Getting the damages you need for medical expenses, lost earnings, and pain and suffering can be difficult after an accident. Working with a lawyer can help you fight back against stubborn insurance companies and drivers trying to dodge liability for the crashes they caused.
Our lawyers can work with you to collect evidence, build a strong case, and fight back against the driver who hurt you. Never accept what the insurance company says your case is worth without talking to a lawyer – and talk to a lawyer quickly to avoid losing your right to sue.
For a free evaluation of your case, contact the car accident lawyers at Howe Law by calling (844) 876-4357.
Common Types of Car Crashes in Albany, GA
Car accidents happen for many different reasons. While some accidents are true accidents, meaning that no one could have avoided what happened, most accidents have some root cause in one of the driver’s actions. When crashes occur, they often occur in one of the following scenarios:
When one driver is tailgating another or approaching slower traffic without paying attention to the road, they can often crash into the back end of the car in front of them. Drivers also cause rear-end collisions by speeding on the highway before arriving at a sudden slow-down and in many other situations.
Usually, the driver to the rear is at fault, but some rear-end accidents are actually the front driver’s fault, such as if they were backing up into the other car (e.g., in a parking lot) or if they were “brake-checking” the driver to the rear (which often means that driver was also partially at fault for following too closely).
It is difficult to crash into another driver head-on if both of you are in your proper lane traveling in the proper direction. However, drivers who go the wrong way down a one-way street or who pull out to make a left turn into oncoming traffic can often be held liable for front-end collisions. Our car accident lawyers can also help you with head-on crashes that occur from other causes by determining how the crash happened and how the other driver is at fault.
When roadways intersect, there are rules governing who goes first and who has to yield. Traffic lights, stop signs, yield signs, and general rules of the road create specific systems to keep drivers from crashing into one another, but when one driver violates these rules, they can often crash into other drivers at a right angle, causing a T-bone accident.
It might initially look like the driver who gets T-boned is the victim, and the driver who T-boned them is at fault, but the recipient of the force could be at fault instead. This kind of situation happens all the time when drivers pull out into cross traffic and get hit by drivers who were supposed to have the right of way.
When a driver is drunk, they have reduced control over a vehicle. Not only do they have reduced judgment and reaction times – meaning that they cannot react to what happened even if they can properly determine that what happened is dangerous – they also might be tired, distracted, or driving recklessly. DUI accidents are often more serious because of these factors and because the inability to react in time to slow down before a crash often means that these crashes happen at full speed.
The fact that the driver might face criminal charges for a DUI accident does nothing to restrict your right to sue; both civil and criminal cases can be filed against the same driver for the same accident.
Hit and Runs
If the driver who hit you pulls away from the scene of the accident, it can be difficult to get justice for what happened. However, drivers are often caught in these situations and can be brought to justice through both criminal charges and civil injury lawsuits.
Fighting Insurance Companies for Damages in an Albany, GA Car Accident Case
If you want damages for your injuries, it is important to look skeptically at any insurance companies that offer you a settlement. The damages that they offer in an initial settlement are usually too low to cover your needs in full. While they might offer to pay for your vehicle damage in full, they might come up short when it comes to medical bills, lost earnings, and payments for “non-economic” damages like pain and suffering.
Our attorneys can work with you to put forth strong evidence so that the insurance company has no grounds to claim their driver was not actually at fault. Once they see their driver was the one who caused the accident, they might be more willing to settle for a fair value knowing that if the case goes to trial, they might lose and be ordered to pay even higher damages.
Often, settling after negotiations is going to get you the highest damages in your case, given that settlements are quicker and cheaper than going all the way to trial. However, our attorneys can press your case in court if the insurance company or the at-fault driver is unwilling to pay you a fair value for your injuries.
Once you accept the money from the other driver’s insurance company, it usually means the end of your case. Because of this, it is important to have a lawyer review any paperwork before you sign it and to have us calculate how much your case should be worth.
Call Our Albany, GA Car Accident Attorneys for a Free Case Review
Reach out to the car accident lawyers at Howe Law today by dialing (844) 876-4357.