Types of Car Accidents
In Atlanta, Georgia and elsewhere, car accidents can result in severe injury or even death. Though car safety has improved over the decades with the implementation of front-and-side airbags and seatbelts, the mass and speed of vehicles traveling on the road expose drivers, passengers, and nonoccupants to significant risks. One wrong move on the road — a distracted turn, speeding through an intersection — can have life-altering consequences.
Unfortunately, official traffic statistics paint a rather grim picture. In a study conducted by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, in 2015 alone, Georgia suffered 1,430 traffic fatalities and 19,405 serious traffic injuries, with passenger cars accounting for 39 percent of total fatalities.
Have you suffered a serious injury in an Atlanta car accident due to the negligent, reckless, or intentional acts of another? If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call (404) 418-8507 to get connected with an Atlanta car accident attorney at Ponton Law today.
Different Types of Accidents That Can Occur in Atlanta
Common car accident types include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Rear-end Collisions
- Poor Weather Accidents
- Side Impact Crashes
- Intoxicated Driver
- Fatigued Driver
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Speeding Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- Underinsured/Underinsured Driver
- Right-of-way Issues
There are clearly an enormous variety of car accidents, each of which requires special consideration when it comes to executing a litigation strategy.
The Type of Accident Influences Litigation
The type of accident that you’re involved in — and the class and number of defendants — will significantly influence litigation.
If the defendant-driver is an employee (who was acting within the course and scope of their employment at the time of the accident), then you may be entitled to sue and recover damages from the employer. The doctrine of vicarious liability is plaintiff-friendly and allows plaintiffs to hold an employer accountable for the injuries caused by the negligence of their employees.
If the defendant-driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, your case will not only be “easier” in the sense that you will not have to jump through hoops to prove that the defendant is liable, but — depending on how egregious the conduct of the defendant was — the court may award punitive damages. Punitive damages are rarely awarded in car accident lawsuits, but with effective legal advocacy, a DUI car accident case could potentially lead to a punitive award.
If the roadway was poorly designed or featured some hazard that exposed you to an unreasonable risk of injury, then you may be entitled to recover damages from the defendant(s) who designed and maintained the roadway. Generally speaking, Atlanta roadway hazards lead to premises liability claims (i.e., assertions that there was an unreasonably dangerous condition of property), which touch upon unique questions of duty and causation.
Consult With an Experienced Car Accident Attorney
Since 2008, Attorney James Ponton has litigated on behalf of Georgia injury victims and their families, and in just a short time, James was named a Georgia Rising Star (for the years 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016), an honor that is bestowed upon fewer than 2.5 percent of all lawyers practicing in the state of Georgia. Here at Ponton Law, the results speak for themselves: we have successfully recovered damages in a variety of injury lawsuits, including car accident cases, consistently achieving verdicts in excess of $500,000.
In his early career, Attorney James Ponton worked as an insurance defense attorney. By working “on the other side,” he learned a great deal about how to overcome the tactics employed by defendants and insurance companies.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call (404) 418-8507 to setup a free consultation with an Atlanta car accident attorney here at Ponton Law. We look forward to helping you with your claims.