Forsyth County Car Accident Attorney
Pursuing Fair Compensation for Clients
Car accidents can be devastating – not just because they can cause painful and serious injuries, but because they can take an emotional and financial toll on those who are injured. Dealing with trauma is a difficult process and having to worry about paying medical bills and car repairs only adds to the amount of stress you may be feeling. You deserve to be supported during this time by a team that can not only secure the compensation you need to recover from your accident, but also provide you with the personalized attention only a small law firm can offer. The Musgrove Law Firm offers just that, and so much more. Our car accident attorney represents individuals and families in Forsyth County and is well-versed on Georgia laws. When you hire our team, we go to great lengths to make sure we understand your needs and goals and that they are achieved.
Begin the recovery process today by calling (470) 347-1515 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We offer compassionate service during an understandably difficult time.
Liability Laws and Your Car Accident
Georgia is a “fault state” when it comes to car accidents, which means that the party responsible for an accident is the one who pays damages, through an insurance carrier. More often than not, however, an accident is caused by more than one party. In these cases, Georgia follows a “comparative fault” rule. This means that an injured party who is partially responsible for an accident can file a claim as long as the other party is more at fault for causing the accident than they are.
In this type of claim the percentage of responsibility a defendant is found to bear will also be deducted from their overall compensation. For example, if you are found to be 10% at fault for the accident that caused your injuries your total compensation awarded to you by the court will also be reduced by 10%. Learn more about car accident laws and how we can help you by contacting us today.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents are extremely common in the United States – 6 million car accidents occur in the country every year, injuring more than 3 million people. Though there are some outside factors that can contribute to accidents like poor weather conditions and road hazards like fallen trees or animals that dart into the street, most car accidents are caused by human error.
Car accidents are typically caused by the following forms of negligence:
- Speeding: Cars that speed are more likely to lose control of their vehicles when responding to a road hazard or making turns. Additionally, speeding reduces a driver’s response time, meaning that they don’t have as much time to stop or slow down behind vehicles as cars driving the speed limit do. Cars driving at high speeds also cause more disastrous accidents and injuries because of their force.
- Impaired driving: Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents, as it seriously impairs a driver’s ability to focus on the road and make safe decisions. Drunk drivers tend to be distracted, which is why they often drive through stop signs and red lights. Additionally, they can be prone to speeding and falling asleep at the wheel, causing them to lose control of their vehicles or drift into other lanes and colliding with nearby vehicles.
- Distracted driving: Phones and social media are a constant presence in our lives, which means texting and talking on the phone while driving are common (and illegal) behaviors. Doing anything besides concentrating on the road and your surroundings while driving is considered negligent and can prevent you from seeing and responding to an emergency situation.
A car accident can be scary. It can be difficult to know what to do after one happens, especially if this is the first time it has happened to you, which is why we offer a quick guide to help you know what to do after a car accident occurs.
Stop and check yourself for injuries first, then check on the well-being of your passengers if you have any. If you are injured, call 911 and stay still if possible. You may have a head or neck injury that will require special care. Often, you will not feel injuries from car accidents initially because of adrenaline.
This most likely goes without saying, but it is also important to never leave the scene of an accident, no matter how minor, even if the other person does.
Stay Calm and Be Safe
Try and stay calm and assess the safety of the situation. Check on the driver of the other vehicle and determine if they are okay. Dial 911 to get some help on the scene if you or the other driver need immediate medical attention. If you and the other driver need to move to a safer location, then get there as soon as possible.
It can be helpful to set up flares, traffic cones, or even flashlights around the scene of the accident to help prevent additional accidents from occurring if it is necessary to move vehicles out of the roadway.
In Georgia you are required to notify the police if one of these three things are true:
- There is damage over $500
- A personal injury occurs
- A death occurs
Even if no injury or death occurs, and the damage seems minor, it is always good to err on the side of caution and call the police to have them come out to make a report. Injuries that seem minor at the time can later turn out to be more serious than originally thought because of the numbing effect of the initial rush of adrenaline. Likewise, it can be hard to estimate damage accurately, and if you want to get compensated properly then you will need to have a police report in place. So, when in doubt, call the police. Their report may be the strongest document in your case.
It is very important to exchange information with the other driver involved in the accident for insurance purposes and legal purposes.
Get the following information from the other driver and give them the same information about yourself:
- Full name and phone number
- Insurance provider and policy number
- Driver’s license number and license plate number
- Details about the vehicle; make, model, color, and year
- Location of the accident
Document the Accident
Now that any injuries have been taken care of and people are safe, make sure that you are legally protected and get documentation for your collision claim.
Police: When the police arrive to make the accident report be sure that you get their badge numbers, names, and a way to contact them later if you need to. Find out how you can obtain a copy of their official accident report when they file it.
Pictures: Take lots of pictures. Take pictures of your car and the other car. You can even take pictures of the surroundings and anything related to the accident that may document what happened and what caused it. You might also want to make notes on what the photos show if you think it will help you and your legal counsel put together what happened later.
People: Get the information of all the people involved in the accident. Write down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of the other driver, any passengers, and passerby and witnesses if there are any.
Procure: Talk to any witnesses and take down their statements about what happened. These can be crucial to reconstructing what happened and determining who was at fault later on.
Give us a call so that we can talk about how we can best represent you and get you and your family what you need. If you or your family have been injured or if you have suffered property damage, we are here to help you get things set to right, or as right as they can be.
At The Musgrove Law Firm, we can help you navigate every step of the personal injury or personal property claims process, from notifying the insurance company through the trial, if it comes to that. We care about you and your family, and about getting you what you need to help put your life back together.
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