Car Accident Guide

FREQUENTLY ASKED LEGAL QUESTIONS ABOUT CAR ACCIDENTS

HOW MUCH IS MY CAR ACCIDENT INJURY CASE WORTH?

The value of an Automobile Accident Lawsuit depends on a lot of different factors, including:

Amount of Fault
Amount of Damage
Extent of Injuries
Amount of Insurance Coverage Available

Depending on the details of your individual accident, your attorney will be able to draft a demand letter with you that will give an accurate estimate of the total amount of compensation you are entitled to.

Additional Resources:  

7 Tips to get the Biggest Accident Settlement

How Much is my Personal Injury Case Worth? 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO HIRE A CAR ACCIDENT ATTORNEY?

If you are involved in a car accident, the type of attorney you hire to represent you is called a Personal Injury Attorney.

These attorneys specialize in helping the victims of accidents caused by someone else's negligence get financial compensation.

Thankfully, these attorneys work on what is called a Contingency Fee Basis. A Contingency Fee Basis means that you do not pay any legal fees upfront, and your attorneys only collect a fee in the form of a small percentage of your final settlement.

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How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help Me?

How Does a Contingency Fee Basis Work? 

WHAT CAN I BE COMPENSATED FOR IN A CAR ACCIDENT?

When you are involved in an auto accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to the following compensation:

Medical Expenses
Pain and Suffering
Property damage
Lost Wages

Additional Resources:

Types of Compensation After a Car Accident

How a Police Report Can Effect Your Lawsuit 

WHAT SHOULD I DO AT THE SCENE OF A CAR ACCIDENT?

At the scene of a car accident, you will need to take steps to protect your legal rights.

If you were not at fault in the accident, the other driver is liable for your damages.

You will need to file a personal injury claim with their insurance company to seek compensation.

Here is what you should do at the scene of the accident to help strengthen your claim.

Exchange Information
Immediately after the car accident, it might be difficult to determine who was at fault but even if you think you were, you should never apologize or admit guilt.

When talking to the other driver simply get their name, number, address, insurance information, license plate number, make and model of their vehicle, the location of the accident, and drivers' license number. If there were passengers, you should also ask for their names, numbers, and addresses.

Talk To Potential Witnesses
If there were any witnesses to your Car Accident be sure to take down their names, numbers, and addresses as well. If it is hard for the police to tell on the scene that was at fault, an eyewitness will be a paramount factor in who gets cited for the accident.

Obtain Police Report
Ask the police officer on the scene for their name, phone number, badge number, and police report. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to obtain the police report. If the other driver is trying to dispute blame, it will be useful to have a copy of the police officers' opinion.

Get Medical Records
If you obtain medical treatment such as chiropractic care, physical therapy, or other medical treatment for any reason after the crash, you will need to keep a detailed account of the procedures that were received. You will also need a copy of all medical reports and bills. This will be vital to receiving a fair case settlement.

Call A Personal Injury Attorney Near You
If you have been in a car accident that was not your fault, The Brown Firm has experienced Personal Injury Attorneys, who can help you maximize your recovery and defend your interests.

The Brown Firm represents people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. We take a personal approach to ensure that your case is receiving the proper amount of time and attention.

Additional Resources

What to Consider When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

 

WHAT IF I DO NOT THINK THAT I WAS INJURED IN MY CAR ACCIDENT?

If you have been in a car accident, you should always get a medical evaluation even if you do not think that you suffered an injury.

In many of the minor car accidents we handle at our law firm, the injuries that people sustain have delayed or mild symptoms. If these injuries go untreated, they can lead to further complications or more severe damage.

As well as possibly leading to more serious injuries, failing to get medical treatment can result in your injury being excluded from your lawsuit.

Additional Resources:

Common Auto Accident Injuries

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY SETTLEMENT AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT?

The length of time that it takes to settle a lawsuit depends on a lot of different factors.

First, it depends on how soon after your accident you contact an attorney and they are able to begin their investigation.

Second, the seriousness of the accident and the extent of the injuries can cause the length of time to increase. A lot of the time, insurance companies will want the injured persons to finish treatment and recovery so that the medical expenses are all accounted for before they settle.

Finally, it depends on the size of the settlement and how backed up the courts are at the time.

If you are willing to accept a smaller settlement, then your case can usually be resolved in a few weeks or months. If you are going after a larger settlement, it may take longer and could end up going to trial, resulting in an even longer legal process.

Additional Resources:

How Long Will it Take to Get My Personal Injury Settlement?

Timeline for Personal Injury Cases

SHOULD I ACCEPT A SETTLEMENT OFFER FROM THE INSURANCE COMPANY?

Generally, No. At least not until you have discussed your case with a Personal Injury Attorney.

When it comes to making a financial settlement offer, the insurance company wants to pay out as little as possible. 

Usually, they will make an initial low-ball settlement offer, hoping the victim will accept it instead of speaking with an experienced accident attorney who can negotiate on your behalf and get you the settlement you deserve.

Additional Resources:

Insurance Claims after an Accident

How the Insurance Adjuster Determines a Settlement Amount

HOW LONG AFTER AN ACCIDENT DO I HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM?

Depending on what state you live in, there are set laws called "Statute of Limitations" that determine how long an individual has to file a claim after their accident.

In Georgia, the statute of limitations to file a Personal Injury Lawsuit is two-years from the date of the accident. If you do not file your claim within this time period, the courts will usually not hear your case.

However, although you have a two-year window to file your claim, the sooner you speak to an attorney after your accident and file your claim, the greater success rate and the chance of a larger settlement you have.

Additional Resources:

Statute of Limitations by State

IF I HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY, WILL I NEED TO GO TO TRIAL?

Usually, you will not need to go to trial during your Car Accident Injury Lawsuit. Most of the time, a settlement will be reached between your attorney and the at-fault party's insurance company.

However, your attorney will discuss with you what the best option is for you to receive the largest settlement possible, and occasionally that can mean going to trial.

Additional Resources:

8 Questions to ask when Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

What to Know Before Hiring an Attorney 

WHAT SHOULD I SAY IF AN INSURANCE COMPANY CONTACTS ME AFTER MY CAR ACCIDENT?

Nothing! If you are contacted by an insurance company, do not say anything related to your case too them.

The main reason that they are contacting you is to get you to make a statement about your accident, which depending on what you say can be used against you to lower the value of your settlement.

Although you may have to speak with them eventually, you should always consult with an experienced Accident Attorney first.

They will explain exactly what you can and cannot say to them in order to protect the value of your case.

Additional Resources:

Common Mistakes People Make With Insurance Companies

5 Myths Car Insurance Companies Want You to Believe

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