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FAQ: Will the insurance company be watching me after a Smyrna car accident?

Many people worry that the insurance company will be watching them, trying to catch them doing something wrong after a car accident. In this video, Smyrna car accident attorney Darl Champion discusses this fear and what to do if you think someone is watching you or recording your actions after a car accident.

FAQ: What kind of doctor should I visit after a Atlanta car accident?

Should you go to a chiropractor or a medical doctor after an accident? What kind of provider you visit will depend on your injuries, whether you have health insurance or medical payments coverage, and other factors. In this video, Smyrna car accident attorney Darl Champion discusses these issues and why car accident victims should seek legal counsel as soon as possible.

FAQ: What are the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations?

In this video, Smyrna personal injury attorney Darl Champion discusses the difference between trucking accidents and car accidents. Learn about the regulations that govern the trucking industry and how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations may impact your case.

Can You Sue the Insurance Company in a Georgia Trucking Case?

Who is the responsible party in a trucking accident in Georgia? Will you be able to sue the driver, the driver’s insurance company, the employer, or all of the above? Watch this informative video to learn how a Smyrna trucking accident lawyer can help you get the most compensation possible for your claim.

Police Vehicle Accidents

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a police vehicle, one of the most important things you should know is that the filing deadline may be significantly shorter than what you would find with a typical personal injury car accident claim. Generally in Georgia you have two years from the date of the accident to either file a claim and settle it, or file a lawsuit. With accidents involving police vehicles these deadlines can be significantly shorter because the police vehicle will either belong to the state, the city, or the county. For states and counties, you have one year from the date of the accident to file what is called an Ante Litem Notice. An Ante Litem Notice is simply a notice that is given to the appropriate government agency notifying them of the claim as well as providing other information that may be required by law. For cities, the deadline for submitting the Ante Litem Notice is six months. If these deadlines are missed, you may lose the right to obtain any compensation at all for your injuries. This is why it is very important that if you’re involved in an accident with a police vehicle, you contact an experienced and qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Is It Worth It To Hire An Attorney After An Accident?

Is It Worth It To Hire An Attorney After An Accident?

A common question that I think members of the public have is whether it’s worth it to hire an attorney after an accident. And everybody is looking out for their financial interests when making that determination, and rightfully so. We don’t want our clients to be in a worse-off position for having hired us, we want our clients to benefit from an attorney. I think there’s a number of ways that clients benefit from an attorney. One of those ways is the higher settlement, or if the case goes to trial, certainly, you don’t want to be handling that on your own. So one is just getting a higher number overall. Number two, is having somebody by your side that knows how to navigate the process. It’s hard for a person that doesn’t deal with these types of cases on a daily basis to know if they’re getting fair value. There’s a lot of other nuances too. For example, who pays the medical bills? Does my health insurance pay the medical bills? Does my health insurance have to get paid back? Certain types of health plans do have to be paid back, but it depends on the type of health plan, the language in the health insurance policy, and a variety of factors. Part of it is about getting our clients more money but part of it is also navigating that process to make sure that in addition to the overall number being higher, that the number in their pocket is higher. Clients may think that they have to pay their health insurance back if they don’t. Well if they’re trying to save money by not hiring an attorney, and they pay their insurance company 10, 20, 30 thousand dollars that they were not owed, then that client is going to be worse off. Hiring an attorney makes sure that the client is in the best possible position to get an overall result that is good. The other thing that I think is very important is a lot of people don’t want to deal with a personal injury case on their own. They don’t want to deal with the headaches of it. They’ve had a car accident, they don’t want to worry about getting the medical treatment and making sure that the bills are being paid the right way. They want to go to the doctor and get better, and we’re able to help our clients through that entire process so they can just focus on getting better.

Georgia Car Accident Guide

Georgia Car Accident Guide

Our website includes a free Georgia Car Accident Guide that anybody visiting the site can download and read. And that has some educational material about every aspect of a car accident, including not only the personal injury side, but the property damage side as well. And kind of walks people through the process step-by-step on what to expect. I wrote that so that people would have a great educational resource for when they’re involved in a car accident and can get some of those questions answered, because what I have found in representing people who are car accident victims is they have a lot of questions and they just don’t know what’s gonna go on. And that uncertainty can add to the stress, and so the goal of the Georgia Car Accident Guide is really to remove some of that stress from the uncertainty.

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle Accidents

Bicycle accidents are becoming more common. Part of the reason is you see cyclists on public roadways a lot more, you also see a lot more people engaging in cycling on trails and other areas for recreation. If somebody has been involved in an accident while they’re riding a bicycle, it’s important to determine what kind of case it is. So if somebody’s hit by a car, obviously we have to look at the other driver’ insurance company.

But it’s important to know too if you’re on a bike and you get hit by somebody else on a motor vehicle, your own car insurance may provide protection for you. Your uninsured motorist coverage may protect you. Or if you’re cycling and let’s say you get hit by another cyclist, you might think “well that guy doesn’t have bicycle insurance like people do with car insurance.” But their homeowners insurance may apply to them. Or maybe a pedestrian steps out onto your path while you’re riding your bike on a local trail, like the Silver Comet Trail near our office, that pedestrian may have homeowners insurance that covers them.

So it’s important that you always talk to an attorney, and don’t just assume “well I wasn’t hit by a car so there’s not going to be any insurance.” Hire an attorney, let the attorney do the digging and find out, because there may be a source of insurance there that can help pay for your medical bills, your lost wages, and your pain and suffering. And if you were on a bike and in an accident, the chances are you probably had a pretty bad injury.

Truck Accidents

Who Is Liable In A Truck Accident?

One of the primary differences in a case involving a big commercial truck and one involving a personal vehicle is the amount of damage that can be done by an 18 wheeler. Eighteen wheelers are big vehicles, they are heavier, it’s a larger mass, so when they hit something they inflict more damage. They inflict more damage to the property, and they inflict more damage to the occupants who are inside. What I have frequently found is that anyone who is hit by a big truck, the injuries are more serious. Another big difference between cases involving commercial trucks and personal vehicles is commercial trucks are subject to a variety of regulations that somebody who is in a personal vehicle may not be subject to, and so it’s important to know what Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations may apply, which regulations at the state level may apply, determine if any were violated, and determine if those violations played any role in causing the wreck. If they did, this can add additional sources of recovery to the clients, maybe punitive damages, a claim for attorneys fees, or litigation expenses. So it’s important that anyone who was involved in a commercial truck wreck case hire somebody who has had experience handling those types of cases, because they are different than your every day run of the mill car accident with a personal vehicle.

Anytime someone has been involved in a wreck with a commercial truck, we begin working on identifying who are the potential defendants. So the truck driver who caused the wreck is one defendant, the company that employs the driver can be a defendant. Maybe there’s some claim that the wreck happened because the truck wasn’t loaded properly and maybe the company that loaded it has some responsibility. In Georgia, we have what is called a Direct Action Statute, so in a regular personal vehicle accident claim we can’t name the insurance company as a defendant. But in cases involving motor carriers, we can name the insurance company as a defendant. And so we always name the insurance company as a defendant, and that is a strategic benefit going forward in the case because you have the presence of an insurance company on the pleadings when you go to court and present your case at trial.

Motorcycle Accidents

Georgia Motorcycle Accidents

We’ve represented a lot of clients who have been involved in motorcycle accidents and some people in the public do have a bias against motorcycle riders because they see them out on the interstates especially out here in Atlanta zipping through traffic not obeying the rules, so it’s important that any kind of bias not be applied to them just because they are riding a motorcycle. You always want to look at the individual facts of the case, talk to witnesses, and figure out who is at fault.

Unfortunately with motorcycle accident cases, when somebody is involved in one, they get hurt more because they don’t have the standard protections that somebody has in a car. They don’t have the frame there to protect them, they don’t have seatbelts or airbags. They don’t have anything to protect them so unfortunately we see clients who are very seriously injured whenever they’ve had a motorcycle accident.

Contact a Atlanta Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Today!

Contact the experienced motorcycle accident attorneys at The Champion Firm, P.C., immediately after your accident. Immediate steps need to be taken to protect your rights, and any delay can result in you losing out on the potential for valuable compensation. We can locate all available sources of insurance and make sure that all of the insurance companies are properly notified.

If you were injured in a motorcycle accident, call the experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys at The Champion Firm, P.C., for a free consultation.