As a consolidated city-county, Augusta-Richmond County suffers its fair share of car accidents. According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GHS), the county reported 10,086 crashes resulting in 3,803 injuries in 2017. The numbers mark a dramatic uptick in collisions since the 1,315 total crashes that were reported in 2013. In fact, the number of collisions has continued on a steady rise every year since then with 9,957 total crashes reported in 2016.
Traffic Fatalities in Augusta-Richmond County
Augusta-Richmond County has also witnessed increases in traffic fatalities since 2013. There were 23 recorded deaths in 2013, however, the GHS indicates that this number increased to 32 in 2017.
Of these fatalities, GHS reports how trends in the type of fatalities have changed over the years. For example:
- Motorcycle fatalities dropped to zero in 2016 but rose to an all-time high of six in 2017.
- Alcohol-related fatalities had fallen to four in 2016, but by 2017 had reached eight which matched the county’s unfortunately high 2013 statistic.
- The greatest trend shift appears in the data about pedestrian-related fatalities, which climbed to 12 in 2017 after hitting a low of two in 2016.
- One fatality risk factor that seems on a fairly steady incline since 2013 is speeding-related collisions. The number of these deaths started at three in 2013 and has climbed steadily every year to reach a high of nine in 2016 before seeing a small decrease to eight such fatalities in 2017.
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About Augusta, Georgia
Per 2010 U.S. Census Data, Augusta, Georgia is 302.47 square miles and hosts a population of 647.5 people per square mile. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data also estimates the population will have increased to 196,939 by 2018.
Augusta-Richmond County’s DUI Task Force
In 1992, Augusta-Richmond County established a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Task Force. The County founded the unit to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers and thereby cut down on the number of highway fatalities in the area. Averaging more than 100 arrests per month, the DUI Task Force boasts one of the highest conviction rates in the State of Georgia.
The Masters Golf Tournament
Each spring, Augusta, Georgia gains worldwide attention when it hosts The Masters golf tournament. The event draws spectators from all across the globe, instantly bolstering the city’s population and traffic. Road closures, detours, impatient drivers, and the sheer volume of cars on the road are all increased risk factors for car accidents.
Augusta municipalities do a solid job of preparing visitors and residents for the rush of people, but car accidents still happen.
When you sustain injuries in a car accident, life can become overwhelming. This is especially true if you cannot pay for the medical treatment you need or work due to your injuries. If the accident occurred because of the actions of someone else, you have the right to pursue legal action and money for your injuries.
A car accident lawyer serving Augusta, GA can help you through this complex legal process. The team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers will work to protect your legal rights and help you get you the money that you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, and more.
To schedule a free, no-obligation review of your case, call us now at (706) 426-9555.
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Types of Car Accident Cases That We Handle
The personal injury lawyers of George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers are committed to getting you the largest possible recovery as quickly as possible.
We assist clients in Augusta, Georgia with all types of car accident cases, including:
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone crashes
- Rear-end accidents
- Single-car accidents
- Truck crashes
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Intersection accidents
When other parties cause or contribute to a car accident that results in personal injury, they often engage in risky or negligent behavior such as:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving while distracted
- Driving while tired or fatigued
- Texting while driving
- Driving recklessly
- Disregarding traffic laws or markings
- Failing to yield right of way
- Making illegal turns
Car accidents can also occur due to other non-human factors, such as:
- Road construction
- Debris or obstructions in the road
- Poor visibility
- Poorly marked roadways
- Automotive component failure
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of car accidents. We investigate the facts in your case to identify the at-fault party, gather evidence, and help you prove negligence and liability. We take an aggressive stance to help you build a well-supported case and push the insurance company to offer you the highest possible settlement.
Call our team now at (706) 426-9555 for a free evaluation of your car accident case.
How an Augusta, GA Car Accident Lawyer Can Help Your Case
When you choose George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers to represent you for your car accident case, you can be sure that we will work tirelessly to get you the money that you deserve.
We protect your legal rights and handle every aspect of your case, allowing you the freedom to focus on your health and wellbeing. We provide experienced legal representation, with services including:
- Proactive communication and telephone availability
- Two full-time team members assigned to your case
- Communication with all parties on your behalf
- Getting you the resources you need for comprehensive treatment
- Applying our negotiation skills to maximize your settlement or recovery
Our legal team walks you through every phase of the process, answering your questions and keeping you informed of any developments in your case.2 The car accident claim process normally proceeds as follows:
Investigation and Gathering Documentation
We begin by conducting a thorough investigation of your accident, obtaining accident reports, photographs, witness statements, and other documentation to help you build a strong case.
Identifying At-Fault Parties and Proving Liability
We identify the at-fault party (or parties) and use the evidence gathered, as well as expert opinions and accident scene reconstruction as necessary, to support our arguments and prove that the at-fault party caused your accident and injuries.
Determining Claim Value
We identify all the economic and non-economic damages you incurred as a result of your car accident. We document and support each piece of damage, building your case to help you get you the biggest possible settlement.
Submitting Your Claim
Once we complete our investigation and have gathered all available documentation related to your claim, we submit it to the at-fault party’s insurance company. We communicate with the insurance company and their adjusters and lawyers on your behalf, answering questions and providing any additional information required.
Negotiating Your Settlement
We push the insurance company to engage in negotiations to get you a settlement as soon as possible. Insurers use many tactics to minimize their liability and frustrate accident victims like you. We take all the necessary steps to move the process along and get you the best possible settlement offer.
If the insurance company does not make an acceptable offer for settlement, we can file and properly serve a lawsuit on your behalf and prepare to argue your case in court.
You generally have a limited period of two years in the state of Georgia to file and properly serve a personal injury lawsuit according to the state’s statute of limitations. In some cases, however, this time period can be even shorter. Call George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers at 706-426-9555 as soon as possible after your car accident so we can help you gather evidence related to your car accident and pursue the money you deserve for your injuries before it is too late.
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Establishing Fault & Liability for Your Car Accident Claim
Once we establish fault for your injury accident, we work to prove the four elements necessary to build a successful personal injury case:
- Duty of care – the at-fault party needs to have owed you a duty of care – in other words, the at-fault party needed to act reasonably to protect you from suffering harm.
- Breach of duty – the at-fault party failed to act reasonably, breaching their duty of care through some form of negligent act or failure to act.
- Causation – when the at-fault party breached their duty of care to you, this breach caused your accident, which also caused you to suffer injuries or harm (called “Damages”).
- Damages – the different types of harm you may have suffered – which can be physical, emotional, or financial in nature – as a result of your accident.
Calculating the Value of Your Car Accident Claim
Our legal team will use the damage you experienced as the basis for the estimated value of your car accident claim. You may have the right to claim many different types of damages, including:
- Emergency medical treatment
- Physician and surgeon services
- Hospitalization and surgery costs
- Medical tests
- Prescription drugs
- Assistive devices
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Other expenses for related medical care
If you need ongoing treatment, we may also be able to include the estimated value of your future medical care in your claim.
You can also pursue damages for wages and employment benefits that you may have lost due to your car accident and, if you cannot return to work immediately, we may be able to claim an estimate of your future lost income, benefits, and employment opportunities. If you suffered any permanent injuries or disability, we ensure that the value of those losses is also incorporated into your claim.
Our legal team can also include other out-of-pocket costs that you may suffer, including car repair, towing expenses, and rental car costs.
Free Consultation with a Car Accident Lawyer in Augusta, GA
The team from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers understands the fear and uncertainty that people injured in car accidents can experience while struggling to recover from their injuries and get their lives back on track. We have resolved more than 40,000 cases in over 40 years of practice. Let our car accident lawyers serving Augusta, GA put their knowledge and experience to work for you.1
Contact us at (706) 426-9555 today to schedule your free consultation and case review.