Cohen & Sinowski are Cobb County car accident lawyers. From our office in Marietta we help clients across the Atlanta-Metro area.
Nearly everyone knows someone who has been in a car accident, or has even been involved in a crash themselves, ranging from minor fender-benders to more serious accidents that result in injuries. Indeed, car accidents are so common that they are one of the leading causes of accidental injury and death in the United States, with millions of car accidents occurring every year.
However, while car accidents may be very common and relatable for the majority of us, they are not inevitable. At the law offices of Cohen & Sinowski, P.C., our Marietta car accident attorneys strongly believe that car accidents are the results of human errors, and that when a person’s negligent or careless actions lead to a crash, they should be held liable for the damages that result. Indeed, liability is one way to deter drivers from making dangerous decisions, and seek justice when negligence results in serious injuries or death.
If you have been injured in a car accident in, our lawyers want to meet with you. We have a history of recovering large settlements for our clients, and we offer guarantees to maximize your compensation.
If you’ve been injured, don’t wait. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation case consultation.
Top Causes of Car Accidents in Cobb County
Most car accidents are preventable, as the majority of crashes that occur in Cobb County, Georgia, and the United States as a whole are a result of human error. Sure, vehicle defects and poor road surface conditions (amongst other things) occasionally do cause crashes, and when they do, at-fault parties should be held responsible. Most of the time, though, crashes happen because of drivers’ behaviors, such as:
- Texting while driving;
- Driving while distracted;
- Driving while drunk or otherwise impaired;
- Driving aggressively;
- Running a red light or stop sign;
- Failing to yield; or
- Otherwise breaching a traffic law or common sense safety rule.
A Car Accident Can Change Your Life
While car accidents may be something that we have all experienced at some point in our lives, very few of us are able to say that we have been involved in a severe car crash that results in lasting or fatal injuries. However, when vehicles are traveling at high speeds, occupants are not properly secured (wearing seatbelts), and other factors combine to enhance force and damages, the effects of a car accident be catastrophic and life changing.
Severe injuries that are possible in a car accident include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injuries that cause permanent complete or partial paralysis, traumatic brain injuries that limit a person’s ability to ever be autonomous again, internal injuries, back and neck injuries that affect mobility, bone fractures, soft tissue injuries, and psychological injuries.
In addition to injuries–which result in pain, suffering, and perhaps a loss of independence–a person involved in a serious crash will also suffer financial losses in the form of:
- Medical expenses and future health-related costs;
- Lost wages and future loss of earning capacity; and
- Property damage.
Economic and noneconomic damages in a car accident have the potential to total hundreds of thousands, or even millions, of dollars.
You Deserve to Be Compensated for Your Losses
Recognizing the potential for losses that being in a car accident has, the state of Georgia has implemented a process for recovering economic and noneconomic losses after a crash. Georgia is a “fault” car insurance state, which essentially means that drivers who cause accidents are responsible for paying for them.
After a car accident that is caused by another party, a victim maintains the right to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s liability insurance policy. In order to receive compensation, the claimant must prove that your accident would not have occurred but for the negligent actions of the defendant (party against whom you’re filing a claim), and that you suffered damages as a result of that negligence.
Georgia’s Modified Comparative Fault Law and the Statute of Limitations
Georgia recognizes the rule of modified comparative fault with a 50 percent bar. This means that while a plaintiff can seek damages from another party, that right is barred if the plaintiff was 50 percent or more at fault. This also means that the plaintiff’s damages will be reduced in proportion to their degree of fault. For example, if you suffered $100,000 in damages in a car accident but are found to be five percent to blame for the crash, then the defendant will only be responsible for 95 percent of your damages, or $95,000.
The statute of limitations is the amount of time you have to bring forth your lawsuit. While the amount of time you have to file a claim with an insurance company is dependent upon the insurance company’s rules, the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit against the responsible party is two years from the date that your accident occurred.
If you cannot reach a settlement out of court and need to litigate your case in order to recover damages, you must make sure you file your lawsuit within the two-year timeline, or you will be permanently barred from recovering damages.
Our Cobb County Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
When you have been involved in a serious car accident, you need a serious car accident attorney on your side who is passionate about making sure that you recover the compensation to which you’re entitled. When you hire our Marietta car accident attorneys, we will investigate your claim, prove fault, determine the amount of damages you have suffered, handle all legal elements of the process, demand damages, negotiate a settlement, and litigate on your behalf if necessary. We have experience dealing with big insurance companies, and are not intimidated by insurance adjuster or their attorneys.
To schedule a free consultation with our law offices today, please call us directly or send us a brief message describing your case using the intake form below. Our office is in Marietta, but we are happy to travel to your location if necessary. We serve clients in Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs, Smyrna, and throughout Cobb County.