• Personal Injury and Property Damage cases that have resulted from car accidents
• Bicycle Accident cases
• Injured Pedestrian cases
• Hit-and-run cases
If you or your family member have been seriously injured in a car accident, it is important to consider your potential rights to monetary compensation. As a car accident victim, you have legal rights that entitle you to compensation if you can establish that the accident was caused by the recklessness or negligence of another.
When injured in a North Carolina car accident, don’t go through it alone. Many victims of car accidents try to handle their personal injury claim on their own. This is a big mistake. Research shows that when an attorney handles a personal injury claim, they are able to receive a much better recovery for their damages from the insurance companies.
The attorneys at our law office will assist in obtaining the compensation needed for your medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish and property damage. We will walk you through every step of this process and ensure the best possible outcome!
Steps to Take Following an Auto Accident
Despite taking all the necessary precautions, you cannot always avoid car accidents or prevent other drivers from making errors on the road.
North Carolina law requires that drivers of vehicles involved in an accident resulting in personal injury, death or property damage to immediately stop their vehicles at the scene of the accident or collision, avoid obstructing traffic more than is necessary, and to immediately return to or remain at the scene of the accident until a law enforcement officer completes investigation or authorizes them to leave. You may leave temporarily to get medical help or call an officer, but you must return if you can as soon as possible.
If someone is seriously injured, immediately call for medical assistance. Make the injured person comfortable but do not move the person unless you know what you are doing.
North Carolina law requires that drivers of vehicles involved in accidents resulting in personal injury, death or property damages, shall immediately give notice to the local police department or, if outside city limits, to the nearest office of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, sheriff’s department or rural police.
Obtain the names, phone numbers and addresses of any and all witnesses who might have some information about the accident. Attempt to get from these witnesses statements as to what happened.
Take pictures of the accident scene, your vehicle, and your injuries if possible
Any statement you make, written or oral, about the accident may be used against you. You are not required to admit fault or liability.
Obtain the other driver’s name, phone number, address, driver’s license number and the registration number on the vehicle. It is suggested you request to see the other driver’s license. North Carolina requires both of you to give this information to each other. It is recommended, but not required, that all parties to an accident exchange information identifying their insurance company and policy number.
Report the accident to your car insurance provider. Inform your insurance company of any injury/medical condition and of your medical bills.
If you have any question about the parties' rights, responsibilities, insurance coverage, liability or court proceedings following an accident, you should consult an attorney.
Unfortunately, insurance companies are in business to make money. They do not have your best interest at heart. Before accepting an insurance settlement offer after a personal injury accident, contact the Law Office of Maryana Yavdyk. We will provide a free consultation and advise you on the best course of action so that you can get the compensation you deserve.
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