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CAR ACCIDENTS IN GEORGIA
Your First Steps After a Wreck
Automobiles are an essential part of our lives. Unfortunately, vehicle accidents that injure and kill drivers, passengers or pedestrians are a daily occurrence in our state. Georgia law recognizes that if a driver is at fault in a car crash that has resulted in injury or death, the injured parties deserve compensation. Georgia residents who suffer a personal injury in a car accident are entitled to payment that covers the cost of medical assistance, rehabilitation, vehicle repair or replacement, property damage, lost wages, pain, suffering and other losses.
After a fatal auto accident, a family may file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver to seek compensation for their losses. In cases of severe personal injury or wrongful death, a Georgia court may order the at-fault driver in a car accident to pay punitive damages in addition to the other expenses they will be required to cover.
After a vehicle accident, you will likely be disoriented. There are a few basic steps that you should take to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Injuries must be treated as soon as possible, and the authorities must be notified. While every crash is different, here are a few general principles to keep in mind after a vehicle accident…
- 1. Call the police or sheriff’s department and request an accident report and an ambulance.
- 2. If you are hurt at all, go to the emergency room immediately.
- 3. If possible, take photos of your vehicle and the other person’s vehicle.
- 4. Notify your insurance company of the accident.
- 5. Do not sign anything or agree to a settlement with any insurance company before talking to an experienced auto accident attorney.
IF YOU’VE BEEN INJURED BY A CARELESS DRIVER, YOU DESERVE PAYMENT.
CONTACT A MACON CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY TODAY
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a car wreck anywhere in the Middle Georgia area, an experienced Macon car accident lawyer from the Mann Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve for your losses. At the Mann Law Firm, David Mann is involved in every case. David left larger firms, including work as an in-house counsel for a large insurance company, to join his family law firm and work to bring justice on behalf of injured residents of the Macon area.
At the Mann Law Firm, you will work with real people that know you are more than just a case number. Clients in personal injury and wrongful death cases need more than run-of-the-mill legal representation. They need a firm that understands their situation and will do whatever is necessary to get them the compensation they deserve. Contact a Macon car accident lawyer at the Mann Law Firm today at (888) 339-2185 or through our online form to schedule a free and confidential initial consultation about your case.
Many car accidents involve only one vehicle. And not all of them are the fault of the driver. When you’re behind the wheel, if someone impedes your driving path — be it another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a cyclist — and you are involved in an accident due to this party’s carelessness, your attorney can often find them and sue them for damages. If that isn’t an option, you can file a claim with your own insurance company. They should honor your claim. If they don’t, you need a lawyer to hold them accountable. If you’re a passenger in someone else’s vehicle and the driver’s negligence leads to a single car crash, you have the right to sue him or her for medical bills, lost income when you can’t work, pain and suffering, and other damages.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I GET?
First, if a lawyer gives you a dollar value right away, don’t trust it. They could be making unrealistic promises, or they may try to persuade you to settle for less than your case is actually worth for a variety of reasons that are not in your best interests. Costs associated with your injury (medical expenses, lost income, your pain and suffering) can vary between thousands and millions of dollars. And there’s no crystal ball that tells any attorney what the value will be without thorough investigations, which don’t happen in a just a day or two.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A CLAIM?
It’s really rather simple. Were you injured and are you suffering financial losses due to an accident? Was someone (or an entity, such as a business, for example) responsible for causing the accident that injured you? And did this person or entity act negligently, or in a manner in which another prudent party would not have acted? If the answer is “yes” to all three questions, you may have a solid claim.
TYPES OF INJURIES
A variety of injuries happen to people in a vehicle accident, from minor to life-threatening. They include head, brain, and spinal trauma; broken bones; internal organ damage; facial injuries, which could require repeated cosmetic surgeries; burns, which are extremely painful; and limbs which may be so mangled they require amputation. Some accident victims suffer lifetime paralysis. Those who suffer severe head trauma (TBI) are often never the same. And since over 35,000 die on our roads every year, that’s a lot of wrongful deaths. Insurance companies guard their negligent clients, so if you or a family member is injured in a car wreck, your only chance at fair compensation is with a seasoned accident lawyer.
GETTING MEDICAL TREATMENT
Just because you can’t see or feel an injury immediately after a car accident doesn’t mean you’re not hurt. Even in minor car wrecks, internal bleeding, whiplash, injured organs and other physical harm can happen. Assuming that you’re fine is dangerous, because untreated injuries you sustain will likely get worse without medical attention. And accurate documentation of your injuries is vital to a winning insurance claim.
LAWS RELATED TO CAR ACCIDENTS
Georgia Civil Code § 9-3-33: Statute of Limitations for personal injuryGeorgia Civil Code § 9-3-31: Statute of Limitations for personal propertyGeorgia Civil Code § 51-12-33: Governing Comparative Fault in Tort Damage AwardsGeorgia Vehicle Insurance Coverage Rules and MinimumsOther publications and resources Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway SafetyNational Highway Traffic Safety Association – vehicle safety section
The Georgia DOT says further that driver error is to blame for most car accidents in the state.
These are the most common driver mistakes that lead to car wrecks:
- Following too closely
- Failure to yield right-of-way
- Improper lane change
- Disregarding a stoplight or stop sign
- Failure to maintain control of the vehicle
The CASI Notebook says fatal car crashes in Georgia are most often caused by:
- Loss of control of the vehicle (Loss of control usually has its own cause, which increasingly is a form of distracted driving, such as texting while driving.)
- Illegal speed (i.e., speeding) or unsafe speed
- Driving left of center
- Failure to yield
- Alcohol or drug impairment (drunk or drugged driving)
- Driver condition (such as fatigued driving).
Anyone can be hurt or lose a loved one in a car crash.
What the Statistics Tell Us About Georgia Vehicle Accidents
The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) says in its most recent Crash Analysis, Statistics & Information (CASI) Notebook that each day about 2,400 people are involved in car accidents in the state. About 360 people are injured in auto accidents every day, and about 30 people die in car wrecks in Georgia every week.
Car insurance may be the first thing to come to mind after an accident, but all too often after a wreck resulting in major injuries, the victim’s losses exceed minimum coverage requirements. Injured drivers also find out too often that the at-fault driver doesn’t even have car insurance. When you do deal with an insurance company, it is best to keep in mind that insurance firms profit by paying as little as possible for claims. This holds true for “your” insurance company and the other driver’s insurer. What’s best for you is not what’s best for them.
An experienced auto accident lawyer at the Mann Law Firm can help. When you hire a lawyer, you’re hiring an advocate that will fight for your best interests. People who are injured or suffer other significant losses in motor vehicle crashes deserve to be compensated for their losses, but aggressive legal help is usually required to realize that goal.
How a Macon Car Accident Attorney Can Help
The moment you hire us, a thorough investigation of your accident and injuries begins. We deal firmly and aggressively with the defendant’s insurance company to ensure you are taken advantage of. When a competent attorney becomes involved in a claim, the settlement value of a car accident claim typically increases significantly. And once we are involved, you are fully insulated from all insurance company harassment because they must deal with only your lawyers. We can bring you results and a lot of peace of mind. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, don’t hesitate to call David Mann to schedule a free consultation. We earn no fee unless we win your case.