Trusted Savannah Car Accident Lawyers
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a car accident that was caused by another’s actions, it is crucial that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Our Savannah car accident lawyers have decades of experience representing injury victims throughout Georgia. We can help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, and more. Contact The Nye Law Group today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our office is located in Downtown Savannah, just two blocks from the Chatham County Courthouse and across the street from Telfair Square. We charge no legal fees unless we secure compensation for you.
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Types of Accident Cases Our Attorneys Handle
Auto accidents can happen on almost any roadway and involve a wide variety of vehicles and scenarios. Our accomplished Savannah car accident lawyers are experienced in handling all types of traffic accidents, including:
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Bus accidents
Often these accidents are the result of a driver’s negligence or carelessness while behind the wheel. Many of the injury cases we have handled were caused by:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Distracted driving, including texting and driving
- Defective vehicle parts
- Failing to obey traffic laws
- Poorly maintained roads
- Reckless driving
- Driving the wrong way
Accidents can also result from defective products, road debris, and poorly designed or maintained roads.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be entitled to compensation if another’s negligent actions caused your injuries.
Contact us today to find out if you can file a claim for compensation.
Working with the Insurance Company
Georgia motorists are required to carry minimum liability insurance that covers:
- Bodily injury liability of $25,000 per person and $50,000 for multiple people injured in an accident
- Property damage liability for $25,000 per accident
Because Georgia is considered a “fault state,” individuals who are injured in an auto accident can seek compensation directly from the at-fault party, the at-fault party’s insurance or their own auto insurance company. Most often, a claim is initially filed with the at-fault driver’s insurance.
When communicating with the insurance company it is important to remember these companies are for-profit businesses that are solely focused on their bottom line. They may attempt to confuse you, get you to sign a low settlement offer quickly or offer too little for your claim.
You should also be very careful about what you say and provide to an insurance company, as everything can be used against you to lower your settlement amount.
Instead, you should consider hiring a reputable auto accident lawyer who can handle these discussions for you. Our Savannah car accident lawyers are experienced negotiators who are focused solely on the best interests of our clients. We will do everything we can to help make sure you get the compensation you need after an accident.
Helping You Get Fair Compensation
At the Nye Law Group, we understand that being injured or losing a loved one as a result of an accident can be an overwhelming situation that can leave you at a loss for what to do next. That is why we are committed to working on your behalf to obtain the maximum compensation for your claim.
If the insurance company refuses to offer the amount you need to cover the full costs of the damages you have suffered, we will file a personal injury lawsuit to help recover what is owed to you.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover:
- Past, present and future medical expenses
- Ongoing medical treatment
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Lost earning ability
- Lost companionship for surviving spouses
- Funeral expenses
In rare situations of gross negligence or extreme wrongdoing, you may also be awarded punitive damages, which are meant to serve as a form of punishment to discourage others from engaging in similar behavior.
With decades of experience defending the rights of accident victims and their families, our Savannah car accident lawyers have the skills and resources needed to help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve.
Through our commitment to fighting for our clients, our team has received numerous awards and recognition. Most notably, Managing Partner Robert Nye has received a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating, the highest offered by the peer rating organization for ethical standards and legal ability.
Do not hesitate to contact us today to learn how we can help you.
Comparative Negligence Rules
It is important to note that Georgia’s modified comparative negligence rule could reduce the amount of compensation you can receive if you are found to be partially responsible for the accident that caused your injuries.
According to the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A) § 51-12-33, if an injured person is more than 50 percent at fault for causing the accident, he or she will not be able to receive any form of compensation. If he or she is less than 50 percent responsible, the recovery will be reduced by his or her percentage of fault.
For example, if the injury victim requested $10,000 in compensation but was speeding at the time of the accident and was found to be 20 percent at fault, his or her recovery will be reduced by 20 percent to $8,000.
This is a tactic that is often used by the insurance company to reduce their payout. Our Savannah car accident lawyers can make sure you are not blamed for causing an accident that was not your fault.
Proving Negligence in an Auto Accident
In order to prove who caused the accident, our Savannah car accident lawyers and our team of investigators will gather proof that the other party failed to meet the standard level of acceptable behavior while operating a vehicle, which includes paying attention to the road and operating a vehicle in a way that ensures the safety of others. We must be able to demonstrate that this negligence was a direct cause of your injuries.
We will do this by conducting a thorough investigation to demonstrate who was at fault for the accident by:
- Analyzing police reports on the accident, which can be requested from the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
- Interviewing witnesses who were at the scene of the accident
- Reviewing your medical records, with the help of medical experts if needed, to determine the full extent of your injuries and the amount of compensation you need
- Reconstructing the accident to determine the exact cause
- Reviewing traffic camera footage and photos of the accident and the moments leading up to it
- Analyzing the other driver’s record for any past tickets, infractions or other indications of poor driving behavior
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Georgia Car Accident Statute of Limitations
If you believe you may have a legal case, you should not hesitate to contact our Savannah car accident lawyers right away. According to O.C.G.A. § 9-3-33, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident. There is also a two-year limitation starting from the date of a wrongful death. If you miss this deadline, you will lose your opportunity to bring a claim and obtain compensation.
There are some exceptions that could shorten the time you have to file a claim:
- One year – Claims brought against the State of Georgia or its employees or a county in the state require a notice of claim be submitted within one year of the accident (O.C.G.A. § 50-21-26(a)(1) and O.C.G.A. § 36-11-1). This can include an accident involving driver who is an employee of the state or accidents resulting from a poorly designed or maintained county road.
- Six months – Claims against a Georgia city or any of its employees must be filed within six months of the accident (O.C.G.A. §36-33-5). This can include accidents with a city police officer or another employee or a city bus.
You should always contact a reputable auto accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash. Our Savannah car accident lawyers can help you determine what statutes and laws apply to your case.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Having represented Savannah car accident victims for several decades, we have helped countless victims recover compensation for injuries of varying severity. Some of the most common types of injuries our attorneys have represented include:
- Head/brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Permanent disability
No matter your injury or the circumstances surrounding your accident, you should always seek immediate medical care for your injuries in order to obtain the treatment you need and to establish a record of your injuries.
You should then contact our Savannah car accident lawyers for a free consultation to discuss the merits of your claim. We will work tirelessly on your behalf to help you obtain the compensation you need to get back on your feet after an accident.
Contact The Nye Law Group
Our team of dedicated Savannah personal injury lawyers is standing by to help you with your personal injury case. We have been recognized as part of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and have received superb Avvo ratings for our dedication to our clients.
Contact us today to find out how we can help you put your life back together after an accident. We work only on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge any legal fees unless you recover compensation.