Car accidents can be frustrating, traumatic, and life-changing. If you are a victim of a car accident in North Carolina, you may be able to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses.
Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to learn more and have a free consultation with one of our representatives at (800) 223-5115 to talk about the circumstances surrounding your case and how a North Carolina car accident lawyer can help you pursue awards.
Types of Car Crashes & Common Causes
Types of car crashes that may affect you may include:
- Rear-End Collisions
- T-Bone Crashes
- Head-On Collisions
- Motorcycle Wrecks
- Large Truck Accidents
- Rollover Crashes
- DUI Accidents
- Distracted Driving Wrecks
Each of these wrecks can be devastating depending on how fast the cars were going as well as the other circumstances surrounding the crash.
Some causes of wrecks can be:
- Texting While Driving
- Drinking and Driving
- Failure to Yield Right of Way
- Running Stop Signs or Red Lights
- Reckless Driving
What You Should Try to Do After a Car Accident
Once you have been in a car wreck, there are some steps you should take if you are able to do so. It is important to contact first responders so they can be there to tend to anyone with severe injuries and police can also create their official report of the incident. Then, try to take some photos of your injuries and the accident scene. Documenting what happened will be easier to show that you were not at fault and the other circumstances of the crime.
Find any witness statements that you can, as their testimony will be included in the police report and can help solidify your case. If you have minor injuries and do not need to go to the hospital immediately, make sure you still seek medical treatment so your doctor can examine you and check for other injuries.
Hire a North Carolina car accident lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm to discuss taking legal action with your car accident case.
How a North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Can Help
If you choose to hire a North Carolina accident lawyer, then they can work to help you try to obtain financial awards. Insurance companies can be difficult because they may attempt to avoid a high payout and not always respond to your call and emails in a timely manner, which is why you may benefit from having a lawyer negotiate and communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf.
Your lawyer will also put together all needed documentation for your case and will gather all of the evidence needed, such as witness statements, security camera footage, medical records, police reports, and more.
They also will help make sure your case is filed in time before the statute of limitations expires. In North Carolina, that statute of limitations for personal injury is three years after the accident, under N.C.G.S.§1-52 (16).
North Carolina Negligence Laws
North Carolina follows contributory negligence codes, according to N.C.G.S. § 1-139. Contributory negligence bars anyone from collecting awards in a civil case if they have been assigned any fault for the accident, which can make it harder to recover compensation.
If you have been assigned fault, your lawyer can help reduce your fault and argue for you using the evidence available so that you can then go on to collect compensation. Your lawyer will work to prove all elements of negligence such as duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages to show that you are eligible to collect compensation.
Types of Compensation You Could Recover
Once you show that you are eligible to recover compensation after your car accident, there are certain types that you might be able to file for such as:
- Lost Wages: Recovering from an accident may take time. Missing work may be required, especially if you have to stay in a hospital or have surgery.
- Future Wages: If the accident was severe and you were seriously injured, then you may not be able to return to your past job and would not continue to earn the same salary.
- Medical Bills: While your insurance company may cover parts of your hospital stay or surgery costs, they may not cover it all, leaving you with medical debt.
- Future Medical Costs: Staying in a long-term rehab facility, going to physical therapy appointments, and other future medical costs will add up and you should be compensated for those.
- Pain and Suffering: You cannot place a full monetary value on the mental or emotional damage that a car crash can create, but these non-economic awards can help you receive the treatment you need to heal.
- Wrongful Death: If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you can file for wrongful death costs such as the funeral, burial, loss of financial support, and more. You have two years to file a wrongful death claim, under N.C.G.S. §1.53.
Start on Your Car Accident Case Today
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, we can help you with your case and represent you throughout the legal process. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in this state and you need legal assistance, we offer no-obligation, free initial consultations with a member of our legal team. Call us today at (800) 223-5115 to learn more so we can connect you with a North Carolina car accident lawyer from our legal team as soon as possible.