Atlanta is well known for the amount of accidents that occur on its roads and how dangerous the area is to drive. According to the organization Georgia Highway Safety, there were 116,458 injuries caused by car wrecks in 2013 alone. To get some perspective, the Georgia Dome seats 71,228 people. Unfortunately, that means you or someone you know may fall into this statistic. There is plenty of talk about the importance of hiring a car accident lawyer. Atlanta has its fair share of attorneys, but when you are in an accident it can be hard to decipher between injuries that will go away and those that will get worse. It can be tempting to walk away without medical attention or a lawyer.
Car accidents are exactly that. Accidents. Our bodies have many different ways of dealing with this type of life-threatening stress. One of the most popular ways for a body to deal with stress is to go into shock. When a person is in shock, they may not feel the extent of their injuries. When adrenaline is flowing, it can be hard to distinguish exactly what, if anything, is wrong. This is why it is important to get checked out by medical professionals. Medical workers will understand the signs of shock and any other injury you might be facing. Talk to the emergency workers and the health care professionals as early as possible, and be as truthful as possible.
In a major accident injuries tend to be larger and more noticeable, however, in minor crashes the most common injuries tend to be concussions and whiplash. These two injuries are considered soft tissue injuries and are not always reported right away as it can take some time for them to surface. At the scene of an accident, it can be so tempting to just shrug off any minor injuries and refuse to get checked by a doctor. In these situations, it is so important to seek medical help. There is a possibility that injuries will surface, and if they do, you may need additional medical care. At this point, an insurance company can claim that your symptoms or injuries are not related to the accident you were in, since there is no proof that you saw a doctor about them.
All of the red tape and crazy loopholes that allow insurance companies to get out of paying for victims of a car accident can be dizzying. The best way to ensure that you get compensated fairly is to hire an experienced car accident attorney. Atlanta is a great place to live, and the people driving the 427,092 cars in the area know it. (That number is for Cobb county alone.) With more cars on the road, there is likely to be more accidents. Make sure to be as knowledgeable as possible in case it happens to you. If you or someone you know has been in a car accident in Atlanta, call The Patterson Cozzo Law Firm at (770) 422-8840.