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An Atlanta Injury Attorney You Can Trust
Attorney Matthew C. Hines takes sincere personal interest in each client, making sure they receive qualified, competent, and complete legal representation, no matter the situation. He has dedicated his career to areas of law that enable him to protect the rights of people who may be at a disadvantage or in a difficult situation, even if that means confronting large corporations, pharmaceutical companies, or negligent healthcare providers.
Atlanta injury attorney Matthew C. Hines realizes that following a car crash most car accident victims have questions regarding their legal rights. Our commitment is to helping passengers, drivers, and pedestrians who are injured to understand exactly what their rights are and how to get the compensation they deserve. Anyone injured in a car accident that was not their fault has the right to recover damages due to lost wages and medical bills. Each situation is different, but depending on what happened during your crash, compensation may be sought via a lawsuit or through an insurance claim against the negligent party.
If you or a loved one have suffered injury due to a car accident, then contact our car accident attorney Matthew C. Hines of Atlanta to see what we can do for you. We give you a FREE consultation, and there is no obligation for us to hear the details of your case.
Personal Injury Matters
Atlanta injury attorney Matthew C. Hines pursues justice and compensation for serious personal injuries and deaths as well as those suffered in motor vehicle accidents. He will help you ensure that the law holds the negligent parties accountable. Call today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
When serious legal issues arise, you need to know that your Atlanta injury attorney will be committed to helping you and that he or she has the skills and experience needed to help you secure the best possible outcome. Turn to the skilled and experienced attorneys of the Law Offices of Matthew C. Hines. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of our Atlanta personal injury attorneys, call 770-941-0913 or contact us online.
Lawsuit Process for Car Accidents in Georgia
The insurance company of the party at fault will launch an investigation immediately. They will investigate every detail of the accident in order to form a defense that will lower the amount they have to pay. During this investigation your Atlanta injury attorney will be holding an investigation of his/her own. The strength of your case is going to ride on your attorney’s ability to both collect and present all the evidence illustrating that the other party was at fault due to negligence. That means they bear responsibility for your damages. Some of the things your attorney will be looking for during their investigation are things like:
- Violated Traffic Laws
- Driving While Distracted
- Driving Without a License
- Failing to Observe the Surroundings
- Driving Under The Influence
It doesn’t stop there. Your Atlanta injury attorney may also do the following to help determine who is at fault:
- Interview Witness Statements
- Review Police Photographs/Reports
- Research Driving Records for Both Parties
- Recreate the Accident Scene
- Evaluate Your Damages
- Review Accident Footage
- Analyze Medical Reports Using Experts For Determining the Most Likely Reasons for Your Injuries
Then your attorney will try and determine how much compensation he/she should request on your behalf. They will consult with experts to find the proper compensation for your suffering and expenses. The damages you may be entitled to can include, but may not be limited to:
- Lost Wages
- Lost feel For Life
- Lost Future Earning Capacit
- Medical Expenses Both Current and Future
- Pain and Suffering
- Property Damage
- Lost Intimacy and Support
Your Atlanta injury attorney will be reaching out to the other party/parties attempting to reach an agreement on a settlement prior to filing the lawsuit. If those negotiations fall through, your Atlanta injury attorney will go ahead with your claim submission to the court and the lawsuit process will have officially started.
In most cases both parties will be interested in coming to an agreement on a settlement and carrying on negotiations. These negotiations will be taking place as they are preparing to take the case to trial. If negotiations continue to fail the lawsuit proceeds to trial and your attorney will represent you in court. The compensation amount, if any, will then be in the hands of the judge or jury.
How to Talk to Insurance Companies
In Georgia, they have ‘fault’ insurance. That means car accident victims may seek compensation directly from the party at fault, or their insurance company, or from their own insurance company. A claimant will usually go after the at-fault party’s insurance company first.
If you are a victim of a car accident, keep in mind that insurance companies are what you call ‘for-profit’ businesses. They will try to confuse you and compel you to settle on an agreement that is insufficient for covering your losses.
That means it is crucial that after you’ve been in an accident, you don’t discuss any details of the accident with anyone other than your attorney or your physician. Any comment or statement you make has the potential to damage your compensation pursuit while negotiations are going on or during trial. Let your Atlanta injury attorney deal with any insurance negotiations or discussions, that is what they’re for.
Proving the ‘Distracted Driving’ Fault
Negligence is when any entity or individual fails to meet a standard and accepted level of behavior including paying proper attention during the time they are operating a motor vehicle. This is for ensuring other people’s safety.
Things like drinking, eating, programming a GPS, texting, talking on a phone, fooling with a music player, or anything that may distract a person from their operating duties, are considered to be negligent. If you were injured by a negligent driver who was engaged in an activity like these, your Atlanta injury attorney should launch in immediate investigation into the exact cause of the crash and identify any semblance of negligence.
Your attorney could prove ‘distracted driving’ by the following actions:
- Requesting Cell Phone Records
- Analyzing Prior Tickets/Citations Given to The Driver
- Reviewing Video and Camera Footage of Traffic at That Time
- Determining If and Where GPS Was Used
- Checking Time of any Phone Usage
- Determining if Driver Purchased any Food or Beverages by Retracing Their Steps
The type of car accident injury cases handled by attorney Matthew C. Hines are numerous and include:
- Brain & Spinal Cord Injuries
- Lost Limbs
- Internal Damage
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
If you have suffered an injury due to a car accident caused by another person, then you can rightfully seek compensation for losses and damages. Please take the time to complete our FREE case review form to see what Atlanta injury attorney Matthew C. Hines can do for you.