Car accidents can be really frightening for Forest Park residents. The accident itself is hard enough, and the aftermath can also be confusing and emotional. Serious car accidents can change your life forever—and they often affect your family a great deal, as well. You might be unable to work as you once could, and it’s common for a car accident to result in chronic, life-changing pain from back, neck, or limb injuries. Dealing with an insurance company that doesn’t want to pay the full value of your claim can also be extremely frustrating, and it will feel very unfair—because it is. In those situations, you need a Forest Park car accident lawyer to help address your claims.
At John Foy & Associates, we understand what you’re going through because we’ve been helping car accident victims just like you for over 20 years. We know all about the most common ways car accidents affect families, and we want to help. We’re also experienced in helping you deal with insurance companies that aren’t willing to help, despite what you’re going through. That’s why we never work for insurance companies; we work for car accident victims and help them get the money damages they deserve after a crash. Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What Are the Most Common Injuries Associated with a Car Accident?
The type of injuries you suffer after a car accident will vary based on the type of crash. For example, you are far more likely to have whiplash if you were involved in a rear-end collision. Nonetheless, many injuries are common in all types of car accidents. Below are just a few examples.
1. Bruises and Scrapes
Although most cuts and bruising will heal over time, these can be some of the most painful (and noticeable) injuries after a car accident. They often result from being thrown into a car door or from flying objects in your vehicle during an accident.
Smaller bumps and bruises are extremely common and often easily treatable. But more serious internal bleeding and cuts are also common and can result in life-threatening blood loss. You may require stitches or surgery to correct these types of issues.
2. Soft Tissue Injuries
A “soft tissue” injury is the result of damage affecting your muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Although these injuries are hard to see, they can be extremely painful and are often accompanied by bruising and swelling.
Soft tissue injuries are rarely life-threatening, but it can take considerable time to fully heal from this type of damage. While many do heal with time, more serious injuries may require surgery that can have lifelong side effects.
3. Head Injuries
During a crash, your head can hit other objects in the vehicle, such as the steering wheel, car door, dashboard, or seat in front of you. In addition, your brain can slam up against your skull, causing internal harm. Brain bleeding and swelling can be fatal in some situations.
Some head injury can result in concussions. To make sure you don’t have serious head injuries after an accident, always see a Forest Park doctor as soon as you can for a thorough examination.
4. Back and Neck Injuries
An accident often forces your neck and back to move in unnatural ways. That’s why chronic neck and back pain are both very common after a car accident. Some injuries can cause nerve damage or other long-term problems. The cartilage between your vertebrae can also move or become damaged, causing pain when you move, sit up, or lay down. In some situations, surgery may be required to correct the issues caused by the accident.
How Do I Prove My Car Accident Case?
As a car accident victim, the burden is unfortunately on you to prove that your situation meets the legal requirements for a personal injury case.
It’s also your responsibility to show all the damages and losses you suffered because of the car accident. This task can be very difficult since it requires you to gather proof of estimates like loss of future potential earning capacity or the necessary medical expenses you may face down the road. Your attorney will help by contacting experts who can help prove these damages, increasing your chances of full compensation for the losses you endured.
But before addressing those details, you’ll first need to prove the very basic requirements of a car accident case in Georgia. If you take your case to court, the following items must be proven to a judge or jury before they can even consider your damages:
- The other driver had a duty of care to you
- That duty was violated or breached
- The breach of the duty caused your damages
- You actually suffered damages
In Georgia, every driver has a duty to operate their vehicle in a reasonably safe manner to protect others on the road. If they don’t do that and it causes a crash, legal liability is likely to result.
Proving the first portion of this is usually pretty easy to do. You can show the other driver violated their duty in a variety of ways, such as demonstrating they were:
- Speeding or driving too fast for road conditions
- Texting while driving or generally not paying attention to where they were going
- Disregarding a traffic sign or signal
- Driving while drunk or impaired
- Ignoring that you had the right of way
It’s easier to show a driver breached their duty when they also violated a law, such as speeding or ignoring traffic control devices. However, there are other ways a Forest Park driver could be legally responsible for your damages. A Forest Park car accident lawyer can help you determine the best methods for proving them.
Talk to a Forest Park Car Accident Lawyer for Free
When the insurance company is calling you and asking you for a settlement, you need to talk to an experienced car accident lawyer. Don’t agree to anything until you’ve had a chance to explore all your options with a member of our team. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000, or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.