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Decatur Car Accident Attorneys

Decatur Car Accident AttorneysCar accidents are very common in Georgia, even in Decatur. In fact, the Georgia Department of Transportation reports that nearly 400,000 car accidents happen every year. According to the Insurance Information Institute, every person in the United States has a 1 in 101 chance of being involved in a fatal car accident. With odds like these, it is easy to see why car accidents are such a serious concern and why car accident cases occur so frequently.

Insurance companies deal with car accidents daily, but chances are that you will be involved in very few car accidents in your lifetime. Having a Decatur car accident attorney help you assert your legal rights after a car accident can help you get the compensation you deserve after a crash. The experienced Decatur car accident attorneys at Hall & Lampros, LLP are here for you. We can help you get compensation to address your losses after an accident—from lost wages to medical bills and everything in between. Call or text 404-876-8100 for more information.

Do I Have a Car Accident Case?

If another person or entity caused your car accident, you might have a car accident case.

In fact, you should still investigate your legal options even if the other person was not entirely at fault for the accident. Car accident victims can sometimes still get compensation even if they somehow contributed to the accident. The experienced Decatur car accident lawyers at Hall & Lampros, LLP can review your specific situation and help you determine what your next steps should be.

Damages Available After a Car Accident

Asserting a legal claim after a car accident can often help you recover significant losses. For example, you might be able to get compensation for the following damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Lost income from missed work
  • Mental or emotional anguish
  • Permanent or temporary loss of function
  • Property damage
  • Losses that your loved ones experienced

Every case is different, so the damages you may be able to claim will also be different. Your attorney will help you realistically evaluate how much you have lost or suffered because of the accident—you may be surprised to learn just how many areas of your life are affected by a car accident.

What To Do After a Car Accident in Georgia

If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, you should address your injuries first. Get emergency help if you need it. Getting medical attention is always a good idea, even if you think the injuries seem minor or unimportant.

Reporting Your Car Accident to the Police

Getting the police involved after an accident is not only a good idea, but Georgia law also often requires it. Georgia Code states that any accident that causes a personal injury or results in at least $500 in damages must immediately be reported to the local police department. If the crash occurs outside of a city or town, then you should report the accident to the county sheriff or the nearest state patrol.

In Decatur and the surrounding areas, you can contact the City of Decatur Police Department or the DeKalb County Police Department.

Vital Information Contained in the Police Report

A police report will provide critical information about the other driver involved in the accident, including:

  • Name and contact information
  • Insurance information
  • Driver’s license information
  • Whether the officer issued any citations

A police report will also provide a summary of the officer’s investigation. That summary will often paraphrase witness statements and set out the officer’s opinion of why the accident occurred. Many reports will also have a diagram of the accident, which can be very helpful in explaining to third parties (like a jury or insurance company) how the crash happened and why.

Using a Police Report in Your Car Accident Case

In many situations, the police report from your accident will not be direct evidence presented at trial. Instead, your car accident attorney will use it as part of negotiations to show an insurance company who is at fault. At trial, your attorney will sometimes use it to refresh a police officer’s recollection about what happened during their investigation so they can properly testify.

By not reporting the accident, you sometimes “indirectly” admit that there was either no property damage valued above $500 or no injuries in the accident. That can be troublesome for your car accident case later, so it is a good idea to report any car accident.

Get Help With Your Car Accident Case

Hall & Lampros, LPP has over three decades of experience helping car accident victims in Decatur, GA. Let us put that experience to work for you. Call or text 404-876-8100 to set up a free consultation today.