Grovetown, Georgia, is a nice place to live that, unfortunately, sees its share of car accidents. At Hawk Law Group, our Grovetown car accident lawyers are dedicated to representing people who have been hurt by those with whom they have shared the road. We understand the challenges you face following a car accident in Grovetown, GA. In response, our team combines empathetic support with aggressive legal representation to fight for your rights.
Many personal injury law firms are filled with lawyers who know how to negotiate but have no experience at trial. Here at Hawk Law Group, by contrast, our attorneys are seasoned trial lawyers who also win large settlements. We are also prepared to advocate for you. Contact our office for a free consultation with our Grovetown car accident attorneys or call us at (706) 722-3500 today.
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How Hawk Law Group Can Help You With Your Grovetown Car Accident Claim
The Hawk Law Group stands out from a crowded Georgia legal field with its formidable track record. Collectively, our lawyers enjoy the benefit of over 70 years of experience in personal injury law. We have put that time to good use where it matters most–we have secured hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Our firm is known not only for its legal expertise but also for its unwavering commitment to justice.
Our Grovetown personal injury lawyers can handle the following matters for you:
- Understand Georgia’s traffic and insurance laws relating to car accidents.
- Gather essential evidence from the accident scene, including witness statements and police reports.
- Deal directly with insurance companies to negotiate fair compensation without undue stress on you.
- Calculate comprehensive damages, including medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
- Ensure your claim is filed within Georgia’s statute of limitations for car accident cases.
- Evaluate and advise on settlement offers to ensure they are just and adequate.
- Investigate the accident to determine all potential sources of liability and insurance coverage.
- Use accident reconstruction experts to strengthen your claim and clarify fault.
- Provide aggressive representation in court if negotiations fail and courtroom litigation is required.
We do not subscribe to the “cookie cutter” approach to car accident claims that many large personal injury law firms use. We realize that every client is unique, and we will develop a customized legal strategy that addresses every aspect of your car accident claim. Consult our Grovetown car accident lawyers to learn more.
What Is My Grovetown Car Accident Case Worth?
Each car accident case is different, as are their values.
However, the value of many cases is dependent on the following factors:
- The severity of your injury
- Strength of evidence
- Permanent disability
- Time missed from work
- Property damage
Pain and suffering damages also often amount to more than half the total value of a personal injury claim.
What Kinds of Damages Are Available to Car Accident Victims?
After a car accident, you may be able to pursue economic and non-economic damages for your financial and emotional losses.
The following damages may be available after a car accident:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Physical therapy
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
An experienced car accident attorney can help you determine what damages may be available in your case.
Do I Need to Give a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company?
No, and you shouldn’t. Instead, you should send a written notice to the at-fault driver’s insurance company containing a bare-bones notification of the accident. Anything else you say “can and will be used against you in a court of law” (or in settlement negotiations) to deny or minimize your claim.
Can I File a Claim Against Their Employer of an At-Fault Driver?
Yes, you can, if the driver was acting within the scope of his duties at the time of the accident. The driver must have been an employee of the company, not an independent contractor.
Although most pizza drivers are employees, most commercial truckers are independent contractors. A driver must be on duty and acting within the scope of their employment for an employer to be vicariously liable.
Can I Still Win My Personal Injury Claim If the Driver Was Acquitted of DUI in Criminal Court?
Believe it or not, you can still win. Acquittal in criminal court does not doom your claim against a drunk driver in civil court. One of the reasons for this is that civil lawsuits and criminal prosecutions are separate proceedings. Another reason is that the standard of proof in a criminal prosecution (“guilt beyond a reasonable doubt”) is much higher than the standard of proof in a personal injury lawsuit.
Is There a Deadline for Filing a Car Accident Claim?
Yes. In Georgia, you must file a car accident lawsuit within two years of the date of the accident. You also typically have until two years after the date of the victim’s death to either finalize a settlement or file a wrongful death lawsuit. Certain exceptions to these deadlines sometimes apply.
Is Georgia a “No Fault” Auto Insurance State?
No, it is not. If you want compensation for an accident caused by another driver, you need to file a third-party claim against the driver’s auto liability insurance company.
Georgia requires all of its drivers to carry the following minimum insurance:
- $25,000 per person for bodily injury liability;
- $50,000 per accident for bodily injury liability; and
- $25,000 per accident for property damage liability.
Despite the law, about 12% of Georgia motorists are uninsured,
What are My Legal Options If I Was Injured by a Malfunctioning Airbag?
If a malfunctioning airbag caused your car accident, you can sue the manufacturer (or another party in the product’s chain of distribution) for personal injury based on product liability.
You might have suffered an injury because your airbag failed to deploy. If so, you can sue the manufacturer or distributor for how their airbag’s failure to deploy worsened your injuries. You can also file a claim against a motorist who caused the accident.
What Happens if Both Drivers Were at Fault for the Accident?
In cases where more than one party is at fault for an accident, Georgia applies “modified comparative negligence with a 50% bar.” A court will determine your percentage of fault. If it is less than 50%, you will lose a percentage of your damages that equals your percentage of fault.
If your percentage of fault is greater than 50%, you will receive nothing, and you may have to pay some of the opposing party’s damages.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents in Grovetown, GA can leave you devastated with life-altering injuries. You don’t have to deal with the stress of your injuries and financial recovery alone.
We can help you fight to recover compensation for various injuries, including the following:
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Crush injuries
- Airbag injuries
- Chest injuries
When your injuries are overwhelming, Hawk Law Group is here to help you get the justice you deserve while you focus on healing.
Does Georgia Offer Punitive Damages?
Yes, Georgia offers punitive damages, but they are very difficult to obtain. To win punitive damages, you must convince the court by “clear and convincing evidence” that the defendant’s conduct was outrageous enough to warrant the imposition of punitive damages. Even if you do, a court is under no obligation to award punitive damages, and Georgia courts are reluctant to award them.
Contact Our Grovetown Car Accident Lawyers Today
Personal injury lawyers often charge a contingency fee, meaning you only pay if you win. Call our Grovetown car accident lawyers to learn if you have a strong claim. Hawk Law Group is here to make the process of getting the compensation you need after a Grovetown, GA accident easier.