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You may have missed a lot of money

by not hiring a

CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER


The truth is: You may be entitled to much more than you think. A study of over 87,000 car accident injury claims by the Insurance Research Council found that the average insurance company payout when a person hires a lawyer was over 3.5 times higher than without a lawyer.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Every driver in Georgia knows that the daily commute can be hazardous, and it’s not uncommon to pass by an accident, particularly when driving on I-285 or I-85. In fact, Georgia is one of the deadliest states to travel in the Southeast, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The map below illustrates where most crashes occur throughout the state.

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Is It Worth Talking to a Lawyer About Your Car Accident?

Although every auto accident case is different, there are several factors that can affect how much a case is worth. In many instances, an insurance company will pressure an accident victim to accept a quick and easy settlement offer before it’s really clear what the damages are. Talking to a lawyer about your case does not necessarily mean you are filing a lawsuit. Rather, it means you are enlisting the help of a skilled and aggressive negotiator to fight for your right to full and fair compensation.

Use the slider buttons below to see what factors in your case may make it worth contacting a knowledgeable Georgia car accident lawyer.

  • Question 1: Did you need to have your vehicle repaired or replaced?
  • Question 2: If your car was repaired, will the accident affect its resale value eventually?
  • Question 3: Did you need to get a rental car?
  • Question 4: Were you hurt in the accident?
  • Question 5: Did you go to the hospital or see a doctor afterward?
  • Question 6: Do you expect to be treated in follow-up visits or with therapy or medications?
  • Question 7: Do you need any special medical equipment, such as crutches or a wheelchair?
  • Question 8: Did you take time off work (even if you used sick time or vacation days)?
  • Question 9: Are you able to perform the same work you did before the accident?
  • Question 10: Did you have to hire someone to do the household chores you normally do (such as yardwork and babysitting)?
  • Question 11: Has the accident and resulting injury affected your relationship with your spouse?
  • Question 12: Has the accident and injury caused you to miss out on parts of life that you normally enjoy?
  • Question 13: Have you experienced psychological trauma as a result of the accident?
  • Question 14: Was the at-fault party behaving in a way that was extremely dangerous?

Georgia Car Accident Statistics

  • More than 112,000 injuries are expected in Georgia auto accidents in 2016.
  • Traffic accident victims in Georgia faced $754 million in hospital charges in 2014.
  • In 2015, 1,430 fatalities were reported in Georgia car crashes.
  • About 60 percent of fatalities occurred in cities, rather than rural areas.
  • Fulton County tops the list for fatal accidents in Georgia.
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What Types of Compensation Can a Lawyer Help You Pursue?

  • Payment for past and future medical bills related to the accident
  • Lost wages if you took time off work (even if you took sick or vacation days) or if you can’t do your normal work
  • Payment to repair or replace your vehicle
  • Compensation for the value of household services that you paid someone else to do because you couldn’t
  • Payment for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you experienced, such as missing out on the things you normally enjoy in life
  • Punitive damages to punish the at-fault party for extreme misconduct

How Are Pain and Suffering Damages Calculated?

Some of the damages that you suffer after an accident are easily tracked: medical bills, vehicle repairs, lost wages, etc. But trying to put a monetary amount on the physical and emotional pain and suffering you endure can be difficult. There is no set formula for how these damages may be determined, but there are two common tactics that your attorney may consider:

1 to 5 Scale

Depending on how severely you were hurt, your pain and suffering could be calculated by multiplying your economic damages (such as medical bills and lost income) by a number from 1 to 5. So, for example, if your economic damages were $10,000, and your injury level was a 3, your attorney may pursue additional pain and suffering damages of $30,000.

Per Diem

In some cases, your attorney may calculate pain and suffering damages based on a set amount for each day between the time you were injured and the time you reached maximum medical improvement. So, for example, if your determined per diem amount was $150, and it took you 100 days to recover, your attorney may demand pain and suffering damages of $15,000.

It All Adds Up

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$3,300

Average cost of a crash-related emergency room visit

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$57,000

Average cost for a crash-related hospitalization

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$500+

Amount of damage to your vehicle that makes it necessary for you to report the accident to Georgia law enforcement

What If I Filed an Insurance Claim Before I Realized I Was Injured?

Car accident injuries can be tricky, as symptoms from injuries such as whiplash may not appear immediately. If you reported your accident to the insurance company immediately but didn’t mention injuries, you may still be able to pursue compensation for those injuries. If you sought treatment for your injuries soon after the accident, you should speak with a skilled Georgia car accident attorney as soon as possible to learn about your legal rights.

How Long Do I Have to File an Accident Claim?

After an accident, Georgia law allows you two years to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, insurance companies have much shorter time limits within their policies for reporting the accident. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the better. A skilled attorney will start collecting evidence in your case right away, before physical proof disappears or memories of the accident fade.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire an Attorney After a Car Accident?

Many people worry that they can’t afford to hire an attorney after a car accident, so they try to handle the settlement negotiations themselves. It’s important to know that at Millar & Mixon, our dedicated Atlanta car accident attorneys offer free, no obligation case consultations. And we do not charge any attorney fees upfront. Instead, we only collect legal fees if and when we recover compensation for you.