Some car accidents are minor events, but others can leave you with life-changing injuries. You may be unable to go back to work, either temporarily or permanently. You may be in pain and facing months of medical procedures and physical therapy. And the medical bills just keep piling up. But you don’t have to bear the cost of an accident that wasn’t your fault. You need to talk to a Douglasville car accident lawyer.
Our lawyers can help you. We have a long history of getting money for accident victims, and we won’t charge you a thing unless we win you money. 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.
Do I have a case?
It’s hard to evaluate your own accident claim, for two reasons. First, many accident victims hesitate to blame anyone—other than themselves—for the accident. Second, accident victims may not have the legal training to understand how the law treats fault, especially in cases where the cause of the accident is not obvious. The best way to know if your claim is valid is to schedule a free consultation with a good car accident lawyer.
How can I get my costs paid if I was in an accident?
Most of the time, there is insurance coverage for car accidents. This is because Georgia requires its vehicle owners to buy enough insurance to cover a substantial amount of vehicle damage and injury. This makes it easier for car accident victims to recover money from the driver who caused the accident. However, even if the other driver was not insured, you still have a right to file a claim and recover money from them.
Many types of car accidents can lead to a claim. We routinely help people recover money for these common types of accidents:
- Rear-endings and whiplash injuries
- Head-on accidents
- Accidents involving a DUI driver
- Accidents where someone was on a cell phone or distracted
- Situations where bad weather or low visibility caused an accident
- Motorcycle, truck and bicycle accidents
- Side swipe and side-impact accidents
Really, almost any kind of accident can result in a successful claim depending on who was at fault.
Although most of these accidents will be covered by insurance, the insurance company will probably not want to pay you as much as your claim is really worth. To get the full amount you deserve, it is important to get in touch with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
How do I know if my injury will be covered?
Your car accident claim should cover any injury that was caused by the accident. Some types of injuries are especially common, including these:
- Head injuries such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries
- Whiplash, a neck injury that often causes intense pain
- Broken bones
- Strains, sprains and other types of soft tissue injury
One important thing to know about car accident injuries is that they don’t always show symptoms right away. You may think you haven’t been hurt, but in the days or weeks after the accident you may begin to feel pain, dizziness or other symptoms. If you have been in an accident, ALWAYS go to the doctor as soon as you can. A doctor can give you a full evaluation and start treatment that may prevent your injuries from getting worse. Going to the doctor also shows the insurance company that you knew you were injured, helping you in the claims process.
How do I know who was at fault in my Douglasville car accident?
Some states are “no fault” states when it comes to car accidents, but Georgia is a “fault state.” The driver who is at fault is legally liable for all the consequences of the accident, and the driver’s insurance company must pay for your injuries and property damage.
In most car accidents, one driver could have prevented the accident by being more careful. If the driver hadn’t followed too closely or had been paying better attention or following traffic laws, the accident wouldn’t have happened. When a driver breaks the law or is careless, we say that the driver was “negligent.” Negligent drivers usually don’t mean to cause accidents or hurt anyone, but they are still responsible for your costs.
The insurance company already offered me money. How can a lawyer help me?
A lawyer knows how to evaluate the insurance company offer and help you get the full cost of your injury. Insurance companies can seem helpful, but they don’t like to pay out any more money than they absolutely have to. This is because they are more interested in making a profit than in making sure you get the care you need. The insurance company will almost always make a low offer at first, hoping you will take it and give up your right to get more money once you know what your injuries will really cost.
Car accident law firms in Atlanta know that this is how insurance companies operate, and they will work hard to build a strong case to the insurance company. That might involve investigating your accident and sending you to doctors who can give you a thorough evaluation and tell you what your treatment is going to cost. Just getting a lawyer often leads to a much higher offer.
Is there a limit to how much money I can recover?
Accident victims in Georgia can recover the full amount of their costs and damages from the driver who caused the accident. The dollar value will depend on your accident and the way you were injured. But most accident victims are eligible for these types of costs:
- Medical expenses such as doctors, hospitals and tests
- Prescription medicine
- Rehabilitation such as physical therapy
- Lost wages to make up for time you missed at work
- Car repairs
If you have more serious injuries, you may recover much more, including damages for pain and long-term disabilities. Close family members whose loved one died in an accident may be eligible for wrongful death damages. We don’t believe this money can ever really compensate you for a life-changing accident. But it can relieve your financial stress, helping you provide for your family while you rebuild your life.
Talk to a Douglasville Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Our attorneys have been helping accident victims for decades. We won’t charge you unless we win you money. Let us give you a FREE consultation to help you decide what you should do—with no obligation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.