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Things That Were in My Car

A Part of the Georgia Car Damage Manual: How to Get Your Car Repaired or Paid-as-Totaled after an Accident

If your personal property was damaged in the wreck, you can be compensated for these items as well. This includes things like your glasses, clothing, jewelry, cell phone, and other electronics. It can also include injuries to animals or pets in the car.

Of course, you’ll still have to show that your property was in fact in the car and was damaged. That can come from your own testimony, but photos help. Take pictures of your property before removing it from your car after a wreck.

You will also have to establish the value of your damaged property. That can also come from your own testimony, but it’s likewise helpful to gather receipts and take photos of these items as proof of their value and condition.

If your pet was injured in the wreck, you can recover the reasonable vet bills and other expenses you incurred in treating your pet for its injuries. If your pet died, you can only recover its “fair market value” in addition to the vet bills and expenses, plus interest. As heartbreaking as it can be to lose a pet (and as wrong as this seems), Georgia law treats pets as “property,” and the fair market value of a pet in Georgia does not include its sentimental value.

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