Gwinnett County Personal Injury Lawyer
Nearly a million people make their home in Gwinnett County, Georgia, making it the second-most populous county in the state. Thousands of Gwinnett County residents travel I-85 every day as they commute to and from Atlanta, sharing the interstate with 80,000-pound tractor-trailers ferrying cargo from Alabama to Virginia and across the country. Despite safer vehicles and tougher distracted driving laws, traffic accidents continue to be a leading cause of serious injury and death in the area. On average, over 60 people lose their lives every year in Gwinnett County traffic crashes, and hundreds more suffer serious injury. About 100 car, truck and motorcycle accidents happen every day in the county.
Every day, the trial lawyers at Hawkins Spizman help car accident and other personal injury victims get medical care and compensation for their injuries by holding the responsible party accountable for the damage they have caused through their negligence or misconduct. We use our skills as trial lawyers to build and present a solid case that proves the other party’s negligence and liability for all the harm they inflicted, including compensation for medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering. In most cases, we are able to resolve our cases outside of court, but when going to trial is in our clients’ best interests, we have the skills, experience, dedication and resources needed to get the job done. Our goal is to get the best result we can for our clients in or out of court; we fight for you and don’t sell you short.
Call Hawkins Spizman for a free consultation regarding any personal injury matter in Gwinnett County. Our firm takes on a wide variety of cases, including:
Motor Vehicle Accidents – car, truck and motorcycle crashes, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, electric scooter accidents, Uber/Lyft rideshare accidents
Premises Liability – slip and fall, trip and fall, assaults/negligent security, swimming pool drowning, playground accidents, hit by falling objects
Nursing Home Negligence – abuse and neglect, medication errors, nursing mistakes
Medical Malpractice – surgical errors, misdiagnosis, missed or delayed diagnosis, anesthesia errors, birth injuries
Catastrophic Injuries – traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation injuries, burn injuries
Soft Tissue Injuries – whiplash, broken bones, muscle tears, strains and sprains
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious personal injury in Gwinnett County because of the negligence of another, call 770-685-6400 any time to speak with a live person and get in touch with our firm.
What Are the Distracted Driving Laws in Gwinnett County?
Distracted driving refers to any activity that pulls the driver’s attention away from the task of driving. People engage in all types of distracting behaviors while driving: they eat, put on makeup, read, change clothes, and shave. Even fiddling with the radio or conversing with passengers can be a dangerous distraction if the driver gets too involved and forgets to watch the road. Safety researchers put distracted driving behaviors into three different groups – visual, manual and cognitive distractions. Cognitive distractions are often the worst because it takes the driver several minutes to return focus to the road after the distraction has passed. To make matters worse, many activities involve more than one type of distraction, making them especially dangerous. Even just taking your eyes off the road for three or four seconds is enough time to travel down the highway equivalent in length to a football field. Distracted driving is one of the most dangerous driving behaviors that most often results in Gwinnett County traffic accidents, along with speeding, driving drunk, following too close, and other negligent or reckless actions.
Georgia has taken aim at what many people consider to be the most common driving distraction – texting while driving. Georgia prohibits texting while driving, emailing, or engaging with any social media app or the internet while driving, except when voice to text is being used. This law is subject to primary enforcement, meaning the Georgia State Patrol doesn’t need any other reason to pull you over before citing you for texting while driving.
Also, Georgia has been hands-free regarding cell phones since July of 2018. Drivers can talk on their phones while driving, but their phone can’t be in their hand or even touching their body while talking and driving. Drivers cannot watch any videos on their devices other than GPS or navigation. Drivers can’t legally stream music videos on their devices even if they are only listening to the music and not watching the video. If streaming music only, drivers still must not touch their phones while on the road.
If you get in a crash caused by a negligent driver, our experienced trial lawyers know how to investigate the accident, collect and preserve evidence, and prove that the other driver was engaged in dangerous behavior such as texting while driving. Despite the saying, “accidents happen,” traffic crashes don’t just happen unless someone is at fault. When you get hurt because another driver’s negligence caused the crash, Hawkins Spizman can help you get the medical care and compensation you need and deserve.
Call Hawkins Spizman for Immediate Help With a Gwinnett County Personal Injury Claim
If you or a member of your family has been hurt in a Gwinnett County car accident or other personal injury, call Hawkins Spizman for a free case evaluation. We’ll let you know if we think you have a claim and how we can help you get care and compensation to deal with the damage done.