Car Accident Lawyers in Augusta
You didn’t cause the car accident, but you’ve been left to pick up the pieces. Call the car accident lawyers of Chris Hudson Law Group in Augusta, Georgia, today at (706) 690-4613 to schedule a free consultation about your car accident case.
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. Our car accident lawyers specialize in standing up to insurance companies. Chris Hudson Law Group serves Georgia and South Carolina from our office in Augusta.
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 Law Group
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.
Amanda S. Morris is a former Assistant Public Defender for the Augusta Judicial Circuit, who served from 2008 to 2017.
Chris Hudson Law Group 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 Motor Vehicle 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 Car Accidents
- 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
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- T-Bone Accidents
- Single-Vehicle Accidents
- Multi-Vehicle Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- Rear-End Accidents
- 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.
Car Accident FAQs
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.
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.
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 Highways, there were 1,554 traffic fatalities in 2016, 603 of which were classified as rural and 951 that was urban. There were 2,150 drivers involved in fatal crashes that year, 1,050 passenger vehicle occupant fatalities (483 of which were restrained and 476 that were not), 232 pedestrian fatalities, and 29 bicyclist fatalities.
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highways reported that among fatalities in 2016:
- 583 occupants, or 38 percent, were in Passenger cars
- 216 occupants, or 14 percent in Light trucks classified as pickups
- 216 occupants, or 14 percent in Light trucks classified as utility
- 39 occupants, or 3 percent, were in light trucks classified as vans
- 33 occupants, or 2 percent, were in large trucks
- Four occupants were on buses
- 30 occupants, or 2 percent, were classified as other or unknown.
Of the 1,554 total fatalities, 857 were single-vehicle accidents, 179 involved a large truck, 266 involved speedings, 402 involved rollovers, 849 involved roadway departures, and 362 involved intersections.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were 2,811.5 total cases of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in private industry in Georgia in 2017. This total included 1,528.0 cases with days away from work, job transfers, or restrictions, 882.7 cases with days away from work, 645.3 cases with job transfers or restrictions, and 1,283.5 other recordable cases.
According to the BLS, there were 194 fatal occupational injuries in Georgia in 2017. This total included:
- 37 incidents of violence and other injuries by persons or animals (including 31 homicides and five suicides)
- 76 transportation incidents (including five aircraft incidents, three rail vehicle incidents, nine pedestrian vehicular incidents
- 55 roadway incidents involving motorized vehicles)
- Two fires and explosions
- 29 falls, slips, or trips
- 14 cases of exposure to harmful substances or environments (including six exposures to electricity and four exposures to other harmful substances)
- 13 incidents of contact with objects and equipment (including eight incidents of being struck by objects or equipment and one incident of being caught in or compressed by equipment).
The Annual Traffic Crash and Intersection Analysis prepared by the Augusta Planning & Development Department reported that there were 31 fatal collisions in Richmond County in 2017, the most since 2012. The 11,846 total collisions also included 2,390 injury collisions and 9,425 property damage only (PDO) collisions.
Richmond County had 32 fatalities in 2017, the highest total since 2012. There were also 203 people seriously injured, which was only two years removed from the previous high of 241 in 2015.
Richmond County had no fatal bicycle crashes and no serious injury bicycle crashes in 2017 for the second straight year, and the three fatal bicycle crashes and three serious injury bicycle crashes in 2011 were the highest of the seven-year period.
There were 11 fatal pedestrian crashes and 14 serious injury pedestrian crashes, which was the highest fatality total since the 12 fatal pedestrian crashes in 2012 and the highest serious injury total since the 26 serious injury pedestrian crashes in 2014. There were also 12 pedestrian fatalities and 14 seriously injured pedestrians.
The intersections in Richmond County with the highest numbers of crashes included:
- Interstate 520 (I-520) East Ramps and Peach Orchard Road with 226 crashes (the most in the state)
- Marks Church Road and Robert C. Daniel Jr. Parkway and Wheeler Road with 191 crashes
- Gordon Highway and Highland Avenue and Wheeless Road with 174 crashes
- Tobacco Road and Windsor Spring Road with 160 crashes
- Barton Chapel Road and Deans Bridge Road and Meadowbrook Road with 156 crashes
- Interstate 520 (I-520) East Ramps & Mike Padgett Highway with 152 crashes
- Bobby Jones Expressway and Old Trail Road with 149 crashes
- Interstate 20 (I-20) East Ramps and Washington Road with 147 crashes
- Jackson Road and North Leg Road and Wrightsboro Road with 146 crashes
- Boy Scout Road and Center West Parkway and Washington Road with 145 crashes
- Alexander Drive and Berckmans Road and Washington Road with 138 crashes
- Deans Bridge Road and Gordon Highway with 128 crashes
- Stevens Creek Road and Washington Road with 120 crashes.
Overall, Richmond County accounted for 14 of the top 20 intersections with the most crashes in Georgia.
Chris Hudson Law Group Handles the Insurance Companies For You
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 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.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Car Accident Lawyer in Augusta
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) 690-4613 to schedule your free consultation and learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you’re owed.