Being involved in a car accident is one of the scariest events that could ever happen in your life. When you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Peachtree Corners, you deserve to be represented by a firm that offers personalized service. If the accident was serious or you suffered extensive injuries, a car accident lawyer from the Pendergrass Law Firm can protect you and advocate for your rights. They ensure that you get the total compensation that you need to cover your future expenses if you need continued care and will continue to miss work.
Who is at fault in a car accident in Peachtree Corners?
The responding officers will ask for a statement from all the drivers involved as well as from any witnesses. When you talk to the officer, you will need to accurately state the facts before and during the accident, such as what you felt or what you saw. Do not speculate how fast the other driver was traveling, what distance they were at, or provide an opinion of who you think was at fault.
Then you will need to notify your insurance company of the accident, typically within 24 to 72 hours. They will then assign an insurance adjuster to the case who will review the facts of the case (e.g., the weather that day, road conditions, the conditions of both vehicles) and the police report in order to determine liability.
Some situations could affect whether or not you are found at fault:
- If the insurance company can establish negligence, such as talking on a cell phone or eating behind the wheel
- If your car was not properly maintained
- If you “rear-ended” the vehicle in front of you
- If you were intoxicated at the time of the accident
In a no-fault state, the injured driver files a claim with their own insurance company for damages. But in an at-fault state, such as Georgia, the injured driver has the legal right to file a personal injury claim for damages with the at-fault driver’s auto insurance company. In the state of Georgia, the minimum requirements for liability insurance are:
- $25,000 for bodily injury coverage per driver
- $25,000 property damage per accident
- $50,000 bottle he injury coverage per accident
This means that the at-fault driver’s insurance company will pay the damages through liability insurance, which all Georgia drivers are obligated to have. This also means that the at-fault driver’s insurance company will do all they can to reduce the amount they have to payout. That’s why you need a car accident attorney in Peachtree Corners working for you in establishing liability.
What can I recover money for after a car accident in Peachtree Corners?
You may be eligible to receive compensatory damages for your car accident in Peachtree Corners. Compensatory damages include economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages include your tangible financial losses such as:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Property damage
Non-economic damages would compensate you for non-monetary losses such as pain and suffering, emotional anguish, humiliation, and loss of companionship if the car accident led to wrongful death.
How do I know if I have a strong car accident claim?
The best way to know if you have a strong car accident claim is to call us to schedule a free consultation with an attorney from the Pendergrass Law Firm. Bring pictures you took at the scene of the accident, your medical bills, and any other relevant documents, and we will provide you with legal advice on what your next steps should be.
Car Accident Injuries
Common car accident injuries include:
- Cuts and lacerations: Glass shatters during impact, and dented metal has sharp edges that can cause deep cuts that need stitches
- Fractures: Broken bones, especially broken ribs, are common as passengers and drivers hit hard surfaces within the vehicle
- Whiplash: When the neck muscles are strained from being flung back suddenly
- Severe injuries that affect the head, neck, and back: Spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis, and traumatic brain injuries can be mild, such as concussion, or severe such as brain bleeding
Do I have to go to court for my Peachtree Corners car accident case?
Your attorney from The Pendergrass Law Firm will investigate your car accident, and the insurance adjuster from the auto insurance company will conduct theirs. Our attorneys will enter negotiations with the insurance company and try to settle for a fair and just amount to you. Most personal injury cases do not go to court. However, we are prepared to go to court and fight for you if a proper settlement cannot be reached in negotiations. Call us today to discuss your rights and legal obligations with you and what your next steps should be in your personal injury case.