A car accident is the most deadly and common type of personal injury that causes an innocent victim to experience pain and suffering. It is essential to receive compensation for another party’s negligence. A qualified auto accident attorney will help file a lawsuit to bring you justice. Although these types of cases seem easy to understand, there are some little known facts that will help you navigate the system.
More Than One Party May Be Responsible
In a normal car accident, one vehicle usually hits another vehicle and only one driver is at fault. The innocent party files a civil case against the responsible driver and his or her insurance company. In other circumstances, the victim may be able to sue multiple parties. For instance, if you get into an accident with a bus, your claim may include the bus company, its insurance company and the driver. If your accident was caused by a defect in your car, the manufacturer may be held responsible for damages. A personal injury lawyer will help you sort the details and determine exactly who is at fault.
Many Vehicle Accident Lawsuits End With Settlements
Although you may think it is necessary to fight a lawsuit in a courtroom, it is quite common for these types of cases to reach settlements. Most lawyers meet with insurance company representatives and come to reasonable and fair deals. This avoids high fees and wasted time spent battling in front of a judge or jury.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
In the state of Georgia, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. For a property damage case, you have four years from the date of the accident. Since the court will most likely refuse to hear your case if you pass the deadline, it is vital to speak with an experienced attorney in a timely manner.
What Evidence Will Make My Case Stronger?
After an accident, it is crucial to gather all possible evidence. Some forgotten pieces that may be important to your case include text messages, car computer information and available traffic cams. It is vital to understand if the guilty party was talking or texting at the time of the accident. Also, a car computer holds data that explains the driving history of the guilty party as well. A traffic video may provide a clear picture of the accident. More and more large cities are using these devices, so footage may be readily available.
The Staley Law Firm has represented victims of auto accidents for over three decades. The team strives to bring justice to all injured parties by fighting for adequate compensation. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a vehicle collision, call our office at (770) 271-0300. We will provide a free consultation and answer all your questions so that you are prepared to move ahead with your case.