Human error, equipment malfunction or even animals could be the cause of motor vehicle accidents in Georgia. Human error includes driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Distracted driving is another common cause of car accidents. Using a phone while driving, eating and even dealing with children while in the car may be distracting enough to cause an accident. Some accidents may occur because the driver has a stroke, a seizure or another medical incident. Even getting lost or being unfamiliar with traffic laws, particularly if the person is from another state, could lead to an accident.
An equipment malfunction may also cause an accident. Sometimes, the malfunction could be because of a mistake made by the manufacturer. An accident could also happen if a person fails to keep up maintenance on the vehicle. Faulty traffic lights could also cause an accident.
Weather conditions, such as fog or sleet, can result in an accident, although the driver may still be held responsible. Animals, including deer and other wildlife, could also cause accidents if they run in front of cars.
Both insurance companies and law enforcement want to identify the cause of an accident. For the insurance company, it is so it can determine who should be paid how much in compensation. For law enforcement, it is necessary to determine legal liability.
Car accidents may lead to catastrophic injuries. These could include traumatic brain injuries, paralysis and other types of injuries that could result in a long rehabilitation period or could mean a person is never able to return to work. Therefore, obtaining compensation can be critical. However, an insurance company might dispute who was at fault in the accident or might not offer enough in compensation. An attorney may be able to help an injured person get adequate compensation or file a lawsuit.