Anyone who has been recently involved in a Woodstock car accident may have concerns about handling communications and negotiations with insurance companies, overcoming the emotional trauma and mental distress, recovering from injuries and fixing one’s vehicle. This is a lot to deal with particularly when the at-fault driver has an insurance company stocked with a team of adjusters and attorneys all working to deny or underpay your claim. Insurance companies may engage in bad faith or sharp practices designed to damage your Woodstock car accident claim.
At Montlick and Associates, our dedicated team of Woodstock auto accident attorneys have been providing effective legal representation to car accident victims in Woodstock since our law firm was established in 1984. We do not view a client as merely a “personal injury victim” but as those who are parents, siblings, children and friends to those who love them. We understand the anxiety and mental distress that often accompanies the injuries caused by an unsafe driver as well as the financial havoc such injuries can inflict upon the victim and the victim’s family. Our experienced Woodstock car accident attorneys investigate our clients’ cases and work hard to develop an effective legal strategy for pursuing compensation for our clients.
Assessing Fault in Woodstock Car Accident Claims
While many of those injured in car accidents in Woodstock understand that the other driver must be “at fault” at least to some degree to seek financial recovery, few people involved in collisions have had to navigate the legal process before. The notion of proving fault is really a layman’s term for negligence, which requires one to establish that the other driver failed to exercise ordinary prudence to avoid causing a collision resulting in injuries. While the other driver’s unsafe driving conduct must be shown to have partially caused your injuries, such conduct need not be the only cause of your injuries.
There are certain types of situations where determining and proving fault may be easier. Some common examples include the following:
- A drunk driver who causes a collision by veering into another lane or otherwise driving unsafely
- Drivers that slam into a vehicle they are following from behind
- Vehicles violating red lights or stop signs and T-boning vehicles that are lawfully in the intersection
- Motorists that collide with parked vehicles
- Vehicles executing left turns in front of traffic proceeding straight through an intersection with a green light
While in these examples fault may be relatively clear, there are exceptions even in these types of situations. The majority of car accident cases are far more ambiguous than these situations. Insurance companies will often tenaciously dispute whether their client caused a collision. This insurance company strategy frequently involves blaming the plaintiff for causing his or her own injuries.
It is important to understand that even if the insurance company claims you are at fault with a police report that supports this position, you should not presume that you are unable to recover for your injuries. Georgia is a “modified comparative fault” state, which means that as long as your fault is less than fifty percent you may still recover damages for your injuries. This legal doctrine means that your recovery will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you by the judge or jury. Many times a police report assigning fault may be inaccurate or reach a conclusion on fault that is not supported by the evidence.
Types of Negligence in Woodstock Car Accident Cases
There are a number of different parties whose negligent conduct may cause a car accident, including other drivers, vehicle manufacturers, public entities in charge of roadways, vehicle owners and others. Our experienced Woodstock car accident attorneys conduct an independent investigation and evaluation so that we can accurately determine the cause of the collision and identify all possible defendants. Some of the most common causes of Woodstock car accidents include:
- Impaired drivers (e.g. drunk drivers, drugged drivers)
- Distracted drivers (e.g. texting drivers)
- Tailgating drivers
- Speeding drivers
- Drowsy drivers
- Red light runners
- Stop sign runners
- Illegal or unsafe turns or lane changes
- Violations of right-of-way
- Disregarding the Georgia Rules of the Road
Our Woodstock car accident lawyers at Montlick and Associates have handled hundreds upon hundreds of car accident cases for our clients involving all forms of transportation, including passenger cars, SUVs, tractor-trailers, buses, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. Our dedication to providing our best efforts for our clients and the extensive experience of our Woodstock car accident team has resulted in millions of dollars in compensation for our clients.
Financial Compensation to Rebuild and Recover
Some Woodstock car accident victims suffer injuries that are painful but will ultimately heal, like broken bones, soft tissue injuries, whiplash, dislocations, torn ligaments or tendons, concussions and burns; other injuries may have permanent physical and emotional effects. These types of severe permanent injuries can disrupt your quality of life, adversely impact intimacy with your spouse and prevent you from continuing in your career. Injuries that can have this type of fundamental impact on your life include injuries to the spinal cord, brain injuries, amputation of limbs, paralysis and even wrongful death. Whether you have suffered temporary injuries or permanent debilitating injuries, our Woodstock car accident lawyers may be able to seek a wide array of damages, including but not limited to the following:
- Missed earnings from your job
- Costs associated with medical treatment and physical rehabilitation
- Lost future earnings (i.e. impaired earning capacity)
- Interference with one’s quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Damage to one’s marital relationship
- Wrongful death compensation (funeral/burial costs)
- Punitive Damages (drunken driving, street racing, etc.)
Be aware of your legal rights! If you have been injured because of the failure of a driver on the streets or highways of Woodstock to engage in prudent driving practices, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Call now for a FREE CONSULTATION with our experienced Woodstock car accident attorneys.
Our attorneys are available to help you and may even visit you if needed. You can call us anytime 24/7 at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) for a FREE CONSULTATION. Alternatively, you can visit our website at www.montlick.com to make use of our FREE CASE EVALUATION FORM or 24-hour live online chat service.