If you have pain or injuries caused by a car accident in Riverdale, you need to talk to a lawyer. Even the most seemingly minor injuries, like whiplash, can turn into serious long-term conditions and chronic pain. More severe injuries from serious accidents can easily run up medical bills worth tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. The insurance company will do everything possible to avoid paying you the amount you need—do not allow yourself to be left holding the bill. A Riverdale car accident lawyer can help you.
That’s why John Foy & Associates is here. We founded our law firm to exclusively work with the victims of accidents and injuries. For over 20 years, we have been winning cases for car accident victims, and we have become one of the most respected law firms in the state. Don’t face your injury alone. Let us give you a free, in-depth consultation to discuss your case and help you answer your legal questions. Call John Foy & Associates at 404-400-4000 and get your free consultation today.
Who’s at fault in a Riverdale car accident?
Georgia is what’s known as an “at-fault state” for car accidents. This simply means that whoever caused the accident has to pay for the costs of everyone involved. Typically their insurance company will pay these costs and no one pays anything out of pocket. As a result, insurance companies have complicated rules to decide exactly who is responsible in any accident.
Sometimes these rules are simple and obvious. For example:
- In a rear end collision, the person in back is usually at fault (but not always)
- An intoxicated driver (DUI) is almost always at fault for the accident
- If one driver was breaking traffic rules, like speeding, that could make them responsible if their specific violation is what caused the accident
- Talking on a cell phone or texting while driving may be considered in assigning fault
But it’s important to understand that these rules are only general guidelines. Talking on a cell phone might not make you responsible if you were stopped at a red light and someone rear ended you. Similarly, reckless behavior like aggressive lane changing could contribute to fault even when it’s not illegal.
The key to all car accident cases is negligence. The law asks: was someone driving in a negligent or careless manner? If they had been more careful, could the accident have been avoided? If so, that person will usually be considered “at fault.”
What costs are covered in a Riverdale car accident claim?
In the City of Riverdale, you have a right to recover up to 100% of your costs from a car accident that wasn’t your fault. That means victims can potentially move on from the accident with no debt and no bills.
In practice, the most common costs are:
- Medical bills
- Prescription drugs
- Rehabilitation such as physical therapy or occupational therapy
- Lost work time/lost wages related to the accident
- Car repair costs
Other damages are also considered. For example, if you suffered extreme physical pain or a disability caused by the accident, or if you cannot return to work, the court could give you a large financial award on top of the costs listed above. The purpose of this money is not to undo what happened—that is impossible. It’s to help you and your family remain financially stable after your accident and help you move forward with your life.
Do I have a strong car accident claim?
It’s hard to say unless you speak to a legal professional. The answer will depend on the details of your case—two seemingly identical car accidents could have very different answers. When a lawyer has worked on hundreds of car accident cases, they develop a sense of which ones have the strongest claims and how much of a financial recovery you are likely to win. This is why we offer free consultations, so that it’s as easy as possible for you to get a professional opinion.
We have helped victims recover money in many kinds of cases:
- Head on accidents
- Rear end accidents
- Accidents with distracted drivers
- Truck accidents
- Collisions involving DUI
- Accidents caused by poor visibility (rain, fog, etc.)
- Faulty tires
- Neck injuries and whiplash
- Hit and run accidents
- Uninsured drivers
Do I have to go to trial for my car accident case?
It’s not common. If the insurance company refuses to bargain, sometimes the only remedy is to go all the way to the local courts. If this happens we will advise you on whether it’s worth it to proceed, based on our assessment of how strong your case is. If you do go to court, we will handle every step of the process for you.
But most car accident claims do not go to trial. They’re usually resolved by a payment or settlement long before the court date comes. This is our preferred solution in almost every case. John Foy & Associates has been nicknamed “the Strong Arm Law Firm” because of how hard we negotiate. We will take the insurance company an airtight case with evidence to back up every detail. We will then push them to give you the full amount you need. In many cases this is all it takes to get you a much larger offer.
How much does it cost to hire a Riverdale car accident lawyer?
We don’t believe that you should pay anything out of pocket at all.
At John Foy & Associates, our goal is to help accident victims—all accident victims. That’s why we don’t charge hourly rates, nor do we accept payment if we cannot win your case. Our payment terms are simple:
- All consultations are free
- You pay nothing out of pocket
- You pay us nothing, ever, unless we win you money
We prefer this approach because it is zero-risk for our clients.
Talk to a Riverdale Car Accident Lawyer for Free
The months after a car accident can be painful, frustrating and emotional. Don’t face them alone. Let John Foy & Associates give you a free consultation to discuss your case and help you get the money you need. Call us at 404-400-4000 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.