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Part II: Georgia Attorney Shane Smith Continues His Series: How to Respond When You Are a Victim of a Fayette County Auto Accident

Part Two of the Series:  What Do I Do Now After My Car in Woolsey Has Been Hit? Shane Smith Auto Accident Attorney Continues His Series

The first installment of this series left off with Georgia personal injury law mandating all injured parties receive information from all drivers involved in the accident. After insurance information is exchanged, and depending on the severity and culpability of all parties involved is determined by law enforcement officers at the scene of the Fayette County auto accident, the next step is to notify your insurance company.

Notifying your insurance company is essential because virtually every contract requires policy holders to report an incident as soon as possible. Understanding your policy limits, contracted terms of coverage and how your insurance company’s claim process works will make your life easier after your Woolsey car accident.

The opposing party(ies) will undoubtedly contact their insurance companies and speak with their individual insurance adjustors. You might very well get a phone call from the at-fault party’s insurance adjustor asking you to talk about the accident. Many unscrupulous insurance adjustors working for those guilty of car accidents will attempt to get you to agree to a legally binding settlement over the phone or have you admit to partially causing the accident.

It is imperative to speak with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith as soon as you can after the accident. After your free legal consultation regarding your circumstances, if your case is accepted you won’t have to worry about an insurance adjustor offer a bare-bones settlement; your Fayette County auto accident attorney will make sure all of your possible emotional and physical damages are accounted for before even going into settlement negotiations. As a last resort, if a reasonable settlement cannot be reach, there is always the option to take the court to trial to expose the at-fault party’s negligence.

Taking photographs of the Georgia auto accident are very help for your Fayette County accident attorney. There are many benefits to take pictures of the scene of the accident and physical injuries from it:

  • It shows the point of point of impact
  • It shows the orientation of the cars (which can establish fault)
  • It shows what types of damages your car sustained and how it contributed to your physical and emotional injuries
  • Physical injuries health in time – the only way to capture the gravity of them is with a picture

When it comes to talking about the accident, be careful what you say and to whom. While you are not permitted to obstruct an investigation and are required to inform your insurance company of the accident, saying too much to the operator that has caused your injuries and their insurance adjuster can greatly reduce your chances of having a maximum settlement.

The Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you as a victim of a Woolsey auto accident, with virtually any circumstances. This serves as a general guide and can help you preserve and protect your legal rights as best as possible because you Fayette County accidents happen when you least expect them and you will not literally have a Georgia auto accident attorney to help you at the scene of the accident.  Contact our law offices at (888) 927-6955.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia