Information Source: SOUTHSIDE INJURY LAW
LAWYERS FOR MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS IN RIVERDALE, EAST POINT, COLLEGE PARK, STOCKBRIDGE, MORROW, AND JONESBORO, AS WELL AS THE ENTIRE METRO ATLANTA REGION.
Have you or a family member been wounded in a car accident? Not only do you confront recuperation from your own injuries after a vehicle accident, but you may also face missed earnings, and compounded household, monthly, and medical expenditures that may rapidly develop a wall of debt around you and your family.
Southside Injury Law is sensitive to the hardships you are experiencing, and our staff views each client as an extension of our own family; you do not have to cope with the aftermath alone; let us fight for your rights.
ABOUT THE SOUTHSIDE PERSONAL INJURY LAW
For over 30 years, we have fought on behalf of Georgians, supporting them in obtaining the personal injury compensation they deserve; we will do the same for you. We are here to make certain that you do not get the runaround from insurance companies or opposing lawyers, among other things.
We work to guarantee that you get the maximum compensation allowed by law so that you may focus on your rehabilitation with confidence in your and your family’s future.
Southside Injury Laws‘ total success percentage in courtrooms across the state has earned us the distinction as Georgia’s leading personal injury litigation practice.
When you or a loved one has been injured in Southern Georgia as a consequence of another driver’s reckless acts, you need the assistance of a devoted Personal Injury Lawyer who will fight fiercely on your behalf.
Call Southside Injury Law at (770) 703-6008 to book a free consultation with one of our experienced Personal Injury Attorneys now.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT WITH A MOTOR VEHICLE
Protect yourself by following these critical procedures after your accident:
- Contact 911 and collect as much information as possible.
- Immediately after the accident, contact law enforcement.
- Even if you do not feel wounded, you should be evaluated by a medical professional after your accident.
- Keep a record of the other driver’s information, including his or her complete name, licence plate number, driver’s licence number, and insurance information. Make a note of their contact information as well.
- Keep a record of any witnesses, including their names and contact information.
- Notify your insurance provider immediately.
- Inquire of the police on the scene when your accident report will be completed, and be sure to get a copy as soon as it is available. You may need to contact law enforcement to confirm that the report has been created and that you may pick it up immediately.
- Take as many photographs as possible of the accident site.
- We all have our phones with us at all times; make sure to utilize the camera on your phone to capture photographs and videos of the accident site and surrounding locations. Leave nothing out, no matter how little it may appear; you may need it later.
WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT DO IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF THE ACCIDENT:
Less is more; avoid going into more detail with your insurance company than is necessary; it is preferable to let your attorney deal with them on your behalf to protect you and avoid having any comment used against you in the future.
Do not submit an appraisal of the accident to your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company, since anything you believe to be innocuous may really be detrimental to your case; instead, let your attorney supply any relevant facts and data on your behalf.
Apart from the police report, do not sign any forms, whether for your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company; instead, let your attorney handle these affairs for you to protect you.
Accept no settlement offer without first consulting your attorney, whose duty it is to get the maximum compensation allowed by law.
COLLECTING REQUIRED INFORMATION
At Southside Injury Law, we take great care in studying and examining your case in order to provide you with the best possible representation. Our team will collaborate with all parties involved to initiate a complete investigation and evaluation that will enable us to fight for you. This may include the following:
- Analyzing your documentation of the accident including, pictures, videos, and the police report.
- Contacting and interviewing any witnesses that were at the scene.
- Reviewing your driving record as well as that of the other driver.
- Review of your medical records in order to have a detailed accounting of how you acquired your injuries.
- Accident Scene reconstruction where necessary.
FIGHTING FOR YOUR REIMBURSEMENT
You may be entitled to the following in the state of Georgia:
- Medical expenditures and wages loss
- Compensation for physical and emotional distress
- Disability claims
- Compensation for any reduction in your earning ability.
- Compensation for any damaged property.
- Loss of a spouse’s services and companionship (loss of consortium)
ESTABLISHING AN EVIDENCE OF NEGLIGENCE
A solid Personal Injury Claim is one that establishes that the other driver’s negligence resulted in your personal injury. This involves establishing that the other motorist performed one of the following:
- Drove while intoxicated
- Drove rashly
- Was it racing or was it speeding?
- Was distracted while driving
- Was driving erratically
- At the wheel, I fell asleep
- Contravened all Georgia traffic laws
- They encountered an issue or fault with their automobile.
- They lost control of their car due to hazardous road conditions.
Georgia has a Comparative Negligence law, which means that if you are found to be partially responsible for your accident, the amount of compensation available to you can be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.
For example, if you are found to be 10% responsible, you can collect only 90% of the maximum allowable for damage.
SUBMISSION OF AN ACCIDENT CLAIM
Filing an accident claim may be stressful, and often, people pressed for time will make a mistake that could harm their injury claim later.
Southside Injury Law will create your claim based on all of the investigation materials and reports we have evaluated in order to provide you with the best possible claim.
You will never have to worry about forgetting an item or wrongly filling out a form since Southside will take care of it for you.
Your claim will contain the following: specific details regarding your injuries and losses; documentation of the other driver’s carelessness; and lastly, a request for compensation for your damages.
GEORGIA IS A “FAULT” STATE IN RESPECT OF AUTO ACCIDENT INSURANCE CLAIMS, AND AS A RESULT, THERE ARE A VARIETY OF OPTIONS FOR SEEKING COMPENSATION:
- Make a claim with your insurance company, which will subsequently seek recompense from the other driver’s insurance company.
- Filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, commonly referred to as a third-party claim or
- Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit in civil court, which is the most frequent course of action if settlement discussions fail.
Southside Injury Law will first contact the at-fault motorist, their insurance provider, and/or their attorney. If a settlement cannot be reached at any stage, Southside will begin the process of filing a lawsuit on your behalf.
Southside Injury Laws’ goal is to resolve your personal injury matter outside of court whenever possible. However, we have successfully litigated personal injury cases in Georgia’s courts and will do so in your case as well.
If the latter is required, a judge or a jury may eventually determine the amount of compensation to which you are legally entitled.
NEGOTIATIONS WITH INSURANCE COMPANIES
You should be aware that the at-fault driver’s insurance company may attempt to encourage you to settle your claim; this often occurs early on, and the offer is frequently less than what you are legally entitled to.
Accepting their offer may preclude you from pursuing further compensation in the future, thus it is recommended that you consult an attorney before proceeding with any settlement talks.
Allow Southside Injury Laws’ experienced Personal Injury Attorneys to bargain on your behalf, using strategic techniques that aid our clients in obtaining the maximum compensation permissible–often resulting in a bigger settlement than would be obtained by negotiating privately without representation.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON VEHICLE ACCIDENT INJURIES?
An automobile collision’s power of contact may result in significant damage, paralysis, or even death. Even if your injuries may not seem to be serious, you may have an underlying condition that can be used against you.
The following are some of the injuries that we find in auto accident cases:
- Shoulder or knee joint injuries
- Injuries to the head and neck
- Internal organ amputation
- Injury to the spinal cord (paraplegia or quadriplegia)
- Damage to the brain impairs cognitive function
- Difficulties with dislocations and hyperextensions
- Unjustified death