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Q
Under Georgia law do I have to get my car repaired after a car accident?

Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer Shane Smith, an Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney who limits his practice to Car Wrecks, Car Accidents, Personal Injury, DUI Victims, Slip and Falls, and other injuries relating to Back and Neck Injuries

A

     The short answer to this is no. A longer answer to this is that you should. You are free to get your car repaired or not, or take the money from the insurance company or not after any car wreck. However, please be aware that insurance adjusters are taught to only value the visible damage to your vehicle. This means they do not get underneath the vehicle, they do not look behind crushed panels for any further damage. The first initial estimate is almost always low. Therefore, if you do not have your car repaired, they will pay you only for the visible damage. This means that sometime in the future if your car has other mechanical problems related to this accident, it will not be repaired; and, we will be unable to help you get any additional money. I always encourage you to get your vehicle fixed after a car accident.
     Please visit our FAQ for additional information about property damage after a car accident.  If you need to speak to a lawyer about your case please contact us here or at 770HURT999 or 770.487.8999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia