Car accidents in Atlanta suburbs, such as Marietta, are an unfortunate fact of life. Bustling streets with speeding traffic are common in and out of Marietta, and drivers must be on the defense whenever they get behind the wheel. Whether your accident happened in Smyrna, Marietta, or greater Cobb County, you need an experienced team of professionals who understand the complex laws of Georgia’s highways. The attorneys of Kaufman Law, P.C. have been working for more than 40 years to get our clients in the Marietta area fair compensation after car accident injuries.
Marietta Car Accident Statistics
Cobb County is no stranger to high traffic and car accidents. In 2014 – the most recent year with full crash data – there were 26,921 accidents. These accidents resulted in 8,642 injuries and 49 fatalities. Sadly, these numbers have been on the rise since 2010.
In Marietta itself, there were four fatalities from auto accidents in 2014. Although this was a significant decrease from the year before, these numbers will likely rise as more people pour into the area.
If you’ve been seriously injured in a car accident in Marietta, you deserve aggressive and determined representation to get you the compensation you need for your injuries.
Negligence Laws in Marietta, Georgia
Determining negligence in an accident can be complicated, since laws regarding fault in an accident vary from state to state. Georgia has a tort system, which means the burden of proof is on the plaintiff. In this system, the victim in the accident must prove the other driver’s negligence caused the accident to win compensation.
Georgia is also a comparative negligence state, which means if a plaintiff contributed to the accident, that contribution may reduce the amount of compensation a negligent party would owe the victim. If the defendant (the negligent party) can prove the plaintiff is more than 50% at fault, then the courts won’t hold that person responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries. If the courts find the plaintiff was 10% at fault, then the award a plaintiff receives from the defendant will be 10% less. For instance, if the courts award a plaintiff $10,000 but find he or she was also 10% responsible for the accident, then the responsible party must pay the plaintiff $9,000 – 10% less than the original award of $10,000.
How Kaufman Law, P.C. Can Help
Insurance companies profit from paying out as little as possible in settlements and claims. After your accident, the at-fault party’s insurance provider may offer you a low-ball offer as a quick settlement or suggest you are more at-fault than you think. If the insurance company of the at-fault party contacts you with a settlement offer, don’t immediately accept. Discuss this offer with the team at Kaufman Law, P.C. – we can determine if the offer is fair or if their defendant owes you more compensation. We can also negotiate with the insurance company to ensure they treat your claim with the seriousness it deserves.
When you contact Kaufman Law, P.C. after a Marietta car accident, we’ll set up a free consultation for you with one of our attorneys. Your attorney will give you an honest assessment of your case and discuss the compensation you may be able to recover from the responsible party.