Car Accident Lawyer
CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
A good lawyer can make all the difference.
One bad decision by another driver can change your life forever. A collision can total your car, injure your body, knock you out of work, and lead to medical bills that you can’t pay—creating physical, emotional, and financial problems. Long after the wreckers have left, you’re still picking up the pieces.
Our personal injury lawyers understand that car wrecks bring not just pain, but hardship. And as our clients can tell you, we can help.
In this trial in Atlanta GA, we represented a client whose car had been struck in the rear by a drunk driver while her daughter was in the back seat. In this video clip from opening statement, we described the collision to the jury. The jury found in favor of our client.
In this deposition clip, which we showed the jury in a car accident trial in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a doctor explained how the car accident caused our client’s back injury.
We can’t “undo” the wreck, but we can help you pick up the pieces. That involves dealing with insurance. We begin with the at-fault driver’s liability insurance coverage, which should be at least $25,000 under Georgia law. We’ll then look for other insurance policies that may offer coverage, such as another driver’s policy, underinsured motorist coverage, resident relative insurance, an umbrella policy, or medical payments coverage. We have found commercial general liability (“CGL”) policies written for $1 million and higher.
We know the law, and we use it to our clients’ advantage. We often discover insurance that our clients didn’t think they had. For instance, unless our clients have signed a written rejection with the insurance company, we can usually collect uninsured motorist benefits. See Abrohams v. Atl. Mut. Ins. Co., 282 Ga. App. 176, 182 (2006). We have also found resident relative insurance coverage that others had overlooked.
We’re ready and able to take your case to trial, where we know how to win. It comes down to evidence. We call witnesses and knock on doors to make sure our clients’ stories get told. We uncover video footage from surveillance cameras, commercial vehicles, or bystanders. We get your medical records certified so that we can present them in court. We cross-examine the opposing witnesses to bring the truth out. We do the hard work.
Our car accident lawyers help our clients pick up the pieces. We take on the insurance companies or at-fault parties to earn our clients the compensation they need. That leaves our clients free to stop worrying and move on with their lives. As a Butler Tobin client, your job is to heal and move on to the next phase of your life. We’ll handle the rest.
Tenaya was driving home from work when she was hit by a negligent driver who fled from the scene. We worked hard to uncover the truth and get Tenaya the justice she deserved. She is a wonderful person and we are glad she chose us to help.
When another driver made an illegal left turn in front of the car Malcom was riding in, it changed Malcom’s life forever. To make matters worse, the police initially got the wreck wrong and put fault on the wrong driver. We visited the scene of the wreck, investigated the vehicles, and tracked down the witnesses—and we proved the other driver was at fault. As a result of our hard work, on a Saturday night before trial scheduled for Tuesday morning, the insurance company settled Malcom’s case for a confidential, but satisfactory, amount.
Certain cases authorize what the law calls “punitive damages”—that is, a verdict that will “penalize, punish, or deter” the other driver so that he or she does not repeat the misconduct and harm someone else. O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1(a). Punitive damages are appropriate where another driver made a conscious decision that put other drivers at risk—or, in the language of the law, displayed “that entire want of care which would raise the presumption of conscious indifference to consequences.” O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1(b). For example, a jury could impose punitive damages if the at-fault driver was drunk, was texting and driving, or committed a hit-and-run. A smart car accident attorney knows when to ask for punitive damages, and when not to.
When our client told us that she’d been hit by a drunk driver, we sent an Open Records Request to the arresting police department for the dash cam videos. And we were glad that we did.
Punitive damages may be available when:
the at-fault driver was intoxicated
the at-fault driver was texting and driving
the at-fault driver does not stop at the scene (hit and run)
the company that employed the at-fault driver knew the driver was dangerous, but let them drive anyway
the automobile manufacturer knew the vehicle was dangerous, but sold it anyway
other situations authorized by O.C.G.A. § 51-12-5.1(b)
How to Handle a Car Accident Case
Taking a Deposition of an Eyewitness (1)
Deposing an Eyewitness (2)
For-Trial Deposition of Eyewitness (3)
Deposition of Corporate Employee (Commercial Vehicle) (1)
Deposition of Corporate Employee (Commercial Vehicle) (2)
Plaintiff’s Opposition to a Continuance
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