Too many accidents happen because of speeding in Athens. If you or a loved one were injured from this crash type, you need to know your legal options. You might have a right to recover money for everything you’ve lost.
At John Foy & Associates, we’ll handle the legal details from start to finish. Our team has been helping accident survivors for over 20 years. We’ve won our clients over $1 billion in results, and we’re ready to help.
Discuss your accident and legal options with us during a free consultation. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online.
Is Hiring a Speeding Accident Attorney Worth It?
Working with a lawyer is worth it in almost all cases. Here’s why:
- A lawyer will ensure you know legal rights.
- You’ll get personalized assistance based on your case and damages.
- Your attorney will know what type of settlement you deserve—and will fight for it.
Many accident survivors achieve higher results when they work with a lawyer. Unless your damages are very minor, you probably need to consult an attorney. (And even minor accidents often require legal help.)
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Five Ways a Lawyer Will Help You
If you were hurt in an accident, here’s what a trusted lawyer can do for you.
1. Review Your Rights
Every situation is different, and not all accident cases are the same. Your lawyer will provide guidance based on your details.
Personal injury lawyers work in tort law, which provides relief to those injured by others’ actions. Speeding accidents fall into this category. An Athens speeding accident lawyer will examine the facts about your crash and ensure you know your rights.
Be sure to work with an attorney who handles car accident claims. They will be most prepared to fight for the compensation you deserve.
2. Handle the Insurance Companies
The other driver’s insurance company will probably contact you. Instead of dealing with the adjuster alone, it’s best to have a lawyer.
Insurance companies look for ways to pay as little as possible. That often includes getting an injured person to save something that hurts their case. It can also mean offering a settlement that is way too low.
Your attorney will handle the insurer. They’ll also make sure any settlement offer you accept is a fair one.
3. Investigate and Gather information
Personal injury claims require evidence. Your lawyer will investigate the details of your accident. They’ll collect data to support your claim and show what happened.
Evidence that helps your case includes:
- Witness statements
- Traffic camera or dashcam footage
- Pictures or videos from the scene
- Copies of the accident report, medical bills, and other documents
If the other driver was speeding, you’ll need to prove it. You’ll also need to show that the driver’s speeding (and other careless actions) led directly to your accident. An experienced speeding accident lawyer will help with all of the above and more.
4. Negotiate Your Settlement
After compiling the evidence, your lawyer will build a personal injury claim. You’ll seek compensation from the driver’s insurance company. However, most insurers will only offer a small portion of what you receive.
Do not accept the first settlement offer. Instead, call your lawyer – they will know how to negotiate with the insurance company. If all goes well, you’ll get a much higher payout for your damages.
Having a lawyer also levels the playing field. Insurance companies are powerful; many have their own team of lawyers. When you hire a legal professional, you’re protecting yourself. Insurers are also more likely to take you seriously.
5. Represent You in Court (If Needed)
Most accident claims end with a settlement. That means you receive money for your damages without going to court.
But some cases do require you to file a lawsuit or go to trial. If you need to go to court, your lawyer will be there to represent you. They can also help you decide if a trial is the best option for your recovery.
These are just a few examples of how we help at John Foy & Associates. Our goal is to get you the financial recovery you deserve. That means not paying anything out-of-pocket for an accident you didn’t cause.
What You Can Recover from a Speeding-Related Crash
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), speeding is an incredibly careless act because it:
- Increases the risk of severe injuries
- Leads to loss of vehicle control
- Makes protective equipment less effective
- Decreases a driver’s stopping distance
- Makes it harder to avoid hazards or other vehicles
If the other driver’s speeding led to your accident, that driver is liable. You can hold them accountable by seeking compensation for your costs. Accident damages fall into two categories, according to OCGA §51-12-2:
- Economic damages
- Non-economic damages
Economic damages include medical treatment costs and lost wages. You can also include vehicle repair or replacement costs in this group. Thankfully, you can prove financial losses through actual dollar values.
Non-economic damages are less straightforward. These losses are about the pain and suffering you have because of the accident. For example, you might have scarring, anxiety, or fear because of the crash.
You can collect both types of damages. Before you claim a settlement, be sure you know all of your costs. Your lawyer will calculate each damage that you’re entitled to recover.
What If the Other Driver Has No Insurance?
After an accident, the at-fault driver’s insurance should cover the costs. But what happens if there is no insurance to draw upon? If the other driver is uninsured (or has some insurance but not enough), it’s more complicated – but you still have options:
- Filing a claim with your own auto insurance
- Taking the driver to court
- Calling an attorney to explore other options
Most people have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. (Unless you opted out when buying your own insurance, you probably have it.) Uninsured motorist coverage pays for your damages if the at-fault driver is uninsured.
Keep in mind that you can only recover up to the policy limits. You can also try to sue the driver for the compensation you deserve; however, drivers without insurance rarely have many assets. You’ll want to discuss this possibility with your attorney.
Hire the Strong Arm at No Risk Today
After any speeding-related crash, call John Foy & Associates for a free consultation. We’ll sit down with you to discuss your accident and your options. You can ask us questions without any upfront costs or fees.
We will not charge you unless we win you a settlement or court award. Even then, our fee is a percentage of what we win you—and the rest is yours. Our team treats each case as our own because we care about getting you justice.
Get a Free Case Review with an Athens Speeding Accident Lawyer
To get a free, no-risk consultation today, call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online. We’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.