Marietta Car Accident Injury Lawyer
We can’t make the injury go away, but we can make the insurance companies pay for it.
Why You Need A Personal Injury Lawyer After A Car Accident
Car accidents and the injuries that result are the most common legal battle we face in our law office. Georgia has one of the highest rates of auto accidents in the Union and Marietta and the surrounding Atlanta metro area are tops on that list.
When you get into an accident, there are a lot of things that an insurance company will say to get out of paying for that accident. Allen Turner Law in Marietta will continue to fight for your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve!
Your Health is Our Priority
The first priority as attorneys that we have is to help you get healed and healthy again. Our firm is instrumental in helping you achieve maximum medical improvement.
We help get you healthy through:
- Recommending experienced, top doctors in the field of your injury;
- Accompanying you to doctor visits, when needed;
- Scheduling and following up with medical appointments;
- Hiring nurses to manage your healthcare, if appropriate;
- Arranging for liens of medical expenses so that medical bills can be paid later.
Don’t worry if you can’t afford medical insurance or the money to pay the doctors’ bills. Most of the medical professionals that we work with treat our clients without an upfront charge. Instead, they accept a lien against the legal file. When you receive money from a settlement or verdict at trial, the doctors are paid directly out of the proceeds.
Common Causes of a Car Accident in Georgia
Some of the most common causes of car accidents are:
- Distracted driving (text messages, calls, etc)
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Automotive defects
- Bad weather
- Aggressive driving
- Reckless Driving
- Drowsy Driving
In any situation in which another driver breaks the law or is unreasonably careless and so causes an injury they will be classified as negligent and will be held responsible for any damages to you.
How Car Accident Cases Work in Georgia
Georgia is a “modified comparative negligence” state. This means that even if you are partially at fault for the accident, you can still receive compensation from the other party, as long as you are no more than 50% liable. However, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of which you are at fault. For example, if you are 20% liable for the accident (your actions contributed to the accident, but did not cause it), then you can only recover 80% of what you would have received from the other party for damages. There is no defined rule for assigning this percentage; it is either negotiated with an insurance company or decided by a judge or jury.
The statute of limitations on a car accident is two (2) years for a personal injury lawsuit and four (4) years for property damage. These have no influence on an insurance claim, but it is better to start the insurance process as soon as you can in case you need to file a lawsuit later on. If the government was involved in any way then the incident claim needs to be filed with the correct agency, and quickly so that you don’t lose your right to compensation.
We make sure you are properly treated by a good doctor.
We discuss your claims and prepare to seek compensation.
We take the insurance company or other party to court. We go to trial if we must.
Our fees and the doctors' fees are paid out of the settlement or suit winnings.
A Note About Insurance
Georgia uses a fault system for liability and insurance coverage. This means that an at-fault driver is liable for damages after an accident, and his or her insurance policy will looked to to satisfy the liability.
If you are njured in a car accident, you can find compensation for it in three ways:
- The injured person (you) files a claim with his or her own insurance company. That company then seeks compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurer.
- You can pursue a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer directly. (Known as a third party claim.)
- Finally, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed in civil court. This is very common if settlement negotiations did not work, or get you enough to compensate properly.