Legal Facts You Need to Know About Car Accidents in Georgia
Being involved in a car accident can leave you with a number of questions. We invite you to review this Frequently Asked Questions page targeted specifically at car accidents. For further inquiries into your case specifically, get in touch with our Georgia auto accident personal injury attorney.
How do I know if I have a case?
This is a question that many people find themselves asking. They are unsure if they even have a case to pursue or if it is worth it. There is no exact way to determine whether or not you have a case that will result in compensation, but there are a number of indicators that can provide further insight. Was there another personal that was at fault for the incident occurring? Did they act negligently or in a way that another prudent person would not have? It will need to be possible to tie that their negligence was what caused the accident and was therefore responsible for the injuries that were suffered. For a better idea of whether or not you have a case, turn to a professional to review the details. They have the experience to assess your case and provide reputable guidance. They know what it takes to get results and their evaluation may guide your case in the right direction. Our Georgia car accident attorney has seen what works and what doesn’t, along with what cases stand. As an accident victim, you will have the burden of proof to show that the other party was responsible so getting started on the right foot is important.
What information do I need to get after the accident?
When you are involved in a car wreck it can be hard to think clearly at that time. You may go to speak with the other driver and be unsure which of their information you should obtain. For starters, you want to gain their contact information including name, number and address. Get their insurance information as well including the policy number, the provider and the phone number. Get a picture of their driver’s license if you can, as well as their license plate. It is a good idea to take pictures of the scene, as this can be useful later to stage together what happened.
What do I say during the police report?
An officer may arrive on the scene on their own, or you may need to contact them if the situation is more serious. If they do not need to come, then you can call the police to make a report of the incident. When an officer is making a report they will include detailed information and will give their view on what took place. They will want to take your statement and you should comply with their questions. Do not get into who is at fault at this point, as this can be addressed later and you may say something that you do not mean.
What can I be compensated for?
Depending on the extent of the accident there are a number of areas that you may deserve compensation for. One of the main concerns if often the health costs. The injuries you suffer can leave you with ongoing expenses including the initial hospital visit, checkups after, needed surgical procedures, rehabilitative treatment or modifications to your home and car so that you can cope with the limitations your injury. You may be out of work for a period of time, and lost wages can be considered. If you cannot return to your old line of work and need to be trained in a new field then this can be sought as well. If you are permanently disabled then compensation should be considered for the current lost income and the future influence. Additional pain and suffering may be pursued in a case as well since the effects of an accident can be more than just physical.
How do I pay for my attorney if I don’t receive compensation?
At Van Sant, LLC, we understand that this detail is what sets many people back from getting the representation that they need. Without an assurance that you will receive compensation it can be challenging to trust your attorney. We don’t want you to have to worry about the cost of getting the help you need, especially when you are faced with something so serious. We work on a contingency fee basis so if you don’t receive compensation, you don’t have to worry about the cost. Get in touch with our team for further information or view our verdicts to see some of the results we have gotten our clients in the past.