Georgia Car Accident FAQ

Posted by Hunter Delashmit | Jan 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

At The Delashmit Firm, we get questions all the time regarding car accidents, liability, and filing lawsuits. Personal injury attorney Hunter Delashmit handles injury claims/cases arising from car accidents. Below, see answers to some of the most common questions. To get more specific information about your personal injury claim arising out of a car accident in Georgia, you can contact us at (404) 312-7797 to schedule a free consultation.

What Types of Car Accidents Are There?

Below are some common types of car accidents:

  • Single auto accident
  • Multi-car accident
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Rideshare accidents
  • Public transit accidents
  • Wildlife-vehicle collisions

Who is Liable for a Car Collision in Georgia?

There are many parties who might be liable for your injuries, including yourself. Of note, in Georgia, you may still recover for your damages so long as you are less than 50% at fault for the accident (O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33). Liability for an accident will ultimately depend on the facts of your specific case. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to help determine who is liable for your injuries. 

Should I Release Medical Records to Another Driver's Insurance Adjuster?

Generally, it is important to remember that the other party's insurance adjuster and/or defense attorney wants to pay you as little as possible. While they may ultimately need to see your records, they only need to see specific records pertaining to your accident. If records are not necessary, but the insurance company receives them, they could use any health information against you. An attorney can help edit this request to ensure that only records needed are released. 

Further, it is always important to have an attorney with you when you speak to your own insurance company. You want to give only the facts. Similar to the 3rd party's insurance company, your own insurance company's goal is to pay as little as possible for a first-party claim.  has its own company as its priority, too, and so it also wants to prevent a payout. 

What Should I Do after a Car Accident in Georgia?

First and foremost, you should contact emergency services and seek medical attention. But you should also:

  1. Exchange information with the other parties to the accident, which includes names, insurance, driver's license, phone numbers.
  2. Gather pertinent evidence, such as pictures and video of the scene, the surrounding location, the vehicles, property damage, and/or visible injuries.
  3. Get the names and contact information of any eyewitnesses as well as a brief recorded statement, if you are able to do so. 
  4. Consult with an attorney so that you can obtain a good understanding of whether you have a compensable case and how to go about pursuing what you are legally owed.

What Should I Not Do After a Car Accident in Georgia?

  1. You should never leave the scene of an accident. If you leave a scene, especially when there is damage to person and/or property, it is a hit-and-run. You must stay with your vehicle and contact emergency personnel.
  2. You should not leave your vehicle where it can pose a risk to others. If you can, move the vehicle to a safe location. If you cannot safely move your vehicle on your own, contact someone who can.
  3. You should not ignore calling 911. Even when no one is injured, you should still contact 911. The police will investigate and write a report that can later be used to help during a liability investigation.
  4. Do not underestimate your injuries. Some injuries are delayed (like whiplash) while other injuries may not seem serious (like bruising as there may be internal bleeding). You should get checked out by a doctor.
  5. Do not admit fault. Even if you think you may be at fault for the car accident, do not admit it. The other party may have contributed in some way, too. In Georgia, you may recover for your damages so long as you are less than 50% at fault for the car accident.
  6. Do not contact or give a statement or documents to the other party's insurance company. You should speak to your own insurance company, otherwise they may deny your coverage on the basis of non-cooperation (first-party insurance policies generally include a cooperation clause), but you are not obligated to do the same with any other insurance company. 

How Much Does a Car Accident Attorney in Georgia Cost?

In general, personal injury attorneys in Georgia take cases on a contingency basis and do not charge the client an hourly or flat fee for their professional services. This is how The Delashmit Firm handles payment for its services on personal injury cases. 

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer in Georgia Today

If you've been injured in a car accident, contact personal injury attorney Hunter Delashmit today at (404) 312-7797 for a free consultation. Hunter can answer your questions, put together a strong case, and fight for the compensation you deserve.

About the Author

Hunter Delashmit

Hunter Delashmit is a seasoned trial attorney who lives in Cartersville, Georgia with his wife and their pit-husky mix, Dobby. After graduating from The University of Tennessee College of Law, Hunter has gained extensive experience through litigating cases in administrative, state, and federal co...

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