Articles Posted in Car Accidents

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Motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately quite common in North Carolina. Did you know that there were nearly 275,067 collisions on the roadways of North Carolina in 2017? This figure was up by approximately 9000 from the figure recorded in 2016, and about 40,000 more than the figures recorded from 2012 to 2016.

Statistics also show that out of 275,067 accidents that occurred in 2017, 29.7 percent resulted in injuries to the drivers and passengers. As accidents are common state-wide, two of the most dangerous roads in North Carolina declared by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality analysis report are Interstate 40 and North Carolina’s highway US 129.

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Pain and suffering are most certainly experienced after you are in a severe accident. The injuries incurred in an accident can put you in physical pain and mental distress, especially when someone else’s negligence or fault caused the accident. Mental and emotional pain may include grief, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fear. Pain and suffering entail the emotional, physical, and mental stress that the victim goes through after the accident and during the recovery phase. And sometimes, it may last a lifetime, especially if the accident results in paralysis or permanent disability.

By state law, accident victims have the right to seek compensation for economic and non-economic damages. Pain and suffering fall under the latter, which means you may be eligible for compensation, but how much is the real challenge. Medical treatments, lost wages, and property damage are simple to calculate as they comprise measurable items like medical bills and receipts. As they are easier to document, you can easily justify your claim amount. The challenge occurs when getting compensation for pain and suffering, as they are challenging to document. This is where you can count on our seasoned auto accident lawyer in North Carolina. Our experience and extensive knowledge about the laws and legal procedures enable us to help our clients pursue the compensation they deserve for economic and non-economic damages. Simply stated, we fight for you to be compensated for physical injuries and pain and suffering.

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You’ve been in a car wreck and you have medical bills stacking up. You may have health insurance that covers the bills, or you may be uninsured. In either case, is the full amount of your full medical bills recoverable if you’ve been in a car wreck in North Carolina?

The answer to that question unfortunately is generally no. In 2011, the North Carolina Legislature passed a law, which is referred to as Rule 414. The Rule states that you can only introduce evidence of amounts actually paid to satisfy medical bills, and evidence of amounts necessary to satisfy the bills that have been incurred, but not yet satisfied.

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In a few years, ride-sharing has become one of the most popular ways to commute in North Carolina and countrywide. And why not, it is economical, feasible, and convenient. Research shows that thousands of people rely on ride-sharing services such as Lyft and Uber to get to work, do last minute shopping, or go back home after an outing.

Few people get into a ride-sharing car expecting that they’ll be in an accident. Unfortunately, accidents do happen. If you use ride-sharing services often, then this post is a good read for you. Our ride-sharing accident lawyer in North Carolina shares with you what you need to know about the ride-sharing accident and how you can ensure that you’re legally protected in the event of a collision.

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Apart from the physical pain and suffering that comes after a car accident, victims also have to face an uphill task to get a fair financial settlement for the injuries and property damages incurred. Since most of the time, injuries are severe, it confines victims to bed and takes weeks and months in recovery. The cost of ongoing medical treatment and loss of income due to missed days at work are financially crippling. And because of all this, victims can’t afford to accept a low-ball offer from insurance companies.

If you or a loved one has been in a car accident in North Carolina and want to investigate your options for full and fair compensation, contact us. Our auto accident lawyer has the experience, knowledge, and expertise to pursue fair compensation and fight for you to get the maximum claim amount for your situation.

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Car accidents are, unfortunately, more common in the US than one might expect. Did you know that six million accidents occur annually in the US — that’s nearly 16,438 collisions daily? Also, that:

Damaged CarIn almost all automobile accidents, it is essential to prove the fault of the liable party (who made a mistake and was negligent). Even if you’re sure that the other driver was at fault, it still is not enough to hold the at-fault party financially responsible for your injuries. You need to prove it by showing evidence. This is where legal assistance from a seasoned lawyer in North Carolina may be required. A lawyer can help

navigate you through the process and collect the necessary evidence to prove the fault of the other driver after a car accident.

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Did you know that, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), car drivers are at a higher risk of getting into accidents during the summer season than any other time of the year? Moreover, June, July, and August are the peak months for car accidents, also known as the 100 deadliest days of summer. Let’s take a look at the statistics before discussing the top reasons why accidents increase during summertime.

According to a 24-year study of car accidents carried by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

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With the rapid increase in smartphone users in and across the US, distracted driving has become a concern in terms of traffic safety. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2018, 2841 individuals died in car accidents due to distracted driving. However, in the same year, approximately 276,000 people were injured because of distracted drivers, while distracted-affected property damage only collisions totaled to 659,000.

Due to carelessness and negligence of distracted drivers, others are at risk of suffering from severe personal injuries. Every day in the US, nearly nine people die and over a 1000 get injured in accidents that are reported to have a distracted driver. In 2018, accidents due to distracted driving cost the US around 40 billion dollars in damage.

Exactly what are punitive damages and when do they apply?  Punitive damages are a civil remedy meant to punish a wrongdoer or tortfeasor, who due to their egregious conduct, has caused injury and damage to others.  Punitive damages are also meant to send a message to the community in an effort to deter the defendant, as well as others, from doing the same thing.

While there are many acts and instances in which punitive damages may apply, such as fraud or malice (both of which require an element of intent against the injured party), one of the most common examples we see in a personal injury setting is when the defendant is impaired, either through drugs or alcohol, at the time of a motor vehicle accident.  In those instances, there is usually no specific intent to harm a specific person.  Instead, the risk is general to anyone who has the unfortunate experience to come in contact with the impaired person that results in an accident that causes injury.  When a driver is impaired, for punitive damages purposes it is generally considered willful and wanton conduct.

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