What To Know About Rear-End Car Accidents In North Carolina
This page will cover:
- Common injuries in rear-end car accidents
- Seeking compensation and legal representation after a car crash
- Handling medical bills and insurance settlements after a car wreck
You can rely on me, attorney Rodney Caudill at Northstate Auto Law in Wilkesboro, for further information about any kind of car crash case.
What Are The Most Common Injuries In A Rear-End Car Wreck?
In rear-end car crashes, the most common injuries you may experience include upper back and neck strain, as well as lower back injuries.
How Does Whiplash Occur In A Rear-End Collision?
Whiplash occurs when your body moves forward rapidly, causing your head to snap back. As your body moves back, your head snaps forward. This counteraction between the body and the head results in an injury commonly referred to as whiplash.
Can I Still Recover Damages In A Rear-End Car Crash If I Didn’t Immediately Feel Any Pain Or Symptoms?
Yes, you can still recover damages from a crash if you didn’t immediately feel pain or symptoms. There is no requirement to seek medical treatment immediately after a crash. However, it is beneficial for both your health and your case to seek medical attention as soon as possible.
What Kind Of Compensation Can I Receive For My Rear-End Car Accident Injuries?
In North Carolina, you may seek compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Please note that these compensations are not guaranteed.
Do I Need An Attorney For My Rear-End Car Crash?
Whether or not you’ll need an attorney depends on the nature of the crash. For minor accidents, you may be able to settle on your own. However, if you suffered severe injuries requiring multiple doctor appointments or specialist care, it is wise to consult an attorney to determine if legal representation is necessary.
How Common Are Neck Injuries As A Result Of Car Wrecks?
Neck and upper back pain are very common consequences of rear-end collisions or other car crashes.
Can I Receive Compensation For My Neck Injuries From A Car Wreck?
Yes, if you can prove that your injury was a direct result of the car crash, you may be entitled to compensation.
If I Wasn’t Wearing A Seat Belt And Was Injured In A Crash Caused By Another Driver, Will This Hurt My Chances Of Financial Recovery?
In North Carolina, not wearing a seat belt does not prevent you from recovering damages. However, it may allow the other party to argue that you failed to mitigate your damages.
Is It Mandatory To Give The Insurance Company A Recorded Statement After The Car Crash?
If you have not suffered any injuries and do not plan on seeking medical treatment, providing a recorded statement is typical. However, if you are experiencing pain or have visited the emergency room, it is best to consult an attorney before giving any recorded statement.
Who Determines Who Is At Fault In A Car Crash?
In North Carolina, statutes and case law are used to determine fault in a car wreck. The facts of the crash are considered, and the law is applied to make the final determination.
How Do I Pay For My Medical Bills While I’m Waiting For My Car Crash Settlement? What Are My Options?
In North Carolina, medical bills are dealt with between the injured party and the medical provider. While the provider may not be obligated to wait for a settlement, most providers will work with your attorney to ensure payment from the settlement. Your health insurance provider may also work with your attorney to resolve outstanding payments.
What Should I Do If The Insurance Company Offers Me A Settlement?
If you have no bodily injury or pain, a settlement may be acceptable. However, if you are injured or believe you may require future medical treatment, consult an attorney before accepting any settlement.
Will I Be Able To Afford A Highly Experienced Attorney For My Case?
At Northstate Auto Law, my fees are based on contingency, meaning you do not pay until a settlement is reached. You are not expected to pay during the process; I get paid from the settlement proceeds. This means you don’t have to worry about whether or not you can afford an attorney – you can get the help you need to find the coverage you deserve.