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While it’s not pleasant to consider the odds of being involved in a car accident, the truth is—nearly 2,000 Georgians face this reality every single day. That’s why if you’ve been involved in a car accident, it’s important to understand what to do next.

Because every car accident has its own set of unique circumstances, one or more vehicles may be scattered along the street, and some may block traffic. If this is the case, and there are no serious injuries or fatalities apparent, it is the driver’s responsibility to move the vehicle(s) to an emergency lane or median. However, the vehicles must be capable of being moved safely. Next, it’s important to report the accident and remain on the scene. All drivers should be prepared to show their license and vehicle registration number.

When there is damage to a vehicle, and it appears that the damage is $500 or more, it’s important to exchange relevant information with other drivers at the scene, such as:

  • Name, phone number and address
  • The driver’s license number
  • The name of the insurance carrier, or appropriate documentation if a driver is self-insured

Aside from moving the vehicles and reporting the accident, it is important to jot down the events from the scene that you might forget with time. For example, if you detected the smell of alcohol on the breath of another driver, it’s important to make a note of it. In the same way, it’s important to note the conversations you had with other drivers, officers and your insurance company. In fact, it’s wise to obtain the names, phone numbers and addresses of any and all witnesses at the scene. When speaking to the investigating officer, be sure to ask for the accident report number, so that you may pick it up within a few days. Be sure to keep all paperwork related to your accident, as well as photographs and notes taken.

Most importantly, if you are experiencing discomfort or pain, see a doctor—quickly. In the event that you become worse over time, insurance companies will emphasize the fact that you didn’t seek immediate medical attention. Thus, even if your pain is minimal, it is always better to get checked out.

The Peace Of Mind You Need

In the moments following a car accident, there is a sense of urgency and panic as frightened drivers and passengers process what just happened. When there are injuries or extensive damage to vehicles, it is even more stressful. Thus, when you are medically stable and need help figuring out what to do next, the experienced personal injury attorneys at the Burnside Law Firm can give you the peace of mind you need as you move forward. Call today.

Posted on behalf of Burnside Law Firm LLP

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Augusta

2919 Professional Pkwy

Augusta, GA, 30907

Phone: (706) 432-8320

Athens

325 North Milledge Avenue

Athens, GA, 30601

Phone: (706) 227-4264

We have recovered millions for our clients

The attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP have over 30 years of collective experience handling personal injury claims. Over that time, we have helped hundreds of injured people recover the compensation they deserve and need in order to begin putting their lives back together. This list is just a sample of the recoveries we have obtained for some of our clients here and during our time at our former firm, Burnside Wall LLP. Obviously, success in obtaining significant judgments and settlements for other clients is no guarantee of success in your case. Each case must be evaluated and handled based on the individual merits of that particular case. To discuss the facts of your case and learn more about your legal rights, contact one of the personal injury attorneys at Burnside Law Firm LLP for a free initial consultation.

Medical Malpractice / Head Injury

$4,500,000 settlement

Pharmacy & Prescription Error

$1,800,000 settlement

Medical Malpractice / Anesthesia Injury

$1,600,000 settlement

Auto Accident / Multiple Fractures

$1,250,000 judgment

Auto Accident / Wrongful Death

$1,000,000 settlement

Dram Shop / Wrongful Death

$1,000,000 settlement

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Thomas R. Burnside III Personal Injury Attorney

Thomas R Burnside III

Thomas R. Burnside III is a personal injury lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have suffered injury as a result of automobile collisions, trucking accidents, medical malpractice, work related accidents or other causes. With over 20 years of experience in personal injury law at both the trial and appellate court levels, Attorney Burnside has represented people with brain and head trauma...

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Garon Muller Personal Injury Attorney

Garon Muller

Garon Muller is a trial lawyer who focuses his law practice on the representation of individuals who have been seriously injured or damaged through the negligence or recklessness of others, including automobile collisions, workplace injuries, premises injuries, or defective products. Before beginning his practice in the representation of injured individuals, Mr. Muller served the community as an Assistant District Attorney...

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Our Client Reviews

Burnside Law Firm

5.0 / 5.0

Based on 38 reviews

Erin Wren

After my car accident they helped me every step of the way! They were up front and answered any questions I had! They negotiated the insurance and got a higher settlement than was offered! I would definitely use them again!

Debbie Walker

In November 2017, I was in a car accident and I decided to seek out legal assistance. I chose to go with Burnside Law Firm, LLP because of their five star rating. My inital consultation was with attorney, Mr. Garon Muller. I knew immediately that I wanted Mr. Muller to take my case. His professionalism and expertise in personal injury made my decision easy. Mr. Muller maintained his professionalism throughout my case. He kept me updated on a regular basis via telephone or email. He was always available to me when I call. I did not have to wait 24 hours to get a call back from him. I would greatly recommend Mr. Muller and the Burnside Law Firm, LLP.

Rick Estep

Burnside Law Firm is who you want to represent you. Mr. Muller came to our house for a free consultation without hesitation. He guided us and overcame every obstacle we encountered. He secured the maximum insurance limits for us and we couldn't be more happy. If you are injured, DO NOT attempt to recoup compensation without the expertise of a trusted, skilled and able law firm to be your voice. THANK YOU MR. MULLER!!!

Alexander Hughes

Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm makes client satisfaction his priority. Mr. Muller made sure that I had a lucid understanding during every discussion. He never made a decision without my input and made me feel like we were partners. Garon Muller was very professional and push for the maximum dollar amount from the insurance company. Me and my family considered ourselves blessed to have been represented by Garon Muller with Burnside Law Firm. We highly recommend Garon Muller and Burnside Law Firm! Burnside Law Firm staff are exceptional and exceeded our expectations.

Lynn Eldridge

I have known the Burnside family for many years. Recently Thomas was most helpful in getting my check following an auto collision. I highly recommend their firm.

Damien Williams

I definitely felt comfortable in there hands really good people.

Jacob Clements

Very very good law firm. Went above and beyond to make things right. Highly reccomend.

Barbara Huskinson

Burnside Law did what they said they would do. Garon Muller was great in communicating and looked out for my best interest in getting what was fair in my settlement. I would recommend Burnside to anyone.

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    Augusta

    2919 Professional Pkwy

    Augusta, GA, 30907

    Phone: (706) 432-8320

    Athens

    325 North Milledge Avenue

    Athens, GA, 30601

    Phone: (706) 227-4264