Rear-end collisions may seem like simple fender-benders in most situations, but they can be far from it. In fact, rear-end accidents account for roughly 1,700 deaths every year. They can also cause severe injuries. If you or a loved one have been in a rear-end collision in Canton, you may have serious property damage in addition to physical injuries and financial losses. Thankfully, you have legal options to help during this challenging time. You need to talk to a Canton rear-end collision accident attorney.
The team at John Foy & Associates understands what you’re experiencing after your rear-end collision. In over 20 years of experience, we have seen hundreds of rear-end collision cases. We know what it takes to prove your case in court, and we have had considerable success with cases just likes yours. We always fight on the victim’s side—we have never defended a lawsuit on behalf of an insurance company. Put us to work for you! Let us give you a free consultation. Call us at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
What damages can I recover in a rear-end accident claim in Canton?
After your accident, you may experience many changes—and losses. In serious collisions, you may need to spend time in the hospital and take time away from work. You may have long-term injuries that could alter the rest of your life. While these adjustments can be extremely difficult, the legal system has developed a way for you to recover some of your losses from this type of accident.
Your financial recovery may include:
- Medical bills
- Property damage/car repairs
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity in the future
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of consortium if your injuries affect your relationship with your spouse
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Other types of damages may be available as well. For example, in situations where another driver was acting reckless or without regard to the safety of others, they may have to pay additional damages designed to punish them. Those damages are referred to as “punitive damages.” These are the only type of damage that is not associated with your specific losses from the accident. In other words, you can be paid this money in addition to the money you receive for your losses.
We don’t believe that any of this money can reverse or undo what happened in your accident. But we do know firsthand the powerful effect it can have in helping you and your family move forward financially after a tragic loss.
Am I entitled to pain and suffering damages after a rear-end collision?
Yes, in many cases. Of course, the truth is there is no way to really make up for the pain and suffering that you had to endure because of a rear-end collision. However, Georgia law allows you to recover monetary damages in these situations.
Pain and suffering damages are not connected to any specific loss based on a dollar amount. Instead, they’re focused on the purely personal loss that you went through mentally and physically because of a rear-end collision.
Every case is different when it comes to pain and suffering damages. Most accident victims will be entitled to some type of financial recovery, but the actual amount varies a great deal. Generally, the more severe your accident, the higher your potential recovery for pain and suffering. The exact amount can be decided by the court, or can be negotiated by your lawyer with the insurance company. Insurance companies rarely include adequate pain and suffering in their offer unless they are pressured to do so.
A rear-end collision can impact some individuals more than others. For example, if you already have a neck injury, but the rear end collision makes that neck injury worse, you can recover pain and suffering damages related to the increased pain. The same would be true for your medical bills or lost wages.
How much money can I recover in a rear-end accident claim?
How much you can recover from a rear-end collision will depend on the severity of your accident. Keep in mind that your monetary damages are mostly based on your losses related to the crash—the higher your losses, the more your settlement is likely to be. Of course, there are situations when this general rule may not apply. Every case is unique.
An experienced attorney will be able to forecast your potential financial ranges based on the facts of your case. They can examine similar cases to yours in the areas in and around the City of Canton to estimate what your settlement or verdict may be. This is the best way to get a clear answer on what your recovery may be worth.
The insurance company already offered me money. Should I take it?
Be careful. It’s usually the back driver’s fault that the accident occurred in a rear-end collision. That means that insurance companies are often especially eager to settle these types of cases. They want to cut their losses before they have to spend money defending your claim. However, just because the insurance company offers you a settlement right off the bat does not mean that you should take it.
Insurance companies that offer a settlement amount quickly will usually give you a low starting offer. They do this in the hopes that you will just take it and move on, instead of consulting with an attorney to find out what your case is really worth.
While it may be tempting to take the offer, it’s usually a good idea not to jump at the first sign of a settlement. An early settlement may not allow you enough time to understand the long-term consequences of your injury. For instance, you may underestimate how long it will take you to fully recover. What happens if your settlement money runs out and you’re still unable to work? Settling early can lead to serious financial strain.
Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer for Free
Speak with an experienced professional at John Foy & Associates—absolutely free. We can help you navigate the often-complex legal issues of your rear-end collision case. You don’t have to negotiate with the insurance company alone, and you do not have to suffer in silence. We never charge you anything unless we win you money. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.