According to the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), the Peach State has over 117,238 miles of public roads. This includes 84,559 miles of county roads, 18,095 miles of state highway, 14,584 miles of city streets, and 1,244 miles of interstate highways. With so many miles, it’s not shocking that the GDOT estimates that 1,720 Georgia drivers are involved in vehicle accidents each day. That breaks down to over 70 accidents per hour. These statistics show that being a driver or passenger in a motor vehicle can be a dangerous activity in our state.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an automobile accident, you need to consult a car accident attorney. Farah & Farah has represented Waycross area accident victims for over three decades. We’re a concerned and qualified accident law firm that is passionate about getting our clients the settlements they justly deserve. Don’t settle for less.
Call our offices today for a free consultation at 912-480-0964.
Compensation for Damages in a Car Accident
If you or a family member has been in an auto accident, you may be eligible to collect compensation for the losses you suffer as a result. The amount of damages you can collect depends on several factors, including the amount of damage incurred, the severity of injuries involved, and the degree of fault of you and the other driver. Possible damages can include:
- Property damage and loss
- Current medical bills
- Future medical costs (such as surgeries, etc.)
- Pain and suffering
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Mental anguish
- Emotional therapy
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of career or earning capacity
- Occupational therapy and retraining
- Household and vehicle modifications needed as a result of your injury (such as wheelchair lifts and ramps)
- Permanent injury or disability
- Wrongful death damages if you’ve lost a loved one (see below)
Compensation for Wrongful Death Damages
If you’ve lost a loved one in a vehicle accident, you and your family may be able to pursue compensation for any of the following damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits and retirement)
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
- Loss of domestic duties the deceased performed (such as childcare, chores, property maintenance, etc.)
Comparative Fault in Georgia
Georgia is what’s considered a modified comparative negligence state. This means, that in order collect damages resulting from an accident, you must be less than 50 percent at fault for that accident. An example would be if you were hit by another car, but you had a headlight out–the defense could argue that you were partially at fault for the accident. The courts will assign a level of negligence to each party involved. As long as you are deemed 49 percent or less at fault, you can collect damages.
As you can see, auto accident settlements can get complicated. Don’t let this discourage you from filing a car accident claim. With the representation of a strong Waycross personal injury attorney, you can recover any losses you suffered in an accident.
To get pursue the compensation you deserve, call Farah & Farah to schedule a free consultation at 912-480-0964.