Atlanta Car Accident Attorneys, DeKalb County, GA
Representing your best interests after a car crash in Atlanta and 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.
Thank you to Harris, Penn, and Lowry who did an outstanding job on my daughters case due to injuries from an auto accident. We were able to get all the medical bills taken care of from the insurance companies and they will fight the insurance companies for all damages they are obligated to pay and not settle for the quick buck. Thank you to them, their staff, and especially Kristy S. Davies for their help. If you are injured, this is the best law firm in Savannah.
Atlanta Lawyers with the Skills to Handle Multi-Car Crashes
Multi-vehicle collisions require highly knowledgeable lawyers who can ably handle the range of difficult issues that must be addressed. Attorneys need to determine exactly how the chain of collisions occurred, who is responsible, whether comparative negligence issues apply, which forums can hear the claims, and other issues.
At Harris Lowry Manton LLP, our lawyers represent Georgia residents in state and federal courts. We are experienced trial attorneys who have obtained some of the top verdicts in the state. Whether the accident happened on a federal, urban, or state road, such as Georgia Routes 3, 53, or 166, we can determine how the crash happened by working with investigators, the police, and traffic reconstruction experts. Our lawyers represent the families of car crash victims who were killed and individuals who suffer catastrophic, permanent, and serious injuries.
Causes of multi-car wrecks in Georgia
Most car crashes involve one vehicle (a driver hitting a solitary object) or two (one driver hitting another driver). When three or more cars are involved in a crash, it is not always easy to determine what caused the initial collision. Multi-car crashes usually happen in the following ways:
- A chain reaction. For example, a third car may rear-end a second car, which may push the second car to rear-end the first car in front.
- A car can enter the wrong lane. When a car crosses a median strip, or is going in the wrong direction, oncoming cars may either strike the wayward car or they may swerve into other cars or barriers in an attempt to avoid the on-coming car.
- A truck spill can cause havoc. If cargo spills from a truck, all the cars in the vicinity of the truck that are trying to suddenly screech to a halt or maneuver around the spill can collide into each other or flip over if they come into contact with the spill.
- Improper mergers. A failure of cars to merge properly can cause the merging cars to collide, which, in turn, can cause the cars around them to collide.
Our Atlanta multi-car pileup lawyers will review whether the roads were slippery or icy, whether there was construction going on that caused the cars to be much nearer to each other than normal, whether a driver was drunk, and a full range of other issues in order to determine who is liable for damages associated with the collision.
Some of the legal issues in multi-car crash cases
Any collision between two vehicles is bound to raise issues of liability. However, when there are multiple vehicles involved, untangling who is responsible may require the help of a skilled Atlanta car crash attorney. At HLM, we seek answers to these three questions first:
- Which defendants are liable? Multiple drivers and owners may be at fault. A manufacturer may be liable for designing a faulty part. The state or county may be responsible for designing a bad road.
- Does comparative negligence apply? When three or more vehicles collide, the defendants will often argue that injured drivers could have taken steps, such as driving slower to avoid the other vehicles.
- Which forum will hear the case? Normally, the county where the collision happened will have jurisdiction to hear the case. But if the injured parties are from different states, the case may be brought in another location.
Our Atlanta multi-car accident lawyers may argue that each plaintiff’s case should be heard separately.
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.
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:
- A car, truck, motorcycle, pedestrian, cyclist, Uber or Lyft vehicle
- A commercial truck or “common carrier,” such as a bus, train, or taxi
- Hit-and-run drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Distracted drivers
- Construction zones
- Defective or malfunctioning auto parts, like brakes or gear shifts
- Autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles
- Road defects and dangerous road design
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 in DeKalb County, GA
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 404-961-7650 or our Savannah office at 912-651-9967 to schedule a free consultation. You can also complete our contact form.
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