After a car accident, it is important to understand your legal rights in the state where the accident took place. In North Carolina, fault rules apply to auto accidents. This means a car accident victim always has the right to make a claim against the driver responsible for causing the accident. The at-fault driver has to pay compensation, called damages, which are typically paid by his or her liability automobile insurance policy.
Compensation in car accident cases can be significant. The CDC reports car accident cost $1.5 billion in North Carolina each year, including $18 million in spending on medical expenses. Crash victims and their families know that the financial losses can be staggering and the emotional losses impossible to measure.
At Auger & Auger, our experienced North Carolina car accident attorneys know how much is at stake when you’ve been involved in a car wreck. We’ll put our combined 35 years of litigation experience to work to make sure you are fully compensated for all of your crash losses.
To recover compensation for car crash injuries from another driver, you have to show the other driver was at fault. When making your claim, consider whether the driver broke any safety rules. If so, that driver can be considered automatically liable for an accident that resulted from his or her violation.
A driver may also be considered at fault for an auto accident if he or she behaved more carelessly than any reasonable driver would have. Resolving the liability issues is essential to assessing whether you can make an auto accident claim.
An experienced North Carolina car accident lawyer at Auger & Auger can help you gather the evidence you need to prove who was to blame for your wreck. The sooner you contact us, the stronger the case we can build for you and the better your chances of getting the money you deserve. You should also learn what to do after a car accident so you can be prepared in case you are ever involved in a crash.
In North Carolina, it’s often not enough to prove that the other driver in the accident was at fault. According to state law, you need to also prove that your own negligence didn’t contribute to the accident. If it’s found that you made a mistake or failed to take a necessary action, even a small one, you may not recover damages from the other driver.
To obtain damages, you must prove that the other driver had a duty of care, they breached the duty, the breach led to injury, and the injury caused damages. Drivers have the basic duty of care to maintain control of their vehicle, pay attention, and follow the rules of the road. The key to recovering damages in a North Carolina court is to show that the other driver breached their duty of care and that it led directly to the accident.
The best thing you can do after an accident to help prove a breach of duty of care is to gather detailed evidence. This may include photographs and videos from the scene of the accident, statements from witnesses and drivers, police reports, medical bills, and more. If you need help collecting evidence and determining if it’s relevant to your case, your attorney can guide you through the process.
It’s mandatory in North Carolina for all drivers and passengers to wear their seat belts at all times. If passengers are under the age of 16, it is the driver’s responsibility to make sure seat belts are securely fastened. For passengers over 16 years old, citations for not wearing seat belts are given to the violators themselves.
However, if you weren’t wearing your seatbelt at the time of your accident and the other driver was at fault, you aren’t excluded from receiving damages. What’s important is what caused the crash to happen in the first place.
Airbags can cause significant damage to kids, especially if they’re not properly secured in a child’s car seat or booster seat. In North Carolina, children under 8 years old and under 80 pounds are required to use a child safety seat or booster seat. Regardless of whether you are found to be negligent, children riding with you at the time of the accident may be able to collect a settlement for medical bills or other damages incurred (such as emotional suffering).
Vehicle accidents can happen any time, anywhere and to anyone. Some of the most common types of vehicle accidents include:
Each different type of auto accident brings with it its own complications and risks. For example, chain reaction auto accidents involve multiple cars so it can be hard to determine which driver was to blame. Hit-and-runs can leave you without a defendant to make a claim against. You could be forced to seek coverage from your own uninsured/underinsured motorist protection, if your policy covers these types of damages. Truck accidents are also very different, as you can discover on our North Carolina truck accident resource page.
A North Carolina car accident lawyer at Auger & Auger will assist you in understanding the complexities of your case. We are always prepared to answer your NC auto accident FAQs and will keep you up-to-date on your case progress.
We will also sit down with you to review your situation at a free no-obligation consultation. We provide personal attention and dedicated representation throughout every step if we represent you.
The compensation in a car accident case varies depending upon how badly you are hurt. You should be able to recover damages to pay for:
You should also recover compensation for pain and suffering and emotional distress.
In tragic fatal car wrecks, wrongful death damages are also available to the family.
Damages can be obtained through negotiating a settlement with the insurer or in court. Insurance companies are never on your side and dealing with the insurance company can be very stressful. You should always have a North Carolina car accident attorney looking out for you and negotiating for you.
At Auger & Auger, our North Carolina car accident attorneys pride themselves on providing dedicated, personalized legal representation to clients in auto accident cases. Since 1995, we have built our firm on representing the rights of injured victims. We have recovered millions in damages for our clients and we will work to get you the money you deserve.
When you contact Auger & Auger, your case will be evaluated by one of our lawyers. Appointments can be scheduled for evenings or even weekends. If you are unable to come to one of our conveniently located offices, we can meet you at your doctor’s office, your job, or your home. Give us a call today to schedule your free consultation and to learn more about how we can help.