Thanksgiving car crashes in Georgia last year resulted in 12 deaths and more than 500 crashes. The statistics may be down this year because of the pandemic, but that does not make the roads safe.
Here is what I am seeing.
For those who take to the road this holiday, many have not driven long distances for about a year. This makes their driving skills a little rusty. Now more than ever, you need to look out for the other guy.
With the fear of the Covid-19 virus, more CSRA families are deciding to travel by car. This can increase the danger on the roads.
Families need to discuss a “what if” plan now. Here are some thoughts:
- If you are in a traffic accident, the first thing is to get medical care.
- If you can, get the names and phone numbers of the other people involved. Don’t forget to get the same for witnesses.
- Consider taking photos with your phone.
- Be careful of what you say. GA law can penalize you if you are even a little at fault. My advice is to give the facts but don’t admit anything.
- Call an attorney to help. It doesn’t cost you anything out of your pocket. In fact, many drivers have our number on their ICE (in case of emergency) list.
Also, before you set out, consider increasing your uninsured motorist coverage. I say this on the TV show almost every week. Uninsured or underinsured coverage is used if the person who hit you doesn’t have enough or any insurance. It is surprisingly inexpensive. Remember, many drivers only carry the minimum insurance (not enough if you are seriously injured) and that more than 10 percent of GA drivers have no insurance at all.
If you suffer a traffic accident or wrongful death, you can talk us at the Hawk Law Group for free. 706-444-4444. We want to help. We want to help and are always available.
Also, join us on News 12 LawCall here in Augusta every Sunday night at 11:30 right after the news. We are on tape during the COVID-19 epidemic but plan to be back live soon taking your questions.
GA Personal Injury Attorney