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At Henningsen Injury Attorneys, we are dedicated to drivers and passengers who have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence and recklessness of another driver. We succeed in difficult cases because we spend the time, energy, and resources to win for each victim of a car accident in Atlanta that we represent.

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At Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C., clients often come to us with many questions and concerns about medical care, lost wages, and vehicle repair costs. Our firm fights for auto accident victims so they can recover full monetary compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, damages, and car repair.

We represent victims of all types of car accidents in Atlanta, including:

Hurt in an auto accident caused by someone else? Get in touch with our Atlanta car accident lawyers today at (404) 800-6356 or by completing a convenient online form.

When Should You Get a Lawyer For a Car Accident?

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You should hire a lawyer for your car accident case as soon as possible to protect you from the predatory insurance companies, which are sure to start contacting you to ask for a statement. In fact, filing your claim sooner than later can improve your chances of getting the compensation that you want in your case.

Types and Causes of Car Accidents

In order to win a personal injury claim for a car accident, the cause of the accident must be determined to be the negligence of the other driver. While it is generally fairly easy to establish liability, it can sometimes be obscure. This means it is essential to have a team of legal professionals on your side who can conduct investigations and analysis into the circumstances of your accident to build a strong case on your behalf.

For example, consider the following:

  • Rear-end collision: These collisions involve one car crashing into another where you are either at the back of the other car or in front. This typically happens when a driver is driving too close to the car ahead of them. Whether or not the passengers in the front car are wearing seat belts, they can still suffer serious neck injuries from the impact. The driver that rear-ends another car is almost always at fault, with the exception of certain limited circumstances.
  • Side-Impact Collision: When a car strikes another car in the side, it can result in serious damage. This type of accident, also known as a T-bone car accident, can severely injury any passengers and the driver. These accidents are typically the result of an inattentive or distracted driver running a red light, but other situations can cause such an accident as well.
  • Head-on Collisions: This occurs when cars hit one another head on. These accidents often result in the most catastrophic injures due to the excessive force generated between the two cars upon impact. Determining which party was negligent in these collisions are generally straightforward, but can also be attributed to road defects, design, or poor maintenance.
  • Failure to Yield: Failing to yield the right of way is a leading cause of car accidents and is responsible for roughly 15% of all wrecks. Failure to yield takes place when a driver refuses to follow the right of way rule, colliding with another car as a result.

Common Injuries for Car Accident Victims

Any car accident has the potential for severe injury, therefore you should always seek medical attention right away after a crash to protect your health and preserve your rights. Remember to hold on to receipts of the medical attention you receive to show your attorney. Although injuries can vary widely depending on the nature of the accident, common types stand out.

Common car accident injuries include:

Emotional distress can also follow car accidents. This can be as serious as experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and other psychological disorders as well. These injuries can translate to expensive medical bills related to doctor visits, prescription medication, surgeries, rehabilitation, property damage, and other losses. An attorney can help you pursue fair compensation for these losses from the responsible parties and ensure your interests are guarded every step of the way.

How Long Will My Case Take?

Is There a Legal Time Limit on How Long I Have to File My Claim?

Yes. In United States law, citizens are protected from being prosecuted years after an alleged event based on evidence that has eroded over time. Memories of events that occurred in the past are not considered reliable witness testimony. Someone can show up with medical bills years later claiming that their injuries were caused by a car accident, but it would be hard to prove that the injuries were not caused by some other unrelated factor that had occurred afterward. This protection is called a statute of limitations and each state sets its own for both civil and criminal cases.

The statute of limitations is the maximum amount of time that a car accident victim has to file a civil claim against the driver’s insurance company. In the state of Georgia, victims of a car wreck have two years from the date of the car accident to file their case in court. There are very limited exceptions, however, that does not mean that you should wait until the statute of limitations is almost up. There are important steps that you must take before filing a claim, and if you wait too long, then you might run out of time.

I Was In a Minor Car Accident. Do I Still Need an Attorney?

Absolutely, you should consider getting a lawyer for a minor accident. Here are some reasons why.

You Only Pay When Henningsen Injury Attorneys Wins Your Case

Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. Henningsen Injury Attorneys not only offers a complimentary, risk-free case evaluation but doesn’t take a penny in payment unless we win for you. All court costs are covered upfront by Henningsen Injury Attorneys for your case because Mr. Todd Henningsen only takes cases that he is confident that he can win the highest award for his clients. Immediately he will begin working on your case and gathering evidence to help you get the settlement you deserve for your Atlanta auto accident. Evidence that is gathered and used in your Atlanta auto accident case includes:

  • The police report
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Video footage, such as from security cameras, dashboard cameras, or cell phone cameras
  • Cell phone records, if applicable
  • Chemical drug test results, if applicable
  • Your medical records and testimony from your doctors

Henningsen Injury Attorneys exhaust all our resources investigating your personal injury claim. Mr. Todd Henningsen prepares each case as if it were going to trial because he anticipates that the driver’s insurance company will not compensate adequately in the car accident settlement.

Communication

One of the strengths of working with an Atlanta car accident lawyer from a small firm is that they provide you with individualized attention throughout your personal injury claim. A large personal injury law firm serves many clients with severe injuries, so every time clients call for an update on their personal injury claim, they end up speaking to a receptionist rather than someone who can answer their questions. When working with Henningsen Injury Attorneys, you will have regular updates from Atlanta car accident lawyer, Mr. Todd Henningsen and will never have to compete with other clients for your attorney’s attention.

An Accident Lawyer Protects Your Rights

Mr. Todd Henningsen will also communicate with the insurance company regarding your auto accident on your behalf because they won’t intimidate him the way they do accident victims. Atlanta car accident attorneys know that insurance companies try to intimidate accident victims, twist their words, or bully them into admitting fault. They may try to get you to say something to diminish the extent of your injuries, like getting you to say that you feel fine. Henningsen Injury Attorneys speak to the insurance companies on your behalf and fight to make them pay the maximum compensation for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, serious injuries, and property damage.

How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help Me?

Yes, it is worth getting a lawyer for a car accident, even if the accident was minor, but especially if you or your passengers suffered extensive or permanent injuries.

Advice On Your Rights

Your accident may seem straightforward to you, but an intrepid attorney will be able to conduct a thorough investigation that will reveal details that could affect the outcome of your case. Only an experienced and licensed attorney knows what your rights are and can advise you on how to use them.

For example, you may be found to be partially at fault for your car accident, and your compensation could be reduced by the amount of fault you share. Henningsen Injury Attorneys fight claims that could be used to reduce how much you are awarded. Attorney Todd Henningsen will be able to explain the laws that apply in your case and untangle any legal jargon.

Conduct A Thorough Investigation

An experienced attorney has the resources to conduct a thorough investigation into your case to determine liability and the cause of the accident.

Let’s say you were injured by a driver that you saw on their phone before the crash. Henningsen Injury Attorneys would conduct an investigation and subpoena the driver’s cell phone records to determine if they were texting or talking when they should have been paying attention to the road and avoiding a crash. In 2019 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there were 424,000 people injured in motor vehicle crashes caused by distracted drivers, resulting in 3,142 victims losing their lives in fatal crashes. If you are injured due to a distracted driver, drunk driver, or another woefully negligent driver, then Henningsen Injury Attorneys would fight to ensure the responsible party compensates you fairly.

But the average person would not be able to conduct such a thorough investigation on their own, and they likely do not have the kinds of professional connections necessary to successfully complete an investigation. Call Henningsen Injury Attorneys so we can discuss the legal strategies available in your case with you.

What is a Reasonable Settlement For a Car Accident?

Henningsen Injury Attorneys calculate your total economic damages based on the information that you provide, including medical records, wage and salary information, etc. All of those documents will cite how much you have accrued in bills and financial losses, and your attorney will use them to calculate an amount to provide to the insurance company.

However, the total amount of economic damages is not the same amount that you will receive in your settlement. You could receive more in your settlement if you file a claim for your pain and suffering, which could greatly increase your compensation.

What Damages am I Entitled to After My Car Accident?

The personal injury attorney can seek out two types of title damages for their client: compensatory damages and punitive damages.

Punitive damages are intended to punish the driver that caused the accident if they acted in an outrageously negligent or egregiously reckless manner. Upon a guilty verdict, the defendant would face a monetary punishment for their behavior that caused an auto accident, injuries, or even wrongful death. Society wants those who drive recklessly to face harsh consequences, so juries are more willing to award punitive damages. Each state sets its own laws regarding punitive damages. Some states do not allow victims to seek these types of damages after a car wreck, and some states place a cap on how much a person can receive from their personal injury claim. Punitive damages are capped at $250,000 in the state of Georgia, but there are exceptions.

Compensatory damages that a victim of a car wreck can recover through the driver’s insurance policy include economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages that a person can receive after a car accident include:

  • Medical expenses: Treatment for your serious injuries, including the ambulance ride, emergency room, surgeries, and tests. These damages are calculated from your medical bills.
  • Property damage: Anything that was damaged in the auto accident, including the vehicle, electronic devices (laptop, GPS, phone, or other equipment)
  • Lost wages: when your injuries prevent you from working, it can affect your financial life and put you in debt.
  • Other miscellaneous fees: Your life changes after a car accident, so any alterations to your life, whether it’s getting in-home care or additional childcare, could be covered in your personal injury award.

Lost Wages

After a car accident, Henningsen Injury Attorneys can help you recover financial losses stemming from your inability to work as a result of your injuries. There are two types of damages you can file for: lost wages and future lost earning potential. Lost wages include the amount you would have made if you were able to work but have been prevented from earning due to your injuries. By contrast, if your doctors believe that it will take a long time for you to recover or that you may never be able to work again, then you could be entitled to future lost earnings based on the years of income you would have received had you not been injured in a car accident.

Property Damage

A good reason to seek out a lawyer after your car accident is to file a claim for property damage, which differs from filing a claim for personal injuries you sustained in your auto accident. They will help in the appraisal process to determine the value of your car or if the damage is minor enough for it to be fixed and for the insurance company to cover the repairs.

Non-Economic Damages

Victims may also sue for the emotional distress and physical pain that accompanied their injury. The law recognizes the anguish caused by a person's inability to participate in their life and activities that they used to enjoy. Pain and suffering can provide monetary compensation for emotional trauma, the loss of the limb, the loss of the use of an organ, or in the case of a wrongful death claim, the loss of companionship that the deceased provided their loved ones.

What If I am Partially At Fault For the Accident?

Under the comparative negligence law, the amount that a plaintiff can recover after a Georgia car accident is limited by the amount of blame they are assigned for the accident. For example, a plaintiff who was looking at their phone can be assigned a percentage of fault for distracted driving. If the judge assigns the plaintiff 50% of the fault, then they will only recover half of the damages.

An investigation will be conducted to find out how much fault you share for causing an auto accident. In a distracted driving case, for example, the attorney for the insurance company may subpoena cell phone records to determine if you were texting just before the car wreck. If the police conducted a chemical drug test at the accident scene, then those results may also be used to reduce your accident settlement. However, your Atlanta car accident lawyer will gather evidence specific to the circumstances of your case in an effort to reduce your share of fault.

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

When a car accident happens, it is a shocking surprise. Emotions can run high, and adrenaline is pumping. However, following these steps could help your personal injury case and help you stay calm and in control during a particularly stressful event.

First, check on yourself and other passengers for injuries. See if you can locate your phone so you can dial 911. You should also check on the other driver, passengers in their vehicle, and anyone else who may have been involved, such as a pedestrian. You must relay as much information as possible to the operator, including how many people are injured and the location of the accident scene.

If you are blocking traffic or are in a precarious spot, then you may move the vehicles to the side of the road. However, if a victim is unable to move their car or if the damage is significant, then you should wait for help to arrive.

Depending on the state of both drivers, they should exchange information such as:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • Auto insurance company and policy number
  • Each must show their drivers license

Nowadays, almost everyone has a camera on their phone to take pictures and videos. After a car accident, you will want to seek damages for your medical bills, and one of the strongest ways to recover those is by providing the insurance company images of your injuries and the damage at the accident scene.

Even if you feel fine, you should see your doctor immediately following a car accident. They can conduct tests to determine whether or not you have suffered from injuries with late-onset symptoms. Two types of injuries that can occur after a car accident with symptoms that may not show up right away are soft tissue injuries and internal bleeding. Soft tissue injury is when trauma occurs to muscles, tendons, or ligaments and is likely the result of a sudden unexpected or uncontrolled movement. With stomach bleeding, the victim could experience abdominal swelling after several hours, followed by organ failure, shock, or even death.

When the police arrive, they will ask you to recount what happened leading up to the crash. While it is important for you to provide information that is as accurate as you remember, do not offer superfluous information or speculate who caused the car accident. In fact, it’s best to say very little and only what is necessary at the scene of an accident. Henningsen Injury Attorneys will speak to the insurance companies your behalf. Additionally, you should not apologize to the other driver. In accordance with comparative negligence laws in the state of Georgia, your damages could be reduced by the percentage of fault that you share for the accident. You cannot possibly know how much fault they may share for causing your accident unless you conduct an investigation, which Henningsen Injury Attorneys do on your behalf.

The following instructions should always be kept in mind when dealing with the insurance company after an accident:

  • Never make statements that admit fault without first speaking to a lawyer
  • Never sign paper work without first speaking to an experienced attorney
  • Avoid speaking with an adjuster from the other driver's insurance company
  • If you must speak with an insurance company, only talk about the facts of the accident so that the insurance company can draw a rational conclusion from your statements

Atlanta Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will I have to go to court if I file a claim?

Not necessarily. Whether or not you will have to go to court will depend on the response that we get from the other driver's insurance company. For example, if the other driver's insurance provider agrees to pay the amount that we have determined to be the worth of your case, then no courtroom action will be needed. In most cases, car accident claims can be settled outside of court. However, a trial proceeding could be necessary if the other driver's insurance company refuses to pay you the settlement amount that we feel you rightfully deserve.

The other driver's adjuster is asking me to release my medical records. Should I?

No. The intentions of the other driver's insurance company when asking for your medical records could be misleading. While they may seem concerned with your health and well-being, they might actually be searching for information to be used against you in your case. Therefore, it is not wise to release such information to the other driver's insurance company simply because they asked you to do so. Only a very limited set of circumstances call for the release of a car accident victim's medical records, which is why you should always speak to an attorney about this type of matter before taking any action.

How much is my case worth?

The most accurate estimate of the worth of your case comes from the full assessment of the details surrounding your accident and injury. Accordingly, factors such as the following should be thoroughly examined in order to make an assessment of the worth of your case: medical expenses, lost wages, potential future damages, permanent physical impairment, scarring / disfigurement, and degree of fault. Additionally, we will look at aspects such as where the accident occurred, where the case is filed, the amount of insurance coverage that was offered, and the likelihood of punitive damages. With these considerations in mind, the worth of your case can be established.

How much will it cost me to hire a lawyer for my case?

At Henningsen Injury Attorneys, P.C., hiring a lawyer for your case is completely free of charge. We ask for no upfront fees or obligations when representing our clients. Instead, we work on a contingency fee basis that allows for full legal coverage and representation at absolutely no cost to you until a favorable verdict or settlement has been reached. If, for some reason, we aren't successful in our efforts to secure you wining results, then you won't be asked to pay us anything. We strongly believe in making legal representation affordable to the individuals who need it, and we have committed our legal practice to doing exactly that.

Do I need to report a minor car accident to the police?

The majority of car accidents that occur are relatively minor “fender benders” that result in no injury and no major damage. In these circumstances, it is common to wonder whether or not you should report the accident. The answer depends on the severity of the accident and the communication between both parties.

When it comes to minor accidents, the most important thing to do is exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. Law enforcement does not need to be involved in every minor car accident. In fact, state law only requires that an accident be reported in certain circumstances.

In the state of Georgia, you are required to report a car accident under the following scenarios:

  • The accident has resulted in a death
  • The accident has caused an injury
  • The accident caused more than $500 of property damage

Of course, there are certain accidents in which it may be in your best interest to alert the authorities of an accident, even if major damage has not occurred. If it is apparent that the other driver is being uncooperative, or if he or she does not have car insurance, a law enforcement officer can help gather this information and write a report to document the facts.

Law enforcement may also be helpful when the other driver is cooperative, but a potential good faith dispute exists between the two of you, so that he or she can provide official, neutral insight that may be helpful down the road.

Do I have to notify my insurance company of the accident?

Yes. The working relationship that has been established between you and your insurance provider calls for mutual cooperation. Part of this cooperation involves following the requirements expected of you, one of which is to promptly notify your policyholder in the event of an auto accident. Failure to provide such information to your insurance company in a timely manner could significantly jeopardize your case, and could even result in complete loss of coverage for the accident.

What kind of recorded statement should I give to the other driver's insurance company?

The short answer would be that no recorded statement should be provided to another insurance provider; that is, not without the legal guidance of an Atlanta car accident lawyer from our office. Your obligation to cooperate with your own insurance company does not require that you also submit to a recorded statement to the other driver's insurance company. As master negotiators with professional experience, insurance company claims adjusters are well-trained in the art of asking questions that are specifically designed to trigger a response that could then be used to hurt your case.

One of the primary intentions behind an insurance adjustor's actions is to save his or her own company money. To ensure that you are not taken advantage of in any way during this process, do not wait to align yourself and your case with a professional car accident lawyer from our office. If any communication between you and the other driver's insurance company is required, then we would be more than happy to step in and act on your behalf.

Do I have to notify the other driver's insurance company of the accident?

No. You are under absolutely no obligation to notify the other driver's insurance company of the car accident in which you were involved; this is the responsibility of the other driver(s). In fact, any communications that you have with an insurance company other than your own could put your entire case in jeopardy. It would be far better to involve a personal injury attorney in the matter who can act on your behalf when any communications are necessary between yourself and another insurance provider.

The other driver's insurance company denied liability. What should I do?

Driver liability is perhaps the easiest thing for the insurance company to immediately deny or dispute when a car accident claim is made against one of their clients. Whether or not the other driver was actually at fault for the accident, it is very likely that his or her insurance company will at first deny liability. In such cases, it becomes the responsibility of you (and your lawyer) to prove that the other driver was, in fact, responsible for the accident that left you injured and / or your property damaged.

Fight for Compensation with the Help of Our Firm

If you wish to seek compensation, you must first review the facts of your case with a lawyer who can help you discern whether or not you have grounds for a personal injury claim. With our help, you can rest assured knowing that your case will be handled with the level of attention it deserves.

Ready to get the compensation you deserve? Take the first step! Contact our Atlanta car accident attorneys today at (404) 800-6356. Initial consultations are always free.


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