Car Accidents Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia
A car accident can have a serious effect on your life. If you have suffered an injury as a result of a car accident, your main concern should always be recovering your physical and mental health. If an accident has tragically taken the life of someone you love, your main priority may be to comfort your family and grieve the loss.
I know it is difficult to recover from an auto accident. In addition to your pain and suffering, you’re stressed and asking lots of questions.
Who caused this accident?
Why did this happen?
Who is going to pay my medical bills?
Who is responsible for my losses?
How do I hold the wrongdoer responsible?
At Kyle H. Jarzmik Law, I am a strong advocate for car crash victims and their families. When you partner with me, you’ll receive skilled counsel focused on your best interests at every step of the legal process. You deserve a customized approach to the unique circumstances of your case and a strategy designed to pursue favorable results. When you’re ready to get started, set up a consultation with me in Atlanta. I’m proud to serve clients throughout the state of Georgia, including Fulton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Douglas County, and the rest of the state.
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Car Accidents In Georgia
Whenever a car accident occurs, one of the first questions always involves liability: Whose fault was the crash?
Georgia is an at-fault state, meaning that a driver who causes a car crash is responsible for compensating the other party for their losses. This can be done via an insurance claim or the at-fault driver can pay the other party out of pocket.
Determining Fault In Georgia
After any accident claim is filed with an insurance provider, they assign an adjuster to investigate. The adjuster looks at what happened and gives their opinion on who was at fault for the accident. It’s important to understand that the adjuster is not unbiased and will look for opportunities to make their client seem innocent and place the blame on you instead. It’s crucial to have a lawyer on your side who can deal with the insurance providers on your behalf.
What is Comparative Fault?
In Georgia, fault can be shared between both drivers. This is known as comparative fault. It’s a system used to evaluate how fault may be shared when both parties may have been negligent. Georgia is a ‘modified comparative fault’ state. This means that you can receive damages proportionate to how much the other driver was at fault — but if you were more than 50% at fault for the accident, you are not eligible to recover any compensation.
For example, suppose you were rear-ended when one of your brake lights failed to work. It might be decided that you’re 20% at fault, which means your $5,000 settlement would be reduced by $1,000 (which is 20 % of $5,000). However, suppose both your brake lights were out and you veered in front of the other driver and stopped suddenly. You might be found to be more than 50% at fault. In that case, you couldn’t recover anything.
This creates a situation in which insurance providers have the incentive to increase your fault as much as they can. If they can claim you were even a little at fault, they can save money. If they can claim it was a 50/50 fault situation, they can walk away without paying you at all. Insurance companies are well-versed at playing the blame game, which is why you should never them on without legal representation.
Filing A Personal Injury Claim
The slightest of car accidents can create a complex compensation case. If you are unsure whether or not you should file a claim, speaking with an attorney can help you determine if you have grounds to take action.
Keep in mind that the statute of limitations for car accident claims in Georgia is two years from the date of the accident. If you were hurt in an accident, you have up to two years to take legal action against the other party. This statute of limitations prevents people from suing after two years have passed, so your best option is to move quickly.
Car Accidents Attorney in Atlanta, Georgia
As a personal injury attorney at Kyle H. Jarzmik Law, I have developed the knowledge necessary to handle your case from start to finish. My practical approach will put your interests first and fight hard to achieve the results you need. I proudly serve individuals and families in Atlanta, Georgia, as well as the surrounding areas of Fulton County, Cobb County, DeKalb County, Coweta County, Carroll County, Lawrenceville, and Cumming.