Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents remain a serious public safety problem in Atlanta and throughout the state of Georgia. According to data provided by the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, more than 116,000 people were injured in crashes in the state in the year 2013 alone. There were more than 14,000 auto accident injuries in Fulton County in 2013. The Atlanta metro area is subject to some worst driving conditions in the United States. A recent study ranked Interstate 285 as the most dangerous highway in the entire country. Further, other major area roads, such as interstate 85, also see far more than their fair share of serious crashes.
At Buckhead Law, we fight for justice for injured car accident victims. If you were hurt in an accident in Atlanta, please call us today at 770-GET-PAID to schedule a free review of your case.
Atlanta Car Accident Liability: Comparative Negligence
Car accident claims are governed by state law. In Georgia, liability for an auto accident is established under the state’s comparative negligence standard. This means that you can only hold another party liable for your crash damages if you can prove that their negligence actually contributed to your accident. Under the Georgia Code, negligence is defined as the failure to take due care in a given situation.
Additionally, as Georgia is a ‘comparative’ negligence jurisdiction, multiple parties can be held legally responsible for the same Atlanta car accident. Their liability will be distributed in direct proportion to their fault for a wreck. In some cases, victims can even be held partially at fault for their own crash. When this happens, a victim’s ability to recover compensation will be reduced. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers can help protect you from receiving an unfair share of the blame for your accident.
Compensation Available for Injured Victims
Auto accident victims are entitled to seek compensation for the full extent of their losses. However, sadly, fair compensation can often be difficult to obtain. The big insurance companies have spent decades crafting tactics and strategies that they use to reduce your settlement offer. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers will help you fight back. We can help you seek recovery for:
- Diminished value to your vehicle;
- All medical expenses, including those related to rehabilitation;
- Lost income, including diminished long-term earn capacity;
- Pain and suffering and mental anguish; and
- Serious physical damage, such as disfigurement or loss of limb.
What You Need to Know About the Insurance Company
Most accidents are caused by human error. Indeed, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), somewhere between 90 and 95 percent of all car accidents occur because of (avoidable) driver mistakes. If a driver’s negligence caused your accident, then you will need to seek compensation from their insurance company.
That being said, unfortunately, even though insurers have a legal duty to settle valid claims in a fair and honest manner, recovering a full settlement offer is extremely challenging. All car accident victims need to remember the following principle: The insurance company is not on your side. They are the opposing party in your case. As such, you cannot rely on insurance adjusters to help guide you through the claims process. They will be looking for ways to limit your financial recovery. To protect yourself, you should always work with the insurance company through your Atlanta car accident lawyer.
Were You Injured in an Atlanta Car Crash?
We can help. At Buckhead Law, our Atlanta car accident lawyers have extensive experience handling auto accident injury claims. To learn more about what we can do for you and your family, please do not hesitate to call us today at 770-GET-PAID. Initial legal consultations are free of charge, and we handle all car accident cases on a contingency fee basis.
Get Aggressive Legal Help Today!
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident in Atlanta, you need to take action now. To schedule your free case evaluation, please contact an experienced Atlanta personal injury lawyer at Buckhead Law today by calling 770-GET-PAID.