Car Accident Lawyer in Atlanta

Car accidents are a fact of life in Atlanta. Almost every single day vehicles collide in parking lots, driveways, and out on the open road. Our city’s drivers are not the safest in the country, unfortunately, and it shows in the number of collisions that could have been avoided. These accidents cause countless injuries to innocent victims who must pay for expensive medical care and possibly miss work.

None of this is acceptable. If you were injured in a crash, help is available. At MG Law, our Atlanta car accident lawyers have negotiated favorable settlements for our clients, and we are able to help you today. With extensive experience successfully handling a wide range of motor vehicle accident claims, we know how to hold careless drivers and big insurance companies accountable. Contact our Atlanta law office for a free, no obligation review of your personal injury case.

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Car Accident Injuries

Car accidents are traumatic incidents which leave many people bloodied and bruised. At MG Law, our firm has seen clients suffer from the following:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Fractures
  • Burns
  • Nerve damage
  • Back injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Life-threatening internal organ damage

The best step is to immediately seek medical treatment for any pain you experience after a crash. A doctor can help diagnose even slow-developing injuries and provide proper advice for getting better.

What to Do After an Auto Accident in Atlanta?

A car accident on the freeway is different from other car accidents, such as fender benders in a parking lot. Vehicles on the freeway are traveling very fast, and many victims will suffer serious injuries as a result of the speed. If you were involved in a freeway accident, you might not know what to do. Below, our Conyers car accident lawyer hits the highlights of what you need to know.

1. Pull Over to the Side of the Road

Wrecked vehicles can block traffic, which inconveniences everyone. According to the Georgia Driver’s Manual (Section 11), motorists should pull over to a safe place on the side of the road. Of course, your vehicle might be so wrecked that you can’t move it. You might also have been so badly injured that you can’t feasibly drive. In either case, you might need to wait for the police to come and have your vehicle towed. But if you can drive, then pull your car to the side of the road. Once parked, you still have to worry about getting hit by vehicles racing by. You should turn on your hazard lights, or, if you have a safety kit with reflective triangles, you can also set those out on the side of the road.

2. Call Georgia State Patrol

You should report the accident so an officer can come out. You can call 9-1-1 and a dispatcher will send an officer to your location. Remember Georgia law requires reporting accidents if someone suffered a bodily injury, no matter how minor, or if there was at least $500 in damage to the vehicles. In most highway collisions, there is enough damage to warrant calling it into police.

3. Swap Insurance & Personal Information

You should do this after every accident, regardless of where it happens. Remember to get the name of the driver’s insurance company so you can make a claim if the driver was at fault. Also, collect the names of everyone who witnessed the accident. If you were involved in a multi-car pileup, which often happens on the freeway, then it could be exhausting tracking down everyone’s personal information. Fortunately, this should be on the police report, which you can gain access to later.

4. Get Pictures — If Safe to Do So

Photographs can help a lawyer later reconstruct how an accident happened. However, taking pictures is harder after a crash on the freeway. For one thing, you don’t want to walk into the road to take a picture, since you could get stuck. You also need to be careful simply walking around vehicles, as getting too close to traffic can be deadly. Take what pictures you can while remaining safe. After the police come, you might need to pull off the highway with the other driver so you can get better pictures in a safer location.

5. Reach Out to an Attorney

Hiring a lawyer is an absolute necessity after a highway accident. If multiple vehicles were involved, then trying to allocate fault is a very difficult task. Just who is to blame for the accident? You might assume the car that hit you is to blame, but they might have been pushed from behind by another vehicle, or else the driver had no choice but to take defensive action and ended up pinballing off you. A seasoned lawyer will take the time to fully review what is known about the crash. Reconstructing a highway accident is often difficult. We rely on photographs, police reports, and witness testimony to try and identify who is ultimately to blame for the accident and who must pay our client compensation.

6. Give Testimony as to What Happened

As someone who survived a highway accident, you have important information. We find that many cases turn on the testimony of those who were there. If necessary, you can give your version of events to all relevant insurance adjusters, but make sure you have a lawyer by your side during the questioning. Some adjusters might try to get you off track or ask irrelevant and vexing questions. We can make sure that questions stay focused on the accident and don’t twist what you say.

The Insurance Company is Not On Your Side

You cannot rely on the big insurance companies to look out for your best interests. Insurance companies—even your own insurer—are focused on protecting their own bottom line. Insurers train their adjusters to present themselves as friendly and neutral. The reality is anything but—their job is to look for things to use against you in the claims process. Do not go through the auto accident claims process without strong legal representation. At MG Law, our Atlanta car accident lawyers know how insurance companies operate. We will protect your rights and hold them accountable.

Compensation after an Accident

Car accidents are expensive. One minute you are riding down the road, and the next your life has been tossed upside down. Many people go deeply into debt after an accident, even one that is not their fault.

In a settlement, our team will aggressively pursue compensation for the following:

  • Medical bills, such as the cost of surgery, doctor visits, prescription drugs, and rehabilitation
  • Lost wages and lost income
  • Property damage, such as the cost of repairs to your damaged vehicle
  • Pain and suffering

Members of the public often want to know how much they can receive. This is an excellent question, but the reality is that the amount of compensation available depends on many factors, including the severity of a person’s injuries.

Another consideration is the amount of insurance that the other driver carries. Georgia only requires that motorists carry $25,000 in bodily injury liability insurance, and many motorists carry only the bare minimum. This might not be enough to cover all of the financial losses associated with your injuries. However, if you have underinsured motorist insurance, then that could also step in and pay benefits.

5 FAQs About Car Accidents

1. What Do I Have to Prove to Win My Car Accident Case?

When you’ve been in a car accident in Atlanta that’s caused by the fault of another party, you maintain the right to bring forth a claim for damages against that party’s insurance. However, it’s important to note that the insurance company won’t be eager to pay out your claim – you’ll need to actually prove that their client (the driver who hit you) was responsible for your accident and that any damages you’re claiming (medical expenses, lost wages, property damage costs, etc.) are a direct result of that accident. While uncommon, if your case goes to court, you’ll have the burden of proving that the at-fault party owed you a duty of care, that the duty of care owed to you was breached, that the breach was the proximate cause of your harm, and that you’ve suffered actual damages as a result. You may also be responsible for proving that your own negligence did not contribute to the accident or your damages in any way. In order to prove all of this, you’ll need various sources of compelling evidence, including the police report, testimony from various excerpts (such as accident reconstruction experts), photographs, vehicle control module data, witnesses’ testimonies, and more.

2. What Happens if the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance?

Another question that we frequently hear from those who have been in a car accident is in regards to what happens if the at-fault driver is uninsured. A similar question is, “What happens if I was in a hit-and-run accident?” In both cases, the victim of a crash may feel as though they have no recourse, as the driver either a) cannot be identified or b) doesn’t have insurance to cover the cost of your injuries. When this is the case, there may be some other options available–

First, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company, particularly if you carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This type of coverage pays for your injuries when you’re hit by a driver who doesn’t have insurance, or doesn’t have enough insurance to pay for the harm you’ve suffered. You may also have other types of insurance coverage that apply, such as medical payments coverage.

3. The Insurance Adjuster Added Me on Social Media – Should I Accept?

After your accident, you’ll likely interact with the insurance adjuster a number of times. Chances are, they’ll be very nice and friendly – helpful. What’s more, the insurance adjuster may even go so far as to add you as a friend on a social media site, such as Facebook or Instagram. While you may think that this is perfectly innocuous, don’t be so quick to accept; the insurance adjuster may be trying to gather evidence that they can use to reduce the value of your claim. Insurance adjusters are notorious for finding any way to devalue a claim, and your social media account may provide the keys. For example, you may have pictures on your social media site showing you smiling and having a good time; or a check-in at your favorite recreation area. These can be used to tell a jury that you are being untruthful about your injuries, and that you wouldn’t be “smiling” or at a recreation point if your injuries were as truthful as you claim. It is wise to refuse any social media friend requests after an accident and to ensure that your profiles are set to private; better yet, get off social media altogether until your case is settled.

4. What Happens If I Don’t Agree with a Settlement Offer?

You will get a settlement offer at some point in the process – after the insurance company has finished its investigation and you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). You may be eager to receive the settlement, but upon reviewing it realize that it doesn’t fairly compensate you for the harm you’ve suffered. What should you do?

The best strategy for navigating an unfair settlement offer is to bring the offer to an attorney for review. From there, your attorney can work with you to negotiate with the insurance company for a settlement that more fairly compensates you.

5. What Will a Car Accident Attorney Do During My Case?

A car accident attorney is responsible for handling the logistics of your claim and advocating for you throughout the process. This involves conducting an investigation, working with experts, calculating your damages, negotiating your settlement, and more. The outcome of your case may be significantly improved with an attorney on your side.

What is the Statute of Limitations for a Car Accident Injury in Georgia?

Georgia has a strict two-year statute of limitations for auto accident injury claims. To bring a personal injury lawsuit, you must act within two years of the date crash (O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33). The statute of limitations matters. Failure to stick to the deadline will be used as justification to dismiss your case and deny financial compensation.

There are very few exceptions to Georgia’s motor vehicle accident statute of limitations. Do not wait to get started with your case: The sooner you initiate the auto accident injury claims process, the easier it is to access full and fair financial compensation. Call our Atlanta car accident attorneys today.

Is Georgia a Fault or No-Fault State?

Georgia is a fault state. This means that the motorist who is responsible for the accident must pay compensation to injured victims. In a no-fault state, like Florida, each driver carries their own personal injury protection injury, which they can use if involved in an accident regardless of fault.

Because fault is important in Georgia, we must carefully analyze the circumstances that led up to the collision. Another word for “fault” is negligence, and motorists are negligent when they injure someone by virtue of not using adequate care.

Many accidents are caused by:

  • Driver fatigue
  • Distraction
  • Carelessness
  • Refusal to yield
  • Failure to use turn signals
  • Speeding
  • Tailgating
  • Passing illegally
  • Other careless or reckless acts

In Georgia, fault is generally based on the legal doctrine of negligence. Our state defines negligence as a failure to exercise due care. In car accident cases, negligence can come in many different forms—from distracted driving to speeding. As liability is based on fault, it is crucial that all major crashes are comprehensively investigated by an experienced attorney. You need evidence to hold another party accountable for your injuries.

Georgia uses a comparative negligence standard for determining fault after a car accident (O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33). Multiple parties—including an injured victim—may share liability for a collision. To be clear, this means that you can still recover compensation for a car accident even if you are partially at-fault for the crash. In these cases, liability will be divided in proportion to each party’s degree of blame. A driver found 20 percent at-fault for a crash is responsible for 20 percent of the damages.

Although Georgia is a fault-based car accident state, motorists do have the ability to purchase optional no-fault auto insurance coverage. In fact, it is strongly recommended that every driver buy some degree of medical payments insurance. Often called ‘Med Pay’ coverage, it is a form of no-fault insurance that will cover your initial medical expenses up to a set policy limit regardless of who was to blame for the accident. Med Pay coverage offers an additional level of financial protection.

Comparative Fault for Atlanta Car Accidents

Georgia recognizes that in some accidents both motorists have been negligent. Under our laws, a court will compare the negligence of each driver. If a driver is at least 50% at fault for an accident, he or she cannot receive compensation. If the driver is less than 50% to blame, then compensation is available, though the amount the victim receives is reduced by their percentage of fault.

Look at it this way: Tammy and Mike collide head on, and the jury finds that Tammy suffered $100,000 in damages. However, she is also 30% to blame. In this example, Tammy can receive a maximum of $70,000. Mike can receive nothing, because he was 70% to blame for the crash.

Because of the comparative fault law, we need to understand what our clients were doing in the moments before an accident. We can then try to minimize how they might have contributed to a crash.

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We know that you have a lot to deal with after a car accident. The last thing you need is another bill to pay. At MG Law, our Atlanta auto accident attorneys are here to put money back into your pocket—not take any more out of it. We represent injured victims on contingency. You do not have to pay upfront fees or other out-of-pocket costs for our legal services. Our Atlanta car accident attorneys only get paid when you get paid. Do not worry about the cost of hiring a top attorney.

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The insurance system in Georgia is confusing, and many victims feel intimidated trying to bring their own claims. This is where hiring a lawyer will be a huge help. Do not go up against the big insurance companies alone.

The team at MG Law has helped many people just like you get the compensation you need after a serious Atlanta car accident. Please reach out to us today to schedule your free consultation. We represent injured victims in Fulton County, DeKalb County, and beyond.

 

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