Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys
Finding a Car Accident Lawyer in Atlanta
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, nearly 61,000 car accidents took place in Fulton County in 2016, resulting in almost 13,000 injuries and 129 fatalities. These numbers indicate the risk of driving in Georgia and the importance of abiding by state and local traffic laws. Drivers should also take necessary safety precautions and avoid distractions at all times. Those who drive negligently put others in danger and deserve to be held liable when their actions result in a car accident injury or fatality.
If you have been injured in a car accident in the Atlanta area, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries. Contact the experienced legal team at Hasner Law by calling 678-888-HURT (4878) to schedule your free consultation.
The Most Common Types of Car Accident Injuries
Car accident injuries vary greatly in type and severity depending on the particular circumstances of the crash, including the cause of the accident, the speed at which the collision occurred, and how many vehicles were involved. Some of the most common injuries that car accident victims sustain include:
- Fractured, broken, and crushed bones
- Lacerations and scrapes
- Road rash
- Internal bleeding from organ injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head traumas, including traumatic brain injuries
- Burn injuries
Who Might Be Responsible for a Car Accident?
Georgia is an at fault state, often referred to as a tort liability state, which means that the at fault driver, and his or her insurance carrier, will generally be held liable for any damages that result from an accident. Many car accidents are caused by negligent drivers who might have been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting while driving, driving while fatigued, or breaking some other traffic regulation. However, some accidents are caused by a third party, who may not even have been a driver involved in the accident. Some examples include:
- A bicyclist or pedestrian who interrupts traffic might cause a car accident.
- A business that doesn’t properly maintain company vehicles might be liable if a tire blowout or brake failure causes an accident.
- A governmental entity might be liable when a poorly maintained road or highway leads to a car accident.
- A manufacturer, distributor, or retailer of car parts or cars might be at fault if a defective part or vehicle leads to an accident.
Potential Damages in a Car Accident Case
Under Georgia law, car accident victims who sustained an injury may be eligible to seek compensation for the full cost of their injury. Some of the most common damages from car accidents include:
- Medical costs, including ambulance and emergency services, hospital stays, doctor visits, X-rays, surgery, and prescription medication
- Future medical costs for car accidents that result in long-term disabilities or chronic conditions
- Lost wages for time missed from work
- Future lost wages in the event that an injury prevents one from returning to work
- Rehabilitation and recovery costs including physical therapy services and assistive devices such as canes and prosthetic limbs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
What Strategies Do Liable Parties Use to Avoid Paying Damages?
Liable parties often attempt to limit how much compensation they must pay. To accomplish this, defendants in personal injury claims may employ a number of tactics, including shifting the blame for the accident to the injured individual by suggesting that he or she was violating traffic laws, such as driving under the influence or while distracted. Furthermore, insurance companies regularly deny claims by suggesting that victims had pre-existing injuries, or that the injuries they sustained in the accident are not as severe as claimed. Regardless of the tactic employed, Georgia’s modified comparative fault rule in personal injury cases provides defendants with an incentive to shift blame to the victim or to a third party.
Comparative fault, sometimes referred to as comparative negligence, involves the idea of shared liability. Under Georgia law, a court will assign a percentage of fault to each party in a case and adjust the final damages award accordingly. For example, if a court determines that a victim accumulated $1,000,000 in damages, but also was 25 percent at fault for the accident due to distracted driving, the court would then reduce the damages award to $750,000. Under the doctrine of modified comparative fault, which Georgia follows, if a court determines that a plaintiff was 50 percent or more responsible for the accident, then he or she is prohibited from recovering any compensation. Skilled personal injury attorneys understand how comparative fault works in Georgia, and they will be able to anticipate defense strategies and fight to hold liable parties responsible.
Contact Hasner Law Today
Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation for you to discuss the details of your case. If the attorney agrees to represent you, he or she will likely handle your case on a contingent fee basis, which means that you will not be required to pay any attorney’s fees up front. Rather, your lawyer will recover his or her attorney’s fees from any settlement amount or damages award that you receive.
If you sustained an injury in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, then you may be eligible to seek compensation for the full cost of your injuries. An experienced car accident lawyer will guide you through the legal process, investigate your accident, and advocate for you in settlement discussions and in court. Call Hasner Law today at 678-888-HURT (4878) or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.