For the victims of serious auto accidents in Atlanta, the road to recovery is often a long and painful one. Some people may never fully recover. For those who do, the physical, emotional and financial toll of medical treatments and rehabilitation has a serious impact on victims and their families.
These victims are often entitled to seek legal justice when another driver is to blame for the accident. If you’ve been injured, you want an Atlanta car accident attorney to help you seek compensation for your expenses and your suffering.
The car accident attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith have solid experience building these kinds of cases. We know what it takes to get our clients what they need and deserve.
Why Do You Need a Car Accident Attorney?
If you’ve been seriously injured in a car crash, you need an advocate who understands the suffering you’ve endured and wants to help right this wrong. You will likely face greedy insurance companies that offer to give you far less than you deserve. You need an experienced car accident attorney to go up against them on your behalf.
When you hire Childers, Schlueter & Smith, you can rest assured knowing that we are putting our experience to work for you. We are doing everything we can to get you the best possible result. Our auto accident attorneys will deal with the paperwork and medical records. You can focus on your recovery.
Atlanta car accident victims may be entitled to compensation for:
- Ambulance rides, hospital stays and medical treatments
- Loss of past and future income due to an inability to work
- Pain and suffering
I Have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and/or Medical Payments Coverage (Med-Pay). Will That Help?
Georgia is not one of the states that require drivers to have medical payments coverage or personal injury protection. PIP is a portion of car insurance that can cover medical expenses and other injury-related expenses after an accident.
Your insurance policy may allow for you to collect compensation, but you must understand that your insurer is a business looking to make a profit. They aren’t on your side. They are looking out for their bottom line, not for your best interests. If you accept a settlement from an insurance company without speaking to an attorney first, you may give up your right to seek the full compensation you deserve.
The job of a car accident lawyer is to pursue your best interests at all times. An attorney will deal with insurance companies, advocating for you and pursuing your best interests.
How Long Do I Have to Bring a Car Accident Case?
A statute of limitations is the time in which a legal claim must be filed in a court of law. Georgia has a two (2) year statute of limitations for car accident injuries and other personal injuries. The statute begins to run from the date of the car accident or when personal injury occurs.
If the statue of limitations has expired, your legal right to file a car accident lawsuit no longer exists, no matter how severely you were injured. This is why it is imperative that you act quickly to exercise your legal rights and seek the compensation you may deserve under the law.
There are exceptions that exist to the statute of limitations, but you should leave it to an attorney to determine whether you qualify. If you are in this situation, you should contact the Atlanta accident attorneys at Childers, Schlueter & Smith to find out more about how we can protect your legal interests.
Atlanta Car Accidents Kill Hundreds Each Year
The Atlanta metropolitan area saw 564 traffic accident deaths in 2009 – more than 1.5 every day. They are among the 1,000+ deaths that occur statewide in traffic accidents each year.
The auto accident mortality rate in Atlanta is higher than the national average, according to the federal government.
Causes of Atlanta Car Accidents
Auto accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including poor road and weather conditions. However, the cause often lies with the negligence of a driver.
Some of the most common causes of auto accidents are:
- Alcohol or drug intoxication. Driving under the influence of alcohol dramatically increases the likelihood of a car crash.
- Distracted driving – including cell phones. Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times as likely to get into car wrecks that cause injury.
- Excessive speed. Unsafe or illegal speed is involved in 1 out of 6 fatal crashes in Georgia. The chance of being seriously injured is 3 times higher in crashes related to speed than crashes not related to speed.
- Failing to follow traffic signals.
Get an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney
When you are represented by an attorney from Childers, Schlueter & Smith LLC, you can be confident that we will investigate all aspects of the crash to build the strongest possible case to seek compensation.
We work on a contingency fee basis – which means that if we don’t get compensation for you, you pay us nothing.
We pride ourselves on our commitment to helping clients win the largest settlements possible.
Contact us by filling out the form on this page, or by calling (404) 419-9500. A case evaluation is always free and without obligation.