As an Atlanta car accident attorney, I know just how dangerous Georgia's roads and highways can be. At The Murray Law Firm, we receive dozens of call on a weekly basis from new Clients seeking a lawyer to assist them with metro Atlanta car accident and truck accident cases. From the spring through the fall, we also see allot of pedestrian accident cases as more people are walking on sidewalks and crosswalks. Given our firm's involvement in so many Atlanta accident cases, it very rarely surprises me when I read the paper or watch the news and hear about a new traffic incident.
Despite my personal understanding of the regular occurrence of automobile accidents in Atlanta and throughout Georgia, the last week has seemed particularly bad. The wet weather that has drenched Atlanta over the last several days has resulted in a spike in the amount of traffic accidents. There have also been a significant number of car accident and truck accident fatalities, and wrongful deaths relating to pedestrian accidents. Just this past weekend, there was a hit and run fatality/wrongful death relating to a pedestrian crossing a cross walk on Buford Highways. An Atlanta woman was also killed in a truck accident when she stopped to assist another driver who had been stopped on a ramp at Spaghetti junction. A truck struck her vehicle, which caused her to be thrown from the side of the ramp.
Given the increased traffic incidents in Atlanta, we thought this blog posting might provide a good opportunity to remind our potential Clients of a few basic tips in the event of an accident. First and most importantly, in the event of an accident, immediately call 911. If you are injured, or you are not sure, request that emergency medical services be dispatched to the scene. Take pictures of all vehicles with a camera or a cellular phone before any alterations to the accident scene occur. Tell the responding police officer exactly what happened, and make sure that he includes your statement in his police report. Ask the officer for the police report number, as this will allow you to obtain the police report and ensure that the report is accurate. Finally, call your insurance company and report exactly what happened and who was a fault.