Atlanta, Georgia Car Accident Attorneys
Through the years, Georgia has become a gateway for interstate commerce and the state is now home to a wide range of businesses and industries. Along the way, the population has also grown dramatically, and these combined factors have added significantly more traffic to our roads and highways. Although all drivers have an obligation to operate their vehicles in a safe manner, thousands of people are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents across the state each year, a great many of which are avoidable.
For over 25 years, Randall F. Rogers, PC has provided aggressive legal representation to motor vehicle accident victims in Atlanta, Marietta, and throughout the state of Georgia. We have a proven track record of obtaining meaningful compensation for our clients and are committed to holding negligent drivers accountable.
Common Causes of Automobile Accidents
There are many causes of car accidents in Georgia, but most are the result of some type of driver error or negligence, including:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Driver fatigue
- Failure to obey traffic signals
- Improper turning or lane change
- Reckless driving
- Improper maintenance of vehicle
Elements of an Automobile Accident Claim
In order to have a successful claim, it is necessary to demonstrate the other driver’s negligence, which includes the following elements:
- The at-fault driver had a duty to operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner
- He or she breached this duty
- The at-fault driver’s actions caused the accident
- The injuries or monetary losses were directly caused by the accident
If you have been injured in a car accident, you should call an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you are able. At Randall F. Rogers, PC, our legal team will take the time to understand the circumstances of your accident, work diligently to establish the other driver’s negligence, and help you to obtain meaningful compensation.
Over our many years of practice, we have also handled accidents that were caused by defects in roads, inoperative streetlights, or defective traffic signals by bringing claims against the responsible town, municipality, county or state. Similarly, in accidents that were attributed to a mechanical defect in the vehicle, we have also brought product liability lawsuits against automobile manufacturers and/or distributors.
Common Automobile Accident Injuries
Automobile accidents in Georgia can lead to all type of injuries, such as:
- Bruises and lacerations
- Bone fractures
- Neck and head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Paralysis (Paraplegia /Quadriplegia)
- Traumatic brain injuries
Although high-impact collisions often result in catastrophic injuries or even death, even minor fender benders can lead to serious injuries. In some cases, victims may not immediately realize the extent of their injuries or the amount of medical treatment they may actually need. Nonetheless, many car accident victims endure pain and suffering and are left with significant medical expenses. By engaging the services of Randall F. Rogers, PC, you ensure yourself of having a dedicated advocate in your corner.
Automobile Insurance in Georgia
Unlike other states that rely on a no-fault system, Georgia is an at-fault state. This means that drivers are responsible for injuries and damage if they cause an accident and are required to carry a minimum amount of liability coverage. In the event of an accident, the party who is not at fault will file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company for damages. However, in order to collect from the at-fault party’s insurance company requires demonstrating that the other driver was negligent. In addition, some drivers also carry medical payments coverage as part of their policy which allows them to seek compensation for injuries regardless of who is fault.
It is also important to note that Georgia is a comparative fault state. This means that individuals who are involved in accidents in which they are found to be partially responsible, even though deemed to have contributed to their own injuries, can still seek damages. The amount they can recover, however, will be reduced by the percentage they are found to be at fault. If you suffer $10,000 in damages in an accident with another driver, for example, but the insurer or court determines that the accident was 20 percent your fault, the damages you receive will be reduced to $8,000. Such complexities make it essential for you to have an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
What to Do After an Automobile Accident
After an automobile accident, you should call the police and immediately seek medical treatment promptly. This is crucial since reports of police and emergency responders will be important evidence in your personal injury claim. If you are able, you should also collect any other information that will support your claim, such as the other driver’s contact and insurance information, and the names and contact information of any witnesses. It is also helpful to take pictures of your own visible injuries and of the accident scene, including any damage to the vehicles involved or to any nearby property.
If you require ongoing medical treatment, it is vital that doctors, physical therapists, and other specialists thoroughly treat your injuries and provide necessary medical records to support your claim, including details of doctor visits, diagnostic tests, surgical procedures, prescribed medications and rehabilitative care. You must also follow your doctors’ recommendations for medical treatment and therapy to support your case.
Since you will be filing a claim against an insurance company, the insurer’s claims adjuster will contact you shortly after the accident. However, you should not speak to anyone from the insurance company or agree to a settlement before conferring with an experienced automobile accident attorney. At Randall F. Rogers, PC, we will work to build a successful claim by showing the other driver was responsible for the harm you suffered. If the insurer does not offer just compensation, then we may recommend pursuing a lawsuit.
Trusted Auto Accident Attorneys
Randall F. Rogers PC of Marietta, Georgia has extensive experience fighting for the rights of automobile accident victims. We are well-versed in the state’s at-fault insurance system and have the exceptional negotiating skills necessary for pursuing successful claims. In serious injury or death cases, we may also retain the services of accident reconstruction experts to answer technical questions of cause and effect, not to mention medical experts.
Because being injured in an automobile accident is an overwhelming experience, we will offer you compassion, knowledge and aggressive legal representation. We can help you obtain just compensation for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, property damage, pain and suffering and other expenses and losses. If you have been injured in a car accident in Georgia anywhere from Atlanta to Marietta, call us at (770) 590-0300 to set up a free consultation or feel free to complete our contact form.