Located on I-75, Dalton, Georgia attracts tourists from all over the world. Known as the Carpet Capital of the World, it also boasts multiple outdoor activities, dining in a variety of restaurants, sports, and other events. Most residents enjoy peaceful living in Dalton, but occasionally, that peace can be shattered by a serious car accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck, you may be experiencing chronic pain, mental health effects, or even permanent disability. Continued treatment for your injuries may be draining your finances, and if you’re out of work that can make matters worse. You may feel that there is no end in sight to these financial issues, but a Dalton personal injury lawyer may be able to help get you the compensation you need to pay your expenses.
Attorney Ali Awad, the CEO Lawyer, has the knowledge and experience to stand up for your legal rights. He knows when an insurance company has made a lowball offer and will fight to get you the damages you deserve. Arm yourself with the legal representation you need to recover after a serious car wreck.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, call Ali Awad right away for a no-obligation consultation of your case. The CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm team works for you using a contingency basis, meaning they don’t get paid unless you do. For this reason, there is nothing to lose by calling (833) 254-2923 to discuss the details of your case.
I-75: Georgia’s Deadliest Highway
Dalton is located just off I-75, which has the grim distinction of being named “Georgia’s Deadliest Highway.” Between 2015 and 2017, I-75 saw 111 traffic fatalities and even more injuries in the summer months alone. Yet accidents can occur at any time of year due to higher speeds on the interstate raising the risk of collisions.
When is the best time to drive on I-75? Unfortunately, it can be busy at any time, and the best times to drive may vary with the time of year. In general, peak times include 6-10 AM and 3-7 PM. Traffic in Atlanta suburbs like Dalton also gets heavier around the holidays and during the summer when more drivers are heading out on vacation. Traffic maps can help you see when traffic is growing lighter or heavier but never look at them while driving. Instead, check them before leaving or have a passenger monitor them.
Sometimes you have no choice but to drive in heavy traffic. The best way to handle this situation is to pay attention to your surroundings and other vehicles. Obey speed limits and other traffic laws and keep an eye on what other drivers are doing. Be prepared to stop quickly if another driver slams on their brakes or does something unexpected.
Entry and Exit Ramp Crashes
Entry and exit ramps can also be the site of interstate accidents. Drivers exiting the interstate are more likely to cause a crash than those entering, but you should still be on the lookout for vehicles entering the freeway at a bad point in traffic. A common scenario is when one car pushes another off the interstate, often the result of a rear-end crash. Speeding and alcohol use are frequent factors in these types of crashes.
Entry accidents are often caused by drivers failing to follow the “rules of the road” for entering a freeway. Motorists should match their speed to traffic when going down an on-ramp, and try to enter traffic during a break. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen, and sometimes other drivers find themselves making sudden lane changes to get out of an entering vehicle’s way. This can create even more risks for accidents. If you’ve been injured by a driver exiting or entering an interstate incorrectly, please contact a Dalton personal injury lawyer right away to learn your options.
Wrong Way Crashes
Wrong way accidents can happen anywhere but may be particularly devastating on the interstate due to the high speeds involved. They commonly happen with on/off ramps when a driver mistakenly thinks the ramp goes the other way. As a result, interstates often put up signs stating “no entry” at the end of an exit ramp to stop traffic from the other direction.
However, this doesn’t always work. There are several reasons wrong way accidents can happen:
Alcohol use. Drinking and driving can cause a lot of problems, including the ability to discern whether you’re driving in the right direction.
Distracted driving. As with alcohol use, distracted driving is bad for a number of reasons, one of which is that the driver may accidentally go the wrong way on a ramp or merge against traffic.
Age. About 15 percent of wrong way accidents happen with elderly drivers. This may be due to due difficulties with vision, particularly at night when visibility is already lower. It may also be related to other mobility issues that stop the driver from reacting fast enough to correct their mistake.
Being unfamiliar with the roadway. Again, this is a more likely issue in areas like Dalton with a lot of tourists or visitors from out of town. People who take the same interstate and on/off ramps each day are in the habit of using them correctly. But people who don’t live in the area can easily become confused about which exit to take or make illegal U-turns trying to follow along with their GPS directions (which aren’t always accurate). Those who are looking for their destination in an unfamiliar area may also get distracted and take a wrong turn that sends them against traffic.
Road work and other detours. Even a road you’re used to can become unfamiliar if road work is causing a lot of detours. Suddenly the six-lane road may be reduced to three and your usual exit may not be available. Or the detour takes you on a totally new route. When detours happen, you should slow down and pay attention to your surroundings.
Poorly designed roads. Some mistakes in design can increase the risk of wrong way crashes, including cloverleaf or partial cloverleaf plans. When entrance and exit ramps are placed parallel to each other in these situations, a motorist turning left could turn too narrowly and wind up in the way of oncoming traffic.
Lack of signs or sign visibility. Signs signaling “no entry” are very important in preventing wrong way wrecks. But sometimes these signs may be hard to see. For example, if a large tree branch is obscuring the sign, drivers may miss it. Poor lighting, lack of reflective paint on the sign, or poor location may also cause issues. Another potential problem is when a vehicle goes off the road and knocks down the signpost in an accident. If the highway department doesn’t fix this flattened sign right away, other drivers could be without warning. If you notice a missing or hard-to-see sign on a ramp you take often, you can report it using the SeeClickFix system.
Serious Injuries From Wrong Way Accidents
Unfortunately, wrong way crashes are much more likely to be fatal than other types of accidents, likely because of the head-on nature of the collision. People who survive these accidents may have severe injuries that require long-term treatment, including:
Head and neck injuries. These can include soft-tissue injuries like whiplash, as well as concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Back or spinal cord injuries. Any kind of back injury can leave you in chronic pain for years. Spinal cord injuries may lead to paralysis and permanent disability.
Internal injuries or bleeding.
Broken bones. These commonly include legs, arms, pelvis, ribs, and collarbone.
These are just some of the physical effects. A serious accident can also leave you in mental distress, resulting in symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, and symptoms of PTSD.
Making a Claim for Damages
If you’ve been hurt in any kind of car accident, including a wrong way crash, you may have a lot on your plate just trying to recover. However, your bill collectors may not care. The hospital and doctors want to be paid, and you may be out of work due to being hurt. This situation can be stressful and overwhelming, but a Dalton lawyer who handles personal injury claims may be able to help. They can review your case and explain your options for receiving damages.
If the other driver caused the accident, you will likely have the option to make a claim against their insurance company. While this is where claims often start, sometimes it isn’t where they end. The other driver’s insurer may reject the claim for a wide variety of reasons, including trying to place the blame on you. (Due to Georgia’s comparative negligence laws, which let the other party off the hook if you are found to be more than 49 percent to blame for an accident, this is a common tactic.) Or, the insurer may make you an offer for far less than your claim is worth. Or they may simply pay to the limit of the policy, which can be as low as $25,000 in liability coverage under state law.
We recommend that you speak with a lawyer before accepting any offer from an insurance company. Your attorney will go over the details of your case and your medical bills and has the knowledge needed to accurately assess your current and future costs. If you’ve reached the limits of the insurance policy, your Dalton personal injury attorney may be able to suggest other options, such as suing the other driver directly, or in some situations, suing a third party.
Followed by millions on social media, attorney Ali Awad has the skill and know-how to achieve results for his clients. With the CEO Lawyer in your corner, you can focus on your recovery while the CEO Lawyer Personal Injury Law Firm injury and accident attorneyteam focus on securing the compensation you deserve. Contact us online or call (833) 254-2923.
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Frequently Asked Questions
After a personal injury, you're bound to have legal questions. The CEO Lawyer Ali Awad can provide you with answers to these questions, just as he's given answers to his millions of curious social media followers. Take a look at some of the most common personal injury law questions for general information, and then reach out to one of our seasoned attorneys for specific guidance on your case!
To quickly resolve matters following an accident, insurance companies will offer you less than you deserve in compensation for your injuries. Many victims feel pressured to accept these offers as the bills begin to pile up, but that is rarely a good idea. The insurance company is looking to protect its bottom line; and will offer injured victims less than they deserve. An experienced personal injury attorney understands how to negotiate with the insurance company and can look out for your best interests by getting you the compensation you deserve after an injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, it is important to avoid negotiating or providing recorded statements to the insurance company without first seeking help from a qualified personal injury attorney.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Case?
The best way to determine if you have a personal injury case is to speak with a knowledgeable attorney. Our legal professionals have the expertise to evaluate your case and determine a strong legal strategy so that you can obtain the greatest amount of compensation possible under the law. We will enlist investigators, assistants, and other specialists to collect accident reports, speak with witnesses to your accident, and put together a plan. While you focus on your physical recovery, we will remain committed to fighting for the compensation that you deserve.
Georgia's Personal Injury & Accident Firm
Accident victims have a limited time to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time period is referred to as the statute of limitations, and in Atlanta, it lasts only two years. This means that if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you have only two years to pursue a personal injury suit. If you wait too long to reach out to an experienced attorney, you might be forever barred from seeking the compensation you deserve.
What to Expect From Your Initial Consultation With a Personal Injury Attorney?
During your initial consultation with CEO Lawyer team, we will go over the important details of your personal injury accident, which include the nature and extent of your injuries, how your injuries have impacted your ability to earn a paycheck, the cost of your medical treatment, and whether further medical treatment will be required. We will answer any questions you might have, as well, in regards to our experience, our track record of success, and what to expect from the legal process.
Many personal injury victims wonder if they will be able to afford the legal fees required to pursue a lawsuit. CEO Lawyer injury and accident attorneys will not ask for any type of upfront fee unless we are successful in obtaining compensation for you. That means that if you have been harmed in a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall accident, defective product accident, or any other type of personal injury accident, you can absolutely afford to contact our law office today for assistance. In fact, you cannot afford to wait. Reach out today.
We understand that some accident victims might have already obtained the assistance of an attorney but may be dissatisfied with the services provided. We are standing by and prepared to help you change legal representation, regardless of where you are in the process.
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If you or a loved one has been injured in any type of personal injury accident, you should not hesitate to speak with the experienced attorneys at CEO Lawyer personal injury law firm. Call, email, or fill out our online contact form today so that we can begin helping you pursue the compensation you deserve.