different types of evidence

Did you know that in 2013, Georgia was home to the deadliest interstate in the nation? That’s right. Back then, there were 26 fatal accidents on the I-285 interstate that resulted in 29 deaths. This has led to the state enacting stricter laws, including the “Hands-Free Georgia Act”. With these more stringent laws, the Peach State’s road fatality trend has gone down by over 400%. In 2019, there were 348 road fatalities in GA, compared to the total of 1,514 in 2018. Unfortunately, many truck-related accidents still occur on Georgia’s roadways. If you’ve been in one, it’s best to learn about the different types of evidence you can use against the truck driver. This way, you can start collecting the proof you need to file a personal injury lawsuit. Police Report One of the first steps to take right after getting involved in an accident with a truck is to call the police. In fact, in cases wherein there’s at least $500 worth of damage, reporting is a legal requirement. Many car-truck accidents reach and even go way beyond this threshold. Even if the damage isn’t obvious, you should still get in touch with the police ASAP. This way, you can get a copy of the accident report from them. This report will contain details of the accident that can prove who’s at fault for the car-truck accident. Electronic Logging Device (ELD) of the Truck Exhaustion is one of the most common reasons for truck accidents in Georgia. In fact, this is true for the rest of the country, with driver fatigue causing 20% of all crashes in the US. This is why in Georgia, truck drivers can only operate a vehicle for up to 11 hours. Moreover, they can only drive up to 11 hours after being off-duty and having rested for 10 straight hours. The law also requires all drivers to go off duty after 14 hours of being on duty. If you’ve been in an accident with a truck, you need to get access to the driver’s hours-of-service. You can find this on either the driver’s logbook or their truck’s electronic logging device (ELD). The Georgia Law requires the use of ELDs for all CDL trucks. These include both interstate and intrastate commercial trucks. ELDs contain detailed reports of a driver’s hours-of-service. These devices also show the operator’s rest periods. With these logs, you can prove that a truck driver has gone beyond the allowed hours of service. Maintenance and Inspection Reports Federal and state laws require all CDL trucks to undergo inspection and maintenance. Truck drivers need to perform many of these on a daily basis, such as pre- and post-trip inspections. CDL truck drivers also need to prepare a driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) at the end of each day. Motor carriers also need to keep these records for all their trucks for 30 consecutive days. These reports should provide detailed information on the completed inspections and maintenance. They should also contain details about pending maintenance and repair work. That said, these records are crucial types of evidence in case of trucking accidents. They can reveal discrepancies or fraudulent reports on truck inspections, maintenance, and repairs. They can also prove that the truck has failed to meet the required inspections or repairs. The Truck Driver’s Most Recent Medical Certificate In Georgia, drivers of trucks that weigh 10,001 pounds or more need to carry a medical certificate. They then need to renew this certification after 24 months. This Department of Transportation (DOT) health certificate proves a driver’s medical qualifications. This means that the driver is fit and healthy to operate such a large vehicle. Unfortunately, many truck drivers violate this law through fraud. An example is the indictment case against a medical examiner in Georgia back in 2017. This resulted in over 600 truck drivers having the need for renewed certification. Aside from fraud, there are also some truck drivers who may not even have a valid medical certificate. Some self-certified truckers may also drive in a category they aren’t certified for. All these make the DOT certificate a piece of important evidence in truck accidents. It’s possible that the truck driver who you got into a crash with has no valid certificate. The Truck Operator’s Alcohol and Drug Test Results In 2016, alcohol-related crashes caused 368 deaths in Georgia. This represents one in four cases of all traffic fatalities in the state that year. Impaired driving, whether due to alcohol or drugs, raises the odds of a crash being fatal by six times. Even if the crash doesn’t result in death, injuries caused by impaired driving are more severe. Especially if the impaired driver is operating a truck that weighs a whopping 10,001 pounds or more. As such, truck drivers need to submit to drug and alcohol tests after getting involved in an accident. Again, this is in accordance with federal and state laws. Employers must also obtain a negative drug test result before hiring CDL drivers. Positive alcohol and drug test results will make for a solid case against the truck driver. This makes such documents an extremely important part of your evidence collection. The Truck’s Dashboard Camera Recordings Truck insurance premiums have gone up 12% in 2018 from the year before. This has led to many trucking companies turning to technology to reduce their costs. One way they’re blunting their insurance costs is through installing dashboard cameras. The videos these cameras record allow them to check on their drivers’ performance. Victims of trucking accidents can also take advantage of these recordings as evidence. For instance, a video can show if the driver was using a mobile phone while operating the truck. A recording can also give hints about impaired or drowsy driving. Let a Lawyer Gather These Different Types of Evidence for You As you can see, there are many different types of evidence you can use in a trucking accident case in Georgia. However, the only evidence that you can get yourself is the...

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hire a lawyer

Accidents involving large trucks can be devastating. The number of fatal crashes involving large trucks and buses reached 4,889 in 2017. Injury crashes for the same year numbered 116,000. If you’re involved in a semi truck accident, you may wonder if you need to hire a lawyer. The trucking company’s insurance company will likely make you a settlement offer, so why not just take it? Hiring a truck accident attorney after a truck accident could help you get more out of your settlement. Insurance companies want to close the case quickly and for as little money as possible.  An attorney can help you ensure the settlement is fair. Hiring an attorney doesn’t mean you’ll have to go to court. Attorneys can help resolve the situation before it gets to that. Check out these five reasons you should hire a truck accident attorney. 1. You Have an Expert on Your Side The laws governing personal injury claims and truck accidents vary from one state to the next. Each state has its own statute of limitations for filing claims. In Georgia, the time limit is 2 years. The processes can also vary significantly.  When your accident involves a commercial truck, the laws become more complex. Truck drivers and trucking companies have to follow different laws and guidelines. It’s also complicated to determine who’s at fault. Sometimes one person, such as the truck driver, holds liability for your injuries. Other times it could be multiple defendants. It could be the company that employs the driver, leases the truck, loads the truck, or manufactures the truck. Most people who are injured in truck accidents don’t have the time to research those laws. Even if they do, they may not fully understand what the laws are saying. After all, legal jargon isn’t the easiest to decipher if you don’t have a background in law. The last thing you want to do after you’ve been in a serious accident is wade through all of the legal issues or deal with an insurance company. You need to focus on your recovery. Worrying about deadlines, proper paperwork, and negotiations will only add to your stress and possibly slow down your recovery. When you hire a lawyer, you get years of experience and knowledge of truck accident claims. Your attorney understands the applicable laws and how they relate to your situation. You also get personalized recommendations for how to proceed. Your lawyer can explain your options and make suggestions based on the specifics of your situation. 2. Lawyers Investigate Accidents After an accident with a commercial vehicle, the last thing you’re prepared to do is to investigate the accident. You may have serious injuries that need immediate medical attention. You may be shaken up emotionally from the accident. Plus, you’re not an expert at investigating accident scenes and documentation. You won’t know what to look for in your research, and you may miss some major evidence that proves the other party is responsible for the accident. When you hire a truck accident attorney, you get that investigative help. Your lawyer can tell you what type of evidence to keep and what type of information can be helpful in the investigation. An accident involving a commercial vehicle means there’s a black box involved. The black box is in the truck and records information about the truck’s actions leading up to the accident. Your attorney can ensure the information on the black box is preserved, so you have that evidence. 3. You Have Legal Support in Negotiations and Trials Trucking companies come to the table with a team of lawyers who are experts in defending them, even when they’re to blame. The average person isn’t equipped to go up against that kind of legal defense. Experienced truck accident lawyers know the strategies those defense attorneys will use. They know how to negotiate with companies successfully to get you the compensation for your injuries you deserve. Your attorney can speak to the trucking company’s insurance adjuster on your behalf or guide you on what to say and what not to say.  4. Attorneys Can Maximize Compensation The insurance adjuster wants you to accept an offer as quickly as possible. The offer may sound like a lot of money, but it’s most likely much lower than you deserve.  Accident attorneys know how to calculate a fair amount of financial compensation based on your injuries. Initial medical bills are only part of the equation. You may have ongoing medical needs after the accident. Your attorney can help estimate the cost of those medical expenses. You might miss time from work, which could entitle you to compensation for lost wages. You could also get compensation for non-monetary losses, including pain and suffering as a result of the accident. Attorneys have the experience to calculate fair amounts for the various losses you suffered. That number will likely be higher than what the insurance company offers you. If you sign an agreement with the insurance company, you’re usually signing away your legal rights to pursue further compensation. That’s why it’s important to contact an attorney right away before you talk to the insurance company or sign any paperwork. 5. It Helps Keep Things Organized Your attorney takes over all aspects of handling the case with the insurance company and other responsible parties. You don’t have to keep track of court dates, filing deadlines, and other details.  Your attorney handles drafting any documents that are necessary for your case. They keep records of the documents and legal activities related to the case.  Lawyers also coordinate communication with the various involved parties. This is especially helpful if the case involves multiple negligent parties. It’s much easier to let your attorney coordinate those different parties than handling it yourself. Basically, using an attorney makes the legal process much easier on you. The workload shifts from you to your lawyer, so you can focus on your recovery. Hire a Lawyer Soon After a truck accident, you have a lot on your...

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truck accident

Over 3 million people in the United States are involved in a car accident every year. Many of these accidents involve a collision with a truck. If you find yourself in a truck accident you need to know what to do and when to do it. This is because the process of handling legal claims is much more tedious than that of collisions with a car. Here are the steps you should follow to ensure that you receive proper medical treatment and compensation for damages. 1. Asses the Conditions of all Parties Involved If you are able to, do a thorough assessment of the state of everyone involved in the accident including your own safety. Check to see if anyone is injured and needs medical assistance right away. However, do not touch injured parties to avoid causing any further injury. The health of everyone that is involved is paramount, serious injuries need to be noted so that the necessary medical treatment can be applied. 2. Contact the Police It is imperative that you alert the police and file an accident report immediately even if little to no damage is seen. Doing this is not only a requirement by law, but it acts as a vital piece of evidence that you may need in the future. Getting a police report is a good way to have a detailed and accurate record of the accident and all the parties involved. Once you alert the police, they will send your call to the local law enforcement agency and emergency responders. Inform the police of the number of suspected injuries so that they will know how many ambulances are needed. 3. Get Medical Attention Right Away After an accident, ensure that you pay close attention to your health and safety. In some cases, your injuries may not be so evident and will appear later on so be careful to get a thorough check. Although you may not think that you or involved parties are seriously injured, get a medical evaluation anyway. If it happens that you will need medical attention in the future for any injury, it can be hard to prove that it was sustained at the time of the accident. Even if a medical examination was performed at the scene, be sure to ask for further medical evaluation. You never know whether or not you are suffering from internal bleeding so a doctor’s visit is important. 4. Contact the Insurance Company of Involved Parties Call your insurance company and be sure to file a report of the accident. Skipping this step may have serious consequences later for your case. Make proper documentation of the scene and gather all the necessary evidence if you are unhurt. This can include contact information of any possible witnesses, capturing pictures, and any other information that may be necessary, such as road or weather conditions. Documentation may also include: Driver’s license Insurance company details Contact number of involved parties Employment Information of the Truck Driver Additionally, remember that you may end up talking to the insurance company of the other involved party. When you do this, don’t give too much information on the details but try and relate only the facts even to your insurance company. 5. Gather Contact Details of Any Possible Witness One of the major things you need to bear in mind is the fact that you need to collect the contact information of witnesses to the accident. They could be an involved party or an individual who was in close proximity to the accident. Once the police arrive, they will make notes of witness statements if there are no serious injuries that require immediate attention. If it is possible, you can approach a witness and ask them kindly for their contact details which include their cell number, their name, and even their email address if necessary. You want to have this information for future reference in case the witness has to leave the scene if they are not an involved party. This information, you can either give to your lawyer or the police officer. 6. Call a Truck Accident Lawyer A truck accident is far more difficult to overcome than a regular car accident as more parties are involved in the process. These parties include the employer of the driver, the registered trucking company, and or the manufacturers of the truck. There also include a great number of federal regulations that are involved with trucking accidents.  After the crash, contact a truck accident lawyer immediately as this could be an important factor for your legal case. The truck accident lawyer will help you to get through both the difficult legal and insurance process such as the settling amount that you may need to cover medical expenses. 7. Get an Appraisal for Your Vehicle Avoid getting your car repaired right after the crash wait for an appraisal of the vehicle to be done. You never know the internal damage that might have happened even if you only see the minor ones from the outside. Getting an appraisal will give estimates of repairs that need to be done if it’s necessary, and is important for your claim on insurance. Your insurance company may have several requirements that need to be met before you are compensated for any damages caused. Some of these requirements may include bringing your car to a body shop to have it examined or even pictures of the car. After this is done, ensure that you bring the car to a mechanic for further assessment and for them to declare it safe to drive. A Final Look at Trucking Accidents Being involved in a trucking accident is terrifying. However, once you survive you need to think about getting examined by a medical professional and getting your vehicle repaired. Follow the steps outlined here and you should be well on your way to getting compensation for any damages you may have suffered. Know who to speak to about your case and avoid making unnecessary statements...

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truck accidents

More than 400,000 truck accidents occurred in 2016 alone. These accidents resulted in more than 100,000 injuries. Truckers must be extra-cautious when driving their big rigs. As the biggest things on the road, commercial trucks can seriously harm or kill those in smaller vehicles during an accident. A trucker can also lose his CDL.  Knowing what causes most accidents can help drivers understand which precautions to take. What are the seven most common causes behind truck accidents in Georgia? Continue reading below to find out. 1. Exhaustion Federal regulations state truck drivers aren’t allowed to drive more than eleven hours. After driving for so long, truckers are supposed to take a ten-hour break. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Many truckers push themselves to drive fourteen to sixteen hours. These extended hours are often caused by bosses setting unrealistic shipment arrival times. When truckers become too exhausted, accidents are more likely to happen. 2. Being Distracted Driving ten hours straight is boring. It can be exceptionally dull in rural areas with little change of scenery. This boredom causes many truckers to start multitasking instead of placing all their focus on the road. Many accidents are caused because truck drivers are texting or talking on the phone. Some have even been known to play games or watch videos while driving their trucks. 3. Poor Truck Maintenance Commercial trucks need a lot of routine maintenance because they’re put through a lot of use. The responsibility of maintaining these vehicles is usually on the company. If a truck driver owns his big rig, repairs might fall on them. These trucks aren’t always appropriately maintained. Lack of proper care can lead to issues like brake failure. Without proper control of such a large vehicle, the lives of everyone on the road is at risk. 4. Overloaded or Improperly Loaded Cargo All commercial trucks have two limits they’re supposed to adhere to. One is weight, and the other is volume. The weight must be evenly distributed without too much on either side. Failure to follow these limits makes the truck more difficult to drive. Overloading cargo can make it more difficult for the truck to stop. Improperly balanced cargo can cause the truck to swerve. 5. Speeding Speeding is one of the leading causes of truck accidents. Once again, speeding is usually caused by bosses setting unrealistic shipment arrival times. Feeling under pressure to make deadlines can cause truckers to drive faster than the posted speed limit. The biggest issue with truckers speeding is how difficult it is to stop. Even at average speeds, a commercial truck will have difficulty braking. The higher the speed, the more difficult it is for a big rig to stop. 6. Poor Weather Conditions Truckers must drive in all types of weather conditions. Cross-country truckers might run into several different hazardous conditions in a single day. Truck accidents are significantly more likely to occur when the weather is poor. Fog is a significant issue because it doesn’t allow truckers to see far enough ahead of their vehicles. An inability to see increases the risk of rear-ending other vehicles. Snow, ice, and rain can make roadways challenging to navigate.  7. Driving Under the Influence Many truckers who caused accidents were found to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, these weren’t illegal drugs but prescription medications. Drugs and alcohol can impair a person’s reaction time. Failing to react quick enough can cause a lot of otherwise avoidable accidents. Substance abuse can also increase the risk of falling asleep behind the wheel or swerving into another lane. What Should People Do If Involved in Truck Accidents? If someone is involved in a truck accident, several steps need to be taken. The first thing should be to call 9-1-1, so medical personnel can help anyone on the scene with injuries. If you are a truck driver, you should call your company as soon as possible. You will also want to call a lawyer. Be cooperative with the police at the accident scene and get treated for any injuries. If you are an average person involved in an accident with a big rig, the steps are mostly the same. You should call your auto insurance company and a lawyer as soon as possible. Don’t resist medical treatment if you’re told you need it. Avoiding Truck Accidents Most truck accidents can be avoided if necessary precautions are taken. A few ways truckers can avoid being involved in an accident include: Paying full attention to the road Ensuring the truck being driven is appropriately maintained Always double-checking cargo is within weight limits and balanced Making a rest stop when you feel tired Driving for no longer than eleven hours at a time Ensuring you get ten hours of rest between long driving shifts Staying within the speed limit Going slower than the speed limit in poor weather conditions (or stopping completely) Avoiding the use of drugs or alcohol (including prescription medications that may alter your ability to drive) Avoiding road rage, including cutting other drivers off Using defensive driving techniques at all times and avoiding offensive driving By following these guidelines, truckers can avoid most potential truck accidents. Remember, it’s better to have your shipment arrive a little late than to risk injuring yourself and others. Were You Involved in a Truck Accident? Commercial truck accidents occur more frequently than most people believe. They can be caused by the trucker or by conditions outside their control. If you were involved in any truck accidents, contact us today. Our knowledgeable law staff can help you understand what comes next. If you need legal representation, we can help with that.

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back pain from car accident

6 million car accidents occur in our country every year. As a result of these accidents, three million people are injured annually. If you’re experiencing back pain from a car accident, you’re not alone. You don’t have to remain alone, either. Instead, you can work with a Georgia lawyer to receive the compensation you deserve. Don’t let the upper back pain you’ve developed from a car accident ruin your life. Instead, keep reading to learn what to do if you’re suffering from back pain from a car accident in Georgia. With these tips, you can make your case for a personal injury claim. 1. Go to a Doctor Back pain isn’t always acute. In fact, post-accident endorphins, or adrenaline, often mask the pain. As a result, your back injuries might not present themselves under a while after the accident.  Don’t wait until you experience back pain from the car accident. Instead, see a doctor right away. A doctor can diagnose your back injury and determine its severity. During your appointment, they might use: X-rays CT scans MRIs Myelograms Bones scans These tests will help them diagnose your injury. Some back injuries are short-term, and therefore only need temporary treatment. Possible treatment includes: Injections for inflammation Pain medication Physical therapy Chiropractic care Serious back injuries, on the other hand, might require a surgical procedure to alleviate your pain. Pressure on your spinal cord or the surrounding nerves could cause you to develop chronic pain. During the surgery, your surgeon might need to remove parts of the vertebrae or remove a ruptured disk. Then, they’ll need to fuse the vertebrae together. The sooner you are evaluated, the sooner you can receive the treatment you need. Possible Injuries Your back pain can last between a few months or a lifetime. It depends on the severity and type of injury.  Are you experiencing upper left back pain from a car accident? Maybe you’re noticing a sharp pain in your upper back. Regardless, here are a few common injuries that often result after a rear-end collision: Muscle strain Whiplash Herniated discs Shifted and fractured spinal vertebrae Back, neck, and shoulder pain are all common after a car accident. Other symptoms can include muscle strain and headaches. Visiting a doctor can help treat your back pain after a car accident before it gets worse. 2. Speak with a Car Accident Attorney After your car accident, make sure to speak with a qualified car accident attorney about what happened. However, it’s important you speak to a doctor beforehand. That way, you’ll have pertinent information the attorney can use to assess your case. Proper treatment for your upper back pain can get expensive. You might also need chiropractic care or physical therapy. Either way, these expenses will all add up.  An auto accident lawyer can evaluate your case and medical records. With their help, you can seek the compensation you deserve. That way, you can receive treatment without stressing out over your medical bills.  3. Consider a Chiropractor Depending on your doctor’s assessment, you might want to visit a chiropractor.  First, a chiropractor will assess your back pain. They’ll review your medical history as well as the accident.  After the assessment, your chiropractor will use spinal manipulation to realign your spine. An adjustment can: Decrease your need for surgery Limit your prescription drug use Determine the root cause of your back pain Treat your headaches Reduce overall pain Spinal manipulation allows a chiropractor to align your body’s musculoskeletal structure. When the spine and body are aligned, your body can better heal from your accident. Otherwise, you’ll leave that pressure on your spine to build. This can lead to long-term aches and pains. Visiting a chiropractor can help ease the back pain you feel each day. It can also benefit your case. By visiting a chiropractor, you’re demonstrating that you experienced harm as a result of the accident. 4. Don’t Sign Anything Don’t sign anything with your insurance company right away. Instead, make sure a medical professional has the time to completely evaluate your injuries. This might include giving your treatment time to work as well. Signing a release with your insurance company could prohibit you from receiving full compensation for your injuries. 5. Keep Records As you receive treatment from different doctors, chiropractors, and other professionals, make sure to keep track of your back pain. Receipts and other documentation will help you receive a fair settlement from the insurance company. These documents will help your lawyer throughout your case.  Otherwise, you won’t have evidence of what you endured as a result of the accident.  6. Consider Pursuing the At-Fault Driver There were 4.6 million medically consulted injuries that resulted from car accidents in 2017. Meanwhile, total vehicle injury costs were estimated at $433.8 billion. If you live in a no-fault insurance state, ask your attorney about filing your injury claim with your own insurance company.  Your personal-injury-protection (PIP) coverage will reimburse you for costs related to your treatment, including: Medical treatment Lost wages Out-of-pocket expenses Chiropractic care However, your PIP coverage won’t pay for any pain and suffering you endured.  However, you may have suffered severe back pain from a car accident. If so, you’re possibly eligible to pursue the at-fault driver for these damages.  If you’re not limited to no-fault laws, you need to first file a claim for the damages with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.  Personal damages include: Medical bills Out-of-pocket expenses Lost wages Pain and suffering Property damage, on the other hand, can include the cost to repair your car. It can also cover the cost of a rental or the value of a car if it’s totaled. Property damage claims can also cover phones, glasses, or other items damaged in the crash. See to Your Spine: What to Do If You’re Suffering Back Pain from a Car Accident An experienced personal injury attorney can help if you’re suffering from back pain from a car accident. They’ll ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. That way, you can...

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what to expect physically after a car accident

Many of us manage to go about our daily commute without having to experience a car crash. A small bump here and there, hopefully, while you’re not in the car, is all that most people deal with.  That said, it’s impossible to predict or prevent the behavior of other drivers on the road. We are at risk of experiencing a car accident, and we should be prepared for that event should it ever happen.  The most important thing to keep in mind is your physical health and wellbeing after the crash. We’re going to talk about what to expect physically after a car accident, giving you some insight into what to look for and how to respond. What to Expect Physically After a Car Accident Car accidents fall all across the board in terms of damage to our bodies. Your body’s response to the crash depends on how you’re sitting, where you’re seated, how fast you’re going, how fast the other driver is going, the quality of your vehicles, and the angle at which you crash. Those factors combine to create a near-limitless number of possible effects upon your body. That said, there are a number of common injuries that do occur, making it a little easier for you to look for signs of injury.  We’ll cover a few of those common injuries first. Back, Neck, and Shoulder Pain Many of the injuries that come from car accidents have to do with the quality of our spine. Our bodies are pretty adaptable to physical injury, but our spines are susceptible to be shifted, damaged, and cause lasting pain.  Another crucial point is that the spine serves as a central component of the rest of your bodily health. So, an injury to an area on the spine could lead to difficulty in your appendages.  If you were hit forcefully, be on the lookout for signs of whiplash. Typically, whiplash leads to distinct pain in the neck or shoulders. The term “whiplash” isn’t used in legal or medical cases, but it’s used colloquially as a term to describe any of the injuries that occur from the fast jolting motion that the tissue of our upper bodies undergoes in an accident.  Many times, signs of whiplash don’t show up immediately. If you were jolted in a back-and-forth motion during the accident, be aware of how your neck and back feel in the days following.  Headaches Headaches are difficult to diagnose, especially in car accident cases.  You may experience an immediate headache during and after the crash, strictly because of the distinct and immediate stress that the situation causes. The stress of calling insurance companies, dealing with other drivers, assessing damage, wondering if you’re alright, and thinking about how to overcome the situation can all have a very real mental effect.  On the other hand, you could have a headache from the physical crash. Even if your head didn’t hit anything in the process of the crash, the headache could still be a result of the accident.  If you did hit your head during the crash, you should seek medical attention as soon as you’re able. You could have incurred a brain injury or a concussion, and those are two things that should be treated immediately.  Headaches can also be the sign of whiplash symptoms, spinal difficulty, blood clots, or some other damage to your upper body. Internal Pain By “internal,” we mean pain that is perceived to exist among your internal organs.  You could feel this pain right away, and it’s likely that you’ll feel that you need to get to a doctor urgently. Internal damage that comes up immediately is extremely painful and needs to be treated and examined by a doctor.  At the same time, not all internal damage is perceivable right away. You may notice aches, pains, or unusual sensations in the days following the accident. If you notice any of these signs, you should take them seriously.  Internal damage often has the potential to be fatal, but can be treated in many cases.  Tingling, Pain, Lack of Sensation If you notice a difference in your sensation, this is probably a result of an adjustment made to your spine during the crash.  Nerves run from your appendages to your spine and up to your brain. Interference in this process occurs when you have a slipped disc or adjusted spinal column and that connection pressed down upon or cut off.  Sometimes that means you’ll feel little to nothing, numbness, tingling, or extreme pain. These symptoms can come forward over time, too, so don’t be surprised if it takes a few days or weeks for anything to arise.  Unfortunately, numbness and tingling often mean that you’ll need to see a doctor as well as a chiropractor regularly. It’s important that you do this, though, because spinal issues can get worse over time, and dealing with them promptly is crucial. Emotional Trauma Finally, you may expect to suffer some emotional trauma. Depending on who you are and the nature of the accident, this trauma will vary. That said, any amount of emotional pain and suffering deserves compensation if you aren’t at fault for the accident.  You may notice that you have flashbacks of the accident, your mood is off in the days and weeks following the crash, or you may have deepened emotional suffering as a result of the medical injuries you suffer during the crash.  Finally, your brain and head injuries could cause distinct, if only brief, changes to your mood and personality. These are serious mental injuries and should be noted in your case as well as addressed by your doctor. These are all natural responses to such an intense experience. Seeing a counselor and addressing these difficulties is extremely important if you hope to carry on and exist as you did before the crash.  Need to Learn More? 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how long should you be sore after a car accident

The days and weeks following an accident can be very confusing. It’s difficult to know how well you’re handling the crash physically, emotionally, and legally. This is because stress, pain, and soreness often last for a while after the injury occurs. But how long should you be sore after a car accident? And what does it mean if you feel as though you’ve been sore for far too long? We’re going to explore those ideas in this article, giving you some insight into how long you should reasonably expect to be sore after a car accident. We’ll also give you some pointers on how to handle the situation legally, ensuring that you get the compensation you’re entitled to.  How Long Should You be Sore after a Car Accident? The first thing that we want to point out, legalities aside, is that any lasting pain that you experience should be closely examined. Most people like to tough things out and let them work themselves out, but injuries caused by car accidents can be severe even if they seem small.  This is true even if your car accident was relatively tiny compared to others that you’ve seen, or even other accidents that you’ve been in.  Remember that the force of any vehicle is powerful at low speeds, and you’re being affected by a giant, rolling, metal object smashing directly into your car. Those damages can be severe, lasting, and life-altering if you don’t look into them.  That said, there is a reasonable amount of time you should be sore.  If You’re Waiting to Take Action There are certainly some situations in which you could avoid seeking medical help right away. If the crash was relatively light, you came out feeling great and unaffected by the physical force of the accident, and you’re confident that you truly do feel fine, you might not want to go see a doctor.  This decision might be amplified by the fact that you don’t have a lot of money to spend at the hospital, especially if your check-up ends up finding out that there’s nothing wrong with you, just like you suspected.  All of these things aside, you still might feel a little bit sore the next day. You might also feel sore the day after that. The pain might go away for a while, maybe even weeks, but it could come back eventually.  This is because the damage of a car accident often gets focused on our spine, which is known to turn symptoms on and off. That said, spinal injuries are severe and could lead to life-altering damages.  So, if you take it easy and avoid the doctor after a light car accident, be sure that the symptoms go away after one or two days. If the symptoms persist, you are putting yourself in danger the longer you wait.  If You’ve Seen a Doctor Odds are that if you were in pain immediately after the crash, you saw a doctor.  This is a smart move for everyone who has the ability. There’s a wide variety of injuries that could come from a car accident, and a checkup from a doctor who knows what they’re looking for could spare you a lot of pain and suffering.  They’ll be able to identify what is wrong with your body in the wake of the crash and give you specific insight into how long you should expect to be sore.  When Symptoms Come Back The tricky thing about injuries is that they’re not always immediately able to be seen. You might be a little sore right after the accident, only to find that your symptoms are gone the next morning.  You go about your day for the next week or so, and are suddenly hit by severe, biting pain in your arm. It could also be your leg, your back, your head, your hands, or anything else.  There’s a real potential for your symptoms to go unnoticed for a couple of weeks without you being sore. Additionally, your mental and emotional suffering needs to be taken into account.  If you had a traumatic experience during the crash, how can you quantify the length of time and severity of pain? Will those symptoms come back or are they going to go away when the experience is over? These are all factors that you should consider when moving forward with insurance and legal proceedings.  How to Get What You’re Owed Because there are so many factors involved in a car accident, it’s difficult for the average person to know how to defend themselves. Things like prior conditions, speeds, seatbelts, physical injury, emotional trauma, and much, much more are all factors to consider.  Working with a lawyer is the best way to receive the compensation you deserve for the experience of going through a car crash. This is especially true if you’ve had to put your life on hold in order to recover.  Physical and mental recovery can get in the way of the money you would have earned at work, even affecting your employment status if your employer isn’t understanding.  You might be in a position to receive compensation for your noneconomic damages as well as your economic damages, and there’s no reason that you shouldn’t.  Don’t sell yourself short of getting what you’re owed, even if you experienced pain for only a few short days after the accident. When that pain comes back, you want to be sure that you’re able to effectively move forward to receive the compensation for any potentially life-altering ailments you acquired from the crash. Remember, spinal injuries can be lasting, painful, and difficult things to work through. Your journey to recovery will be made far less stressful if you’re able to have financial compensation for the process.  Are You Experiencing Pain? If you’re still wondering how long you should be sore after a car accident, the answer is that you shouldn’t have to wonder. You should know whether or not the injuries you have are serious...

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late appearing car accident injuries

Car accident injuries are by no means all the same, and they don’t always show up immediately after the crash.  This is an important fact to remember if you’ve been in an accident, both for your health and the way you deal with the situation legally. We’re going to explore the idea of late appearing car accident injuries in this article, giving you some insight into how to proceed and get the compensation you deserve.  Let’s get started: How to Handle Late Appearing Car Accident Injuries We’ll discuss the types of injuries you could be experiencing, how to look for them, and the ways in which you should proceed medically. first, though, we have to talk about liability and how to handle it when your injuries appear after the accident.  Release of Liability If you have any doubt at all concerning the idea that you sustained any injuries from the accident, it’s crucial that you don’t sign a release of liability until everything is settled.  When you release the other party from liability, your lawsuit is ended and any claims that you’d make in the future are taken off of the table. In other words, you’re saying that you’re satisfied with the process and are ready to move forward.  This can come back to bite you if you have late-appearing injuries. That means that even though you aren’t to blame for whatever injuries you’ve sustained, the financial responsibility falls upon you because the other party isn’t held liable anymore.  Further, injuries that appear late are often the most insidious. They often deal with damage to the spine and nervous system, requiring physical therapy, chiropractic care, and sometimes surgery.  If You’re Ready to Sign a Release You may feel as though you’re ready to sign a release of liability and move forward with your life.  Maybe enough time has passed that you feel confident about your injuries and don’t feel that they’ll resurface, or surface at all. Even if you feel this way, it is a smart decision to have a medical evaluation.  A medical evaluation after a car accident gives a doctor the chance to look at the condition of your brain, neck, shoulders, back, and spine. That way, you can have a very clear idea of what the damages are if there are any, and you’ll be able to move forward confidently if there’s no sign of damages.  Having an evaluation also helps greatly in settlements and compensation for your pain and suffering.  Common Physical Injuries While any number of injuries could befall someone who’s experienced a car accident, there are a few that come up time after time.  We’ll list a few of the most common below so that you can know what to look out for. Head and Mental Pain It’s not uncommon for car accidents to cause trauma or pain to the head.  If you have a headache immediately after the accident or the days following, be sure to take that seriously. You could have experienced enough force to cause a concussion or even brain damage.  These issues can lead to other, more serious life-altering ailments. Any headache related to the accident should be examined by a doctor. Further, you might be experiencing headaches as a result of the stress of the situation.  Dealing with the financial and legal matters that come after a car accident can be very stressful for anyone. Additionally, you may have had a traumatizing experience in the crash, which is also something that requires medical attention.  PTSD is a common side-effect of car accidents, and it can lead to severe headaches, not to mention emotional pain.  Soft Tissue Pain Whiplash is another common side-effect of car accidents. Whiplash is a term that refers generally to the pain caused by the distinct jerking that happens in the moments of a crash.  This can wreak havoc upon the soft tissue in our neck and shoulders, leading to lasting and serious pain. Additionally, these symptoms don’t always show up immediately.  You may notice that the pain emerges in the days following your accident. These symptoms could be a result of damaged muscle tissue, or the could be symptomatic of a deeper, spinal issue.  Spinal Issues The spine is an area that is particularly vulnerable in car accidents. Issues like slipped or herniated discs are common in car accidents.  Damage to the spine can lead to all sorts of bodily pain, back problems, nervous issues, and more. These issues don’t always come up immediately either, as they can start small but gradually branch out into much larger issues.  Further, the side-effects of slipped discs can cause severe pain and damage to your appendages. Pain, Tingling, Numbness Because the spinal column is so intimately connected to a person’s nerves, slipped discs can often cause a lot of problems in the way of sensation.  Numbness and tingling are often signs that one of your discs is out of place and pressing on your nerves. Another common sign of this is extreme pain.  If the disc is in your lower column, you may experience the pinching of your sciatic nerve. This is the nerve that runs from your hip all the way down to your leg. When this nerve is pinched, it’s typically a sign of sciatica, which is essentially a lower spinal column falling out of place and obstructing the function of the sciatic nerve.  Emotional Trauma In the days following the crash, you may also notice that your emotions are heightened or unusual.  A car accident is particularly stressful and potentially traumatic. If you notice distinct changes in personality, flashbacks, or new fears, it could be a sign that professional counseling is needed.  These symptoms could also come, in part, as a result of a concussion or brain damage. Emotional pain is another symptom that doesn’t necessarily emerge right away. Have You Experienced a Crash? Dealing with late appearing car accident injuries can be difficult when you’re on you’re own. 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types of evidence

According to the National Safety Council, 4.5 million people were seriously injured in a car accident in 2018. And 1,504 Georgians died in vehicle crashes in 2018. Unfortunately, these statistics are likely to have continued into 2019. If you or someone you know has been involved in an auto accident and need to know what types of evidence is needed to obtain compensation for your losses, here’s what you need to know. Need Evidence to Prove Negligence In order to win a lawsuit and recover for your injuries and losses after a car accident, you need to prove each of these things: Prove the other party (or parties) was negligent Prove their negligence caused your injuries Prove that you actually sustained injuries or damages To do that, you will need to gather and keep all the evidence you can to prove each of those points. Keep in mind that all accidents are different, so there may be items unique to your case that you should also keep. Your lawyer can help point those out to you. You also need to file any lawsuit to recover for negligence in a timely manner. So contact your attorney sooner rather than later to make sure you comply with any time restrictions. Here are some common types of evidence needed to prove negligence and document your losses so you can receive full compensation for them. Police Report When you’re involved in an auto accident, getting the police out to the scene is important. Their report will provide a general description of how the car accident happened based on all statements given to them at the scene and all evidence they gather there.   Photos Take photographs at the scene of the accident to show all damage to every vehicle and any property (fences, trees, signs, etc.). You’ll also need photographs that show all of your injuries. Take photos during the healing process to show how long it took to heal. Video Take videos of the scene too. Include video footage that shows the direction each vehicle was traveling from and any significant road signage. Later, if needed, your attorney can also try to obtain CCTV footage from the intersection or local business cameras, if applicable. Witness Statements At the scene, ask for names and contact information from anyone who said they saw the accident happen. Or overhead the other party confessing fault or other incriminating information. The contact information will allow you to obtain their written statements while the facts of your case are fresh in their mind and later, if necessary, to get their deposition testimony.  Proof Other Party Was Arrested or Ticketed If the other party gets arrested for driving under the influence or receives a ticket (for speeding, running a red light, etc.), make a note to follow up to obtain a copy from the police to keep for your case file. Evidence Other Party Was Distracted or Tired If a witness indicates that the other party was texting, your attorney can help you obtain a copy of their phone records for proof they were distracted. If the other party or one of their passengers mentions that the driver was tired, your attorney can ask them for details when obtaining their statement or during their deposition. Black Box Data from Vehicles Obtaining the black box data from the other vehicle(s) involved in the accident can help determine facts about how the other party was driving. For instance, if they were speeding and whether the other driver failed to apply their brakes timely.  Expert Witnesses Using expert witness testimony can be very helpful to your case. Especially if your injuries are serious. They can also help explain how an accident happened and why the other party was at fault.  Prior Incident Reports from Government Sources Some roadways can prove themselves to be dangerous over time. By pulling the reports showing how often other accidents occurred in the location where your accident happened, the reports may show the roadway itself was at fault for the accident. If so, you can be able to look to the government entity who planned or constructed the roadway for compensation as well.   Medical Reports and Statements Proving you were injured by the other party is a significant part of your case. The primary way this is proven is through obtaining copies of your medical records, invoices, and medical reports from your doctor(s). These documents need to show how your injuries were sustained, the extent of the seriousness of your injuries and how well you healed from them.  Some injuries take years to recover from or leave you with permanent disabilities or on-going limitations. Your medical reports can also be used to help prove these future losses. As well as help prove the pain and suffering you endured due to the crash. Proof of Lost Wages If you lose time from work, keep or get proof from your employer. You should be compensated for any time missed because you stayed home due to your injuries. And also for any time you get docked pay for going to your doctor or physical therapy. Body Damage Estimates Depending on the insurance companies involved, you may end up sending your car to one of their preferred body shops for repair. If so, you may not need to get estimates from another body shop. But if not, be sure to get at least three different estimates for damage done to your vehicle in order to prove your property damage losses.  Proof of Other Incidental Losses If you suffer other losses in connection with your car accident, be sure to keep any receipts or other proof, even if you’re not sure you can collect for it or not. Such as, keep invoices for rental cars. And make a list of any clothing you were wearing and other personal property items that were damaged in your car, if any, along with an approximation of their value. Record These Types of Evidence to Win Every auto accident is different, so...

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