Being involved in a car accident is a confusing, scary, and painful experience. It can be difficult to know what to do or who to talk to after an accident, and after the bills start to pile up for the victim one of the most common questions we hear asked is whether there is a claim for compensation?
The experienced car accident lawyers at Dawson & Albritton have extensive knowledge about car accident lawsuits and are here to help you navigate the complex legal process of collecting compensation for the harm you suffered at the hands of another driver on the road.
Common Types of Car Accidents
There are many types of car accidents that can cause injuries to victims.
Rear End Crashes
One of the most common types of car accident is a rear end crash. This happens when the driver of another vehicle behind you is not paying attention and runs into the back of your vehicle. Rear end accidents happen because of distracted driving, such as checking a cell phone, or fatigue. Driving under the influence also causes a number of rear end accidents because the driver lacks the response capabilities to stop in time.
Front End Accidents
Another common type of car accident is a front end accident. This is unfortunately the most fatal type of car accident, given the amount of force that typically comes with a front end collision.
This type of accident occurs when one driver runs the front end into the front end of another vehicle. Front end accidents can happen for a number of reasons, including mechanical failure, drowsy driving, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and more.
Side collisions are a third type of common car accident in North Carolina that happens most often at intersections. This type of accident occurs when one vehicle improperly enters the intersection when they do not have the stoplight or the right of way. Side collisions can happen when a car runs a red light or makes a turn without checking for oncoming traffic.
This type of accident can cause significant injuries to the victim, especially if they are impacted on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
An experienced car accident lawyer can review the facts of your case and explain how the type of car accident may affect your claims.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit
The statute of limitations refers to the amount of time that a victim has to file a lawsuit for compensation of their injuries before the court bars the case.
In North Carolina, the victim of a car accident has three years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit for personal and property damages. If the car accident resulted in the death of the victim, the family of the deceased has two years from the date of death to file a lawsuit for wrongful death damages before the statute of limitations expires.
Once the statute of limitations runs out on a lawsuit, the judge can throw out the case and completely bar a victim from even attempting to collect damages for their claim.
Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
North Carolina is one of the few states that still operates under a pure contributory fault standard when determining compensation for car accident claims.
Under contributory fault, a car accident victim is completely barred from recovering compensation for their claims if it is found that the victim is even one percent responsible for the accident. The driver of the other vehicle must be found one hundred percent at fault in order to collect compensation for a car accident claim.
However, if the other driver is found fully at fault, the victim in a car accident lawsuit can collect both economic and noneconomic damages for the injuries caused by the accident.
Economic damages include present and future medical expenses, lost wages, lost future income and benefits, and any property damage caused by the accident. Noneconomic damages include compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, disability, and the loss of enjoyment of life.
How Can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
A personal injury attorney is critical to the success of a car accident claim, especially considering the stringent rules of pure contributory negligence.
First and foremost, a personal injury attorney can handle your case so that you can focus on what is most important – your recovery. A lawyer eliminates the stress and confusion that comes with managing a legal case so you do not have to handle it along with all of the health and financial concerns that come after an accident.
Car accident lawyers also protect you from insurance companies looking to take advantage of you after the accident. Insurers will be crafting an argument to blame you at least in part for the accident within hours after the accident to bar compensation for your injuries and extremely limit settlement negotiations. Hiring a lawyer mandates insurance companies to go through the attorney with any requests for a statement about the facts of the accident or any settlement offers for damages.
An experienced car accident attorney can review the facts of your case and know the full value of your claims after an accident. They can handle the negotiations with insurers and make sure that you are not being offered a settlement that is worth far less than what you are owed.
If a proper settlement is not offered or fault is being disputed in the accident, a lawyer will take your case to trial. This involves all trial preparation, witness and evidence gathering, and crafting the best possible argument for your case.
Our office has a history of success in helping clients obtain compensation for their injuries
To illustrate, the following highlights a few of our verdicts:
- $50,000 to a retired man struck in the rear by a negligent driver;
- $95,000 to a woman T-boned by a company truck at an intersection; and
- $100,000 to a client who suffered orthopedic injuries being struck by a driver running a stop sign.
Furthermore, many of our clients have shown their appreciation for our services by writing testimonials, one of which is listed below:
“I would recommend Dawson & Albritton for your needs. I was involved in a motor vehicle accident 6 years ago and I tried to find a local attorney to handle my claim. It took me several years to finally find a law firm that would represent me. Dawson & Albritton took me on as client and assist me during this lengthy legal process. They were very knowledge and keep me informed. They treated me and my family like family during this process and was there also made this process smooth”- Eartha K. Heard
Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in the Greenville area the clock is ticking on the window to file a claim for damages. Call the office or contact us today at Dawson & Albritton to schedule a free review of your case with one of our skilled car accident attorneys.