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Duluth Car Accident Lawyer

Car accidents are unfortunately common in Georgia, numbering in excess of 400,000 per year, and there are no shortage of prime accident areas near the Duluth offices of Parsons Law, LLC.

The decline of Gwinnett Place Mall hasn’t impacted how busy the traffic is nearby. Places like the intersections and Duluth Highway and Riverside Parkway in Lawrenceville, or the Goshen Springs and Jimmy Carter Boulevard in Norcross are no less likely to see accidents happen. Not to mention the possibilities that exist in backroads or just driving near one’s home. A Duluth car accident lawyer is there to fight for the rights of those who were injured because of someone else’s negligence.

Parsons Law, LLC understands what it takes to get fair car accident settlements. Experienced in the arts of both negotiation and litigation, Attorney Richard Parsons serves all of Gwinnett County and northward into Hall County. Call our Duluth office today at (888) 270-9068 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

What To Do After a Car Accident in Gwinnett County

The first step after a car accident is for the driver to make certain they’re okay. Whether it’s a multi-car accident on US-23 or fender-bender in a subdivision near home, personal well-being must always be the first priority. Even if getting in an ambulance wasn’t necessary, a voluntary visit to the emergency room to get checked out is important. The visit can provide reassurances to the driver, and they’re loved ones…and that visit might prove valuable in later negotiations or litigation for a car accident settlement.

At the scene of the accident, a driver should, if they are able, focus on information gathered in silence. By this we mean that exchanging insurance information and phone numbers with the other driver is necessary. Talking to witnesses and getting their contact information will prove helpful to a Duluth car accident lawyer. Pictures taken with one’s cell phone can certainly be important evidence.

But as this information is being gathered, a driver shouldn’t talk too much about how they’re doing. Everyone from the other driver to witnesses may be asking “Are you okay”? If a person feels fine, it’s human to offer reassurances. The reality is, though, that they may not be fine. A back or neck injury might not start to surface until after the fact. A person can seem deceptively fine if they have a concussion, at least in the initial moments after the collision. A driver who gives assurances that they’re fine, is undercutting their case if later examination proves otherwise. The best thing to say about one’s personal health is nothing.

After a car accident, a driver should just exchange information, talk to witnesses, and take photos. Then they can go get checked out and leave the rest of the lawyers.

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Proving Breach of Duty in Car Accident Cases

There are four elements of negligence that must be proven for an injured plaintiff to secure a car accident settlement in Georgia. It’s not uncommon for breach of duty to prove particularly controversial in a car accident case.

Breach of duty occurs when a driver fails to exercise reasonable care in how they operate their vehicle. Some accidents really are just that—accidents, where no one is at fault. But personal injury cases are built on the premise that someone–the defendant–is at fault, and the way that’s proven in court is by showing that the defendant driver did not act with reasonable care.

What does that mean in practice? It all depends on the circumstances of the case. It could cover anything from speeding to driving too fast for weather conditions to looking at one’s phone while driving. Reasonable care is assessed by the court as what an ordinary person would have done facing the same circumstances.

That’s why evidence-gathering is so important. Your lawyer can do further follow-up by getting a copy of the police report. All the evidence is used to establish that the defendant did not, in fact, exercise reasonable care and thereby breached their duty to drive responsibly.

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