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GWINNETT COUNTY Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car crash, we can help you recover damages and hold the appropriate parties responsible. A Georgia car accident attorney at Dermer Appel Ruder can assist you in all matters involving motor vehicle accident law.

Contact our Georgia car accident lawyers at (404) 620-2224 for a free consultation to discuss your legal options. 

Why Choose Our Legal Services?

  • We have a combined 80 years of litigation experience in personal injury cases, including experience working directly with the insurance industry.
  • We are devoted to building relationships with our clients to understand the unique situations they are in.
  • We take our clients’ needs into consideration through every step of the process, including taking a case to trial if it is necessary to secure maximum compensation.

Our law firm has everything you need during your claim, including trustworthy legal counsel that will guide you through the legal process. We represent auto accident victims in Peachtree Corners, Lawrenceville, Sugar Hill, Alpharetta, Duluth, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Roswell, and surrounding cities.

Do You Need a Car Accident Lawyer?

An auto accident can cause serious personal injuries and expensive property damage. If you suffered a head, brain, or spinal cord injury, broken bones, or burns, you are entitled to an experienced attorney’s representation. One of our personal injury attorneys in Georgia can negotiate with the at-fault party’s auto insurance provider, fighting for the best possible compensation award.

A lawyer representing you can put the pressure on the other side to increase recovery and avoid a trial. We take personal injury claims on a contingency fee basis, so you don’t pay a dime unless we win. Our firm will ensure you are appropriately compensated for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Property damages
  • Pain and suffering

How Common are Car Accidents in Georgia?

In 2017, 1,549 people died in Georgia auto accidents. Thousands of others suffered injuries that required emergency medical care. Gwinnett County reported 61 car accident fatalities. Twelve of these victims were motorcyclists, 13 were pedestrians, and one was a bicyclist. Many crashes in the area involved drunk drivers, speeding, and other acts of negligence including texting while driving.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people face insurance claims adjuster conversations, confusing claim processes, and catastrophic personal injuries that may maim them for life. If you’re one of these people, help is available. Partnering with our injury law firm will give you access to resources, information, and experienced Georgia car accident attorneys to successfully resolve your auto accident case.

Common Injuries in Car Crashes

Every car accident involves three collisions: the vehicle collision, the human collision, and the internal collision.

The human collision is when a vehicle’s passengers collide with objects inside the vehicle, such as the seatbelt, steering wheel, or windshield. This collision can cause serious injuries such as broken bones, contusions (bruising), lacerations, and spinal cord injuries.

The internal collision describes the impact between your internal organs and other parts of the body, such as other organs or your skeletal frame. This collision can cause common internal injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, lung collapse, heart attack, and internal bleeding.

All of these injuries can contribute to high medical expenses, lost wages, and other financial hardships. Apart from physical injuries, emotional distress and mental forms of pain and suffering can cost you in cognitive medical treatment as well. At worst, motor vehicle accidents can cause a wrongful death, in which a family member of the deceased can pursue legal action.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in Georgia

The number one cause of car wrecks is human error. Distracted, texting, drunk, drowsy, and inexperienced drivers are unfortunately common throughout Georgia, as are incompetent and aggressive drivers. Mistakes behind the wheel can be deadly. If another driver causes your accident through an act of negligence or recklessness, he or she will be the party responsible for paying your damages. Georgia is a “fault” car insurance state, meaning you must determine who is at fault for your wreck before you can seek recovery.

Other common causes of car accidents include:

  • Malfunctioning or defective car parts
  • A poorly maintained vehicle breaking down
  • Hazardous road conditions such as potholes, failing traffic lights, and bad weather

To find out if you have grounds for a civil claim after suffering injuries in a car accident, contact a Georgia injury lawyer at Dermer Appel Ruder. You might be able to hold a part manufacturer, the city, or a third party accountable for your car crash. Negligent driving should not go unpunished.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Immediately after a car crash:

  1. Stay on the scene and remain calm. Don’t admit fault. Check yourself and others for injuries.
  2. Call 911 to report the accident (to obtain a police report), requesting an ambulance if necessary.
  3. Get the name and insurance information of the other driver.
  4. Take photographs of the scene of the crash, property damage, and injuries.
  5. Go to the hospital and keep copies of all medical bills and records.

Then, call today at (404) 620-2224 to talk to a Georgia car accident lawyer at Dermer Appel Ruder and receive the legal advice you need. We’ll walk you through the rest of the steps toward financial compensation, taking over insurance claim negotiations, and doing everything in our power to successfully resolve your case. We can protect your legal rights and deliver a positive outcome for you and your family.

Get the aggressive legal representation you deserve. Request your free case evaluation by calling or emailing our law offices today. Our personal injury attorneys serve Atlanta and all surrounding areas, helping you receive the biggest possible payout for your car accident case.

Car Accident FAQs

Should I Hire a Lawyer for a Minor Car Accident?

Typically, most minor crashes can be resolved by filing a claim with your insurance company. However, if you’ve suffered a serious personal injury, can’t determine who is at fault, or are having problems with your insurance company (e.g. there’s a dispute over how much you’ll have to pay or how much you’ll receive), hiring a car accident lawyer is your best option. It doesn’t just take catastrophic injuries to win an injury lawsuit.

How Long After a Car Crash Can I Sue?

In Georgia, the statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years, starting from the date of the accident. If this time limit passes, it’s safe to say you will not be able to pursue any car accident claims.

Should I Get an Attorney for a Car Accident That Wasn’t My Fault?

Yes. Whether you were at fault or not, insurance companies tend to look out for themselves first. Their main concern is how they can pay you the least amount for your claim. You should certainly hire an attorney even if you didn’t cause the accident so that your insurance provider gives you the compensation you deserve.

Can Someone Sue Me for a Car Accident if I Have Insurance?

Yes. Car insurance doesn’t protect you from being sued. In most cases, the policy of the person at-fault is enough to cover the damages involved. If this isn’t the case, your personal assets can be taken to satisfy the judgement won by the other party.

How Do I Determine if Someone is At-Fault?

If police are called to the scene of the accident, they will help determine who is at-fault. This involves interviews with the negligent driver and any witnesses to the car wreck. Once a claim is filed with the insurance company, they’ll assign an adjustor to oversee the investigation. The adjuster will research the accident through medical reports, vehicle damage, and determine fault based on the legal definition of negligence in the state where the accident occurred.



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At Dermer Appel Ruder, we see ourselves as a partner in your case, rather than simply a legal expert.

  • Attentive Legal Representation

    When you retain our Georgia injury attorneys, you never work with a “case manager”. We know our clients and we respond to their questions and concerns and keep them informed and involved every step of the way.

  • Millions Recovered for Our Clients

    Since opening our firm, we have had a very high level of success in our plaintiff’s cases, recovering millions for clients throughout Georgia.

  • 80+ Years of Experience On Your Side

    We know how the insurance industry functions and how to maximize results for our injured clients. Should your case be tried by a jury, we are more than confident in the courtroom.

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