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Compensation may be possible following car accident injuries

As you traveled to your destination one morning, your mind combed through your agenda for the day. However, your train of thought was suddenly interrupted when another vehicle struck yours on the highway.

In addition to experiencing the emotional shock that comes with being involved in a motor vehicle accident, you begin to feel pain as a result of the collision. Fortunately, if the person who struck you caused the accident due to being negligent behind the wheel, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries.

What types of damages can you pursue as an injury accident victim?

If a fellow driver's carelessness caused you to suffer serious injuries in an accident, you may pursue compensation for the medical costs incurred for the necessary physician visits you made and the medical treatments you received for your injuries.

You may also seek monetary damages for replacing or repairing your damaged motor vehicle. In addition, damages may help you to address the cost of a rental car while you are waiting for your automobile to be repaired or replaced. Damages may additionally help with covering lost wages if your injuries forced you to miss work for an extended period of time. Monetary compensation may help you to address pain and suffering as well as emotional distress resulting from your car accident as well.

What are Georgia's statute of limitations and damage limits for accidents?

According to Georgia law, you have a couple of years from your car accident date to file a personal injury lawsuit against the party who allegedly caused your accident injuries.

Regarding damages, no cap exists on compensatory damages. However, punitive damages -- which a court may award in cases of egregious fault -- do have a cap of $250,000.

What do you need to know about comparative fault in Georgia?

Perhaps you played a role in your motor vehicle accident, along with the other driver. According to Georgia law, you can receive compensation for your accident-related injuries and property damage only if the other party is more at fault in the accident than you are. In this situation, your reward will reflect your percentage of fault.

No matter what the circumstances are surrounding your car accident resulting from another person's negligence, you have the right to pursue the maximum amount of damages to which you are entitled under Georgia law. Monetary compensation cannot undo the events leading to the accident, but it may help you to achieve some sense of justice in the aftermath of the crash.

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