What Can I Collect Compensation For in My Car Accident Case?
Whether you are an accident victim or someone who is concerned about liability coverage in Georgia, it is good to know how much compensation you may be entitled to receive after a car accident. Below, we discuss what you may be entitled to compensation for and how compensation is determined in Georgia car accident cases.
Statute of Limitations
The statute of limitations is the time limit that an injured plaintiff has to file a lawsuit after a car accident. In the state of Georgia, like many other states, the deadline to file a personal injury lawsuit is two years after the accident occurred. In addition, the victims have up to four years to sue for property damage.
In Georgia, the U.S. Supreme Court removed any limits from compensatory damages. These damages are often based on physical calculations for the cost of damage incurred to the body, property, or emotional well-being of the accident victims. The support for such damages can come in the form of medical bills, property replacement or repair, and the perceived emotional toll of pain and suffering that the tragic events incurred.
Modified Comparative Fault
Georgia recognizes that many accidents occur from multiple proximate causes. This means that many factors can lead up to an accident and the severity of the injuries that result. Recognizing comparative fault means that drivers have an obligation to drive defensively and mitigate the damages instead of contributing.
In Georgia, it is very common for plaintiffs to have their damages reduced by 10, 20, 30, or even 90 percent if they are less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. Therefore, accident victims should always seek immediate medical attention to remove any doubt that they contributed to the progression of their injuries. They should also drive defensively to remove any doubt that they were distracted, speeding, or negligent.
Contact Studstill Firm
If you are involved in a car accident in Valdosta, don’t hesitate to contact the Studstill Firm for seasoned legal advocates in your corner. Determining fault in Georgia can be tricky, and insurance companies will most likely attempt to show that their own policyholder was not at fault for the accident. Our personal injury attorneys will work to ensure you take the correct steps needed to pursue full compensation for your injuries so that you can focus on recovering.
Contact our firm at (229) 515-8900 to schedule your free consultation.