Athens Car Accident Lawyers

As one of the largest cities in the state of Georgia and home to the University of Georgia, Athens sees a significant amount of vehicle traffic on a day-to-day basis. Unfortunately, more cars on the road brings with it an increased risk that an Athens resident will be involved in a car crash in his or her lifetime.

Vehicle collisions can be life-changing events for all parties involved. Many victims are permanently injured or grapple with psychological trauma for years. Families may never recover from the loss of a loved one and the guilt of being the cause of a car crash where significant injuries were sustained can take a heavy mental toll on the at-fault party. Monetary compensation can go a long way towards helping families get back on their feet after an accident, so if you or a loved one was involved in a car crash, it is vital that you contact an Athens car accident attorney who can help you begin the process of recovery.

Common Injuries

Whether caused by another driver’s decision to operate a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, an improperly loaded truck with dangerous cargo, or distracted driving, the physical injuries that are often a consequence of negligent driving can be devastating. While the types of injuries sustained by accident victims vary, they are almost always painful and usually expensive to treat, and often can have long-lasting or permanent effects.

Some of the most common injuries that occur as a result of car crashes include:

  • Head trauma;
  • Spinal cord damage;
  • Severe lacerations;
  • Contusions and concussions;
  • Broken and fractured bones;
  • Paralysis;
  • Burns;
  • Organ damage and internal bleeding;
  • Damage to the skin and lungs from toxic exposure;
  • Traumatic brain injuries; and
  • Psychological or emotional trauma.
Medical Costs

While some injuries may only require a quick check-up and a bandage, others have far more serious consequences and require the victim to undergo expensive treatments. Recoverable costs for medical treatment for injuries sustained in a car crash may include:

  • Emergency transportation and care;
  • Ongoing physical and psychological therapy;
  • Prescription medications;
  • Follow-up doctor’s appointments;
  • Travel expenses;
  • Medical equipment; and
  • Appointments with a specialist.

Other costs of a car accident may include towing, bills to repair property damage to a victim’s car, the cost of a rental vehicle, and, finally, the cost of replacing a vehicle altogether. Covering all of these bills can be especially difficult or even impossible if the injured party is unable to return to work, and so must suffer the additional loss of his or her wages. Fortunately, when another party’s wrongful act or negligence causes an accident, an experienced attorney can help ensure that the at-fault driver takes financial responsibility for the accident.

Aside from lost wages, victims may also be able to recover additional damages, including:

  • Medical costs;
  • Pain, suffering, and emotional distress;
  • Loss of future income; and
  • Wrongful death damages, if the accident resulted in the death of the victim.

In order to recover the cost of some or all of these damages, a victim must file a claim within two years of the date that the car accident occurred. If a victim only wishes to obtain compensation for property damage, then he or she has four years to file a claim for recovery.

Verdicts and Settlements

The members of our legal team are proud to have been rated by Super Lawyers as being amongst the Top 100 lawyers in Georgia. We were also honored to be granted membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, which accepts less than one percent of lawyers in the nation. Our reputation in the legal community is also based on our firm’s successes, some of which include:

  • A confidential wrongful death settlement for the family of a man who was killed in a two-car collision on I-285;
  • A $350,000 award for a pedestrian who required rotator cuff and meniscal surgery after being struck by a vehicle;
  • A $750,000 award for a University of Georgia student who suffered facial scars as a result of being struck by a van while riding a bicycle; and
  • A $100,000 settlement for a mother who suffered a herniated disc and required surgery after being involved in a T-bone collision.

If you were the victim of a car crash caused by another driver’s negligence, the at-fault party should and can be required to compensate you for the harm you suffered as a result of his or her actions. Please contact the Athens car accident attorneys at the Christopher Simon Attorney at Law by calling 404-259-7635 for a free consultation.

Client Reviews
My wife and I were hit by a tractor trailer in 2014. After extensive research online, we were deeply impressed with the various reviews we read on Google and Avvo and chose Chris to represent us. We could not have a made a better decision. Chris and his firm treated us like we were their only clients, soothed our worries, and instantly gained our trust. Chris settled both of our cases for more than we expected. James
A co-worker of my wife recommended Chris to us. At the very beginning Chris showed that he cared and his knowledge is priceless. Going through this process can be aggravating but Chris did a great job guiding me through this and was always available to answer my questions. Chris fought to get what I deserved even though at times I wanted to give up. Tracy
I want to express my deepest sense of gratitude and appreciation to Attorney Chris Simon & Attorney Chris Carsten, for all the hard work that they put forth into my case (car accident filed after being hit by drunk driver). Their attention to detail and professionalism far surpasses their firm's reputation. Because of their diligence and dedication to their craft, they were able to bring my case to a successful close, one that I could live with. You will not find a better team for your case. Should I have a need for their services again in the future, or know of anyone looking for a top notch Auto Accident Law Firm, I would not hesitate to recommend them!!!! Elle
Wow...Chris is a very good attorney. Me and my son was in a very bad car accident an I was clueless on how to handle the situation. It's very hard to find an attorney who allows you to contact them personally instead of you contacting their asst. I was told that I didn't have a case because the hosiptal put a lien on my acct. Chris prove different and I was able to file my case with the insurance company. The process was very quickly and Im glad I selected the right attorney..Thanks Chris A Car Accident client
Chris is a great lawyer and the most people friendly attorney I have ever delt with. He handled my case with great attention to detail and did so in a very short period of time. He is very consice, efficient, patient and understanding. He has a strong passion for what he does and he does it well. I recommend Chris Simon as legal representation for anyone who has suffreed damages or a loss at the negligence of others. He really cares about you and your case. A Car Accident client