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Car accidents are among the most common accident cases we see at Gilormo Injury Law.

If you have been injured in a car accident, you need someone on your side who understands the law, can identify the pertinent facts, and help you prove your case. An experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer can fight to get you the compensation you deserve so you can rebuild your life after an accident or injury.

Car accidents can result in serious injuries that can require weeks, months, or even years of recovery. Your accident can leave you unable to work or take care of your family. Over time, your injuries could drain your finances and change your life forever. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation if the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence. However, in order to successfully pursue a claim, you need to work with an Atlanta car accident lawyer to understand the basics of a car accident case.

About Negligence in Georgia Car Accident Cases

For most car accident cases, proving that the other driver breached their legal duty to you means proving that they were negligent. Negligence is generally defined as anytime someone fails to take reasonable care to prevent an accident. This sounds straightforward, but it can often be difficult to distinguish carelessness from typical behavior that wouldn’t be deemed unreasonable. It can be even more difficult in the context of a car accident with vehicles moving at high speeds and in different directions. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers have outlined common examples of negligence in car accident cases:

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. An experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyer can evaluate your case and identify whether negligence was involved in your accident.

What You Need to Know About Working with an Auto Insurance Company after a Car Accident

Be very careful before speaking to any representative of an insurance company. Your best bet by far is to immediately contact Gilormo Injury Law, and let us represent you to the insurance company.

Other than that, there are certainly certain things never to say to an insurance company after a car accident. These include:

  • I Don’t Have a Lawyer. If you have already contacted an Atlanta car accident lawyer at  Gilormo Injury Law, this isn’t even a true statement. The insurance company is more likely to give your claim greater respect and attention if you have experienced legal counsel.
  • I’m Not Injured. The fact is, you don’t really know if you are injured or not, because many injuries, particularly head and neck injuries, can be non-symptomatic for days, weeks, or even months.
  • It Was My Fault. Never admit fault for the accident. If necessary, describe the accident in a matter-of-fact manner without adding personal opinions.
  • I’m Sorry. At the risk of appearing rude, saying you’re sorry can be tantamount to admitting fault, especially in the hands of an aggressive defendant lawyer or insurance company. 
  • This Is My Official Statement. Do not give an official statement, especially when being recorded (which is almost always) until you have been advised by an Atlanta car accident attorney at Gilormo Injury Law. You are not obligated to be recorded, and what you say may be taken out of context or manipulated to serve the insurance company’s objective, which is to pay you as little as possible.
  • I Think. It is always fine to say “I don’t know” unless you’re absolutely certain. Do not estimate or give your opinions.
  • I Accept. Most (that is really to say “all”) initial settlement offers from insurance companies are undervalued. Even though you may have significant stress over mounting medical bills and are lost income, do not accept a settlement offer that does not fully compensate you. You will not get another bite at that apple.
  • Names of Others. Stay with the basics when speaking to your insurance company. By naming family members, friends or doctors, you risk being required to provide information about individuals and their contact information in litigation.

 

Determining Fault in an Atlanta Car Accident

In order to win in a claim for damages after a car accident in Georgia, you have to prove the following three elements:

  • The other driver owed you a legal duty to drive in a safe and reasonable manner.
  • The other driver breached that legal duty.
  • You were injured as a result of the breach.

In most car accident cases, proving the first element is fairly simple. Every driver has a legal duty to other drivers to drive safely and obey the traffic laws. The critical element in most cases is proving that the other driver breached their legal duty to you. After an accident consult with an Atlanta auto accident lawyer to learn about the full range of your legal options.

We Can Strike Down the Defenses of the Other Driver

Many people are shocked when the other driver or the insurance company disputes their claim even when it’s obvious that they are entitled to compensation. An experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer will be able to help you overcome the following defenses to your claim:

  • Your own negligence contributed to the accident
  • You are claiming pre-existing injuries
  • You failed to mitigate your damages
  • The accident was due to something beyond the other driver’s control such as weather or road conditions

No matter how obvious it may be to you, the other driver or their insurance company may look to avoid responsibility for the accident by any means possible. Knowing the facts and the law is critical in overcoming these defenses.

Work with an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer to Prove Your Claim

It may be obvious to you that the other party was at fault and should be held responsible for your accident. Unfortunately, the other party may deny responsibility. The insurance company will likely demand strict proof of even the most obvious aspects of the accident. Finally, if you are unable to settle the case, you will have to go to court and ultimately persuade a jury that you are entitled to compensation. As a result, you need to understand what your Atlanta car accident lawyer will need to prove from the very outset of your claim. The essential elements of a car accident case are:

  • The other driver had a legal obligation to exercise reasonable care to prevent harm to other vehicles or pedestrians. In the context of a car accident case, this element is fairly simple – every driver has a legal obligation to operate their vehicle in a safe manner to prevent accidents.
  • The other driver acted in a way that was unsafe or did not act in a reasonable manner. In many car accident cases, proving that the other driver breached their duty of care is the critical element to a successful claim. Typically, the breach takes the form of negligence – the other driver’s carelessness caused the accident.
  • The other driver’s behavior was a major cause of the accident. The fact that the other driver was negligent isn’t enough to prove your claim. You will also need to prove that the driver’s negligence caused your accident. The other driver may claim that something else caused the accident, such as road conditions or another driver, or may even claim that your own negligence caused the accident.
  • You suffered an injury or experienced a monetary loss. Finally, you will have to prove your losses that resulted from the accident, both economic and non-economic, which requires careful documentation of your medical expenses and other damages, including your pain and suffering.

How Much Will it Cost to Hire a Georgia Lawyer for My Car Accident?

It costs nothing out-of-pocket to hire a lawyer for your car accident. This is because car accident lawyers provide contingency-fee representation. When a lawyer represents you “on contingency,” the lawyer only collects a fee if he or she helps you recover financial compensation. This fee is calculated as a percentage of your recovery.

How You Can Assist Your Attorney

Proving fault is quite difficult for people who are not experienced with the law. This is perhaps the most critical point in any car accident, and should be left to an Atlanta car accident lawyer at  Gilormo Injury Law. We have the experience necessary for establishing fault.

Still, there may be ways to assist your attorneys if necessary, including:

  • Never Admitting Fault. This type of admission can sink your claim before it even gets started. It’s best to prove your innocence by proving the other driver is at fault.
  • Gathering Evidence. It takes time to clean up an accident, so use that time to take pictures of the accident scene and collect witness statements.
  • Taking Pictures of All Vehicle Damage. Along with pictures of the accident scene, take pictures of the positions of the cars and the damage to them from various different angles.
  • Checking the Details. Check for video cameras in the area that might have captured the accident and the accident scene. If you have a dashboard camera, check that as well. Try to determine if there were any violations by the other driver, such as an expired license, distracted driving, drug use, or impaired driving.
  • Obtaining an Official Police Report. When there is a car accident, you should always contact law enforcement. Police reports are typically helpful in proving who is at fault. Make sure that the report is accurate because it will contain important details.

We’re an Atlanta Auto Accident Law Firm That Helps Clients Settle or Litigate Their Claim

Many car accident cases never go to trial and are settled out of court. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean the insurance company will offer you a fair settlement. Insurance companies protect their bottom line by paying out as little as possible on claims. As a result, they will typically offer you a low-ball settlement offer that is only a fraction of what your claim is worth.

Even if you don’t plan to go to court, an experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer can help you negotiate a fair settlement with your insurance company. As mentioned above, they will want proof that you were injured as a result of the other driver’s negligence. Your attorney can help you collect the evidence you need to document the full value of your claim and respond to any objections from the other driver or the insurance company aimed at reducing your settlement. Perhaps more importantly, your Atlanta car accident lawyer can handle all of the correspondence and speak on your behalf so you can focus on your recovery.

Going to Court with an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer

Unfortunately, not every claim can be settled. This may be because the insurance company refuses to compensate you fairly or because your case involves complicated factual or legal issues. In the event a settlement agreement cannot be reached by all parties, your Atlanta auto accident lawyer will prepare for trial. The legal system is difficult for non-lawyers to navigate, and even a minor mistake can jeopardize your case. At Gilormo Injury Law, we aggressively litigate your case in the event it can’t be settled so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

Damages Available to Atlanta Auto Accident Victims

Understanding the value of your claim is critical to getting the compensation you deserve. An experienced Atlanta car accident attorney at Gilormo Injury Law will calculate your losses and provide a realistic estimate of what your claim is worth. The value of your claim will be based on the following:

  • Your medical expenses, both those that are covered by your health insurance as well as your uncovered expenses such as your deductible and any copays. You will not be compensated for covered expenses, but the value of those expenses is important in determining the overall value of your claim.
  • Any lost income, including time off for doctor’s appointments as well as extended leave from work necessary for your recovery.
  • The cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle.
  • Any additional expenses incurred as a result of your accident, such as increased transportation costs
  • Pain and suffering

Because they are subjective, pain and suffering is often the most disputed part of a car accident claim. As a result, this is where the insurance company will first attempt to reduce your claim value. However, your pain and suffering are real, and under the law, you are entitled to be compensated for them. A skilled Atlanta personal injury lawyer will know how to articulate a realistic claim for pain and suffering and be able to get you the compensation you deserve.

Georgia Car Accident Statute of Limitations

Georgia has a two-year statute of limitations on car accident cases, which means you have to file a lawsuit within two years of the date of your accident, or you will lose your rights. Even if you don’t want to go to court, this deadline is important – insurance companies will not consider your claim if the deadline has passed. In fact, some insurance companies may delay settling your claim in the hopes that you won’t file within the statute of limitations.

The sooner you contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer, the better, even if you’re not sure whether you want to proceed with a claim. Your lawyer can explain your options, formulate potential strategies, and explain what you may need to successfully pursue a claim. If you delay, you risk losing important evidence that you will need later to prove your case.

Even “Minor” Mistakes Can Lead to Life-Altering Collisions in Georgia

It doesn’t take much to cause a life-altering accident. While major mistakes such as speeding through a red light or driving under the influence are to blame for some accidents, the vast majority of accidents result from mistakes that can seem relatively minor out of context.

When it comes to recovering your losses after a traumatic accident, all types of mistakes provide you with the same legal rights. If another driver made any mistake that led to your injuries, then you are entitled to just compensation under Georgia law. For example, at Gilormo Injury Law, our Georgia car accident attorney helps accident victims and families pursue claims for just compensation in cases involving:

Forgetting to Signal

Forgetting to signal is a common mistake, and it might be harmless most of the time. But, Georgia law requires drivers to signal for a reason, and failure to signal can be the primary cause of a car accident in many cases.

Changing Lanes Without Checking Blind spots

Changing lanes without checking blind spots is another all-too-common driving mistake. While rear-view and side-view mirrors provide a view of most vehicles on the road, checking mirrors alone does not provide drivers with all of the information they need to make informed decisions about whether it is safe to change lanes.

Turning or Merging Without Having the Right of Way

Many drivers do not have an accurate understanding of Georgia’s right-of-way laws. As a result, accidents resulting from drivers’ failure to yield the right of way are very common. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse, and drivers who cause accidents by turning or merging without the right of way can – and should – be held accountable with the help of your Atlanta auto accident lawyer.

Pulling Out of a Turn

Sometimes, drivers will start to turn and then change their minds. When pulling out of a turn, drivers will often attempt to merge back into traffic without looking. This can be a dangerous mistake, and it is a frequent cause of accidents on busy streets in Atlanta, Alpharetta, Canton, Cumming, and other cities in Georgia.

Braking or Swerving to Avoid an Animal Often Causes a Car Crash

Encountering a cat, dog, deer or another animal on the road can be an extremely dangerous scenario. While drivers may need to brake or swerve to avoid an animal in some circumstances, they must also be careful to ensure that doing so does not put other motorists in harm’s way.

Backing Up or Pulling Out Into Oncoming Traffic

While it can be difficult to see when backing up or pulling out of a parking space, this is not an excuse for leaving other drivers with nowhere to go. Drivers must always put safety first, and they must be patient to ensure that they are backing up or pulling out safely.

  Do insurance companies settle before going to court? Read More

If they can get away with it, insurance companies will always offer a quick settlement, well before any trial. The problem is that their offers are typically undervalued, especially the first offer. It may also benefit you to settle before going to trial, but only after you have consulted an Atlanta car accident lawyer at Gilormo Injury Law.

  What happens if I can’t pay my medical bills related to my car accident injuries? Read More

As a general rule, even at-fault defendants have no obligation to pay medical bills on an ongoing basis. Therefore, you will have to find other temporary means. The good news is that medical facilities are generally flexible in this type of situation, and will almost certainly offer you some type of payment plan, usually with no interest. An experienced Atlanta car accident lawyer at Gilormo Injury Law can explain the medical treatment options you have after an accident.

  How can I find out if my car accident is on tape from an Atlanta redlight camera? Read More

Unfortunately, the chances of obtaining highway traffic camera and red light camera video are not good. You will likely be dealing with any number of public and private entities that have specific requirements when it comes to releasing video.

However, an Atlanta car accident lawyer at Gilormo Injury Law can obtain such video should any exist through the use of subpoenas. You can help by identifying any video cameras near the scene of the accident, or better yet, by taking pictures of them including the context of the surrounding areas.

  Can I Hire a Lawyer to Deal with My Auto Insurance Company for Me? Read More

Yes, you can – and should – hire an Atlanta accident lawyer to deal with your insurance company for you. This is especially true if you were injured in the collision. Dealing with insurance companies is not an easy process, and you will need an advocate on your side who can help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.

  Can a Georgia Lawyer Help if My Insurance Company has Already Denied My Claim? Read More

If you filed an unsuccessful auto insurance claim after a car accident, you are not alone. In fact, this happens all the time. A lawyer may be able to help you, and you should schedule a free initial consultation right away.

Sometimes, insurance companies deny claims because accident victims haven’t submitted enough evidence to prove their right to coverage. Other times, insurance companies deny claims in bad faith. An experienced car accident lawyer in Georgia should be able to determine why your claim was denied and use this to determine what options you have available.

  How Long Can I Wait to File a Claim After a Car Accident in Georgia? Read More

Technically, you have up to two years to file a personal injury claim after a car crash in Georgia. However, there are several important reasons why you will want to file your claim right away. Among them, filing your claim promptly can significantly improve your chances of recovering just compensation, and it will also help ensure that you receive payment as soon as possible.

  How Much Can I Expect to Recover for My Georgia Car Accident? Read More

The amount you can expect to recover for your car accident depends entirely on the circumstances of your case. Who was at fault? How much are your medical bills? Will you be unable to work in the future? How long will you experience pain and suffering? These are just some of the questions your Georgia car accident lawyer will need to answer before he or she can provide an accurate assessment of your potential recovery. 

  Are There Steps I Should Take Before Contacting an Atlanta Car Crash Lawyer? Read More

Yes, there are some quick steps you can take that will make it easier for your lawyer to assess your legal rights. These include:

  • Collecting any records you have related to your car accident (i.e. the police report and any records you have from the hospital or your doctor’s office); and,
  • Writing down as many details about the accident as you can remember.

By being prepared to provide as much information as possible, you can ensure that you are able to get the most out of your free initial consultation. However, if you don’t have any records, or if you are fuzzy on the details, that’s okay. Your lawyer will be able to ask questions and conduct an investigation in order to gather the information required to determine if you have a claim.

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Call an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer at Gilormo Injury Law After a Car Accident

After a car accident, contact an Atlanta car accident lawyer who will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you need. At Gilormo Injury Law, our focus is on getting you the best possible result. We help clients throughout Greater Atlanta, including  Alpharetta, and Cumming. 

Call us at 770-343-7101 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.

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