Many people rent moving vans when moving to or from Savannah. If you’ve been injured in an accident with a moving van, you might deserve financial compensation. At John Foy & Associates, our Savannah moving van accident lawyers can help.
Contact us today to get a free consultation with the Strong Arm—and pay nothing unless we win your case. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your free consultation.
How Long do You Have to Contact a Lawyer?
Most of the time, it’s best to call a lawyer as soon as possible. In Georgia, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within two years of an accident. But you will need to start building your case much sooner.
Contacting a lawyer helps you create a timeline for your case and stay on task. Accidents are overwhelming, and it’s easy to lose track of details. An experienced attorney will know how to get started.
You can also learn your legal options when you call a Savannah moving van accident lawyer. A legal professional can examine your accident details and provide advice. You’ll know what type of compensation you deserve for the other driver’s actions.
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Is Getting an Attorney Worth It?
In almost all cases, yes, getting a lawyer is worth it. If you suffered injuries from an accident that wasn’t your fault, you can benefit from a lawyer’s guidance. Victims of even minor accidents can benefit from an attorney’s knowledge because:
- Accident damages are often much higher than victims realize.
- Injuries can be worse than they seem at first.
- Even when the damage is minor, the insurance company will try to lowball the injured person.
It’s best to call a lawyer after an accident. Even if you don’t end up working with them, you can learn a lot from a legal consultation. A local attorney will know the relevant laws regarding your situation.
How Much Money Can You Get for a Moving Van Accident?
Your settlement depends on the facts about your accident. You’ll need to consider:
- Your total damages from the crash
- Who was responsible for the accident
- How far you’re willing to take your case
You might be able to get a fair settlement from the responsible party’s insurance company. But you’ll probably need to fight for a fair offer. If you cannot negotiate a good offer, you might decide to go to court.
Settlements for minor accidents are often around $20,000 to $30,000. However, more severe crash claims can settle for hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. Our firm has won cases that ended in the millions.
Your Accident Damages
Your “damages” are the losses you have from an accident. If you didn’t cause the collision, you can pursue compensation for your damages, according to OCGA §51-12-4. Examples of accident costs include:
- Medical bills
- Prescription medication costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
You might also bring a case if you lost a loved one in a crash. Spouses, children, and parents of the victim can typically file a wrongful death claim. If a loved one passed away in a moving van accident, contact a lawyer today for help.
If you were not at fault for the mishap, you might deserve total financial recovery. But before you request a settlement, you should know your damages—including future losses. For example, you might need long-term treatment for your injuries from the collision.
A trusted attorney will help calculate all of your costs, including non-economic losses like pain and suffering. Be sure to contact a professional before assuming what you deserve in compensation. Chances are high that your damages are more than you think.
Responsibility for the Accident
In Georgia, the law can find more than one person at fault for an accident. If someone is less than 50% at fault, they can file a claim for compensation.
Being partially at fault can affect your settlement potential. For example, if you were 5% at fault, you must pay for 5% of your damages. You can still seek recovery for the remaining 95%.
Accepting a Settlement vs. Going to Court
Most injury claims end with an insurance settlement. But, in some cases, it’s best to take your case to court.
If you win in court, your compensation will probably be higher than settling out of court. However, lawsuits take time and money that most people aren’t willing to lose.
How far you decide to take your case can affect how much money you recover. Go over the options with your lawyer to determine what’s best for you.
Who Is Liable for a Moving Van Crash?
After an accident with a moving van, the responsible party is not always the driver. The at-fault person or company could also be:
- The rental company
- A maintenance company
- The vehicle manufacturer
- The owner of the moving van
Most people who drive moving vans are renters. For example, one might rent a van from a company like U-Haul to transport home items during a move. The driver does not own the van, which makes liability complicated after a collision.
Rental companies require customers to carry auto insurance in case of an accident. But most personal policies don’t cover rental-related accidents, so renters will purchase additional coverage through the company. If the renter caused your accident, you’ll probably need to file a claim through the extra coverage.
If you’re not sure who should cover your damages, talk to a lawyer. You might have multiple injury claims if your accident involved a moving van.
Don’t Wait to Get Started
Besides the two-year limit to file a lawsuit, there are other reasons to get legal help today. Evidence can disappear quickly, and witness memories can fade fast. The sooner you can learn your options and begin building a case, the better chance you’ll have of a fair compensation offer.
Talk to a Savannah Moving Van Accident Lawyer for Free
Contact John Foy & Associates today for a free consultation. We’ll match you with the best attorney for your situation and needs. Call (404) 400-4000 or contact us online for your free consultation.