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crashed car with airbags deployedIn some cases, insurers will pressure you to settle your claim as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, these quick cash settlements are lowball offers for far less than what your claim is worth – the primary purpose is to limit the amount of money the insurance company will have to pay on your claim. By accepting the offer, you could find yourself with uncovered medical expenses and other losses that you will need to pay out of pocket. If you stand your ground and build your case, however, you can often get the insurance company to make a fair settlement of your claim. 

There are other cases, however, where the insurance company either refuses to pay more than their lowball offer or refuses to pay anything altogether. If you find yourself in that situation, you need to understand your options. 

Go to Court

emergency worker standing near emergency vehicleCar accidents are catastrophic events. Sometimes it can be difficult just to determine what happened, let alone who may be at fault. Even when you can determine what happened, the other party may deny that it was their fault, or may even say that you caused the accident. If the other driver is trying to blame you for the accident, don’t lose home – there are things you can do to protect yourself and still successfully pursue a claim. 

Get Statements from Witnesses

The people who were involved in the accident aren’t always reliable witnesses. For one, they may not have seen what happened or may have difficulty remembering details. Second, they are sometimes motivated to give a version of events that is biased in their favor. Any third-party witnesses to your accident can be tremendously helpful when it comes to proving liability. Because they are considered to be neutral parties, their statements or testimony can be very persuasive. 

A severely damaged red carCar accidents are traumatic events that can result in very serious injuries. If you’ve been injured, you may be facing weeks and months of recovery or even permanent disability. You may be unable to work or enjoy day-to-day living. All of this can take a significant toll on your mental health, adding to the challenges you are already facing. 

The Georgia car accident attorneys at Slappey & Sadd believe that accident victims deserve to be made whole. We pursue compensation on your behalf for more than just your unpaid medical bills – we have the knowledge and experience to value your entire claim, including the psychological harm you may have suffered. If you’ve been injured and need someone on your side, contact Slappey & Sadd at 888-474-9616 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. 

Anxiety

A bottle of beer being poured into a glassIf someone causes an accident while driving drunk or high, we expect them to be prosecuted criminally. We tend to overlook the fact that the driver may also be held civilly liable for the accident victim’s injuries. Driving while impaired is not only criminal behavior, but it is also negligence. If you’ve been injured by an impaired driver, you may be entitled to compensation. 

The car accident lawyers at Slappey & Sadd have been helping car accident victims across the state of Georgia since 1992. We know what it takes to get you the compensation you need. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call us at 404-255-6677 or reach out via our online contact form

Impairment Means More Than Just Drinking and Driving

Red car with dented door and front fenderIf you’ve been in a car accident, you may be surprised at how quickly the insurance company has offered to settle your claim. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand that they are releasing the insurance company and the other party from any future claims if they accept the offer. Whether and when to settle your claim are critical questions with answers that can have a radical effect on your future. 

Founded in 1992, the car accident attorneys at Slappey & Sadd have extensive experience in helping accident victims settle their claims. We fight for your rights so that you receive the compensation you deserve, instead of some lowball amount offered by the insurance company. If you would like some guidance with your car accident claim, call us at 1-888-474-9616 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury lawyers. 

Understand the Insurance Company’s Game

Lyft logoAt 9:30 p.m. on March 21, an accident occurred in northwest Atlanta involving a semi-truck and a Lyft driver. The accident occurred at the intersection of Perry Boulevard and Johnson Road when the semi truck smashed into the passenger side of the car. Tragically, the passenger in the Lyft vehicle, an unidentified Atlanta woman, died as a result of her injuries. Police have reported that the Lyft driver was at fault and charges are pending. The accident raises a number of questions surrounding car accidents involving Lyft or Uber ridesharing services.  

Why Uber and Lyft Accidents are Complicated

Uber and Lyft accidents present unique challenges that aren’t present in an accident between privately owned vehicles or even accidents involving taxi cabs. First and foremost, Uber and Lyft, at their core, are software companies – they have developed apps that connect drivers with riders. As a result, their drivers are considered independent contractors, who own their own vehicles, are responsible for maintenance and insurance, and basically handle all of the obligations that would typically be handled by a taxi company. In addition, Uber and Lyft have been slow to provide protection of their drivers and their passengers, and this is an area of the law that is still developing.

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