Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer
About 1,200 people died in Georgia vehicle accidents in 2013. Thousands more suffer serious injuries, some of which result in a lifetime of disability and lost wages. Even less severe car accident injuries can cause serious financial problems, not to mention physical and emotional pain. When someone else’s carelessness or recklessness was to blame for the crash, they should be held responsible for the injuries and losses they have caused. The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC stand up for people injured in Georgia traffic accidents to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Injuries From Car Accidents
- 1,430 people per year on average have sustained fatal injuries in crashes during the last decade in Georgia.
- 85 people died in traffic accidents in Fulton County in 2013—the highest number of any county in Georgia.
- Drunk driving causes a fourth of the fatal accidents in Georgia.
- Speeding is a factor in one out of every six fatal accidents in Georgia.
- 176 pedestrians died in collisions with cars and truck in 2013—the highest number in 10 years.
- 163 people died in accidents with large trucks in 2013. Most of the victims were occupants of cars.
Justice for You and Your Family
When someone else is negligent or reckless and causes a crash, they should be made to pay for the injuries and losses they have caused. The Atlanta car accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC stand up for people injured in Georgia traffic accidents to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
We have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts, settlements and judgments for clients who have been injured in motorcycle, truck, and car accidents. Our practice has a special focus on Georgia car, truck and motorcycle accidents. If you have been involved in a car accident, our firm has the experience necessary to protect your rights and maximize the compensation you receive.
Contact the Atlanta car accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC today. You can fill out our online contact form or call us at 404-620-4301 to learn more about how we can help. Our Atlanta auto accident attorneys represent injured people in Atlanta, North Atlanta, South Atlanta, Jonesboro, East Point, Lawrenceville, Norcross, Sandy Springs, Forest Park, College Park, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Peachtree City, Fayetteville and all across Georgia.
Car accidents rarely just happen. Something or someone almost always causes them. A wide variety factors can contribute to a Georgia auto accidents, and most of them involve some form of driver negligence. During our years of representing car crash victims, we have seen many of the more common causes of accidents. They include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving and driving while impaired by drugs
- Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
- Running red lights, stop signs or other traffic controls
- Tailgating or following too closely
- Aggressive driving
- Improper lane changes
- Crossing the center line
- Driving while sleepy, tired or fatigued
- Vehicle defects or malfunctions, including SUV rollovers
- Defects in road design or maintenance
For more information about the different causes of Georgia car accidents and what you should do if you are involved in a crash, check out these pages on our website:
Recovering Damages After a Georgia Car Accident
Georgia car accident laws impose fault on a person who is responsible for causing a car accident. This means that the party responsible for the accident – or his or her insurance company – must pay for all costs and damages arising from it. These costs can include:
- Medical bills. This includes both medical bills for treatment you have already had and medical bills for treatment you will need in the future, including ongoing rehabilitation costs.
- Lost income. If you have to miss work or take sick time because of your injuries, you deserve to be paid back for this lost income. If your earning power is permanently affected by the accident, the negligent driver will need to pay for this ongoing loss.
- Pain and suffering and emotional distress. Car accidents have more than just a financial cost. Drivers who cause an Atlanta auto accident have to pay for these non-economic losses as well.
- Wrongful death damages. Surviving family members of victims killed in a car wreck can take action to get justice for their deceased family member. A wrongful death lawsuit also provides compensation to the living family members for their loss of companionship and other losses.
Putting our years of experience to work, the Atlanta car accident lawyers at Millar & Mixon, LLC know how to investigate crashes to determine whether another driver’s negligence led to your injuries. We often work with accident reconstruction and medical experts and specialists to determine how a crash happened and how the accident caused the victim’s injuries. We work to gather evidence from all sources, including the accident scene, medical records, the police reports and statements from people who saw the accident.
Our attorneys prepare each case as if it were going to trial. That gives us the ammunition we need at the negotiation table to help you achieve a full and fair settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In situations where a stubborn insurance company refuses to pay what your case is worth, we are prepared to aggressively advocate your rights in the courtroom. We are not afraid of insurance companies and we refuse to back down when they make unreasonable, low-dollar offers.
We do not charge any up-front fees to represent you in a car accident case. We represent our clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee is paid based upon a percentage of the money recovered for you. Our consultations are free. If we do not recover any money for you, you are not charged for any of the professional time spent on your case. Contingency fees can vary slightly, but are typically one-third of the amount recovered.
Common Car Accident Questions
Do I Have a Good Case for a Car Accident Lawsuit?
It is common to wonder if your car accident case is worth pursuing. After all, a car accident lawsuit may take months to resolve and many car accident victims do not want to have their hopes of recovering compensation up for so long only to have them dashed at the conclusion of the case. There are also other concerns that individuals may have that keep them from visiting a car accident lawyer to file a lawsuit after their crash, including:
- Wouldn’t it be easier and quicker if I just accepted the insurance company’s settlement offer?
- If I lose my case, won’t I end up owing my attorney a significant amount of money?
- Even if I do win, how much am I actually going to see – and how quickly?
When you first meet with your Atlanta car accident attorney, part of the time should be spent answering these and any other questions you may have. That consultation (and any subsequent meetings with your attorney) may be used to assess the strengths and weaknesses of your car accident case. So how do you know if your case is worth pursuing?
The Strongest Possible Car Accident Lawsuit
The car accident case with the best chance of succeeding in court and/or resulting in full compensation to the injury victim is one where the other driver is completely at-fault in causing the accident and this can be established through the testimony of several disinterested but convincing and credible eyewitnesses. Ideally, there will be ample evidence such as photographs, police reports and perhaps even expert reports that will corroborate the testimony of the eyewitnesses. Finally, the ideal case may even have statements or admissions from the other driver in which he or she admits fault (such as “It was my fault,” or “I did not see that stop sign at all”).
Car accident cases as described above are rare: most every car accident lawsuit has strengths and weaknesses. Part of your attorney’s job is to help you understand those strengths and weaknesses and to develop a trial strategy designed to highlight the facts and parts of your case that are favorable and hide or reduce the negative impact of the case’s weaknesses.
Will My Case Settle?
It is rare for there not to be at least one settlement offer made during the pendency of your case. In fact, if the other party in your lawsuit (the defendant) and/or his or her insurance company do not make a settlement offer, it could be an indication that your case is weak and they believe they can prevail. In any case that a settlement offer is made, it is usually made with the intention of reducing the financial compensation the defendant might have to pay. The stronger the evidence of the defendant’s fault in your case, or the longer your case continues to drag, the more likely it is that the defendant will make a settlement offer.
Defendants want to settle cases with strong evidence against them because they know that if the case proceeds to trial, they could be found responsible for paying hundreds of thousands of dollars (or maybe even more). They would prefer to settle the case for an amount less than the potential compensation amount that might be awarded.
Defendants also tend to want to settle cases that have been pending for a long period of time. The longer a case remains pending and unresolved, the more money the defendant has to spend in legal fees and other costs. At some point the defendant may conclude that it would be cheaper in the long run to settle the case rather than continuing to pay legal fees and other costs.
If you receive a settlement offer, it is important to thoroughly discuss the matter with your attorney. The settlement offer may contain terms and conditions that result in you waiving important rights to pursue additional compensation.
How Do I Know if I Don’t Have a Good Case?
Do not determine that your case is “unwinnable” or “lost” without first consulting with an experienced attorney. Remember that many car accident cases have weaknesses or facts that may not seem favorable: this does not mean that you do not have a “good” case.
However, there are some actions that you can do that can have a detrimental impact on your case and may reduce the likelihood of being able to recover compensation. These actions include:
- Admitting fault: Reduce the urge to accept fault after a car crash. Even “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you” can later be used against you to reduce the amount of compensation awarded to you.
- “Guessing”: You may want to be seen as helpful by your insurance company or others who are investigating your crash, but resist the temptation to state as fact matters that you do not know. If you do not know how fast you were going, do not speculate. If you are unsure if your light was red, do not guess. Let your attorney help you answer questions the answer of which you are unsure.
- Lying: In a courtroom, your greatest asset is your credibility. If you lie at any point during your car crash case – to the other driver, to a police officer, to an insurance adjustor, or to your own attorney – this will come back to haunt you. If you are not believable as a witness and victim, your attorney would do you a disservice by taking your case to trial.
- Waiting too long: Georgia law only gives you a certain amount of time to file a car accident lawsuit. Do not wait until the last minute! If you wait too long, you will not be able to file a car accident lawsuit.
Get Help From Our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyers Today
If you have been injured in a Georgia car accident, delay in obtaining legal representation may be a costly mistake. An investigation into what caused the accident or the severity and extent of your injuries may be harmed by any delay in obtaining legal counsel, even if it is only a few days. Insurance companies want you to delay or to handle your injury without legal help. Insurance companies hope that critical evidence will disappear or that they can blame your injuries on a cause unrelated to your accident.
Get help from Millar & Mixon, LLC today. Call us now at 404-620-4301 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation.
Questions Answered on this Page
- How many will die annually on average in Georgia from car accidents?
- Are drunk driving deaths common in Georgia?
- Is speeding a factor in Georgia car accident deaths?
- Why should the at-fault driver pay for the damages created by the accident?
- What are common causes of car accidents in Georgia?
- Are there ever accidents where there wasn’t a negligent driver?
- Will my car accident case go to trial?
- What financial damages will a car accident create?
- Can my lost income be covered by the at-fault drivers insurance company?
- If I choose Millar and Mixon for my car accident lawsuit, do I have to pay fees upfront?
- Is it financially worth it to hire car accident attorneys after an accident?