A car accident can leave you facing much more than just medical bills. You may find yourself unable to work, coping with long-term pain or disability, or even suffering from a life-changing injury. You don’t have to deal with this alone—and you should not have to pay for it. If you were injured in a car accident in Peachtree Corners and it wasn’t your fault, the law is on your side. You need to speak to a Peachtree Corners car accident lawyer.
Let our attorneys help you. We have decades of experience helping car accident victims, and we charge nothing 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.
I’ve already got an insurance offer. What should I do?
A lawyer can help you evaluate the insurance company offer and build a case to get you everything you deserve. Most of the time, the insurance company’s first offer is far less than your claim is truly worth. The insurance company knows this, but it is hoping to settle your claim quickly and cheaply—before you understand what your injuries will really cost. If you take the insurance money now, you will give up your right to recover anything else in the future.
A car accident law firm in Atlanta can send you to doctors who understand your injuries and can estimate the cost of your care. A lawyer can also build a strong case showing that the accident wasn’t your fault. A lawyer can then go to the insurance company and show them exactly what your claim is worth. In many cases, having a lawyer on your side means that you can recover far more than the insurance company first offered.
Will the other driver’s insurance pay for the accident?
Yes, if the other driver was the one who caused the accident. However, you should know that even though there may be insurance coverage for your accident, the insurance company will not want to pay you what your claim is worth. To protect your rights, you should talk to a car accident lawyer.
What if the other driver isn’t insured?
Every vehicle owner in Georgia is required to carry at least a minimum amount of car insurance. This means that in most car accident cases, there is auto insurance available to pay for injuries and vehicle damage. Unfortunately, there are people who flaunt the law and drive without insurance. When this happens, you still have a right to recover money.
There are several ways your lawyer can help you do this:
- By investigating other insurance policies that may pay the claim (potentially including your own insurance)
- By pursuing payment from the other driver directly (possibly on a payment plan over time)
- By placing a lien on the other driver’s property, so that you will get paid in the future
How serious do my injuries have to be, to be covered by my claim?
The general rule is that if your injury was caused by the accident, you should be able to recover money for it. Some of the most common car accident injuries include:
- Broken bones, burns and soft tissue injuries
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Severed limbs and other severe physical injuries
Some of these injuries may be obvious right away, but others—like whiplash—typically don’t have symptoms until sometime after the accident. We recommend that you ALWAYS see a doctor as soon as you can after any accident, even if you think you only have minor injuries that will heal up on their own. Seeing a doctor can help you recover more quickly and make a stronger insurance claim.
Which driver is at fault in a Peachtree Corners car accident?
Georgia is a “fault state” when it comes to car accident claims. This means that the driver who is legally at fault is responsible for paying for all the vehicle damage and injuries that occur. Because the party who is at fault bears the financial responsibility, fault is a big issue in any car accident claim.
Most of the time, a driver is at fault because he or she was “negligent.” This does not mean that the driver caused the accident on purpose. It just means that the driver could have avoided the accident by being more careful. Negligent behavior includes speeding, running red lights and disobeying other traffic laws. It also includes following too closely, distracted driving, drunk driving, and many other unsafe driving behaviors.
Is there a limit to how much money I can recover?
No. Georgia law allows you to recover ALL of your costs and damages from whoever was at fault. The exact amount you will recover will depend on your situation and how badly you were injured. But in a typical case, a car accident victim may be able to recover money for all of your fixed costs, such as medical bills, physical therapy, car repairs, and any lost work time.
If your accident was serious, you may be entitled to much more. You may receive damages for your intangible losses—things like severe pain or a long-term disability. If you lost a loved one in a car accident, you may be eligible for wrongful death damages. This money can never undo a devastating accident, but it can help you out financially while you get medical treatment and work on rebuilding your life.
In many cases, these types of damages can triple or quadruple how much money you recover.
Talk to a Peachtree Corners Car Accident Lawyer for Free
Our attorneys have spent their careers helping car accident victims recover money for their injuries. We won’t charge you money unless we get money for you. Let us give you a free consultation to talk about your case and help you 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.