Rollover accidents are often violent and extreme. If you were injured during a rollover in Athens, you don’t have to suffer alone. And if someone else caused the crash, you might deserve money to recover your costs. Our Athens rollover accident attorneys know how to help.
We’ll build a strong injury claim to request compensation. We’ll answer your urgent questions and uncover your legal options. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online to get started for free.
Can You Sue Someone After a Rollover Accident?
If someone’s actions led to your accident, you have the right to sue. Before taking legal action, you’ll need to know your damages from the crash. The responsible person should pay for the losses you’ve experienced.
You must also bring a case within two years of the accident date. If you miss this statute of limitations, you’ll be unable to request compensation. But before you file a lawsuit, you can seek money from a personal injury claim.
Settling an Insurance Claim
All drivers must carry insurance in case of an accident. When one driver causes a rollover collision, their insurance company should cover the costs. However, the injured person must file a claim to request a money settlement.
Accepting a settlement means taking compensation and not pursuing a court case. So, do not take any money without consulting a lawyer first. Ensure anything you accept is enough to cover all of your losses.
Going to Court
Most accident claims settle outside of court. But situations are more complicated.
The insurance company might refuse to settle if:
- The insurer questions the severity of your damages.
- Your damages are above policy limits.
- The insurer doesn’t think you have a strong case.
Your lawyer might suggest going to trial to fight for what you deserve. If so, you’ll need a strong legal team to help you. To find out your best next steps, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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How to Get Paid for a Rollover Crash
Justice is on your side if you were not at fault. However, the law still puts the burden of compensation on you.
You will need to build and file a strong claim to get what you deserve. Here are the steps involved.
Investigate the Scene
The accident location contains a lot of important evidence. After the rollover, take pictures of the scene if you can. If you cannot obtain photos, talk to a lawyer immediately.
An attorney can return to the scene and preserve as much as possible. Hopefully, they can gather evidence before everything is cleaned up. They’ll also look for witnesses who can speak on what happened.
Gather and Save Evidence
Collect any information you can about the crash, including:
- The police report
- Pictures from the scene
- Witness statements
- The other driver’s contact and insurance details
- Medical records
- Personal notes about what you remember
Even minor details can help your case. When you meet with an attorney, bring these details to the consultation. The lawyer can determine what’s best to include to help your claim.
An attorney will also help you obtain information. They will know where to look or provide their own experts. The lawyer might work with accident reconstructionists to recreate the crash.
Get Medical Attention
Always see a doctor after an accident. Even if you feel your injuries are minor, receive medical treatment.
Injury symptoms can take time to show up. You might not notice how badly you’re hurt until the adrenaline wears off. If you wait days or weeks later, it will hurt your case.
Insurance companies look for evidence when viewing accident claims. If your medical records (or lack of records) cast doubt on your claim, the insurer will notice. See a doctor immediately so that you’ll have it on your records and increase your chances of full compensation.
Be Careful with the Insurance Company
Insurance companies sadly care most about money – that is, their own money. The insurance adjuster will look for ways to pay you as little as possible. The adjuster might:
- Value your losses as inexpensively as possible
- Try to convince you to admit guilt
- Offer you a meager settlement (much lower than you deserve)
- Confusing you about the accident details
- Downplay your injuries
Insurance companies know what they’re doing. If an adjuster confuses you, it’s not your fault. They are trained to look for ways to reduce the company’s costs.
Instead of handling the insurer alone, have a lawyer manage it. Experienced rollover accident lawyers in Athens know how to communicate with insurance companies. Your attorney will protect you from common insurer tactics.
Have a Lawyer Calculate Your Damages
The law compensates any accident victim through their “damages,” according to OCGA §51-12-4. Damages are any losses from the crash like:
- Medical bills (including doctor and hospital bills)
- Prescription and over-the-counter medication costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Vehicle damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
When you file an insurance claim, you’ll outline each damage from the accident. The more details you can provide, the better it is for your case. Your lawyer will know how to calculate each loss accurately.
Medical bills, lost income, and vehicle repairs are easier to add up, but pain and suffering damages require a special formula. Talk to your attorney about how the accident has impacted your life. That will help them provide a more accurate number for your emotional damages.
Talk to an Athens Rollover Accident Attorney for Free
After a rollover accident you didn’t cause, call John Foy & Associates. Get your free consultation today by calling (404) 400-4000 or filling out our quick online form.