Georgia law allows you to pursue compensation for your losses when your side-impact accident was caused by the negligence of another driver. Even so, some accident victims may be uncertain about how to take steps when it comes to legal action against their offender.
If you feel uncertain about the road ahead, an Alpharetta side-impact collisions lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can be there to help you understand your legal options moving forward. Our attorneys can help guide you through Georgia’s legal system, allowing you to focus on your recovery. As your case progresses, our firm can be there to fight for your rights every step of the way.
To learn more about our legal services at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, contact a team member today at (404) 888-8888 to receive your free consultation.
Recoverable Damages for Side-Impact Collision Victims
You may be eligible to pursue a claim for a number of losses, including both financial and non-financial losses. You may be able to pursue a recovery for:
- Lost wages and benefits
- Medical expenses
- Mental anguish
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
- Accommodations for disabilities
- Diminished income potential
- And more
If you retain an Alpharetta side-impact collisions lawyer at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, our attorneys can help assign a value to your case that reflects your unique losses. In addition to documenting your economic hardships, our firm can help calculate the monetary value of emotional losses such as pain and suffering.
To understand more about how we calculate losses, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888 to receive your free consultation.
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Georgia’s Comparative Negligence Laws
In accordance with Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) §51-12-33, you may still be eligible for compensation even if you were partially at-fault for your accident. However, as a state that practices what is known as comparative negligence laws, Georgia’s civil courts maintain the right to reduce any settlement you receive proportionate to the amount of liability you displayed in the accident.
Ultimately, the court can both award you a settlement and determine your overall percentage of responsibility. As an example:
- If you are awarded $10,000 and you are found to be 20% at-fault for your accident, your settlement will be reduced according to that percentage.
However, if you are found to be 50% or more responsible for your accident, you will not be eligible to receive compensation.
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Insurance Requirements for Drivers in Georgia
As detailed under OCGA §33-7-11, drivers in Alpharetta are required to have minimum amounts of bodily injury liability (BIL) and property damage liability (PDL).
These requirements include:
- At least $25,000 in bodily injury coverage for the injury or death of one individual in an accident caused by the policyholder.
- At least $50,000 in bodily injury coverage for the injuries or deaths of two or more individuals in a single accident caused by the policyholder.
- At least $25,000 in property damage coverage related to the damage or destruction of property from an accident caused by the policyholder.
Additionally, drivers may choose to purchase personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which is a form of coverage designed to help pay for medical costs for the policyholder and their passengers.
Fortunately, you can still take legal action against an offender even if they are uninsured or underinsured. The only difference is that you will be taking actions against the negligent party instead of their insurance provider.
Filing a Claim Against the City of Alpharetta
If you believe a government employee or entity was responsible for your accident, your case may be governed by a different set of rules than claims against non-government drivers or companies.
As described under OCGA §36-33-5, there is a six-month statute of limitations on claims filed against local municipalities, including the city of Alpharetta. For your claim to be considered, you must present a written claim to the city within six months of your accident.
This written claim must feature several pieces of information, including:
- The date and time the accident occurred
- The location of the accident
- The extent of your injuries
- And the suspected negligence that caused the injuries
Once your claim is submitted, the government entity must review and take action with the claim within 30 days. The statute of limitations will be suspended while the claim is pending.
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Filing Claims Against Larger Government Entities
As opposed to the rules for filing a claim against cities, claims against the Georgia state government are subject to a one-year statute of limitations, as detailed under OCGA §50-21-26.
Your lawyer can speak with you more about relevant statutes of limitations and regulations that may pertain to your situation.
Alpharetta Lawyers Fighting for Victims of Side-Impact Collisions
If you work with an Alpharetta side-impact collisions lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, our attorneys can help you seek justice and fight for fair compensation.
Our services include:
- Working on settlement negotiations
- Investigating your accident to help prove liability
- Communicating with insurance providers and other relevant parties
- Representing your affairs in court
- Providing legal counsel
- Assigning values to your losses
- And more
After an accident, you may be facing a number of challenges, including recovery from your accident. If you work with a lawyer, we can handle the details of your case so that you don’t have to.
To receive your free consultation, contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers today at (404) 888-8888.