Athens Single Car Accident Lawyer
Being injured in a car accident can put the brakes on both your capacity to enjoy your personal life and your ability to work to support yourself and your family. When the car accident that led to your injuries was caused by someone or something else, you could be entitled to compensation for expenses related to your injuries.
Whether or not you are entitled to compensation and in what amount will depend upon the unique circumstances of your accident, and how the law and the outcome of similar cases applies to them.
The best way to ensure that you collect the full amount that you are entitled to for your accident is by working with an Athens car accident lawyer from Athens Car Accident Lawyers. Our experienced Athens car accident attorneys are standing by to review your case and discuss how we can help.
Single Car Crashes are Just as Serious as Other Types of Accidents
When it comes to accidents, single car crashes can be just as serious and harmful as other types of accidents. While an accident with a large truck or bus entails a collision with a much larger and heavier object, an accident involving only your vehicle still involves a car that weights many thousands of pounds that is capable of traveling at very high speeds.
Anytime a vehicle is brought to a sudden stop, severe injury or even death can occur. Common injuries as a result of single car crashes include:
- Neck and back injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken and/or fractured bones
- Amputations and the loss of limbs
- Traumatic brain injury
One of the most common, and serious, injuries that result from single car accidents is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. A TBI happens anytime that your head experiences a bump, blow, or penetrating wound, and one of the most common causes is motor vehicle collisions.
When you bump, blow, or receive a penetrating wound to your head, the soft tissues of your brain can be damaged, which can lead to permanent changes in your brain chemistry that can impact your ability to work and even enjoy the same social life as you had before the accident.
Collecting the compensation that you deserve for your Athens single car accident requires the gathering of a significant amount of information as evidence. You’ll need to gather evidence about the cause of the accident to be able to collect compensation for it, and you can only collect on damages that you can prove with evidence.
The process begins by consider which parties might be responsible for the accident.
Parties Who May Be Responsible for the Accident
Being in a single car accident could make you feel that you must automatically be the cause, but this is not the case. A careful review of the unique circumstances of your accident and how the legal concept of “negligence” applies to them will determine who is liable for the accident.
Negligence is a legal term that basically means you can only recover from a party who owed you some responsibility, broke the responsibility to you causing an accident, which in turn led to injuries that have damages.
Vehicle manufacturers have a responsibility to sell vehicles that are safe to operate as intended, and that meet the various national standards in place for motor vehicles. When a vehicle manufacturer designs a product that is unsafe, it is obligated to address the problem with corrections and recalls.
When a vehicle manufacturer fails to fulfill their duty to sell and maintain safe vehicles, and an accident results due to this failure, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages.
Vehicle defects and safety issues are the most common source of liability for vehicle manufacturers. Your attorney from Athens Car Accident Lawyers will carefully review any vehicle recalls, and may even have your vehicle assessed for errors to determine what the cause of the accident might have been.
The government is obligated to maintain roads that are safe for motor vehicles to travel on in most states. Government improvement projects in cities must also be kept safe and orderly to protect not only the workers on-site, but also drivers in the area.
When a government agency fails in its duty to keep the roads safe for drivers and an accident occurs, they could be liable for compensating you for your damages.
Common causes of single car accidents are poorly kept roads with potholes which can lead to the loss of control and accidents. Your local Athens car accident lawyer knows what to look for in this regard.
Construction Companies or Contractors
When roads are under construction, there is often a mixture of private construction companies and contractors as well as government employees. Construction companies and contractors have a duty to keep their construction sites safe for employees, and also safe for passing pedestrians and vehicles.
When a construction site is unsafe, or creates an unsafe condition that causes a car accident, you could be entitled to compensation. Failure to warn about road hazards, the placement of signs in places that lead to accidents, and other actions can put a construction company at risk of being responsible for the damages from your Athens single car accident.
What if the accident was my fault?
Generally, when you are the cause of the accident that led to your injuries, then you and your insurance company will be liable for covering the associated damages. The purpose of carrying insurance is to have coverage in the event that an accident happens, as they by their very nature, accidents.
When the accident was your fault, your own insurance company will be responsible for compensating you, and you’ll file through them as appropriate.
Working with a personal injury attorney helps to determine the actual fault involved in the accident by collecting evidence. If you have been injured in an Athens single car accident, it is important to not admit fault to the other parties involved in the accident. It is not likely that you were looking into the cabin of the other vehicles involved in your accident in the moments before they hit you. In fact, it is generally impossible for you to do this, which highlights the importance of collecting information and gathering evidence.
Determining fault in an accident requires a careful analysis of the unique circumstances involved in the accident that led to your injuries. Without first gathering and collecting evidence, it can be difficult to determine the true cause of an accident and which party is truly at fault. Connect with a local Athens car accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident for a free initial case review to determine if you might not have actually been at fault in the accident as you believe.
When it comes time to try and collect the compensation you deserve, you’ll have to file a claim against the insurance company that covers the party that caused the accident. The insurance company will then put their team of analysts and attorneys to work in careful scrutinization of your claim.
They will look for any opportunity to deny your claim outright, or to reduce the amount that you receive in compensation. The insurance company does not work for you, they work for profit, and their increase their profits by decreasing the amounts that they pay out to injured persons like you.
How an Attorney Can Help
One of the key benefits of working with your local Athens single car accident lawyer is the fact that your attorney will handle your claim every step of the way. Your local car accident lawyer from Athens Car Accident Lawyers will:
- Collect evidence to determine the party at fault of the accident
- Collect evidence to completely and accurate your damages
- Incorporate your evidence into the drafting of a claim
- The filing of your claim with the insurance company in the time allowed
- The negotiating and communicating of your claim with the insurance company
- If a fair settlement cannot be reached, we will take the insurance company to court to make it happen
Your car accident attorney handles the entire claims process from drafting through collecting the compensation that you are entitled to so that you don’t have to. Working with an attorney minimizes the amount of time you have to invest in the claim or case, and removes the stress from your day-to-day life. You focus on recovering from your injuries, while we focus on helping you recover the full amount in compensation that you are entitled to.
You pay nothing up-front, nothing out-of-pocket ever, and if we take your case, we only get paid if we win. This is because we take cases on contingency, meaning we only get paid if we win your case. You have no obligation to hire us, and we’re proud to provide the opportunity for you to ask any and all questions you might have before we form an attorney-client relationship and get moving on your case.
To schedule your risk-free, cost-free initial case assessment with Athens Car Accident Lawyers, schedule a consultation or call us at (706) 995-7547.