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stefan-machler-440749-copy-300x169What happens to the victim of an accident when it is not necessarily another driver, but the driving conditions that caused an accident? The driving conditions in this case is not the weather, but roads, sidewalks, signs, and other parts of the driving experience that can lead to two drivers colliding through little or no fault of their own. In cases like these, it is important to get advice from the right Atlanta personal injury lawyer.

The issue of dangerous roads and liability was addressed by a Georgia Court of Appeals in a recent decision. In their opinion, the court reviewed the law regulating dangerous roads and maintaining safe conditions for drivers. The court also showed why a government can be held liable for dangerous conditions that cause an accident.

Incapacitating Injuries

Why do I need a lawyer?

When you or someone you know suffers from an injury due to somebody else’s action, it often seems that the person would offer to compensate you for your injury, or that their insurance company will do the right thing and offer a fair settlement. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Many people will not take responsibility for their actions, and insurance companies profit from under compensating accident victims.

An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to build your case, how to negotiate your case with an insurance company, and, if necessary, how to take your case to trial. While it is possible to negotiate your claim with an insurance company yourself, insurance companies will typically do everything they can to give you the lowest possible settlement.

Georgia has very strict laws regarding how you should react immediately following an accident.  If you fail to follow those state guidelines, you could face criminal charges with serious penalties.  Leaving the scene of the accident is a crime that can often have harsher penalties that a DUI offense.

The law varies on the type of accident you were involved in:  property damage, bodily injury, or death.  No matter which type of accident, pull over and stop your vehicle in a safe place.

If you are in a parking lot and hit a parked car when backing out of your space, the law states that you should make a reasonable effort to contact the owner of the other vehicle, such as leaving a note on the windshield with your contact and insurance information.  This is not considered leaving the scene.

Its that time of the year again when more and more people are riding bicycles for health reasons and also due to ecological and economical reasons. Regardless of the reasons bicycles must share the road with cars and trucks.

There are 2 views about bicyclist usage of the roadway.  There are those who understand that the bicyclist has the right to be on the roadway, and there are others who resent the bicyclist and think they are in the way and slowing them down.  There are also different opinions between those using a bicycle for necessary transportation and those using the bicycle with a group of people for exercise.

Unfortunately, when a bicyclist is hit by a car, there are usually significant injuries involved, if not fatalities.  There was an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution back in Oct. 2010 about a crash involving an SUV and a group of cyclists near Augusta.  This crash led to the opinions of people who use the road for exercise and others who use their bikes as a means of transportation.  Some people liken those who ride their bicycles for exercise to a “motorcycle gang.”

Today I received a phone call from a couple who was injured in an auto accident. They were extremely frustrated with the process of dealing with the insurance company. The husband requires an expensive surgery and his wife sustained serious injuries as well. Because they are unrepresented and dealing with the insurance company themselves, they are finding it extremely difficult to get the insurance company to agree to an amount anywhere near what is needed to cover their medical costs.

“Can a Personal Injury Attorney Get Me More Money For My Accident?”

Generally speaking, accident victims who are represented by a personal injury attorney are more likely to receive a fair settlement. In fact, in 1999 the insurance industry commissioned a study by the Insurance Research Council that found that injured persons averaged 3.5 times larger settlements than those that chose not to hire an attorney!

If you have been seriously injured in an accident in Athens, you should speak to an Athens personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Bryce Angell of the Angell Law Firm handles catastrophic accidents in Athens and all over Georgia. If you have questions about the process, what to do next, or what typically happens in accident claims like yours, please do not hesitate to call him now at 770-217-4954.

Types of Serious Injury

  • Auto Accident

While no civil case is easy, parents have an incredibly tough decision on whether or not they should look for an attorney if a child is injured. It can be tough to decide if it is the best interest of the child for the parents to make the claim and whether the child’s relationships with other people may be affected. However, generally speaking, it is in everyone’s best interest if the parents hire a lawyer to handle a civil case.

In most cases, an insurance agent will offer between ten to twenty percent of what they would offer if the child had legal representation.  Even though lawyers take a large commission, normally between twenty five to thirty three percent, it is still in the child’s best interest to get a lawyer so that the child can receive maximum compensation.

Most lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means the lawyers only get paid if they win the case. If the child loses, the parents will owe nothing to the attorney. They will not have to pay the lawyer a fee and will not repay the attorney for anything.

This may seem like a simple question to many, but it is a common question.  When a lawyer is depicted on television, often times the actor is giving a dramatic closing statement, pacing around a court room in front of a pensive jury or grilling a distraught widow on the witness stand.  Sometimes people wonder, “Aren’t all lawyers trial lawyers?”

Being a Georgia trial lawyer, many clients ask what is involved in a trial.  It is important to first understand that there are two types of trial cases.  There are criminal cases that involve criminal offenses which are different than when someone file a lawsuit in a civil case.  Surprisingly, most lawyers are not trial lawyers and do not appear in court.  Civil trial lawyers represent clients involved in litigation where a plaintiff sues a defendant.

A Georgia civil trial lawyer’s job is to persuade a jury of the facts in a case, and to display them in a way that best supports their client’s position. For example, if you have been rear ended by another driver and the driver refuses to pay you for your damages, your trial lawyer will need to convince a jury that the other driver should pay.  Evidence must be presented to a jury according to a set of rules. Your lawyer will argue motions, meet with the judge on your case, prepare pre-trial orders, select jurors, and argue your case.  Preparation for your personal injury trial can take many months. Due to the significant time and cost of litigation most cases settle before they ever reach trial.

If you have been in an auto accident in Dekalb County, you aren’t alone.  According to the NHTSA, Dekalb County was second only to Fulton in car accidents for the entire state of Georgia.

If you are seriously injured, hiring an attorney can help you get the settlement you deserve.  So you need a Dekalb car accident attorney, but how do you go about choosing a lawyer for your accident case?

First of all, you will want an experienced Dekalb car accident lawyer, someone that handles cases like yours on a regular basis.  It is also important to understand how the Dekalb injury attorney works and how he or she is paid.  Usually an accident victim will not need to pay an attorney upfront.  Instead, the Dekalb attorney will work for a contingency, or a percentage of the final settlement.