Despite seeming relatively low impact, rear-end collisions can cause lots of serious damage and considerable physical and psychological harm. Don’t underestimate how much of a negative impact a rear-end collision can have. If you get hurt due to a negligent driver, our lawyers are here to help.
You don’t have to fight for your settlement alone. And never pay for any of your damages out of pocket. Instead, always file a claim to win a settlement from the insurance company. The Woodstock car accident attorneys at John Foy & Associates are ready to assist you every step of the way.
How Our Woodstock Rear-End Collision Lawyers Can Help
There are several ways our rear-end collision lawyers in Woodstock can assist you in your claim:
- Gather evidence and information that strengthens your claim
- Consult with experts and witnesses to obtain corroborating testimony
- Handle all legal aspects of your case and represent your best interests at all times
- Ensure that the insurance company doesn’t misrepresent you or your claim
- Review all offers and ensure they appropriately cover all your damages
- Take your claim to court if necessary
Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) § 51-12-33, Woodstock operates on a modified version of the comparative fault rule. In other words, you need to prove that you were less than 50% responsible for your accident to file a claim. Unfortunately, doing so without a lawyer can be extremely difficult, especially if you don’t have any prior legal experience.
Our lawyers always prioritize your well-being and needs first above anything else. Despite the fact that hiring a lawyer isn’t mandatory, not doing so will make it significantly harder to fight against the insurance company for your settlement. Therefore, hiring a lawyer is an excellent investment to make to ensure that you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
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Rear-End Collision Damages You Can Collect
While we can’t list every single damage you can sustain from a rear-end collision, here are a few of the most common. Rest assured, even if you don’t see the damage you sustained below, that doesn’t mean you can’t file a claim for them. We will ensure everything gets factored into your settlement.
Medical expenses are going to compromise most of your settlement. You can receive financial compensation for virtually all types of medical costs:
- Hospital stays
- Emergency room visits
- Prescriptions and medical equipment
- Clinic or doctor visits
- Specialist care and psychological treatment
You shouldn’t get financially ruined just for seeking quality medical care, especially if your rear-end collision wasn’t your fault.
Vehicle Repairs and Replacements
A bad rear-end collision can cause significant damage to your car. It’s a well-known fact that quality vehicle repairs are notoriously expensive, let alone buying a replacement car should your accident result in making your car undrivable. In these instances, you can include whatever the cost of replacing or repairing your vehicle is into your settlement.
Your injuries from your rear-end collision can leave you unable to work. However, despite getting injured, that doesn’t mean your bills will suddenly stop. If you can’t work and pay for your living expenses due to your injuries, you’ll quickly find yourself in a challenging financial position.
Whatever lost wages you incurred due to your injury can get compensated in your settlement. That way, you can still receive the money you should’ve earned despite not going to work. While you focus on recovering from your accident, know that you can still get paid and don’t have to worry about making up hours at work.
Non-economic damages refer to the damages you sustain that don’t have a fixed monetary value. In other words, the amount of compensation you can receive from non-economic damages can fluctuate depending on the factors surrounding your case. Non-economic damages typically include:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish and emotional trauma
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death
- Disability or disfigurement
While no amount of money can replace a lost life or restore your body to how it was before the accident, we hope that the money you get from your non-economic damages can help allow you to move forward with your life.
Insurance Companies Aren’t on Your Side
Insurance companies may seem like they’re acting in your best interests, but in reality, they’re only trying to protect their bottom line. The truth is that insurance companies are always looking for some angle against you. Unfortunately, one of those angles is to exploit your desire for a settlement fast.
They may try to convince you that hiring a lawyer isn’t worth it and that you should accept their initial settlement offer without much thought. Don’t ever do this. These settlements insurance companies offer are nothing but lowball offers. You should never settle for less. Instead, get in touch with one of our Woodstock rear-end collision attorneys as soon as possible.
Statute of Limitations for Rear-End Collision Claims in Georgia
OCGA § 9-3-33 gives rear-end collision victims in Woodstock, GA, two years to file their claims. While you do have a decent amount of time to file, this isn’t a reason to wait a long time to do so. Waiting too long to file only gives the insurance company more advantages against you. Instead, after receiving medical treatment, get legal help quickly.
Talk to Our Rear-End Collision Lawyers in Woodstock Today
The Woodstock rear-end collision lawyers at John Foy & Associates are here to help you get the best settlement possible. Our lawyers never take any payment upfront. We only get paid if we win compensation for your case. If we can’t, you owe us absolutely nothing. Please contact us online or over the phone today to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.