If you have been struck by a careless driver, you may be all too aware that car accidents often result in devastating harm and substantial expenses. Victims deserve to be compensated for these burdens. Dunwoody car accident lawyer Ryan Schwartz recognizes that the last thing you want to think about after a car accident is the legal process, but he believes that it is critical to understand your options. As a dedicated personal injury attorney, he can diligently advocate for your rights every step of the way.
Getting behind the wheel exposes you to serious risks. The Governor's Office of Highway Safety in Georgia reports that there were 1,179 traffic fatalities and 116,458 injuries in the state in 2013, and these figures are fairly typical for any given year.
Car accidents arise from many causes, such as:
- Driver fatigue
- Texting and driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failing to obey traffic signals
Some of the most common types of crashes on the road include rear-end accidents, rollovers, head-on collisions, side-impact crashes, and sideswipe collisions.
Every driver has an obligation to obey traffic laws and drive in a manner that will not endanger others on the road. If you were hurt in a car accident due to someone else's carelessness, our lawyer may be able to file a negligence claim against the at-fault party. Negligence is a failure to exercise reasonable care behind the wheel that results in harm to another driver or passenger. Reasonable care refers to how a prudent driver would act under the same circumstances. For example, if a driver who runs a red light causes an accident, he or she would likely be liable for any resulting harm. A reasonably prudent person would not disregard the traffic signal, understanding the risks associated with such behavior.
Depending on the nature and extent of the accident, you may be able to seek compensation for the following, among other forms of damages:
- Medical bills
- Future medical expenses
- Rehabilitation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
- Property damage
It will be important to show that any items of damages that you are claiming directly resulted from the defendant's careless actions behind the wheel.
The statute of limitations is a particularly important procedural rule to understand in your personal injury case. It signifies the time frame that you have to file a claim. Failing to file within this time frame could mean permanently losing your right to pursue compensation. Under Georgia law, a plaintiff has four years from the date of an accident to pursue a property damage claim, but a personal injury claim must be pursued within two years.
If you were hurt in a crash that was not your fault, it is important to seek the help of a car accident attorney in the Dunwoody area as quickly as possible. Ryan Schwartz can thoroughly analyze the facts of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your claim. He represents people throughout the Atlanta metro area, as well as in Woodstock, Decatur, Lawrenceville, Gainesville, Smyrna, Newnan, Dawsonville, and Douglasville, among other cities.
Call us or contact us online to set up a consultation.