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Home of the famous Masters Golf Tournament, Peaches, Bulldogs, and some of the countries most serene and beautiful beaches, snowbirds love to flock to Georgia.
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However, driving for long distances always increases someones risk of getting into a serious car accident. If it happens in a different country, state or province it can quickly become overwhelming. When that happens, it can be difficult to know what your next steps are.
Georgia law dictates the Tort legal process for seeking compensation. It is one of 12 states which abides by a “Modified Comparative Fault” rule. If a driver is found to be more than 50% responsible for the accident, they may not sue the other party for damages. This provision has no effect on passengers who are rarely at fault for an accident. In addition, you only have 2 years from the time of your accident to bring a personal injury claim.
A competing consideration, is where you purchased your personal car policy. As an example, if you purchased your car policy in Ontario, Canada, most if not all of your contractual claims such as accident benefits, underinsured and uninsured motorist protections, reside there. Since Georgia has low state car insurance liability limits – $25,000, there is a distinct possibility you will have to claim against your own Ontario car insurer to make sure you are fairly compensated.
Two sets of rights: Tort and Contract
Two countries: USA and Canada
Two jurisdictions: Georgia and Ontario (as an illustration)
All to ensure you are fairly and properly compensated.
This is where Snowbird Accidents comes in. Since 1981, we have been helping seriously injured motorists get the treatment and care they need to recover from their injuries and to receive compensation for their losses. We understand it is not only the injured party that may require assistance, but as often loved ones. By giving us a call, we can help put you in touch with some of the best personal injury attorneys in Georgia and/or Canada, as well as help guide you through very confusing contract and tort insurance issues.
Jonathan Peters, born on March 15, 1947 in Decatur, GA. Admitted to the bar in 1974. Preparatory and Legal Education: Georgia State University, B.B.A., 1971, University of Georgia, J.D., 1974.
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