How much you can expect to recover from a car accident will depend on the facts of your situation. In some cases, victims of motor vehicle accidents suffer minor injuries and experience a minimal amount of property loss. More severe accidents can result in extensive property damage and even fatalities.
If you were the victim of an accident caused by another party, it is possible to recover compensation, though the amount will vary based on the extent of the losses you suffered. An Atlanta car accident lawyer can help determine how much your case is worth.
Factors that Will Determine Your Case’s Monetary Value
Do not think about the average settlement for a car accident because the details of your own collision will determine its outcome.
Some elements that may play a role in the amount of compensation you can recover include:
The Severity of Your Injuries
If you work with a lawyer, they can determine how much compensation you are owed. First, they will need to determine the severity of your injuries. They can do this by looking at your medical records and talking to your doctor. While this is not true in all cases, typically, the more severe your injuries are, the more money you can expect to recover. For instance, a paralyzed car accident claimant will likely recover more money than a car accident claimant who only suffered minor cuts and bruises.
The Cost of Your Economic Damages
When calculating the cost of your accident-related losses, your lawyer will divide your expenses into two categories: economic and non-economic damages. Your economic damages have pre-determined monetary values, while your non-economic damages do not. The cost of your economic damages may play a role in your case’s value. If you work with a lawyer, they can go into more detail about this.
Your Portion of Fault for the Accident
Georgia is a modified comparative negligence state. This means that you can recover compensation as long as the other party was more at fault for the accident than you. However, if you were responsible for the accident in any capacity, this could affect the amount of money you can get. For instance, if you were 10% responsible for the accident and your damages totaled $10,000, you would only be able to recover $9,000 in compensation.
Your Type of Car Accident
Some types of car accidents tend to be more dangerous than others. For example, a head-on collision on the highway will likely result in higher losses than a low-speed rear-end collision.
Examples of vehicle accidents include but are not limited to:
- Rear-end collisions
- Vehicle rollovers
- Sideswipe accidents
- Side-impact collisions (also called “T-bone” accidents)
- Head-on collisions
If you were the victim of an accident, you are not alone. Car accidents are the second-leading cause of doctors’ visits, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits throughout the state, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH).
There are other factors that could determine the value of your car accident case.
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Forms of Compensation for Your Car Accident Claim
Car accidents can be life-changing events. The aftermath of a collision could put a strain on your finances.
Your car accident settlement could account for the following types of losses:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Lost wages
- Medical bills
- Property damage expenses
Your compensable damages may look different if you lost a loved one. In addition to some of the above losses, you could receive compensation for:
- Funeral and burial costs
- Your loved one’s healthcare expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of household benefits
- Loss of income
- Loss of parental guidance
You have two years from the date of your collision or loved one’s passing to file a lawsuit, per OCGA §9-3-33.
Get Legal Help from Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
If you would like to learn more about your financial recovery options in the aftermath of a car accident in Georgia, Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will explore your legal options at no cost to you.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which will alleviate some of your financial worries as you pursue legal action against the negligent party.
To discuss your case with a member of our team, call (404) 888-8888.