If you suffer injuries in a crash because of someone else's careless driving, an Alpharetta car accident lawyer from the Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group can help you. We seek compensation for collision victims hurt in Fulton County traffic accidents, representing them in their insurance claims or lawsuits.
To learn more, speak with an Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group attorney today. We provide free consultations so that victims can understand their rights and how to pursue a payout to cover their medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact us to get started right away.
Alpharetta Car Accident Guide
How Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group Protects Clients’ Rights
Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group represents victims hurt by other people's negligence. When a negligent driver causes a Fulton County crash, we believe in holding that person accountable for any expenses or losses the victim incurred. Our team never wants to see a victim of preventable injuries forced to pay for the medical bills caused by another party's bad behavior.
If you've suffered losses due to an accident caused by another's breach of care, you are entitled to pursue compensation through a personal injury claim. Therefore, we provide protection, support, and advocacy to Alpharetta car accident victims. If you were hurt, we could help you recover financially while you focus on your physical and emotional health.
You can count on our lawyers to:
- Handle all communication with insurance companies, lawyers, and others
- Gather evidence to prove negligence and fault
- Determine a fair settlement range for your claim
- File your claim or lawsuit
- Negotiate for a fair settlement
- Represent your best interests every step of the way
You can also count on us to fight for you without charging any upfront fees. We never ask clients to pay a retainer and do not charge anything until we win your case. Our attorney's fees come from the money we recover—if we do not secure a payout for you, our lawyers will not collect any fees.
How Your Alpharetta Accident Attorney Will Build Your Case Based on Fault
Some states require drivers to file a claim based on their own insurance coverage to recover compensation after a crash. Georgia is not one of them. Most car accident claims in Alpharetta and across Georgia are against the at-fault driver's auto liability insurance provider.
Under Georgia law, accident victims can hold the negligent party responsible for their injuries, expenses, and losses.
However, doing so requires showing:
- The accused party acted negligently
- They are legally liable for the accident
- You suffered compensable losses
As a part of showing negligence occurred, our team documents all three of these things. Negligence is the legal term for when a driver acts carelessly or recklessly behind the wheel.
The Four Elements of Negligence
The four elements of negligence include:
- Duty of care
- Breach of duty
A driver's duty of care in a traffic accident generally stems from traffic laws. For example, drivers have a duty of care to stop at all red lights. A breach of this duty—running a red light—could cause a serious side-impact accident in an intersection. The victim in this crash could have severe injuries and physical, emotional, and financial impacts.
Proving What Happened in an Alpharetta Car Crash
While it may seem obvious who caused an Alpharetta collision, our lawyers need strong evidence to confirm what happened, who caused the accident, the role others played, and the related damages. For this reason, an investigation is generally the first step to proving an accident case for our client.
The earlier we start our investigation, the better.
There are several reasons why getting started quickly after an accident allows us to build a strong case, such as:
- Evidence can disappear or get lost
- The liable party may possess key evidence
- Our client needs compensation quickly to pay their bills
- There are deadlines for suing that we must meet
As soon as a client asks us to represent them, we start to work on developing their case. This includes gathering and analyzing evidence, building a solid argument, and determining the most effective way to present information to the insurer, liable party, or judge and jury.
Potential Evidence in Alpharetta Collisions
The evidence available in a car accident may include:
- The accident report filed by Alpharetta Police Department, Georgia State Patrol, or another agency
- Witness statements from anyone involved in or near the crash
- Relevant medical records
- Photos of the crash scene
- Video of the collision, if available
- Survey of the accident scene
- Accident reconstruction data
- Expert testimony
- Documentation of our client’s damages
Identifying and obtaining this evidence is not always easy.
Our team knows how to navigate this process and take the necessary steps to prove a client’s case, such as:
- Identifying which agencies responded to the crash
- Requesting and obtaining official documents
- Surveying the accident scene
- Visiting local businesses to find surveillance video of the collision
- Enlisting the help of accident reconstruction experts
- Hiring medical experts to help us better understand our client’s injuries
- Identifying and interviewing witnesses
- Calculating a possible settlement range
- Organizing our argument and filing a claim or lawsuit
These steps provide a strong enough argument to show the insurance company that its policyholder likely caused the crash and our client's injuries. Unless they believe they will lose the case if we sue them, they have little motivation to offer a fair settlement outside of court. This is why we develop solid support for claims and demand fair compensation for our clients.
Suing the At-Fault Driver for Compensation
Sometimes, our attorneys may believe it is necessary to sue the at-fault driver in an Alpharetta collision. There are several reasons why this could occur, including the insurer refusing to offer a fair settlement.
Georgia law generally gives us only two years from the accident date to file an initial complaint in Fulton County civil court. We must ensure we meet this and all other legal deadlines to protect the client's right to pursue compensation. If our Alpharetta auto accident attorneys handle your case, we can ensure that you do not miss any applicable deadlines.
What to Do After Your Alpharetta Traffic Accident
Many overlook some car accident costs, even when they cause serious injuries. Our team often sees crash victims who underestimate their expenses and losses and may want to accept a quick settlement offer from the at-fault driver's insurer.
The amount offered may sound like a lot, but we encourage you to let us assess your case and explain the potential value before you sign anything. Economic and non-economic costs add up from the second the collision occurs. Our team considers the complete picture.
Immediately After the Accident
In the first few minutes after an injury accident, those involved may:
- Check to see if they have any significant injuries
- Check on others in the vehicle
- Ensure they are safe from additional harm
- Call 911 to notify first responders
Once first responders arrive, the police may ask you what happened while emergency personnel or firefighters assess your injuries.
If you are hurt, the ambulance may transfer you to Wellstar North Fulton in Roswell or to one of the two Level I trauma centers in Fulton County:
Once at the hospital, the emergency department will assess you. This could involve physical exams, imaging, lab tests, and more. Drivers or passengers with serious injuries may require emergency surgery or other treatment to stabilize their condition. Afterward, you may require hospitalization.
During Your Recovery
After the acute phase of treatment, ongoing therapy, inpatient rehabilitation, or other follow-up care may be necessary. During this time, you will likely miss work and lose income. You may need several weeks off to recover—if you can ever return to work.
Throughout this process, the medical bills continue to pile up. You may even require future treatment or care because of your injuries. Our attorneys consider all these costs.
When we build a case, we seek damages for our clients that could include:
- All current medical care costs
- Future or ongoing medical treatment and support
- Lost income from any source
- Diminished earning capacity
- Property damage, including car repair or replacement
- Pain and suffering
- Other related expenses and losses, with documentation
- Wrongful death damages for families who lost loved ones in a crash
Under Georgia law, a court may award punitive damages if a reckless driver caused your crash or if the driver acted intentionally.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Alpharetta Car Accident Cases
The questions below include ones that our clients and potential clients commonly ask during their initial consultation or early on in their case. You can get more specific answers during your free case review.
How Much Is My Collision Claim Worth?
The only way to know how much your collision claim may be worth is to calculate the approximate value of your expenses and losses, including the cost of future medical expenses and care needs and your intangible damages. This requires an investigation, working with experts to understand your prognosis, and gathering documentation of your injuries.
We cannot give you a final amount during your initial consultation. Still, we can determine the approximate settlement range of your case before filing your insurance claim or beginning a lawsuit.
How Long Will It Take to Recover Damages?
Personal injury cases are all unique. Some settle quickly, while others drag on for months. When a case goes to trial, it could take even longer to get a date on the court's docket. In short, there's no way to know how long it could take to recover damages in your Alpharetta car accident case.
Our attorneys understand your desire to wrap up your case and get your money as soon as possible. This is our goal, too. However, we will not sacrifice a fair settlement for a quick one. This is why some cases take longer than others. Generally, an insurance payout takes less time than going to court.
Can I Handle My Insurance Claim on My Own?
While Georgia law allows you to handle your insurance claim, this is usually not a good idea. Attorneys know how to navigate this process, build strong support, demand compensation, and use proven negotiating techniques to reach a fair agreement. Without solid work on any of these steps, it may be difficult to recover the money damages you need and deserve based on the facts of your case.
What If My Family Member Suffered Catastrophic Injuries?
If your loved one suffers catastrophic injuries, reach out to our team today for them. When someone has a traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, amputation, or another devastating, life-altering injury, they need to focus on their physical recovery—we can fight on their behalf.
However, state laws still limit how long we have to take legal action. We may be able to go to work on their case after discussing their options with a power of attorney or family member.
What if My Loved One Died From Their Car Accident Injuries?
Georgia law allows families who lost a loved one to recover compensation for their economic and non-economic losses. This is called a wrongful death claim or action. Our attorneys handle wrongful death cases on behalf of families whose loved ones died in Alpharetta car accidents.
We may be able to help your family seek compensation for medical bills, funeral and burial costs, lost income, loss of services, grief, and more. We can review your options with you for free today.
How can I find the best car accident attorney in Alpharetta?
When you’re facing injuries, financial strains, and the emotional burden caused by a car accident with a negligent driver, finding an Alpharetta car accident lawyer who you can confide in with these nuanced matters is crucial. Here are a few points to consider while considering what kind of legal team will be able to give you the quality representation that you deserve.
- Experience: Look for a lawyer who specializes in car accident cases and has substantial experience in the field. They should have a proven track record of handling cases similar to yours and achieving favorable outcomes.
- Reputation: Check online reviews, testimonials, and ratings on platforms like Google and Avvo. This will give you insights into past clients' experiences and the attorney's reputation in the community.
- Communication: Good communication is key to a successful attorney-client relationship. The attorney should be responsive, clear, and willing to explain complex legal terms in a way that you can understand.
- Fees: Understand the attorney's fee structure. Most car accident attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they only get paid if you recover compensation.
- Initial Consultation: Most law firms, including Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group, offer a free initial consultation. This is a good opportunity to ask questions, understand how they would handle your case, and gauge if they are a good fit for your needs.
Remember, the "best" attorney for you is not just about their credentials and experience, but also about how comfortable and confident you feel with them handling your case. We invite you to speak to a member of our legal team today to find out more about your options for accessing quality legal services.
Talk to Our Alpharetta Car Accident Lawyers Now
Discuss your case with an Alpharetta car accident lawyer from the Atlanta Personal Injury Law Group for free today. We offer complimentary consultations and case reviews for people hurt in Fulton County car accidents, so we can explain your options for getting justice and holding the at-fault driver accountable.
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