Atlanta Car Wreck Attorney
Every year in Georgia, there are around 330,000 vehicle crashes on our roads. Those crashes lead to around 16,500 serious injuries and 1,200 deaths. These statistics point to the fact that vehicle crashes are an unfortunate part of life in Georgia, but what the numbers don’t illustrate is just how devastating they can be for the people involved.
Vehicle crashes take an incredible toll on crash victims. If you suffer a serious injury, you not only experience a great deal of pain and suffering, you’re also likely to face medical bills, lost income and property damage.
After suffering serious injury or the death of a loved one in a car wreck, you and your family need an experienced car wreck attorney to devote extensive time and large-scale financial resources. The Stoddard Firm has no interest in collecting your medical bill and sending a less-than-full-value demand to the insurance company. Instead, our small case load and large piggy bank ensure that we will uncover the truth and fight for full value in each car wreck case.
Types of Cases We Handle
We bring an unparalleled tenacity to finding witnesses that other firms do not, and an unmatched devotion to spending the time, effort, and money necessary to properly tell your story. The Stoddard Firm handles all types of car wreck cases, including:
- Two-vehicle car wrecks
- Multi-vehicle car wrecks
- Drunk driving car wrecks
- Car wrecks injuring pedestrians
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Car wrecks injuring a bicyclist
This list represents just a few of the types of wrecks we are prepared to handle, but even if your crash doesn’t fit into one of these categories, we encourage you to reach out to our firm to learn more. We understand that every case is different, and we offer free consultations so you can be better prepared to move forward with your case.
Most Car Accidents Are Caused by Human Error
For every 20 vehicle crashes in the United States, approximately 19 are due to human error. This is an important thing for someone who is injured in an accident to understand. If your injury was caused by someone else’s mistakes, then you shouldn’t have to pay the costs of your injury out of your own pocket.
Personal injury claims are a tool used by those injured in a vehicle crash to recover the damages they’ve encountered because of another driver’s negligence. These claims are invaluable for those that experience devastating financial consequences in a vehicle crash. They ensure a level of fairness and accountability that is vital for someone injured in a car wreck.
A crash can be caused by many different forms of error. A distracted, fatigued, impaired or reckless driver is often to blame for a crash. If you’ve been injured in a vehicle crash, it’s not your responsibility to find out why the other driver might have caused the crash. A vehicle accident attorney will investigate your case to find out who was at fault, how much you are owed and what you should do to ensure compensation.
The Stoddard Firm understands how important these cases are for our clients. Many people come to us after suffering debilitating injuries that are costly and painful. We fight for our clients to make sure their case is pursued with our full resources and that they get the payment they are owed.
Two Things to Remember After a Car Wreck
After a car wreck occurs, here are two things to keep in mind.
First, an insurance company owes a duty to its shareholders to protect the insurance company’s bottom line. As a result, an insurance claims adjuster is not on your side, but instead is trying to minimize the recovery in your car wreck case. The adjuster’s tactic is to gather recorded statements from any easily accessible witness and later use any discrepancy in witness testimony to paint you as a liar. The tactic is well documented in an industry insider tell-all book about insurance claim practices. See, e.g., From Good Hands to Boxing Gloves: The Dark Side of Insurance, by David J. Berardinelli.
Second, and more importantly, reaching out to the Stoddard Firm is free. Please give us a call or contact us online so we can answer your questions and discuss what is necessary to achieve a favorable result in your car wreck case. It never hurts to have more information. There is no reason not to call or contact us for free advice.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Many wrongful death and personal injury cases are settled before they go to court. However, it is our experience that the most successful cases are built as if they are going to court. Our firm prepares every case to go all the way to trial, even if it is ultimately resolved before the trial starts.
Why is an attorney important in a personal injury case?
Personal injury law can be complex, and filing a successful claim can require a great deal of time, effort and experience. A lawsuit often involves several other parties, including defendants, insurance companies and other attorneys. There are also many procedural rules that must be followed. Having experienced, skilled legal representation maximizes your chances of success.
How do I pick the right attorney?
You’ll want to look for several qualities when choosing who will represent you. Your attorney should meet with you instead of sending an investigator, and he/she should be available throughout the process instead of having you consistently talk to a legal assistant. Your attorney should have a low number of cases so he/she can devote significant time to you and your case. Your attorney should have experience handling cases with facts similar to yours, and your attorney should have a proven track record with similar claims. Your attorney should also be able to devote significant money to your case so that he/she can hire experts, travel the country finding witnesses, and depose whomever is necessary to achieve justice. It’s also important to make sure your attorney is the right fit on a personal level, which is why you should take advantage of a free consultation.
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
There is a time limit on how long a person has after an injury to begin a lawsuit. This window is called a statute of limitations. For most personal injury cases in Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years from the time the injury was suffered. However, there are exceptions and subtleties that might change the amount of time you are afforded. Sometimes the period can be as short as 6 months, and other times it can be much longer than two years. Determining the statute of limitations requires a detailed analysis of the facts of your case.
What do I need to bring with me to the consultation?
For your free consultation, bring all relevant documents that you’ve collected regarding your case. If there are police reports, bills or correspondence from insurance companies, you’ll want to bring those items to the consultation so an attorney can learn as much about your case as possible.
How can a lawyer help me?
If you have been involved in an accident, you should explore every option available for making yourself whole again. It is your right to seek financial compensation for your injuries and damages. Lawyers are trained professionals who know what questions to ask, what details are important, how to identify every responsible party, how to handle insurance companies, and how to prepare a case for trial.
Do I still have a claim if the accident was partly my fault?
Believing that you shoulder some of the responsibility for an accident does not mean it is true. There are many factors involved in an accident, some of which may be unknown to you. If it turns out that you are partly to blame, this does not necessarily bar you from recovery. Laws about fault are different from state to state, which is another good reason to have a lawyer evaluate your claim.
What do I do about the insurance companies?
Prompt notice of an accident is required by most insurers or coverage under an uninsured / underinsured motorist policy may be denied, but this rule typically applies ONLY to your insurer – not the insurer of the striking driver. Further, while you may be required to cooperate you’re your uninsured / underinsured motorist carrier, you are under no obligation to cooperate with the insurance companies providing coverage for the other drivers/parties involved, and in fact, you should refuse to speak with them until you have a chance to consult an attorney. Insurance adjusters are out to protect the bottom line of the insurance company; they almost never have your interest at heart. As a result, its is preferable to communicate with such insurers, if at all, through your lawyer.
Will my claim be settled or will I have to go to court?
The answer really depends on how willing the other side is to legitimately compensate you for your injuries and losses. Settlement is possible once a fair value offer is made, and settlement is the client’s decision. That said, at The Stoddard Firm, we approach each case as if we are going to trial.