Atlanta, Georgia Car Accidents Attorney
Our knowledgeable car accident lawyers at William C. Head, PC have worked diligently on behalf of all clients who were injured in an accident and suffered serious injuries for over four decades. Our Georgia trial lawyers have become major advocates for those who have had to deal with the physical, financial and emotional aftermath of a car wreck caused by someone else. Offering legal expertise in Georgia for 43 years now, our law office has been recognized statewide and nationally for being the best at what we do and setting the bar high amongst area law firms seeking new car accident cases.
Aside from the emotional trauma that can be experienced by car accident victims, mounting medical/hospital bills can be just as alarming. Then, of course, there is the daunting task of dealing with the insurance company. The back and forth between you and the insurance company can feel like mental whiplash, which is why our accident attorneys are at the ready to assist you from the very beginning.
If you hire our law firm, unlike most law firms, our Atlanta legal counsel may handle your case 100% in-house or may collaborate with another law firm. The latter alternative happens in rare cases, but you’d still only be responsible for paying a single contingency fee, as opposed to two lawyers’ fees. What a contingency fee means is that you do not owe any fees unless our lawyers recover for you. Fortunately, we certainly know what we are doing in that department, so you can have all the confidence that we would deliver stellar results in your case.
Each year, the highest number of injuries suffered occur from vehicular accidents. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety shows that, since 2013, between 333,000 and 400,000 collisions OF SOME TYPE occurred in Georgia each year. Auto accidents and collisions can lead to traumatic brain damage, scars, loss of limb through traumatic amputation, burns, loss of sight or loss of hearing. Each year, well over 1,000 fatalities on Georgia roadways are caused by various acts of speeding, reckless driving, defective vehicles, hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident and running a red light or stop sign. Shockingly, the number of fatalities per 100,000 vehicle miles traveled has increased every year since 2014, and the likelihood of a death in in a vehicle crash in Georgia is higher than the national average.
In March of 2016, Mr. Head and his team represented the family of a man who exited a MARTA bus, and started to walk across the Alpharetta Highway, on his way home. Suddenly, an older model Lincoln driven by an elderly woman from East Cobb County plowed into him and two other pedestrians. Two of the three pedestrians died at the scene, including Mr. Head’s client. The seriously injured man, who was on his way to work at a nearby restaurant, had medical bills at North Fulton Hospital for over $400,000. Despite having to deal with a limited amount of liability insurance coverage, the family of Mr. Head’s client recovered a confidential settlement in the mid-6 figure range, within 8 months of the car accident.
The frightening reality is that serious injuries, despite all the safety features in newer vehicles and traffic laws put in place, are not necessarily decreasing over time. In fact, statistics from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia shows that since 2010, the number of serious injuries has increased unsteadily. For instance, in 2014 there was a serious injury rate of 14.52 for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled and that number jumped up to 16.46 in 2015. Although it came down to 15.55 in 2016, the predictions for 2017 and 2018 have those numbers at a rate above 17. Hopefully, those numbers will drop with the Georgia Hands-Free law that has been in place since July. Regardless of what the statistics may look like, we are here to help with your car accident – whether it was a minor accident or not.
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What to Do After a Car Accident
Do you know what to do after a car accident? Well, it’s not something everyone thinks about when they get on the road. We don’t automatically assume we are going to be involved in a car crash, but it is helpful to know before you go. Drivers are recommended to have the Georgia Driver’s Manual in their vehicle, according to the DMV website. Here we have provided a detailed checklist for what to do in an accident.
The driver’s manual suggests drivers the following:
- Stop and pull over to a safe place.
- Report the accident to local law enforcement immediately, if there is an injury, or if there is property damage greater than $500.
- Provide help to those injured, if at all possible.
- Take pictures of the damage, if it is safe to do so.
- Put on your vehicle’s hazard lights to alert approaching motorists.
- Provide your name, address, license plate number, driver’s license number, and insurance information to other parties involved in the accident and request the same information from them.
If police are not called to the scene of an accident, you’re to complete a Personal Report of Accident to be filed by you for later use, if needed at a future time. This form is not to be sent to a government agency but should be kept in your records in case you need to use it in court later.
If you have been in an accident, even if it was a minor accident, the person who hit your vehicle may ask you not to call the police. But a car accident with no police report filed is a bad idea. The at-fault party may also try to convince you to have your insurance companies settle it and even offer you their insurance company’s information so that you may contact them directly. Sounds fair enough right? Wrong!
We urge all our clients to always get a police report for a few reasons. It would be in your best interest to have a law enforcement officer at the scene to be able to describe the accident scene and talk to all parties involved. This way an insurance company or a jury, if your case goes to court, will have a credible witness available to confirm what occurred.
Choosing not to do a police report will have others believe that the case was not serious. No matter if it was an accident with no damage to the vehicle, if there is no police report, it’s going to be considered a minor incident. For that very reason, it’s smart to have a police report. The bottom-line is, the more documentation you have, the better chances you have of winning your case and compensation you deserve.
Car Accident Claim
After the claim that you file with your car insurance company, it will go through a process that will eventually lead to a settlement. The way your car insurance company investigates accident claims can differ depending on the nature and severity of the accident, your insurance company’s policies and whether the accident involved property damage, injuries, or both.
Once you file your claim, a claims adjustor will be assigned to your case to review your policy to ensure that you are covered 100%. The adjustor will more than likely call you to find out more information about the accident. In the meantime, an attorney from our law firm will reach out to the negligent party’s insurance company to recover compensation for your damages and accident-related costs. Your claim will be submitted for approval to the insurance company, which usually conducts its own investigation.
The success of your claim will be dependent on our attorney’s ability to collect, analyze, and present vital evidence. Providing us with as much information as possible helps with securing a solid claim. If your attorney and the insurance company cannot agree on a settlement, a lawsuit will follow.
If the negligent party is uninsured or insured for an amount of coverage that is insufficient for fully covering damages related to your injury, your insurance company will be asked to cover the difference between your losses and the amount you received from the other party’s insurance company.
Compensatory damages awarded in car accident lawsuits include:
- Medical Expenses which cover emergency room visits, hospitalization, emergency surgery, any assistive devices and future doctor’s appointments.
- Lost Wages at the time of injury until the conclusion of the lawsuit.
- Pain and Suffering faced after the accident which is determined by the jury who will examine the extent of your injuries, including how long you are expected to suffer, the nature of the injury, and what financial and physical burdens the incident places on you and your family.