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At the Whitley Law Firm, we understand that being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience, possibly leading to serious injuries, mounting medical bills, extensive damage to your vehicle, and even the inability to work or enjoy time with your family. Car accident claims can be complex and involve numerous parties, from the other driver to insurance agents to defense attorneys. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident caused by another driver or person, our Raleigh car accident lawyers can help protect your rights and seek the compensation you need and deserve.
A person can recover damages for their vehicle, medical expenses, and economic loss including missed time from work or missed business opportunities. They can also recover non-economic damages, which are pain and suffering damages. If they are hit by a drunk driver, they may be entitled to further damages.
The drivers involved in a car accident are most typically responsible for the damages caused, with the at-fault party and their insurer owing compensation to the other party. The at-fault part is likely the person who caused the accident. When a motorist has acted especially negligently or recklessly and has broken the law, he or she may also be held personally responsible.
If your accident involved an uninsured or underinsured driver, your own insurer may have a duty to cover your costs, depending on the terms of your policy. Your car accident lawyer in Raleigh can negotiate with both your own insurer and that of the other party.
If an accident involves a commercial driver or large truck, the parent company may bear liability, in addition to the insurer and the driver himself.
While there are limits to when a government body may be sued, your Raleigh car accident attorney can analyze the circumstances that led to your injuries and determine which parties may be liable and how to proceed.
Here is an idea of the kinds of insurance-related issues you may run into after a car accident.
An attorney can first determine what damages a person may be entitled to and then ensure that they recover all of them. Oftentimes, people who handle car accident cases on their own without an attorney miss certain damages that may be important to them and are allowed in their case.
Additionally, an attorney can retrieve all medical records and all medical bills. He or she can seek information from the individual’s employer to determine lost wage information and documents the individual’s pain and suffering damages by asking an individual to keep a journal so that they can understand the impact in that life based on the damages. In serious injuries that are life-altering, the attorney can find expert opinions about future medical care, economic loss, and any other damages that an individual may be entitled to when they have been seriously hurt.
Our car accident attorneys in Raleigh handle all types of vehicle accidents and related liability, including but not limited to:
It is important to consult an experienced Raleigh car accident attorney as soon as possible if you have been in a car accident. Your car accident lawyer can advise you regarding obtaining and preserving evidence of the crash, including photos of the scene, witness statements, police reports, and road and weather conditions. Here are some general tips on what to do after an accident.
If you are injured or believe you may be injured, it is best to seek medical treatment immediately to obtain necessary care and to create records of your condition following the accident.
Because North Carolina is one of only a few states that still operates under the so-called contributory negligence rule – which completely bars victims who have contributed even a small portion to causing the accident from receiving compensation – your Raleigh car accident attorney will want to immediately begin investigating in order to counter any accusations that may prevent you from recovering the compensation you deserve.
As a personal injury law firm in North Carolina, the attorneys at Whitley Law Firm have helped many clients deal with traumatizing repercussions of getting into an accident with a person driving while distracted. With the abundance and advancement of mobile technologies, it is now easier than ever to become distracted while driving. Although people may believe that checking their phones while driving only momentarily diverts their attention from the road, the reality is, even a moment’s distraction can lead to disastrous consequences, especially at high speeds.
In recognition of the dangers of driving while distracted and in hopes of raising awareness about the issue, Whitley Law Firm launched our inaugural scholarship program.
This year’s scholarship deadline has passed and we are no longer accepting applications. To read about this year’s winner, please visit our scholarship award winner’s page. For more information regarding the 2018 scholarship opportunity, please check back soon.
Title: Professional and Efficient
By: Meg H
After being rear ended and injured by a drunk driver, I was still unsure about pursuing legal assistance. I was injured and assumed the insurance company would take care of my bills without any issues. I soon learned how wrong I was as my bills quickly became a burden on me. I was relieved when I contacted Whitley Law Firm and they assured me they would help me. They took all the worry off of me which allowed me to focus on getting better and living my life. I am so grateful for their professional and efficient work, I don't know that I can ever express it. Communication was easy and I always felt like my case was the most important one they were handling. While I hope to never need their services again, I would recommend them to any one needing legal assistance.