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Why You Need a Car Accident Lawyer

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Why you need a car accident lawyer

Car accidents are unsettling and often traumatic. On average, there are 3.8 million emergency department visits annually for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes in the US. Such accidents can result in significant pain and suffering as well as financial hardship.

If your car accident resulted from someone else’s negligent or wrongful acts, you may be entitled to restitution for your losses. However, getting fair compensation is not always an easy or straightforward process. 

When it comes to accident claims, a personal injury lawyer plays an essential role in fighting for your rightful compensation and ensuring your rights are protected. In fact, having a dedicated car accident lawyer from Hoffspiegel Law on your side throughout the legal process can give you confidence and peace of mind. 

Our legal team can work to help you navigate your legal options so that you can focus on regaining your quality of life after the accident. Call Hoffspiegel Law today at (404) 760-8600 or click the Contact Us button to find out how we can meet your needs.

To Strengthen Your Legal Case and Protect Your Rights

Simply filing an insurance claim after a car accident will not automatically get you the compensation you deserve. You may need to prove the negligence of the other driver and demonstrate the full extent of your damages. 

Your car accident lawyer can build a solid case that documents a wide range of your accident-related expenses and losses. 

Explaining your legal rights

Your car accident attorney can identify the legal issues and relevant personal injury laws related to your accident and help you understand how these may be interpreted within the court system. 

After becoming familiar with your case, your attorney can give you objective advice on how to best proceed with your claim. Once the facts of your case have been established, your attorney can clarify the type and amount of compensation you are entitled to by law.

The process of resolving an accident claim is complex and often involves many parties, including lawyers, medical personnel, and insurance companies. An experienced lawyer knows how to interact with all involved parties and is prepared to fight for your legal rights.

Proving the other driver’s negligence and liability

A successful personal injury claim or car accident lawsuit depends on whether you can prove the liability of the other party. Every driver is expected to uphold the laws of the road when operating a vehicle of any kind. 

When a driver breaches this duty of care, he or she may be found liable for a collision. Unfortunately, proving liability is sometimes easier said than done.

Proving that the driver was careless enough to breach a duty of care to you can be extremely difficult, even if the police report and eyewitness statements indicate that he or she was at fault. 

An experienced car accident lawyer will use his or her legal knowledge and resources to establish these required elements of negligence:

  • The at-fault party had a legal duty to adhere to a certain standard of conduct
  • The at-fault party breached this duty of care
  • The breach of duty caused your injuries
  • You suffered damages as a result of your injuries 

The reputable personal injury lawyers at Hoffspiegel Law can investigate the circumstances leading up to your accident and help you establish the facts of your case.

Gathering evidence in support of your claim

Your car accident claim is only as strong as the evidence you can provide. Thus, it is critical to collect as much compelling evidence as you possibly can to make sure all negligent parties can be held accountable for your losses.

An experienced car accident attorney is adept at carrying out thorough investigations in the aftermath of a collision. He or she will look for any evidence that connects your injuries and losses to the accident. The evidence will be used to prove your accident claim to insurers or in court, if necessary. 

Evidence in your accident case may include:

  • Police reports
  • Accident reports
  • Photos from the accident scene
  • Traffic camera or other video footage 
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Emergency medical reports
  • Medical records related to treatment for your injuries
  • Medical bills or statements stemming from the car accident
  • Proof of lost wages as a result of having to miss work after the accident

At times, car accident lawyers will consult accident reconstruction experts to determine how the crash occurred and who the at-fault driver was. By gathering such evidence, your attorney will be able to lay a solid foundation on which to build a successful car accident claim.

Determining the value of your car accident claim

Fair compensation in an accident claim involves more than just medical costs and lost wages. While it is important that you receive enough compensation to aid your physical recovery, additional factors should be considered when assessing the extent of your damages. 

Your car accident lawyer can help you to gauge the full extent of your physical, emotional, and financial losses. By carefully assessing your current damages as well as evaluating what your future expenses may be, your attorney will ensure that you seek enough compensation to meet your long-term needs comfortably.

Ensuring that your case is brought within the allowed time limits

When car accident victims fail to file a claim within the allowed timeframe, they forfeit their right to seek compensation for their losses. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for filing most personal injury claims is 2 years from the date of the accident.

Depending on the circumstances of your car crash, the statute of limitations could be even shorter. In view of this, it is in your best interests to retain a well-practiced lawyer as soon as possible after the accident.

Your car accident lawyer will work tirelessly to gather evidence and organize your claim before any applicable statute of limitations expires. By giving your lawyer as much time as possible to prepare your claim, you set yourself up for a more successful resolution.

Dealing with hospitals or debt collectors

When you are reeling from the physical and emotional tolls of a car crash, you should be focused on your health and recovery. The last thing you need to face is hospital staff or debt collectors enquiring about the payment of your medical bills. Sadly, this scenario is far too common. 

Your lawyer can go to bat for you by dealing directly with the hospital or debt collector, informing them of any pending claims or litigation. Moreover, car accident lawyers can work to reduce the amount of your medical debt.

Handling insurance companies

Most car accident claims are handled through insurance companies. However, insurance laws and policies can be complicated. Insurance adjusters employ many frustrating tactics to deny or delay even valid claims and are notoriously difficult.

Insurance companies often attempt to undervalue your claim and lock you into a settlement agreement before you realize the full extent of your damages. The insurance adjuster may try to shift the blame to you, even twisting your statements to make you appear liable.

Therefore, it is best not to go it alone when entering insurance negotiations. Dealing with insurance companies without legal backup can result in inadequate and unjust compensation.

An experienced attorney, though, can successfully negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. He or she will know the insurance laws that apply to your accident case and can interpret the provisions of the insurance policy in regard to coverage, exclusions, and limitations. 

With qualified legal representation on your side, the insurance company will not be able to pressure you into accepting an unfair settlement.

Representing you in court if necessary

In most cases, insurance negotiations result in an out-of-court settlement. If, after repeated attempts, an amicable agreement can not be made, the case may go to trial.

Proving your case before a jury and against a team of attorneys representing the insurance company is no easy feat. It is inadvisable to go to court without seasoned legal counsel on your side. 

Your accident lawyer will help you file your case and ensure that all necessary documents are submitted within the required timeframe. After an accident, you should hire a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. When you do so, he or she has ample time to become familiar with your case and is well prepared to argue on your behalf in court. 

In the end, experienced court representation can ensure a more favorable outcome for accident victims.

To Seek Your Full Physical Recovery

When a car crash involves physical injuries, it can be particularly traumatic. Suffering serious injuries in a motor vehicle collision can negatively impact your quality of life for the foreseeable future. 

To ensure that your accident claim fully represents the extent of your injuries, you need the help of a qualified attorney.

Accident claims often comprise of injuries such as:

  • Concussions
  • Whiplash
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
  • Facial injuries
  • Neck and chest injuries
  • Broken or bruised ribs
  • Broken or fractured bones
  • Dislocated joints
  • Loss of limbs
  • Internal bleeding or organ damage
  • Wrongful death

It is vital to seek medical attention and treatment as soon as possible after a car accident injury. Your long-term prognosis may depend, in part, on how quickly your injuries were addressed. Your attorney will also need to present your medical records as valuable evidence of the real extent of your injuries when seeking financial compensation for your claimed losses.

To Maximize Your Compensation for Losses Suffered

A serious accident can result in devastating losses and may involve a totaled vehicle, severe injuries, and emotional pain and suffering. 

Depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may qualify to attain restitution for:

  • Medical treatment and medical bills
  • Rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Cost of future medical expenses
  • Past, present, and future lost wages
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Vehicle damage
  • Other property damage
  • Emotional pain and anguish
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship or consortium 
  • Out-of-pocket expenses related to or as a result of the accident

When facing significant loss after a car accident, the team of motivated and supportive lawyers at Hoffspiegel Law can help you get your life back on track by pursuing a fair settlement agreement.

To Save Time and Put Yourself At Ease

A serious car accident can lead to untold pain and suffering, both physically and emotionally. You may also be worrying about your family’s financial needs if you are unable to work for some time. 

The idea of filing an insurance claim or taking legal action against the negligent driver who caused your accident may feel too overwhelming to take on. Yet, such action must be taken for you to get back on your feet both physically and financially. 

Please rest assured that you do not have to navigate the insurance and legal system alone. The personal injury attorneys at Hoffspiegel Law are ready to ease this process for you. 

Lloyd and Alex Hoffspiegel are dedicated to protecting and defending the rights of car accident victims and helping them move forward. When our law firm takes your case, our entire legal team is at your service.

Our attorneys limit themselves to a small number of cases and dedicate themselves fully to those clients. In this way, no one client is prioritized above another.

When you work with Hoffspiegel Law, you will have direct access to your lawyer. We offer personalized service based on your individual case and situation. Every member of our staff will be familiar with your case and prepared to talk with you at any point in the legal process.