If you have been injured in a car accident in Savannah, you are not alone. Car accidents often cause serious and painful conditions that need months of treatment—even when the accident seems minor at first. The medical bills can pile up quickly, leaving you with a mountain of medical debt for an accident that wasn’t your fault. But you don’t have to bear the full cost of your accident. Let a Savannah car accident lawyer help.
At John Foy & Associates, we have a 20-year track record of getting accident victims the money they need to pursue recovery and keep their financial lives on track. We began as a small law office dedicated to assisting victims, and to this day we’ve never wavered from this mission. When you put us on your team, you get the full resources of one of the largest and most well-respected law firms in Georgia. We’d like to give you a free consultation to talk about your case and explain what we can do. Call us at 912-574-2287 and get your free consultation today.
How can a lawyer help with my Savannah car accident?
When the other driver has insurance, most people expect the insurance company to take care of them and pay a fair settlement. But the insurance company does not have your best interest at heart. It wants to make a profit, and to do this, it will try to pay you less than your claim is really worth. The insurance company in your case might do any of the following:
- Call and act concerned, asking you such things as how you’re feeling. They may then use your answers against you when they process your claim.
- Offer you “fast cash” in hopes that you’ll take it and sign away your rights before you find out the true extent of your injuries and how much your treatment will cost.
- Offer you nothing for months. When they finally do make an offer, they hope you’ll be financially stressed enough to accept it right away
- Challenge the way your accident happened or the extent of your injuries in order to minimize the amount they pay.
Most people find it hard to recognize and fight against these tactics—especially when they’re already overwhelmed by the effects of the accident. Insurance companies have plenty of lawyers on their side, so it only makes sense to level the playing field by getting a lawyer of your own. Sometimes, an insurance company offers more money just because you’ve put a lawyer on your case.
How much money can I recover in a car accident claim?
The amount of money you receive depends on a variety of factors, including the way your accident happened and the type of injuries you have. But generally, you are entitled to recover all your costs for the following:
- Medical bills
- Car repair bills, or a replacement car if your car was totaled
- The money you lost by missing time from work
Some accident victims recover additional large amounts of money, usually for a serious loss like a permanent disability, severe pain, a permanent injury or the death of a close relative. We realize that money can’t ever compensate you for a life-altering accident, but we hope it can help you maintain your home and support your family while you focus on your healing process.
How can I tell if I have a valid car accident claim?
It’s hard to objectively assess your own accident. Accident victims tend to second-guess themselves, and most people don’t know the laws that apply to car accidents in Georgia. In general, you have a valid claim if someone else was “negligent,” meaning that they could have prevented the accident by being more careful, paying better attention or following the law.
Many types of car accidents lead to valid claims, including these:
- Head on collisions
- Rear end accidents
- “T-bone” collisions
- Rain, ice, fog and other road hazards
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Drunk driving
- Defective tires or brakes
- Accidents causing whiplash injuries
You may have a valid claim even if you think it’s impossible to recover any money, such as when the other driver was uninsured or fled the scene of the accident.
Will I have to sue somebody?
You never have to sue anybody, but occasionally it is your best option. We resolve most claims with the insurance company without ever filing a court case. But once in awhile, the insurance company flatly refuses to negotiate. If that happens to you, we will explain the pros and cons of filing a case in the local courts—but it is always up to you to decide what you want to do. If you do file a lawsuit, rest assured that our experienced litigation team is ready and willing to handle your case.
In a more typical case, we never set foot inside a courtroom. Our first order of business is always to conduct our own investigation into the accident—how it happened and what kinds of injuries you suffered. We use hard evidence like police reports, witness accounts, and expert medical opinions to build our case and present it to the insurance company. That’s often all we need to do to get them to make you a fair offer.
How much does a car accident lawyer cost in Savannah?
We don’t think it’s fair to ask you to pay up-front for an accident lawyer. At John Foy & Associates, we give you top-notch representation without asking you to take on a financial risk:
- Your consultation with us is free
- We won’t ask you to pay anythingup front while we handle your case
- We won’t charge you at allif we don’t win money for you
If we succeed in getting you money, we will take a percentage of the recovery as our fee. We think this is the best way to ensure you can afford legal help when you need it most.
Is there a time limit for filing car accident claims?
Both state and federal deadlines, or “statutes of limitations” apply to car accident claims in the City of Savannah. The exact deadline in your case will depend on your particular circumstances. For example:
- You may have two years to file your claim
- Your deadline may only be months away
These deadlines are important because if you miss them, you will not be allowed to recover money for your injuries. For this reason, it is important that you get advice from a lawyer right away.
Talk to a Savannah Car Accident Lawyer for Free
You shouldn’t be stuck paying for a car accident that you didn’t cause. John Foy & Associates has been helping car accident victims get the money they need for more than 20 years. We’d like to give you a free consultation to discuss your case and explain your options. Call us at 912-574-2287 or fill out the form to your right and get your FREE consultation today.