A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that 25,580 people died and many more were injured in 2012 auto accidents from January through September. Being prepared before an accident can enable a victim to obtain all the necessary information that will be helpful to their case.
Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident you should discuss your case with an accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.
Georgia auto accident victims will likely face four consideration areas following the accident:
- The accident's immediate aftermath;
- Auto accident lawsuits;
- Auto accident-related pain;
- Auto accident-related injuries.
It may be unclear which party was primarily at fault following an auto accident. It is always recommended that parties retain legal counsel when seeking the best possible outcome. Hiring an experienced Clayton County auto accident attorney enhances an auto accident victim's chances.
A victim helps himself when he provides specific information about an accident to his attorney. This can only be done by being prepared in the event of an accident. All relevant details must be recorded, photographs of the accident scene must be taken before the vehicles have moved, and information must be given to law enforcement for inclusion in a police report.
A victim may seek compensation for damage to an automobile, medical expenses from related injuries, and lost wages. A victim must file a claim within the statute of limitations or the right to a claim is lost. An auto accident attorney can ensure that deadlines are not missed.
Claims are typically filed with the other parties' insurance companies if they were responsible for a Georgia auto accident. Typically, the other parties' insurance companies will seek to reduce or avoid liability by showing that a claimant was at least partially responsible for the accident. It is necessary to present evidence to the other parties' insurance to prove liability. An experienced Clayton County auto accident attorney can help obtain evidence including police reports, eyewitness testimony, and potentially security or surveillance video.
If you or someone you know has been hurt in an auto accident, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith. We can obtain the relevant evidence including police reports.