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Kennesaw, GA- According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Office, there were 1,179 deaths from traffic accidents in 2013 and 116,458 injuries. Those numbers represent too many people who face exorbitant medical bills or the grief of losing a loved one at the hands of another. That is why traffic accident victims have the right to seek compensation for their injuries or the loss of a family member, but there are things these victims need to know about Georgia’s personal injury laws if they want to have a successful injury claim.
Georgia, like all other states, limits the amount of time you have to file a personal injury or wrongful death suit following an auto accident called the statute of limitations. All personal injury or wrongful death cases whether they arise out of an auto accident, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, etc. must be filed within two years from the date the injury or death occurred. If you fail to file your claim before the statute of limitations expires will result in a denial of your claim.
Accident victims who are partly to blame for an accident are still eligible for compensation in Georgia under the state’s comparative negligence rules. If you are partly to blame for an accident, you will be assigned a percentage of liability which is dictated by your actions at the time of the accident. For instance, if you were rear-ended by a car while you were making a turn that you did not use a signal for, the at-fault driver could argue that you were partially responsible because you didn’t use your turn signal. Although that driver shares the bulk of responsibility because they were following too closely, you must take part of the blame, and that will result in a reduction of the settlement you receive. So, if you were determined to be only 10 percent at fault for an accident, the final settlement amount you receive.
As an injured accident victim, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, costs of rehabilitation, property replacement or repair, lost wages, disability compensation and damages for their emotional distress. When an accident is fatal, surviving family members can seek compensation for their loved one’s medical, funeral and burial expenses along with monetary damages for their emotional distress, loss of financial support and companionship and mental anguish. In car accident cases involving injury or death, victims may also be eligible for punitive damages if the driver is guilty of gross negligence.
USAttorneys urges accident victims to speak with an accident lawyer near their Kennesaw, Georgia location. Getting a fair settlement, whether you settle with an insurance company or take your claim to court, requires a skilled negotiator and someone who understands Georgia’s personal injury laws.
Our team of accident lawyers in Georgia will listen to you and address any concerns you might have about your claim. Let USAttorneys help you locate an attorney to fight for you today.
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