When you’re driving your own vehicle, you can reduce your risk of an auto accident by obeying traffic regulations and monitoring the flow of traffic. Unfortunately, when you’re in a taxi cab, you’re at the mercy of the driver. Since taxi drivers are paid by the mile, they often speed or otherwise drive recklessly in an effort to increase their earnings. If you are involved in a car wreck while a passenger in a taxi, the first step to take is to call for an ambulance, if necessary, and for the police.
After calling for emergency responders, contact a personal injury lawyer right away. Your attorney will guide you through obtaining other necessary information before leaving the scene of the accident, such as the full name and contact information of the driver, and his or her taxi company. It’s a good idea to take photographs of the scene and your injuries, and to write down notes about the circumstances of the crash.
The personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Neil Flit will build a strong case on your behalf and fight for your rights after you’ve been injured in a taxi accident. Those in the Atlanta area are invited to schedule a free consultation by calling (678) 809-7428.
If you have been involved in an auto accident, it’s highly probable that you’ll experience neck pain caused by whiplash. Auto accident attorneys see countless victims of car wrecks who suffer from whiplash, which commonly arises after rear-end collisions. During a rear-end collision, your head is abruptly forced in one direction, then the opposite direction, which causes the soft tissues of your neck to become strained beyond their normal capacity. This soft tissue injury is the underlying cause of whiplash.
Monitoring Yourself for Symptoms
The symptoms of whiplash can develop hours after the car wreck, which is one reason why it’s a good idea to see your doctor even if you think your injuries are minor. You may experience neck pain and stiffness, and you may feel unusually fatigued. Whiplash can also cause headaches, especially at the base of the skull, in addition to blurry vision and dizziness. Other symptoms may include concentration difficulties, ringing in the ears, irritability, sleep disturbances, and memory problems. Any of these symptoms necessitates a trip to the doctor. However, you should seek medical attention immediately if you experience severe symptoms, such as numbness, weakness, or tingling in your arms, pain that migrates to your shoulders or arms, or a reduced ability to move your head due to pain.
Working With Your Doctor
Write down all of the symptoms you experience, and make a note of how long they lasted and whether they interfered with your daily activities. Share your notes with your doctor and personal injury lawyer. You can expect your doctor to conduct a physical exam and a neurological exam, and to recommend tests such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
Undergoing Medical Treatment
To treat whiplash, your doctor might recommend medications, and ice and heat therapy. You might also work with a physical therapist to undergo treatments such as ultrasound and myofascial release. Additionally, many whiplash patients undergo chiropractic care.
If you’ve developed whiplash or other injuries because of a car wreck, contact the personal injury lawyers of the Law Office of Neil Flit. Our legal team in Atlanta has years of experience in litigating car wreck claims. To set up a free consultation, call (678) 809-7428.
Distracted driving is a serious problem in the Atlanta area and throughout the country. As a leading cause of auto accidents, distracted driving is responsible for countless injuries and deaths. If you or a loved one has been involved in a car wreck, a personal injury attorney can review your case to determine if the other driver may have been distracted at the time of the accident.
Types of Distracted Driving
Any activity that takes a driver’s attention off the road may be considered a distraction. Electronic gadgets such as cell phones are a common cause of distracted driving. Many states have passed laws banning drivers from sending, composing, receiving, and reading text messages and emails while operating a motor vehicle, in addition to banning phone calls. Some states have outlawed Web surfing and similar activities. However, while cell phones are a common culprit of car wrecks, distracted driving can take on many other forms. For example, a driver may be considered distracted if he or she eats, drinks, grooms, reads maps, or adjusts CD players or other gadgets while driving.
Dangers of Distracted Driving
Drivers often mistakenly believe that taking their eyes off the road for just a few seconds to read a text message will not greatly increase the risk of a crash. In fact, according to Distraction.gov, a driver going at 55 miles per hour who takes five seconds to read or send a text message will have driven the length of a football field without paying attention to the road. Distracted driving is a serious problem that claims thousands of lives each year and causes many others to become seriously injured or even permanently disabled.
For more than 17 years, the legal team at the Law Office of Neil Flit has defended the rights of Atlanta residents who were the victims of auto accidents caused by distracted drivers. Once you contact a lawyer at our firm, you’ll receive a comprehensive and complimentary case review to explore your legal rights and options. Call us today at (678) 809-7428 to get started.
Following at an unsafe distance is a common cause of auto accidents. A driver who tailgates is less likely to stop or slow down in time in the event that the car ahead of him or her needs to suddenly brake to adjust to changing traffic conditions. This can lead to rear-end collisions, which are notorious for causing auto accident injuries such as whiplash. Whiplash is a potential cause of chronic pain and other debilitating symptoms.
Drivers of motor vehicles are not the only ones who are susceptible to accidents caused when the other driver follows too closely. Their passengers can suffer from injuries in auto accidents. Bicyclists can also sustain serious and even life-threatening injuries when a motorist fails to maintain a safe distance. Sometimes, pedestrians may become injured if they are nearby when a rear-end collision occurs.
You can hold the negligent driver responsible for the car wreck by working with an experienced attorney at the Law Office of Neil Flit. Connect with one of our personal injury lawyers in Atlanta today by calling (678) 809-7428 and arranging a free case review.
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