Car Wreck Lawsuits in Atlanta
Head-on collisions can cause serious injuries. Atlanta car accident attorney Terrence R. Bethune founded The Law Office of Terrence R. Bethune in 1997 to help injured Georgians get compensation for their injuries. If you have suffered harm in a head-on collision caused by a negligent driver, The Law Office of Terrence R. Bethune can help you.
Head-On Collisions Are Some of the Most Dangerous
Each year in Georgia there are between 7,000 and 8,000 head-on collisions, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Of these, about 190 are fatal. Head-on collisions have such a high fatality rate because they involve the full force of two cars driving in opposite directions. A person injured or a family who has lost a loved one in a head-on collision can file a lawsuit to seek compensation for their injuries and losses.
Georgia Law Protects Victims of Head-On Collisions
A person injured in a head-on collision caused by another person or entity can file a lawsuit to seek compensation for his injuries. Most of these lawsuits allege negligence on the part of the defendant and require the plaintiff to present evidence that shows:
- The defendant owed the injured a duty;
- The defendant breached that duty; and
- The defendant's actions were a cause of the plaintiff’s injuries.
A driver in Georgia owes a duty to other people to drive the same way a reasonable person would under the same or similar circumstances. If a driver is distracted or drunk and veers into oncoming traffic, the driver has likely breached this duty. A head-on accident caused by such a driver could expose that driver to liability for the injuries caused by her actions.
Even if the victim of a head-on collision may have been partly at fault for the accident, Georgia law does not automatically prohibit a lawsuit. Plaintiffs who were less than 50 percent responsible for the accident may file a lawsuit and, if successful, collect a portion of their damages. Contact an experienced attorney for advice if you think you were partly at fault for your accident.
Plaintiffs Who Bring a Successful Suit Can Be Awarded Damages
A person injured in a head-on collision who brings a successful negligence suit can collect damages from the defendant. The jury can award damages to compensate the plaintiff for the costs associated with the injury, like hospital bills, lost wages, and repairs to the vehicle. Further, the jury can award damages that compensate the plaintiff for her emotional and psychological injuries that the accident caused.
Finally, if the jury decides that the defendant’s actions warrant punitive damages, it may award those to the plaintiff as well. If the accident was caused by a defendant under the influence of drugs or alcohol, under Georgia law the punitive damages award is not capped.
Trust Your Head-On Accident Case to an Experienced Attorney
Since 1997, Atlanta car accident lawyer Terrence R. Bethune has been protecting the rights of Georgians injured in automobile crashes. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a head-on collision, The Law Office of Terrence R. Bethune can help you get the compensation to which you are legally entitled. Call (404) 875-7800 or visit our contact page to schedule your free case evaluation.