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Representing your best interests after a car crash in Atlanta, Savannah, or throughout Georgia

Car accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and death. Families hit with such tragedies typically expect insurance companies to cover medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other costs. Unfortunately, insurance companies too often refuse to provide the compensation deserved.

The lawyers of Harris Lowry Manton LLP have the knowledge and experience to communicate between your insurance companies, assist with getting you a rental car, help you find a rehabilitation center when applicable, and hold the negligent parties accountable for your injuries. If you or a family member was injured in a motor vehicle collision, contact the experienced Atlanta auto accident lawyers of HLM to discuss the merits of your case.

I have been hit by a car. What do I do?

Chaos often ensues immediately following a car accident. Regardless of the events that follow, it is imperative that you gather as much information as you can after the collision. In order to help you remember what is necessary, our accomplished Atlanta car accident lawyers have compiled a checklist. Place this list in your glove compartment for easy access:

  • Call the local police or 911. You want them on the scene as quickly as possible, and you will need a police report if you want to file a personal injury claim or lawsuit later.
  • Call for an ambulance, or request an ambulance from the 911 dispatcher, if you or any of your passengers are hurt.
  • If it is safe, move your car to the side of the road and out of the way of traffic.
  • Call your insurance company and report the collision. Do not admit to fault or apologize. Simply report the truth about what happened, and then politely hang up.
  • Get the contact and insurance information from the other party involved in the collision.
  • Take photos of the car, the scene of the accident, yourself, and any passengers in the car.

If you opt not to call for an ambulance, make sure to visit your doctor as soon as possible; within two weeks of the accident is best. Sometimes, the full extent of your injuries may not be immediately apparent after the collision, and you want to ensure that you are checked out by a medical professional. Furthermore, your medical records will play an important role when you seek damages.

 

Important information about insurance in Georgia

Georgia requires all drivers to have car insurance in the event of an accident. The minimum amount you can have is 25/50/25:

  • $25,000 worth of bodily injury liability for one person injured in one crash
  • $50,000 worth of bodily injury liability for all people involved in one crash
  • $25,000 worth of property damage liability per one crash

We know that over the last few years, Georgia’s car insurance premiums have skyrocketed; it had the greatest increase in the nation in 2016. These increases may have led to people carrying only the bare-minimum of insurance – especially when it comes to uninsured motorist, or UM, coverage. The laws do not require you to carry uninsured motorist coverage, but we would strongly encourage you to purchase it anyway, if it is within your means. If you are hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver, UM insurance will help you pay for your medical bills and/or property damage.

Make sure, however, that you purchase an “add on” policy, not a “reduced” policy. Add-on policies allow you to add however much coverage you purchased to another driver’s policy (provided that driver has insurance at all). A reduced rate policy, however, subtracts what the driver has from your own coverage, which reduces the amount of money you may be able to collect.

Verdicts & Settlements

$16,520,000 (2013)
Chhetri v. Michelin: After a seven-day trial, the jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiff, represented by Harris Lowry Manton,...

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-18T13:50:14+00:00

Verdict

Chhetri v. Michelin: After a seven-day trial, the jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiff, represented by Harris Lowry Manton, and awarded $16,520,000 in damages in Chhetri vs. Michelin, a product liability and wrongful death case. HLM’s Jeff Harris served as lead counsel. On March 22, 2011, 50 year-old Mr. Kharka Chhetri, beloved husband and father, died after the failure of a defective tire on a 15-passenger van in which he was a passenger. The tread completely separated from the tire, causing the van to go out of control, hit a guardrail, and roll over. Mr. Chhetri, his wife, Ganga, and his three children, refugees from Bhutan, immigrated to the United States in 2009 through a United Nations resettlement program. Mr. Chhetri was traveling on I-75 south near Forsyth, Georgia, along with 14 other passengers, all of whom were on their way to work in Perry, Georgia, when the tire caused the van to crash. Mr. Chhetri’s case was the first to go to trial of the 14 cases that Harris Lowry Manton has filed on behalf of the van passengers. As pointed out by attorney Jeff Harris, the Chhetri case “essentially was a bellwether trial for this accident.” On behalf of Mr. Chhetri’s widow, Ganga, HLM demonstrated to the jury that Defendant Michelin North America, Inc. negligently designed and manufactured the defective tire that failed, a LT245/75R16 120Q Uniroyal Laredo Tire. HLM also demonstrated that Michelin knew, or should have known, that the tire was defective and dangerous, but it failed to warn the public of this danger, showing a conscious indifference to the consequences and warranting punitive damages. Michelin argued that its tire was not defectively designed or manufactured, but the jury rejected this inaccurate defense. The jury also elected to award punitive damages in the amount of $11,500,000...
$11,558,366.66 (2010)
Bilbrey v. United States of America: Judge Clay D. Land ordered the United States of America to pay Mary Bilbrey...

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-18T13:50:50+00:00

Verdict

Bilbrey v. United States of America: Judge Clay D. Land ordered the United States of America to pay Mary Bilbrey and her profoundly injured son, Anthony Bilbrey, more than $11.5 million after a United States Postal Service (USPS) employee was found negligent in the operation of his mail delivery truck. Steve Lowry, of Harris Lowry Manton LLP, served as lead counsel for Mary and Anthony. On December 22, 2006, after an early morning of Christmas shopping at Wal-Mart and a breakfast stop at Hardees, Mary Bilbrey – who was eight and a half months pregnant at the time – and her fiancé, Jason Murray, were driving to their Monroe, Georgia home. Traveling south on Highway 11 Murray and Bilbrey both testified that the USPS employee suddenly pulled into their lane from his position off the right-hand side of the road. A commercially licensed, experienced driver, Murray swerved to avoid colliding with the USPS truck yet ultimately lost control of his vehicle. The car ran off the road into a fence where a wooden fence rail impaled the vehicle, forcefully striking Mary’s pregnant abdomen. She went into premature labor suffered serious injury and the impact severely brain-damaged her son. The United States denied that the postal driver was responsible for causing the wreck. Steve Lowry explained, “Even though there were no independent eye witnesses to the wreck, we were able to prove that the postal driver was at fault through an extensive investigation that focused on recreating the wreck using forensic evidence to show the postal driver was at fault. The substantial recovery will allow for Anthony to receive the best available medical care going forward.” HLM worked tirelessly to see justice done in this very tragic case.
$10,000,000
Automobile defect resulting in spinal cord injury.

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-15T16:03:36+00:00

Verdict

Automobile defect resulting in spinal cord injury.
$8,000,000
Automobile wreck resulting in catastrophic injuries.

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-15T16:04:07+00:00

Verdict

Automobile wreck resulting in catastrophic injuries.
$6,500,000
Wrongful death automobile wreck settlement.

Verdict

Harris Lowry Manton LLP
5.0
2017-09-15T14:29:18+00:00

Verdict

Wrongful death automobile wreck settlement.
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Helping injured drivers in Atlanta and throughout the state

At HLM, we have the skills, resources, and experience to handle all manner of car accident claims. You can rely on us to help you after you sustained an injury in a collision involving:

If your loved one dies in a fatal car accident, we can help you file a survival action or wrongful death claim.  Our knowledgeable Atlanta injury lawyers understand the various complexities of these cases and have the experience to successfully handle them.

Contact a knowledgeable Georgia car accident attorney today

If you have been involved in a car accident, you deserve to be compensated by the responsible parties. With the help of the experienced Atlanta car wreck attorneys of HLM, you may be able to secure the appropriate damages. After a car accident, call our Atlanta office at 404-998-8847 or our Savannah office at 912-417-3774 to schedule a free consultation. You can also complete our contact form.

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