There are a number of steps that are part of the resolution of a car accident claim. It is helpful to have a general overview of the process, especially if you have never been in a car accident in the past.
Choose an Atlanta Car Accident Attorney
To make the process easier and less stressful, it is often best to hire an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney to handle your claim. Your Atlanta Car Accident lawyer will answer your questions and guide you through the claim procedure. While you don’t have to hire an attorney, you can be more certain of a more favorable outcome when you have an attorney to protect your interests.
File a Claim
The first step after any car accident is to file a claim. Generally, you will file the claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company. The driver will likely already have contacted his insurance company and they may contact you to discuss the accident. You should also report the accident to your own insurance company so they have a record of the incident. In cases where both parties are partly at fault, the insurance companies may negotiate together to come to a resolution.
Accidents happen very quickly and even though you may feel that you know what happened, the accident needs to be investigated. One of the key reasons for an investigation is to get proof of the cause of the accident. The negligence of the other driver must be proven. This can be done through a variety of methods, including reading the police report, speaking to witnesses, viewing video camera footage of the accident, visiting the scene of the crash, and other options.
In some cases, it is necessary to conduct a professional accident reconstruction. The insurance company is responsible for investigating the crash. However, you and your attorney will want to conduct a separate investigation.
You have likely been going through a lot of stress and pain throughout the recovery process. One thing that is essential is that you keep extensive records of your medical treatment and care. Request a copy of every medical record and evaluation along with copies of all your medical bills. You also need to keep copies of all medications that you obtained and any other treatments that you received, such as physical therapy. You need records from every doctor or facility, regardless of whether you paid for them at the time.
It is also necessary to keep documentation of any other costs associated with your claim. For example, if you missed work for a period of time due to your injuries you will need to have proof from your employer as well as documentation showing your regular wages. The negligent party should be responsible for any and all expenses that you incurred due to the car accident.
Most car accident claims are settled outside of court. Settlement negotiations occur between you and the insurance company. If you have legal representation your attorney will negotiate the settlement. It is often much better to have an experienced Georgia personal injury attorney handle negotiations than to try to do so yourself. You will find that the outcome is often much better and you will also have less stress and aggravation. In some cases, a settlement cannot be reached. If that happens, the case may need to go to court for a resolution.
Vehicle accident cases can be complicated and stressful. We take the stress out of the situation and will handle your claim to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact Bader Scott Injury Lawyers to learn more about car accident claims.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.