Forsyth County Car Accident Attorney
Millions Recovered for Injury Victims
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.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim?
According to Georgia Code section 9-3-33, you have two years to file a car accident claim before the statute of limitations ends. If the statute of limitation does end before you file a claim, you will most likely lose your right to file and a claim and your right to recover compensation along with it. There are some exceptions that can change this two-year time period so it’s important to speak to an attorney about your case as soon as you can. Our firm offers free consultations, so you have nothing to lose by contacting The Musgrove Law Firm today.
Is Georgia A No Fault State For Car Accidents?
No, 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.
This liability system is directly opposite a "no-fault state" in which both parties file a claim with their own insurance carrier regardless of who is at fault. In a no-fault system it is more difficult to file a personal injury claim.
Georgia's Comparative Fault Rule
While an at-fault system allows an injured party to pursue compensation without as many hurdles, more often than not, 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.
Should I Hire an Attorney After A Car Accident?
The answer to the question many people ask themselves after an accident is, yes! Even if your accident seems minor it’s important to speak to an attorney! While there are many reasons for this, some of the main ones are:
- You may be suffering from injuries more severe than you realized at the time of the accident. Some injuries don’t reveal themselves for a couple days, or sometimes, weeks after an injury is sustained.
- The car accident claim process can be complicated. If certain deadlines are not met you may lose your right to recover compensation completely.
- Insurance companies, as much as you’d like to believe they are, are not on your side. They are first and foremost a business that most often seeks to protect their bottom line. Our firm on the other hand is dedicated to fighting for the maximum compensation you deserve.
We offer free consultations, so you have nothing to lose. Call us today and learn how we can help you.
Can I File A Car Accident Claim After Insurance Pays?
Most insurance companies include in their settlements that no additional compensation will be paid out after the initial settlement amount, so once you agree to a settlement it’s usually difficult to recover anything else. If you have been offered a settlement agreement, or if you have already signed one, call The Musgrove Law Firm today to talk about your case with our experienced firm.
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.
Contact our firm today for a free consultation. Our firm is ready to help you!
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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