Any commuter in Atlanta will tell you that the city has a major traffic congestion problem. Whether you’re driving on I-20, I-75, I-85, I-285, or any other major thoroughfare, traffic seems inescapable.
A recent INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard, as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, confirmed that Atlanta has the eighth-worst traffic congestion in the world.
A city with traffic as bad as this is also going to have its fair share of accidents. Crashes in Atlanta occur on major highways, small roads, and in residential areas, such as Smyrna. The consequences of these collisions can vary depending on the specific circumstances, but many result in severe or even fatal injuries.
When someone’s reckless or negligent actions behind the wheel cause you harm, you may be owed compensation. Insurance companies for the at-fault driver will frequently contact you soon after an accident and aggressively attempt to make your claim go away for as little money as possible – or nothing at all, if they can.
The first proposed settlement in most cases is far less than what victims are actually entitled to. Victims should generally avoid speaking to insurance companies until they have legal representation.
Serving Victims of All Types of Car Accidents
If you were hurt or if you have a loved one who was killed in a car crash in Georgia, please don’t hesitate to contact The Champion Firm, P.C. today. We can help you understand your case and your options. Call us today or schedule your free consultation online
When you call our firm, you can count on us to listen and give you the information you need to determine if a Georgia personal injury claim is right for you. Call us or schedule an appointment online for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
The Champion Firm, P.C. is prepared to conduct a thorough, independent investigation of your collision to identify the cause and all liable parties. Some of the most common causes of accidents in Georgia include:
Many times after an accident, people question “was I at fault” or “was I somewhat at fault?” Georgia uses a system known as modified comparative fault for negligence claims, under which a person who is 50% or more at fault for an accident cannot recover damages.
If you believe you may have been partly at fault, do not admit this at the scene or in conversations with the insurance company. Such admissions are precisely what insurance companies are hoping for. Remember, the facts are not always clear in the immediate aftermath of a crash.
Under Georgia Code § 51-12-33, if you are found responsible or partially responsible for injury or damages claimed, the judge will reduce the amount of damages that would be awarded. This means that a car accident victim who is awarded $100,000 in damages but found to have been 40% at fault would have their damages reduced by $40,000 and ultimately receive $60,000.