According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I-285 had more fatal collisions per mile in 2013 than any other interstate in the nation. I-285 surrounds Atlanta, and it has earned a reputation as one of the deadliest roadways in the United States.
The state of Georgia ranked seventh in the nation in 2013 for the total number of fatal accidents. The families of these victims not only endured immense emotional trauma, but many of them also faced overwhelming debt due to medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
If you were injured or lost a loved one due to a drunk, distracted, or negligent driver, contact The Finnell Firm. Attorney Robert Finnell will evaluate your case, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and help you fight for the maximum payout. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with an auto accident lawyer in Atlanta.
Let's examine a few scenarios when you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney:
1. When the Insurance Company Is Not Cooperating
Georgia is an "at-fault" insurance state, which means that the insurance company of the driver who caused your collision is responsible for paying your damages. Unfortunately, insurance companies are businesses, and in an effort to maximize their profits, they look for any possible excuse to deny and undervalue claims.
If the insurance carrier is disputing your claim, you should contact an accident lawyer immediately. Insurers tend to take claims filed by attorneys more seriously, and your lawyer will help you avoid costly mistakes such as making a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster.
2. When There Is a Liability Dispute
In order for your claim to be successful, you will have to prove that the other driver did in fact cause your accident. If there is a liability dispute, an attorney can help you gather the necessary evidence to prove negligence and liability. This evidence may take the form of the police report, photos of the accident scene, witness testimonies, and testimony from an accident reconstruction expert.
3. When You Sustain Debilitating Injuries
According to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the estimated lifetime cost of treating a spinal cord injury ranges from $1 million to nearly $5 million. These estimates do not include the indirect costs of lost wages and loss in productivity.
If you sustained debilitating injuries, calculating your damages can be complicated. In addition to the immediate medical bills and lost income, you will have to factor in the loss of future earning capacity and the cost of future healthcare. The calculations can become particularly intricate if you intend to pursue non-economic damages.
Robert Finnell can investigate your crash, calculate your damages, and help you fight for the maximum compensation. If your case goes to trial, Mr. Finnell has the litigation experience to represent your interests in court.
Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation with an accident attorney in Atlanta. You can learn more about car accident claims in Georgia by visiting USAttorneys.