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Injured in a Crash? Learn about Your Rights from a Valdosta Auto Accident Lawyer

In order to recover financial compensation after a serious auto accident in Georgia, you need to prove who (or what) caused the collision. The insurance companies won’t pay without proof of liability; and, if you need to go to trial, the jury won’t award damages unless you can prove that the other party was at fault. Proving fault requires a thorough understanding of the facts and the law; and, as a result, if you are serious about recovering just compensation, you will need an experienced Valdosta auto accident lawyer on your side.

10 Examples of Fault and Liability in Georgia Auto Accidents

So, are you entitled to financial compensation? Do you have a negligence-based insurance claim or a claim for a product defect? Here are 10 examples of common causes of auto accidents that can support claims for damages:

1. Speeding

Speeding continues to be a leading cause of auto accidents in Georgia. This includes driving in excess of the posted speed limit as well as driving too fast for current traffic, road or weather conditions.

2. Tailgating

Tailgating is dangerous, and it is completely unnecessary. If you were rear-ended by someone who was following too closely, our attorneys can help you seek just compensation.

3. Right-of-Way Violations

Running red lights, running stop signs, trying to “beat” yellow lights and merging without the right of way are all dangerous – and negligent – driving behaviors as well.

4. Reckless Driving

In addition to speeding excessively, weaving through traffic, attempting to pass on a solid yellow line, attempting to pass on the shoulder, and other forms of reckless driving are also common factors in serious collisions.

5. Inattentive Driving

A driver does not have to be intentionally reckless in order to be legally at fault in an accident. Inattentive driving (i.e. merging without looking) can be just as dangerous, and inattentive drivers can be held equally accountable.

6. Distracted Driving

Texting, reading and sending emails, scrolling and posting on social media, talking on the phone, setting GPS directions, and other driving distractions are among the leading causes of serious and fatal vehicle collisions.

7. Driving Under the Influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and other drugs is extraordinarily dangerous. If you or a loved one was hit by an impaired driver in Georgia, a Valdosta auto accident lawyer can help you take legal action.

8. Defective Vehicle Components

If your (or your loved one’s) crash was caused by a defect in any of the vehicles involved, our attorneys can file aproduct liability claim to recover your losses.

9. Defective Road Design or Construction

The same is true if the accident resulted from a defect in the road. Design and construction defects are both common, and they can both suddenly and unexpectedly leave drivers with no safe place to go.

10. Negligent Vehicle or Road Maintenance

Just as defects can cause accidents, inadequate maintenance can cause accidents as well. This includes failure to maintain (i.e. failure to replace worn brake pads or fix a pothole) as well as negligent repairs (i.e. installing new brake pads improperly).

Are You Entitled to Compensation for an Auto Crash in Georgia? Contact a Valdosta Auto Accident Lawyer

To find out what caused your accident and learn how much you may be entitled to recover for your accident-related losses, schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Valdosta auto accident lawyer at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA. You can reach us 24/7, so call 800-780-8607 or tell us about the accident online now. 


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