Savannah Car Accident Attorneys
Helping Clients Seek Financial Recovery After Traffic Accidents
Millions of people sustain injuries in traffic-related accidents every year in the United States. If you are one of those accident victims, you may find that your life has been disrupted in many different ways. It can be difficult to know where to turn or what to do following a crash—and too many people do not take the steps necessary to preserve their rights.
After an accident, when you call Hasner Law, we can advise you of your options and take steps on your behalf to ensure you receive any compensation you deserve. We fully understand car accident laws in Georgia and know how to apply them to your case in your best interest. The sooner you call, the sooner we can begin protecting your rights. Contact us to discuss your situation for free today.
How Car Accidents Happen
You may drive your car without incident every day and then, suddenly, a crash occurs out of nowhere that completely changes your life. Crashes come in all types—some involve multiple cars while others may only involve your own vehicle. Regardless, you always have the right to hold responsible parties liable for your injuries and losses. The best way to be sure of your rights is to have an experienced Savannah car accident lawyer evaluate what happened and determine whether you can hold another party accountable for causing the crash.
To hold someone legally and financially responsible for your losses, you must prove that they were negligent in some way and that their negligence caused the crash. While many accidents are attributable to negligent drivers, additional parties may cause crashes. The following parties are commonly liable for car accidents in and around Savannah:
- Other drivers – Drivers engage in many different negligent behaviors that cause collisions. These can include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or drugged driving
- Fatigued driving and falling asleep at the wheel
- Speeding and violating other traffic laws
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Aggressive driving or intimidating acts
- Improper passing
Auto manufacturers – In some situations, drivers’ cars may crash because part of the vehicle unexpectedly malfunctions. Auto manufacturers have the duty to sell reliable and safe auto parts—and when they fail to do so, those companies may face liabilities for any injuries or damages that result. Some auto parts that may be defective and lead to injuries include:
- Wheels and axles
- Steering systems
- Exhaust systems
- Ignition switches
Government entities – Local or state governments often have the responsibility to ensure that roadways are safe and free from hazards. If an agency fails to properly inspect, maintain, or repair roads, the following hazards may lead to crashes:
- Large cracks in the pavement
- Gravel on the roads
- Inadequate shoulders
- Dangerously designed roads
- Improper speed limits or warning signs
Other companies – Manufacturing companies are not the only corporations that may liable in auto accident cases. If an employee of a company causes a crash while on the job, the employer may also face liability based on a legal principle called respondeat superior. This is especially common in cases involving large commercial trucks or buses, as injured victims can often seek compensation from the companies that employ the drivers as well.
Determining the cause of your accident and all of the parties who may be held responsible is a necessary step in assessing your rights as an accident victim. This often requires investigations, gathering evidence, and even expert analysis. Car accident victims rarely have access to the resources necessary to prove fault in their crashes. Hasner Law, however, has the resources and experience to evaluate whom you may hold liable and to help seek the compensation you deserve from any and all parties.
How a Crash Can Affect Your Life
Car accidents can be extremely disruptive in many ways, and the effects of an accident often depend on the nature and severity of your injuries. However, even relatively minor injuries can lead to surprisingly extensive losses. Common losses incurred by car accident victims include:
- Medical expenses, which include emergency department treatments, doctor visits, physical therapy, hospitalization, surgeries, medical equipment, medications, and more
- The estimated cost of ongoing medical treatment you will need in the future
- Income lost if your injuries caused you to miss time from work
- Future lost earnings ability if your injuries prevent you from returning to your previous position
- Pain and suffering—both physical and emotional
- Permanent impairments, disabilities, or disfigurement
- Wrongful death
Because losses can differ significantly from case to case, so can the value of your individual claim. You should always have your losses thoroughly evaluated by a knowledgeable attorney to ensure that you request the full amount of compensation available in your case.
The Legal Process After an Accident
You can pursue different options for seeking compensation after assessing liability and your losses. First, our attorneys can assist you with filing an insurance claim and negotiating the most favorable settlement possible in your case. If you are unable to obtain adequate compensation directly from the insurance company, we will file a claim for personal injury against any negligent parties. The civil court process involves many phases, and we work to obtain a sufficient pretrial settlement agreement whenever possible.
Contact a Savannah Car Accident Law Firm for a Free Consultation
After a car accident, you should focus your attention on the treatment of your injuries, returning to work, and resuming your regular activities as soon as possible. If you have permanent injuries, adjusting to your new life can also take time and energy. The last thing you should have to worry about is how to get compensation for your losses.
At Hasner Law, we handle every step of the legal process for our clients. If you have been injured, please call a Savannah car accident lawyer at (912) 234-2334 or contact us online to set up a free case evaluation.