Guyton car accident lawyers
Located 28 miles outside of Savannah’s city center, the town of Guyton is part of Effingham County and is home to about 2,300 residents. The skilled attorneys at Kicklighter Law proudly serve their legal needs in the following areas:
Car accidents can be life-altering and affect entire families. Serious injuries can leave you temporarily or permanently unable to work, leading to diminished income and staggering medical bills. Car accidents can be complex legal matters, and you need a dedicated accident attorney on your side. At Kicklighter Law, our Guyton car accident attorneys are highly skilled negotiators and litigators. We can advocate on your behalf after a car accident.
How Can a Car Accident Attorney Help Me?
A car accident attorney considers many factors when filing an accident claim, such as proving fault, the extent of injuries, and property damage, and helps calculate an appropriate settlement amount. Settlements typically cover medical bills, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering, and more.
The goal of any car accident attorney is for you to focus on your physical and mental recovery while they work on your behalf to represent and negotiate your case. Your attorney can work with your medical providers, insurance companies, accident experts, and investigators to develop a comprehensive understanding of the accident and its resulting impact on your health, life, and ability to work. Your attorney can fight to get you the compensation you need after a car accident.
How Much Is a Car Accident Injury Claim Worth?
The amount of compensation you may recover for a car accident claim depends on the seriousness of your injuries and the extent of property damage. Available data on car accident settlements vary, but the Insurance Information Institute reports that the average personal injury claim was approximately $20,000 in 2020, with approximately $4,700 in property damage. A Martindale-Nolo survey reports an average settlement of $23,900.
There are three main types of damages you may be eligible for following a car accident: economic, non-economic, and punitive. Economic damages are current and futured financial costs incurred or lost and include medical costs, lost wages, future earnings, and property damage.
Non-economic damages refer to pain and suffering you sustain because of the accident. It is an arbitrary amount and based on the severity of the accident and your injuries. This figure is based on several factors, which differ by case.
Punitive damages are meant to punish and make an example of the at-fault driver’s gross negligent behavior, such as driving while intoxicated. Punitive damages are meant as a deterrent for the driver, as well as other drivers, to never engage in the same actions again.
Georgia’s Comparative Negligence Rule
If you are injured due to the negligence of another driver, that person may be responsible for the damages they caused. However, Georgia is a comparative negligence state, meaning that compensation will be based on the percentage of responsibility one or both parties bear for the accident. If you are found to be 50 percent or less responsible, you may be entitled to compensation. If you are found to be over 50 percent responsible, you will likely not be eligible to obtain any compensation for your losses.
Under comparative negligence, the percentage you are found responsible will be deducted from the total compensation award. This means that if the other driver is found to be 80 percent responsible, then you are 20 percent responsible. In terms of compensation, if the total damages are $10,000, compensation will be reduced by 20 percent, leaving you with a total compensation of $8,000.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
In Georgia, the statute of limitations to file a claim is two years from the date of the accident. This applies to anyone injured in the crash in addition to the driver. If you were driving a state-owned vehicle, you have one year from the accident date to file. Claims for property damage can only be made up to four years after the accident.
In the case of a death, the family of the deceased has two years from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the at-fault driver, which may be different than the date of the accident.
The statute of limitations does not apply to car insurance claims, which typically requires you to file a claim, or provide notice of a forthcoming claim, promptly following the accident.
Kicklighter Law’s Experience Handling Different Types of Car Accident Cases
Our Guyton car accident attorneys at Kicklighter Law have exceptional experience handling personal injury cases. We have a successful track record of obtaining favorable and significant settlements for clients in a wide range of motor vehicle accidents, including passenger cars, commercial trucks, and rideshare vehicles.
We provide a comprehensive, personal, and compassionate approach to all our cases. Each client’s needs are unique, and your health, emotional, financial, and legal concerns are of utmost importance to our entire team. At Kicklighter Law, we provide consistent strategic legal guidance to obtain meaningful results for your quality of life and that of your loved ones.
Guyton, Georgia is a charming city with a rich history, located in Effingham County. Considered part of the Savannah Metropolitan Statistical Area, Guyton is located approximately 30 miles northwest of the City of Savannah, crossed by State Routes 17 and 119.
Guyton Car Accident Lawyers at Kicklighter Law Represent Clients Injured by Negligent Drivers
A car accident can completely alter your life. If you have been injured in a car accident, speak with our Guyton car accident lawyers at Kicklighter Law. Call us today at 912-754-6003 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Located in Springfield, Georgia, we proudly serve clients in Effingham County, Savannah, and the surrounding areas.