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What Should You Do After Being Involved in a Car Crash in Gwinnett County?

While cars have become safer over the years, distractions while driving have increased with cell phones and other technology, and injuries sustained in car accidents occur every day throughout the U.S. If you’ve been involved in a car accident, there are critical steps you can take to ensure that your rights are protected, and you can maximize your settlement if you qualify.

What Steps Should You Take After a Car Accident?

Car accidents leave little time to stop and think, so being prepared with steps to before an accident occurs will ensure you know what to do when you are involved in one. Knowing how to react, what to say, and things to avoid after an accident can have a large impact on your settlement.

Here are a few things to do after being involved in a car crash.

Check for injuries and call 911

If you are able to do so, it’s important to call 911 immediately. Let them know where you are and what injuries you might have sustained, so they can send an ambulance if necessary.

Begin Gathering Testimony

Again, if you are able to safely exit the vehicle, begin recording the scene. Take photos of your vehicle, the area around the vehicle, and the other vehicle involved. Take a video and record your thoughts and findings immediately. Once bystanders and other drivers begin to stop and help, the scene of the accident can quickly change, so it’s imperative to take any records early on.

Work with Police to Provide a Firsthand Account

When police arrive, they will begin asking crucial questions to piece together what happened. They may also ask to see your registration, driver’s license and proof of insurance for the vehicle. You’re required to provide the items requested. You can offer the police officers any proof you gathered to assist in the investigation.

Fill Out the Accident Report

Georgia car accident reports must include a description of the accident based on witness statements, how the cars were found after the accident, any damage incurred on the vehicles and, sometimes photo records. These accident reports mat also include the officer’s opinion about what led to the accident. You may request a copy of the accident report from the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

Call Your Insurance Company

You will want to quickly complete a claim with your insurance company for any damages to the vehicle and to cover medical bills for any injuries you experienced during the accident. Many insurance companies will ask to see photos and records of medical findings, so keep meticulous records and have them ready to present.

Know Your Rights

Georgia is a third-party liability state, meaning victims of car accidents can pursue the at-fault drive for damages. First, file a claim with your own insurance company—called a first-party claim. Then you may also file a damage or personal injury claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company—called a third-party claim. You may also file a suit against the at-fault driver with a local accident lawyer.

Hire an Attorney

While some car accidents can be handled without representation, others may require the expertise of an auto accident lawyer in Gwinnett County who has extensive experience in these types of lawsuits. If you would like to explore your options for settlement after an auto accident, Gwinnett Accident Lawyer, R Michael Coker, specializes in personal injury and car accidents, and will help guide you in how to handle the responsible parties and hold them accountable.

Reach out to our office today for a Free Case Evaluation.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Slip and Fall Lawsuits in Gwinnett County

Slip and fall incidents are more common than you might think. Spills or other hazards that may cause slip and fall injuries can often go unnoticed or disregarded at grocery stores, pharmacies, office buildings, and parking lots, and these unsafe conditions can lead to serious injuries. Oftentimes, falls will go unreported or undocumented as people may believe it was their own fault; however, many of these incidents occur due to property owner or manager negligence to fix potential hazards on their property.

In these cases, an experienced injury attorney knows how to present a strong case against the store or property owner. Below, we will discuss some of the most frequently asked questions we get about slip and fall cases in Georgia.

Q: What do I do after falling in a store or on someone else’s property?

A: Notify the manager or property owner, and have them make a report if possible. Seek medical attention immediately and keep record of any doctor or hospital visits. Business or property owners must take precautions to ensure their property is a safe environment for customers by notifying them of any known hazards and repairing those issues as soon as they are discovered.

Q: Should I sign or complete the report?

A: Generally, do not put anything in writing, but tell the property owner or manager what happened. Avoid signing any forms and contact a personal injury lawyer.

Q: Will I get a copy of the report?

A: Always ask for a copy of the report. They are not required to provide you with their report, which is why it is especially important for you to keep records of your own.

Q: What photos should I take?

A: Take photos of the substance or hazard on the floor or in the area that caused you to slip (or trip) and fall.  You should also photograph your clothes if they are wet, the general area where you fell and any security cameras in the area that may have captured the incident. You can also take a video of the area and record yourself on camera in the exact spot to record what happened right after it occurred.

Q: What should I keep for record?

A: Be sure to keep your photos, the report (if the owner or manager supplied you with it), and files of your injuries, medical bills and other expenses that resulted from the fall. Try getting the contact information of the owner of the property or the store manager, as well as any eyewitnesses that may have seen the fall, if possible. Keep the clothing and shoes you were wearing at the time of the incident in the same condition—avoid washing them!

Q:What should I do after I leave?

A: Do not talk to anyone who calls in regard to the incident, find a personal injury lawyer immediately. It’s in your best interest to get an accident injury lawyer involved as soon as possible after your slip and fall injury who can help you fight for the best outcome for your situation.

Gwinnett Accident LawyerR. Michael Coker specializes in personal injury and slip and fall accidents, and will work with you to determine long-term future costs associated with your fall. We will also assist you in how to handle the store or any other responsible parties. You can contact us to get a Free Case Evaluation today.