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Car accidents happen every day in Georgia and across the nation. When a driver's negligence causes a collision, the injured victims may feel like they are without options. Fortunately, those affected by another's recklessness can seek compensation for the damages inflicted upon them using the state's tort doctrine. Still, Georgia law requires accident victims to prove the other driver's negligence using a few key components:
- The at-fault driver had a duty of care towards you
- That driver breached their duty (thus causing your accident)
- You suffered an injury
- The driver's breach caused your injury (and your accident)
While all licensed drivers have a duty of care to those around them, the other aspects of your case may be more difficult to prove.
How Long Does It Take to Settle a Car Accident Lawsuit?
The length of time that a lawsuit takes to settle is going to vary from case to case. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all answer. Some car accident suits are resolved within months, but more serious suits can last up to a few years. With that said, there are factors that determine the length of time a suit takes, such as:
- How complex your accident case is
- If the responsible party fights your claim
- How much damage has been done by the accident
What You Need to Know About Georgia's Personal Injury Law
Georgia gives accident victims two years to file a personal injury claim following a car accident or the discovery of an accident-related injury. If you file your case after this period, it will almost certainly be thrown out. That's why you need to start building your claim as soon as possible.
While filing a complaint can be quick and easy, gathering the appropriate evidence can be time-consuming and difficult. The sooner you build your case, the stronger it will be. This is important because Georgia is a “mandated comparative negligence” state.
What is Comparative Negligence?
Comparative negligence means that more than one party can be at-fault for a car accident. Each party will owe or receive compensation depending on their percentage of fault. Consequently, if your actions contributed in any way to your accident, your settlement or verdict could be significantly reduced.
Nevertheless, if you can prove fault while the accident is still fresh in your mind and all the evidence is still available, our experienced attorney may be able to protect you from any percentage of fault.
For example, consider an accident in which someone rear-ended you because you slammed on your brakes to avoid hitting a house cat. If you file your claim with our firm immediately, we may be able to investigate the site of the collision and prove that there was, in fact, a cat in front of you (maybe the cat left its collar behind).
Even if the person who hit you accuses you of slamming on your brakes and causing a collision in court or settlement negotiations, we can show that you had a valid reason to stop, point-out the other party's inappropriate following distance and failure to avoid a collision, and ensure you receive all the compensation you are owed.
We want to get to know you and your case, so we can support you during this difficult time and defend you and your claim from opposing counsel's baseless attempts to shirk fault.
Types of Recoverable Damages
While some people can walk away from a car accident with only some minor cuts and bruises, there are others who suffer from catastrophic injuries or even death.
If you've been seriously hurt or lost a loved one to a car accident, it is crucial that you enlist the representation of a skilled personal injury lawyer such as Attorney Mark Casto to help you obtain the most favorable compensation possible for your case.
At our firm, we strive to recover the following damages:
- Current and future medical expenses
- Lost income or earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Changes to your quality of life
- Funerary and burial expenses
- Loss of love and companionship
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Rental cars
- And more
Each individual will have different needs, depending on how the accident affected them and their family. That's why we spend time getting to know you and your situation. When we know what you need to move forward, we will not stop fighting until you get it.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Getting in a car accident can be a truly terrifying experience. Filing a lawsuit might be the last thing on your mind at the site of the collision, but there are some things you can do right away to start building your case.
To give you an idea of the evidence you will need, we've provided some helpful tips on what you should do right after a car accident:
- Check yourself and your passengers for any injuries
- Call an ambulance and seek medical attention
- Contact the police to help you file a report
- If you can, take several photos of the scene of the accident
- Take the other driver's information and remember to keep calm and remain respectful
- Talk to witnesses at the scene and get their information
- Report the accident to your insurance company and contact an attorney
Even if you didn't take all these steps at the scene of the accident, you can still compile evidence after the crash. Once you contact our firm, our attorney can also help you investigate the accident and gather all the necessary proof.
Common Injuries & Damages Caused by Car Accidents
Car accidents often result in serious damage and injuries. If you have sustained any of the following damages or injuries in your accident, reach out to us right away to begin fighting for compensation. Common car accident-related injuries and damages include:
- Back and neck sprains
- Injured knees and/or shoulders
- Bone fractures
- General head injuries and concussions
- Permanent scarring
- Wrongful death
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Our Columbus car accident lawyer knows that not all cases are the same. When you contact us, you can be sure that we will provide you with the personal attention and dedicated legal service that you deserve. We will also work closely with you throughout every step of your suit and give only honest, straightforward legal advice while we pursue the justice and compensation you are entitled to.