Understanding Car Accident Laws in Georgia
When you, or a loved one, is the victim of a car accident, it is crucial that you speak to a qualified and experienced attorney as soon as possible. Without legal representation, you may be left with a low-ball settlement offer from an insurance company. Worse yet, you may jeopardize your ability to receive any compensation at all due to missing legal deadlines and other requirements.
If you’ve suffered a serious injury in a car accident, we understand you have doctor visits, medical bills, absences from work, and pain. We want to help you any way we can. That’s what good attorneys do.
When the attorneys of Childers, Schlueter & Smith represent you, we do our best to get you what you need in order to recover and move on. We draw upon our legal experience and the knowledge gained from past car accident cases to make the process as easy as possible for our clients.
Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case. There is no obligation on your part.
Time Limits for Georgia Personal Injury Lawsuits
Georgia law requires that a personal injury lawsuit be filed within two years of the accident, also known as the statute of limitations. Simply reporting your claim to an insurance carrier is not enough.
If your lawsuit has not been properly filed within two years of the accident, you may never be able to receive compensation for your injuries. This is why you should act quickly so an attorney can get to work on your case.
Georgia Comparative Fault Laws
Determining fault in Georgia car accidents is done through what is called “comparative fault.” This means that fault can be split between numerous drivers, and this may affect the available compensation in an accident.
For example, assume you are injured in an accident that is determined to be 10% your fault and 90% the other driver’s fault. After a lawsuit, the most you would be able to recover is 90% of the available compensation.
Georgia auto accident laws are complicated, and if you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, you shouldn’t need to worry about them. That is your attorney’s job. You need to focus on your recovery.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Laws in Georgia
Uninsured/Underinsured motorist coverage is insurance coverage to help you if the person who caused you accident does not have sufficient auto insurance.
This policy may allow for you to collect compensation, but it’s likely not the full amount you may deserve. You must understand that your insurer is not on your side. They are a business pursuing their own best interests. Do not accept an insurance offer without talking to an attorney. You could forfeit your right to seek what you truly deserve.
What to Do After an Accident
When an accident happens, make sure you:
- Call 911 for emergency medical assistance.
- Collect the names, addresses, vehicle registration information, driver’s license numbers and insurance information of all parties involved in the accident.
- If possible, take photographs of the vehicles involved in the accident, and the location where it took place. Look for skid marks left from tires.
- Do not admit fault to anyone regarding any aspect of the accident.
- When you report the accident to an insurance representative, do not answer questions about how you feel, or if you are okay. Some accident-related injuries take time to become apparent, and any contrasting information that you give an insurer, could be used to deny a future claim.
- Do not sign anything without consulting an attorney that is representing you and your best interests.
- Obtain medical treatment as soon as possible after the accident. Follow your doctor’s instructions and keep all appointments for medical treatment.
- Get in touch with a qualified Georgia car accident attorney.
What to Expect When You Hire a Car Accident Attorney
Once you have chosen the law office of Childers, Schlueter & Smith to represent you, we will talk with you to gather the full details of your case so we can get to work building a strong case.
We will collect your medical records from physicians and hospitals you have visited to treat your injuries. Your attorney will deal with insurance companies on your behalf. We are your voice in this process, and we want to make it as simple as possible so you can focus on getting your life back on track.
The initial consultation is always free, and it gives you the chance to get your questions answered. You never pay us a dime unless we secure compensation for you. Call our Georgia accident lawyers today at 404-721-0255 and set up a free consultation to review your case.