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Category Archives: Car & Truck Accident

Why Hire a Lawyer When I Can Negotiate with the Insurance Company Directly?

What Is an Insurance Adjuster’s Role in Handling a Car Wreck Claim?

As soon as a Georgia car accident occurs, the case is assigned to an insurance adjuster. The insurance adjuster’s objective is to close the claim by paying as little money as possible. The adjuster’s goal is to save their insurance company money and maximize the insurance company’s profits.

What is an Insurance Company’s Obligation to Injured Persons?

Most people that have been hurt in a car wreck think that the insurance company will be fair to them regarding their injury claim. Unfortunately that is not the case. At the end of the day, the insurance company is in the business of making money. They have no financial and fiduciary duty to persons that are hurt in car accidents. An insurance company only has duties to persons that they insure, i.e. the insured at fault driver.

What Happens If I Don’t Use a Lawyer?

Insurance companies and adjusters know that they can pay less compensation on claims when a person is not represented by a lawyer. They know that people who represent themselves will not be able to properly present their claim if their case goes to trial. They hope that the lengthy and daunting process will result in injured victims accepting their low ball offers. There is no incentive for insurance companies to pay fair settlements when a person represents themselves.

But Do I Really, Really Need a Lawyer?

There are certain situations when a lawyer is not necessarily needed on an injury case. The first situation would be where no one is hurt. The second situation would be where someone is hurt but didn’t seek any medical care. At the very least, every person involved in a car wreck should consult a lawyer. Any good lawyer will be able to give FREE advice and let an injured person know their rights and how to handle their claim if a lawyer will not add any value.

How Can the Patel Law Firm Help?

  • We offer free advice to all persons that have been hurt in car or truck accidents.
  • We provide our honest opinion on whether your case requires a lawyer or not – there are on a few occasions where the lawyer will let the injured victim know that there case doesn’t need a lawyer and what the person must do to present their claim to the insurance company so they can try and get a fair settlement.
  • Our lawyers will let you know the process of how to file a lawsuit if a person wants to handle their claim on their own.

What Are My Rights After a Car Accident?

First, all drivers are required to operate their vehicles in a safe manner and obey traffic laws. When a driver fails to follow the rules of the road and causes a car accident, that is considered negligence. So you have the right, if you have been injured by someone else’s negligence (i.e fault), to be…

Open Records Request

Gathering Evidence Through Open Records Request Almost all car and truck accidents result in the police being called to the scene. As part of their investigation, the police will speak to all persons involved in the wreck, talk to witnesses, and try and obtain any video footage depicting the wreck. Afterwards, the investigating police officer will…

Person that Hit Me Got a Ticket – What Does that Mean?

Ticketed Because of Collision The first person to investigate the scene of a wreck, incident, accident or collision is the police. The investigating police officer will talk to everyone involved and try to recreate how the accident occurred. He or she will obtain any video footage of the collision, if any, and examine the roadway for skid…

Do I Need a Car Accident Injury Lawyer

Attorney?? As always, it depends. Many factors determine the value of an accident injury claim: injuries, injections, surgeries, amount of medical bills, future medical bills, lost wages, who is at fault fault, property damage, your preexisting medical condition, etc. My best advice is that you speak with an injury attorney who can give you tailored advice to your situation. When You Don’t…

Douglas County Car & Truck Accident Attorney

Douglas County Injury Lawyer Car and truck accidents are on the rise in Douglas County, Georgia. Neighboring Cobb County, Douglas County is used by tractor trailers who are coming into Atlanta via Interstate 20. Likewise, residents of Austell, Douglasville, Villa Rica, Lithia Springs, and other cities in Douglas County use Interstate 20 for their work…

East Cobb Car & Truck Accident Lawyer

East Cobb Accident Attorney You should consult a personal injury attorney if you have been involved in a car or truck accident in East Cobb. A knowledgeable lawyer will be able to provide you with legal advice on your case, as well as some of the challenges you may face. Your first meeting should always be free,…

Mableton & Austell Accident Injury Lawyer

Mableton & Austell Accident Attorney Mableton and Austell encompass the southern most portion of Cobb County. Both cities are accessible by I-285 and I-20, and are frequently traveled by commuters, trucks, tractor-trailers, semi-trucks and commercial vehicles. Unfortunately, more accidents now occur in Mableton and Austell due to inattentive, lazy, and inexperienced drivers. We Come to You The Patel Law…

Atlanta Car & Truck Accident Lawyer

Atlanta Accident Attorney Over 350 motor vehicle accidents occur in Georgia each day. The vast majority of these car and truck wrecks happen within the city limits of Atlanta. Statistics show that you will be involved in a road accident at least twice in your lifetime. That is why Georgia requires you and every other person on the…

Bringing an Injury Case for your Child

Helping Injured Children Small children and even teenagers can be badly hurt in an accident. Injuries may include loss of limbs, paralysis, death or broken bones. In Georgia, persons under the age of 18 cannot handle their own injury case. Rather, a natural parent or the child’s guardian are the persons that bring the claim on behalf…

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