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How is the value of a car accident settlement in Atlanta calculated?

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The value of a car accident settlement will depend on who was negligent, the actual costs incurred, severity of the injuries and other factors. Speaking with Atlanta, GA injury legal services can help you understand the damages you may be eligible to seek. 

Negligence and Car Accident Claim Value 

Negligence will play an important role in the ability to obtain a settlement. InGeorgia, you can recover damages only if you were 49 percent or less at fault for the car accident. 

However, even if you were 20 percent at fault, it could diminish the value of your claim by your percent of fault. So the goal is to show the other party was mostly or completely at fault. 

For instance, let’s say you were traveling downMarietta Streetand another vehicle traveling the opposite direct made a left turn in front of you. Left-turn accidents usually are the fault of the one who made the turn. 

Because there are exceptions, you can’t assume the other driver will automatically be at fault. You need evidence that proves the other driver’s actions were negligent. 

Calculating Your Expenses 

The amount you are able to recover will depend on the costs you have incurred. This generally applies to the medical expenses. 

According to the National Safety Council, the economic cost of a nonfatal disabling injury in 2010 was estimated at $70,200; a non-incapacitating injury was estimated at $22,300. Medical costs can be significant, depending on the nature and extent of your injury. 

The severity of your injuries may play a role. Injury legal services can help evaluate the long-term and lifetime consequences to determine how this may factor into your calculation of damages for your claim. For instance, you may be unable to work or your quality of life may be reduced, which could increase the value of the settlement. 

If in a Car Accident in Atlanta, GA, Injury Legal Services Can Help 

Contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith and don’t forget to take advantage of our FREE eBook. We can explain the various factors specific to your case that may impact the value of a car accident settlement.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia