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Category Archives: Auto Accidents

After an injury wreck, how much is my car accident settlement worth?

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Greg Stokes: For a car accident settlement, we will take all your medical bills, add those up; take all your future medical bills, we will bring in a registered nurse to estimate what the future medical bills will be; take all your past lost wages, all your future lost wages, and sometimes we will… Read More »

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What are the steps for how to sue after a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: The preliminary step usually is to hire an attorney. Your attorney is going to gather all of the evidence, do his investigation, get all the medical records, document the claim, and make a demand on the insurance company. They are going to negotiate back and forth and try to get the case… Read More »

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Are car accident settlements taxable, either state or federal?

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Greg Stokes: In general, personal injury settlements are not taxable. The IRS has a specific code section that deals with settlements that come from physical injury claims. If you have been injured and you receive a settlement, it is considered a loss to your body and it is not taxable income. The example I… Read More »

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What are the top reasons for car accidents, particularly for Atlanta, and where do they occur most often?

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Greg Stokes: We see these ten things occur day in, day out, week in, week out:Following too closely Failure to yield the right of way Running a red light Improper lane change Reckless driving Speeding DUI Crossing the center line Failure to control the vehicle Failure to post a proper lookout When you get… Read More »

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Can I get car insurance after an accident?

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Greg Stokes: Yes. If you are not at fault, do not be afraid of reporting this to your insurance company. Back in the 1980’s, a law was passed in Georgia that prevented an insurance company from canceling you or going up in your rates because you made a claim if the crash was not… Read More »

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What is whiplash from a car accident and when is it evident or not evident?

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Greg Stokes: What usually happens in a car crash is there is sudden, violent movement to the neck and the spine. If you picture the head as a bowling ball that weighs about six or seven pounds and you picture this all happening within about 300 milliseconds, the G forces are pretty severe on… Read More »

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Can you advise someone how to find a good auto accident attorney?

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Greg Stokes: Well, you want an attorney with a good track record. When you go to a law firm, you are looking at not only what their verdicts and settlements are, but you are looking at what their clients are saying about them. The best situation is where it has been a referral because… Read More »

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What is your advice about how to avoid a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: Probably your state of mind and the condition of your vehicle are key to avoiding crashes. Being very aware of what is in front of you, what is in the back of you, what is to the left, what is to the right, and when you are going through an intersection, even… Read More »

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How do you find an accident attorney to call?

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Greg Stokes: The best way is through friends and relatives that have dealt with the attorney’s office, the attorney has a good track record and comes highly recommended. That is the easiest way. If you are new to town and you do not know anybody, Googling car accident attorney, or similar phrases like that…. Read More »

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What should I do after a car accident?

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Greg Stokes: The moment there is a crash, you have to think in terms of it is an emergency. If possible, you want to pull your car off to the side of the road. If it is a serious crash, you can leave the car right where it is and get out of your… Read More »

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