Traffic signals are crucial to road safety in Sandy Springs. Without set rules, accidents can happen at any time. If a driver doesn’t follow traffic signals correctly, they could cause a collision with serious injuries or deaths.
A Sandy Springs failure to obey traffic signals accident lawyer can help. If you or a family member were hurt in a car accident, you have rights. John Foy & Associates can help you start building a legal case now.
We have been helping accident victims for over 20 years. Our attorneys know what it takes to build and win successful cases. That means fighting for the full compensation you deserve. To get started with a free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Types of Traffic Signal Accident Cases
There are many ways a motorist could disobey traffic signals. Everyone should be familiar with signals like:
- Red, yellow, and green lights
- Stop signs
- Left or right turn lights
- School zone signs
- Construction zones
- Pedestrian walk signs
- Flashing red or yellow lights
Driving is a privilege, not a right. If someone doesn’t know how to handle each traffic signal, they are not fit to drive. Some drivers might know the laws but refuse to obey each signal.
Aggressive driving, drunk driving, and being in a hurry are just a few reasons people disobey signals. No matter the reason, though, you shouldn’t have to pay for an accident you didn’t cause.
Talk to a lawyer about your rights. You will need to gather evidence of the driver’s failure to obey traffic signals that led to your crash.
Why People Disobey Traffic Signals
Traffic signal-related accidents often happen at intersections. For example, one driver runs a red light and causes a T-bone collision. Most of the time, driver negligence is the cause of a failure to obey traffic signals accident.
Common causes of these type of collisions include:
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Drowsy or fatigued driving
- Traffic violations
Sometimes, an accident happens due to traffic signal issues. A light might become dysfunctional, for example, and confuse drivers. When this happens, a government entity might be at fault rather than a driver.
Determining Fault in a Car Accident
You are likely entitled to compensation if someone else caused your accident. To build a successful case, our lawyers will need to prove the other party’s fault.
Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-1-6, you can recover damages after someone has breached their legal duty. Everyone in Sandy Springs has a duty not to act in a way that causes harm. If they do, it’s known as negligence.
Disobeying traffic signals is a type of negligence on the road. When a driver is negligent, their insurance company is responsible for the cost of the accident.
When a Driver Is at Fault
The at-fault party in this type of crash is usually a driver. Someone might run a red light or another traffic signal before causing an accident. Or the driver could be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If a driver was at fault for your accident, you’ll need to show how. A Sandy Springs lawyer can help you prove how the driver’s actions led to your accident.
When the City Is at Fault
Sometimes, a traffic signal stops working or malfunctions. If that leads to an accident, a local government could be at fault. Talk to a lawyer today if this could be the case for your crash.
You have limited time to bring a case against a government entity. Typically, you must provide written notice beforehand. You also usually have only six months to bring your case (versus two years for more injury claims).
When Road Workers Are at Fault
Some road workers are responsible for maintaining traffic signals. If a worker or company causes an issue, they could be liable for an accident. You might have a case against the company for an employee’s actions.
John Foy & Associates can help if someone’s negligence led to your accident. Our failure to obey traffic signals accident lawyers can help you gather evidence and build a strong case. Contact us today to know if you have a valid claim.
Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online today for a free consultation. There is no charge to you unless we win you money.
Damages from a Car Accident
If you have a valid case, you can seek compensation for your accident costs. We can help you file a claim with the driver’s insurance company.
Here are some examples of common car accident damages.
Medical bills often make up the most considerable portion of an injury claim. You might have costs like:
- Doctor and hospital bills
- Prescription medications
- Surgeries or other procedures
- Expert consultations
- Long-term care
It’s important to consider current and future medical costs. You will need to know all of your expenses before filing your claim to avoid paying any bills out of pocket.
You will probably have to miss work time because of your accident. This can include regular wages, bonuses, and other benefits. If your injuries force you to work less or take on a lower-paying job, you might be able to claim lost earning capacity.
You can also include vehicle repairs or replacements in your claim. This is very common in car accident cases.
Pain and Suffering
A car accident can affect your life in many ways. Pain and suffering damages account for physical and emotional suffering. These damages are difficult to calculate, so talk to a lawyer as soon as you can.
If you lost a loved one in an accident, you might have a wrongful death claim. John Foy & Associates can help your family determine if you have a case and what you can recover. A wrongful death case can include damages like:
- Medical bills
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral and burial costs
Call a Car Accident Lawyer in Sandy Springs Today
Time is limited after a car accident in Sandy Springs. If someone caused your accident after failing to obey traffic signals, call John Foy & Associates. We can determine if you have a valid case and help you get started.
Working with us is risk-free because we don’t charge a fee unless we win your case. You can start working with us at no cost today. Plus, the consultation is always free.
To get your free consultation, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.