Head-on collisions are one of the deadliest car accident types. While only a small fraction of car accidents are ever head-on, a disproportionate amount of traffic fatalities result directly from them. If your head-on collision resulted due to the negligence of another driver, you can seek financial compensation.
To get started on filing your claim, contact one of our head-on collision lawyers today. We help Smyrna residents seek justice for their accident and do our best to help them get the settlement they need to recover and heal. Do not navigate the complexities of car accident law alone. There are no upfront costs and no hidden fees.
For a free consultation on your case, call us at (404) 341-6555.
Get Compensated for Your Damages
There are two types of damages, economic and non-economic. When you file a claim for compensation, you will receive money based on the severity of your damages in both categories.
These damages get calculated based on your receipts, bills, invoices, etc. When damages are economic, their value is fixed and dependent on how much your expenses are. Various economic damages you claim are:
- Lost wages and reduced earning capability
- Medical expenses for treatment, equipment, prescriptions, etc.
- Vehicle repairs or replacements
- Damages to your property
Always retain all financial documents pertaining to your accident. This makes it easier for our head-on collision attorneys when they calculate your settlement amount.
These damages are opposite to economic damages because they lack a fixed value. Non-economic damages vary widely depending on the severity of your injuries and the circumstances of your accident. Non-economic damages include:
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Because there is no fixed value attached, your lawyer will help you assess all of your non-economic damages. While there is no true price on the quality of your life and the pain you have endured, rest assured that we will ensure that you get properly compensated for what happened.
Punitive damages exist as a form of punishment against the at-fault party. The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 51-12-5.1 states that you can get awarded punitive damages should your accident fit one of the following requirements:
- Your accident was caused with malice.
- Your accident was caused with intent to injure.
- Your accident occurred under the pretenses of fraud.
- Your accident occurred due to extremely negligent behavior.
If your head-on collision was due to a drunk driver or a driver that is wilfully trying to harm others, you could seek punitive damages in addition to your other damages. Not all cases will qualify for punitive damages, but you should always double-check the context of your accident and see if it fits the requirements.
Our Lawyers Will Help You Fight Back
When you enter into negotiations or trial, the insurance company will do their best to blame you. They do this by taking advantage of the comparative fault laws in Georgia. If you are more than 50% responsible for your accident, you cannot file a claim. Thus, they will try and shift liability on you to avoid paying a settlement.
Insurance companies will also try to offer you a settlement that seems to be in your favor. In truth, no initial settlement offer will ever be in your favor. They are attempting to get you to agree to a low settlement so they can make off with paying you less than what you truly deserve.
Having a lawyer by your side will make it harder for the defense and the insurance companies to pull a fast one on you. We will ensure that your best interests get represented and fight back against the common tactics they use to swindle you out of fair compensation. We will help you gather evidence, retain experts, and negotiate hard for you.
Remember the Statute of Limitations
You have two years to file a claim for compensation after an accident in Smyrna. This is plenty of time for you to collect all of the evidence needed to build a strong claim. Even though you should never rush into filing your claim, you want to make sure that you are still filing at a reasonable time.
The longer you wait, the more evidence can deteriorate. Filing at the best time is an integral part of winning a settlement. You should obtain the help of an attorney to help you understand what your case needs before filing.
Contact Our Lawyers Today
Do not find yourself paying out of pocket for the negligence of another driver. You deserve compensation, and we are here to help you get it. With years of experience on our side, our lawyers have handled many head-on collisions before. We know what it takes to get you compensated.
For a free consultation at no risk to you, call us today. Our phone number is (404) 341-6555.