Head-on accidents are among the most dangerous accidents in which a person can be involved. In many cases, victims are severely injured and incur tens of thousands of dollars in losses and are left with long-term medical problems that will never fully resolve. Thankfully, victims of head-on crashes can often recover compensation with the help of an Atlanta car accident attorney.
Head-on collisions typically do not occur in the absence of negligence on the part of at least one of the drivers involved. As a result, people who are hurt in head-on accidents are typically entitled to compensation for their accident-related losses under Georgia law. Some of the more common causes of these extremely dangerous accidents include:
● Distracted driving
● Texting and driving
● Failing to follow traffic laws
● Defective vehicles or vehicle parts
● Inadequate signage
● Road defects
An attorney familiar with car accident law will be able to review your case and determine whether you are entitled to compensation.
Protecting Your Rights after a Head-On Collision
If you have recently been involved in a head-on accident, there are certain steps that you should take in order to protect your legal rights.
Do Not Accept a Settlement Offer
Insurance companies often approach victims shortly after an accident with seemingly generous settlement offers in an attempt to limit their liability. Typically, these offers are far below the actual value of victims’ cases, and insurance companies are trying to get the case settled before victims can talk to an attorney and find out what their cases are actually worth.
Do Not Provide a Recorded Statement
The at-fault driver’s insurance company may try and pressure you into providing a recorded statement in an effort to get you to say something that can be used against you. Do not provide a statement or respond to written questions until you have had a chance to discuss your case with an experienced lawyer.
Seek Medical Attention
You should always seek medical attention after a head-on collision. When you see a doctor, it will ensure that your injuries are treated and documents, both of which are important for your claim. Furthermore, you should be sure to actively participate in your treatment plan and attend all follow-up appointments. If you don’t, it could significantly affect your settlement offer.
Contact a Lawyer as Soon as Possible
You should find an experienced lawyer as soon as you can after a head-on collision. Waiting can hurt your case in a number of ways, including losing access to evidence that you need to win your case. Also, while you are unrepresented and handling your claim yourself, you could do or say things that could hurt your ability to recover compensation.
Call Us Today to Speak with an Atlanta Auto Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in a head-on collision in the Atlanta area, you should call Slappey & Sadd immediately. To schedule a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call our office today at 888.474.9616 or send us an email through our online contact form.