The effects of a car accident go far beyond medical bills. After a serious accident, you may feel your life will never be the same. You may be confronting a disability, multiple surgeries, or months of physical therapy. Even a relatively minor accident can leave your out of work, in pain, and wondering how you will stay afloat financially. But if your accident in Lawrenceville was not your fault, you have a right to get money to pay for your injuries. You need a Lawrenceville car accident lawyer.
Our lawyers have built their reputations on helping car accident victims. We know how to get you paid, and we won’t charge you anything 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 makes a car accident different from other types of injuries?
Georgia law helps ensure that car accident victims get money to pay for their injuries. It does this by requiring all car owners to get an auto insurance policy that covers injuries as well as vehicle damage. This means that if you are hurt in a car accident, you can usually look to car insurance to pay for your losses instead of going after the other driver personally.
However, you should understand that insurance companies don’t like to pay out claims. They will do what they can to give you as little as possible. This is why it is important to talk to a car accident lawyer before you take any insurance money.
What happens when the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
You still have a right to recover money. It just means you have to seek it from a different source. Depending on the situation, this could give you a few options:
- Your own insurance, a property insurance policy, or some other policy may cover it
- The driver may be ordered to pay you back slowly over time
- The driver may be ordered to pay you when they sell their home or another piece of property in the future
These cases are not as open-and-shut as cases with insurance, but the result is the same: you should not be left with debt for an accident you didn’t cause.
Who is liable for a car accident in Lawrenceville?
Georgia is known as a “fault state.” The insurance company for the driver who is “at fault” must pay for all the injuries that happen as a result of the accident, as well as the damage to other drivers’ cars. This means that determining fault is a big part of any car accident claim.
The driver who is “at fault” is the one who caused the accident by violating traffic laws or not using careful driving practices. The driver usually didn’t mean to cause an accident, and he or she might be upset. But this doesn’t matter—if the driver’s carelessness or illegal behavior caused the accident, their insurance company is responsible for your costs. Drivers may be at fault because of a wide variety of unsafe behaviors, including breaking traffic laws, following too closely, weaving in and out of traffic, texting and driving drunk.
How much is my claim worth?
Georgia has a simple rule: car accident victims can get ALL of their costs and damages paid by the driver who was at fault. While the dollar amount you get will depend on a variety of factors, most accident victims will be eligible for these types of costs:
- Money for time missed at work
- All doctor appointments, surgeries and medical treatments
- Any long-term care you need, or therapies like physical therapy
- Car repairs
If you suffered serious injuries, you may be able to recover additional large amounts of money for pain, suffering, a disability or other devastating losses. Family members of deceased accident victims may be eligible for wrongful death damages. We know money can never make up for a tragic loss, but it can give you the financial security you need to move forward with your life.
What kind of injuries are covered by a car accident claim?
The law allows you to recover money for all your injuries caused by the accident. While there is no limit on what this might include, there are some injuries that are especially common after car accidents:
- Head injuries
- Bone fractures
- Injured joints and muscles
- Loss of a limb
One unique feature of many car accident injuries is that they don’t have any symptoms at first. Many accident victims go home feeling just fine, and then find themselves dizzy or in pain later on. Because of this, we urge everyone to see a doctor right away after an accident, even if you think you weren’t really hurt. A doctor can evaluate you and prescribe treatment that will help you heal more quickly. And the insurance company will be less likely to dispute your claim if you saw a doctor soon after the accident.
Can a lawyer help me negotiate with the insurance company?
Absolutely. A lawyer can help you evaluate the insurance company offer and decide what to do. Most of the time, the insurance company’s first offer isn’t nearly large enough to pay for your losses. But the insurance company hopes to make a profit by giving you less money than you deserve. The trouble is, if you take the money now, you’ll give up your right to get more money after you’ve hand a chance to find out what the accident is really going to cost you.
Car accident law firms near Atlanta know how to negotiate with insurance companies to get you a fair amount. They can build a strong case showing who was at fault, how you were injured, and what it’s really going to cost. A lawyer can send you to doctors who understand your injuries and the kind of treatment you need. A lawyer puts a professional on your side, potentially getting you far more money.
Talk to a Lawrenceville Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Our attorneys have been helping car accident victims for decades. We are affordable for everyone because we don’t charge anything unless we win you money. Let us give you a FREE consultation to explain your rights and help you figure out what to do—with no obligation. Call us at (404) 341-6555 or fill out the form to the right to get your free consultation today.