Were you injured in a car or pedestrian accident in Buford, Georgia?
Our vehicle accident law firm will work to get you the compensation you deserve.
Imagine you are in your car driving along Hamilton Mill Road. You see the red light up ahead and you slowly start to hit your brakes. Before you know it, the driver of the car behind you slams into you. They were texting behind the wheel and didn’t see you braking.
You were just in an accident in Buford, Georgia. Now what?
Unfortunately, this hypothetical scenario is far too common and real for many Buford residents. Residents love Buford for its small-town charm, but the area is bustling thanks to the Mall of Georgia and its proximity to Atlanta. In fact, for several decades, Buford was the largest city in Gwinnett County — a hub of banking and finance, education, leather production and architecture.
All of this activity means that the roads, highways and interstates that crisscross through Buford have become increasingly clogged and congested in recent years, resulting in higher rates of serious and fatal vehicle accidents. The good news is that Buford car crash injury attorney Charles Scholle is here to provide answers and give you the legal advice you need.
Scholle Law is an experienced personal injury and auto accident law firm that specializes in cases involving car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents and more. We’ve served the Buford community for over 20 years. Through hard work and dedication, we’ve gained the trust of local residents in Gwinnett and Hall counties, earning a reputation in the community for high-quality legal representation at a fair and honest cost.
Your first consultation is FREE, and we charge you nothing unless we’re able to secure financial recovery for you and your family. No recovery, no fee — it’s that simple.
If your injuries prevent you from visiting any of our office locations, then we can schedule a time for a legal representative to travel to your home or other location to meet with you or your family.
What to do after a car accident in Buford, GA
First and foremost, if you are involved in a serious collision in which you or one of your passengers are injured, you should call 911 and seek emergency medical attention immediately. All of the other steps listed below can wait. Your health is most important. After you’ve received treatment, call our law firm immediately to discuss your legal options.
If, however, you were involved in a minor car accident or weren’t visibly or noticeably hurt, it’s crucial you follow these steps:
1. Stop your vehicle
Make sure you stop your car. Pullover to safety if possible and put on your hazard lights. Above all, don’t leave until instructed to do so by a police officer. Leaving the scene of an accident (known as a “hit and run”) is a criminal offense in the state of Georgia.
2. Call the police
Call the police, even if you do not think anyone appears to be hurt and the damage isn’t severe. The police will write up an accident report that includes who was cited, where the accident took place and draw a diagram of what happened.
3. Gather information and evidence
While you wait for the police to arrive, swap information with the other people involved in the accident, and take pictures of the accident scene — including photos of your car, the other vehicles, the surroundings and even the weather. All of this information may be important later when seeking damages. If possible, also be sure to grab the contact information of the police officer who arrived at the scene and drafted the report.
4. Record your version of events
Once you’ve filed a report with the police officer, make sure you are prepared to recount the incident to an attorney. Write down the details of the accident while they are fresh in your mind such as the time of the accident, the make and model of the cars involved, the contact and personal information of all those involved, the location of the collision and the road conditions.
5. Notify your insurer
Call your auto insurance company and tell them that you were involved in a car accident as soon as possible after a wreck, even if you weren’t responsible for it.
Many policies require claimants to notify the insurance provider shortly after a crash in order to receive coverage.
6. Visit your doctor
Another thing you should do after a car accident, no matter how minor it was, is to go see your doctor. Often, seemingly minor car accidents — like a fender bender — can result in serious injuries such as a neck injury, spine injury, back injury or head injury.
Even if you don’t want to go to the hospital in an ambulance, it is extremely important to get to a doctor right away and tell them what hurts. Having a doctor’s notes, in writing, will help your lawyer interpret how the injuries you sustained were caused by the accident and how they may practically impact your life going forward.
7. Consult an attorney
Finally, contact a trusted personal injury attorney near you to learn about your legal options. At Scholle Law, we can begin to help you deal with the financial burdens that arise in the aftermath of a serious auto accident. By leveraging our experience in dealing with similar cases in Buford, Georgia, we will work to get you the compensation that you need.
Common types and causes of car accidents
No two collisions are exactly the same. Many factors can determine the severity of an auto accident — from the size and weight of the vehicles involved to the speed at which each driver is traveling and the location of the impact. However, car accidents are generally lumped into the following categories:
- Head-on crashes
- Sideswipe accidents
- Multiple vehicle collisions (pileup or chain reaction crashes)
- Rollover accidents
- Rear-end collisions (fender benders)
- Side impact collisions (T-bone accidents)
- Single-vehicle crashes
There are many different causes of car crashes, but the common thread underlying nearly all of them is negligence. Though we commonly use the word “accident” to describe an auto wreck, this is actually deceiving because most crashes are preventable. Just because a collision was unintentional doesn’t mean that it was “accidental” or by random chance.
At Scholle Law, we specialize in all of these types of vehicle accident cases and more — whether they were caused by an inexperienced or teen driver, an elderly driver, a drunk or drugged driver, a distracted driver, or an aggressive or reckless driver.
Recovery for auto accident injuries
When we talk about recovery after an auto accident, we don’t just mean physical recovery. Yes, that part is vital and we can help you get the proper treatment from the best medical experts near Buford — but it’s also important to think about your financial recovery.
Medical care is expensive. Many car accident injuries require extensive and costly medical treatment, sometimes for the remainder of a person’s life. On top of that, if you were seriously injured in a crash then you may be unable to work and your car is likely totaled or damaged.
Georgia is an at-fault state, meaning the person who was responsible for the crash is responsible for paying for the damages to all parties. This means you will have to file a claim with their insurance company.
But what if the other driver is uninsured? Or what if their policy limits don’t even come close to covering the full extent of your damages?
This is where we come in.
For instance, in one case we were able to negotiate a $5.5 million settlement for a Gwinnett County resident who suffered a traumatic brain injury and multiple fractures in a T-bone accident. In another case, we secured $441,000 for a Gwinnett County woman involved in a head-on collision who suffered a meniscus tear to her knee, back injuries and post-traumatic headaches.
Regardless of what type of injury (or injuries) you suffered and what type of accident caused your pain, we can help ensure that you receive the maximum possible settlement or award amount for your damages, including:
- Economic damages. Medical bills, lost wages, property damage, travel expenses, rehabilitation and therapy, etc.
- Non-economic damages. Pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of companionship, loss of enjoyment, etc.
- Punitive damages. Though rarely awarded in civil cases, punitive damages may be sought in Georgia if the at-fault driver demonstrated “willful misconduct” or “conscious indifference to the consequences” of their actions (such as is often the case in drunk or distracted driving car accidents).
In the tragic event that you lost a loved one in a fatal auto wreck, we can fight to make sure you receive additional compensation for funeral and burial expenses, loss of consortium and other monetary losses. This money won’t replace your loved one’s life, but it can help you and your family by allowing you to focus on processing your loss, rather than stressing about finances.
We’ve recovered over $75 million for our clients
Local resources for Buford, GA residents
Local legal resources
Buford Police Department
(Gwinnett County Police North Precinct)
2735 Mall of Georgia Blvd
Buford, GA 30519
(678) 442-5002 (non-emergency)
Buford City Schools
2500 Sawnee Ave
Buford, GA 30518
Gwinnett County Public Library
(Buford-Sugar Hill Branch)
2100 Buford Hwy NE
Buford, GA 30518
Gwinnett Chamber Of Commerce
6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Duluth, GA 30097
Gwinnett Medical Center
1000 Medical Center Blvd
Northside Hospital Gwinnett
1000 Medical Center Blvd
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
“…Every week, I experience a client who’s dealing with the worst time that they’ve ever had to experience. They’re injured. They can’t pay their medical expenses. They don’t know when they’re going to be able to work again.”
“…I always like the underdog. I always like representing the little guy. I don’t want to represent the corporation or the insurance company.”
“…We like to have a personal relation with our clients…because that helps us be better lawyers…and serve their interests.”
Contact us to speak with a lawyer about your accident.We’re available 24/7 and your first consultation is free.
Call 866-972-5287 or send us a message online