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Automobiles, Assembly Lines, and the Most Common PI Claim
On Oct. 1, 1908, Henry Ford’s first ever Model T went on sale. Along with his automobiles, Ford is credited with pioneering the assembly line system at around this time, making the Model T the first truly mass-produced vehicle in the country. The time it took to build one decreased from 12 hours to 30 minutes, and the fact that Ford’s factories could make more of them made them more affordable to the American everyman. In short, Ford helped usher in the Age of the Automobile.
An uptick in auto accidents naturally followed their increased presence on our roads, which brings us to today, and to our practice. One of the most common forms of personal injury claims anywhere in the country is for injuries resulting from auto accidents.
It’s crazy to think that personal injury law, the roots of which you could arguably trace back to “eye for an eye” laws in ancient times, could be so drastically affected by a simple innovation from a little over 100 years ago. In fact, you could say the same thing about smartphones, which have only been around for a little over a decade. How many thousands — or even millions — of people have been killed or injured because someone picked the wrong time to respond to a text message?
Innovation, technological advancement, and efficiency are undoubtedly good things that have helped propel the human race forward. However, there are some things that we simply shouldn’t rely on technology and systems to accomplish for us. There are some tasks and some jobs that only people can take care of. Only you can decide to be attentive while you drive — your car can’t make that decision for you.
According to NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), Georgia’s 1,504 traffic deaths in 2018, distraction by phone is a major factor in the increase of pedestrian deaths in our state and across the nation,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Allen Poole said. “We have to continue our efforts to get drivers and pedestrians to keep their eyes on the road and not their phone and to encourage those on foot to always use crosswalks when available and to look before stepping out into the street.”
At the same time, there’s no technological advancement that can replace an experienced personal injury attorney as your legal representative — at least, not yet! Until then, GA Injury Advocates is here to get you your just compensation after an auto accident. Continue browsing our website to learn more, or call us at (770) 766-0555. Hablamos Español..