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The moments after a car accident can be very disorienting and filled with a rush of emotions. Be prepared. Following these suggested steps could be critical to protecting yourself.

  1. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries
    If you or someone else is injured, call 911, or ask a bystander at the scene to do so.
  2. Get to safety
    If you are not injured, and your car is safe to drive, move it to the side of the road. Otherwise, turn on hazard lights, turn off the engine, and make sure you and your passengers move to a safe area away from the accident. If possible, do not leave the general site of the accident unless your physical safety is at risk.
  3. Call the police (911)
    Whether the car accident is a minor “fender-bender” or a serious collision, call the police. If they can respond they will fill out an accident report and document the facts of the accident at the scene. Try not to leave the location of the accident. If you leave before the police permit you to do so, you can be charged with hit-and-run or leaving the scene of an accident. If the police are not able to respond to the scene, go to the nearest police station and fill out an accident report after completing the following steps.
  4. Exchange important information
    Calmly exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. The most important information includes:
    • Full name and contact information
    • Insurance company and policy numbers
    • Driver’s license and license plate number
    • Vehicle type, model, VIN number, and color
    • Accident location information
    • Do not discuss who is at fault with the other driver when going over accident details.
  5. Document the accident – get the essential details
    Protect yourself by taking the following steps:
    • Identify the police officers, including names and badge numbers.
    • Get a copy of the accident report.
    • Take pictures or video of both cars from different angles, and skid marks and
    • nearby security cameras. Your cell phone can be very helpful during this step!
    • Record the names of all parties involved – use your cell phone recorder if necessary to make a recording – speak slowly and clearly.
    • Talk to the witnesses – take down their names and contact information.
  1. Notify your insurance company
    Notify them that you have been in an accident
  2. Contact Akin & Tate – Atlanta’s auto accident attorneys
    Protect yourself. We can help you navigate your post-accident legal process, including:
    • Communicating with the insurance companies.
    • Collecting your medical records.
    • If necessary, file a lawsuit on your behalf.
    • Negotiating with insurance companies to get you the compensation you deserve.
    • Trying your case if the insurance company refuses to provide you with a fair settlement.

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The experienced car accident lawyers of Akin & Tate work on a contingency fee basis. You owe nothing unless we obtain a favorable settlement or judgment on your behalf.

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During a car crash, a buckled seat belt keeps you safe and secure inside your vehicle. Seat belts are the best defense against drivers that may be distracted or impaired. In 2017, seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved 14,955 lives according to The US Department of Transportation. Seat belt use by adult front-seat passengers in 2021 was 90.4%. That’s up from 70.7% in 2000.

Safety belt use – talk it up, Atlanta!

It’s hard to believe that almost 10% of adults in our community today still don’t use their seat belts. However, many of us who remember when seat belts were the exception and not the rule, understand that it’s a work in progress. Communicating, advocating, and reminding our friends and family members in our local communities around the Metro Atlanta area, and throughout Georgia, is essential to closing the knowledge gap and saving more lives.

Why doesn’t everyone use a seat belt?

One of the most popular reasons a usage gap still exists today – many people believe it’s just a short-distance ride and elect not to put on their seat belts. Car accident injuries do not discriminate by location, too often ending in fatal crash accidents! The other factor is age. More than half of teens (13-19 years) who died in crashes in 2018 were not buckled up at the time of the crash. Don’t be fooled or over-confident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 52% of accidents occur within five miles of a driver’s home and 69% within ten miles.

One of the most important steps we can take as drivers and passengers are to buckle up! The consequences of not buckling up are clear: 51% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2020 were unrestrained.

Akin & Tate is on a mission to keep Georgia safe!

We encourage all drivers and passengers to always buckle up. Statistics show that Georgia residents using seat belts lags behind the national average slightly. Working together in our community, communicating this message on a regular basis, we can help make people safer on our roads.

A few quick seat belt reminders from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

1. Buckle up – it is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in an auto accident.

2. Air bags do not replace seat belts – they complement one another.

3. Study the CDC guidelines for buckling up safely, including NEVER putting your shoulder belt behind your back or under your arm.

4. Seat belt fit matters.

Call an Experienced Car Accident Attorney – Call Akin & Tate

If you have suffered a personal injury in Georgia caused by another person’s negligence – contact the auto accident attorneys at Akin & Tate immediately. The moments after a car accident are critical, starting with the police report and gathering information. Proving the most common car accident injury claims can be complicated. The experienced trial lawyers at Akin & Tate will help you gather evidence for your case and work with you step-by-step to increase your likelihood of settling or winning your case.

The car accident lawyers at Akin & Tate specialize in representing auto accident victims. We’ll fight to prove your claim, and represent you in negotiations with the insurance company representatives and lawyers so you can maximize the amount you are entitled to for your personal injuries.

SOURCES:

https://www.cdc.gov/transportationsafety/seatbelts/facts.html

https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/seat-belts

https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/813072

https://www.cdc.gov/transportationsafety/pdf/seatbelts/2020/CDC-Restraint-Use-Fact-Sheets_Georgia.pdf