Car Accidents

Personal Injury Attorney Joshua W. Branch has extensive and impressive experience in resolving personal injury cases that arise from automobile collisions. From a recent internet search it appears that more than 250 million people in the United States of America are using cars for their main mode of transportation, with over 5.75 million of those people with driver’s licenses in the State of Georgia. Unfortunately, after any casual drive around almost any part of America, including this great state, it appears  at least half of these people are either texting, eating, putting on make-up or simply just driving like a crazy person. We all notice reckless driving behavior as we go about our normal daily activity and often pass people who have their cell phone in front of their dash board as they are looking at it or texting but we don’t mind… unless it effects us. This alarming trend of reckless driving has been increasing.

Even if someone is not being reckless by texting and driving, or even worse by drinking and driving, they still can make awful decisions while driving that result in a collision.  Very often in these automobile collisions serious injuries occur. All automobile collisions, whether done through absolutely reckless behavior or by simple negligent behavior can have far-reaching implications in the form of injuries suffered by the innocent victims of these acts.

Imagine you are the following person and that the following scenario happened to you:

“I just finished working and was driving home. I decided to get a milkshake to top off what had been a very long day at work. After having left the milkshake shop, I was heading home to put up my feet. On my way home, I came upon a large intersection that I pass through everyday. All I could think is that I couldn’t wait to get home, so when the light at the intersection turned green I couldn’t resist the smile that came across my face because I knew I was that much closer to being home. As I proceeded through the intersection, all I remember is that everything went black as I heard a massive metallic crushing sound.

When I awoke I saw a paramedic at my car door.  I tasted blood which was falling down my face into my mouth and saw smoke rising from my car, while my body hurt everywhere. I had broken glass covering me everywhere. I was scared my car was about to catch on fire as I saw the smoke continuing to rise from under my hood. I saw police cars, ambulances and several people all with the look of shock and awe on their face. I was overwhelmed and scared. Apparently, a reckless driver was looking at a text message and didn’t look up to see that he had a red light and drove right through the intersection and collided directly into me going about 60mph. He T-boned my car and sent my vehicle spinning.

On the ride to the hospital, I cried. My life had changed because someone decided to be reckless and not care about my life and my well being.

At the hospital, I was told I was diagnosed with a closed head injury, herniated discs in my neck and scarring on my face from the cuts from the wreck. Surely, for such a reckless deed the insurance company of the at-fault driver would want to make sure that I was taken care of so that at least I would have my medical bills paid in full and that I would be provided a fair and reasonable outcome – sadly, that was far from the truth. The insurance company did not care and displayed that lack of care and concern by trying to get me to settle my case before I had even had a chance to get well. The amount of the settlement offer didn’t even cover my initial hospital bills.

I was experiencing severe headaches and loss of balance from the closed head injury, the discussions of a surgical procedure were ongoing wherein I would have metal plates and screws put in my neck after having my vertebrae hollowed out to provide room so that there would not be compression on my spinal cord.  I saw the scars on my face every day as I looked in the mirror.  The insurance company was not even providing me a settlement offer that reflected my hospital bills. I wanted my life back before this happened but knowing that would not happen, I just wanted what is fair and reasonable taking into account all of the injuries and their effects upon my life. The insurance company for the at-fault driver was not going to be fair and reasonable so I needed someone to protect my rights and help me.”

The foregoing brief synopsis is based upon facts from a previous car wreck case that Joshua W. Branch resolved with ultimately a very happy client after she received a fair and just outcome. Most of these stories share a common theme – the lack of care and concern for the injured victim until they hire Joshua W. Branch to represent them. The injured victim needs the right attorney in their corner.

When someone suffers through a car wreck and they sustain severe injuries caused by another, they will need professional legal representation, advice and counsel as soon as possible to ensure they receive a fair and just outcome. An outcome that takes all of the circumstances of the event in mind and that is reasonable and fair. The injured victim will need a legal advocate who is aggressive in protecting their rights and also compassionate in understanding what they are going through and has the skill and expertise of knowing the inner workings of the human anatomy so as to be able to fully understand the scope and effect of the injuries.

Bear in mind, that as soon as one has been injured or killed, the insurance company for the culpable party begins almost instantly in an attempt to minimize the appropriate outcome for the injured individual – the insurance company views the injured or the family who has lost a loved one as an alpha-numeric number and the insurance company will attempt to do everything within their power to not compensate the injured or the family of a loved one in a fair and reasonable manner. Insurance companies are strictly driven by profits, not by their compassion for people nor by doing what is right and just. The insurance company’s focus will rely on one simple principle: profits over people. So, if given the chance an insurance company will try to even resolve a claim before all injuries have even been identified and received appropriate professional medical attention. Those types of actions on behalf of the insurance companies exemplify the vantage point that they take over those who are severely injured and or who have lost loved ones.  That vantage point taken is that they do not care about you or your family and that they have no compassion towards what you have been through.

You need someone who is dedicated to justice for you. Someone that will protect your rights, someone that will aggressively work for a fair and reasonable outcome for you and allow you to be able to return to the life that you knew before the incident  was forced upon you. Not an outcome that the insurance company will attempt to force upon you but one that is fair and lets you obtain the justice you need and deserve. 

For all car wreck accident cases, timing is crucial in many respects.

The initial stages of any type of car wreck case are crucial for a variety of reasons. The following are some suggested steps to take to ensure you are headed in the right direction toward a fair and just recovery, both physically and financially. 

Suggested Steps To Take If You Have Been Injured