Accidents Involving Cars, Trucks And Other Motor Vehicles
Motor vehicle accidents cause a tremendous amount of suffering in the U.S. The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has estimated that the economic price of these crashes every year stands at $871 billion.
But the cost is significantly greater for those who suffer these injuries, from “minor” injuries that lead to lifelong pain to severe brain and spinal cord damage that can make your future look very different from your past.
Passionate Representation For You
At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, we help you understand what has happened, the type of medical attention you need and how to obtain the compensation you will need to cover your expenses. Our attorney brings a passion for helping innocent people who have been injured by the negligence of other motorists.
We know some will need medical treatment and therapy to recover and move on with their life. Others will need substantially more, and we can help you obtain the health care, surgery, rehabilitative therapy and other compensation that may be available to help with your recovery.
Motor vehicle accidents can happen to anyone at any time, and our lawyer provides legal services for individuals in South Carolina and Georgia who have been injured in:
- Car Accidents
- Truck accidents
- DUI accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Speeding crashes
- Drowsy driving
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
South Carolina Accidents
For those injured in car crashes in South Carolina, there are additional rules. You must file within 15 days a form that details your liability insurance (FM-10) to the South Carolina Department of Transportation. If you don’t, your license could be suspended.
A police report may not be used as evidence in a case, so it is important that you obtain your own investigation of the crash if you need to bring a case against the at-fault party. Our attorney can help with this process.
After A Car Accident, You Deserve Answers To Your Questions. We Have Them.
A car accident can change your life. After a car accident, your primary concerns are likely your physical and financial well-being. However, many legal issues crop up in the aftermath that may leave you needing answers. At Glenda Mitchell Law Firm, we want you to know that you deserve answers and that we can provide them for you in a free consultation.
For now, here are answers to some of the more common car crash questions:
Should I see a doctor after my car accident?
On the surface, this might seem like an obvious question. Often, those injured in car wrecks are taken to the hospital via ambulance or at least looked at by EMTs. However, with adrenaline running high in the aftermath of a wreck, victims may not fully realize how injured they actually are and decline an exam or a hospital trip. A visit as soon as possible with a doctor is always worthwhile, as the doctor may be able to detect injuries that could be hidden under the rush of adrenaline.
There are some injuries that might not show up until days after the car accident, including internal bleeding, a torn ligament or a blood clot. Concussions are common, and the symptoms may not be recognized right away. So, it is important to see a doctor to check for injuries.
Seeking medical attention immediately is also important to obtain your compensation. If you are unaware of the full extent of your injuries, you may settle too soon and receive less than you truly deserve.
When should I return to work after a car crash?
People are often anxious to get back to work after being hurt in a car crash. They see their medical costs piling up, and they need their paycheck to cover those and all other bills, from car payments to house payments. However, the decision to return to work should be made with the input of your doctor, as returning too early could make injuries worse.
How Will I Pay My Bills After A Car Wreck?
Even if you have health insurance, the out-of-pocket medical expenses associated with a car accident injury can be tremendous. If your injury caused you to miss work, that only makes matters worse. How will you pay all of your regular bills such as your car payment or mortgage payment? How will you even buy groceries and cover other usual expenses?
Georgia is an at-fault state, meaning that if another driver was at fault for your car wreck, that driver is responsible for compensating you for the costs you’ve incurred. However, the system is complex, and having an experienced lawyer on your side means you have someone who knows how it works, someone who will work hard to pursue full compensation for all your car accident-related costs.
What compensation can I recover after a car accident?
After a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you can seek compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future medical costs
- Lost wages from missed work
- Vehicle damage repairs
- Rental car fees
- Loss of companionship after a fatal accident
There is also no cap or limit on the amount of compensation you can recover in Georgia.
What Does Comparative Negligence Mean?
Sometimes, a car accident is not only the result of one driver’s negligence. There might be many cars involved, or the injured driver may even hold some responsibility for the accident. Many injured individuals who are partly responsible for the accident worry they cannot receive compensation for their injuries, but this is not the case.
Georgia has a modified comparative negligence standard in motor vehicle accident cases. This means that if you were less than 50% at fault for the accident, then you can still recover damages. However, the amount you can recover directly correlates with the percentage of fault.
Contact Us Today For Help With Motor Vehicle Accidents
If you have been injured in a car or truck crash in Georgia, call our Cartersville office at 678-721-0417 for a free initial consultation. In South Carolina, contact our Greenville office at 864-326-3073 or use our contact form to make an appointment. If you are injured, we can meet you at the hospital.