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Car Accident Lawyer - Newton, 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."

- Van

"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!"

- Charles

"I was comfortable right away because they came by to talk to me here at home. They handled every bit of my paperwork and even handled phone calls I was getting. I didn’t have to worry about anything. I’d recommend them to everybody because I know they’ll treat you right."

- Helen

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident then consider a car wreck lawyer in Newton, NC that knows exactly how insurance companies work.

Your NC car accident lawyer at Northstate Auto Law worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years before he became an advocate for injured motorists. 

He knows the tricks that insurance companies use to deny your claim or to avoid paying the full value of your claim, and he knows how to use North Carolina law and the courts to make them pay what they owe.

You know that the other driver’s insurance should pay for all this, but will they?

When the other driver caused your car accident in North Carolina, their insurance company should pay your damages.

Instead, the insurance company is trying to get you to make statements that may hurt your case, telling you that liability is in question, and suggesting that you were not hurt as badly as you say you were… what now?

The insurance companies knows that you may not be aware of the damages you are entitled to, like:

  • Property damage,

  • Medical expenses including ER visits, ambulance bills, surgery costs, doctor’s bills, and medications,

  • Future medical expenses including long-term care when needed and the costs of future surgeries when needed,

  • Lost wages and loss of future earning potential,

  • Compensation for scarring or disfigurement,

  • Compensation for pain and suffering,

  • Mental anguish, emotional distress, and mental or emotional injuries like PTSD, and

  • Punitive damages when you can prove willful and wanton conduct.

The insurance company also knows that you may not understand the law of liability in North Carolina. For example, did you know that, if you admit any fault at all - even just 1% responsibility, you cannot recover any damages at all?

The insurance adjuster knows, and you can bet they will try to get you to make admissions if you give them that recorded statement they’ve been asking for.

This is where NC car wreck attorney Rodney Caudill can help.

Your Newton, NC car accident lawyer at Northstate Auto Law cares about your case, about justice for the people, and about serving the public.

Here’s what we’ll do.

When you call our  car accident law firm, we will:

  • Set up an initial consultation to meet you, learn about your case, and answer your questions. If you cannot make it to our office because you are hospitalized, we will come to you. 

  • Immediately begin gathering the evidence you will need to prove liability and damages to the insurance company and to a jury if the insurance company does not pay your valid claim.

  • Evaluate your case, research any legal issues that may arise, ensure that you have either 1) finished treating your injuries or 2) obtained an expert opinion on your future medical costs, and demand reasonable compensation from the insurance company. 

  • File a car accident lawsuit in North Carolina, litigate your case, and try your case to a jury if the insurance company refuses to pay full and fair compensation for your claim.

 

With our experience and knowledge of both auto accident law and how the insurance industry operates, you can rest assured that you're retaining a car accident lawyer in North Carolina who knows how to put your case together, negotiate with the insurance company, and litigate your case to get the best possible outcome under the facts of your case and North Carolina law.

The Catawba Car Wreck Lawyers at NorthState Auto Law have represented hundreds of people who have suffered due to the negligence of reckless drivers.

Your auto accident lawyer in Catawba, NC put his decades of experience in the insurance industry to work for our clients - helping hundreds of clients like you recover the maximum compensation that they are entitled to under NC law.



 

4 Things You Should Do After A Car Wreck in Hickory, NC

  1. Call law enforcement to report the accident, wait for them to arrive, and make sure that they have accurate information for their accident report. Although the report may not be admissible in court, the insurance adjuster, lawyers, and others will rely on the accident report for their first source of information about your collision.

  2. Gather information and evidence at the accident scene if possible - photos or video of the roadway, vehicles, and injuries. If you can, get contact information for any potential witnesses at the scene. 

  3. Get medical attention immediately - follow any recommendations made by EMS, ER doctors, or your personal doctors, and be on the lookout for signs of delayed onset injuries like internal bleeding, soft tissue injuries, spinal cord injuries, or TBI. 

  4. 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.

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Types of Auto Accidents We Routinely Handle

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrians Hit by Car
  • Uninsured / Underinsured 

The Most Common Question We Get Asked Is...

Do I Have a Valid Car Wreck Case?

How do you know if you have a valid auto injury case in NC?

If you can prove 1) negligence, 2) causation, and 3) damages, you have a valid case.  It’s like the legs of a three-legged stool - if just one is missing, the case fails just as the stool falls over.

1. Negligence

How do you prove negligence? 

Negligence is when: 1) a person has a duty of care to another person and 2) they breach their duty of care. Every driver has a duty of care to keep other motorists and pedestrians safe and to avoid causing harm. 

We can prove negligence through eyewitness testimony, your testimony, the observations of the responding officer, and any audio, video, or documentary evidence that is available in your case. 

 

When someone breaks a traffic law in North Carolina that is intended to keep the public safe like not stopping for a red light, not stopping for a stop sign, speeding, or following too closely, they are negligent per se.

2. Proximate Cause

It’s not enough to prove negligence - we must also prove that the other driver’s negligence was the reason for the accident and your injuries. 

 

In legal terms, this is called proximate cause. If, “but for” the other driver’s reckless speeding, the accident would not have happened, their negligence is the proximate cause of the accident and your injuries. 

3. Damages

 

You must also have damages - property damage, medical bills, lost wages, future medical expenses, emotional distress, and pain and suffering. Lawsuits are almost always about financial compensation - without damages, there is no lawsuit because the other driver does not owe you anything.  

 

You might even be entitled to punitive damages if you can prove by clear and convincing evidence that the other driver’s conduct was “willful and wanton.” 

 

Willful and wanton conduct is defined in North Carolina 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.” 

 

When you can prove 1) negligence, 2) causation, and 3) damages, you have a valid personal injury claim that the other driver’s insurance company is obligated to pay, and you can file a lawsuit to force them to pay when necessary. 

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