Types of Vehicle Accidents

The Georgia car accident lawyers of Millar & Mixon, LLC, have represented clients who have been involved in a wide variety of motor vehicle crashes. Although each case is unique, most share at least one common factor: Driver carelessness or recklessness.

When a person is harmed by the negligence of another driver, they are entitled to compensation under Georgia law. In order to ensure the victim receives the full extent of this compensation and is protected from insurance companies that will try to pay the lowest amount possible, the victim should contact a skilled and experienced accident attorney.

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we can help. Since our law firm was founded in 1993, we have obtained more than $60 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of clients injured in accidents throughout Atlanta and the state of Georgia.

To learn how we can help you, call us today at (404) 490-4991 or use our online form. We provide free consultations, and we don’t charge for our services unless you recover money.

Common Types of Car Accidents

In our experience, the legal team of Millar & Mixon, LLC, has observed the following types of motor vehicle accidents arise most frequently:

  • Head-on collisions: These occur when drivers drift across the center-line, make a dangerous pass into oncoming traffic, jump over a median or make a left turn at an intersection. For instance, we recently recovered a large settlement for a client who had been struck by an oncoming car that was traveling too fast for conditions, hydroplaned and hit our client head-on. These crashes can produce catastrophic injuries, including paralysis and death. Survivors often require lifetime medical treatment.
  • Rear-end collisions: These accidents often happen at intersections, stop signs and stop lights, as well as when a driver follows too closely from behind. There can be many reasons for them to occur, including driver distraction or inattention, driver fatigue, alcohol and / or drug impairment or speeding. The most common results from rear-end crashes are neck and back pain. It is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible after the wreck.
  • Side-swipe collisions: These accidents commonly arise in heavy, congested traffic when drivers are trying to pass into another lane. Large tractor-trailers can be involved in these wrecks, as well as motorcycles that engage in “lane-splitting.” The injuries vary based on the driver’s reaction. An over-reaction – which is entirely natural in most instances – may result in the vehicle leaving the road and hitting a stationary object, such as a tree, pole, concrete barrier or highway sign.
  • Chain-reaction crash: These pile-ups often result from weather conditions, and can happen anywhere, particularly on interstate highways. All it takes is one driver not paying attention, braking too hard and fast on a rainy, snowy or icy road to trigger a chain of crashes that results in a major pileup. The drivers in the middle of the chain may experience the worst injuries and heaviest damage to their vehicles. A lawsuit may lead to several parties being held liable.
  • Side-impact collisions: These are also commonly called “T-bone” collisions. They tend to occur at intersections when a driver goes through a stop sign or stop light, and the front end of the car slams into the side panels of the victim’s car. Side impact air bags cut down on the risk of serious injuries, but the results can still be severe if the at-fault driver was speeding.
  • Jack-knifing: When a large tractor-trailer goes out of control and skids across the road, it can cause the trailer portion to swing toward the front (jack knife) and completely spin the entire vehicle around. These can occur in snowy and icy road conditions. Due to the mammoth size of most trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, semis and big rigs, these accidents can produce catastrophic injuries and deaths.
  • Vehicle rollovers and single car accidents: Trucks, SUV’s and cars with a high center of gravity, such as heavy and light trucks, vans, jeeps and sport-utility vehicles are especially prone to this type of accident. The auto industry has made several design advancements in recent years to minimize the risk of rollover, including the use of electronic stability control technology. However, many older models remain on the roads. When a person is involved in a rollover, they may either be killed or suffer severe injuries, including head and brain trauma, paralysis and disfigurement.
  • Bicycle-car and Pedestrian-car collisions: These accidents frequently occur at intersections, when motorists run through stop signs or stop lights or turn without paying attention to a bicycle or pedestrian in the road. In some cases, the victim may be harmed by cycling or walking in the area where two vehicles collide. Because the victims of these accidents are no match against a heavy car, truck or motorcycle, their injuries can be severe and fatal. Compensation for long-term treatment is necessary. For example, our law firm recently obtained a $350,000 award for a pedestrian in an intersection crash who suffered a traumatically induced disc injury (herniated disk) as a result of the incident.

Contact Our Georgia Car Accident Lawyers Today

At Millar & Mixon, LLC, we stand up for the rights of car accident victims and their families throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area and the state of Georgia, including Atlanta, Buckhead, North Atlanta, Chamblee, Decatur, Douglasville, Marietta, Alpharetta, Lawrenceville, Conyers, Jonesboro, East Point, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Riverdale, Macon, Savannah, Augusta and other cities and communities throughout the State.

It’s important that any legal action be taken as soon as possible. Under Georgia law, any car accident claim that is not filed within two years of the date of injury or death can be permanently barred.

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