These are scary and unexpected wrecks that can lead to serious injury and death. When these crashes occur, aside from dealing with the pain and shock of the crash, there are things that need to be done to preserve your right to recover the damages that Georgia law allows. Issues like notifying insurance carriers in a timely manner, investigating the scene, speaking with witnesses, and photographing the vehicles involved are important and necessary steps that must be taken. In the unfortunate event that you are struck by someone without insurance, there are important requirements to place your insurance company on notice of the claim to ensure that you are able to recover benefits from your own policy. If you are in an automobile crash you need to contact an attorney immediately so that you can preserve that coverage and those rights.
Injured by a Drunk Driver or DUI Defendant
In Georgia, innocent people are injured or killed by drunk drivers on a daily basis. Drinking and driving is a choice the other driver makes and it places the lives of the public at risk. If you have been injured by a drunk driver, you are not only entitled to recover damages to compensate you for your injury, you are also entitled to recover punitive damages to deter the drunk driver from driving drunk again in the future. Punitive damages against drunk drivers in Georgia apply not only to personal injury cases, but when the drunk driver damages property alone. You may be entitled to damages for your property damage as well as punitive damages for the destruction of your property even if you were not injured or there were no occupants in your vehilce when it was struck by a drunk driver. Physical injury is not required to recover money damages from a drunk driver or DUI defendant. All that is required is physical impact between the two vehicles. Once that impact occurs, the cause of action is created agains the drunk driver.
Most people believe that if you are a pedestrian and you are struck by a vehicle outside a crosswalk then you cannot recover damages against the driver. Nothing could be further from the truth. Georgia law provides that damages may be recovered in a number of instances even if a pedestrian is struck or killed outside a crosswalk. If you have been struck by a motor vehicle as a pedestrian most likely the law in Georgia is on your side and you should be able to recover damages for those injuries.
Georgia law is clear that a person may recover from the unprovoked attack of a dog. If you have been bitten by a dog, you need to seek legal assistance that can help you locate homeowner's or renter's insurance to compensate you for your injury.
Nursing Home Negligence
When we entrust nursing homes to take care of our loved ones we expect that they will be treated with dignity, respect, and be given that degree of care that will keep them safe from harm. Unfortunately, in this day and time, many nursing homes deplete staff in order to save money and that leads to injury or death for the elderly who are helpless while under the care of the nursing home. Many cases involve bed sores or falls which could have been avoided with proper care and adequate staffing.
Trucking accidents are different from regular automobile accidents. Truck drivers are professional drivers and are required to obtain a CDL license prior to operating a commercial motor vehicle. Commercial truck drivers are regulated not only by state law, but also by the Federal Motor Carrier Regulations. Tractor trailers weigh much more than regular automobiles and the inertia and engery involved when a collision occurs causes catastrophic damage. If you have been involved in a trucking or tractor trailer accident the driver may have violated numerous regulations by failing to comply with safety rules, hours of service rules, drug and alcohol rules, mechanical upkeep, or some other regulation that would place the truck and trailer out of service. Most if not all of these trucks contain on-board computers (ECM's) that collect data from the truck at the time of the crash and are vital to proving your trucking negligence case. This electronic data makes it important for an injured person to hire an attorney quickly after the collision in order to preserve the electronic data from the tractor trailer. A trucking attorney will be able to place the insurance company on notice to preserve important evidence and retain experts such as accident reconstructionist to map the scene, download truck data, and perform inspections that will gather evidence to support your case.
Many times an apartment, business or other establishment will have had numerous violent acts committed on the premises but take no measures to prevent future criminal acts of the same kind. Unfortunately, there will be future victims of third party assaults or attacks. Failure of that business to take precautionary measures to prevent future occurrences of the same or similar nature may make that business liable if a tenant or customer is injured on the premises by a third party aggressor.
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Crane Law Firm, P.C.
Attorney at Law
211 Hudson Trace
Augusta, GA 30907
Hank Crane is an experienced lawyer with almost 14 years of courtroom knowledge. Crane Law Firm offers a broad range of legal services and focuses on practice areas listed below.
Anyone charged with a criminal offense has a right to counsel under the United States and Georgia Constitutions. Having compentent legal represenation in a criminal matter can make all the difference. Crane Law Firm handles criminal cases in both State and Federal Courts of Georgia. If you or a family matter have been, or may be charged with a criminal offense, you need to contact a lawyer who has successfully handled criminal cases immediately.
Diminished Value Claims
When your vehicle has been damaged by another driver and is not a total loss you are entitled to have your vehicle repaired. You are also entitled to recover for the diminished value of your vehicle. Most insurance companies will agree to pay the repair costs of your vehicle, but will not mention that you should receive payment directly for the diminished value. Diminished value is the difference in the value of your vehicle immediately before the crash and the value of it after it is repaired. A vehicle that has been wrecked is worth less than one that has not been wrecked. The value difference is the diminished value. We handle those claims and make the insurance company pay you diminished value of your vehicle that Georgia law says you are entitled to.