If you or someone you love was hurt in a car accident in Decatur, it’s crucial that you speak to a good lawyer. The injuries from the car accident may seem minor at first, but they can develop into serious long-term conditions or even years of pain. And injuries that are more serious can cost you tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical care. Don’t get left holding the bill for an accident that wasn’t even your fault. When you get a Decatur car accident lawyer, you get someone who will fight for you.
For over 20 years, John Foy & Associates has represented car accident victims like you. In that time, we’ve grown from a small local law office to one of the largest and most respected firms in the state. When we sit down with you, our goal is simple: to make sure you get the fullest possible recovery from your injuries, and to get you the money you need to do just that. Let us give you a free consultation to discuss your case. Call John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000 today to get your free consultation.
How can a Decatur car accident lawyer help me?
Many people injured in car accidents make the mistake of thinking that the insurance company will take care of everything. Sadly, this usually isn’t the case. Insurance companies are businesses, and businesses make decisions that benefit their bottom line. This means it’s in their interest to pay you the smallest amount possible—even if it’s not enough to cover your care and other expenses. They may even use some deceptive tricks, including, but not limited to:
- Calling you and asking “friendly” questions, like whether you’re feeling better. If you say you’re doing well, they may later use your own words against you to prove that you don’t need more money.
- They may give you cash as soon as you report your accident—before you know how much the injury will really cost you. If you take their offer, you sign away your rights to anything else.
- Or, they may drag their feet for months before doing anything to process your claim. They do this so that financial pressure will build up, making you desperate to take any offer they finally make.
- In some cases, the insurance company may even blame you for an accident that clearly wasn’t your fault—or they may tell you that your injuries aren’t as bad as they really are.
If you don’t have legal representation, fighting the insurance company’s tricks is hard. Insurance companies have an army of lawyers, and they know that most victims don’t know where to begin to fight a complicated legal claim. When you get a lawyer of your own, you make it a fair fight. In many cases, simply having a lawyer on your side is enough to get a higher offer right away.
What costs can I recover in a car accident claim?
In general, almost all expenses or losses caused by the car accident can be covered by your claim. The most common costs are:
- Medical bills
- Car damages
- Lost wages or missed work time
And, if the accident had serious consequences—like a permanent injury, a disability, severe physical pain, or even the death of a loved one—you could potentially win a much larger recovery. No amount of money can ever make up for these horrible losses, but it can help ease your financial burden when things are difficult.
How do I know if I have a valid car accident claim in Decatur?
The rule is not to doubt yourself. If you haven’t spoken to a professional, don’t talk yourself out of having a claim. Many people think of collisions as pure accidents—or they somehow blame themselves for what happened, even if it wasn’t their fault. But the law doesn’t see it this way. Most car accidents happen because one party was careless, inattentive, or broke a law, which is called “negligence.” If the other driver was negligent, you have a valid case.
We’ve helped people win a recovery in all types of car accidents:
- Head on accidents
- Rear end accidents
- “T-bone” crashes
- Dangerous road conditions
- Distracted driving accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Faulty tires
- Whiplash and other neck injuries
Even if the other driver is uninsured, or fled after a hit-and-run, we may still be able to help.
Do I have to go to court?
Most car accident victims never go to court. Every once in a while, if the insurance company refuses to negotiate, going to the local courts may be the best choice. If this happens, we will tell you if we think your case is likely to win at trial, and if you choose to move forward, we will take care of everything. Ultimately, going to court will be your call.
However, for most cases, no trial is needed. Insurance companies will pay if we present a strong case. When you bring John Foy & Associates on board, the first thing we do is investigate your accident for ourselves. We utilize police reports, witness testimony, and expert medical opinions to show exactly what happened—and most importantly, what it will take to help you fully recover. This is usually all it takes to get the insurance company to make a fair offer.
How much does a car accident lawyer cost in Decatur?
At John Foy & Associates, we don’t believe that you should pay anything upfront for legal representation. That’s why we offer a simple payment structure:
- Your consultation with us is always free
- You pay nothing out of pocket
- If we don’t win you money, you won’t pay anything
If we win a financial recovery for you, our fee is paid as a percentage of what you recover. You keep everything else. This allows you to get the legal help you need without taking a risk—which we believe is only fair.
Is there a deadline to file my car accident claim in Decatur?
Yes. The court system in the City of Decatur uses deadlines set by both state and federal laws. The exact deadline can vary substantially depending on the details of your case:
- Some car accident cases are allowed up to two years to file
- Other cases only give you a few weeks after the date of the accident
If you miss your deadline, you will probably lose your right to recover any money at all. This is why it’s crucial to speak to a good lawyer as soon as you can.
Talk to a Decatur Car Accident Lawyer for Free
You don’t have to face your pain alone. At John Foy & Associates, we’ve been winning car accident cases for over 20 years. Let us give you a free consultation and show you what we can do for you. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.