An automobile accident is an overwhelming physical and emotional experience — something that you should not go through alone. The pain and suffering, loss of wages due to missed work, medical bills, and mental anguish that often accompany a crash only compound the situation and underscore the need for help.
Unfortunately, deadly car wrecks are an everyday occurrence in North Carolina. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that our state experienced 1,188 fatal car crashes in 2014, or about 3.25 every day of the year.
At Myers Law Firm, we represent the injured victims of negligent drivers in order to demand justice and compensation. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence in a car crash, we can advocate on your behalf with an aggressive and effective legal strategy that puts your needs first.
Property Damage and Bodily Injuries
When you are involved in a car wreck that is not your fault, you are entitled to receive compensation for damages, which fall into two main categories:
- The property damage portion of your claim consists of compensation for:
- The cost to repair your car, or the car’s fair market value if it is a total loss
- The loss of use of your car
- Any depreciation in the value of your car
Additionally, you can recover compensation for collision-related damage to other property, such as:
- Mobile phones or other devices
- Equipment and tools in the car
- Eyeglasses or other personal property items
- The bodily injury portion of your claim involves compensation for the injuries and associated losses caused by the car wreck. This includes compensation for:
- Past and expected future medical bills
- Losses in wages and future earnings capacity
- Prescription expenses
- Pain and suffering
The legal term “pain and suffering” is a broad concept that includes:
- Physical and mental injuries
- Past pain and expected future pain
- Anxiety and depression
- Inconveniences and negative changes to your lifestyle because of injuries — including not being able to do everyday activities, missing events such as family gatherings, and not being able to travel as normal
Why You Need an Attorney in North Carolina
North Carolina law follows a doctrine called “contributory negligence,” which holds that if a person is even 1 percent responsible for causing his or her own injuries, that person cannot legally recover compensation from others — even if the other parties acted in a negligent manner and bear 99 percent of the responsibility for the car crash and the resulting injuries.
Car insurance companies are well aware of this unfair rule and will not hesitate to take advantage of it by looking for any shred of evidence that could indicate you bear some degree of fault in the wreck.
Because of North Carolina’s contributory negligence rule, you should let an experienced personal injury attorney handle your car accident claim. Even if the opposing party claims you were partially at fault, Myers Law Firm can fight these allegations and use investigative techniques to find compelling evidence in your favor.
How We Help You After a Car Accident
Here is what the process of filing a claim will look like after you choose Myers Law Firm to advocate for you:
- The first step in the process is for us to meet with you and discuss your case. We will gather the necessary information from you, review the police report, and have you sign the required forms.
- Next, we will set up your claim with the other driver’s insurance company and conduct a thorough investigation into the collision. We will handle all communications with the insurance company throughout the process so you can focus on your recovery and getting back to a normal life.
- After you have recovered from your injuries or your injuries reach a stable point, we will collect all medical records and bills related to the collision and put them, along with evidence of any other losses, into a settlement package that we send to the insurance company.
- We then work through a negotiation process with the insurance company. If the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable settlement offer, we will file a lawsuit against the other driver.
Remember that the insurance company employs trained professionals whose job is to deny your claim or settle it for the smallest amount possible. Don’t give in to their tactics; let Myers Law Firm help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact Myers Law Firm If You’ve Been Injured
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, Myers Law Firm can help. We offer free initial consultations for all personal injury cases. At Myers Law Firm, we put the needs of our clients before any other concern, and we go out of our way to know the people we represent so that we can best serve their interests.
Keep in mind that North Carolina has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases, so waiting to contact us could take away your right to file a lawsuit and receive compensation.
To schedule your free consultation, please call our Charlotte office toll-free at 1-888-376-ATTY (2889) or fill out and submit our online contact form. We will follow up and get in touch with you as soon as possible.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. (2016, February). Fatality facts: State by state. (General statistics). Ruckersville, VA: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Retrieved from http://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/state-by-state-overview