Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents
What types of damages can I receive for my car accident claim?
Depending on the case, you may be able to receive money for different damages or injuries caused by a car accident. This may include economic and non-economic damages, including: medical expenses, future medical care or treatment, damage to your vehicle, personal property damage, lost wages, future loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and psychological trauma. To find out about your particular claim, we recommend talking to a Raleigh car accident lawyer at our law offices. We represent clients throughout North Carolina and have offices in Raleigh.
Can I handle my claim without an attorney?
Yes, in some situations, you don’t need an attorney. If you are not seriously hurt and your medical expenses are low, you are probably ok handling the claim on your own. However, you should still give us a call to run your situation by us, We will let you know if you don’t need us and offer some tips on handling the claim on your own.
What if I was partially at fault in the accident?
In North Carolina, due to contributory negligence, if it is determined that you are even partially responsible for causing a car accident you may lose your right to seek financial compensation from the other party involved in the accident. Even if the other driver was 99% at fault and you only contributed to causing the accident by 1%, you may still lose your right to damages. This is one of many reasons we find it so important to involve a car accident lawyer to help with your case. Proving that you were not at fault is crucial if you are to hold the other driver responsible. Our Firm has a team of experienced investigators who will visit the scene of the accident and collect time sensitive evidence. This is critical.
Can an attorney help with my insurance claim?
Yes. An attorney can help you file your insurance claim after a car accident in Raleigh, Greenville or anywhere else in North Carolina. An attorney can also help you in negotiating with the insurance company to resolve your claim and secure a fair settlement on your behalf. Sometimes insurance companies may offer an unreasonably low settlement or may try to wrongfully deny or delay payment of a claim, and having a lawyer to protect your rights can help you avoid this. However, not all claims need attorney involvement. If the claim is minor you may be able to handle on your own, you can still call us for a free consultation to go over your rights.
What types of car accident cases does your firm handle?
Our car accident attorneys represent clients in all types of car accident cases throughout Raleigh, Kinston, New Bern, Greenville and the surrounding areas. This includes car accidents involving motorcycles, pedestrians, trucks and bicycles, as well as vehicle rollovers, head-on collisions, rear-end accidents and side impact crashes.
What will it cost to work with The Whitley Law Firm?
Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis for car accident cases, meaning you pay nothing unless we are successful in securing a settlement or jury award on your behalf. Our fee is never more than the client receives.
When should I contact a lawyer about my case?
We recommend contacting a lawyer as soon as possible after a car accident. To help ensure that your claim is properly handled and your interests protected in this difficult time, it is helpful to have a legal professional at your side from the very beginning.