The aftermath of a car accident can quickly become overwhelming. You may be facing a growing pile of medical bills, and you may be unable to work and support your family. You may be struggling with severe pain and a potentially permanent disability. But you don’t have to face these consequences alone, and you certainly shouldn’t have to pay for them. If you have injuries from a car accident that wasn’t your fault, the law allows you to recover money to pay your costs and more. You need to talk to a Chamblee car accident lawyer.
Our lawyers have the experience and dedication to help you. We’ll put our decades-long track record to work for you, and we won’t charge you unless we get 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.
Will insurance cover my car accident?
Usually, but insurance companies will not always make you a fair offer. Here’s what you should know:
- In the state of Georgia, all vehicle owners are supposed to carry at least a minimum level of insurance. This means that in most car accident cases, you can get paid through a claim with an insurance company and you do not have to file a lawsuit.
- Even though accidents are often covered by insurance, you should understand that the insurance company will almost never offer you what your claim is worth. This is why it is always important to talk to a lawyer after a car accident.
- Even if the other driver was uninsured, you do still have the right to recover money. You can (and should) make a car accident claim whether insurance is involved or not.
Who is considered “at fault” in a car accident in Chamblee?
The person who is “at fault” in your accident must pay for all the damage to your vehicle and all your injuries. For this reason, “fault” is an important factor in any car accident claim in Georgia.
Most of the time, someone could have prevented the accident by following traffic laws or simply being more careful. When a driver is careless or breaks the law, they are “negligent” and the accident is legally their fault. It doesn’t matter that the driver didn’t mean to hurt you—their insurance company still must pay. Many types of negligent behavior can cause accidents, including speeding, tailgating, drunk driving and distracted driving.
What if I don’t really have a car accident claim?
We see many car accident victims who blame themselves or think they just had a freak accident. But the law looks at accidents differently. If someone else is at fault, you have a valid claim. The best way to know if your claim is valid is to schedule a free consultation with a good car accident lawyer.
How much money can I recover?
Georgia law is generous with accident victims, allowing them to recover all of their costs and damages. This means that in most cases you will be eligible for money for these costs:
- Any work time you missed relating to the accident
- The cost of fixing your car
- All of your medical expenses
- Any future medical expenses if you are expected to need additional treatment
Serious injuries may entitle you to significantly more. For example, you may be awarded money for severe pain or for a long-term disability. This money can never give you back what you lost in the accident, but it can provide a way to support yourself and your family during a trying time.
How do I know if my injury will be covered?
If you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, all your injuries should be covered. We often see accident victims get money for these types of injuries:
- Bruising and swelling
- Cuts and abrasions
- Sprains or joint injuries
- Blows to the head, often from hitting the dashboard or wheel.
- The painful neck injury known as whiplash
Some injures need emergency treatment, but others don’t even have any symptoms until hours, days or even weeks after the accident. Because injuries can get worse if you don’t take care of them, we always recommend that you go to the doctor as soon as you can after an accident. In addition to shortening your recovery time, a prompt visit to the doctor helps show the insurance company how serious your injuries are.
Won’t I get insurance money even if I don’t have a lawyer?
A lawyer can be an advocate for you, helping you get the full amount of money you are legally entitled to. It’s important to understand that the offer you received from the insurance company is probably far less than your claim’s true value. This is because insurance companies operate for profit. They try to resolve claims as cheaply as possible—even if that means you don’t get enough to pay for your care. If you take the insurance company offer, you will sign away your right to recover potentially much more in the future.
Car accident lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia have experience dealing with insurance companies. They know what it will take to get the insurance company to pay you a fair amount. At our firm, we start every case with an investigation into the way your accident happened. We also send you to doctors who can evaluate you and estimate the long-term cost of your injury. This alone is often enough to persuade the insurance company to offer you much more money.
Talk to a Chamblee Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Our attorneys have devoted their careers to getting accident victims the money they need. We won’t charge you anything unless we win you money. Let us give you a FREE consultation to talk about your case and decide on the next steps. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.