Car Accident & Auto Injury Attorneys
Injured in a Car Accident?
We Will Fight For You!
The aftermath of a car accident can be just as traumatic as the incident itself. You have to prove that you are entitled to damages for your pain and suffering with auto accident claims. This is where it is vital to have an experienced accident attorney who can help.
The experienced auto accident attorneys at McDonald & Cody have more than 110 years combined experience helping families put their lives back together after a serious car accident.
If you or a family member has been injured seriously in a car accident, contact an experienced car accident trial attorney at McDonald & Cody today! We will make sure all damages are taken into account. Serious injuries can cause major changes, and we are here to help you ease through those transitions while holding those who are responsible for your injuries accountable for their actions.
Things to do after a
Car accidents are never pleasant experiences. But you can take steps to protect yourself and prepare for a car insurance claim or car accident lawsuit by following these 7 steps.
In addition to identifying any witnesses to the accident, try to gather evidence. Note details related to the vehicles involved in the accident, including: make, model, year, license plate number (even partial is helpful), and general description (like color, bumper stickers, and dents).
Take pictures of any vehicle damage, skid marks, traffic signals, and area conditions. This could be a critical piece of the liability puzzle.
Look around to see if there are any cameras nearby, such as surveillance or doorbell cameras. Make note of their location and who you might need to contact to get a copy of the footage.
Identify other drivers involved in your accident and get their names, contact information, driver’s license numbers, and car insurance details (company, policy number). If the driver of the car isn’t the owner of the car, get the owner’s information too. To prevent transcription errors or the loss of information, take a picture of the other driver’s insurance card and driver’s license and email or text it to yourself.
If there are witnesses, get their names and contact information. Your insurance company or attorney may need their testimony to confirm your account of what happened.
Avoid discussing fault when going over the facts with the other driver. When you file an insurance claim, the adjuster reviewing your claim will determine who’s at fault based on an inspection of the vehicles/property damaged, information provided by you and the other parties involved in the accident, and any supporting documentation, like the police report or photographs from the scene.
Your auto insurance company will have a number to call to report the accident. You could also call your insurance agent who will ask certain questions and report the accident to your insurance company on your behalf.
It’s important to notify your car insurance company as soon as possible, regardless of who is at fault for the car accident. Your policy requires you to promptly notify your insurance company of any incident that could trigger coverage. Failure to provide timely notice to your car insurance company could jeopardize your coverage.
Often, injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are not immediately apparent. Most of our clients report feeling the most pain a day or two following an automobile accident. Unless you are absolutely certain you were not injured, you should seek medical attention at your local emergency room or by seeing your family physician. Even in accidents involving minor impact, you can sustain a serious and permanent injury to your spinal cord. If you lost consciousness or were dazed for even a short period of time following the collision, you may have suffered a concussion or closed head injury. This can cause cognitive and behavioral changes if left untreated.
If you have to get medical treatment or vehicle repairs, keep records of everything. Even if you don’t plan on filing a claim, you might change your mind and you’ll need records to show your accident-related losses (called “damages”).
Auto accident lawyers recommend that you keep a car accident diary to support your claim. Note your injuries and how they impact your daily life. You should also keep a record of who you talk to and what you talk about. Be sure not to delete any emails you exchange with anyone about the accident.
If your car accident involved serious injuries or major property damage, don’t sign anything that comes from the other driver’s attorney or insurance company without talking to one of our experienced attorneys. Learn more about talking (or not talking) to the other driver’s insurance company after a car accident and how we can help with your case. You can connect with us 24/7 for a FREE consultation.
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If you are suffering because of a car accident injury, contact McDonald & Cody to arrange a free consultation with one of our accident attorneys.
Why McDonald & Cody?
The philosophy at McDonald & Cody, LLC is to provide maximum results, one client at a time. We are dedicated to our cases and strive for quick, full and maximum compensation.
Accidents happen, and that’s a fact of life. A serious car accident can easily rock the victim’s world, and seriously affect his or her loved ones as well.
In a car accident, the accident is just the beginning of your problems. Navigating an insurance claim alone can be difficult, especially if the fault of the accident is disputed. In addition, insurance companies may try to settle your claim for less than it is actually worth. Hiring an attorney after an accident puts someone in your corner who knows your state’’s laws and how to deal with tricky insurance companies.
Every case is different. Some may be settled within a few months, others could go to trial and require a year or more. Our attorneys are committed to doing whatever we can to make each case as expeditious and efficient as possible.
The amount of a settlement can vary substantially from state to state, depending on the jurisdiction in which the accident occurred, alongside the facts of the case itself. Variables like hospital bills, car repair bills, and quotes from mechanics are used to determine the cost of an accident and what in most cases insurance companies will pay.
Generally, if you are involved in an accident and it was not your fault, a personal injury lawyer can help you claim compensation for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain & Suffering
Leading Causes of Car Accidents
There are many factors that can contribute to a car accident. Sadly, a vast majority of auto accidents are caused by an avoidable action. The following are leading causes of car accidents in the state.
In the State of Georgia and throughout the country, drivers have a duty to use reasonable care when driving. Unfortunately, not every motorist will drive in a safe and responsible manner. Driver negligence can be reflected through:
- Driving while sleep deprived,
- Driving while intoxicated,
- Distracted driving,
- Aggressive driving,
- Following too closely,
- Failure to maintain the vehicle,
- Failure to yield, or
- Turning into oncoming traffic
- Failure to follow traffic laws