Lawrenceville, GA Auto Accident Lawyers Help Injured Clients Recover
Aggressive representation focused on obtaining full compensation for your losses
If you have been hurt in an auto accident in the Lawrenceville area, Pearson Law Group, LLC can provide the aggressive representation you need to pursue full compensation for your losses. If a negligent driver caused the crash that hurt you, you are entitled to recover for your medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other losses. However, the process is often more complicated than you might imagine, so it’s important to have an experienced and dedicated attorney fighting for your rights.
Laws governing auto accident cases in Georgia
Georgia personal injury law allows victims of auto accidents to recover damages from at-fault drivers. But first, a victim must be able to identify the cause of an accident and prove by a preponderance of the evidence that someone else was responsible. However there are a few other laws plaintiffs in a car accident case must contend with:
- Insurance — Georgia is a fault state for insurance purposes. Drivers are required to carry minimum levels of liability insurance, as follows: bodily injury liability of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per occurrence, as well as property damage liability of $25,000 per occurrence. An injured party makes a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurer. If the at-fault driver is uninsured or has insufficient coverage to compensate for the victim’s losses, the victim can file with their own insurance company, provided they have purchased optional uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. The victim can also sue the at-fault driver to recover any shortfall.
- Comparative fault — For situations where a victim bears some of the responsibility for the accident, Georgia is a modified comparative negligence state. This means a victim can recover damages from an at-fault driver as long as the victim bears less than 50 percent of the blame. The victim’s damage recovery is reduced proportionally by their degree of fault. For example, a victim who suffers $100K in losses, but is twenty percent at fault, can only recover 80 percent of the losses ($80K) from the other driver.
- Statute of limitations — This law sets a two-year time period for victims to file a lawsuit, starting on the day of the accident. A victim who does not file suit within that period loses all rights to recovery. However, under certain circumstances, the statutory period can be extended.
Common causes of auto accidents in the Lawrenceville area
Traffic in metro Atlanta ranks among the most congested in the world, and the Interchange of I-85 at I-285, known as Spaghetti Junction, has been called the worst bottleneck in America. Such conditions inevitably cause driver frustration, inattention, and exhaustion leading to aggressive driving, distracted driving, drowsy driving, and other behaviors that cause highway accidents. Moreover, Gwinnett County, Georgia consistently ranks third in the state, behind Fulton and DeKalb counties, in the number of fatal auto accidents.
In the metro Atlanta area, the leading causes of traffic accidents include:
- Driver losing control of a vehicle
- Unsafe or illegal speed
- Traveling on the wrong side of the road
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Alcohol or drug impaired driving
- Improper lane change
- Following too closely
- Disregarding a stop sign or traffic signal
- Weather conditions
- Object or animal in the roadway
If you are injured in a traffic accident, you must be able to say with certainty who caused the crash and how. Our attorneys thoroughly investigate the circumstances of a crash and consult qualified experts in accident reconstruction to pinpoint the exact cause and hold the right parties accountable.
Contact our Lawrenceville attorneys for auto accident representation
If you’ve been hurt in an auto accident in Gwinnett County or anywhere throughout Georgia, you can trust Pearson Law Group, LLC to pursue full compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 470-809-6411 or contact our Lawrenceville office online. We are conveniently located at 16 Towne Park Drive, just off the Sugarloaf Parkway.