If you sustained a serious injury in an Atlanta auto accident, it is very likely that you will be contacted by an insurance agent. Insurance adjusters often claim that they like to settle injury claims quickly, but this is a tactic to save money. The truth is that at this point you don't yet understand the long-term effects of your injuries and you don't know how much medical treatment you will need. What seems like a generous offer may not be enough to cover months of lost wages or a lifetime of disability.
If you were injured by a drunk driver in Georgia, there is another reason for insurance companies to act fast. Victims of drunk drivers are eligible for punitive damages. These are monetary awards given to the victim in compensation for the driver's recklessness. These damages are the only legal recourse a Georgia DUI victim has to seek accountability for his injuries. But, these damages are not awarded unless you ask for them. By settling too soon, you could give up your right to seek justice.
If the insurance company is offering you a settlement, contact an Atlanta car crash attorney to discuss their offer. The Law Offices of Shane Smith offer free consultations. Contact us at 770-HURT-999 and find out if the offer the insurance company is making is fair.