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Legal Representation for Victims of Auto Accidents in Georgia
When drivers fail to follow the rules of the road responsibly, accidents happen and innocent people get hurt. The Georgia lawyers at Grant Law Office, are a dedicated team of legal professionals who devote their practice to helping victims of negligence get back on the road to recovery.
If you have been involved in an auto collision in Georgia, it is important that you have an experienced legal representative on your side. Do not let the careless or wrongful actions of others make you suffer the consequences alone when you are well within your right to seek compensation from the responsible party. Contact us to learn about your legal options and how we can work on your behalf.
Why File a Car Accident Claim in Georgia?
Under Georgia law, the purpose of a civil claim is to make someone whole after they have sustained injury due to the negligence of another. Unfortunately, there is no way to bring a loved one back to life or to restore your health after irreversible damage. The law allows monetary damages to ease the financial burdens resulting from a negligent act. Experienced Atlanta auto accident attorneys, like those at Grant Law Office, can ensure that you receive fair and just compensation to help on the road to recovery.
Under Georgia civil law, damages fall under the following three categories:
- Economic damages - Economic damages are tangible, financial-related, and provide present and reasonable future expenses. Economic damages include property damage, medical expenses, lost wages, and loss of earning capacity.
- Non-economic damages - Non-economic damages are things that have a detrimental impact on your quality of life, like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium for your spouse.
- Punitive damages - A jury can award punitive damages in cases where the negligent act showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others. An example of this is driving while intoxicated. Under Georgia law, these damages have a cap of $250,000 unless the liable party acted with intent.
Who is Liable in a Car Crash in Atlanta?
Under Georgia law, the driver responsible for the accident is liable for all injuries and damages. Furthermore, that driver cannot make a claim for his or her own damages unless another party was negligent. For instance, if road conditions or product liability played a part, the city, state or automobile manufacturer are subject to liability, and anyone who sustained damages can seek compensation from those parties.
However, even unintentional negligence and other factors can contribute to the cause and, ultimately, liability. Driver error, road conditions, and defective design or manufacturing in automobiles all play a part in causation.
- Driver error - There is no such thing as a risk-free driver. Any driver can have momentary inattention or lapse of judgment. Risky behavior also contributes to driver error. Risky behavior includes speeding, texting while driving, talking on the phone while driving, improper lane changes, other traffic violations, and a myriad of other things. It only takes seconds for a crash to happen.
- Road conditions - Improper design of streets and highways, poor maintenance, malfunctioning traffic signals, construction, signage, lighting, improper striping on the road's passing lanes, poorly placed trees, and utility poles all contribute to causation.
- Product liability - Defects in the design and manufacturing of automobiles and parts can cause serious injury to those on the road.
How Do I Defend My Claim Against the Insurance Company?
While the person who caused the crash is technically considered liable, the automobile insurance carrier defends the claim. Insurance companies are big business, and they prioritize profits over everything else. Profits do not rise by paying out claims, so it is to their advantage to settle claims as low as possible or to deny the claim outright. In order to defend your claim against bad faith insurance or other deceptive practices, it is crucial to have a knowledgeable lawyer on your side.
Helping You Obtain Rightful Compensation in Atlanta
The accomplished lawyers at Grant Law Office will work tirelessly on your behalf to help settle your claim without the time and cost of lengthy litigation. However, we will not hesitate to take your claim to trial, if necessary, in order to ensure that we achieve the best outcome possible. If you or a family member has been involved in a car accident in Georgia, we are here to help. Call (866) 249-5513 to schedule a free and comprehensive case review.
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FAQs - What to Do After an Auto Accident
What's the very first thing I should do after an accident?
What information should I collect after a collision?
I don't think I was hurt in the crash. Should I see a doctor anyway?
Should I talk to police at the accident scene?
Should I talk to the insurance company without an attorney's help?
Can an insurance company refuse to pay my medical bills if my car was not damaged?
What legal rights do I have as an injured passenger?
Get to a safe place and seek help. This includes moving your vehicle out of traffic, if possible, and checking to see if you or anyone else was injured. Call 911 or your local emergency number if anyone appears to have suffered injuries in the crash. Then, contact the local police for an investigation and accident report.
Collect all the names and contact information for each of the following parties:
- every person involved in the collision
- insurance companies that cover those involved in the accident
- any witnesses or individuals who stopped to help
- any police officers who respond to the scene of the accident
If you can do so safely, you may also wish to make a sketch, take photos, or write down everything you remember about the moments leading up to the collision. Witnesses may also describe to you what they saw, which you can write down if you're able.
It's always wise to see a physician after a car accident, even it's not immediately obvious that you're injured. Some injuries, like whiplash or soft tissue injuries, may take a few days to manifest. A physician can document these injuries and help you recover from them more quickly.
You should answer police officer's questions about how the crash occurred. However, you should avoid making any statements about your responsibility or fault for the accident. For instance, it's wise to avoid statements like "the crash was my fault, officer; I wasn't paying attention." Simply describe what happened in the crash.
You should contact your insurance company to let them know an accident has occurred. However, before you speak to an attorney, you should avoid giving a statement or answering questions about your role in the accident or your injuries. The more severe your injuries are, the more important it is to seek legal counsel before giving any kind of statement.
No. While an insurance company may try to draw a connection between the damage to your car and the damage to your body, the two are not the same. If you have been injured, coverage for bodily injury or personal injury protection (PIP) kicks in to pay your medical bills, whether or not your car was damaged in the accident.
If you sustained an injury as a passenger in a vehicle involved in a collision, you are usually entitled to receive compensation for your injuries. As a passenger, you may have a claim against both the driver of the vehicle in which you were riding as well as the drivers of any other vehicles (or any other negligent parties) involved in the collision. A passenger is generally not considered to be at fault or partially at fault for causing an accident unless he or she does something to cause the crash, such as distract the driver.
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If you have a question that isn't covered here, please don't hesitate to call Grant Law Office Our dedicated Georgia lawyers will help you understand your legal rights and can fight to secure the compensation you need for injuries, property damage, and other losses after a crash. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.