Georgia hosted a population of 9,687,653 in 2010 and is expected to undergo estimated growth to 10,519,475 by 2018. The U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 data shows that over 89 percent of the State’s working community takes a car, truck, or van to work, with over 79 percent of the population driving alone.
The numbers evoke an image of many, many motor vehicles on Georgia roadways, especially during peak commuting hours. Commuters are also staying on those roads for a good while with a 28-minute mean travel time to work.
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Injuries in Georgia in 2017
In 2017, Georgia emergency rooms handled 120,926 visits due to motor vehicle accidents. This marks a steady increase since 2002 when the state reported 103,769 emergency room visits.
Georgia Motor Vehicle Accident Trends
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety report on motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through 2016 reveals the following totals for 2015:
- Traffic Fatalities – 1,430, which is a rate of 1.21 per 100 million Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)
- Crashes – 385,221, which is a rate of 3.26 per million VMT
- Serious Injuries – 19,405, which is a rate of 16.46 per million VMT
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Crash Type Trends in Georgia
The highway safety report also itemized 2016 motor vehicle collisions according to their crash types with the following results:
- Total Fatalities – 1,554
- Involving Only One Vehicle – 857
- Involving at Least One Large Truck – 179
- Involving at Least One Vehicle Speeding – 266
- Involving at Least One Rollover – 402
- Involving at Least one Vehicle Departing the Roadway– 849
- Occurring Within an Intersection or Approach to an Intersection – 362
Fatalities by Type of Vehicle Occupant
- Passenger car – 583
- Light truck/pickup – 216
- Light truck/utility – 210
- Light truck/van – 39
- Light truck/other – 2
- Large truck – 33
- Bus – 4
- Motorcyclists – 172
- Pedestrians – 232
- Bicyclists – 29
Georgia’s Serious Injury Trends
The number of “serious injuries” in the state has seen a steady uptick since 2010. These injuries have generally increased in numbers since 2007, with only occasional, minor ups and downs. The State experienced a rate of 11.32 serious injuries per every 100 VMT in 2007 but, in 2016, saw 15.55 serious injuries per every 100 million VMT.
The office used a trending methodology to predict serious injury rates for the years of 2017 and 2018. The predicted 2017 serious injury rate was 17.44 per every 100 million VMT and the predicted 2018 serious injury rate was 17.63 per every 100 million VMT.
If you suffered an injury or lost a loved one because of another person or party, you deserve to know your legal options. Depending on your individual situation, Georgia law allows you to seek financial compensation for your physical, emotional, or financial pain. A personal injury lawyer in Georgia can guide you through this legal process. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers has recovered millions of dollars in damages¹ for our clients in over 40 years of practice.
Your injuries could be from intentional or accidental actions, but the result is the same: you are suffering. You might have medical bills, lost wages, or other expenses that you cannot afford. Our legal team can help you seek compensation. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers will not charge you attorney fees unless and until we recover damages.*
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Why You Should Call Us If You Are Suffering From a Personal Injury
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers has represented injured victims and survivors in personal injury cases for many years. In legal terms, we are called a plaintiff’s law firm – that means we only help injured people, hurt through the wrongful acts of others. While we cannot remove the trauma of an injury or death of a loved one, we can help you seek financial compensation from the liable party.
Our firm handles many types of cases including:
- Car Accidents
- Medical Malpractice
- Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
- Truck Accidents
- Defective Medical Devices and Drugs
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Slips and Falls
- Head and Neck Injuries
- Workers’ Compensation
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Social Security Disability
- Wrongful Death
- Bicycle and Moped Accidents
- Birth Defects
- Toxic Substance Spills or Exposure
- Dog Bites
- Class Action Lawsuits
- Construction Injuries
- Veterans’ Disability
- Defective Auto Parts
In many cases, Georgia law has a deadline of two years, or less, from the date of your injury to file a lawsuit. You lose any opportunity to seek compensation once this statute of limitations has passed. That is why you should not hesitate to speak with a personal injury lawyer in Georgia about your case; free of charge. Your physical, emotional, and financial health is too important to wait. Please call 888-612-7001 to schedule your free first consultation.
Common Types of Damages Recovered in Personal Injury Cases
There are different damages in a personal injury case. At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we have helped over 40,000 clients recover their losses1. Please keep in mind that the type of compensation you could receive depends on your specific case.
What are the most common types of damages that you can recover compensation for?
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Lost earning ability, benefits, or pension
- Funeral or burial expenses
- Domestic services such as a hired nurse or caregiver
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Permanent partial or total disability
We Battle with Insurance Companies for Your Best Outcome
If you are injured, unable to work, and have bills piling up, it might be tempting to accept a small check from the other party’s insurance company. You should know, however, that insurance companies typically prefer to settle as quickly and as inexpensively as possible, while you are still vulnerable and understandably hoping you will not get worse. Don’t let them take advantage of you because you could have long term health issues that result in medical and hospital bills for years to come. A personal injury lawyer in Georgia is committed to your best interests.
That is why you should contact George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today. Our team of lawyers, investigators, and other legal professionals will assess your case and seek the maximum compensation available. We understand the complexities of personal injury cases. We pursue a fair and prompt settlement for you. However, our attorneys will not hesitate to take your case to court if necessary. We invite you to call 888-612-7001 for your free consultation.
Here is Our Process for Making You Whole
Our Georgia injury lawyers make your case a priority. We understand that you are recovering from injuries or mourning the death of a loved one. Your questions are promptly answered, and you will be kept informed of our progress. It is our goal to make you whole by recovering damages through this process:
- We arrange for you to be examined by a medical professional (if you have not been) regardless of your health insurance status.
- We obtain copies of all relevant expenses, bills, and losses that you have because of the accident.
- We gather police reports, witness statements, and accident scene photographs to fully evaluate your case.
- We review relevant laws and legal precedents.
After we have a clear and concise understanding of your case, we speak with the insurance company on your behalf. Our Georgia injury lawyers have successfully negotiated for thousands of clients1. Also, you should not have to deal with insurance companies while you are healing. They know when you are weak.
Remember, you will not pay attorney fees unless and until we have recovered compensation.* We encourage you to arrange your free consultation today in your home, at the hospital, or at our office. Please call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers anytime, day or night, at 888-612-7001.