Car Accident Lawyer - Hickory, NC
"They were always punctual and told me to call them any time I needed help or just had a question. They were always there when I needed them. I’m very pleased with how they represented me and how they treated me."
"Rodney and Christy at Northstate were the most honest, upfront people. They really stayed on top of my case. Anytime I had questions, they had answers…every time. I promise you, without a doubt, they were a huge help to me. I could not have asked for a better experience. They are good people…that’s the real story about them!"
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If you’ve been injured in a car accident then consider a car wreck lawyer in Hickory, NC that knows exactly how insurance companies work...
Because He Has Years of Experience in The Insurance Industry.
At Northstate Auto Law, we understand that a car wreck can turn a person’s life upside down. At best, you may be recovering from injuries as you lose time from your job and the bills pile up. At worst, car wrecks can result in unspeakable tragedy.
When your troubles are caused by another driver’s negligence, they, or their insurance company, are liable for all damages that they caused, including your current and future medical costs, pain and suffering, property damage, wrongful death damages, and other expenses that were caused by the car accident.
You know that the other driver’s insurance should pay for all this, but will they?
We all pay for car insurance, just in case something like this happens - in most cases, when the other driver caused your car accident, their insurance company is on the hook to pay their damages.
But will they?
Insurance companies are in business to make money, and they make money by 1) taking in premiums and 2) not paying claims (or paying as little as possible). The other driver’s insurance company may attempt to contact you soon after the car wreck and ask you to give a recorded statement.
Why do they want a statement? It’s not “so they can pay your claim,” as they might say. They are attempting to get you to make statements that will allow them to deny your claim or that will limit the amount of damages they will have to pay in your settlement.
Did you know that, if you are even 1% at fault in a car accident in NC, you cannot recover any damages? The insurance company knows.
This is where car wreck attorney Rodney Caudill can help.
Your Hickory, NC car accident lawyer at Northstate Auto Law cares about your case, about justice for the people, and about serving the public.
You see, Rodney Caudill worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years before he became an attorney focused on helping injured people like you.
Northstate Auto Law knows how to handle insurance companies, knows the tricks that they use to avoid paying injured drivers, and has the experience that you need to get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to under NC law and the facts of your case.
Here’s what we’ll do.
When you call our Hickory, NC car accident law firm, we will meet with you to learn about your case, get to know you, and answer your questions.
We will investigate your car wreck, ensure you get any necessary medical care, and put together the evidence that we will need to prove both liability and your damages.
We will demand full and fair compensation from the insurance companies, and do everything legally and ethically within our power to get you the compensation that you are entitled to.
With our experience and knowledge of both NC auto accident law and how the insurance industry operates, you can rest assured that you're retaining a car accident lawyer who knows how to put your case together, negotiate with the insurance company, and litigate your case to get the best possible outcome given your situation.
The Hickory Car Wreck Lawyers at NorthState Auto Law have represented hundreds of people who have suffered due to the negligence of reckless drivers.
We are a small car accident law firm with offices in Hickory, NC - your case will never “fall through the cracks.” Your Hickory car accident lawyer Rodney Caudill will work hard to hold the negligent driver accountable and to get the maximum recovery possible for you under NC law.
The bottom line is...We only get paid if you get paid - our fees are on a contingent basis.
If we accept your case, it is because we believe we can win your case and get full and fair compensation for you - you do not pay any attorney fees unless we recover damages on your behalf.
What else will we do for our clients?
Your car accident attorney in Hickory will make it as easy as possible for you to get compensated for your injuries and other damages after your car accident:
If you are hospitalized or homebound because of your injuries, we will come to you to met with you and answer your questions,
We will investigate your car accident and help you to determine liability,
We will get your medical records, billing statements, and other needed documents for you,
We will gather all evidence and documentation you need to present your case to the insurance company (or to a jury), and
We will demand full and fair compensation from the insurance company on your behalf.
Your auto accident lawyer in Hickory, NC, will do the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on what matters most - rest, recovery, family, getting back to your job, and getting back to your life.
Things You Should Do After A Car Wreck in Hickory, NC
Ensure that the responding officer has all the facts to put in their accident report. Although it is not admissible in court, the accident report is often the first source of information for insurance adjusters, attorneys, and court personnel.
Get an experienced Hickory, NC car accident law firm on your side immediately. We will communicate with the insurance company for you, handle the paperwork, and send your demand letter once you have finished treating your injuries. Do not give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company until you have met with your car accident lawyer.
Take photos or have a passenger take photos of the accident location if it’s possible to do so safely. Photos or video of the damage to the vehicles, any injuries to anyone on the scene, the location of the vehicles in the roadway, and the area where the car accident happened can be invaluable later in your case.
If you can, get the names and contact information for any potential witnesses at the accident scene. Although the police should do this, they often do not, and it may be impossible to find them later if you need their testimony.
Get medical attention - if EMS recommends an ambulance ride to the emergency room, take it. Follow any recommendations from the ER doctors and follow up on any doctors appointments or recommended treatments. Allow the doctors to be thorough - some injuries like spinal cord injuries, soft tissue injuries, internal bleeding, or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) may not be apparent at first.
What Will We Do For You?
While there are many complexities involved in a personal injury case, to keep it simple we’ve broken it down into four (4) actionable steps.
Our car wreck lawyer will:
Investigate, research, and evaluate your case to ensure you have a valid car wreck claim in NC.
Help you get medical attention if needed so your injuries are treated properly.
Handle all paperwork, medical records requests, and communications with the insurance companies so you can focus on what matters most - rest and recovery.
Negotiate with the insurance companies, demand full and fair compensation for your injuries, and litigate your case when necessary to get you paid.
Types of Auto Accidents We Routinely Handle
Pedestrians Hit by Car
Uninsured / Underinsured
The Most Common Question We Get Asked Is...
Do I Have a Valid Car Wreck Case?
A valid auto injury case in NC requires proof of: 1) negligence, 2) causation, and 3) damages. If just one of these is missing, the claim will fail just as a three-legged stool will fall over if one of its legs is missing.
What is negligence in a NC auto accident case? Negligence is when: 1) a person has a duty of care to another person and 2) they breach their duty of care.
Every driver on NC highways has a “duty of care” to drive safely, to follow NC traffic laws, and to avoid causing harm to other drivers on the road or pedestrians.
How do you prove that a person breached their duty of care? Through eyewitness testimony, your testimony, the observations of the responding officer, and any audio, video, or documentary evidence that is available in your case. If a person violates a NC traffic law that is intended to keep the public safe, they have breached their duty of care and they are negligent per se.
2. Proximate Cause
After we prove that the other driver was negligent, we must also prove that their negligence was the proximate cause of your damages.
One way to determine proximate cause is called the “but for” test. If, but for the defendant’s negligence in making a left turn without looking first, the wreck wouldn’t have happened, their negligence is the proximate cause of the accident and your injuries.
If the other driver was negligent, and their negligence caused a car accident, you must still prove damages - property damage, medical bills, lost wages, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering. If there are no damages, there is nothing to demand payment for and no reason to file a lawsuit.
In some cases, you may also be entitled to punitive damages if you can prove by clear and convincing evidence that the other driver was not just negligent, but that they engaged in “willful and wanton conduct.” Willful and wanton conduct is defined in NC law as “the conscious and intentional disregard of and indifference to the rights and safety of others, which the defendant knows or should know is reasonably likely to result in injury, damage, or other harm.”
If all three elements are present - negligence, causation, and damages, then you have a valid personal injury claim in North Carolina. The other driver is responsible for full and fair compensation for your injuries, and their insurance company must pay their settlement or verdict up to their policy limits.