Monroe Car Accident Lawyer

Man feeling pain to the neck after car crashMonroe may attract residents and tourists with its historic appeal, but the city is far beyond horse-and-buggy days. Millions of vehicles pass through Walton County every year. US Route 78 intersects State Highway 11 in the heart of Monroe, and traffic jams are common. Even when traffic flows freely, car accidents are a near-daily occurrence in the area.

Depending on the circumstances of the wreck, you may suffer little more than a few cuts and bruises and light property damage. Or, the crash could result in serious, even life-threatening, injuries like traumatic brain injuries, neck injuries, spinal injuries, and more. In fact, 61 people were killed in car accidents in Walton County between 2016 and 2020. 

If you have been injured in a car crash in Walton County, the team at Scholle Law is here to help. For over 25 years, we have represented injury victims throughout Georgia, recovering millions on our clients’ behalf. The insurance company may try to get away with making a low settlement offer, but our attorneys will fight for every dime you deserve. 

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Monroe car accident lawyer, call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online today.

What Should I Do After a Car Wreck?

The aftermath of a car accident can be incredibly confusing. You and your passengers may have suffered from severe injuries, and you may not know what to say to the other driver. Even in the disarray of a collision, what you say and do can have a profound impact on your future physical, emotional, and financial well-being. 

Remember these important steps to protect your interests after a crash:

Everyone involved in an accident must first stop. It is the law. Next, when safely pulled over, check yourself for injuries. You may feel pain in your neck, shoulders, back, legs and other areas. If you are experiencing any pain, you should not move and wait for help to arrive. Call 911, or have someone else do it.

The 911 operator will need to know the location of the accident, description of the scene (including any details of glass or hazards), and a description of the injuries. You must report the accident per O.C.G.A. 40-6-273 if the accident resulted in an injury, death or damage exceeding $500.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you do not file a report at the time of accident, you may not be able to claim any damages or seek further compensation if something else goes wrong.

You will need to exchange your contact information and the name of your insurance company with the other party. The other driver should provide you with their full name, home address, email address, telephone number, date of birth, driver’s license number, vehicle information (including license plate and registration), VIN, and insurance company and policy number.

Before you leave the accident scene, take photos and videos if you are able to do so safely and without placing yourself in harm’s way. It is important to take pictures of all vehicles involved, including damage hot spots, license plates, witnesses, other drivers, photos of the scene (such as a dangerous intersection or construction signs), and any other evidence you feel is relevant to your claim. This evidence will support your version of events. Too much evidence is almost always better than not enough.

If you plan on collecting any compensation, you will need to file a police report and give your statement to the police. However, if you are hurt badly, you should seek medical attention immediately and worry about the police report later.

Typically, law enforcement will arrive faster if there was an injury because they will need to arrange for an ambulance to come treat the injured party. They also must secure the accident scene, investigate the cause and issue traffic citations. If anyone is intoxicated or has an outstanding warrant, the Georgia police may place them under arrest.

You should talk to the police about what happened before and during the accident, as well as any injuries you are experiencing. This will go into the official police report, so it is important to be honest but highlight any pain and suffering that you have experienced. At the same time, avoid admitting fault or apologizing, even if you think you might have caused the accident.

You can obtain a copy of the police report after the accident by contacting Georgia’s Open Records department and completing the Accident Report Release Form. You can go to the Georgia Department of Safety website for more information on these records.

After speaking with police, you will also want to notify your insurance company. They will want all the details as well for determining who was at-fault, how your rates will be affected, and what claim you can file for vehicle damage. Be aware of the statute of limitations in Georgia for filing a claim with your insurance. If you wait too long, you may not be eligible for compensation.

Some people are not sure if they want to hire an attorney to handle their car accident claim. However, if you suffered an injury or significant damage to your vehicle where your life was threatened, you should consult an attorney about your legal options. In case of a fatality, an attorney may be able to collect significant compensation for the family that goes beyond just damages.

 

Speak to a Monroe Car Accident Attorney Today

Statistics show that the average American driver will be in three to four car accidents in their lives. Many of these collisions are minor, resulting in superficial injuries and light property damage. Unfortunately, a wreck can also cause catastrophic, and even fatal, injuries.

If you have been injured in a car crash in Walton County, the team at Scholle Law is here to help. For over 25 years, we have represented injury victims throughout Georgia, recovering millions on our clients’ behalf. The insurance company may try to get away with making a low settlement offer, but our attorneys will fight for every dime you deserve. 

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Monroe car accident lawyer, call us at (866) 592-1296 or contact us online today.