Alpharetta Auto Accident Attorney
How to Choose the Right Alpharetta Car Accident Lawyer
Automobile accidents happen every day in the Atlanta area and usually involve a collision between a motor vehicle and another motor vehicle but may also involve a pedestrian, road debris, stationary item such a sign, tree or pole, animal or any other item. With the amount of traffic on the roads in Alpharetta, auto accidents are inevitable.While most people think of a car accident when they think of an auto accident, the definition covers any motor vehicle accident, including motorcycles.
What to Do After an Accident
Obtain information about the other driver, including their auto insurance data such as the type of insurance coverage, the name of the insurance company, the policy number, the named insured and the contact number for the insurance company. If the other driver does not have motor vehicle insurance and is an uninsured driver, your collision insurance may cover the cost of the property damage but this is by no means guaranteed. Get as much information as you can (but remember to be polite).
You will also need the driver’s license number, the license plate number and the name of the vehicle’s owner. Ask any witnesses to make a statement and obtain their contact information as well. One of our Alpharetta Personal Injury Lawyers will answer any immediate questions that you may have.
Take photographs of the accident scene with your cell phone, including both vehicles and the road. Exchange numbers for cell phones involved in accident and call the police, even if the other driver does not want the police called. Obtaining an official police report is a very important when it comes to documenting injuries, evidence of the accident, determination of who is at fault and official police photographs. Without an official police report, you will find it much more difficult to establish the at-fault party or necessary damages. Our Marietta, Georgia Accident Attorneys rely heavily on the evidence contained in the report to prove damages.
Do not leave the scene of the accident until the police have agreed to release you. Remember to be polite to everyone and most importantly, do not claim fault for the accident even if you believe you are at fault.
If you need to seek medical treatment following the car crash, ask the doctor about the nature of your injuries, including any severe injuries or long-term injuries, x-rays, potential scars and the need for any surgery. Ask for copies of your medical records and documentation. Remember that you may need to provide authorization to release medical records later on.
Types of Automobile Accidents
You should also find out the cost of your deductible as well as whether you have comprehensive auto coverage or collision coverage. In addition, inquire how to handle the necessary car repair for the damages to your vehicle sustained in the crash. Many insurance companies have a list of nearby body shops with which they work and often cover the cost of a rental car while repairs are taking place or if you have a totaled car.
Obtain a copy of the police report as soon as possible to help establish the negligent party and/or the at-fault party. In addition, the police report may include important items for evaluating your claim with an accident attorney such as Howe & Associates. This police report may include general damages, how and why traffic laws were violated, liability and other necessary information that the insurance company and your auto accident lawyer will require to establish your claim.
Take note of any phone conversations that you have regarding the accident, including the date, time and the person’s name.
Once you have copies of the insurance information, medical records and the police report, please contact one of our Atlanta area offices at 678-566-6800. We have offices throughout Georgia, including Alpharetta, Marietta, Cumming, Roswell, Norcross, Decatur and Atlanta itself. We will help you set up a no-obligation consultation to review your claim and determine your potential compensation with our skilled law firm.
Rear End Collision
Generally, the rear car is considered at fault for the rear end collision car accident. However, if the front car was in reverse or purposely stopped short, forcing the rear car to hit it, the other driver may be at fault.
Unfortunately, injuries are common following a rear-end collision, usually whiplash or other back or neck injuries such as cartilage tear or disc injuries. Whiplash occurs when the neck extends abruptly in one direction due to sudden impact and may cause pain, stiff and sore muscles and the sensation of pins and needles in the arms and neck. Headaches are also common. While symptoms may appear immediately after the crash, a few days may pass before symptoms become noticeable. If you or someone you love has sustained whiplash, spine injuries or any other head, neck or back injuries because of a rear end collision, contact the injury lawyer team at Howe & Associates.
In addition, take note of any chiropractors or doctors you visit and request a copy of your medical report and any x-rays. Documenting injuries is a very important element when it comes to establishing fault in an automobile accident. Remember to contact your motor vehicle insurance company and establish a claim as well.
Failure to Yield
Another example of failure-to-yield is not allowing the right of way for emergency vehicles. This endangers everyone and can delay or obstruct the emergency vehicle.
If you are for or are the victim of a failure to yield, you need legal representation by the experienced attorneys at Howe & Associates, especially if you feel that you are not the negligent driver. Call to set up a meeting at one of our offices in Marietta, Atlanta, Alpharetta, Decatur, Cumming, Roswell or Norcross, GA.
Head On Collision
If you have been the victim of a head on collision car accident, you need an accident attorney in Atlanta or the surrounding region.
Side impact crashes are often a result of failure on the part of one driver to yield to the right of way, running a red light or stop fully at a stop sign. Regardless of how the side impact automobile accident occurs, injuries and damage can potentially be serious.
Because there are often multiple, complicated factors causing a chain reaction car crash, obtaining an official police report is even more important. Always contact the police when a chain reaction car accident occurs and request a copy of the police report after you have filed your auto insurance claim.
Hit and Run
There are often emotional consequences to a hit and run accident, since victims often feel that the negligent party is getting away without having to take responsibility. It is especially important to contact the police after a hit and run, get detailed photographs of the scene of the accident, explain as much about the hit and run as possible to the police, get eyewitness testimony and contact information, file an insurance claim, and document injuries. If the police find the person responsible, having information identifying the negligent driver will help further your claim.
Note the expired license to police for the official police report immediately after the accident and mention it to the insurance company as well. If you are the one with an expired driver’s license, it is likely that you will need legal assistance as well.