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:

Aggressive driving
Distracted driving
Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and/or a controlled substance
Tailgating
Failure to adjust speed in bad weather, such as heavy rain or ice
Driver fatigue
Defective vehicle parts
Failure to obey a traffic sign or control device
Dangerous roadways

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.

Types Accidents Car Accident Lawyers Handle in Georgia

Accidents can have various causes, but they can also involve various parties and different situations. Liability in some cases becomes complicated, depending on a number of factors, including ownership of the vehicle(s) involved in the wreck.

Common kinds of car accidents in Atlanta include:

  • Uninsured or underinsured motorist accidents
  • Taxi accidents
  • Ridesharing accidents
  • Rental car accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Multiple vehicle accidents
  • Hit and run accidents
  • T-bone accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions

Regardless of the type of car accident you are involved in, the statute of limitations in Georgia for the injury claim will be two years. The statute of limitations sets the deadline for filing a claim. Failure to do so results in giving up any right to seek compensation in most cases. Certain narrow exceptions do exist in some cases.

Under Georgia Code § 9-3-90(a), minors and persons who are legally incompetent because of mental incapacities are entitled to the same time after their disability is removed to bring an action. In other words, a minor has two years after the date of their 18th birthday to bring a car accident claim.


Common Injuries

The Champion Firm, P.C. has experience representing victims diagnosed with such car accident injuries as:

The worst kinds of car accidents result in fatal injuries. In such cases, The Champion Firm, P.C. can help surviving family members file a wrongful death action to pursue compensation and justice for what happened to their loved one.

Car Accident Lawyers in Georgia Get Damages For You

In most cases, an attorney can negotiate a fair settlement without having to go to court. Insurers often agree to settlements instead of taking cases to trial.

When a case does go to trial and a victim proves their case, the jury usually awards compensatory damages. Compensatory damages consist of economic and noneconomic damages.

Economic damages are for financial losses that can be readily calculated, while noneconomic damages are much more subjective.

Economic damages usually include:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost income
  • Diminished earning potential
  • Property damage

Noneconomic damages may include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of consortium

Georgia does allow for punitive damages in very limited cases. Generally, punitive damages are awarded only in cases involving particularly bad conduct by a defendant, such as drunk or drugged driving.

Under Georgia Code § 51-12-5.1, punitive damages can be awarded only if the defendant is proved to have displayed willful and particularly egregious disregard for the safety of others.

Contact a Georgia Car Accident Lawyer Now

The Champion Firm, P.C. represents individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by catastrophic car accidents in Atlanta and across Georgia. We give every client the personal attention that they deserve, which is why so many people have trusted us with their injury claims.

Call us or schedule an appointment online for a free and confidential case evaluation. We will sit down with you and answer all of your questions at absolutely no cost to you. We’re passionate about getting results, so don’t wait to contact us for help.

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