Augusta Car Accident Attorneys
You didn’t cause the car accident, but you’ve been left to pick up the pieces.
The person who hit you has caused you pain, frustration, and uncertainty far beyond the physical injuries you’ve endured. You now struggle with mounting medical bills, time missed from work, and a battle with the insurance company that has your head spinning.
Don’t leave your health and your livelihood in the hands of insurance companies who don’t have your best interests in mind. Chris Hudson & Associates serves Georgia and South Carolina from his office in Augusta. Call 706-863-6600 today to discuss your potential case.
Car Accident Lawyer Chris Hudson Gets the Legal Issues Off Your Back, Letting You Focus on Recovery
You have enough to worry about with your injuries. When you hire our firm, you get immediate relief from having to take on a legal battle with your insurance adjuster.
From the moment you employ us to represent your case, you get a roadmap that outlines precisely what you can expect. You won’t have any more questions, doubts, or concerns about the legal aspects of your insurance claim. Instead, you can sit back and focus on recovering from your injuries with confidence that your claim is being handled in the right way.
Do I Need A Car Accident Lawyer?
Some people believe that they are capable of handling their car accident claims and attempt to file the claims on their own. Insurance companies do not just hand out payments, and most insurers will be looking to save themselves money by passing the blame onto you, or others.
You are very likely to be contacted by an insurance company for a negligent driver soon after your accident, and you will want an attorney to handle these phone calls on your behalf. When you speak to the insurance company yourself, you are taking a chance that an agent may get you to unknowingly admit to a form of negligence that substantially damages your injury claim.
It is beneficial to get a lawyer involved right away so they can investigate your crash, determine the cause, and also collect all of the available evidence in your case. More importantly, an attorney is going to be able to determine exactly who was responsible and will know how to hold them accountable.
Lawyers can be beneficial in other ways following car accidents, often helping clients who may be having difficulty paying medical bills still be able to receive care for their injuries. An attorney is going to be motivated to help you recover as much compensation as possible.
Why Choose Chris Hudson & Associates To Handle My Case?
Christopher Hudson has received an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, denoting the highest level of professional excellence. He is licensed in both South Carolina and Georgia, and he is a member of the Council of Municipal Judges and Council of Magistrate Judges as well as the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Gary Beddingfield, Jr. has been practicing law since 1996. Amanda S. Morris is a former Assistant Public Defender for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, who served from 2008 to 2017.
Chris Hudson & Associates will handle your case on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay anything without receiving a monetary award.
Types of Car Accident Cases We Handle
More Than Just Car Crashes: We Represent Injured Victims in a Variety of Traffic Accidents
- Truck accidents. Truckers spend hours behind the wheel of their big rigs driving on I-16 and I-25. If they get tired or distracted for even a moment, disaster can strike. If you’re in the path of a semi-truck, you are at risk of getting seriously injured. Don’t try to fight back on your own against truckers’ experienced and devious insurance companies. Put someone familiar with truck accident settlements on your side.
- Motorcycle accidents. There’s no greater feeling than riding a motorcycle along long stretches of the I-95 or I-20 highway. However, if another driver collides with you on your bike, you’re the one left to pay the price. Don’t let the driver who caused you so much pain walk away without being held accountable. Let our Augusta motorcycle accident lawyers fight back on your behalf.
- Pedestrian and Bike accidents. As you walk to your neighbor’s house, the local drugstore, or commute on your bike, you trust that the cars around you will drive in a responsible manner. Many times, they don’t. When drivers fail to see you, your life and physical health are put at risk. We fight back against the driver who struck you so you can focus on your recovery.
Every car accident is different, but many accidents do share common causes. Some of the most frequent causes of crashes in Augusta include, but are not limited to:
- Inclement Weather
- Distracted Driving
- Medical Emergency
- Construction Zone Violations
- Defective Highways
- Failure to Obey Traffic Signs or Lights
- Improper or Illegal Turns
- Following Too Closely (Tailgating)
- Defective Parts
- Driver Fatigue
- Reckless Driving
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol or Drugs
- Failure to Maintain Vehicle
- Other Traffic Violations
Car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries. Some people are fortunate to walk away from crashes with only minor bumps and bruises, but many others will require medical treatment for considerable periods.
Possible injuries people could suffer in car accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Neck injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Muscle strains
- Burn injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
It is also possible that some people will die from the injuries they sustain in a car accident. The family of a deceased person can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties.
What should I do after being involved in a car accident?
Medical care needs to be your priority after an automobile accident, even if you do not think that you were hurt. Many injuries have delayed symptoms, and insurance companies will often claim that injuries were not adequately treated if you wait several days or weeks to visit a doctor. In addition to getting medical attention, you will also want to try to:
- Call a law enforcement agency to file a police report
- Take as many photographs as possible of your crash scene
- Look for individuals who saw the accident and ask them for some kind of contact information in case they are needed as witnesses
If you are unable to take these steps yourself, ask anybody you know to do these things for you. Finally, make sure you contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as you are able.
How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?
Georgia Code § 9-3-33 gives a person two years from the date of their accident to file a lawsuit. Claims against government agencies may need to be filed within six months. The statute of limitations may be tolled (delayed) if the victim is a minor or mentally incompetent, and the limitations period begins running again once the victim reaches the age of majority or become mentally competent again.
What can I do if a defective part caused my car accident?
Many drivers are involved in accidents they are powerless to avoid because of a possible mechanical issue with their vehicles. If a defect is the result of some kind of issue relating to repairs, then a maintenance company could be held accountable. Accidents caused by actual defective parts could make manufacturers of those parts liable.
Car Accident Statistics
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, there were 1,430 traffic fatalities and 385,221 crashes in 2015. The number of crashes was the highest total of any year since 2008, but the fatality total was second to the 1,495 recorded in 2008.
Crashes caused 19,405 severe injuries in 2015, which was also the highest total of any year since 2008. There were 1,554 traffic fatalities in 2016, and 603 deaths were classified as rural while 951 were urban.
The 1,050 passenger vehicle occupant fatalities in 2016 included 483 restrained victims and 476 unrestrained victims. As far as types of vehicles people were traveling in, 583 people were passenger car occupants, 216 were in light trucks classified as pickups, 210 were in light trucks classified as utility, 39 were in light trucks classified as vans, two were in light trucks classified as other, 33 were in large trucks, four were in buses, and 30 were classified as other or unknown.
The 1,554 traffic fatalities in 2016 included 857 single-vehicle crashes, 179 crashes involving a large truck, 266 crashes involving speeding, 402 accidents involving a rollover, 849 crashes involving a roadway departure, and 362 accidents involving an intersection.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that there were 1,540 traffic fatalities in Georgia in 2017, and 573 were classified as rural while 966 were urban. This total included 1,057 passenger vehicle occupant fatalities, 489 of which were restrained, and 463 that were not.
The 1,540 traffic fatalities in 2017 included 823 single-vehicle crashes, 214 crashes involving a large truck, 248 crashes involving speeding, 361 accidents involving a rollover, 769 crashes involving a roadway departure, and 401 accidents involving an intersection.
Richmond County had 32 fatalities in 2017, which was tied with Cherokee County and Clayton County for the sixth-highest total in the state behind Fulton County with 115, Dekalb County with 95, Gwinnett County with 66, Cobb County with 53, and Bibb County with 34. Richmond County accounted for 2 percent of the state traffic fatality total every year between 2013 and 2017 except for 2015 when it was only 1 percent.
Winning Cases Is No Accident! Car Accident Lawyer Chris Hudson Handles the Insurance Companies So You Don’t Have To
Insurance companies know that this is probably a new experience for you. They prey on people’s inexperience with the insurance settlement process and legal matters surrounding car accidents. To avoid getting scammed, tricked, or played by the insurance companies, it is imperative that you put an attorney experienced in dealing with insurance companies on your side.
Chris Hudson has the experience to fight back on your behalf. When you work with him, you get a clear understanding of what to expect. He goes to work immediately, fighting on your behalf.
Your Job Is Just to Get Better
With our experience representing car accident victims in Augusta and throughout Georgia, you can rest easy knowing your case is in good hands. Contact us today at 706-863-6600 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you’re owed.