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Our Macon Auto Accident Attorney Can Help You Prove Liability 

In order to recover financial compensation after an auto accident, you need to prove that someone else is liable for your injuries. In Georgia, there are two main theories of liability: (i) negligence and (ii) strict liability. Each applies under different circumstances, and knowing what you need to prove in order to recover your losses requires the insights of an experienced Macon auto accident attorney.

Negligence in Georgia Auto Accidents: The Most Common Form of Liability

The vast majority of auto accident cases involve claims based on negligence. “Negligence” is the legal term for fault, and a driver (or other person) who negligently causes an accident is liable for the victims’ losses. 

Driver negligence can take many different forms. For example, at Searcy Denney we regularly represent clients who have been seriously injured and lost loved ones due to:

  • Distracted Driving – Despite the well-documented risks, many drivers still make the poor decision to drive while distracted.
  • Impaired Driving – Driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs is negligent and extremely dangerous.
  • Drowsy DrivingStudies have shown that driving while drowsy can be just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated.
  • Careless, Reckless and Aggressive Driving – Speeding, tailgating, running red lights, failing to yield, and other risky behaviors are all examples of negligence as well. 

In addition to driver negligence, various forms of third-party negligence can also cause and contribute to auto accidents. Some common examples of third-party negligence that can entitle accident victims to financial compensation include:

  • Negligent hiring and entrustment by commercial drivers’ employers 
  • Negligent road design, construction or maintenance
  • Negligent vehicle maintenance and repairs
  • Negligent cargo loading

Strict Liability in Georgia Auto Accidents: Recovering Compensation for Vehicle Defects

In some cases, auto accidents will result from vehicle defects. A defect is an issue with a car, truck or SUV that makes it dangerous to drive even if it is maintained regularly, and even if the driver obeys Georgia’s traffic safety laws at all times. 

Vehicle defect claims are unique from other types of claims in that they are governed by the law of strict liability. In a strict liability case, proof of negligence is not required. Instead, what you must be able to prove in order to establish liability is that:

  • The product in question was defective;
  • The product was substantially in its original condition at the time of the crash;
  • You were using the product as it was intended to be used; and,
  • The defect caused your injury.

When a defective product (such as a tire, airbag or brake pad) causes an auto accident or an accident-related injury, all parties in the product’s chain of distribution can be held fully liable for the victims’ injuries. 

Are You Entitled to Compensation? Talk to a Macon Auto Accident Attorney to Find Out

Our attorneys have decades of experience representing auto accident victims in negligence and strict liability claims. To schedule a free initial consultation with a Macon auto accident attorney, please call 800-780-8607 or request an appointment online today.


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