Accidents always seem to happen in the blink of an eye. Before the victim knows it, he or she is in a hospital bed and has no memory of what just happened. Key evidence disappears, witnesses move away, and memories fade faster than you can imagine.
Without an attorney to get out in the field and build your case immediately, you may not have much of a chance at all when you try to take legal action later down the road.
Don’t wait to see if you start to feel better. Don’t wait to learn whether the other motorist’s insurance company is going to cover everything. Call us right now for a free consultation. You don’t have to pay a dime unless we win your case, so you have nothing to lose.
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We Handle Every Type of Car Accident Case
When we talk about representing auto accident victims, we don’t just mean basic car accidents. Our attorneys help people who have been injured in:
- Rear-end collisions
- Semi-truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Hit-and-run accidents
- Collisions caused by drunk drivers
- Texting and driving accidents
- Accidents caused by defective auto parts
- Accidents with uninsured motorists
Regardless of the vehicles or circumstances involved, the basic idea behind all auto accident cases is the same: someone operated a motor vehicle in a negligent way and the poor choices they made caused other people to be injured. Yes, accidents happen—but if someone is not obeying the rules of the road by driving recklessly, speeding, or driving drunk, he or she has to realize that his/her actions can hurt other people.
What Losses Can You Recover in a Car Accident Claim?
If you were injured by a negligent individual, you deserve compensation for everything you have endured. While every case is different, most car accident victims are able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and in some cases, pain and suffering.
You could be entitled to a recovery for a variety of your losses, including:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income/wages and productivity
- Reduced or lost earning capacity
- Property damage to your vehicle
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Emotional distress
If the accident wasn’t your fault, you should not have to pay for anything associated with it. Our Atlanta car accident lawyers will fight tirelessly for a fair outcome on your behalf. Over the course of more than 25 years in practice, we have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients. We serve injured individuals and families throughout Georgia.
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What are Common Causes of Car Accidents?
Most Georgia wrecks involve some form of irresponsible behavior on the part of the driver.
That could include negligence such as:
Speeding / reckless driving
Running a stop sign or red light
Failure to yield in left-hand turns
Failure to use turn signals
Improper lane change
While driver error frequently plays a role in car accidents, the auto accident attorneys of Monge & Associates are skilled at identifying other contributing factors as well.
For example, defective car parts may lead to claims against the auto product’s engineers and manufacturers. Poorly maintained roads could give rise to legal claims against the property owner or agency responsible for keeping them safe. Flawed road design may merit action against state government entities.
That’s why it is important to call our Atlanta auto accident attorneys as soon as possible so that we can make sure no detail is overlooked when handling your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you were involved in a serious accident, you likely have questions. What do you do next? How will you pay for your medical bills? Who is responsible? At Monge & Associates, we believe in keeping our clients informed and up-to-date throughout the legal process. With that being said, we have provided answers to some common car accident questions.
Browse our car accident FAQs to find the answers you need:
- I was injured in a car accident. Do I have a case?
- What if I accidentally said something inaccurate to the police?
- What if I am partly to blame for the crash?
- Insurance companies are calling me. Should I talk to them?
- How long do I have to file a car accident claim in Georgia?
- Who is responsible in left-turn collisions?
- Why should I file a personal injury claim?
- If I file a claim, will I have to go to court?
- How much is my car accident claim worth?
- What if the at-fault driver doesn't have car insurance?
- How much will it cost to hire an attorney?
If you want to know more about your specific case, contact our firm for a free consultation. We can even come to you, if necessary.
I Was Injured in a Car Accident. Do I Have a Case?
Whether or not you have grounds to file a claim depends on the circumstances involved in your case; namely, who was at fault for the accident. Georgia is an at-fault state, meaning that the driver who caused the accident is liable for any resulting injuries/losses.
Georgia follows the rule of “proportional comparative fault” which states that either party may be partially responsible for an accident. The percentage of fault attributed to each party is important; the driver who is found to be more than 50% at-fault will be liable. In other words, if you are less than 50% at-fault, you will most likely have a case.
What If I Accidentally Said Something Inaccurate to the Police?
Car crashes are scary, and the shock can rattle your memory. Your case is not ruined if you later realize you misstated a fact about your wreck to the police officers at the scene. But it is important to speak with your attorney to learn about how that inaccuracy could impact your car accident claim and what strategies might work to bolster your case.
What If I Am Partly to Blame for the Crash?
Georgia operates under a “modified comparative fault” system, which means that, if you are found less than 50% responsible for your accident, you may still be able to recover a portion of the damages. If you are deemed 50% or more liable, no recovery is possible.
Insurance Companies Are Calling Me. Should I Talk to Them?
You should avoid speaking with any adjustors or representatives from the at-fault insurance company. These companies will often do everything they can to minimize your settlement and maximize their profit. Speaking to the liable insurance party can work against you if you accidentally admit fault or agree to a low-ball settlement amount.
Before speaking with anyone from the at-fault driver’s insurance company, contact a car accident lawyer in Atlanta who can help you determine the total cost of your losses. Monge & Associates can help you fight for the full compensation you deserve.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Georgia?
Georgia has a two-year deadline, called a statute of limitations, in which you must file most personal injury and wrongful death claims. For car accidents, that statute of limitations begins on the date of the crash. However, there are some exceptions.
If the person injured in the crash is a minor, then the statute of limitations is extended (or “tolled”) until two years after the minor turns 18 or is married. The personal injury statute of limitations can also be tolled in other specific circumstances, so it is best to speak with an auto accident attorney who knows Georgia’s personal injury laws well.
Who is Responsible in Left-Turn Collisions?
Generally speaking, left-turning drivers are considered responsible for collisions that result from a left-hand turn. That’s because the left-turning driver is legally required to yield to oncoming traffic until it is considered safe and reasonable to turn.
These types of accidents typically happen when left-turning drivers fail to yield or misjudge the speed of an oncoming car, particularly in intersections.
If a failure-to-yield for a left turn is disputed by the driver, there are many strategies that your lawyer can employ to support your claim, like hiring an accident reconstructionist. They will examine the vehicles, visit the accident scene, evaluate the police report and compile other relevant information to determine how the accident really happened.
Why Should I File a Personal Injury Claim?
While many people do not wish to file a personal injury claim after a car accident, thinking it is too much of a hassle or too expensive, it is almost always in your best interests to at least discuss your case with an attorney. You should not have to worry about how you are going to pay for your medical bills, especially if you have had to take time off work.
If your injuries are so severe they temporarily or permanently prevent you from returning to work, your financial worries will increase dramatically. A personal injury claim can help you recover the full, fair compensation you are owed for both economic damages and non-economic damages, like pain and suffering. Contact our attorneys to learn more.
If I File a Claim, Will I Have to Go to Court?
Not necessarily; many injury claims are resolved in out-of-court settlements. At Monge & Associates, we work to recover swift and favorable settlements for our clients. If, however, the liable party refuses to settle for the full amount you are owed, we are prepared to take your case to trial. As our client, you have the right to make decisions about your case.
If you do not wish to go to court, we will respect this. However, we may advise litigation when we believe we can help you achieve a big verdict. Regardless of how we pursue your claim, our team can handle every aspect of your case so you can focus on healing.
How Much Is My Car Accident Claim Worth?
The amount of money you can obtain from a personal injury case will depend on a variety of factors such as the severity of your injuries and what the long-term prognosis will be.
You may be entitled to a various forms of compensation, such as:
- Medical expenses (past, current and future);
- Permanent disability benefits;
- Lost wages;
- Future lost income;
- Loss of earning capacity;
- Pain and suffering.
In wrongful death actions, your family may be entitled to receive similar compensation for their losses. Our team looks at a variety of factors, including the percentage of fault of each party, the extent of your injuries and the cost of required treatment, your ability to return to work, and the effect of the accident on your overall life and wellbeing. In every instance, we fight for the maximum compensation our clients deserve.
What If the At-Fault Driver Doesn't Have Car Insurance?
A recent study from the Insurance Research Council found that around 1 in 7 motorists have no car insurance. Georgia law requires everyone to have auto insurance, but inevitably some people don’t comply. That’s why it is worthwhile to pay for uninsured (UM)/underinsured (UIM) motorist coverage under your own insurance policy.
Having UM/UIM coverage will pay for your injuries, your passengers’ injuries and any property damage that occurs as a result of your car accident.
How Much Will It Cost to Hire an Attorney?
Car accident claims can be very complex. Attempting to pursue such a claim on your own can be complicated, and you may end up receiving much less money than you are owed. It is always in your best interest to speak with an Atlanta car accident attorney.
At Monge & Associates, we offer free initial consultations and we provide all of our services on a contingency-fee basis. This means there is no upfront cost for you; you do not owe any attorneys’ fees until we recover compensation on your behalf, at which time attorneys’ fees are paid via an agreed-upon percentage of the recovery.
You will receive clear, concise paperwork outlining this percentage before we begin working on your case. Plus, if you are not satisfied within the first 30 days of hiring our firm, you can take your file, no questions asked and no fees owed. We also guarantee you a bigger settlement offer than you had before hiring us or you pay us nothing.
Get Started with a Free Consultation
When you let Monge & Associates handle your car accident case, you can rest easy knowing you’ve put your legal matters into good hands. We believe in treating our clients like family and ensuring that they are well taken care of after their auto accidents.
There’s nothing to lose when you hire Monge & Associates. Let our team fight for you today. Call us at (800) 860-8021 to get started with a free, confidential consultation today.