If you or a loved one was hurt in a car accident in Atlanta, you might be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. An Atlanta personal injury lawyer at our firm can fight for financial compensation if a negligent party caused your crash.
Kaine Law has decades of experience with personal injury claims and regularly helps auto accident victims. Our law firm can identify the liable party, retrieve evidence to prove fault, and recover the compensation you deserve. We offer a free case review and work on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay no fees unless you win. Call us today to get started on your case.
What Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Do to Manage Your Case
While you focus on recovering, an Atlanta car accident lawyer from our firm will handle every aspect of your case. We take on the responsibility of preparing your case to secure fair compensation. When you hire us to act as your legal representation, we will take on tasks that include:
- Filing your claims
- Gathering evidence to determine fault and liability, such as medical records, traffic camera footage, police reports, and receipts from out-of-pocket expenses
- Hiring an accident reconstruction expert to start an investigation at the accident scene
- Collecting statements from eyewitnesses at the accident scene
- Calculating your losses, both economic and non-economic
- Negotiating with insurance companies to reach a fair settlement
- Representing you at trial, if necessary
- Answering any questions or concerns you may have
- Handling all communications on your behalf
- Advising you on decisions you need to make throughout the legal process
- Reviewing settlement offers
- Keeping you informed throughout your case
Our car accident attorneys know how overwhelming the aftermath of a car accident is. We’ll handle all case communications with insurance adjusters, the liable party’s law firm, and anyone else involved in your case. This way, you can seek the medical care you need and focus on your recovery.
For a free legal consultation with a car accident lawyer serving Atlanta, call 404-214-2001
Recoverable Damages in an Atlanta Car Accident Case
Injuries from a car accident can quickly become costly, and you should not have to pay those costs if someone else is responsible for your accident. Our personal injury attorneys can investigate your recoverable losses, which may include:
- Medical bills for surgery, physical therapy, hospital stays, continuous health care, and possible home renovations
- Physical and emotional non-economic damages, such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, diminished quality of life, and loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost income for the time you were away from work recovering from your injuries, including lost benefits and reduced earning capacity
- Property damage, which would include the costs of repairing or replacing your vehicle
- Funeral costs and a loss of support and protection in wrongful death claims for the loss of a loved one
This list is by no means exhaustive. An Atlanta car accident lawyer at Kaine Law will pursue a fair settlement that covers all your losses.
Our Car Accident Case Results
Led by Attorney Kaine, our Atlanta car accident lawyers have achieved sizable recoveries for several of our clients, and we will fight for the fair value of your losses, too.
Some of the case results our Atlanta personal injury lawyers have secured include:
- $11 million for a car accident
- $5.75 million for an auto accident caused by a roadway defect
- $4.3 million for a DUI accident
- $900,000 for a car accident
- $571,498 for a car accident
Don’t make the mistake of accepting a low settlement offer. Our attorneys will make sure your settlement demands are consistent with your losses. We’re here to guide you throughout the claims process and ensure you feel confident about any settlement offer you decide to accept.
Testimonials from Our Clients About Our Lawyers Serving Atlanta
Many of our clients have expressed satisfaction with their results in the multiple decades that Kaine Law has served Atlanta. Here are a couple of client testimonials from car accident victims who worked with our law office:
- “I was in a car accident (not my fault)…and was referred to this firm. They handled everything very well from beginning to the end… I received my funds extremely fast after the case was settled. I greatly appreciated that [because] it really helped in my personal life in more ways than [one].” – Elle B.
- “My mother was in a serious car accident almost a year ago where she ended up in the trauma unit. Mr. Kaine called me personally to see how she was doing! I know when Kaine Law represents us it’s going to be a (stress-free) process. I highly recommend them! You won’t be disappointed!” – Stephanie G.
Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Atlanta, Georgia
Follow these steps if you are involved in an accident. Be sure to share anything about the accident with your car accident attorney. Your information helps our lawyers build a stronger, more robust case for compensation.
Contact Emergency Services
Call 9-1-1. Those involved in the accident may require medical attention, vehicles may need to be moved, and the police can create a report of the accident. That police report can help prove fault and liability.
Take Pictures at the Accident Scene
If you are able and in no danger of further injury, take as many pictures of the accident scene as possible. Taking pictures of where the accident occurred, the vehicle damage, bodily injuries, and whatever you feel will help document the accident and your injuries.
If you are physically unable to take pictures, do not injure yourself further by trying to. If you can, ask someone else at the scene to take pictures.
See Your Healthcare Provider and Follow Their Orders
Every accident is different, and injuries are just as wide-ranging. Some accident victims suffer severe lacerations and broken bones, requiring an emergency ambulance ride to the hospital, surgical intervention, and extensive rehabilitation. Others suffer internal injuries that do not manifest immediately, like internal bleeding or injured organs.
Even if you believe you did not suffer a severe injury, you could begin to see symptoms manifest days or weeks after the accident. For example, Mayo Clinic notes that it can take that much time for symptoms of whiplash to appear.
Keep in mind that some insurers may hold it against you if you wait too long to see a doctor or fail to complete your treatment plan. The insurance company might argue that your injuries were not from the car accident or your injuries were not as severe as you claimed. They can then use this as evidence to help undervalue or outright deny your claim.
Inform Your Insurance Company of the Accident
Report the accident to your insurance company, but do not give extensive details. Provide just the basics: where the accident occurred, when it happened, and who was involved. Avoid giving a statement or signing anything. Also, don’t post about the accident on social media. Insurance companies may use social posts to undermine your claim.
The insurance company will assign an adjuster to your case. Most likely, they will look at the vehicle damage, photos, and accident report. From their findings, they may offer a settlement. If you accept that settlement, you cannot go back to them after and request more. You can ask a car accident attorney from our firm to review your case and settlement offer before you accept.
Collect Documentation Related to the Accident
Start a file of all the photos, reports, invoices, and bills since the accident. This file should also include any old pay stubs to reflect lost income due to your absence from work. Most importantly, collect a copy of the police report and all your medical records.
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Deadline to File a Lawsuit After an Accident in Atlanta
Car accident lawsuits have deadlines, and these deadlines are strict. The statute of limitations (O.C.G.A § 9-3-33) for personal injury cases in Georgia is generally two years after the date of the car accident. If you do not file your case within two years of the accident, you may be unable to recover compensation.
However, other factors may affect the deadline, such as the victim’s age or if a government entity is liable for the accident. Kaine Law can confirm your case’s deadline and help you meet this and other applicable deadlines.
Atlanta Traffic Laws You Should Be Aware of
Atlanta, Georgia has several accident laws related to car wrecks. These laws may impact the outcome of your personal injury claim:
Reporting Traffic Accidents in Atlanta
Technically, you do not have to report every car accident in Atlanta. According to O.C.G.A § 40-6-273, drivers only have to contact the police to report an accident if the collision results in:
- Any injury
- A loss of life
- Property damage in excess of $500
Generally, we recommend reporting your accident quickly. Contact your local police department.
Sharing Information With Other Drivers After a Car Accident in Atlanta
Georgia requires you to stop at the scene of an accident. Drivers who leave the scene can face criminal charges if they drive away without providing their information to the other driver.
You should also share information with other drivers involved in a collision. After you stop and move your vehicle, you can exchange information about your:
- Vehicle registration
Following these regulations allows you to adhere to Georgia’s regulations in the aftermath of your collision, as outlined in O.C.G.A. § 40-6-270. You can get further guidance about steps to take after a collision by reaching out to us.
Liable Parties that May Owe You Compensation in Atlanta Auto Accident Claims
The liable party in a car accident claim depends on who was at fault for the accident. Our legal team can determine who caused your accident and prove they owe you compensation. Liable parties may include:
- Negligent drivers
- Employers whose employees cause car accidents while on the job
- Government agencies tasked with roadway maintenance
- Auto manufacturers
Our accident attorneys will use evidence to establish the cause of the accident. Evidence may include police accident reports, photographs or video evidence, eyewitness statements, accident reconstruction reports, proof of your medical care, and more.
Proving Negligence to Establish Your Right to Financial Compensation After a Car Crash
There are four elements of negligence we must prove in any personal injury case, including your car accident case. Those elements are:
- Duty of care: The at-fault party was obligated to keep all other road users safe.
- Breach of duty: The at-fault driver did not uphold their duty of care, instead driving recklessly.
- Causation: The negligent driver’s actions caused the accident and your injuries.
- Damages: Finally, your injuries and losses come with a financial, physical, and emotional impact on your life.
Types of Atlanta Car Accident Cases You Can Seek Compensation for
Kaine Law represents people injured in many kinds of auto accidents. Our auto accident attorneys can handle your case if you were involved in one of the following types of accidents:
- DUI accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Rear-end car crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Backing up accidents
- Accidents involving leased cars
- T-bone car accidents
- Multi-car accidents
- Total loss accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Uninsured motorist accidents
We also help those hurt in pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents. If you lost a loved one in an accident, our wrongful death lawyers can represent your family.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in Atlanta
Whether an aggressive driver rear-ended you on I-75 or a distracted driver hit you while exiting the Georgia Aquarium, a wide variety of factors can contribute to auto accidents. Our personal injury lawyers with Kaine Law have handled cases involving many of the common causes of car accidents.
Between talking on cell phones, texting, adjusting the radio, following GPS directions, and paying attention to passengers, drivers today have more distractions than ever. When people take their eyes off the road for even a couple of seconds, it drastically reduces reaction times and can result in serious collisions.
Also referred to as aggressive driving, this refers to drivers who exceed speed limits, tailgate, change lanes without looking, or make quick turns that endanger others.
Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 or higher. DUI accidents also include the use of or driving while under the influence of drugs and medication. We can hold an at-fault driver accountable for drunk driving.
Equipment Malfunction and Defective Parts
If a vehicle part is not working correctly, a driver could lose control and hit other motorists. These accidents may be due to poor vehicle maintenance or a defective auto part.
Operating a Vehicle While Fatigued
It is unsafe for drivers to operate a vehicle if they are too tired. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fatigued driving is comparable to drunk driving. Falling asleep at the wheel creates a dangerous situation for everyone on the road and leads to severe car accidents.
Poor Road Conditions
Bad weather, ice, and loose gravel on roads are also common causes of vehicle accidents. When conditions are poor, motorists should reduce their speed and take reasonable care to avoid collisions. More than bad weather, though, if the road is not maintained or engineered properly, the local municipality may be liable for accidents.
If you sustained injuries in a car accident caused by a liable party, the attorneys with Kaine Law can review your case for free and help you fight for compensation.
FAQs About Atlanta Car Accident Cases
Here are some common questions about car accident lawsuits:
What Happens If the Other Driver does Not Have Insurance?
You might have uninsured motorist protection coverage as part of your policy. O.C.G.A. § 33-7-11 says the insurer must have offered uninsured motorist protection coverage when you bought your insurance policy. If you rejected this option, then you must have done so in writing.
If you have this coverage, you could file a claim with your own insurer to recover damages. Talk to your lawyer about other avenues that might be available to recover compensation.
Do You Have to Accept a Settlement Offer?
Absolutely not. If the insurer extends an unfair settlement offer, you are under no obligation to accept it. Do not sign an offer until you speak with your attorney. If you accept their offer, you cannot go back and ask for more later.
Another thing to consider is whether you have fully recovered from your injuries or require continuing care. If you accept a settlement before your doctors determine your future medical needs, you may not have enough to cover those expenses later. Make sure you have a good idea of your future healthcare needs before agreeing to a settlement. Your lawyer can help you.
What If You Lost a Loved One in a Car Accident?
You may qualify to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent driver who caused the fatal accident. You must abide by certain provisions, like:
- You must file your case within two years from the date of your loved one’s passing.
- You have four years to pursue compensation for loss of consortium (if applicable).
- You must be a qualifying family member (like the decedent’s spouse, parent, or child) to pursue damages.
We can handle your wrongful death claim or lawsuit while you spend time with your loved ones.
Call Kaine Law Today for a Free Review of Your Atlanta Car Accident Case
Kaine Law prides itself on having a team of fierce negotiators and litigators. When it comes to our clients, we are ready to fight for the compensation they deserve. Our car accident law firm will not back down in seeking justice for you.
An Atlanta car accident lawyer from our firm is prepared to take on your case. Speak with a member of our firm during a free initial consultation. Call us today. Hablamos Español.