MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
The experienced attorneys of Bell & Brigham represent people in Augusta, Georgia and throughout the surrounding communities, including in South Carolina, who have suffered serious injury or a wrongful death in a motor vehicle, car, trucking, motorcycle, bicycle, or pedestrian accident. Motor vehicle accidents often have multiple causes, including driver error, a defect in the roadway, or a defective part. For more information regarding cases involving defective products, please see our products liability page.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury in any kind of accident, seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible so that we can examine the accident scene, interview witnesses, examine any available evidence, and begin preparing for your case. If you are unable to come to our office, we are happy to visit you at home or in the hospital. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us today or call us at (800) 763-2063.
Many motor vehicle accidents are caused by the negligence of other drivers. Ignoring stop signs and traffic lights, speeding, driving while intoxicated, failing to pay attention to surroundings, driving unsafely for a given weather condition, failing to signal before turning or changing lanes, and failing to yield are common examples of driver error. During our preparation for your case, we will search for all of the other motorists whose lack of care caused your injuries and seek recovery from all liable drivers.
Many accidents occur because of a roadway being dangerous due to poor maintenance, defective construction, lack of repair, poor signage, or other unsafe condition. When a defective roadway contributes to an accident, we can sue the governmental body in charge of maintaining that roadway. However, there are different rules in place than for suing a private defendant. You must provide notice to the liable governmental entity about the claim, and the time in which you must file the lawsuit is shortened depending on whether you are suing the city, state, or federal government. The sooner you contact us, the quicker we can notify the proper entity.
Inaccurate Police Reports
A common problem for any type of motor vehicle accident is the fact that many police and accident reports contain inaccurate and incomplete descriptions of what happened. These reports often incorrectly place some or all of the blame on the victim in the accident. Drawing on decades of experience representing motor vehicle accident victims, we examine the accident scene, talk to as many witnesses as possible, and carefully comb through evidence to form a complete picture of what actually happened in your case. This is crucial in determining whether you played any role in causing the accident, as well as uncovering all of the liable parties.
Dealing with Insurance
Most motor vehicle accident cases are resolved through settlement. As a result, it is usually necessary to deal with an insurance company, either your own or that of someone else involved in the accident. Insurance companies often make offers that might seem fair to you. While it might seem as though they are trying to help you, it is the goal of the insurance companies to pay as little as possible. We have a proven record of obtaining successful results at trial, and have earned a reputation for fighting aggressively for our clients’ maximum recovery. Because insurers know that we will take the case to trial if they do not make a fair offer, we are in an excellent position to be able to obtain the best possible settlement. If the insurance company never comes back with a fair settlement, we will try the case in court until its conclusion.
Although car accidents are among the most common injury- and death-causing events, not all attorneys have the experience required to properly investigate and litigate car accident cases. Defective products, motorist error, and defective roadways can all contribute to causing a particular accident. By examining the accident scene and reconstructing what happened, we can pinpoint what caused your accident and seek the appropriate recovery.
The size and weight of commercial trucks means that accidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial vehicles often result in serious injuries and wrongful deaths. In addition, because large trucks are more difficult to safely maneuver than other vehicles, accidents often occur because an untrained or inexperienced driver was behind the wheel.
Trucking accident cases differ from other types of motor vehicle accidents because trucks and other commercial carriers must comply with extensive federal regulations that govern every aspect of commercial trucking. These regulations encompass how long a driver can drive before resting, how a truck must be loaded, what kind of maintenance must be done on the truck, and what must be included in the required logbooks.
At Bell & Brigham, we draw on our extensive experience handling trucking accident cases, examine logbooks, and consult with experts to uncover violations such as inadequate maintenance, the driver driving too long, or even a potential forgery in the book itself.
Motorcycle accidents are unique because these vehicles provide much less protection, and accidents that might cause only minor damage to a car or truck can cause catastrophic injury or death to a motorcyclist. Additionally, the fact that motorcycles have only two wheels instead of four makes them much more especially susceptible to road hazards.
A challenge in many motorcycle cases is the fact that there tends to be a public bias against motorcyclists. Police reports, other drivers involved, and even jurors are often quick to assume that a motorcycle rider caused an accident. At Bell & Brigham, we understand this bias and careful present all evidence so as to address and overcome this bias.
Bicycles’ small size and unprotected nature makes them especially susceptible to road hazards, and puts cyclists at a higher risk for suffering a severe injury as a result of an accident. Bicycles generally have to follow the same rules of the road as vehicles; however, each state imposes additional regulations for bicyclists (see Georgia: OCGA sections and 40-6-290 to 40-6-299; South Carolina: Title 56, Article 27). Our experienced personal injury attorneys have obtained successful results on behalf of many cyclists harmed in motor vehicle accidents.
When hit by a motorist, pedestrians often sustain serious injuries. Drivers often try to claim that the pedestrian was in their blind spot or blame the pedestrian for “jaywalking,” or crossing the street illegally. We are committed to fully investigating the accident to uncover what really happened, and pursuing your case accordingly.
While pedestrians are afforded some right of way allowances that bicycles and vehicles do not have, the law still requires individuals to cross the street safely and at marked crosswalks and intersections. PEDS, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving safety for pedestrians, provides excellent information regarding Georgia’s pedestrian right of way laws. However, even if you were partially at fault, you may still be able to recover for your accident in both Georgia and South Carolina, depending on your level of fault and the facts of your case.
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