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Automobile accidents fall under the practice area of personal injury because they are often caused by the negligence of another person. Car accidents always happen when we least expect it. They can be painful and sometimes traumatizing. If another person’s mistakes resulted in damages or injuries to you or your property, you have a right to seek compensation.
The Atlanta auto accident law firm at the Utley Law Firm, LLC, specialize in personal injury related to car accidents. Don’t go up against an insurance company alone—seek professional representation from the experienced car accident litigators at our firm.
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Types of Car Accident Damages
Whether you are involved in a fender bender or a life-altering accident, if you suffered damages as a result of someone else’s negligent behavior, you may be able to recover compensation. Some damages can be calculated by the value of your property and bills incurred while other damages do not offer a price tag.
Some of the most common economic damages that result from automobile accidents include:
Loss of wages
Loss of earning capacity
On-going rehabilitation costs
Meanwhile, typically non-economic damages individuals suffer after a car accident can include:
Damage to reputation
Loss of companionship (consortium)
Determining the monetary values of damages is a complex process. Many states put a cap on non-economic damages that is dependent upon the nature of the offense. Our Atlanta auto accident attorneys can navigate these state laws on your behalf while seeking the full recovery you deserve.
Proving Fault in a Car Accident
The Atlanta car accident law firm at the Utley Law Firm have years of experience handling all types of automobile accidents. Some of the types of wrecks we specialize in include rear-end collisions, sideswipe accidents, intersection accidents, and pedestrian accidents. While it may be apparent to you that you are not at fault for the accident, many insurances companies will stop at nothing to divert liability from their insured party.
If you have been involved in a wreck and are not liable, there are some important actions every victim can take:
If the car accident is serious or if there are any suspected injuries, call the police and receive medical attention immediately. A police report will describe who is at fault and the circumstances involving the accident. Medical attention is necessary to avoid medical complications and to obtain a record of your injury.
If possible, take photos of the cars involved, streets where the accident took place, and any other evidence surrounding the event.
Obtain witness information like names and contact information. Their testimony may prove to be invaluable when attempting to recover damages from a car accident.
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Auto Accident FAQs
I was involved in an automobile wreck; what now?
The first thing you should to do is report the wreck by calling 911. A police officer will survey the scene, speak to the people involved and any witnesses, ticket the at-fault driver, and complete an incident report that you will be able to pick up at a later time. After the police have investigated the wreck, if you are injured, seek emergency medical care. After seeking emergency medical treatment, once you return home, you will then need to report the accident to your insurance company. Your insurance company will ask you questions about what happened and assign a claim number to your case.
If the collision is your fault, then your insurance company will cover you, your vehicle, and the other person/people involved. If you are not the at-fault driver, then you will need to file an insurance claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You can get the at-fault driver’s insurance information at the scene, and it will also be listed on the incident report.
Anytime you are involved in a collision, it is a good idea to document everything that has happened, including taking photographs of the scene, car damage, and physical injuries you have sustained. Once the scene has been documented, and if it is safe, all vehicles involved should be moved out of the way of traffic if possible.
Should I give a recorded statement?
It is best to speak to an attorney, who will give you proper advice before you give a recorded statement. Often times an insurance adjuster will frame questions in a confusing way and you could end up saying the wrong thing. If you do give a recorded statement, just be mindful about what you say. Listen carefully to the question being asked and answer that question only. Explain yourself and what happened only when necessary. Remember, there will be plenty of time later to fill in all the details, so be simple and brief in your recorded statement.
I already gave a recorded statement, can I still file a claim?
Yes. Just because you have given a recorded statement does not mean you no longer have a case. However, it could potentially make your case harder to resolve. Before worrying about the statement, consult with an attorney first. If you already gave a statement, the attorney will be able to get a copy of your recorded statement and go over it with you, and can try to counteract any damage that may have been done.
Should I file a claim?
Yes, but do not try to navigate the complexities of a car accident claim alone. Oftentimes the at-fault driver’s insurance company will deny liability in whole or in part, or will not willingly pay the full extent of your vehicle repairs, or adequate compensation for your injuries. Consult with an attorney first. The Utley Law Firm will give you a free consultation. We offer caring & compassionate counsel and are happy to speak with you and review your case free of charge.