According to a 2009 Georgia Department of Transportation mileage report there are 54,746 statewide lane miles and almost 120 million daily vehicle miles traveled. Road congestion and deficiencies create hazards and danger to all auto travelers.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at Shane Smith Law.
Georgia multi-vehicle collisions often start innocently enough, with two cars involved in an accident. But there are a multitude of ancillary causes that can create a major accident, including:
- Inclement weather leading to decreased visibility;
- Heavy traffic creating stop-and-go conditions;
- Deficient road conditions, including potholes or road debris;
- Excessive speed.
Drivers involved in multi-car collisions often sustain serious injuries as each subsequent car impacts another. Head or soft tissue injuries may be exacerbated as a driver feels another impact. Serious vehicle damage may delay rescue and may require extraordinary means such as the Jaws of Life. First responders may also be delayed by the sheer number of vehicles involved and the number of people requiring medical attention.
The situation remains challenging even after drivers or passengers are extricated and receive medical attention. There are often several liable parties in a multi-vehicle accident and several insurance companies involved. Investigations into the cause of the accident, the responsible parties, and final police reports may be delayed. Insurance companies may complicate the process as they sort through the evidence and contact witnesses and victims.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer. Call Shane Smith Law to schedule a free legal consultation.