What to Do If You’re in a Car Accident in North Carolina

According to some car insurance industry experts, you should expect to be involved in a car accident at least once every 17 years. Often happening in the blink of an eye, car accidents can easily cause life-changing injuries and even death. 

Whether you’ve experienced minor scrapes and bruises, broken bones, hospital stays, or the loss of the support and companionship of a loved one, a skilled Charlotte auto accident lawyer may be your best resource in receiving the justice and compensation you deserve. 

Here at Weaver, Bennett & Bland, we’re proud to offer free consultations for personal injury cases – including those involving car accidents. At the very least, we can lift the stress of litigation from your shoulders, so you can concentrate on your recovery.

What should I do after a car crash in North Carolina?
Because they can occur so quickly, car accidents can leave victims in a state of confusion. If you’re unable to move, don’t try. Instead, wait for law enforcement and medical personnel to arrive, and follow their suggestions.

If you can move about, be proactive to protect your interests.

  1. Try to identify witnesses.
    Look around for people who may have witnessed the incident. Be sure to collect their contact information and their thoughts about what happened. If you have a smartphone, use the voice recorder app to make this easier.
  2. Photograph the scene.
    If this is not possible immediately after the incident, return later to photograph the scene from every angle.
  3. Be seen by your physician as soon as possible.
    Some car accident injuries take time to reveal themselves, but a qualified physician will know exactly what to look for. Also, your examination establishes a paper trail of evidence of your injuries, which can prove invaluable later in your personal injury case.
  4. Make a record of your thoughts before they fade.
    Our memories can fade over time, so take a moment and record your recollection of the event. Crucial elements include road conditions, the weather and statements and reactions of the at-fault driver.
  5. Secure the services of a Charlotte auto accident lawyer.
    Rather than selecting the first name from a Google search, take the time to interview several lawyers. Pay special attention to those unafraid of taking the case to court if no settlement is reached.

Should I speak with the person’s insurance company?
No. Although an insurance adjuster of the at-fault driver’s provider will almost surely contact you soon after the accident, refer them to your lawyer. 

The sole intention of the insurance adjuster is to settle your case as quickly – and cheaply – as possible.

The less you say to the adjuster, the better. Everything you tell them will be used to minimize your injuries. 

How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit in North Carolina?
All states have established time limits for taking legal action. Here in North Carolina, you have three years from the date of the car accident to file your personal injury case. 

The sooner you see a lawyer, the better because depositions and evidence collection often take time.

What types of compensation am I entitled to from a car accident?
Medical bills and lost wages can put you in a bind in a hurry. However, a skilled Charlotte auto accident lawyer can position you well to recover your expenses and then some. 

You will most likely be entitled to receive compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Property damages
  • Lost wages from inability to work
  • Prolonged pain and suffering

What happens if my loved one is injured in a car accident in North Carolina?
The legal term for someone whose spouse has either lost their life or been severely injured because of an accident caused by someone else is “loss of consortium.” 

Such cases are brought by the surviving spouse, children or parents of the victim, and should be considered in instances of life-changing injuries.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by someone else, schedule a free consultation with Weaver, Bennett & Bland.
The effects of being involved in a car accident can be devastating. That’s why it’s definitely in your best interest to leverage the skillset and expertise of the Charlotte auto accident lawyers of Weaver, Bennett & Bland work on your behalf to secure the justice and financial compensation you deserve. 

To schedule your free personal injury lawsuit consultation, call us at 704.844.1400, send us an email, or complete our online form.