Exclusively Representing
Injury Victims Since 1977

Experienced Legal Support After A Car Accident In Athens

As personal injury lawyers at Wells and McElwee P.C. in Athens, Georgia, we provide highly customized and committed client service for car accident victims. We work closely with every client to make sure that they are getting the help they need – not only legal advice but also assistance with medical, financial, personal and insurance coverage problems. Our firm’s strong tradition of client service can help you meet all the challenges that a serious auto wreck might present.

Dealing with a car accident can be overwhelming and stressful. To make an appointment for a free consultation in northeastern Georgia, call our Athens office at 706-510-2815 or use our online form to contact us online.

We Have Sincere Concern For Your Well-Being After A Car Accident

We not only concentrate on developing the strongest possible case to present to the other driver’s insurer but also help you take care of any practical problems that come up while your claim is in progress. For example, if your own health care insurer creates barriers to the tests or treatment you need to make a full recovery, we can help you get the medical attention you need.

We like to try cases and do them well. Most of the time, our excellent reputation as trial lawyers will help you achieve a fair settlement because the insurance companies understand that we are ready, willing and able to go to court to get the compensation you deserve. If we can’t recover the full amount of your damages through negotiation, however, we won’t hesitate to present your case to a jury.

No Matter What Happened, We Can Help

There are many types of car, truck and motor vehicle accidents. Unique circumstances will make every car accident case different. We can help you with your car accident claim in a variety of circumstances, including:

Collisions In Town Or On The Highway

Car accidents can happen on any road, but they are more likely to happen in urban areas. This is because there are more cars and people in urban areas, which increases the risk of accidents. Additionally, urban areas often have more complex traffic patterns, which can also increase the risk of accidents.

Georgia Wrongful Death Claims After A Fatal Car Crash

If a person is killed in a car accident, their surviving family members may be able to file a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit that seeks to recover damages for the loss of life and the pain and suffering caused by the death.

Hit-And-Run Or Drunk Driving Accidents

Hit-and-run accidents and drunk driving accidents are serious crimes that can cause significant injuries and even death. If you have been involved in a hit-and-run or drunk driving accident, it is important to seek legal help immediately.

Pedestrian Or Bicycle Accidents

Pedestrian and bicycle accidents are common in urban areas, and they can often be serious. If you have been involved in a pedestrian or bicycle accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately and to contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your legal options.

Accidents Involving Semi Trucks Or Other Commercial Vehicles

Semi trucks and other commercial vehicles are involved in a large number of accidents each year. These accidents can be very serious, as they often involve multiple vehicles and serious injuries.

SUV Or Minivan Rollover Cases

SUVs and minivans are more likely to roll over than sedans and hatchbacks. This is because they have a higher center of gravity, which makes them more likely to tip over when they lose control.

Employee Injury Claims

When an employee is injured while driving a company vehicle, the company may be liable for the employee’s injuries. The employee may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit against the company.

We Answer Your Legal Questions About Car Accidents

At Wells and McElwee, we’re dedicated to helping you understand your legal options immediately after an auto accident. Here are some FAQs that we can shed some light on:

Can I still recover damages if I am partially at fault?

Yes, under Georgia’s modified comparative negligence rule, a person can still recover damages even if they are partially at fault in a car accident. However, their compensation will be reduced proportionally to their degree of fault. Georgia follows a 50% bar rule, which means that if a person is found to be 50% or more at fault for the accident, they cannot recover any damages from the other party.

How fast can I get compensation after a car accident?

Georgia has a statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which is generally two years from the date of the accident. This applies to all personal injury claims, including those for car accidents. This means that you must file your lawsuit within two years, or you may lose your right to seek compensation. It’s advisable to consult with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible after the accident. An experienced lawyer can guide you through the process, gather evidence and ensure that your claim is filed within the appropriate time frame.

How much does a lawyer cost for a car accident case?

While there are no upfront costs, the overall cost of hiring a lawyer for a car accident case in Georgia can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the case, the lawyer’s experience and the fee arrangement.

Many personal injury lawyers in Georgia work on a contingency fee basis, which means they only get paid if they successfully recover compensation for you. Typically, contingency fees range from 33.3% to 40% of the total settlement or award amount. It’s important to discuss the fee arrangement with your lawyer upfront and understand any additional costs or expenses that may be involved, such as filing fees, expert witness fees or other expenses related to your case.

Remember, while hiring a lawyer may seem costly, they can often secure a higher settlement or award than you could on your own, and their knowledge can be invaluable in navigating the complex legal system and protecting your rights.

Whatever Your Car Accident Case Involves, We’re Here For You

Whether your case is large or small, we want to hear from you. We take cases ranging from whiplash or knee injuries to traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage resulting from a motor vehicle accident. We only collect attorney fees if we recover damages for you, so you have nothing to lose by calling our office in Athens.

For detailed information about your legal options in any personal injury situation, call us, attorneys Donald Wells and Stephen McElwee, at 706-510-2815 or fill out our short form for a free consultation with a Georgia personal injury attorney.

Most often, we take accident claims on a contingent fee basis. This means that unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you, we will not charge a fee. We collect no attorney fees unless we recover a settlement or verdict for you.