Speeding, drunk driving, distractions, cell phones, weather, traffic lights, and driver fatigue are the most cited reasons for car accidents in the United States. And unfortunately, they can also account for the approximate 35,000 people who are killed every year driving.
As Georgia’s 5th largest city, Savannah, Georgia can be congested as a tourist and port city. With the Savannah Port being one of the nation’s most bustling ports and reporting record number cargo volumes in 2017, we face great numbers of semi and 18-wheeler trucks on our highways. This means we have to be even more diligent to stay safe.
Friedman and Martin, Personal Injury Attorneys, have handled thousands of automobile accident cases. With 60 years of combined legal experience, we understand that no two cases are alike, and you need a top rated law firm to help you with your car accident. Automobile cases often result in significant injuries and long term, permanent problems. Many people suffer back injuries, neck injuries, head injuries, knee, ankle and shoulder injuries, and broken bones in a car wreck. Although air bags have really helped saved lives, they also can cause serious injuries to the wrists, hand and fingers, resulting in broken bones and nerve damage in those areas.
Here is what you should do if you are involved in an automobile accident in Georgia.
1) Stay calm and see how serious the injuries are to you and your passengers and the other drivers. Call 911 to alert law enforcement and to get medical attention. If anyone is complaining about their back or neck, don’t move them if possible. Don’t move your vehicle if possible. Take down the name of law enforcement personnel with their badge numbers. Additionally, take photos of all vehicles with your cell phone.
2) If there are independent witnesses to the crash, get their names, addresses and phone numbers and make sure the police officers get these as well.
Common Injuries in Car Wrecks
Car wrecks commonly cause whiplash which is an injury to the soft tissues and bones in your neck. When your car is hit suddenly, it causes unrestrained, rapid forward and backward movement of the head and can cause serious injury.
Head and Facial Injuries
The windows, airbag, steering wheel, and dashboard can make contact with your face and head during a wreck and cause bruises, scrapes, deep cuts, dental injuries, concussions, brain injury, and jaw damage.
Spinal Cord Injuries- disc bulge, disc herniation of the low back and neck
These can be extremely debilitating because the spinal cord controls your body’s motor functions, sensory functions, and autonomic functions. Spinal cord injuries often leave the victim facing surgeries including a fusion of the spine and ongoing rehabilitation for recovery.
Friedman and Martin, Personal Injury Attorneys, will effectively deal with the insurance companies for you. We can help you with, among other items, your rental car, your property damage, and helping you get your medical bills paid. We will assist you in getting reimbursed for lost wages and money for the pain you have suffered.
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