More on Auto Accidents
If you’ve been in a car accident that was not your fault, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other expenses. Car accident lawsuits can be complicated. Each state has different laws regarding how to proceed when filing a car accident lawsuit and you should talk to an Atlanta car accident attorney to ensure that your rights are protected. Most attorneys offer a free consultation.
What am I entitled to recover?
An attorney will be able to advise you on what losses you are entitled to seek compensation for, such as lost time from work, medical bills, pain and suffering, property damage (ie: damage to your car), or loss of future income. Depending on how bad the accident was and your family circumstances, members of your family may also be entitled to receive compensation.
Dealing with the Insurance Company
Car accidents can be caused by a number of things and that is why most people or entities responsible for these accidents are required to have insurance. For instance car accidents can be caused by a negligent driver (this includes a driver that is speeding, not paying attention or under the influence), an improperly maintained road, or a car that is manufactured wrong.
Chances are that in all of the scenarios above, the driver or cause of the accident is insured. The insurance company may contact you and offer to work with you, but they do not have your best interest at heart. Their job is to save money for the company that they work for.
Don’t let an insurance company pressure you or talk you into accepting a quick settlement. If you settle and then find out that you need more medical care for your injuries or find out that your case is worth more, you will probably not be able to seek anything additional from the insurance company. Therefore, you should talk to an attorney before talking to the insurance company. An attorney will be able to ensure that your rights are protected and give you a true idea of what your case is worth.
Will I have to go to court?
Car accident cases rarely go to trial. If an attorney is involved, he or she will most likely be able to negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company. If the case does go to trial an attorney can prepare your case and gather the necessary evidence. Trial is complex, time consuming and expensive for all involved.
Your medical bills and any damage to your car are usually all the proof that an attorney needs to prove that you suffered an injury. Once the insurance company realizes this can be proven and it can be shown that their insured was at fault then the insurance company is usually willing to settle out of court. A personal injury attorney will help you negotiate a fair settlement.
Need help for your auto injury? Please contact the car accident lawyers of The Angell Law Firm at (770) 217-4954.