When involved in a car accident – if we aren’t injured – most people simply call the police, exchange car insurance information, drive home and worry. However, it may be best to put contacting an experienced auto accident attorney next on your list.
The Don Turner Legal Team is experienced in handling a variety of situations involving collisions from minor fender benders to accidents involving serious injuries. We leverage our knowledge, skill, and experience to help you get fair compensation for damage and injuries given your special situation.If You Have Been in an Auto Accident
Never drive away from the scene of even minor car accidents before speaking with emergency responders - police or ambulance paramedics. If you are the one who calls 911 to report the accident, tell the operator your name, location, how many people appear to be injured and how many cars are involved.
Make sure your car is not creating a hazard for other motorists. If you are unable to move your car, turn on your hazard lights or place your hood or trunk up. Collect the contact information - names, phone numbers, and addresses - of those involved in the accident and any possible witnesses.
When speaking with the police after an auto accident, limit yourself to the facts. Never speculate or guess. Under no circumstances should you tell the police you are to blame for the accident. Do not make accusations as to who is to blame either.
Write down, obtain, and keep safe as much pertinent information about the accident and your injuries, including witness statements and police reports as soon as possible. It would also be a good idea to take pictures of the accident scene, including to all involved cars, people at the scene, skid marks, and road obstructions. This will help reconstruct the facts of the accident and assist you in resolving an insurance claim.
Seek medical treatment immediately after the accident, even if you feel no pain. Injuries can take days or weeks to fully manifest themselves, and a doctor can detect signs of soft tissue trauma or other, more serious injuries. Mention any pain or discomfort that you may have. If you did not cause the accident, you are allowed to seek and receive compensation for any medical expenses you might have incurred after the collision.
Waiting to see a doctor or waiting too long in between doctor's visits can hurt any personal injury claims, as the insurance company's lawyer can argue that you weren't really injured. This can devastate your personal injury case.
If you can, notify your insurance company immediately to start the claims process. Failing to report in a timely manner could result in a loss of coverage. Only provide the facts of the accident. You are not obligated to talk to the other driver's insurance company and should politely decline if they ask to speak with you. Anything you say you could be used against you.
Depending on the type of coverage you carry with your auto insurance, you might be able to contact your own insurance about repairing your car. If you have the right coverage, they should pay the repairs to your automobile and will later seek reimbursement from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Normally, the at-fault driver’s insurance company should supply you with a rental car if your vehicle needs repair due to the accident. However, if you have rental car coverage in your insurance policy, you should contact your insurance about receiving a rental car through them and let them seek reimbursement from the other driver’s insurance company’s negotiations or litigation.Get Help With an Auto Accident From a Top Legal Team
If you have been involved in an auto accident, you are likely struggling with insurance agents, doctors and possibly law enforcement as you struggle to untangle the complicated situation you find yourself in. Our car accident lawyers are experienced in dealing with every aspect of these cases.
After a short consultation to we hear your side of the story, we will begin to work towards a sound resolution to your problems. We look beyond the events of your accident for other potential issues in your case. We will research possible manufacturing defects that could have contributed to the accident or worsened injuries and determine whether poor road conditions played a role.
Georgia law follows the comparative fault rule. Even if your actions contributed to the accident, you may still be compensated for a percentage of injuries caused by someone else. If a third party shares a percentage of fault, they may also have to contribute to your compensation.Contact an Experienced Auto Accident Law Firm in Georgia
What may seem like a simple collision can easily become a complicated legal matter. You should contact a law firm with attorneys who are well-established in handling accident and personal injury matters in Georgia.
Call the car accident and personal injury lawyers at the Don Turner Legal Team today for a free consultation and find out how we can help you get your life back on track after an auto accident.
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