Interstate 20 is a major artery serving Georgia, beginning near Augusta and traveling through Atlanta before crossing into Alabama on Georgia's western border. Thousands of people travel on the highway every single day. Thousands more use the Bobby Jones Expressway (I-520), the auxiliary highway, to travel around Augusta's suburbs, commute, or simply to avoid heavier traffic on surface streets.
Because I-20 handles so much volume, it is also where a significant portion of the car accidents happen in Georgia. Worse, because the speed limits on I-20 are higher than many other roads in the region, those accidents tend to be far worse than those that happen on slower roads.
The personal injury lawyers at the Hadden Law Firm strive to represent victims of those accidents and help them pursue the compensation that they need to make a full recovery from an accident that they did not cause.
Interstate 20 in Georgia
Interstate 20 is a major thoroughfare that begins in Florence, South Carolina, where it branches off Interstate 95 and heads westward. It actually runs all the way into western Texas, passing through Georgia by entering the state just to the north of Augusta, over the Savannah River at the Savannah River Bridge.
From there, I-20 heads almost due west through Georgia, passing through the heart of Atlanta on the way.
While I-20 has six lanes in the Augusta area – three going in each direction – the highway expands to 10 total lanes near downtown Atlanta, funneling millions of drivers every single year.
Car Accidents that Happen on I-20
Because so many people use I-20 to get around, it should come as no surprise that lots of accidents happen on the highway. After all, the biggest factor that drives the number of crashes on the road is how many people drive on it.
Those accidents tend to fall into at least one of the following categories:
- Rear-end accidents, where one vehicle slams into another one from behind,
- Motorcycle accidents, where one of the vehicles involved in a motorcycle,
- Truck accidents, which involve at least one tractor trailer or other truck,
- Bus accidents, where a passenger bus is involved in the collision,
- Distracted driving crashes, which are caused whenever a driver does not pay enough attention to the road and ends up causing the collision,
- Drunk driving accidents, where the driver who caused the crash was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or
- Road construction crashes, where repair work on the roads played a role in the crash and the resulting injuries.
Who is Liable for a Crash on I-20?
While many of these accidents only involve a single vehicle, many others are multi-vehicle crashes. In either case, though, the ultimate responsibility for a crash is not always obvious. Even in single-vehicle accidents, it is not always the case that the driver who crashed his or her vehicle was responsible.
Examples of things that can change who is responsible for a crash include:
- A hazardous road design,
- Defective car parts that broke and caused a wreck,
- A truck driver who was driving while fatigued because they were told to ignore federal regulations by their boss, or
- Improper training for a truck driver.
Determining responsibility for the accident is important because it dictates who is legally liable for it. The liable party is the one who will have to pay compensation to the victims for the damages that they have suffered, although in most cases an insurance company is ultimately responsible for the damages caused by a negligent driver.
Damages in a Car Accident on I-20
Those damages can be quite significant, especially when the accident was a high-speed one, as they commonly are on Interstate 20.
Contrary to many people's belief about legal damages after a car accident, they are not confined merely to the medical bills that the victim has had to pay to recover from the accident. Instead, they also include things like:
- Future medical costs for ongoing care, like physical therapy and medication,
- Property damage to the vehicle,
- Wages lost, both during the victim's recovery and from any disabilities sustained in the crash, and
- Pain and suffering.
While most accidents involve insurance companies for all of the drivers involved, that is no guarantee that the insurance company will agree to fully compensate the victim of the accident. In many cases, it takes a personal injury lawyer to force the insurance company to cover more than just the bare minimum.
Personal Injury Lawyers at the Hadden Law Firm
That is where the Hadden Law Firm can help. With legal representation, victims of car accidents on Interstate 20 can pursue the compensation they deserve to receive. Contact them online to get started on your case, today.