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Georgia Accident Laws

If you’ve been involved in a car accident in the State of Georgia—regardless of whether or not you were at fault—you need to be familiar with the relevant Georgia laws that govern car accidents. Generally speaking, the two areas of Georgia law that pertain to car accidents are traffic laws and negligence laws. When you’ve involved in a car accident, a police officer will typically write an accident report that will reference the traffic laws that were violated. Sometimes the police officer will identify the person who was at fault in the report. Usually, the police officer will be unable to determine who caused the accident, and the car insurance companies of the people involved in the accident will launch their own investigations to determine fault as defined by Georgia’s negligence laws.

Types of Accidents

Car accidents can occur almost anywhere—from a deserted country road in the middle of the night to gridlock traffic during rush hour. The most common types of accidents are rear-end collisions, side-impact collisions, sideswipe collisions, vehicle rollovers, head-on collisions, multi-car collisions and single-car collisions. Accidents are not always caused by negligence, recklessness and unsafe driving. Sometimes, accidents are caused by faulty manufacturing such as poor tires or faulty brakes.

Statute of Limitations (or Time Limit to File Suit)

If you’ve been involved in a car accident—especially if there were injuries—you need to make arrangements to speak promptly with an attorney who handles car accident claims. Determining fault for a car accident can be a tangled web comprised of small details and complex laws. Even more importantly, Georgia has a time limit—called a statute of limitations—that will prevent you from filing a law suit to recover for your losses if you don’t act quickly.

Getting Help

The Law Office of Jack Clay has been helping clients throughout the State of Georgia recover their damages from car accidents for the past ten years. We have a proven track record of negotiating favorable settlements with insurance companies. If and when the negotiation process breaks down, we have a reputation for promptly filing a lawsuit to protect our clients’ interests and achieve a fair result. Call our office today or fill out our online form now for a free analysis of your case.

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