About half of all collisions are rear-end collisions, and many of them are minor. Some are not and can cause serious ongoing injuries that require a lot of money to care for. If you were not the responsible one in your accident, you may be able to get compensation.
For over 25 years, John Foy & Associates has been helping people with rear-end collision cases. Our College Park car accident attorneys have the experience and knowledge to deal with insurance company tactics and fight for what you’re truly owed in your case.
Who Is Responsible in a Rear-End Collision?
In most rear-end collision cases (though not all), the car in the rear is the one who is most at fault. All drivers owe a duty of care to each other, and part of that care is maintaining enough distance between cars to have braking room.
Yet sometimes, the front driver is negligent. For instance, if they have no brake lights, it could be very hard for the rear driver to tell when the front driver is slowing down or stopping. When you speak with one of our rear-end collision lawyers, we will go over the details of your case to see who is most responsible.
As long as you are less than 50% responsible for the accident, you may seek damages under Georgia law. Let us help you figure out if this is the case in a free consultation.
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Do I Really Need a Lawyer?
If the accident was a negligent one, then yes—even in a minor accident. There are several good reasons why. First, there could be hidden damage to your car and to your body that won’t appear until much later. A crash that leaves no marks on the outside can still damage the frame, and injuries to your body might not appear for days or weeks.
Also, there is no risk in coming to us for a consultation. It is free and it is without obligation. If we feel that your case is simple enough that the insurance company won’t jerk you around, we’ll say so. Likewise, if you have a case that’s more serious than you think, we’ll tell you why.
The College Park rear-end collision lawyers at John Foy & Associates work on a contingency-fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay us anything until you receive compensation. In the unfortunate event of losing your case, you will owe us nothing for our services.
Injuries in Rear-End Accidents
There are some common injuries to victims of rear-end accidents, and some of them are subtle at first. Adrenaline and shock can hide the injury. If you accept a rear-end accident settlement early because you think you’re fine, you may pay a lot more later.
Whiplash is the most common injury. The force of the crash and your seatbelt will cause your head and neck to whip forward and damage the neck muscles and soft tissue. In stronger crashes, your head could hit the windshield or the steering wheel. Airbags can also deploy and cause bruising. Broken bones are also a risk in rear-end accidents.
You shouldn’t have to pay the doctor for caring for any of these if the other driver was negligent. With the help of our rear-end accident attorneys in College Park, you can pursue a lawful claim for compensation and avoid adding financial injury to your physical injuries.
What Costs Can Be Covered by My Claim?
Under the law, you are entitled to recover all the costs from your accident, including therapy, doctor bills, prescriptions, repair bills, and any lost pay from your job. You might also be eligible for more money through non-economic damages.
If your accident caused great pain and suffering, permanent disability, disfigurement, or another lasting physical or mental scar, you could receive compensation for those. We will negotiate with the insurance company to pay for your non-economic damages.
If they refuse to offer a fair amount, we will take them to court for you. We are no stranger to the courtroom, and we will fight diligently on your behalf to get you the full compensation you need, not what the insurance company thinks you need.
How Long do I Have to File a Rear-End Accident Claim?
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 9-3-33, most rear-end collision victims have two years to file their lawsuit before they breach the statute of limitations. However, if your accident was caused by a government vehicle, the timeline will be much less.
You do not want to go beyond the limit or you will lose your chance to receive compensation entirely. As soon as you can, speak with a rear-end collision attorney after your accident for advice. We can pause the clock while we investigate your case.
Work With Our College Park Rear-End Collision Attorneys
At John Foy & Associates, our goal is to get you the most compensation we can. Let us show you what we can do for you and assess your case. To get started, call us or contact us online by flailing out our form to get your free, no-obligation consultation with a rear-end collision lawyer in College Park.