Car Accident Lawyer ⋅ Statesville, 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!"
"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."
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Consider a car wreck lawyer who draws upon years of experience in the insurance industry to help get you the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been in a car wreck, you already know that the experience can be terrifying, painful, and even traumatic. It’s also inconvenient, costly, and can leave you in a financial bind.
And, you may have been left seriously injured, without a vehicle to drive, and owing thousands of dollars to the hospital, EMS, doctors, and auto repair shops.
What’s worse is, even though the other driver was clearly at fault, their insurance company will try to take advantage of you, deny your claim, or try to get you to accept much less money than you are entitled to.
Although this may be tempting, DO NOT SETTLE for less compensation than you deserve.
While you are recovering from your injuries and returning to a normal way of life, a car accident law firm like NorthState Auto Law can immediately get to work building your case.
Here’s what we’ll do.
We’ll cut through the red tape, investigate your car accident, gather the evidence required to make your claim, and then demand full and fair compensation from the insurance company.
By leveraging our experience in the insurance industry combined with our legal knowledge you can rest assured that we’ll do everything within our legal rights to get you the most compensation given your situation and the circumstances surrounding your case.
The Statesville Car Wreck Lawyers at NorthState Auto Law have represented hundreds of people who have suffered due to the negligence of reckless drivers.
Now you may be thinking that your case is too small, insignificant or too minor for our car accident law firm to consider?
While it’s true that many car accident law firms won’t take on small cases, our attitude is if it’s significant to you, it’s significant to us.
Although we’re a small firm, our car wreck lawyer Rodney Caudill is persistent and works diligently on each and every case to ensure you (the client) get the best protection available.
You might be wondering...what will this cost me?
We take cases on a contingency basis, which means that if we don’t win, we don’t get paid. When we take on your case, it’s because we’re confident that we can get you the best possible outcome - full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Not to mention, if you’re currently injured and unable to meet with our car wreck lawyer in our office, we will come to you. We make it as easy as possible to help you get the maximum possible compensation you deserve.
5 Things You Should Do After A Car Wreck in Statesville, NC
Call law enforcement and report the car accident. Do not leave the scene of the accident, do not accept an offer of cash from the other driver at the scene, and make sure that the responding officer has the facts about how the car wreck happened. Although the accident report may not be admissible in court, it will be a primary source of information for the insurance adjuster, the attorneys, and the officer if he or she needs to testify in court.
Do not attempt to deal with the other driver’s insurance company on your own. Talk to an experienced car wreck lawyer in Statesville immediately - the insurance company will attempt to take advantage of you and will deny or limit your claim. Your car accident attorney knows the damages you are entitled to and how to handle the insurance company.
If you can do it safely, take photographs of the damage to both vehicles, the roadway where the wreck happened, and your own injuries or the injuries of passengers in your car.
If you can do it safely, write down the names and contact information for all witnesses to the crash - although the responding officer should do this, they often don’t and it may be impossible to track down the witnesses if you need them later in the case.
Get checked out by EMS immediately, follow their recommendations even if it means riding to the hospital in an ambulance, and follow up on all doctor’s recommendations. You need to document all injuries and you need to be sure there are no “delayed onset” injuries, like spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, or soft tissue injuries.
HOW CAR WRECK CASES WORK
While there are many complexities involved in an auto accident case, to keep it simple we’ve broken it down into four (4) actionable steps.
Our car accident lawyer will:
Assess and evaluate your case to ensure you have a valid claim in North Carolina.
Negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
Immediately seek medical coverage so you can get proper treatment for your injuries.
Handle all of the paperwork so that you can focus on what matters the most--rest and recovery.
AUTO ACCIDENT CASES WE ROUTINELY HANDLE
Tractor trailer accidents
Pedestrians Hit by Car
Insured / Underinsured
THE MOST COMMON QUESTION WE GET ASKED IS....
DO I HAVE A VALID AUTO ACCIDENT CASE?
In order to have a valid auto injury case in North Carolina, we will need to prove 1) negligence, 2) causation, and 3) damages. If any of these elements cannot be proven, the claim will fail.
To show that the other driver was negligent, we must prove that they 1) had a duty of care and 2) that they breached that duty of care.
“Duty of care” means that a person has a responsibility to prevent harm to others, whether that harm is caused by the person’s action or inaction. For example, every driver on the highway has a duty of care to drive safely and not hurt other drivers or pedestrians.
When a driver doesn’t keep a proper lookout, runs a red light, exceeds the speed limit, or violates any NC traffic laws that are designed to keep motorists safe, they have breached their duty of care and they are negligent.
It’s not enough to just prove negligence - we must also show that the accident was the proximate cause of your damages.
One way to show proximate cause is the “but for” test. If, but for the defendant’s negligence in running the red light, the accident wouldn’t have happened, their negligence is the proximate cause of the accident and your injuries.
For example, if a driver runs a red light, you swerve and avoid the crash, and then a dog runs out in front of you and you swerve to miss it, crashing into a light pole, the driver was not the proximate cause of the car accident or your damages. Although the other driver was negligent, their negligence did not cause your accident. The dog running out in front of your car was the proximate cause of the accident.
On the other hand, if a driver fails to look before making a left turn and pulls out in front of your motorcycle, their negligence in failing to keep a proper lookout is the proximate cause of the motorcycle crash and the resulting damages. But for their failure to look, the accident wouldn’t have happened.
You must also prove that you have suffered damages as a result of the accident. Damages include things like property damage, medical bills, lost wages, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Punitive damages can also be awarded in NC when we can prove, by clear and convincing evidence, “willful and wanton conduct,” which is defined 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 these three elements can be proven, then you have a valid personal injury claim in North Carolina. The other driver - or their insurance company - are obligated to pay full and fair compensation for your injuries, and, if they don’t, a jury can force them to pay.