At Ashby Thelen Lowry, our Georgia personal injury attorneys believe using the term “accident” in personal injury cases can sometimes minimize the responsibility of the parties involved and may lead to the false impression that the incident was unforeseeable or unavoidable.
In reality, many personal injury incidents are preventable and occur due to the actions or inactions of one or more parties who failed to take reasonable precautions or adhere to legal obligations.
Here is why personal injury “accidents” are not accidents at all.
What is Commonly Called an “Accident” is Not Truly Accidental
Common reasons why Georgia “accidents” are not accidental include, but are not limited to:
Many personal injury incidents occur as a result of negligence. Negligence refers to the failure to exercise reasonable care in a given situation, leading to harm or injury. In such cases, the injury could have been prevented if the responsible party had taken proper precautions or acted reasonably.
- Intentional Acts
Some personal injuries are the result of intentional wrongdoing rather than accidents. Acts of violence, such as assault or battery, are examples of intentional acts that can result in personal injuries.
Reckless behavior, characterized by a disregard for the safety and well-being of others, often leads to personal injuries. Reckless driving, for instance, is a common cause of vehicle collisions in Georgia.
- Defective Products
In cases involving defective products, the injury is often caused by a flaw or defect in the product’s design, manufacturing, or marketing. This is not accidental but a result of the product’s inherent problems.
- Premises Liability
In cases of slip and fall accidents or injuries on someone else’s property, the property owner’s negligence in maintaining a safe environment can lead to the injury. It is not an accident in the true sense but rather a failure to maintain safety standards.
- Failure to Comply with Laws and Regulations
Acknowledging that personal injury incidents are often the result of negligence, recklessness, or wrongful actions is important when seeking legal remedies. It helps ensure that the responsible parties are held accountable for their actions and that victims receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses. We can help.
Contact our skilled Georgia personal injury lawyers and support team at Ashby Thelen Lowry today at (404) 777-7771 to schedule a free consultation so we can tell your story and ensure your voice is heard by pursuing the best outcome for your unique case.