After injuries from a rollover accident, our Columbus personal injury lawyers are here for you. At John Foy & Associates, we’ve handled all types of accident cases for the past 20-plus years. We’re not afraid to “Strong Arm” the other side and fight for the compensation you deserve. Learn your legal options today by calling us for free.
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How to Sue Someone for a Rollover Accident
In Georgia, the negligent party in an accident is legally responsible.
Here’s what that means for you:
- If someone else caused your accident, that person or party is liable for the costs.
- As the injured party, you can bring a legal claim for compensation.
- You might be able to recover all of your accident damages.
You can sue the at-fault party for damages, but you might not have to. Most accident victims get a settlement through the other side’s insurance company.
For example, say that another driver hit the side of your vehicle at an intersection. The force of the collision caused your car to tip and roll over.
Since the other driver was responsible, you can file a claim with the driver’s insurance company.
Negotiating a Settlement
After you file a claim, the insurance company will usually respond. You might even get a settlement offer before you send the demand letter. Then, the negotiation typically begins.
If you don’t already have a lawyer, it’s best to get one at this point. Your lawyer can work to negotiate for a fair settlement offer.
Going to Court
Most personal injury claims end with an insurance settlement. Before accepting an offer, make sure the amount is good enough to cover your damages.
If you cannot settle your claim, you might consider taking it to court. As you and your lawyer prepare for trial, there will be opportunities to negotiate along the way.
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Who Pays for Rollover Accident Damages?
The negligent party in an accident is responsible for the costs. If the party has insurance, the insurance company should pay for the damages. The insurance company will also usually represent the at-fault party if you take them to court.
But you will need to fight for the full compensation you deserve. The insurance company will look for ways to pay as little as possible.
When the Driver Has No Insurance
All drivers in Georgia should carry the minimum auto insurance coverage for the state.
Georgia’s minimums are:
- $25,000 for bodily injury per person
- $50,000 for bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 for property damage per accident
Drivers can also purchase optional uninsured motorist coverage. If the driver who caused your accident is not carrying insurance, you can turn to your own policy.
Uninsured motorist coverage will help pay for your damages when the other driver is uninsured. This coverage also applies to situations where a driver hits and runs.
If you have questions about insurance coverage after an accident, call John Foy & Associates. We can answer your questions and discuss your options during a free consultation.
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How to Fight for the Highest Settlement
Ideally, you should be able to recover money that pays for all of your accident damages. That includes non-economic losses like pain and suffering.
But it’s rarely that straightforward. You will need to build a strong injury claim to fight for what you deserve.
A lawyer can help you calculate damages like:
According to Safer Car, rollover accidents are often violent. They can cause serious damages and often result in death.
If you were injured in a rollover crash, you’ll probably have a lot of medical costs like:
- Doctor bills
- Hospital bills
- Prescription drug costs
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation costs
- Mental health counseling
Also, consider any long-term medical costs you will have. Maybe you will need medications or operations for an extended period.
You must bring a legal case within two years of your accident, but some treatment needs extend beyond that time. Your lawyer will need to help estimate all future costs you will have.
Lost wages are income you lose between your accident and the time you return to work.
As you recover from your injuries, you’ll have missed wages. You might even have to change careers or work less because of your injuries. You can claim lost earning potential in many cases.
Rollover accidents often result in totaled vehicles. If someone else was at fault, you can include property damage in your claim. That consists of the costs of repairing or replacing your car.
Pain and Suffering
According to OCGA §51-12-2, there are special and general damages.
Special damages include medical bills and lost wages that we mentioned above. General damages are about your emotional losses.
After an accident, you might deserve compensation for pain and suffering. Talk to your lawyer about how the accident has impacted you. They can determine the value of your pain and suffering damages.
Possible At-Fault Parties for Rollovers
It’s not always obvious who was at fault for an accident. Most of the time, one or more drivers are responsible. But there are exceptions. You could have a claim against:
Rollover accidents can happen in many ways. Your vehicle might rollover if:
- Another vehicle collides with the side of yours.
- Another driver moves into your lane, causing you to swerve quickly.
- Another car side-swipes you or pushes you off the road.
Many rollover accidents are single-car crashes, but they can involve multiple drivers too. If another driver’s actions cause your crash, you can bring legal action.
A Vehicle Manufacturer
Manufacturers should design cars in a way that prevents rollovers. However, defects can make a vehicle more dangerous. If your car rolled over, you might need to investigate the vehicle’s background. Your lawyer can check for any recalls or other reports of rollover accidents with your car type.
A Government Agency
Governments are usually responsible for the upkeep of local roads and highways. Unsafe roads can increase the risk of rollovers. Again, your lawyer can investigate to see if you have a case in this area.
Get a Free Consultation with a Columbus Rollover Accident Lawyer Today
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