Georgia Car Accident Lawyers
Filing an Auto Accident Claim in Georgia
When a careless or reckless driver causes a car accident, Georgia law allows victims to seek financial compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company to help offset the cost of their damages. At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, our car accident attorneys represent individuals who have been injured or who have lost loved ones due to the negligence of others. We can help you file a personal injury or wrongful death claim and aggressively seek the justice you and your family deserve.
You only have two years from the date of the accident (in most cases) to file your claim in court. However, you have even less time to file a claim with the insurance company. We encourage you to act quickly and call our office today so that we can get started investigating your claim.
Reach us online or by phone at (706) 203-4434. We offer free initial consultations and Spanish-language services (hablamos español).
Proving Fault After a Car Accident
Because Georgia follows a traditional fault, or “tort,” system when it comes to auto insurance and car accidents, you must prove that someone else was at fault for the accident if you wish to pursue an injury or property damage claim. If you were entirely or even mostly to blame, you cannot file a claim.
Proving fault after a car accident begins with identifying the cause of the crash. Some common causes of car accidents in Georgia include:
- Distracted driving, including texting/using a cellphone
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Speeding, including speeding in work zones
- Aggressive or reckless driving, including road rage
- Following too closely, also known as “tailgating”
- Making unsafe or illegal turns or lane changes
- Passing unsafely or unlawfully
- Failing to yield the right of way to others
- Fatigued driving/falling asleep at the wheel
- Disobeying traffic control devices, such as stop signs and signals
While careless and reckless drivers are the most common cause of car accidents, outside factors may also play a role. Sometimes, serious accidents result from auto defects, poorly maintained roadways, inadequate road construction, or even defective roadway design.
At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we carefully review all available evidence to determine all possible causes of an accident. From there, we can identify the liable party—whether it’s another motorist who caused the crash, an auto manufacturer, another third party, or some combination of these.
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What If You Were Partly to Blame for the Accident?
Georgia is one of many states to follow a comparative negligence rule when it comes to shared fault. This means that you can still file a personal injury claim if you were partly to blame for the accident that caused your injuries, as long as your degree of fault does not equal or exceed that of the other party. In other words, you must be less than 50% at fault to file a personal injury claim after a car accident in Georgia.
In addition to affecting whether or not you may file a claim, the rule of comparative negligence also affects how much you can recover if you are partly to blame. If you are found to be between 0 and 50% at fault for the accident, your recovery will be reduced by your percentage of fault. For example, if the insurance adjuster and/or court decides that you were 30% at fault for the crash that caused you $10,000 in damages, you can only recover up to 70% of the amount you are seeking in damages, or $70,000.
Because the insurance adjuster is typically the one to assign blame, it is important that you protect yourself by hiring an experienced car accident attorney. Often, the insurance adjuster will attempt to lower the value of your claim by assigning you a significant percentage of fault. They may even try to deny your claim altogether by arguing that you were more at fault than the other party. At Mike Slocumb Law Firm, we know how to fight back against these tactics using powerful evidence obtained during our investigation. Our aggressive approach has helped us recover more than $500 in compensation for our clients, and we are prepared to use all of our resources, experience, and skill to your advantage.
What If the Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance?
If you were involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist, or if you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, you may feel as though you have no options when it comes to being reimbursed for your damages. However, if you have elected to add uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist (UM/UIM) coverage to your auto insurance policy, you can still receive some compensation. The amount you can recover will depend on the type of UM/UIM insurance you have, either “new” or “traditional” coverage.
Our team at Mike Slocumb Law Firm is well-versed in Georgia’s uninsured and underinsured motorist insurance rules. We can help you determine if you have this type of coverage and, if so, file a claim with your auto insurance provider. Get in touch with us today to learn more about your legal options after an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist.
If you are struggling to get back on your feet after a serious car, truck, or motorcycle accident, reach out to Mike Slocumb Law Firm and learn how our Georgia car accident attorneys can help. We offer compassionate and personalized legal counsel, coupled with aggressive advocacy designed to help maximize your recovery.
There are absolutely no upfront costs when you work with our team. In addition to providing free consultations, we also offer contingent fees. This means that we only collect attorney fees and litigation-related costs if/when we recover a settlement or verdict for you.
Reach us online or by phone at (706) 203-4434 to get started with your complimentary case evaluation. Hablamos español.