When you are involved in an auto accident in North Carolina, it may be necessary to hire a lawyer to help with your case. At The Clauson Law Firm, we understand that you may have questions about the legal process, and we provide the assistance you need to determine if you should pursue a case after an accident.
Car accidents may cause a variety of injuries due to variations in the speed of both vehicles, the location of the accident, and your location in the vehicle. Soft-tissue injuries, like sprains, strains, and whiplash, are a common concern in most accidents. You may also have head or chest injuries after an accident. Broken bones may occur in head-on collisions or accidents that occur at a fast speed.
In an ideal world, your auto insurance policy would cover the costs of medical care, damage to your car, and related costs after an auto accident. Sadly, the coverage you have on your vehicle may not always be enough to cover the costs of a major accident. The details of any policy will vary based on the type of insurance you purchase, so review your coverage to clarify what you can expect from your insurance provider.
Call the police and emergency services immediately after an accident. By calling immediately after an accident, all parties have the details of the accident fresh in their minds and the information is provided in the police report. It also ensures that you, any passengers in your vehicle, and other parties involved in the accident get appropriate medical care.
Contact our law firm when you have gotten appropriate medical care for your injuries and you have a copy of the police report. In North Carolina, the statute of limitations on auto accident cases is three years, so you want to file the case before the statute of limitations expires. The sooner you file the case, the better it is for your situation.
Evidence is a critical part of any legal case. For a car accident, you want to obtain a copy of the police report and take pictures of the scene of the accident. You also want pictures of the damages to your vehicle. Medical reports documenting your injuries will also help with your case. If witnesses were available, then ask for their contact information and for an official statement.
North Carolina is an at-fault state and it has a contributory negligence rule. That means that if you are partially at fault in your case, then you may not be able to file a claim against the other party. It may also impact your claim on your auto insurance policy, so you want to clarify fault and discuss your options with a lawyer before pursuing a case.
When you get into an accident and the other party’s auto insurance provider offers to give you a check, do not accept it until you have spoken to a lawyer. In many cases, the check you receive from an auto insurance provider will limit your options for your case. By talking to a lawyer before you accept and cash the check, you are able to clarify your options without any complications to your case.
Auto accidents allow you to seek compensation for a few different categories. The first is personal injuries from the accident. It refers to the medical expenses associated with your accident. You can also ask for compensation for property damages to pay for repairs on your vehicle. When your injuries cause you to lose a job or prevent you from working, you may also seek compensation for lost income. In some cases, you may also qualify for pain and suffering compensation. Our legal team can help clarify the compensation that applies to your case.
If it is possible, then move your vehicle to the side of the road to limit the risk of further injuries or accidents. Assess your injuries and call 911 for help. The call will bring the police and an ambulance. Check on any passengers in your vehicle. If it is possible, then get out of your car and check on the other party or parties involved in the accident. Gather witnesses and get insurance information from the other party. Talk to the police and take pictures of the scene. If you are severely injured, then call for help and wait until the police arrive.
Medical information is a critical part of a car accident case. As a rule, you want to provide all medical documentation of your injuries and necessary treatments to our legal team. Provide any written documents from your doctors or emergency doctors who treated your injuries after the accident. You may also want to provide proof of broken bones or related injuries through an x-ray. Maintain documents for check-ups and follow-up visits to your family doctor or other medical professionals. If you did not notice an injury like whiplash during the initial medical treatments, then gather appropriate documents about the injuries as you discover them.
Car accidents impact roughly six million drivers and families across the nation each year. While only a fraction of the accidents results in fatalities, injuries and property damage may result in complex financial challenges. By working with our law firm in North Carolina, it is possible to clarify when you have a case and when it will help with your situation. Our legal team is able to evaluate the details of your case and the evidence before recommending a course of action to help your family. To learn more about our services for car accident cases or to consult a lawyer about your situation, contact us today.