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Are You Unsure Whether You Have a Valid Car Accident Case?

Published January 15, 2016 by Millar & Mixon, LLC

It’s normal to be unsure whether you have a valid lawsuit after a car accident. You have never before been seriously injured or faced thousands of dollars of unanticipated medical expenses. You are uncertain how you are going to pay off the bills. But you are unclear whether your accident and injuries contain the elements of a valid personal injury lawsuit. You need to talk with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who has extensive experience with car accidents.

Our Atlanta car accident attorneys at Millar & Mixon, LLC understand Georgia personal injury law and are available to review your accident and explain your legal options free of charge. Understanding your legal options will only cost you a few minutes of your time. There is no charge for the initial consultation.We have helped many Atlantans recover monetary compensation after a serious car accident so they could move forward with their lives without being saddled with medical debt.

Are You Getting No Cooperation from the Insurance Company?

Another motorist was talking on the phone while driving north on Peachtree and rear ended your car when you slowed to make a turn. The police found the other driver at fault for the accident and issued the driver a traffic citation. You have made a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company to cover your vehicle bills and medical bills, but the other driver’s insurance company is not cooperating.

If you carry comprehensive or collision insurance on your vehicle, you can make a claim with your own insurance company for payment. But it seems unjust to run the risk of raising your own auto insurance premiums to pay for an accident that was not your fault. What else can you do?

You can request a courtesy case review from a knowledgeable Atlanta car accident lawyer at no charge. You can understand your legal options for pursuing a legal claim against the at-fault driver and their insurance company.

Was the Insurance Compensation Not Enough to Cover Your Medical Bills?

Another driver ran a red light and hit your car, causing a collision in which you sustained significant injuries. You were taken to the hospital. The at-fault driver’s insurance company has offered to pay some of your medical bills, but the amount is not enough to cover all of the medical bills.

The amount that the insurance company pays to settle a claim is negotiable. They want you to accept the amount they offer, but you do not have to do so. Insurance companies will try to settle a claim for as little money as possible, particularly if you do not have a lawyer. If you don’t have an attorney representing you, the insurance adjuster will try to take advantage of your unfamiliarity with the process and make a low-ball offer.

You should not accept an amount that is not enough. An experienced car accident attorney can calculate a fair value for your injuries based on your past and future medical expenses and present the claim to the insurance company. You can go to court if the insurance company is unwilling to offer a fair settlement.

Were Your Medical Bills Missed and Not Paid After a Car Accident?

The at-fault driver’s insurance company has paid some of your medical bills, but it missed paying others. What is up with that? The insurance companies agreed to pay some of your medical bills and also sent along a waiver form for you to sign relieving them of responsibility for paying any additional doctor’s bills.

Be very careful about signing any liability waiver or release form presented by the at-fault driver’s insurance company. By signing the waiver, you are in many cases giving up your legal right to seek further compensation or file a lawsuit. It is a good idea to obtain all of the medical treatment that you will need and consult with an attorney before signing any release or waiver from the insurance company. An experienced attorney can provide guidance about when you should submit a claim for compensation. You may be able to claim additional expenses unless you have already signed a liability release.

Were You Accused of Being At Fault When You’re Not?

You turned onto an access ramp to get onto Interstate 285 on a rainy night. You are looking over your left shoulder to check for oncoming traffic and accelerating to get onto the interstate. You do not notice that an 18 wheeler was parked in the emergency lane just beyond the end of the entrance ramp. As a result, your car slams into the rear of the parked tractor trailer, and you sustain serious injuries and damage your car.

You were cited by police for driving into the rear of the truck, but the truck had stopped in a place where it should not have parked. Shouldn’t the truck driver have been cited for illegal parking? An experienced car accident attorney can conduct an independent investigation and present your version of the accident to the court. A

Georgia court hearing a  will make a separate determination of fault than the police or insurance company. The court may find that the truck driver caused the accident by parking illegally or that both drivers were partly at fault. You may still be entitled to compensation even if you were partly at fault in an accident in Georgia, as long as you were not 50 percent or more responsible for causing the accident. A citation from the police in the accident does not prevent you from bringing a legal action, depending on the facts of the accident. You may be entitled to bring a bring personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver and trucking company for creating a foreseeable hazard that caused you injuries and other damages.

Did you Receive No Compensation for Long-Term Damages?

Many people discover the hidden costs of a car accident too late. They include the loss of income because your injuries have left you unable to handle the physical demands of your job, post traumatic stress disorder related to the accident, which may develop several months after the accident, and the cost of future medical treatment. After a serious accident, you may need psychological counseling to deal with anxiety and post-traumatic stress.

Contact an experienced Atlanta car accident attorney at Millar & Mixon, LLC who will take into account the hidden or future costs when calculating the full value of damages that you are owed as a result of your injuries. These costs should be reflected in the claim you make or personal injury lawsuit. If you have experienced emotional distress as part of physical injuries sustained in an accident caused by the negligence of another driver, Georgia law entitles you to seek monetary compensation.

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