Understanding Georgia's Auto Accident Laws

Georgia is a beautiful place to live and visit, but it can be a deadly place to drive. Data from the National Safety Council reveals that more than 1,500 people died in a motor vehicle accident in Georgia in 2016. Many other thousands of Georgia motorists are injured in a car accident or a truck collision each year.

At Nicholson, Silverbach, & Watson, we focus on helping victims of auto accidents obtain the compensation they deserve. Our attorneys have seen many personal injury clients who have been involved in an auto accident. They understand the importance of investigating each claim, helping their clients get the medical care they need, and recover equitable compensation for them.

Laws That Limit Your Personal Injury Claim

The state of Georgia gives persons involved in a car crash up to two years (from the date of the accident) to file a personal injury claim. Plaintiffs have up to four years to file a lawsuit for property damage. Thanks to recent court decisions, there are no limits within the state on compensatory damages. Punitive damages — monetary claims meant to punish wrongdoing such as drunk driving — are capped at $250,000.

Another relevant set of laws related to personal injury claims concerns how much you are at fault for the accident. Georgia is a "modified comparative fault" state, which means that to file a claim, you must be less at fault than the person you file the claim against. Your settlement or compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault that is determined to be yours.

What Types of Damages Are Allowed in Auto Accident Claims?

After an auto wreck, your lawyer may be able to help you file for a number of different types of damages. Some of the most common damage types include:

  • Vehicle repair and cost of rental cars
  • Lost income
  • Medical costs
  • Pain and suffering resulting from the accident
  • Wrongful death in the case of a fatal wreck

Get Back On The Road With A Settlement

Our firm, located in Kennesaw and serving clients across Georgia, can help with all phases of the personal injury claim process. Call us today for a free consultation at 770-615-7269 or use our online form.