The results are frequently deadly. If you have been hurt in a red light accident, you should call one of our Atlanta car accident lawyers immediately.

Running A Red Light Is A Deadly Business

On average, red-light running kills more than two people every day each year. Traffic deaths caused by running red lights hit 939 in 2017, a 10-year high that was up 28 percent from just 5 years before in 2012. That number declined slightly to 899 fatalities in 2018, the most recent year for which final data is available. Of those deaths, 53 were pedestrians or bicyclists. Accidents resulting from running a red light have a significant impact on accident numbers and deaths. For example:

A person operating a power grinderA tremendous number of jobs, including virtually every manufacturing industry as well as construction and many of the trades, such as electrical work and plumbing, simply cannot be performed without the use of power tools. Hand-held power tools make many jobs easy that otherwise would be difficult and time-consuming, if not impossible. Getting new tires? Power lug wrenches make it quick. Home construction? Drills, nail guns, power saws, and other hand-held power tools help finish the job much more quickly, keeping costs down. The list goes on and on. Unfortunately, holding that much power in your hand can be a dangerous thing, and even in the workplace, where power-tool users are professionals, accidents involving power tools are all too common.

If you have been hurt in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Call us today to schedule a free case evaluation with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer.

Workplace Power Tool Accidents Remain A Problem

A car colliding with the rear of another carMany people sign up for uninsured motorist coverage (UIM) and forget about it. Unfortunately, UIM is not something that you can put on autopilot now and forever. Instead, you need to periodically review your policy to understand what is covered and see if changes are necessary. After the holidays and the start of the New Year is the best time.

The Law Does Not Require UIM, But You Need It

In Georgia, the legal requirement is for auto insurance companies to make uninsured motorist coverage available to drivers in every policy. There is no legal requirement for motorists to purchase this insurance, but they have every reason in the world to want and need it. UIM coverage is one area where people may have an inclination to be penny wise and pound foolish. Our very strong recommendation is not to do it.

An hourglassThere is no one set timeline for when your personal injury case will settle. It all depends on the individual facts of your case. The more complex the facts, the longer your case could take. The short answer is that a car accident settlement can take between several weeks to several years. Here are some factors that could determine how quickly you could settle your case.

Liability May Be Disputed

The first thing that an insurance company must do before it even begins to talk about settling a case is to determine who was responsible for the accident. Both drivers may say that it was the other driver who was at fault, and the insurance companies must consider the factual record to reach the decision. This may require an extensive investigation by claims adjusters who want to examine physical evidence and speak to the drivers multiple times. While most liability determinations are made within two months, there is nothing that binds an insurance company to that timeline.

A stopwatchIn your personal injury case, a lawyer is not a luxury – an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney is essential to getting the compensation you deserve. Not only that, but you need to retain an attorney at the first possible moment. Otherwise, your ability to recover financial compensation for your injuries may suffer. Here are three reasons why you should hire a personal injury lawyer immediately. 

Statute of Limitations

You have a limited amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under Georgia law, your time limit for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years from the time that you were injured. Once that deadline passes, you lose the right to file a lawsuit, and this is a hard limit. It takes time to file your lawsuit in court since you need to draft a strong legal complaint that would survive an initial motion to dismiss the case. The sooner you hire an attorney, the quicker they can get to work in beginning your case, so you are in no danger of missing any legal deadlines. 

A BMW with front-end damageHead-on accidents are among the most dangerous accidents in which a person can be involved. In many cases, victims are severely injured and incur tens of thousands of dollars in losses and are left with long-term medical problems that will never fully resolve. Thankfully, victims of head-on crashes can often recover compensation with the help of an Atlanta car accident attorney.

Head-on collisions typically do not occur in the absence of negligence on the part of at least one of the drivers involved. As a result, people who are hurt in head-on accidents are typically entitled to compensation for their accident-related losses under Georgia law. Some of the more common causes of these extremely dangerous accidents include:

● Speeding

Wrapped presents under the treeThe holiday season is always a busy time, especially for retail businesses. It is the season of giving, after all, and many observers predict that this is going to be a record-shattering year, especially for online retailers. All of that economic activity is great for getting people back to work during the pandemic, but it will also put significantly more delivery trucks than usual on the roads this December – putting us all at risk of involvement in an accident. Fortunately, if you are hurt in a crash, our Atlanta truck accident lawyers are here to help.

Avoiding Truck Accidents around the Holidays

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to avoid involvement in an accident with a commercial truck this year. Some of the most important are discussed below.

The aftermath of a car accidentThe police report can help your car accident claim. If the police have found that the other driver broke a traffic law, it will appear on the police report. The insurance company will use this when they are determining fault for the accident. While many cases feature two different competing versions of what happened in an accident, the police report could serve as an authoritative statement on the accident, and our Atlanta car accident lawyers will find it helpful. Simply stated, you need a police report from every car accident. 

What Is on the Police Report after an Atlanta Car Accident?

Police officers are presumed to be unbiased, and their accounts are given a lot of weight. The facts that they record are considered to be neutral. They may note things such as:

A Security CameraMost people think of premises liability cases as slip-and-falls. However, property owners have more obligations to people on their premises than just keeping the walkways clear and in good condition. They must also provide adequate security for guests on their property. If you are assaulted on someone else’s property, you may be able to file a lawsuit for a lack of adequate security. 

Assaults in Georgia stores and businesses are on the rise. There have been disturbing recent incidents of unprovoked attacks on customers, including one brutal assault in a convenience store in Athens. Attacks do not just include assault and battery. Some customers or guests are sexually assaulted on someone else’s property. If you are assaulted on someone else’s property, you should contact a Atlanta personal injury lawyer immediately.

You May Be Compensated if Assaulted on Someone Else’s Property

Two people raising glasses at a tableAs Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are looking forward to a long weekend involving rest, relaxation, food, and drink. Unfortunately, sometimes, people drink to excess over the holiday weekend, and Thanksgiving is known as a time when there are more drunk drivers on the road than usual. In fact, the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving has been dubbed “Blackout Wednesday” as it’s consistently among the busiest nights of the year for bars.

While the Coronavirus pandemic may make this Thanksgiving look a bit different than other years, it’s still important to be on guard for drunk drivers on the road. In the unfortunate event that you are injured in an accident this Thanksgiving, be sure to call one of our Atlanta car accident lawyers as soon as you can.

How to Avoid Drunk Drivers this Thanksgiving

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