A car accident can cause devastating effects that go far beyond medical bills. You may suddenly be unable to work and support your family. Or you may be facing an uncertain life with chronic pain or a disability. But you don’t have to bear the burden alone, and it doesn’t have to drain your finances. If you were hurt in a car accident that wasn’t your fault in Cartersville, the law is in your favor. You need to speak with a Cartersville car accident lawyer.
Our attorneys know how to help you. We have been getting money for car accident victims for decades, and we never charge you unless we win money for you. Let us give you a FREE consultation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.
What types of car accidents can my claim cover?
There are many types of accidents and many possible causes. In some cases, the accident is a simple two-car collision, but others involve a complicated chain of events. For your claim, the exact type of accident doesn’t matter—all of them can be covered if it is not your fault.
Some of the most common types of car accidents include these:
- Two-car accidents
- Multi-car accidents
- Accidents involving bicycles or pedestrians
- Motorcycle accidents
- Accidents caused by fog, rain or other hazardous road conditions
- Accidents where one driver was distracted
- DUI accidents
- Rear-endings and whiplash cases
How do I know if I have a valid car accident claim?
It’s best not to second guess yourself. Many accident victims blame themselves or they write the accident off as bad luck. But legally, accidents are usually someone’s fault. A lawyer understands the laws of liability after car accidents and can give you a professional opinion. Often, you’ll find out you have a valid claim even if the other driver tried to blame you for what happened.
How does fault work in a Cartersville car accident?
You may have heard that some states have “no fault” insurance, but Georgia is a “fault state.” This simply means that the insurance company for the driver who is at fault in an accident must pay for all the injuries and damage that occur. Because of this rule, fault is an important factor in all car accident claims.
Usually, fault in a car accident case hinges on “negligence.” Negligence means that a driver didn’t live up to his or her legal duty to drive carefully. A negligent driver probably didn’t mean to cause an accident or hurt anyone, but they are still legally liable. Negligent driving might include speeding, drunk driving or disobeying other traffic laws. It also can include aggressive driving, tailgating and other unsafe driving behaviors.
What kind of injuries are covered by car accident claims?
In general, you can recover money for any injury that happened as a result of your accident. Some of the most frequent injuries we see include:
- Head injuries including concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Pain, contusions (bruises) and cuts
- Broken bones
- Sprains, strains and similar “soft tissue” injuries
- Whiplash, a neck injury that causes severe pain
Some people feel fine immediately after a car accident, but develop symptoms over the next few days or weeks. Don’t think you can just tough it out—some injuries that don’t show up right away are nonetheless quite serious. The sooner you see a doctor and get started on treatment, the faster your recovery is likely to be. And seeing a doctor right away can make your insurance claim stronger by proving that you had an injury from the start.
How much money will I receive?
Accident victims in Georgia can recover the full cost of their injuries and vehicle damage from the insurance company for the person who caused the accident. This will include your medical costs, car repair costs, missed work time and any long-term care you you might need. These costs can add up even in relatively minor accidents.
If you have suffered especially serious injuries, you may be eligible for much more. You may receive damages for severe losses like chronic severe pain or a disability. If a loved one lost their life in the accident, you may be eligible for damages for wrongful death. We don’t believe that money can ever make up for what you lost. But money can give you and your family the financial stability you need to move ahead with your recovery.
Do I really need a lawyer if insurance will cover the accident?
We recommend that you be cautious when dealing with insurance companies. They almost always will try to get away with paying you far less than you should receive. This is one reason it is important to consult with a car accident lawyer any time you have been in an accident.
Car accident attorneys near Atlanta, Georgia can evaluate the insurance company settlement and protect your interests. Insurance companies often offer accident victims money soon after the accident. The trouble with these offers is that they are almost always much less than your claim is worth—and often not even enough money to cover your medical bills. Insurance companies make these low offers because they are trying to make a profit. They hope you’ll take the money and give up your right to potentially get much more money later.
A lawyer is on your side and will work hard to get you all the money you deserve. Our law firm does this by launching our own investigation into your accident and your injuries. We will find out who caused the accident and what your recovery process is going to cost. Then we can show the insurance company just what your claim is really worth. Just having a lawyer on your team could mean you get thousands of dollars more than you were originally offered.
Talk to a Cartersville Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Our lawyers have devoted themselves to helping car accident victims for decades. We never charge a fee unless we win money for you. Let us give you a free consultation to talk about your accident and help you get started on a claim. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.