If you or a loved one were injured in a side-impact or “T-bone” collision, you may be able to recover compensation for your property damage, medical bills, and other costs.
Side-impact collisions are often especially catastrophic, even fatal. Sustained injuries may lead to significant financial consequences including steep medical bills, lost income from missed work, and more.
Contact a Valdosta side-impact collisions lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to learn about pursuing compensation. Call our team today at (404) 888-8888 and schedule a free, no-obligation case assessment to learn more.
Holding Negligent Drivers Accountable
Side-impact collisions are often the direct result of a driver’s negligence and may be caused by:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failure to yield
- Excessive speeding
- Drag racing
- Reckless driving
- Texting and driving or other forms of distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Through a personal injury claim, you may be able to hold a negligent driver responsible for the damage their negligence caused you and your family.
Four Elements of Negligence
Proving that another driver’s negligent driving caused your accident is a crucial part of recovering compensation. The Court of Appeals of Georgia summarized the elements needed to establish a party’s negligence in Johnson v. American National Red Cross. To hold a defendant liable for your injury, you and your attorney will need to demonstrate that:
- The defendant had a legal duty to adhere to a certain standard of conduct. Under Georgia law, all drivers have a duty to drive within the bounds of the law and drive with consideration for others’ safety.
- The defendant breached this duty.
- There is a causal connection between the defendant’s actions and the plaintiff’s injury.
- The plaintiff experienced damages.
A Valdosta side-impact collisions lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers can help you find evidence to demonstrate each of these elements. Call us at (404) 888-8888 and speak to a team member today.
Helping You Pursue Financial Compensation
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers recognizes that a car accident can turn your life upside down. That is why we are dedicated to providing the legal guidance and assistance you need during this difficult time. Our team can:
- Identify who is legally responsible for your accident
- Gather evidence that demonstrates the defendant’s fault
- Calculate the value of your case
- Negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf
- Handle communications with the defendant and their legal team
- Fight for a settlement that includes your past, present, and future damages
- Represent you during a personal injury lawsuit if a satisfactory out-of-court settlement cannot be reached
Evidence We May Use to Support Your Claim
We may use a wide variety of evidence to try your case, including:
- Photographs of the accident scene
- Skid marks and other physical evidence
- Information from vehicle event data recorders
- Red light camera footage
- Security camera footage
- Eyewitness statements
- Expert testimony from medical professionals
- Accident reconstruction and computer modeling
Damages to Which You May Be Entitled
When a vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle, life-altering injuries can occur. A personal injury claim may allow a car accident victim to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic costs of his injury. If you were hurt in a side-impact collision, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Your medical expenses including ambulance costs, hospital bills, physician and specialist fees, and ongoing medical costs related to rehabilitative care, prescription medication, or counseling
- Your lost income from the work you missed
- Impairment to your future earning capacity
- Repairing or replacing your vehicle
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
Shared Fault in Georgia Car Accident Claims
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Georgia follows a legal theory called “modified comparative negligence.” If your own negligent actions contributed to your accident, you may still be able to recover compensation for your damages as long as your degree of fault is less than that of the other party. Put another way, you may bring a legal claim and pursue damages if your share of fault was less than 50%. In cases of shared fault, the recoverable damages are reduced by the plaintiff’s percentage of fault.
Wrongful Death Damages
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Side-impact collisions are often fatal. If you have lost a loved one in a T-bone car accident, you may have a valid wrongful death claim. A wrongful death is caused by the intentional, reckless, or negligent actions of another party. If your loved one died in an accident caused by someone who was drunk driving, violating Georgia traffic laws, or driving negligently, you may be able to hold that person accountable through a wrongful death claim. You may also be able to recover financial compensation for the costs incurred by your tragic loss.
Damages in a Georgia wrongful death claim typically include:
- The decedent’s pain and suffering
- The loss of the decedent’s work benefits and wages
- The loss of the decedent’s care and companionship
- Medical expenses caused by the decedent’s injury
- Burial and funeral expenses
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O.C.G.A § 51-4-2 specifies the individuals who have the right to file a wrongful death claim. If the deceased person had a spouse, the spouse may bring a wrongful death claim on behalf of the deceased person. If the deceased person was not married and did not have children, the wrongful death claim may be brought by the deceased person’s parents or a representative of the deceased person’s estate. Damages recovered through a wrongful death claim are paid to the deceased person’s next of kin.
The Statute of Limitations Places a Time Constraint on Legal Actions
If you are interested in bringing a personal injury claim or wrongful death claim, it is important to get started on your claim right away. Georgia law places a time restriction on personal injury and wrongful death actions. The statute of limitations is typically two years. If you do not file your claim within this time, you may be barred from recovery.
Contact a Valdosta Side-Impact Collisions Lawyer
To learn more about your legal options after a side-impact car accident, contact a Valdosta side-impact collisions lawyer from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. Call one of our representatives today at (404) 888-8888 to schedule a free case assessment.