Have you or a loved one been involved in a car accident in Atlanta? Call our Atlanta accident attorneys today at 404-975-1775. We will get you compensation for your injuries, medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage.
As we all know, Atlanta is Georgia’s capital and it’s also infamously known as Georgia’s accident capital. On every news station day, noon, or night you hear of a bad accident that’s happened on I-20, I-75, I-85 or I-275. Often times, the accidents are so bad that our hearts go out to these people, who we don’t know, because we all know someone who has been in a serious accident.
At the Merritt & Merritt Law Firm our Atlanta injury and accident attorneys are here to help you with any size car accident or injury. We understand that any injury can be life altering at worst and a horrible inconvenience at best. Either way, you did not ask to be injured by another’s negligence and the person at fault should be held responsible for their actions. In Georgia, all drivers are required to have minimum liability coverage of $25,000 on their vehicle for bodily injuries; however, many drivers, including trucking companies, have liability policies in excess of $1,000,000. Georgia does not require you to have full coverage on your vehicle. It is important you contact an attorney as soon as you can because evidence disappears and memories fade. An attorney can capture this evidence quickly if hired.
|$1,000,000||Semi truck accident|
|$250,000||Head on collision|
|$205,000||Slip and fall – knee injury|
|$135,000||Car accident with serious ankle injury|
|$135,000||Car Accident with back injections|
|$125,000||Client T-bone by police officer|
|$100,000||Car accident with fractured neck|
|$100,000||Car accident involving a pedestrian. Broken fibula and tibia.|
|$90,000||Car accident with a DUI driver|
|$85,000||Slip and fall|
|$50,000||Rear end collision|
|$25,000||Car accident with whiplash injury|
Almost any law firm will do when you have a simple divorce. But, when you need a law firm specializing in serious auto accident and wrongful death cases our team of attorneys’ are prepared. Working on major cases is what we do. The insurance companies have a team of attorneys to defend them; you need a team of experienced attorneys representing you.
We have represented accident victims injured by:
- 18-Wheeler Trucks
- Dump Trucks
- Delivery Trucks
- Police Cars
- DUI Drivers
No matter what caused your car accident, your injuries are your biggest concern. And because your injuries are your biggest concern, they are our biggest concern. As Atlanta injury and accident attorneys, some of the most common injuries our clients suffer in interstate accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Head, Neck, and Spinal Injuries
- Internal Bleeding and Organ Damage
- Paralysis and Nerve Damage
- Wrongful Death
The above is considered catastrophic injuries. These are injuries that can cause serious life-threatening issues or disabilities. For example, spinal cord injuries can cause extensive pain and suffering. Severe injuries to the spinal cord can result in partial or full-body paralysis. These injuries will typically need a lifetime of specialized care and rehabilitation. It is essential that a person with these injuries receives enough compensation to cover the care they will need. In addition, burn injuries are extremely painful and can cause extensive disfigurement. Burn injury victims often need to undergo many surgeries and receive long-term care.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Atlanta or the surrounding area, call our Atlanta car accident attorneys at 404-975-1775 or 1-800-738-WE-WIN. We have three convenient Georgia offices located in: Atlanta, Savannah, and Statesboro. If you cannot come to us, we can come to you. The Merritt & Merritt Law Firm is here to help.
Common Questions About Car Accidents With Real Answers
What is my car accident case worth?
Of course, the value of a car accident claim will vary according to a variety of factors including the severity of your injuries. That said, the primary components of a car accident claim include the following:
- Your medical bills, especially any uncovered expenses such as deductibles or copays
- Your lost income
- Your pain and suffering
- The cost to repair or replace your vehicle
- Any other losses or expenses directly caused by the accident
You may also be entitled to compensation for future medical expenses if you will require ongoing medical treatment. If you are facing long-term or permanent disability, you may be entitled to compensation for lost future income and lost earning capacity. An experienced Atlanta car accident attorney should be able to provide you with an estimate of what your claim may be worth at your initial consultation.
Do I have a claim if I have lost a loved one in a car accident?
Under Georgia law, a surviving spouse, child, or parent can pursue a wrongful death claim. The claimant can pursue compensation for the following:
- Economic losses such as lost income, funeral and burial expenses, and medical bills
- Non-economic losses such as loss of companionship, loss of guidance, loss of support, or mental and emotional anguish
The unexpected death of a loved one due to someone else’s negligence can have a devastating impact on your family. Protect your future by working with an Atlanta car accident attorney.
Am I entitled to seek punitive damages?
Punitive damages are damages that are intended to punish the at-fault party for the purpose of discouraging others from engaging in the same or similar behavior. In the context of a personal injury case, punitive damages are limited to situations involving gross negligence or willful misconduct.
Most car accidents are really accidents, with no willful misconduct, but we have seen situations where punitive damages may be warranted in car accidents. One common scenario is when a drunk driver causes an accident. Another situation could be a driver acting in a fit of road rage, where he or she intentionally collided with another vehicle.
While punitive damages are rare, an Atlanta car accident attorney will know whether your case may qualify.
What kind of evidence will I need to support my claim?
Some of the evidence that you will need to prove your case includes the following:
- Accident reports
- Video footage
- Witness statements
- Medical reports and bills
- Proof of lost income – pay stubs and tax returns
In some cases, you may need an expert opinion as to the cause of the accident, the extent of your injuries, or your future economic losses. Obtaining the necessary evidence can feel overwhelming, especially if you are in pain and trying to recover. An Atlanta car accident attorney will be able to gather the evidence you need so that you can focus on getting better.
Should I accept their settlement offer?
You may be surprised at how quickly the insurance company might offer to settle your claim. In fact, they may make the offer before you even know the extent of your injuries or how long it will take to recover. Without knowing these things, it is impossible to know whether or not their offer is fair.
That said, you need to be careful even if you think you know the extent of your injuries and what your case may be worth. Upon accepting their offer, you agree to waive any future or additional claims you may have, even if you later discover that your injuries were worse than originally thought or that you will require additional treatment.
If you have been offered a settlement, the best thing to do is to speak with an Atlanta car accident attorney. They can review the offer, assess its fairness, explain your rights, and help you understand your options so that you can make an informed decision as to whether to accept it.
Can I afford to hire a lawyer?
Most accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not pay any legal fees unless you win and they recover compensation for you. Their fees are then paid as a percentage from the compensation you receive. When you meet with an Atlanta car accident attorney, you should discuss how their contingency fees work so that you know what to expect.
What if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
If the other driver doesn’t have insurance, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company if you have uninsured motorist coverage. Alternatively, you may need to sue the other driver in court to recover damages.
I was in a truck accident. What do I need to prove?
You will need to prove three things in order to prevail in your case:
- That the driver or trucking company owed you a duty of care;
- That the driver or trucking company breached that duty by being negligent in some way; and
- That the driver or trucking company’s breach caused the accident that resulted in your injuries.
In most cases, the first element is not at issue – the driver and the trucking company have an obligation to other drivers to guard against accidents. Most cases revolve around proving negligence or that there was a causal connection between the negligence and the accident that caused your injuries.
Loss of consortium is the inability of one’s spouse to have normal marital relations, which is a euphemism for sexual intercourse. Such loss arises as a claim for damages when a spouse has been injured and cannot participate in sexual relations for a period of time or permanently due to the injury, or suffers from mental distress, due to a defendant’s wrongdoing, which interferes with usual sexual activity.
Your uninsured motorist coverage covers you when you are riding in your car or in any other automobile or while a pedestrian if the injury is caused by an uninsured motorist.
A personal injury claim must be filed within two years of the injury. A workers’ compensation claim must be filed within one year after the injury or death of the employee.
The Importance of Staying Off Social Media After an Auto Accident
Almost everyone in today’s world is on some type of social media. Posting everything from the food we eat to our most personal experiences is common in today’s society. What many car accident victims fail to realize, however, is that posts about their accident can hurt their chances of financial recovery.
Insurance companies often look for mitigating factors so they can pay less for, or deny altogether, a claim for damages. Sometimes their search leads them to the social media accounts of people that have made a claim for damages. While the injured party posted something that seems innocuous enough to them, the insurance company may try to use that post as a reason to deny or under-pay the claim. Because of this, our Atlanta injury and car accident attorneys advise that car accident victims sign off of social media altogether, or at the very least, refrain from posting anything about the accident until their claim has been resolved.
Remember, too, that insurance companies will look for evidence that injured persons are engaging in activities that directly dispute the injuries they claim they have. So even a post that has nothing to do with the accident itself can be used against them.
Car accident attorney fees
Car accident attorneys usually charge a contingency fee. In a contingent fee arrangement, the attorney agrees to accept a fixed percentage of the recovery. If you win the case, the attorney’s fee comes out of the money awarded to you. If there is no recover, no fee. Typically the fee ranges from 30 to 40 percent, and 33.33 percent is the standard rate. If you have a 33.33% contingency fee arrangement and you recover $100,000 in your car accident case, your attorney will receive $33,333 and you would receive $66,667.
Lawyers typically have two fee structures: 1.) Contingency fee which the attorney gets paid from what you recover. 2.) A flat rate fee is normally charged in criminal or family law cases. The fee is set upon an agreed contractual amount between the attorney and client. An example, a client retains an attorney for a traffic ticket. The attorney charges $500 to handle the ticket-this is a flat rate fee.
Determining the At Fault Party
Almost every accident that happens on Atlanta’s roads is someone’s fault. The law states even if the two cars never make contact, a driver who forces another off the road may still be responsible. When evaluating fault after an auto accident, courts will allocate fault depending on the circumstances.
Unfortunately, this can be bad news for injury plaintiffs. If a jury believes that a victim contributed in any way to the accident that caused their injuries, the jury can reduce the plaintiff’s award. Insurance adjusters are aware of the law and will record your statement without your knowledge; therefore, before you speak with an insurance adjuster, call the Merritt & Merritt at 1-800-738-WE-WIN.
Potential Indications of Defendant Negligence
Every driver, when driving upon the roadways, has a responsibility to drive safely and to exercise reasonable care. As a result, plaintiffs have two main ways to prove a defendant was negligent.
The best way to demonstrate negligence is to present evidence that a defendant violated a law while driving. If a police report indicates that the defendant was cited, that is a plus. Some of traffic violations are speeding, driving to fast for condition, failure to yield, failure to stop at stop sign, and failure to maintain lanes.
There are more ways to prove negligence but it’s a little more difficult. In cases where the defendant does not receive a ticket, a more in depth investigation should occur. This may involve visiting the scene of the incident, speaking with witnesses, and getting a statement from the police officer. Our skilled Atlanta car accident lawyers can identify the best way to pursue a case for full compensation.
Emergency Contact Information:
Atlanta Police Department
226 Peachtree St SW
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Egleston Hospital
1405 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30322
Emory University Hospital Midtown
550 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Grady Health Hospital
80 Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Piedmont Atlanta Hospital
1968 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Southern Regional Medical Center
11 Upper Riverdale Road
Riverdale, GA 30374
Wellstar Atlanta Medical Center
303 Parkway Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30312