There are certain steps you should take after a car accident in order to protect your claim and your rights. One of the most important is to seek legal counsel from a personal injury lawyer in Atlanta. This is especially true if you have been seriously injured and were partly at fault for the crash.
How Your Own Negligence Can Impact a Car Accident
A study by the Society of Automotive Engineers found that one of the biggest causes of traffic accidents is failure to use a turn signal. This can be especially dangerous when making turns or changing lanes. It is negligent actions such as these that can contribute to an accident. But what if you were the one who didn’t use a turn signal?
Let’s say you were on Interstate 85 and you failed to signal before changing into the right lane. At the same time, the driver of a vehicle in the right lane was looking down at his or her phone to read a text message. Although that driver was distracted and unable to react quickly enough to avoid an accident, you still may be considered partially at fault.
The good news is that you still could receive at least some compensation. The bad news is that you can do so only if you were 49 percent or less at fault. This is becauseGeorgiafollows the modified comparative fault with the 50 percent rule for establishing negligence.
Even if you are found to be less than 50 percent at fault, the percentage will impact the amount of compensation you can receive. The more at fault you are, the less compensation may be available.
Proving the other driver was mostly at fault (i.e., at least 51 percent) will be the only way to receive as much compensation as you can. Taking the right steps after a car accident can help preserve critical evidence that may demonstrate the other driver’s negligence and fault in the accident.
Filing a Claim with Help from an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer
For help with your claim, contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 1-888-927-6955. We understand the importance of taking the right steps after a car accident and can help gather evidence to prove the other party’s negligence.