Many people will be involved in a car accident at some point during their lives. Some people involved in car accidents manage to walk away unscathed, but others sustain injuries and damage to their vehicles. When an accident results in harm, the victim may incur significant costs in addition to pain and suffering. A common question that arises after car accidents is whether the accident is grounds for a lawsuit, or if an attorney will take your case.
Whether you have a viable case depends on several factors. As such, if you are a Georgia resident who suffered property damage or injuries due to a car accident, it is prudent to contact an experienced Georgia car accident attorney to discuss whether you may be able to pursue compensation for your harm.
Factors Weighed in Determining Whether You Have a Viable Case
The factors assessed in whether you have a viable claim against another party following a car accident, and therefore whether an attorney can assist you in recovering compensation, involve whether you suffered harm that was caused by another person or entity, as well as how long it has been since your accident occurred.
In determining whether your harm was caused by someone else, an attorney evaluating your case will likely analyze the factors that contributed to the accident. Most accidents are caused, at least in part, by the negligent acts or failure to act of one or more parties. If an attorney believes you can pursue a valid negligence claim against another party, he or she may agree to take your case.
Under Georgia law, to show that another party’s negligence caused you harm, you must prove that the other party owed you a duty of reasonable care and that he or she breached the duty owed. In car accident cases, the duty owed will often be the duty to drive in safely and reasonably. You must then demonstrate that the breach of the duty caused the accident to occur. Lastly, you must show that the accident caused you to suffer harm. The harm caused by car accidents may include damage to your vehicle and bodily injury. Harm can also include the pain and suffering caused by the accident.
Even if it seems possible that you may be able to prove another party is liable for your harm, an attorney cannot assist you in seeking compensation if you wait too long to pursue your claim. Any lawsuit arising out of a car accident must be pursued within the applicable statute of limitations. In Georgia, the statute of limitations for car accidents is two years from the date of the accident. Therefore, if you wish to pursue a lawsuit following your car accident, you must do so in a timely manner.
Meet with a Seasoned Georgia Car Accident Attorney to Discuss Your Case
Often, people who are involved in car accidents do not know what steps to take to repair the damages they suffered due to the accident. Moreover, they may question whether they have a viable claim against another party involved in the accident. If you were involved in a car accident in Georgia, it is in your best interest to meet with a seasoned car accident attorney to discuss the facts of your case and assess whether you should pursue a claim for damages. The experienced car accident attorneys of Scholle Law will analyze the facts surrounding your accident and help you determine an appropriate course of action under the circumstances. We can be contacted at 770-717-5100 to schedule a free and confidential meeting in our Duluth GA Law office or anywhere in Atlanta.
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