FAQs - Motor Vehicle Accidents
- I Was Just in an Accident. What Should I Do?
- I Was Just Involved in an Accident, Should I Call the Police?
- The Accident Was Not That Bad. Do I Really Need to Go to the Hospital?
- My Doctor Has Me on a Treatment Schedule. Can I Miss any of My Treatment Days?
- How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit Against the at Fault Driver?
- How Long Will It Take to Settle My Case?
- What is My Case Worth?
If you can do so safely, pull over to a well lit area so that you can get out of the way of moving traffic.
Call the police. Oftentimes we may think that being in a minor fender bender does not warrant a call to the police. This is nonsense. Whenever you are involved in an accident, big or small, CALL THE POLICE. We will use the police report to help get you recovery.
Call us right away. The insurance company will try to reach out to you to get a recorded statement before you get a chance to contact our office. They will try to use your statement against you and minimize any recovery you could receive.
Absolutely! You should call 911 immediately after the accident. It does not matter if you were in a fender bender or a serious accident, you need to call 911 immediately. When the police arrive, they will issue the person at fault a citation. The officer will also provide a report number so that after a few days, you or your attorney can obtain the police report.
The police report will name the person at fault and oftentimes provide a diagram of how the accident happened. This document is so important in an injury claim. Our office uses the police report along with many others to show the insurance company that you are owed just compensation for your injuries.
Absolutely! If you are involved in an accident, you may not feel the onset of pain or discomfort right away because of the adrenaline you are encountering. Even if you consider your accident to be a minor accident, you should definitely get checked out by a hospital, urgent care, etc. You may be suffering injuries such as internal bleeding, that you are unaware of.
We recommend you not miss any treatment days if you can help it. The more days you miss, the more likely it is the insurance company will try to minimize the validity of your case.
The state of Georgia gives you 2 years to file a civil lawsuit for motor vehicle accident claims under its 2 year statute of limitations. We recommend that you not wait the full 2 years to contact our office. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that evidence could be destroyed, witnesses could disappear, etc. A claim must be filed with the court within the 2 year time frame or you will miss out on pursuing a claim for that accident forever.
It depends on the nature of your case. Before we reach the settlement stage, there are two stages that are prerequisites to the settlement stage. The first stage is your medical treatment stage. In this stage we will send certain documents to the insurance companies and medical providers that you have and or will be treating with. At this stage you will be treating with at least one medical provider. Until your treatment and medical care is complete, we cannot move to the next phase. Do not rush this stage as this is a very important stage during settlement negotiations.
The next stage involves preparing your settlement demand. After you have completed your treatment and medical care for the accident that you were involved in and our office acquires your treatment records from your medical providers, our office will prepare a demand on your behalf. We will meet with you to discuss the contents of the demand and goals. Afterwards we will send the insurance company the demand packet.
30-60 days later our office will hear back from the insurance company and settlement negotiations will begin. We will keep you updated with everything and a determination will be made as to whether a reasonable settlement offer has been met or if we will need to file a lawsuit on your behalf. Whether we settle or go to court is ultimately your decision. We will be here to help you navigate your options.
It depends. Each case is different. Let The Law Office of Tracy Udunka, evaluate the specifics of your case.