Distracted driving accidents often could have been prevented. This is part of what makes them so frustrating and infuriating for the people injured in such collisions.
If you or a loved one were injured by a distracted driver in Duluth, a distracted driving accident attorney from our firm may be able to help. Our team can determine the monetary worth of your injuries and fight to secure that amount from the liable party’s insurance company.
How do I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
One way to file a lawsuit after a Duluth distracted driving accident is to get help from an attorney from our firm with experience in such cases. The legal process can be very complex and time-intensive, which is often too much to deal with if you do not know the law and are still dealing with the painful consequences of your accident.
The team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers has helped many people just like you file their cases and pursue just compensation. This process involves many steps, including:
- Investigating the accident: We can collect evidence to bolster your case from a variety of sources, including the police, your doctors, eyewitnesses, and relevant experts.
- Calculating damages: It is important to ask for a dollar amount that accurately reflects your past and current injuries, as well as the possible physical and financial consequences you may suffer in the future.
- Managing communication: Not only do we speak to the liable party and their representatives on your behalf, we also keep you updated on your case’s progress and respond to all questions promptly.
- Notifying the liable party: Our investigation can tell us if the distracted driver is the only liable party or if some other factor contributed to your accident. Then we can tell all liable parties that you expect compensation from them.
- Demanding compensation: This could mean negotiating with the liable party’s insurance company or taking the liable party to court. Either way, we are prepared to fight for as long and as hard as necessary.
One of the most critical factors to keep in mind when considering a lawsuit is the statute of limitations. This is a law that gives accident victims a limited period of time to take legal action against the party that harmed them. In Georgia, this time limit is two years, per O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33.
If you try to file a lawsuit more than two years after your accident, the court will probably not accept it. That is why it is a good idea to start your case as quickly as possible.
For a free legal consultation with a distracted driving accidents lawyer serving Duluth, call (404) 888-8888
Distracted Driving Accidents Can Be Expensive
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) reports that, in 2020, Duluth saw 96 injury accidents involving a suspected distracted driver. A total of 111 injuries resulted from these 96 crashes.
These types of accidents can cause any number of physical and psychological injuries, not to mention financial harm. A lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can fight on your behalf for compensation for:
- Medical care, including hospital visits, follow-up exams, medication, surgery, and certain travel expenses
- The cost of repairing or replacing your car, as well as the cost of using public transport or renting a car while your own vehicle was undrivable
- The temporary or permanent loss of wages that occurred when your injury prevented you from going to work
- Physical pain and suffering caused by your accident injuries
- Emotional pain and suffering caused by physical pain or psychological trauma
- Reduced quality of life, if you are unable to take care of yourself or your dependents without help
We can go over your case very carefully to determine which of these (and other) damages you qualify for. Then, we can collect evidence to prove to the insurance company that you truly deserve the money. Possible sources of evidence include:
- Tax information
- Statements from witnesses, doctors, or employers
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Wrongful Death Survivors Can Also Sue
If your loved one passed away after a distracted driving accident, we are sorry for your loss. Wrongful death survivors have two years from their loved one’s date of death to start a lawsuit, if they so desire.
Wrongful death lawsuits follow many of the same procedures as personal injury lawsuits: we still need to investigate the accident, identify and contact the liable party, and compel the insurance company to pay fair compensation. However, the types of compensation you can collect may differ in the following ways:
- You can only collect personal injury damages, such as medical expenses or disability, if your loved one never got a chance to file their own personal injury case.
- You can collect special types of economic (financial) damages, such as burial costs or loss of financial support.
- You can collect special types of non-economic (physical and emotional) damages, such as loss of companionship or bereavement.
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What Are Sources of Distraction on the Road?
Responsible drivers have to pay attention to many different things while behind the wheel, including:
- Traffic signs and signals
- The movement of other cars
- The movement of pedestrians and bicycles
- Unexpected developments, like an animal darting into the road
Unfortunately, for as many factors that a driver must watch out for, there is a potential source of distraction that could steal their focus just long enough for a crash to occur. These sources include:
- Cell phones and other devices that allow users to talk, text, look at content, take photos, and more
- The radio, air conditioner, GPS, and other devices built into the car that require human adjustment or interference
- Passengers who are very rowdy or otherwise distracting
- Food, drink, makeup, or other objects, if the driver tries to eat, drink, or put on cosmetics and drive at the same time
If a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they may be more easily distracted, increasing the risk of an accident.
Get Help with Your Distracted Driving Case
Call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today for a free case evaluation. We will tell you if and how one of our distracted driving accident attorneys can help you sue for compensation after a Duluth collision. You do not have to fight the liable party’s insurance company on your own.