Savannah Car Accident Attorneys
Car Accidents in Chatham County
If you or someone you love was recently involved in a car accident in Savannah or the nearby areas, reach out to the team at Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group. Since 1990, we have been fighting for victims of serious car accidents, as well as those hurt in motorcycle, truck, and other vehicle collisions. We have a long, proven record of success, including many significant settlements and verdicts recovered on behalf of our clients. No matter how complex or challenging your case may be, our team is ready to fight for you and the maximum compensation you are owed.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
After an auto accident, it is important to identify how the collision occurred, as this typically points to the liable party. In Georgia, the person or party who caused the accident is generally the one responsible for your damages.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Dangerous or illegal turns
- Failure to yield
- Unlawful passing
- Tailgating, or following too closely
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Road rage
- Running red lights or stop signs
- Auto defects
- Distracted driving, including texting while driving
- Defective roadways or unsafe road conditions
When motorists and other parties are negligent, they can be held responsible for victims’ physical, emotional, and financial losses. At Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group, we fight for maximum compensation for our clients so that they can get back on their feet and move forward with their lives.
Is Georgia a No-Fault State?
Some states follow no-fault systems when it comes to car accidents. Under a no-fault system, injured accident victims can recover compensation by filing claims with their own auto insurance providers, regardless of fault. However, Georgia is not a no-fault state. Instead, the state follows a traditional “tort,” or fault-based, system. Under this system, accident victims must typically bring claims against at-fault drivers’ insurance companies.
Because Georgia follows a fault-based system, you will need to prove that someone else was at least partly at fault for the crash that led to your injuries. In fact, under the state’s modified comparative negligence rule, you will need to prove that they were more at fault than you were to have a claim.
What Is Modified Comparative Negligence?
Georgia’s modified comparative negligence rule recognizes that many auto accidents are the result of multiple parties’ negligence, not merely the carelessness or recklessness of a single individual. Under this rule, you may still file a claim for damages after an accident if you were partly to blame, but only if your degree of fault was less than the other party’s. In other words, you must be less than 50 percent at fault for the collision to have a car accident case.
Additionally, if you are found partly at fault, your total recovery will be reduced by the same percentage of fault you are found to have. So, if the insurance adjuster argues that you were 25 percent at fault, you would only be able to recover up to 75 percent of the amount you are seeking in damages.
Because insurance adjusters are typically the ones responsible for assigning fault after an accident, it is important that you work with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can protect your rights. Often, insurance companies utilize whatever tactics they can to dispute or devalue claims. They may assign you more of the blame than you believe to be fair, either limiting the amount you can recover or prohibiting you from filing a claim altogether. At Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group, our Savannah car accident attorneys can fight back against the insurance company’s efforts to underpay your claim and seek the maximum compensation you are owed.
Seeking the Fair Compensation You Deserve
A serious motor vehicle accident can leave you dealing with exorbitant medical bills, weeks or months of missed work, and immense physical pain and emotional suffering. At Tom McGrath’s Motorcycle Law Group, we believe that you should not have to suffer the consequences of someone else’s negligence on your own. Our Savannah car accident attorneys are here to protect your rights against the interests of the insurance company and fight for the maximum recovery you are owed.
We proudly serve clients throughout Chatham County and the surrounding areas, offering personal attention and highly accessible legal services. Our clients always have direct access to their attorneys, and we are committed to providing the highest level of customer service, communication, and care. There are absolutely zero out-of-pocket expenses when you work with our firm; instead, we only collect attorney fees if we successfully recover a settlement or verdict for you.