Tips on Hiring a Georgia Auto Accident Attorney
In Georgia, automobile accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury across the state. Each year, more than 6 million automobile accidents occur within the United States, causing over 40,000 deaths. Recent statistics reveal that the number of fatal and life threatening car accidents in Georgia is increasing, with over 300,000 traffic accidents occurring within its borders on an annual basis.
Given the devastating nature of car accidents, including its impact on your family, friends, emotional well-being, income, money-making potential, and other important aspects, it is essential to consult with an attorney who can help you understand your legal rights and the actions that must be taken in a timely fashion to protect those rights. This is especially important given that accidents are often complex and difficult to prove, even if you were not at fault. Additionally, depending upon the type of defendant, the time frame or statute of limitations in which a case must be filed differs. For example, if a government worker negligently hits you, you must file your claim within 180 days versus the normal two-year period required in suing a private party. If you fail to follow the applicable timeframe relevant to your case and the procedural requirements, you may forever be barred from recovering for your injuries and/or property damage. Additionally, insurance policies typically contain different notification requirements, and many times people do not realize that insurance can potentially be available under additional policies that are not readily apparent without legal training.
An additional dispositive factor in bringing forth a claim for damages, or if necessary a lawsuit, is that you should hire an attorney who has the experience and skill necessary to protect you and your legal interests. Many attorneys can say that they have had significant experience; however, in our view, if you really want to work with an experienced attorney you should choose one who focuses a meaingful portion of their practice on personal injury claims arising out of vehicle accidents.
In other words, we believe that the best approach is to hire a Georgia auto accident attorney who knows the ins and outs of bringing forth and proving your case and also, who is fully aware of the statute of limitations relevant to your case, the evidence necessary to prove your injuries, and which experts may be best to work with to further support your claims. It also goes without saying that the best approach to hiring an attorney is to work with one that makes you feel comfortable, in control, and also, informed about your choices, and who is responsive and a good listener. You do not want to have to deal with an attorney that makes you feel forced into making decisions about your case. Your case is about you and what you want. An attorney should provide you with the scope of options, and leave it up to you to decide which approach you feel most comfortable taking.
For 30 years the Atlanta auto accident law firm of Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, has been assisting clients located throughout the state of Georgia and all over the Southeast. We also cover all smaller cities and rural parts of the state as well. We have the experience and resources to protect your rights. Regardless of your location, our lawyers are just a phone call away, and we will even visit you if you cannot come to us. To schedule a free confidential case evaluation, you can call us 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.