Car accidents can quickly result in medical bills, costly repairs to your car, and other expenses, while your injuries may keep you out of work. Fortunately, you may be entitled to compensation if another driver was at fault for the collision.
You can attempt to seek compensation from the other driver’s insurance provider in Riverdale, but there are many challenges you may encounter that can prolong the process. Insurance companies may offer you lowball settlements or try to blame the accident on you.
When you hire our law firm for your case, a Riverdale personal injury lawyer from our team can provide the legal resources to fight for compensation without adding to your stress.
You May Be Entitled to Compensation after a Car Accident
You may be able to collect damages from the liable party for your injuries and other harm you suffered. There are two types of damages: economic damages, which cover direct monetary expenses, and non-economic damages, which cover pain and suffering.
If you do not know the true value of your damages, it will be difficult to know whether the insurance company offers a fair settlement. A car accident attorney from our firm can help you determine the value of your case.
Calculating Economic Damages
Your economic damages may include expenses such as:
- Medical bills: This includes ambulance bills, emergency room visits, x-rays, doctor’s appointments, surgeries, rehabilitative therapies, prescription medications, and more
- Future medical bills: If you require ongoing treatment for your injuries
- Property damage: Vehicle repair bills or vehicle replacement costs
- Lost wages: If you are temporarily out of work because of your injuries
- Future loss of earning capacity: If your injuries prevent you from returning to your current profession
As your legal team, we will estimate the value of your economic damages using evidence such as medical bills, vehicle repair or replacement bills, and past wage statements.
Calculating Non-Economic Damages
If the collision has negatively impacted your quality of life, you may be entitled to non-economic damages. For example, you may qualify for these if:
- You have developed mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, or insomnia because of the accident.
- You have lost the ability to participate in previous hobbies or activities because of your injuries.
- You have become isolated because of the accident.
- You face a long and grueling recovery.
- You have lost a limb or bodily function because of the accident.
Non-economic damages can be harder to estimate because they do not reflect a precise dollar value. Our team can estimate this value based on the specifics of your case and support this estimate with:
- Pictures of the accident
- Pictures of your injuries
- Medical records
- Mental health records
- Interviews with you, your family, and your friends
For a free legal consultation with a car accident lawyer serving Riverdale, call 404-214-2001
How a Lawyer Can Help Your Car Accident Case
A Riverdale car accident lawyer from our team can help with every legal and insurance aspect of your case. Here are some services our firm offers when you become a client:
- Investigating the accident by coming to the scene, taking pictures, gathering traffic camera evidence if available, interviewing witnesses, collecting police reports, and more
- Estimating the value of your damages and supporting these estimates with evidence from your case
- Dealing with the insurance company, including handling all written and verbal communication, filing an insurance claim, submitting supporting documents, and negotiating a settlement
- Filing a lawsuit and representing you in court if the insurance company fails to offer a reasonable settlement
Attorney Kaine has years of experience representing car accident victims just like you, and our team has recovered millions of dollars in damages for our clients. At Kaine Law, we commit to providing personal, supportive representation to each of our clients after a car accident.
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Establishing Negligence and Liability in a Car Accident
Determining which driver was negligent and liable for a car accident is critical in a personal injury case. Negligence consists of the following four elements, which we must provide evidence of to support your case:
- Duty of care: Every driver has an obligation to drive safely and avoid putting others in danger.
- Breach of duty: A driver who operates their vehicle unsafely breaches their duty of care. Unsafe driving can include drunk driving, distracted driving, reckless driving, aggressive driving, and many other behaviors.
- Causation: The driver’s negligence caused the accident.
- Damages: You experienced injuries and other damages because of the collision.
A car accident lawyer from our firm will investigate your collision for evidence to show that the other driver was negligent, caused the accident, and is responsible for your accident-related expenses.
Contributory Negligence in a Riverdale Car Accident Case
Some car accidents occur because of more than one driver’s actions. Georgia’s contributory negligence law, established in OCGA §51-12-33, considers each driver’s contribution to a car accident. This law allows you to recover partial damages from an accident even if you were somewhat at fault.
As long as you were not primarily responsible, you could still claim a percentage of your damages. The amount you can claim will be reduced in proportion to your contribution. For instance, if you were 10% responsible for the accident, you could claim 90% of the value of your damages.
The other driver’s insurance company may try to use this law against you to reduce your recoverable damages or dismiss your claim entirely. If the insurer can show that you were more responsible for the accident than the policyholder, it will not have to pay you anything. Our team can stand up to the insurance company and fight against these claims.
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File Your Lawsuit before the Deadline
There is a deadline to file a lawsuit for any personal injury case, including car accidents, in Georgia. OCGA §9-3-33 sets the statute of limitations at two years, which means you have two years from the date of the collision to bring a lawsuit forward. If you wait any longer, you forfeit your right to seek damages, even if you have a valid case.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a car accident, compensation may be available to you. Our team at Kaine Law can guide you through the legal process of recovering damages. Call our office today at (404) 214-2001 to begin your FREE case review.