Savannah Car Accident Attorneys
Aggressive Representation for Car Accident Injury Victims
Information on this page:
- Car Accident Cases
- Who Is Liable After a Car Accident in GA?
- Deadline for Filing a Claim
- What Damages Are Available?
- Proving Fault
- Claim Killers
- Accidents Involving an Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist
- What to Do After an Accident
- Fighting Back Against Insurance Companies
- Why Hire Our Firm?
- How much does it cost to hire an injury lawyer?
- How much is my case worth?
- What happens if I'm injured in a work-related car accident?
- Can I recover any lost wages due to my auto accident injury?
- Do I need to give a statement to an insurance company after the accident?
- How long does it take to settle?
If you do not find the information you are looking for about your accident/injury, please give us a call.
Every day, car accidents caused by negligent drivers impact innocent lives. Car accidents can lead to some of the most catastrophic and life-changing injuries possible. If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, you need a strong advocate who can help you fight for justice and ensure that the responsible party is held accountable.
It’s time to drop the hammer – and at Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys, we get results. We aren’t afraid to go head-to-head with the big insurance companies who don’t want to pay you what you deserve. Our Savannah car accident lawyers never back down from the fight for justice.
Car Accident Cases
After suffering an injury in a car accident, you’ll be facing a slew of complicated issues. You might need expensive medical treatment, time off from work, and extensive car repairs. These are things you shouldn’t have to face alone – the person responsible for the accident should be held accountable so that you can afford the care you need to move forward.
At Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys, we handle claims involving car accidents caused by:
Drunk driving accidents happen all too often. If you or a loved one were injured in a DUI accident, our firm is here to help! We work hard to secure as much compensation as possible, including punitive damages. Learn more about how we can help you by reading our DUI accidents page!
Texting and driving and other forms of negligent driving
Distracted driving is an extremely dangerous practice, in today’s fast-pace society distractions are all around us – cell phones being one of the biggest causes of distraction. In fact, Georgia passed a law in July 2018 prohibiting drivers from handling their cell phones while driving. Despite this law, drivers continue this reckless behavior. When drivers act negligently on the road, they should be held accountable for the damage they inflict.
Tailgating is one of the most common causes of rear-end collisions. All too often the driver in the stationary car is unaware a moving vehicle is about to hit them, as a result, they are not braced for impact. The passengers in the moving car usually don’t sustain as serious of injuries.
Defective auto parts
When auto manufacturers create defective products, they can be held liable for the damages they cause. Read our Defective Auto Parts page to learn more about liability laws and how our firm can fight for you!
Unsafe road conditions
In some situations, the local government can be held responsible for accidents caused by unsafe road conditions. The statute of limitations to file a claim against the government can be shorter depending on the claim you are filing. It is important to speak with an attorney right away if you have been injured in an accident caused by unsafe road conditions.
Who Is Liable After a Car Accident in GA?
Georgia is a “fault” state when it comes to car accident liability. This means that the negligent party who caused the accident is responsible for paying and resulting damages. The opposite of a fault state is a no-fault state, in these states no matter who caused an accident either party is eligible to receive compensated for their injuries through their own insurance. Because of this law, drivers in these states are required to carry a certain type of insurance coverage called personal injury protection (PIP) insurance.
In a no-fault state an injury victim must meet certain qualifications in order to file a personal injury claim. In a fault state, like Georgia this option is much more accessible. In fact, the main qualifying criteria to file a personal injury claim against an at fault driver is that you must be less than 50% at fault for the accident that led to your injuries. This means that even if you are partially responsible for an accident you are still eligible to pursue compensation. In this scenario, however, your total compensation will be reduced by the same percentage of fault you are determined to be responsible for.
Your Deadline for Filing a Claim
Your auto accident has a deadline for recovery before any claims you file are automatically dismissed by the court. Auto accident claims against non-governmental insurance providers must be filed within a two-year statute of limitations, which starts on the date of your accident or when your injuries were first reasonably noticeable. If you were involved in an automobile accident with a military or other government vehicle, the statute of limitations is reduced to one year.
Additionally, Georgia uses comparative fault law. This legal rule means that even if you are partially at fault for an accident you are still eligible to recover damages, however, your total compensation amount will be reduced by your percentage of fault. Unlike some states, Georgia also does not allow an injury victim who is more than 50% at fault for an accident to pursue compensation for their injuries. Therefore, proving that your liability was at most 49% is crucial.
What Damages are Available?
There are three main types of damages that can be recovered after a car accident:
- Economic damages or special damages compensate for financial losses sustained as a result of an injury such as medical expenses or missed days at work.
- Non-economic damages, also called general damages, compensate for more intangible losses such as pain and suffering.
- Punitive damages, the last type of damages, is different from the first two because their main purpose is to punish the negligent party rather than compensate for specific losses.
Before you can get any of these damages, though, you have to prove that they exist. Car accident attorneys will often have the least trouble proving economic or special damages because they are based on concrete topics. Medical bills, vehicle repair bills, and reduced paychecks can all be collected to show clearly how your finances have been impacted by the accident. Medical specialists and financial experts can be called upon to further prove the future consequences of your injuries if necessary.
Non-economic or general damages are a bit different, though, because there is no concrete way to translate physical suffering and mental trauma into dollars and cents. As unusual as it might seem, there are some definitive ways to figure out a “fair” amount of non-economic damage. Attorneys and insurance representatives often consider the age, overall health, income, and predicted hardships of the claimant to come up with this number.
Proving Fault in a Car Accident
In a car accident claim, your liability is how much you are determined to be at fault for the crash. Lower liability usually equates to a better opportunity to recover a fair amount of compensation. Using the same evidence that established your damages, our Savannah car accident attorneys can also establish liability. Proving liability is more important than you might realize at first, too, because you can be stopped from collecting any compensation at all in Georgia if you are more than 49% liable for an accident.
To prove that the other driver is at fault for your car accident, we can look for signs that they were negligent. When considering negligence in terms of a personal injury case, negligent behavior is any behavior that another driver reasonably would not have done in the same situation.
Clear examples of driver negligence are:
- Drunk driving
- Texting and driving
- Exhausted driving
- Driving without a license
If you have been involved in a car accident and intend on filing a claim, it’s important that you take the right steps to avoid jeopardizing your claim. Our Savannah car accident attorneys can advise you accordingly.
Factors that could seriously impede your recovery in an auto accident claim include:
- Gaps in medical treatment (missed appointments, etc.)
- Talking too much with the insurance adjuster (we recommend consulting with us before agreeing to speak with the insurance company)
- Settling too quickly
- Not following the doctor’s orders
- Jumping from attorney to attorney
Accidents Involving an Underinsured/Uninsured Motorist
You may have been involved with a driver who does not have enough insurance – or any insurance at all. In cases where the at-fault driver is uninsured, you should call our Savannah car accident attorneys immediately.
You are still entitled to recovery, which may be possible from:
- Your policy
- Other policyholders in your house
- Other policyholders in the at-fault, uninsured driver’s household
Additionally, multiple insurance policies may be stacked until you are properly compensated for your injuries.
What to Do After an Accident
It’s a good idea to be prepared in case you are ever involved in a car accident. Knowing the right steps to take can improve your chances of recovering compensation if someone else is to blame for the incident.
If you are involved in an accident and suffer an injury, you should:
- Seek treatment at an emergency room or with your primary physician
- Avoid talking to the insurance adjuster about your injuries other than the fact you were hurt
- Seek legal advice from a qualified personal injury attorney
- Follow through with your medical treatment, which decreases the risk of future complications and increases the value of your claim
Fighting Back Against Insurance Companies
Without fail, auto insurance companies always try to pull the wool over the customer’s eyes and manipulate injured drivers into accepting low-ball settlement offers. At Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys, we see right through these tactics and want to make sure you get every penny you deserve.
Don’t let the insurance company bully you into less than you are owed – work with our Savannah car accident attorneys to get the most out of your claim.
Why Hire Our Firm?
Auto insurance companies will jump on the chance to take advantage of your confusion and general lack of knowledge if you try to file your car accident claim on your own. They know that you don’t have the time, resources, or energy to see through each of their tactics, such as minimizing your damages by saying some of your injuries were preexisting. Essentially, you will be placing yourself in a precarious position from the start of your claim.
If you hire our firm, though, you can be ready for anything the opposition throws at you, and even return with some surprises of your own. As a Dream Team of attorneys with decades of collective legal experience and eclectic backgrounds, we know a thing or three about preparing a strong car accident claim that catches auto insurance companies off-balance and that demands 100% of the damages you are owed. The secret to many of our successful case results has been our thorough casework processes and procedures that leave no stone unturned when working on a client’s case.
Our process can be divided into 5 distinct steps:
- Collecting evidence: At the start of your case, we will want to get as much relevant information that you already have as possible. Everything from medical records and police reports to copies of your insurance policy is incredibly useful in the hands of our experienced attorneys. If you do not have this information available, do not worry. We can obtain important documents on your behalf while you stay at home and rest.
- Investigating circumstances: There is usually more evidence of liability not yet uncovered through documentation. It is just a matter of finding it. Our Savannah car accident lawyers can work with crash reconstruction experts, medical professionals, law enforcement, eyewitnesses, and others to conduct a comprehensive investigation into your accident and its cause.
- Negotiating with insurers: When our claim is ready and your damages are calculated, we can send a demand letter to the insurer and negotiate for a settlement amount on your behalf. Negotiations can take some time to complete, but they are usually done more quickly than courtroom litigation.
- Settling your claim: The majority of car accident claims are settled before anyone goes to court when an experienced team like ours is put in charge of negotiations and settlement processes. We will always discuss settlement offers with you, so you can feel confident that you are getting a fair amount or if you should be fighting for more.
- Litigating in court: Insurers sometimes refuse to play nice. This is not ideal, but it is nothing we can’t handle. We manage each case like it is destined for litigation, just in case. If your claim becomes a lawsuit in court, then we will be there to stand before a judge or jury in your name.
Now that we have covered our process, here are some of the reasons why it's best to hire representation:
Reinforcement - When dealing with injuries, it is important to have the support you need. It is difficult to understand the obstacles facing car accident victims until you become confronted with the situation yourself. Don’t be blindsided by not hiring a supportive attorney.
Experienced counsel from someone with a law degree - If you have been in an accident, you’re most likely dealing with all sorts of complications in relation to your accident or your injuries. You may wonder how you’ll pay for all the expenses that are adding up while you handle the details.
Proper cognizance of Georgia law - Unless you’ve been through specialized legal instruction, it is not likely that you’ll be able to follow all of the Georgia laws that adhere to your circumstances. A seasoned attorney will determine the legal issues and applicable legislature as they relate to your accident, and will furnish a thorough comprehension of those laws and how they’re interpreted within the local courts.
Running an investigation - Accident reconstruction experts may be called upon under certain circumstances in order to discern how the accident happened and who’s to blame. In addition, an expert may also assist in the determination of whether a vehicle defect played a part in the cause of the accident.
Settlement negotiation - It is common for car accident claims to be settled outside of the courtroom. You have the best chances for success by having a skilled negotiator representing you. The right attorney will be able to correctly assess your claim and fight for you to receive the maximum possible settlement. Without a lawyer, it will be much easier for you to be taken advantage of.
In the courtroom - As well as being a skilled negotiator, you’ll want an attorney that stands out in the courtroom. Even though many car accident claims are settled outside of court, it is still important to hire an attorney that is experienced in front of a jury, just in case it comes to it.
Handling insurance companies - Since we tend to pay insurance companies lots of money to protect us in the event of an accident, we expect them to be on our side when we need them. Unfortunately, this is not the case. An accomplished attorney will be able to confront the insurance companies that fail to provide you with the compensation you deserve.
Contingency fee - It is custom for many car accident attorneys to work on a contingency fee basis. This means they don’t charge you any money if you don’t receive compensation from your claim.
Mental freedom - When you hire experienced representation, you leave the worrying to them. You don’t have to spend your energy focusing on your claim when you should be concentrated on recovery.
How much does it cost to hire a Savannah car accident lawyer?
Jamie Casino Injury Attorneys makes it easy to afford a Savannah car accident lawyer to assist with your claim or lawsuit. We offer free case reviews that allow you to learn more about your legal options without paying anything upfront. We also use contingency fee agreements for personal injury cases, which means we do not get paid any attorney fees unless we win your case with a successful verdict or settlement. Our pay will also be a percentage of your winnings, so you can’t owe us more than you can afford. This system helps ensure that anyone can afford the services of experienced car accident attorneys.
How much money is my car accident injury case worth?
The value or worth of your car accident claim is closely tied to the unique details that go into it. For this reason, predicting the value of a claim can be extremely difficult until the case develops further. What you can know is what types of damage you can pursue in your claim, such as medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and vehicle repair costs. Our attorneys can help calculate the values of these damages to start to form the overall worth of your case.
Your Claim Recovery Value
Most accidents offer an opportunity for recovery. Even accidents that cause little damage to the vehicles can offer substantial recovery. Nonetheless, insurance companies try to limit recovery on claims that involve less than $1,000.00 of damage to your car and all soft-tissue injuries (such as an injured neck, back, or any tissue with no broken bones).
Don’t let the insurance company bully you into accepting a settlement and avoiding a lawsuit. Regardless of how much property damage you incurred, you should consider filing a claim if you were injured in any capacity. You are entitled to recovery.
What happens if I'm injured in a work-related car accident?
After a work-related car accident, your options for getting compensation might broaden. You can probably file a workers’ compensation claim through your employer, which can cover your medical costs and a portion of your missing wages if you cannot work for a while. You can also file an auto accident claim against the driver who hit you.
Importantly, you cannot be paid twice for the same damage if you have two separate claims. For example, if your medical costs are completely covered by workers’ compensation, then you can’t also get paid through your personal injury claim for those same costs. It's possible that this distinction could cause the auto insurance company and the workers’ compensation company to fight one another over which owes you for what damage. You should not have to worry because that conflict is up to them to solve, but our lawyers can ensure that you are fairly compensated at the end of things, regardless of which company foots the bill.
If I missed work due to my auto accident injury, can I recover any lost wages?
Yes, lost wages are among the most common types of damage paid through a successful car accident claim or lawsuit. We can work with your employer to get all of your shift schedules and paystubs, which we can use to calculate the wages you have not been able to earn due to your injury. You should be eligible to sue for lost wages even if you are getting financial assistance through disability benefits or another wage replacement system. In that case, you can sue for the difference between what you are receiving post-injury and what you were making pre-injury.
Do I need to give a statement to an insurance company after a car accident?
No, you do not owe a recorded statement to an insurance company immediately after a car accident, especially not the one representing the other driver. You can take a day to speak with our attorneys first before you report your accident to your insurer. If the opposing insurance company ever tries to get you to give them a statement, then you should refuse and inform them that our firm will be in contact with them shortly. No matter how friendly they might act, they are not there to help you get compensation.
How long does it take to settle?
Settling is the end result of the majority of car accident claims. But that does not mean that settling is necessarily easy or easy. Varying factors in a case can speed up or slow down the path to a settlement, like liability, damage totals, and evidence disputes. If we had to make an estimate, then we would probably say that the average, straightforward, and largely uncontested car accident claim will settle in four to six months. But if there are complications, then it could be 12 months or longer to see a settlement payment.
How to determine fault in a chain-reaction car accident?
Multivehicle accidents are as frustrating as they are dangerous. Determining fault becomes a headache because you can’t just point at another driver and confidently say that they alone caused your injuries. However, proving fault in a chain-reaction car accident is not impossible. Work with an experienced attorney who knows how split-liability works to simplify things.
No Time to Lose – Contact Us Now
The other driver’s insurance company is already making moves to slap down your claim. Don’t let them get an early lead by doing nothing. Side with our Savannah car accident attorneys today, like so many others in your community have done in the past. We are a local favorite law firm, and we would be honored to get the chance to show you why.
Bicycle Fatality $2,400,000 Settlement
Bicyclist killed by a commercial vehicle.
DUI / Serious Injury Wreck $1,124,615 Jury Verdict
Head-On DUI collision.
Tractor Trailer Collision $1,025,000 Settlement
Rear-End Tractor-Trailer Collision
Negligent Security $1,000,000 Settlement
Fatal Shooting at Nightclub
Drunk Driving Collision $1,000,000
DUI collision with moderate injuries.
Tow Truck Collision $650,000 Settlement
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Tractor-Trailer Collision $500,000 Settlement
Rear-end tractor-trailer collision.
Pedestrian Collision $310,000 Settlement
Pedestrian hit in a crosswalk.
On-the-Job Car Collision $300,000 Settlement
Vehicle collision while on the job.
Car Accident $285,000 Settlement
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Our firm has a long track record of successful verdicts & settlements for the seriously injured, including many in excess of policy limits.