Atlanta, Georgia Personal Injury Attorney
For decades, our experienced personal injury lawyers and truck accident attorneys at William C. Head, PC have worked tirelessly on behalf of victims who have been injured in an accident and have suffered a serious bodily injury or lost a close family member to negligent acts leading to a wrongful death. Our Georgia trial lawyers become the warriors who fight for those who have been physically, financially, and emotionally hurt whether from a car wreck, or resulting from a work injury or another type of negligent act of an at-fault party or parties. Forty-three years of legal experience in Georgia sets our law office apart from newer law firms seeking personal injury cases.
Medical bills from a car accident can be frightening, and the thought of having to deal with an insurance company brings even more fear. Our accident attorneys will be there to assist you, every step of the way, if you retain our firm. Distinctively different from most law firms, our Atlanta legal advocates will either handle your case 100% in-house or will team up with another law firm in some cases. But you pay only one single contingency fee, not two lawyers’ fees. A contingency fee means that you owe no fees unless our lawyers recover for you.
What Is a Tort in a Personal Injury Case?
A civil wrong committed by a company or person is called a “tort.” This word, from the French word meaning “wrong,” was adopted in England over 500 years ago. The word “tort” was part of the Common Law that the American colonies brought to America. Every first-year law student learns about tort laws and how these civil law claims for money damages are different from criminal law and contract law.
So, the word “tort” identifies a CIVIL wrongdoing that can be addressed in a private lawsuit by the injured party or parties, against the at-fault party or parties. The at-fault party, in legal terms, is called the “tortfeasor” or (in a lawsuit) is denominated as the Defendant. The injured party seeking a financial recovery is called the Plaintiff.
By doing some dangerous “act,” or by omitting to “act,” an individual or company or even the government can be liable. Several different entities or people may be partially at fault, such that more than one source of money can be “tapped.”
A Personal Injury Law Firm Does Far More Than Merely Fight Insurance Companies
Because our law firm’s civil litigation practice is limited to severe injury and wrongful death cases due to acts of negligence or because of malpractice by a medical practitioner, virtually all clients represented by our Georgia injury attorneys have incurred emergency room charges and other hospital and physician bills which routinely exceed six figures. These massive medical bills and other types of damages (e.g., lost income, replacement of a vehicle, rehabilitation costs) are an important part of what our law firm is tasked with settling. Think of this litigation service being like taking a huge boulder off the shoulders of our client and his or her family.
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About the Owner of the William C. Head PC Law Firm
Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer
William C. Head, an attorney for 43 years, has garnered numerous awards and accolades for putting his clients first, including being among America’s Best Law Firms, as determined by U.S. News & World Report for many years. Martindale-Hubbell, America’s oldest and best-known lawyer ratings service, has rated Mr. Head at its highest possible skill level and ethical conduct rating for over two decades. Plus for over 15 years, Super Lawyers has included William C. Head in its attorney ratings.Request A Free Case Review
Frequently Asked Questions
The most common injury from motorcycle accidents is a head injury, which includes a concussion and even brain damage. Though a concussion can range anywhere between mild to severe, brain damage is incapacitating and can also be fatal. Any type of contact to the head should be closely monitored, especially if the victim was not wearing a helmet. Neck injuries are also just as common to motorcycle accidents as head injuries are. A neck injury can be so severe as to paralyze someone or cause death.
Motorcyclists are 16 times more likely than passenger car occupants to die in a traffic crash and about four times as likely to be injured, per miles traveled. Although only 20 percent of car crashes result in injury or death, that percentage shoots up to a shocking 80 percent for motorcycle crashes.
The most common and single most dangerous cause for motorcycle accidents is when cars are making left-hand turns and don’t see the motorcyclist. These types of collisions make up 42% of all accidents involving a motorcycle and car. Typically, the turning car strikes the motorcycle when the motorcycle is driving straight through an intersection.
- Check yourself and others for injuries
- Take photos of the scene
- Move your bike off of the road
- Gather pertinent information
- Call Your Insurance Agent
- Contact a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
Unfortunately, motorcyclists have to be 10 times more vigilant when sharing the road with passenger vehicles and semi-trucks. There are several ways to prevent such accidents, including:
-Be careful of cars turning left at intersections. To avoid getting hit, keep an eye on approaching car’s blinkers and give them enough room to turn. If a car turns left near you without using their indicator, you may need to speed up or swerve to avoid them.
-Position your hands over your front and rear brakes when stopping. This decreases your reaction time as you’ll need to be able to brake at a moment’s notice.
-Avoid getting rear ended at stop lights. You can do this by pulling in front of the car that is ahead of you. Also, be sure to give the car a friendly wave as you maneuver around them.
-Resist the temptation to ride between cars in traffic. Why? There may be a car door opening, blocking your way, a car unexpectedly merging into another lane to escape traffic or a driver cutting in front of you to merge, blocking your way.
-Avoid speeding through tight turns. This may cause you to fly off the road. To avoid this from happening, try not to drive too quickly to correct a bad turn.
-Don’t drink and drive. This should go without saying, but did you know that half of the motorcycle accidents in the U.S. involve alcohol? Call a transportation service and have a friend help you pick up your motorcycle the following day.
-Follow any speed limits. This may sound obvious, but how often do drivers still speed? The consequences of speeding include not being able to turn properly because you’re going too fast, running into a car, person, or animal and hitting a patch of water and hydroplaning.
The median “average” motorcycle injury verdict and related settlement and court verdicts, according to Jury Verdict Research from 1999 to 2006 was $73,700. A $1,600,000 settlement was awarded to a plaintiff who slid on loose gravel and suffered crushed vertebrae and nerve damage. A $355,000 settlement was granted after plaintiff was killed when the defendant’s truck, pulling a small trailer, turned left in front of the motorcycle at high speed. These are just some examples of settlements your lawyer would have access to in order to better estimate how much of a settlement you could receive for your injuries.
The personal injury lawyer Atlanta reviews of Mr. Head by former clients further proves his tenacity in protecting his clients’ legal rights when pursuing a significant bodily injury claim (scarring, broken bones, brain injury, burn injuries, paralysis) or a wrongful death lawsuit caused by someone else’s negligence in the Atlanta metro area.
With 43 years of experience helping clients on countless personal injury cases statewide, our law office’s mission is to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve and that you are aggressively and competently represented in court. Our Atlanta law firm is familiar with the metro Atlanta courts in the 19-county area shown on the map below, and fully knowledgeable of the court system in these courts. Over 90% of all our cases occur in these counties, but Mr. Head practiced for his first 14 years in Athens-Clarke County.