Columbus Car Accident Lawyer

Trying to figure out what to do after a car accident can be confusing and overwhelming. One of the most important decisions you will need to make after being involved in a car accident in Columbus, Georgia is choosing the right attorney. Joe Durham has over 15 years of experience practicing law, will come up with the most effective strategy for pursuing your claim and will take the necessary steps to prepare a compelling case on your behalf. To set up your Free Consultation, call us today at (229) 351-5320.

Why Should I Hire a Columbus Car Accident Attorney?

It is only an experienced attorney that’s knowledgeable of the complicated auto laws and insurance policies in Georgia can give the best chance of recovering fair compensation after being involved in a car accident. If you hire Joe Durham Law Firm to represent you in your auto accident case, we will:

Prepare Your Case and File Your Lawsuit

It will be up to us to gather the necessary evidence to support your claim that negligence by another party was responsible for the injuries you sustained. The evidence may include trucking company logs, medical records, and even photos of the vehicle, but this ultimately depends on the details of your accident. We might even speak with industry experts, witnesses, as well as accident reconstruction experts that can offer insight into the exact cause of the accident.

We will then use the information we gather to draft a legal document referred to as a complaint. The complaint will include information pertaining to the accident, how the defendant (i.e. the company or individual that’s being sued) acted in a negligent manner as well as the compensation you are entitled to for your losses. We will file the complaint in a Georgia court and this will mark the official beginning of your lawsuit.

Negotiate Any Settlement

The defendant or their insurance provider may offer you a settlement to avoid the cost and uncertainty associated with a jury trial. Insurance providers, however, often try to limit the amount of compensation that they pay out to you by attempting to minimize the severity of the injuries as well as property damage.

A man treating an injured woman and a woman on the phone in the street after a head-on car accident.

We dealt with auto insurance providers for many years and can advise you when the settlement being proposed doesn’t reflect the losses in an accurate way. In such instances, we can try negotiating the settlement terms with the defendants and/or their insurance provider.

Prepare Your Case for Trial

If we are unable to agree on a settlement amount with the defendant and/or their insurance provider, we will prepare the case for trial where it will be up to a jury and judge to determine the amount of compensation you are entitled to, if any. The Joe Durham Law Firm is committed to taking your case to trial should you fail to receive a proper settlement. We will do everything possible as long as it is lawful to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve to move on with your life.

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Columbus Auto Accident Attorney?

You won’t have to pay us anything unless you win a recovery. Your case starts with a free consultation where we help you determine if you actually have a strong claim and if we are the right law firm for you. If that’s the case, we won’t bill you anything until we manage to win you money. We get our payment from the final financial recovery. So, if we are unable to win you a recovery, you won’t owe us anything.

Is There a Time Limit for Filing an Auto Accident Lawsuit in Columbus?

Yes. Persons injured in truck, car, or motorcycle accidents in Georgia have:

  • Six months after the date of the accident to file a lawsuit against a county or city government
  • Two years after the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit
  •  Four years after the date of the accident to file a property damage lawsuit

The time limits provided are designed to make sure that you don’t lose the right to sue if, for instance, it takes longer than expected to negotiate with the insurance provider or the insurance provider fails to provide adequate compensation for the injuries you sustained.

Do I Have a Car Accident Case?

It is worth noting that not all injuries resulting from auto accidents are grounds for a lawsuit. It is only an experienced lawyer that can determine whether or not you actually have a case. It is why our law firm provides free initial case reviews to all injured pedestrians, drivers, and cyclists in Georgia.

In general, you are only allowed to file a lawsuit if the injuries you sustained were the direct result of the negligence of another party. If a company or individual fails to act the way a reasonable company or individual would have acted, then they can be considered negligent.

Example of Negligence in Columbus GA

Let’s assume that a pedestrian is waiting to cross a Columbus street. Once the traffic light changes and she is prompted to cross, a speeding vehicle runs the red light and hits her. In such a situation, the driver acted negligently since he was driving much faster than the speed limit and didn’t slow down and stop once the light turned red, which is what any reasonable driver would have done. In such a situation, the pedestrian may have grounds for filing a lawsuit against the negligent driver to ensure that he’s held accountable for any resulting injuries.

Are Auto Accident Lawsuits Only Filed Against Drivers?

No. Several parties could be considered negligent in case there’s an accident and who you end up suing depends on the specifics of your case. For instance, a Columbus trucking company could be considered negligent if it allowed its drivers to operate its trucks without getting enough sleep.

Similarly, municipalities could be considered negligent if they fail to provide adequate signage or lights at intersections and dangerous turns. Auto manufacturers can also be held accountable for releasing defective products such as faulty ignition switches, brakes, airbags, etc. into the market.

What Should Be Done After a Car Wreck?

If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be frightened, hurt, and unsure of what you should do next. You may have concerns about the best way to handle calls from the insurance adjuster as well as what to say. The steps you take during this period are likely to have a tremendous impact on the success of your claim. If you have been involved in an auto accident, remember to:

  • Compose yourself and get in the right frame of mind
  • Ensure the well-being of all the occupants of your vehicle and that they will be okay in the short-term
  • Collect names and contact details of any witnesses present
  • Take pictures of the accident scene from different angles, including the position of every vehicle involved
  • Call the police and ensure that an incident report has been filed
  • Undergo a medical checkup. If you don’t have any other medical options available, the ER is always an option.
  • Get in touch with Joe Durham Law Firm to discuss your situation as well as the available options.

An orange cone placed in the road near a car accident.

What Damages Can You Sue For in a Georgia Car Accident Case?

The emotional, financial, and physical consequences of a car crash can vary significantly from one case to another. While some people walk away with just a few minor scratches and bruises, other people’s lives are tragically never the same again. We fight aggressively every day for our clients that have been injured or lost their loved ones due to the negligent actions of another party.

We will investigate all aspects of your case to determine all the potentially liable parties in the accident. We may pursue compensation for the following depending on the unique circumstances of your case:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of work benefits
  • Lost wages
  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Rehabilitative costs
  • Reduced earning potential

You may experience a reduced capacity to earn, fear of the extent of your injuries, and limitations on your ability to work and do the things that you love following an accident. It is not just about the actual pain, but rather the alteration to your life is a large and often overlooked component of damages.

If the auto accident involves damage to property as well as bodily injury, damages for both don’t necessarily have to be resolved at the same time. Our experienced lawyers come up with the most suitable strategy for ensuring that you get the complete recovery you deserve.

If a car crash results in a fatality, family members can obtain compensation for loss of companionship, loss of future earnings, funeral expenses, as well as other costs related to medical care through a wrongful death claim. Our lawyers understand the emotional and legal complexities involved in such cases and will help you face this difficult time with strength and dignity.

Get in Touch with Joe Durham Law Firm Today for Your Free Consultation!

Know your rights under the law. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident in the city of Columbus, our experienced attorneys at Joe Durham Law Firm are committed to ensuring that our clients have the best possible outcome.

We encourage you to schedule your free consultation since there’s no obligation for your Columbus auto accident claim to be evaluated by our legal team. Call us 24/7 for your Free Consultation at (229) 351-5320. You are also free to use our 24-hour Live Online Chat or Free Case Evaluation Form.