Macon Car Accident Attorneys
Each year nearly 7 million vehicle accidents occur, resulting in nearly 3 million injuries and over 42,000 deaths. If you’ve been injured in an accident that was not your fault, whether by collision or due to interstate debris, the Macon car accident attorneys at Buzzell, Graham & Welsh can assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. Buzzell, Graham & Welsh focuses on motorcycle accidents, car accidents, and 18-wheeler truck accidents.
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If you’ve been injured in a car, motorcycle, or 18-wheeler truck accident, there are several phone calls you should make right away.
- Call for medical help if anyone in your vehicle or the other involved vehicles has been injured
- Call the police and/or fire department to file an auto accident report
- After gathering facts from the scene of the accident, contact a car accident attorney at Buzzell, Graham & Welsh before you contact your insurance
Do You Qualify for an Auto Accident Claim?
The most common cause of Georgia car accidents is driver negligence – if a driver has not exercised “reasonable care” while driving, either by ignoring traffic signs, violating speed limits, or driving while distracted, you should contact the Macon car accident attorneys at Buzzell, Graham & Welsh.
A car accident attorney will pursue all types of compensation, including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering from injuries
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning potential due to disability
- Possibly even punitive damages
Investigating an car accident goes beyond the filed traffic report and often involves experts in the field. Immediately contacting an attorney will allow our investigators to arrive at the scene before the evidence is removed, which will in turn drastically affect your potential settlement.
Car Accident Questions
Q: Who is liable in an auto accident?
A: There are a lot of different factors that go into deciding who is liable, such as the type of crash, local state traffic laws, possible distractions, and witness statements.
Read-end accident: When a driver is rear-ended, it is typically, but not always, due to the fault of the following driver.
Left-hand turn accident: If the accident was the result of a left-hand turn, traffic laws and other factors will come into play to help sort out fault.
Driver and Car Owner Liability: A very important factor to consider is who is driving the car and who actually owns the car. In some situations, the person who is driving may not be the only one at fault. A company, parent or friend could be at fault through “vicarious liability”, so it is important to be careful when you allow someone who does not own your car to drive it.
Q: What steps should I take immediately after my accident?
A: Auto accidents can be stressful, but it is important to keep a level head and ensure you do the following:
- If you are injured, seek medical attention immediately.
- Call law enforcement to the scene of the wreck and provide a detailed account of the accident.
- Contact a personal injury attorney immediately before critical evidence is lost
- Immediately notify your insurance company of the accident.
- Make sure to obtain a copy of the accident report from law enforcement officials and review it for accuracy.
- Take photos of the vehicles and all visible physical injuries for evidence.
- Do not discuss fault at the scene of the wreck and do not admit responsibility for any aspect of the collision, no matter how benign it may seem.
- Gather contact information from all witnesses, including any bystanders or people who stop to assist.
Q: What Should I Bring to My Consultation?
A: Providing thorough documentation and pertinent details at the beginning of representation can help ensure a full and proper investigation occurs. It is understandable that you might not have all of these items when meeting with your attorney, but it is important to gather all information and documents you do have. Bring the following to your consultation:
- Police reports
- Medical records
- Medical insurance information
- Any medical bills received as a result of the injuryVehicle repair costs
- Car insurance information and the “declarations page” of your auto insurance policy (ask your agent for a copy)
- Photographs of the damage to the vehicles
- Photographs of any visible physical injuries
- Any correspondence you may have sent to or received from another party
- Any proof of lost wages
- Rental car charges
Check out our What To Bring to My Consultation blog for a more information.
Q: What kind of information do I need to gather at the scene of the accident?
A: Make sure to keep a notebook in your glove compartment in the case you need to take down information. Here is a list of important items you will need to gather:
- Names of all drivers and vehicles involved
- Contact information of all parties involved
- Registered vehicle owners’ names and addresses
- Drivers license numbers
- Insurance companies and policy numbers
- Accident location
Q: What damages can I seek?
A: Here are few examples of damages that you could seek:
- Medical expenses: includes ambulance fees, emergency room bills, doctor visits, surgery costs, physical therapy bills, prescription costs
- Lost wages: lost pay from time missed at work, including time for which you have been forced to use accumulated sick leave
- Pain and Suffering: physical (and sometimes emotional) distress, physical disability, pain, loss of the ability to enjoy life, permanent disfigurement, and other elements affecting quality of life
- Loss of Affection or Companionship: an injured person’s spouse may claim these types of damages in the event the injured person is unable to fill the role that a spouse normally fills in the relationship
Q: What are common causes of auto accidents?
A: There are many factors that may cause or contribute to a car wreck. Many of these causes can be easily prevented if drivers simply pay attention to the roadway and act responsibly. Here are some examples:
- Drunk driving
- Reckless or distracted driving
- Failure to yield at traffic signs and lights
- Poorly maintained vehicles or design defects
- Unsafe lane changes
- Weather issues
- Driver inexperience (teenagers, new drivers)
Drunk driving accounts for a significant portion of auto accidents. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) estimates that there are 300,000 cases of drunk driving each day. Distracted driving is another common cause of car wrecks. It is estimated that drivers using handheld devices are four times as likely to get into a crash as drivers who are not distracted.
Read more about common causes in our blog, Top 8 Causes for Georgia Car Accidents.
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A call to the experienced car accident attorneys of Buzzell, Graham & Welsh will ensure you receive the amount of compensation you deserve from your accident.