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Car accidents may be common, but that does not mean they don't cause serious injuries. Many times, a car crash can cause injuries that prevent you from working, involve long recovery periods, and even result in life-long disabilities.

Car accidents refer to any type of accident involving a motor vehicle, including:

Ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve is not easy. There are many parties involved in a car crash– other drivers, insurance companies, police, and more. They all have their interests in mind, and many times that means keeping your damage award low. Insurance companies often attempt to settle the claim quickly and for a smaller sum of money than you need to cover all your expenses. It is tempting to want to get the process over with, but your future and livelihood are worth much more.

Georgia Auto Insurance Laws

If your motor vehicle is registered in Georgia, you need to carry auto insurance. The state requires insurance coverage with registration.

The following are the minimum amounts for the required types of coverage:

  • Bodily Injury Liability - Minimum: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident
  • Property Damage Liability - $25,000 per person
  • Bodily Injury Caused by an Uninsured Auto - Minimum: $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident
  • Uninsured motorist property damage - Minimum: $25,000 with a $250, $500, or $1,000 deductible

If you've been injured in a car accident, Georgia auto insurance laws ensure that you are financially protected.

Georgia Negligence Laws

Georgia is considered an “at fault” state for car accident claims. This means drivers involved in auto collisions who seek monetary damages from the other driver must prove that the other party was at fault for the accident.

"Modified Comparative Negligence" Rule

The state also follows a “modified comparative negligence” rule, meaning in order to recover compensation for auto accident injuries and property damage, one needs to be less liable than the other party. You can recover against any party who was more at fault than you were, but your compensation will be reduced by a percentage that corresponds to your share of the fault.

For Example...
Let’s say you’re driving a little over the posted speed limit when a distracted driver T-bones you at an intersection. The other driver is found to be 80 percent at fault, but since you were speeding, the jury determines you were 20 percent at fault for the collision. If you were entitled to an award to a $50,000, it would be reduced to $40,000 based on your percentage of liability.

If you share fault for the accident meets or exceeds 50 percent, you will not be able to recover anything in a Georgia car accident claim.

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Rear-End Accident Most Common Types of Car Accidents

There are many different types of auto accidents that occur on roadways throughout the United States. However, there are some types of car collisions that happen more frequently than others.

  • Rear-end collisions – Considered the most common type of car accident, getting “rear-ended” occurs when a driver follows too closely behind another car or the other driver suddenly stops. Rear-end collisions don’t normally result in serious or fatal injuries. They typically happen in heavy traffic.
  • Side-impact collisions – Also known as T-bone or broadside collisions, these accidents happen when the side of one of the vehicles is impacted by the front of the other. These collisions often occur at intersections, parking lots, and when two vehicles pass on a roadway. According to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), side-impact crashes accounted for 27 percent of all passenger deaths in the country.
  • Single car accidents – This type of accident only involves one vehicle. A majority of these types of collisions involve being run off the road, fallen debris, traffic light or sign malfunctions, and even animals.
  • Multi-vehicle crashes – This type of collision involves three or more vehicles and tend to happen on busy roads and highways. These accidents can be very dangerous because cars may receive multiple impacts from different angles.
  • Head-on collisions – Considered the deadliest type of accident, a head-on collision occurs when the front ends of two vehicles strike each other in opposite directions. They often happen at high speeds that make it difficult to stop and allow car safety features to protect occupants from severe injuries.

While many car accidents are caused by driver negligence, there are numerous crashes that are the result of defective auto parts and manufacturer defects.

These types of accidents might involve:

Automobiles pass through many hands before being purchased by a consumer, so a thorough investigation is necessary in order to determine at what point the auto part became faulty. Was it a design defect? Was the auto part built using low-quality materials? Or was the part installed incorrectly by the manufacturer?

When you come to Brooks Law Office, our car accident lawyer in Savannah, GA will conduct a thorough investigation of your accident to determine who is responsible for your injuries. We are not afraid to take on big corporations or insurance companies when pursuing justice for our clients.

Common Types of Injuries From Getting Hit by a Car

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), over three million people in the United States are injured each year in car accidents. Although auto accident injuries can vary from person to person and incident to incident, there are several common ones.

Our firm handles the following types of injuries:

  • Brain injuries – This includes concussions, lacerations, traumatic brain injuries, skull fractures, and internal bleeding.
  • Spinal injuries – Any damage to the spinal cord can cause severe nerve damage, resulting in loss of movement or sensation in the lower extremities or the entire body.
  • Neck and back injuries – This includes whiplash, sprain, strains, herniated discs, and spinal cord damage.
  • Soft tissue injuries – Any damage to the body’s connective tissues, such as muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
  • Broken bones – Whether a bone is broken or the injury consists of multiple fractures, broken bones can be extremely painful, may require surgery to repair, and can take a significant time to recover.
  • Internal organ injury – This type of injury is often the result of blunt force trauma, resulting in broken ribs, punctured lungs, and other penetrating organ injuries.
  • Emotional distress – Not all injuries are physical. People can suffer emotional scars after suffering a serious injury in a devastating car accident. This includes anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

If you were seriously injured in an accident, you should not have to pay for another driver's negligence. Not only can an experienced auto accident attorney help you recover maximum compensation, but allowing a lawyer to represent your claim can free you up to focus on full recovery.

What to Do After a Car Accident

What you do at the scene of a collision can either help or damage your case significantly. It is vital to take the right steps and avoid making common mistakes.

Here are things you should do, and avoid, after an accident:

  • DO get medical attention. Authorities may see refusing medical care as a statement that you were not severely injured.
  • DO NOT apologize. Anything you say at the scene can impact a settlement. Be careful about apologies or statements of “It’s OK.”
  • DO make sure police make a full report. Police should get names and contact information for witnesses as well.
  • DO NOT accept the first offer from the insurance company. Adjusters focus on getting claims settled quickly for as little as possible.

The most vital step to take is to contact the dedicated team at Brooks Law Office. Having someone on your side will help you feel comfortable and give you the confidence to stand for what you deserve.

Put A Dedicated Firm on Your Side

Insurance adjusters do not work for you. Their job is to get the lowest settlement possible and to limit the liability that the insurance company will have in the future. Even though the adjuster may be a perfectly nice person, remember that is not their job to have your best interest in mind.

Why Hire Us?

  • Our legal team has 35+ years of experience
  • We have a strong track record of success
  • Our law firm has recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements
  • We represent clients on a contingency fee bases, meaning you don't pay unless we win

It is vital to have a skilled Savannah auto accident attorney on your side, fighting for a fair settlement. The legal team at Brooks Law Office knows how to investigate a scene, question witnesses, and work with medical professionals. These steps help ensure that the financial settlement you ask for is fair and fits your actual needs. We work closely with medical experts to get a real estimate of your expected financial needs.

Do not face the insurance company alone. For an appointment regarding your case, contact us at (912) 348-5188 today.

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