Damages in a Motor Vehicle Crash
There are many financial setbacks you may experience after you are involved in an auto accident. In addition to any injuries to your person, there’s significant damage to your motor vehicle. There are also costs that many may not anticipate. If the accident was due to the negligence of another person, you do not have to bear the burden of these costs. You are legally entitled to seek compensation from the responsible party.
Atlanta Lawyer for Auto Accident Damages
An Atlanta auto accident lawyer can help you recover for all the damages you suffer as the result of a motor vehicle crash that is the fault of another. Don’t trust insurance companies to make a fair offer. Let ReShea Balams negotiate for you to seek a result that truly covers the full extent of your damages. Call The Balams Firm today at (404) 445-2005 to schedule a free consultation.
ReShea Balams represents clients throughout the Atlanta area, including in Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Smyrna, Marietta, Lawrenceville, Norcross, East Point, Forest Park, Duluth, Brookhaven, Riverdale, Milton, Decatur and College Park.
Issues Related to Motor Vehicle Damages
- Injuries and Their Expenses
- Vehicle and Property Damage
- Do Not Take the Insurance Company’s Settlement
Injuries and Their Expenses
The result of being slammed into by a large metal object that often weighs more than a ton will often be injuries, even inside your own metal object, is often significant injuries. A car accident can cause:
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
- Concussion or other traumatic head injury
- Spinal cord injury
Any of these injuries will typically require hospitalization. Many will also require extensive follow up. There may be expensive prescription medication and months or years of physical therapy.
Additionally, you may miss work, both during hospitalization and for recovery. You may also become disabled as the result of an accident and lose the ability to work. You may have to use sick days and vacation time, or may just miss out on paychecks.
Vehicle and Property Damage
In an accident, your car may be totaled. Even in a fender bender, though, the damage can be both extensive and expensive. In addition to body work, your car will be worth less upon resale. This is called “diminished value.” Under Georgia law, you can recover for the balance of the diminished value of your vehicle.
The value of your vehicle is frequently a contested matter. The insurance company for the other driver will try to offer actual cash value of the vehicle, or what the vehicle is worth at the time of the accident. However, that often doesn’t do a plaintiff much good. If your car has been totaled, you need to get a new car to drive. Replacement value is ideal.
Between the accident and obtaining a new vehicle, you will need to find a way to get around. For many, that requires getting a rental car. Rental car fees are also recoverable. However, there is usually only a certain period of time for which they can be recovered. It’s best to call an attorney as promptly as possible to begin representing and advising you.
Do Not Take the Insurance Company’s Settlement
In many cases, responsibility for the accident is clear. The other driver’s liability insurance company may contact you to offer a settlement. They may try to sell you on the idea that the settlement they offer is fair, that it’s the best you should expect, and that there’s no reason to hire a lawyer.
The settlement may even seem generous. However, it may not include all your losses. Additionally, if you are injured and your future ability to work is affected, or you need treatment in the future, you will not be able to go back to the insurance company to seek more.
Finding the Best Attorney to Seek Damages in an Atlanta Car Accident Case
An attorney can negotiate a settlement that truly matches the full extent of your damages. ReShea Balams is an Atlanta auto accident lawyer who will take on the insurance company to seek recovery for all your losses. The Balams Firm represents clients in Fulton County, Gwinnett County, DeKalb County, Clayton County and Cobb County. Call (404) 445-2005 today to set up a free consultation.