Few experiences compare to the trauma, confusion, and anxiety that happen as a result of a car accident. The actions you take at the scene of your accident and in the days following can greatly affect your chances of recovering compensation for your injuries and damages.
It can be difficult figuring out the right course of action on a good day, never mind when you’re dealing with the pain of your injuries and the stress of having to pay for the expenses. If you or a loved one are seriously injured in a car accident, it is essential to have a legal advocate by your side to represent your best interests. Connelly Law, PC is here to help.
Schedule your free initial consultation today by calling us at (404) 500-0259 or filling out our online contact form today. Our car accident attorney in Marietta is committed to helping you get the help you need.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
The following factors are frequently responsible for car accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Ignoring traffic laws
- Poor road conditions
- Exceeding speed limits
- Road rage
- Driving under the influence of medications, drugs, or alcohol
Common Injuries from Car Accidents
You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you suspect you have suffered an injury.
Injuries that can result from car accidents include:
- Whiplash and neck injuries
- Brain and spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Back injuries
Contact a Georgia Car Accident Lawyer Immediately
If you were involved in a car accident, a lawyer can help you get the compensation you deserve. At Connelly Law, we can help you preserve evidence and negotiate with the insurance company until you receive a fair settlement offer. Our research involves examining the averages of settlements and resolutions of similar incidents and injuries. Our car accident attorney will be able to provide guidance throughout the claim process that can significantly increase your settlement offer.
After you notify your insurance company of the accident, they will do anything to come out on top, often trying to convince you to settle the case quickly. Accident victims should be aware that insurance companies do not care about their well-being. They only care about their bottom line.
You may receive a false sense of security from insurance companies or be urged to settle before you know your options.
Be sure to follow these steps to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve:
- Consult an attorney before signing anything from an insurance company
- Record the exact location, weather, time of day, and witnesses of the accident
- Document any medical care that you receive
- Get a copy of the police report
- Do not sign blanket medical releases
- Don’t accept an offer too quickly
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The immediate aftermath of a car accident can be scary and disorienting. You should follow these steps if you are involved in a collision.
Park Somewhere Safe & Take Note of Any Injuries
Following a car accident, you should remain still and slowly take note of any injuries you may have sustained. If you are able, move your car to a safe place and check on any passengers in your vehicle. If you are injured or your car is not functioning, turn on the hazard lights to alert oncoming traffic. Call the police immediately to report the incident.
Stay at the Scene
You should remain at the accident scene until police arrive. If you leave the scene of the accident too early, you may be accused of hit-and-run. This is a serious offense with grave penalties.
Take Pictures & Get Statements
You should take pictures of the cars, the accident scene, your injuries, and anything else that may be important to your insurance claim. Collect any eyewitnesses’ statements as soon as possible. It is advisable to write down or record statements on video for future reference.
Collect Driver Information & Registration
Be sure to note the make, model, and license plate of any car involved. Collect the names, contact information, and insurance information of all people involved in the incident.
An accident must be documented adequately in order for an insurance company to pay a settlement. A passenger in your vehicle or a police officer can assist you if you are physically incapable of obtaining information. You should not rely solely on the police report alone to prove your claim, as it may not contain all the details you need.
Visit a Doctor Immediately
Get medical attention as soon as you can after leaving the scene. Many people delay seeking medical attention because they don’t think they have serious injuries. It’s important to understand that symptoms often do not appear until hours or days later. The adrenaline and stress of a collision can also make you overlook potential injuries. When it comes to filing an insurance claim, you need to have a record of any medical attention you were given for injuries. Follow your doctor’s instructions, including possible rehabilitation, to optimize your recovery.
How much is my car accident case worth?
With the help of an experienced car accident lawyer, you should be able to recover a settlement payout that covers the cost of expenses incurred as a result of the accident. An accident attorney can ensure victims receive enough money to cover months, years, or even a lifetime of medical expenses after an accident.
How long will my car accident case take to settle?
In simple cases without injuries, some car accident insurance claims are resolved within 30 days. Cases that are more complex can take anywhere from a few months to a few years to settle, especially when a trial is required. Our goal when working with you is to expedite the process and maximize your recovery.
We can help you with your car accident claim
We recommend not speaking with the at-fault’s insurance company. They will try to pressure you into a quick settlement. After you settle with them, you will be prohibited from suing them for the accident or your injuries ever again.
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