Being rear-ended can be a terrifying experience because most of the time you never see it coming, and if you do see it coming there is nothing you can do to prevent it. Rear-end car accidents can range from minor to serious depending on the speed of the acting vehicle. If you are involved in a rear-ended accident in Monroe, Georgia you may be wondering if you should get a lawyer. The answer depends on several key factors.
Rear-ended in Monroe, Georgia?
The best way to determine whether you should get a lawyer for your case is to arrange a consultation with an experienced attorney. At Benton & Benton we offer all prospective clients a free consultation to help you understand your legal options so you can make an informed decision on the best course of action moving forward.
WHO IS AT FAULT IN A REAR-END ACCIDENT?
A comparative fault framework is followed by Georgia. The method used to assess who is more responsible for a car accident is known as comparative fault. Insurance firms also tend to insist that the other driver was more at fault, as this decreases the amount of harm for which they are responsible… Most often the fault lies with the person that rear-ended the car in front of them.
In the case of comparative fault or comparative negligence, it could sway fault to the rear-ended vehicle if:
- Taillights out
- Reckless driving
Even if the driver in the front brakes suddenly, that will rarely pass the blame to the lead driver. It is the responsibility of all drivers to maintain a safe following distance. The driver who is found to be responsible for the rear-ended collision may be liable to the driver and passengers of the other vehicle for any damages to the car and personal injuries sustained in the crash.
WHAT DAMAGES CAN BE RECOVERED FROM A REAR-END COLLISION?
As in most car accident cases, the damages that you and your lawyer can fight for are those associated with the damage to your vehicle and the damage to your body. It is also possible to be compensated for your own lost wages from an inability to work temporarily.
- Medical bills
- Physical or occupational therapy
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
SHOULD I HIRE A LAWYER?
Do I need a Lawyer if it was Obviously the Other Driver’s Fault?
It may seem like rear-ended cases are cut and dry. Someone rear-ended you and they are at fault. The end. But, it is not that simple. It is possible to be in a rear-ended collision and not seek the help of a professional. This could be the case if only the car was damaged and those damages can easily be covered by the other driver’s insurance. However, if the other driver is uninsured or you suffer a personal injury as a result of the crash, the guidance of a personal injury attorney can make a world of difference.
How Lawyers Help
Lawyers are also experienced in streamlining the process and therefore decreasing the amount of time it takes to reach a settlement. A lawyer will also maximize the amount you receive for your trouble. Hiring a lawyer is almost a no-brainer because unless the professionals at Benton & Benton win your case you will not have to pay any of the attorney fees.
COMMON REAR-END INJURIES
The more intense impacts can result in some severe injuries. Because of the nature of a rear-end collision most injuries caused by this type of crash are back and neck related.
The most common rear-end accident injuries include:
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
BENTON & BENTON HELPS THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN REAR-ENDED IN GEORGIA
At Benton & Benton in Monroe, Georgia, our personal injury attorneys will advocate for victims of a rear-end collision to ensure proper justice and compensation. These Georgia natives will fight for the responsible party to be properly held accountable for their actions.
Gene and Bart can help you know if filing a lawsuit will be beneficial for you. If you decide to move forward with representation for your rear-ended case, you can be sure that the experts at Benton & Benton will do their best to get you the proper settlement and guide you through the entire process.
When filing a lawsuit, timing is imperative. Contact our law office today to talk to one of our representatives.
Benton & Benton can represent you in a rear-end collision case. They have extensive experience with car accident cases of all kinds, and Gene has personal injury experience that is very beneficial to clients because of the specific insurance company knowledge that he has.