Auto accidents have become a common occurrence on our roads, with each year experiencing an increased number of accidents. According to the data released by the National Highway Safety Council, over 3 million people are injured every year as a result of auto accidents. Some of these injuries have life-altering effects.
In case you have recently been involved in a car accident, then you should contact a professional Georgia car accident lawyer as soon as possible. You are entitled to receive compensation for the injuries and losses sustained. Reach out to an experienced personal injury lawyer in Georgia at the Shrable Law Firm to schedule a free consultation session. You can also use our case forms available online or our online chat service to get in touch with us.
A majority of auto accident victims often believe that they can only be compensated for expenses relating to medical expenses and car repair services. However, it is important to note that you are also entitled to compensation for long-term medical care, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many people involved in auto accidents are not usually aware of their full entitlements.
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What is the Cost of Hiring a Georgia Auto Accident Lawyer?
You don’t have to make any payments until you’ve successfully received your compensation. We will enable you to establish whether you have a valid and strong claim and also if we are a good fit for you. If you decide to retain our services, then you won’t be billed any amount until you have been fully compensated. We deduct a certain amount from your compensation to cover our legal fees. Until we have successfully won your case and you have received your compensation, you aren’t obligated to pay us anything.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
Our team of attorneys at the Shrable Law Firm is more than just your legal representatives. We will deal with your insurance firm for you to ensure that they do not take advantage of you. The insurance company will try to use your own words against you and we will prevent that. In case you have been recently involved in a car accident, then it is highly likely that you are enduring a lot of pain and are stressed over medical treatment and expenses. Insurance companies are businesses and will always do what they can to protect their bottom line. This also means paying you the least amount possible. Attorney Beau Shrable will be your partner in seeking justice and the compensation that you are entitled to get your life back on track.
Treating injuries sustained in an accident can quickly get very expensive. Often, the costs are usually way higher than you initially expected. These costs are also higher than the offer your insurance company initially gives you. The following is a list of factors that you have to consider when planning to hire an attorney following a car accident:
- Need for a new car
- Your ability to get back to work in the foreseeable future
- Lost wages due to the injuries sustained
- Any future medical requirements and expenses
- The total cost of your medical bills
Is There a Time Limit for Auto Accidents Lawsuits in Georgia?
If you have been involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, then you have a limited time frame to file a lawsuit. Here is a brief guide on the time limits:
- Filing a lawsuit for property damage – 4 years from the date of the accident
- Filing a lawsuit for personal injury – 2 years from the date of the accident
- Filing a lawsuit against the county or city government – 6 months from the date of the accident
It is important to be aware of these time limits to avoid losing your right to pursue legal action if negotiating with your insurance company takes longer than expected or if the insurer insists on a compensation amount that is unsatisfactory to you.
Why Do I Need a Car Accident Attorney?
Being involved in a car accident doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to file a lawsuit. It is important to consult an expert lawyer to establish whether you should file a lawsuit. This is why, here at Shrable Law Firm, accident victims in Georgia get a free first consultation session.
Normally, you have a valid claim if your injuries were as a result of another party’s negligent acts. Negligence is whereby an individual or person acts in a manner that a reasonable individual or company wouldn’t have.
What can be Considered an Instance of Negligence?
The following is an example to help you understand what can be considered a case of negligence. A pedestrian is waiting to cross a street in Georgia and then the traffic light turns red, which indicates that the pedestrian can cross. As the pedestrian begins to cross the road, a speeding car appears out nowhere and runs the red light eventually hitting the pedestrian. This is a good example of negligence. The driver can be said to have acted negligently since the car was traveling at a speed higher than the allowed speed limit and the driver didn’t obey the traffic light. On the other hand, a driver that is reasonable would have stopped at the red light and would have observed the speed limit. In such a situation, the pedestrian has the legal right to file a lawsuit against the driver and seek full compensation for the injuries sustained.
Parties Involved in an Auto Accident Lawsuit
In case you are wondering if it is only drivers that can be liable for injuries and damages in a car accident, then the answer is no. A lot of other parties can also be held responsible for causing an accident. The specific details will depend on your case. For example, you could file a lawsuit against a trucking company for negligence in case they let their drivers drive the trucks without letting them get enough rest.
Likewise, one can file a lawsuit against municipalities for negligence in case they fail to put up enough light sources or signs at dangerous turns or intersections. Automobile manufacturers can also be held accountable in case their defective products lead to an accident. Some faulty products may include faulty brakes, airbags, or ignition switches among others.
Advantages of Hiring a Professional Car Accident Attorney
Auto accident laws in Georgia are complex. An expert attorney who clearly understands the insurance policies and auto laws is your best option when ensuring that you win the case and receive the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries following a car accident. In the following section, we have listed what our team at the Shrable law can do for you:
Case Preparation and Filing the Lawsuit
Our team of professional attorneys will start gathering evidence to prove your claim that your injuries were a result of another party’s negligence. The necessary evidence will depend on your case and can include images of your vehicle, medical records, trucking company logs amongst other relevant things. It might also be necessary to consult witnesses, industry experts, and also specialists to help in the reconstruction of the accident in order to gain more insight in the main cause of the accident.
Using the gathered information, the attorney will draft a legal document that is referred to as a complaint. This document will include all the information about the specifics of how the accident and how the party being accused or the defendant acted in a negligent manner and the compensation amount that you are entitled to for your losses. To mark the official start of your lawsuit, we will file the complaint in a court in Georgia.
It is likely that the defendant or the insurance company will offer you a settlement so as to avoid the expenses and the uncertainties of a jury trial. But the main aim of the insurance companies is to pay the absolute minimum amount of compensation. They will attempt to do this by downplaying your property damage and the level of your injuries.
The team of auto accident lawyers at the Shrable firm has extensive years of experience in these types of cases and they have repeatedly dealt with car insurance companies. We will provide you with professional advice on whether the proposed settlement by your insurer is compensation enough for your losses. In such situations, we might negotiate the terms of settlement with the accused party and/or their insurance company.
Case Preparation for Trial
If we aren’t able to reach an agreement on the settlement amount, then we will commence the process of taking your auto accident to trial. If this happens, a judge or a jury will determine the amount of compensation that you should be awarded. Here at the Shrable Law Firm, our team of expert attorneys is dedicated to taking your case to trial in case you aren’t offered a proper compensation. We will endeavor to ensure that you are awarded fair compensation and are able to get back to your normal life.
The Steps to Take after a Car Accident
In case you have been involved in an auto crash, you might be scared, hurt and confused about the steps to take. You may be nervous about dealing with calls from the insurance adjuster and what you can say and what you should avoid saying. You should know that this can be an extremely confusing and overwhelming period for you. However, during this time, what you say can have a significant impact on your case. In the event that you are involved in a car accident, then this is what you have to keep in mind:
- First and most important, you have to remain calm.
- Confirm that everyone in your car is safe and will be okay in the short-term.
- Collect the names and contact information of any witnesses present.
- Take pictures of the crash scene using your camera or phone. Take these photos from as many different angles as possible. Remember to capture the position of all the vehicles involved in the accident.
- Call the police and ensure that they file an incident report.
- Seek urgent medical attention. If other medical options aren’t available, visit the emergency room.
- Reach out to the attorney Beau Shrable Law Firm to discuss your situation and future options.
Most Common Types of Auto Accidents in Georgia
The amount of force that is exerted on the human body from the impact of a vehicle collision is immense. Regardless of if the other vehicle that you had a collision with was passenger vehicle, SUV, a 15 passenger van, or an 18 wheeler trailer. It is important for all drivers to drive carefully and exercise care so as to avoid the possibility of an auto accident that can result in serious injuries and even the death of others. Since the drivers use the roads alongside other drivers, hence, should exercise reasonable care.
It is the duty of the driver to pay necessary attention while driving, not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and adhering to the rules of the road when driving, Motor vehicle manufacturers have put in place various safety measures and improvements over the years with aim to minimize deaths and injuries on the roads. These improvements include crash avoidance systems and airbags. However, even after all these efforts, auto accidents are still causing hundreds of thousands of injuries and about 30,000 deaths each year.
A majority of accident claims in the state of Georgia normally involve careless conduct or negligence by a driver although faulty vehicles and roadways also lead to a significant number of accidents. Negligent driving means that the driver did not take reasonable care while operating a vehicle so as to prevent the occurrence of an accident. This can include a number of things, for example, running a spotlight, speeding or driving too close to the car ahead. If the driver’s behavior indicates a complete and utter disregard for other road users, then this is considered recklessness. Reckless driving can involve acts such as traveling through traffic at very high speed, street racing or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In case it is established that the driver intentionally neglected other peoples’ safety while driving, then you are entitled to seeking punitive damages. The punitive damages are meant to punish and discourage unacceptable driving practices in the future.
Our team of attorneys here at the Shrable Law Firm has extensive experience in dealing with different types of motor vehicle crash claims. Over the years, we have represented and assisted auto accident victims near Georgia. The following is a list of some of the types of Georgia auto accidents that we dealt with:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- T-bone accidents
- Multiple car chain reaction accidents
- Parking lot or driveway backup crashes
- SUV rollover accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Passenger vehicle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle crashes
- Freeway accidents
Do I Have an Auto Crash Case?
Just because you were involved in an accident doesn’t necessarily mean you will be compensated. To determine if you have a case, you need to urgently contact an expert auto crash attorney at the Shrable Law Firm. Many times accident victims assume that the accident is minor or think that the accident was their own fault. You might also be convinced that there is nothing you can do to remedy the situation. But the actual costs of these accidents that are assumed minor become more clear later on and sometimes, it is usually too late for the victim to go and file a lawsuit. Hence, it is crucial to contact an expert attorney immediately after an accident.
Over the years, we have dealt with these types of claims and we can enable you to determine if you have a valid claim. We’ve assisted many accident victims who have been happy, satisfied, and even surprised by the huge compensation amounts that they receive.
Here are a few examples of situations where you may have a valid claim:
- Unsafe road conditions that cause accidents
- Crashes resulting from faulty tires
- Distracted driving accidents
- Head-on and rear-end collisions
- Hit and run cases
- Being involved in an accident with an insured driver
- Whiplash injuries
Is It Necessary to File a Lawsuit?
No, you don’t have to file a lawsuit in all cases since most cases are resolved by reaching a settlement without having to go to trial.
At the early stages of your case, your experienced attorney at the Shrable Law Firm will also be your negotiator. We will communicate with the insurance company and inform them that we are now handling the case. Next, we will negotiate with the insurance company so you won’t have to. We will build and bring forward a solid case to ensure fair compensation and we will have the necessary evidence to prove every aspect of your claim. Through our expert attorneys, we will present the real and total cost of the accident for you and we will demand the insurance company to award you a full settlement.
In some cases, it might be necessary to file a lawsuit. Here, the lawsuit is filed against the insurer instead of the driver. You are at liberty to choose if you want to proceed with the suit. But in most cases this isn’t necessary.
Do I Have to Appear in Court?
Normally, you won’t have to make a court appearance. A lot of auto accident claims are not taken to trial and are settled successfully. Generally, no insurance companies desire to go trial; they just want these cases to be settled quickly. Even after you file a lawsuit, the insurance company will still try to settle out of court. The negotiations and meetings will be handled by our professional lawyers so you don’t have to go to court.
At times, an auto crash claim can go all the way to trial in Georgia’s court system. We know that people often want to avoid court but in case of trial, we endeavor to ensure that it is as stress-free as possible.
Get in Touch With a Georgia Car Accident Lawyer Today!
In case you or a loved one is involved in a Georgia auto accident, we are ready, prepared, and willing to put our best foot forward to ensure that you get the most favorable result. Call us now to get a free no-obligation consultation session. Call our injury law firm at (229) 518-9209 at any time. You can also reach us online using our 24-hour live online chat or using the free case evaluation form.