Georgia Personal Injury Attorneys Help More Than Just Car Accident Victims
According to the Department of Transportation, there were over 6 million people involved in Georgia motor vehicle crashes from 2000 to 2006. The CDC reports that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and 9,000,000 slip and fall or trip and fall accidents occur each year. In 2009, 90,000 motorcyclists were injured and over half of all single vehicle accident deaths were attributed to
These are intimidating numbers, but not every personal injury has to have an unhappy ending.
Personal injury claims are not all automobile accidents, but can include
product liability, and
medical malpractice. Being injured because of someone else’s negligence is never a great experience, but can be made easier if the injured parties are educated and take the necessary steps after the incident.
10 Things You Need To Know When You’re In An Accident
1. What should I do after an accident?
- If medical attention is required for anyone involved, medical personnel should be called.
- Exchange information with the involved parties, including insurance and driver license information.
- Contact law enforcement so they can document the scene, take statements, and file an accident report.
- Take photos of the vehicles, license plates, parties involved, scenes, and injuries involved.
2. Should I contact my own insurance company?
- Most insurance companies require their policyholders to report every accident.
3. Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company?
NO! You should never give a statement to the other party’s insurance company without consulting an experienced
Marietta personal injury attorney first.
- Insurance companies’ claims adjusters have experience in using every technique to persuade you into disclosing information that can compromise your claim.
4. How much money can I expect for the property damage to my car?
- Expect to be offered the amount it will take to restore your vehicle to its condition prior to the accident or the fair market value of your car if it is totaled.
Insurance companies use different methods to determine these values, so contact an experienced Marietta
car accident attorney to ensure those prices are fair.
5. I have been in a motor vehicle accident. Should I see a doctor?
- YES! If you have been injured in a car accident, you should see a doctor immediately.
- Even the smallest ache could be something significant, and only a doctor can tell you for sure.
- If you decide to bring a legal claim against the at-fault driver, you will need documentation of injuries and what you did to fix them, so seeing a doctor is important.
6. How much is my personal injury case worth?
- An exact number cannot be pinpointed until your case is close to a resolution.
There are many factors affecting the amount, so contact an experienced Kennesaw
personal injury lawyer to decide whether to pursue legal action.
7. What if the insurance company offers me a check right away?
- You should not accept or sign anything from an insurance company until you are aware of your legal rights.
- Accepting a check can mean that you are giving up your right to pursue your claim for damages.
- Consult an experienced Acworth car accident attorney before accepting or signing anything from insurance companies.
8. How much does legal representation cost?
- Jones & Swanson works on a contingency fee basis.
- If we obtain financial compensation for you, we will take a percentage of the award as payment for our fees, but if we do not recover financial compensation for you, you do not owe any legal fees or costs.
- We understand that many people cannot afford the hourly fees that many attorneys charge for counsel and are pleased to offer clients this contingency service.
9. Do I really need an attorney?
- By law, you have the right to legal counsel to protect your rights when another person’s negligence has caused damage to you or your property.
- The at-fault insurance company may tell you that you do not need a lawyer, but this can leave you with an unresolved claim.
10. How much time do I have to pursue my claim?
- You have two years from the accident date to bring a lawsuit for damages.
- It is always better to involve an experienced Marietta attorney early in the process to help develop your case.
Contact An Experienced Cobb County Personal Injury Attorney
Georgia personal injury accidents are an unfortunate part of society, but it does not have to end badly for the injured party. If you or someone that you know are involved in a personal
injury accident, contact the experienced lawyers at Jones & Swanson.
At the Cobb County Law Offices of Andrew W. Jones, we represent personal injury victims throughout the Atlanta area and the state of Georgia, including Marietta, Smyrna, Roswell, Woodstock, Decatur, Macon, Kennesaw, Acworth,
Canton, Sandy Springs, and Dallas. If you or someone you know has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, contact a Marietta personal injury lawyer today.