Assisting Atlanta Car Accident Victims with their Personal Injury Cases
Car accidents sometimes occur out of the blue, often when the driver and passengers least expect them. In addition to causing significant property damage, these accidents can also result in personal injuries that need a great deal of medical treatment, time off work, pain, and suffering.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a car accident in the greater Atlanta region, Georgia law may entitle you to monetary compensation. The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Brauns Law can work with you to recover the damages you need to resolve your case fully and fairly.
Types of Car Accidents
Car accidents can occur for many reasons. Common car accidents in and around Atlanta include:
- Rear end accidents – Where another motor vehicle collides with the rear of the accident victim’s vehicle, usually resulting in whiplash-type injuries
- Head-on collisions – Where one motor vehicle strikes another motor vehicle head-on, usually on smaller roads or dual highways
- T-bone collisions – Where the front of one motor vehicle collides with the side of another motor vehicle
- Drunk driving accidents – Where a motor vehicle collision occurs because one of the drivers was under the illegal influence of drugs or alcohol
Car accidents can also occur for many different reasons. Some common causes of car accidents in and around Atlanta include:
- Speeding – Where the other driver exceeds the posted speed limit and collides with another vehicle
- Distracted driving – Where the other motor vehicle is texting, making a phone call, disciplining a child, or otherwise not paying attention to the roadway
- Driver fatigue – Where the other driver, usually on a long road trip, falls asleep at the wheel and collides with another motor vehicle
Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents
Pretty much everyone agrees that car accidents can result in serious injuries and medical treatment. Soft tissue injuries are most common in rear-end collisions, due to the quick back-and-forth movement that occurs. These injuries can happen when the driver’s head snaps forward or backward at the point of impact or strikes some part of the vehicle’s interior, such as the steering wheel. In more serious, high-speed motor vehicle collisions, the drivers can sustain other injuries, such as fractures, spinal cord damage, paralysis, and severe head injuries.
As part of your personal injury claim or lawsuit, you must show that Georgia law entitles you to monetary damages. Those damages may include compensation for all of your medical bills and treatment, lost wage compensation, pain and suffering, and inconvenience, to name just a few. The skilled Atlanta car accident lawyers at Brauns Law can pursue legal damages against the at-fault driver’s insurance company on your behalf—or against your own insurance company, if the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured.
The Insurance Company’s Role
In car accident cases where the at-fault driver has adequate insurance coverage, you will be dealing mostly with that driver’s insurance company when it comes to settling the damage aspect of your personal injury case. If the at-fault driver did not have adequate insurance coverage or was underinsured, you may be able to make a claim against your own insurance company for uninsured or underinsured motorist benefits.
Insurance companies and their adjusters are not on your side in a personal injury car accident case—even your own insurance company when you file an uninsured or underinsured motorist theory of recovery. In fact, insurance company adjusters will do everything they can to lessen the amount of damages you receive in your car accident case. Their job, in a nutshell, is to see that the insurance company pays out as little money as possible to satisfy a personal injury claim. Insurance companies make their money when people pay their premiums—not by paying out personal injury settlements.
The lawyers at Brauns Law understand the tactics and tricks used by insurance companies and their adjusters in personal injury car accident cases. Our litigation team can negotiate with the appropriate insurance company on your behalf and maximize the available damage compensation in your case.
Deciding to File a Lawsuit
During the settlement negotiation process, both sides to the dispute go back and forth until the parties either decide to settle the claim or they reach a roadblock. In the latter case, the car accident victim’s attorney will usually file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. In some cases, where the at-fault driver and the owner of the vehicle are different individuals, the accident victim can file a lawsuit against both the vehicle driver and, in some car accident cases, the owner.
Filing a suit in an Atlanta car accident case serves a couple of different purposes. One purpose is to try and convince the insurance company to offer more money to settle the claim. In some cases that happens, but in other cases, it does not. The other purpose for filing a lawsuit in the court system is to begin the litigation process. This ushers in discovery, settlement conferences, mediations, and other legal proceedings. The majority of car accident cases do not proceed all the way to trial. Rather, they settle at some point out of court. A car accident case can usually settle right up until the time of trial.
Contact an Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in an Atlanta car accident, time may be of the essence. In the majority of car accident cases, accident victims have two years from the date of their accident to file a claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver and anyone else who may have caused the accident. Otherwise, you essentially waive your right to file a claim or lawsuit. At Brauns Law, our experienced legal team can file the necessary claim or lawsuit on your behalf.
To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with an Atlanta car accident lawyer, please call us at (404) 418-8244, or contact us online today.