Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer
Hundreds of car accidents happen every day, but most of us assume we will never be the victim of a serious crash. If a car accident has caught you off guard and changed your life, our Atlanta car accident lawyer – Andrew E. Goldner – is ready to review your case for free today. We understand what it takes to get car accident victims the money they deserve after a collision.
Why Choose Andy Goldner as your Car Accident Lawyer?
Review of Andrew Goldner written by a fellow personal injury lawyer:
As a lawyer who does personal injury, I never really considered the scenario where I might be the “client.” However, when my wife was rear-ended by a commercial truck and suffered serious injuries that ultimately resulted in multiple surgeries, I knew we had to call upon a trusted colleague to handle the case.
I had known Andy Goldner personally and professionally for a while, but I also was well acquainted with a number of very reputable personal injury and trucking attorneys in the Atlanta area. We ultimately chose to hire Andy over the others due to his outstanding reputation in the legal community and the personal touch of working with a solo who handles the entire file himself, It was a decision we did not regret in the slightest.
After 15 months of contentious litigation and just before our trial date, we settled with our insurance carrier for an amount above our expectations. Andy’s skilled trial preparation and doctor depositions were crucial to getting maximum dollar out of the case. It was readily apparent that our insurance carrier had the utmost respect for Andy’s trial abilities and would never have paid what they did otherwise.
The most eye-opening part of our situation was just how important attorney selection is in any catastrophic injury case with large insurance coverage. Simply put, the difference between having a “good,” or “very good,” plaintiff’s attorney can literally mean several hundred thousand dollars. And the difference between having a “very good,” or “excellent,” plaintiff’s attorney can likewise mean another several hundred thousand dollars or more.
Andy carried himself with the utmost integrity throughout the process- not only to us as clients, but also to opposing counsel and the court. He was also always focused on obtaining maximum case value. In addition to leaving no stone unturned in the discovery process, this also meant advising us to walk away from very good settlement offers, because he felt there would ultimately be more money on the table.
Dealing with the non-legal aspects of a catastrophic injury is extremely stressful. It is so important to have an attorney in your corner who is willing to fight for you and allow you to focus on your physical healing. Andy did exactly that for our family.
— Peter B.
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Was Someone Else Responsible for Your Car Accident?
If another party caused or contributed to your car accident, you have the right to hold them liable for the losses you incur due to your injuries and vehicle damage. Unless the party voluntarily admits fault, you will need to show that the party acted in a negligent manner in order to obtain compensation. Negligence can come in many forms and different types of parties can be negligent and lead to accidents and injuries. The following are some examples of parties that are commonly held liable in car accident cases:
- Other drivers. The majority of car accident claims are filed against other drivers for negligent acts on the roads. Drivers are negligent any time they fail to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner based on the road and weather conditions. Examples of negligent driving including drunk driving, distracted driving, fatigued driving, violating traffic laws, aggressive driving, and other dangerous behaviors.
- Car manufacturers. Auto companies have the duty to make cars that will be safe for consumers to drive. However, cars often make it onto the market with defective brakes, airbags, accelerators, ignition switches, tires, and other important components. When these defective parts malfunction, drivers can lose control of their vehicles and crash. In this situation, the car manufacturer that sold the defective car can be held liable.
- Municipalities. Roads should be properly inspected and maintained by the local or state government, depending on the particular road. If the government does not adequately take care of the roads and allows hazards to persist without properly warning drivers, such hazards can lead to collisions. If you crashed because of a pothole, uneven pavement, dangerous intersection or turn, malfunctioning traffic signal, or another factor that should have been repaired, the government may be at fault.
Once you determine who was responsible for the accident, you may have different options to seek financial relief. For example, if another driver caused the collision, you can file a claim with their insurance company. If your injuries are relatively minor, the insurance company may be willing to offer a settlement that adequately covers your damages. An attorney can help you negotiate a fair settlement if necessary. If an insurance settlement offer will not cover your damages, you have the right to seek recovery by filing a claim for personal injury in civil court. This is a complex process and it is important to have the guidance of an experienced attorney throughout your car accident case.
Life after a Car Accident: Common Car Accident Damages
When a person is involved in a car accident, they usually experience myriad losses. Of course, the more serious the car accident is – usually a result of a combination of vehicle positioning and speed – the more serious the losses. Some of the most common damages that car accident victims incur include:
- Painful injuries and disability. The injuries that a person sustains in a car accident are often serious, painful, and result in a long-term disability or impairment. Even an injury such as a broken leg – which is far less serious than a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis – can take months to heal, and years for a person to be able to fully return to the things that they were once able to do.
- Medical bills. In order to treat injuries, professional medical care is a necessity. However, medical care in Atlanta is expensive; a person may incur hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of medicals bills in hospital stays, medications, doctors’ appointments, consultations with specialists, physical therapy, and more.
- Lost wages. If a person is injured to the point where they cannot return to work, they will have to cope with the fact that they will also be unable to earn a salary. While some people may be able to return to work in a few days’ time or a few weeks’ time, other people may miss work for months or years, and some people will be permanently unable to earn an income again.
- Psychological injuries. Being in a car accident doesn’t just take a toll on a body physically; it can also cause psychological injuries as well. The emotional anguish associated with injuries, immobility, and the inability to earn an income is very real, and may lead to anxiety, depression, or posttraumatic stress disorder.
Other damages may include things such as loss of consortium or guidance, which are common when a car accident results in the loss of life of a family member.
Your Rights & Responsibilities After a Car accident
After a car accident, you have a number of rights and responsibilities. Your responsibilities include:
- The responsibility to seek medical care for your injuries;
- The responsibility to report the car accident to the police; and
- The responsibility to report the car accident to your insurance company.
All three of these things are very important; if you do not do them, you may jeopardize your chances of recovering compensation. Your rights include:
- The right to refrain from giving your insurance company a recorded statement;
- The right to seek damages by filing a car insurance claim or a car accident lawsuit; and
- Your right to reject a first settlement offer and negotiate for a higher amount.
You also have the right to work with a competent Atlanta personal injury attorney who can guide you through the claims process and advocate for you every step of the way.
How You Can Seek the Compensation you Need After Suffering an Injury or Loss in a Car Accident
If you suffered an injury or lost a loved on in a car accident, you need to demonstrate the following in order to recover compensation for your damages related to the injury or death:
- The specific damages that you suffered. These could be your medical bills, your lost wages, your psychological damages, or the loss of the deceased victim’s earnings, benefits, and contributions to your household. These damages should be itemized and supported alongside the other pieces of evidence to support your claim;
- The cause of the injury or death. In the case of an injury or death caused by a car accident, you will need to demonstrate how the accident occurred and how it directly caused the injury or the injury that eventually led to the death. Evidence to support this portion of your claim may include video surveillance that captured the accident, photographs of the accident, and the official police report for the accident. If the accident was due to a vehicular malfunction, documentation showing the faulty or defective part is an important piece of supporting evidence;
- The connection between the accident and your damages. Simply showing that you were in an accident and that you are now facing high medical bills is not enough to show the causation between the two events. You must have evidence to show that the specific injury caused you to face the expenses you are now facing, such as the need for physical therapy due to a broken leg that you would not have if you had not been in an accident. Your doctor’s diagnosis, your treatment plan, and your doctor’s specific comments about the injury and your prognosis can support this part of your claim. If you cannot work or if you can only perform limited job duties and thus cannot earn your full wage because of your injury, documentation showing the difference in your earnings and earning capacity must be submitted alongside a claim for compensation for lost wages; and
- The at-fault party’s negligence. You must show that if the at-fault party was negligent in order to connect the resulting accident to your damages. Evidence to demonstrate his or her negligence can include phone records showing that he or she was distracted when the accident occurred, the results of a Breathalyzer showing that he or she was intoxicated when the accident occurred, the police report showing that he or she violated a traffic law when the accident occurred, and even the photographic, video, and testimonial evidence to support your claim that he or she was not acting within his or her duty to others when the accident occurred.
What to Do in the Moments that Follow your Car Accident
After you leave the scene of your car accident, seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible. No matter how badly you think you were injured, even if you feel you were not injured at all, you need to do this. As we discussed above, if you plan to file a personal injury claim, you will need to submit evidence with your claim to demonstrate that you suffered an injury because of the negligent party’s actions. Documentation showing that you sought medical care shortly after the accident and received a diagnosis and treatment plan will support your claim of being injured.
Our Atlanta Car Accident Lawyer Is Ready to Get to Work
At the Law Offices of Andrew E. Goldner, we know how much is on the line after a car accident. We will do everything we can to improve your chances of recovering every penny that you deserve, and a settlement amount that address all of your losses, present and future. We will also make sure that your claim is filed within the statute of limitations, and that an insurance adjuster does not get away with lowballing a settlement offer. We have the resources necessary to investigate your accident, prove liability, organize your medical bills, file your claim, and negotiate on your behalf. If need be, we also will be prepared to take your case to court.
Andrew E. Goldner has helped accident victims whose losses total more than $1,000,000 recover the compensation that they so desperately needed. If your future is on the line, do not try to go at it alone – work with our injury attorneys. You can reach us today for a free case consultation by calling our offices directly at (404) 869-1580, or contacting our talented Atlanta car accident lawyer online or by email.