Evans Georgia Car Accident Lawyer
In our automobile-controlled society, the most likely point at which an ordinary person will deal with an injury claim is in the context of a car wreck, also referred to as an automobile accident, car crash, automobile wreck or motor vehicle collision.
A traffic court can deal only with citations issued to drivers for violations of traffic laws, set fines, and occasionally send someone to jail for a short time. The Georgia Department of Driver Services may suspend or revoke a driver’s license. Nonetheless, neither of those decides who pays monetary damages, or how much. Actually, traffic tickets as well as license suspensions are ordinarily not even admissible in evidence in a tort case, except for a guilty plea or bond forfeiture which may be admissible as an admission against interest.
Liability for another individual’s bodily injury or property damage in a motor vehicle collision is based upon negligence rules, most of which are common sense. The majority of these are which are codified the Uniform Rules of the Road which has been adopted by legislatures in the majority of states including Georgia. Examples include speeding, improper lane change, following too closely, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, failure to keep a lookout for other cars on the road, etc.
How to be prepared for a car accident in the future:
- When you need it, keep a copy of this in your glove compartment so that it will be at hand.
- In your car, keep a camera (cell phone or disposable), pad, pen, flash light, reflective triangles or emergency flares, and a copy of this information form.
- Review your auto insurance policy to confirm that you have uninsured/ underinsured motorist (UM) coverage equal to your liability coverage, collision as well as comprehensive coverage to promptly handle damage to your own car, rental car coverage.
- Keep this checklist with the emergency kit in your glove compartment:
What To Do At The Accident Scene:
- Immediately turn car engine off to reduce fire danger.
- Right away turn on hazard flasher lights. If you are on a dark road or near the crest of a hill, put out flares as well as other warning signs to alert other drivers.
- Call 911. Do not let anybody talk you out of it. Pleasantly disregard offers to settle for immediate payment at the scene if you do not call police. Seldom would that work out well.
- Photograph the scene and cars before the vehicles are moved, preferably from multiple angles, and also of the people involved. You don’t require to make a huge production of it, yet if you are able get some quick pictures. They may be invaluable later on.
- Pull over to shoulder to clear traffic if there are no significant injuries and vehicles are operable.
- Stay calm. Arguing, shouting, name calling and accusations do not help.
- Do not admit fault. Calm reflection and analysis might differ from an instinctive reflex.
- Do not give your Social Security number. Nobody needs it. Phone number, address, driver’s license number and insurance coverage details should be enough.
- From the other driver’s license, copy the name, address, license number and date of birth.
- Write down the tag number. Also copy everything that is written on the side of the truck if a big truck is involved.
- Don’t be a hero if you are injured at all. Even if you subjectively feel you are just shaken up, accept the offer of an ambulance ride. It is very common for signs and symptoms to increase over the next couple of days after a wreck. Describe what you are feeling to the medical personnel in detail. If you don’t tell them, they won’t know. Go to the emergency room as well as follow up with your doctor or one who to whom you are referred if you are injured.
- Do not move somebody else who is injured unless absolutely necessary to prevent further injury and unless you have significant lifesaving training.
- When a police officer comes to the scene, be polite, respectful, courteous as well as calm.
- Give complete as well as accurate details in response to his or her requests. Make notes of the officer’s name, badge number, station address and telephone number. When as well as where you can get a copy of the accident report, ask.
- If you get a ticket, do not argue with the police officer. You may sign it to acknowledge receipt.
- Stay at the scene until the police and other drivers leave, unless you are taken away in an ambulance.
- Do not call a lawyer from the accident scene. It would not look good. If there is a significant injury call us at 706-434-8770 after you have seen a doctor.
After a car collision:
- Talk to an experienced lawyer before you sign anything else, give a written or recorded statement, go to traffic court, or settle with a claims adjuster.
- Follow your doctor’s instructions. Go back if you aren’t getting better. Let the doctor know what is truly going on.
- Make certain a friend or relative takes a good camera to the scene as well as to the impound yards where the cars are held, and takes A LOT of photos with a good quality digital camera.
- Get pictures of the injured person that show the injuries, but not photos that look fake or posed.
- Tell your lawyer the absolute truth. If you have preexisting injuries or medical conditions, or awkward things in your personal history that would eventually come to light, e.g., criminal record, you MUST inform your lawyer about it in advance. We can deal with almost anything if we know about in advance. Surprises in the middle of a trial might not work out so well.
Every car accident victim experiences hardships that can create a lot of stress, financial worry, and even heartache. The car accident law attorneys at Fleming & Nelson in Evans GA will serve the best interests of you and your loved ones, with skill and compassion to help your family with all their legal needs.
We walk softly and carry a big stick.
A negotiated settlement is often the path to your best possible outcome. And the best way to a negotiated settlement is to prepare for trial. That is why each Fleming & Nelson attorney is not only a skilled negotiator but also a tenacious litigator. We stress the value of early case mediation, choose battles wisely, and focus legal strength where it matters.
We drive the case forward.
The wheels of justice can move slowly. At Fleming & Nelson, we do everything in our power to drive the case forward – with our professional experience in litigation and motion practice, and our personal commitment to our clients to return emails and calls promptly. We understand the emotional toll surrounding personal injury law, and that an important factor in your best possible outcome is for finality to come as quickly as possible.
We keep you informed. We’re here when you need us.
Clear, timely communication is as important to us as it is to you. At Fleming & Nelson, we make sure that you have access to us, and we keep you informed of every decision and detail, every step of the way.
Call the law offices of Fleming and Nelson today at 706-434-8770 if you have been in a car accident in Evans Georgia.