Car Wreck Lawyer ⋅ Lenoir, 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 Lenoir, NC that knows exactly how insurance companies work...

Because He Has Years of Experience in The Insurance Industry.

A car wreck can be a terrifying, traumatic, and sometimes tragic experience. You, your family members, or other passengers may have been severely injured in an auto accident that was clearly not your fault.

 

On top of that, your car may be totaled, you may be losing time from work, the medical bills are piling up and you fear you’re headed for financial ruin.


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

 

As you might imagine, the other driver's car insurance company may try to deny liability, refuse to pay altogether, or try to get you to sign a release and accept a low-ball settlement that leaves you financially strapped. 

 

Insurance companies know that when people are under mental, emotional and physical duress they often have the upper hand.

 

That’s why it’s important to be extremely mindful given your situation because you don’t want to settle for less compensation than 1.) you deserve and 2.) you’re entitled to.

 

The truth is, you just want fair compensation so you can recover mentally, emotionally, physically, financially so you can get on with your life.

This is where car wreck attorney Rodney Caudill can help.

You see, prior to becoming an attorney Rodney Caudill worked in the insurance industry for more than 20 years. Because of his passion for justice and an ever growing desire to serve the public in a more heartfelt way, he decided to become an attorney and focus on helping people just like you, who’ve been injured due to the negligence of careless drivers. 

 

Simply put, Northstate Auto Law knows how to handle the insurance companies and get you the compensation you deserve!

 

 

Here’s what we’ll do.

 

We will investigate your car accident, gather the evidence required to prove liability and damages, and demand full and fair compensation.

 

And with our combined knowledge of both law and the insurance industry you can feel confident that you’re retaining a car wreck lawyer that knows how to negotiate in such a way to get you the best possible outcome given your situation.  

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

Although we’re a small firm your case will never “fall through the cracks” - our car wreck lawyer Rodney Caudill will diligently work on your case to protect you and get the maximum possible recovery based on the facts of your case.

The bottom line is...We only get paid if you get paid - our fees are on a contingent basis.

When we accept your case, it’s because we firmly believe you have a valid claim and we can get you full and fair compensation for your injuries.

Not to mention, if you’re currently injured and unable to meet with our car wreck attorney in our office, we’ll come to you. We make it as easy as possible to help you get the maximum possible compensation you deserve.

In fact, while many car wreck law firms require clients to hassle with providing their medical records, billing statements and insurance correspondence and more, that’s not the case with us.

With Northstate Auto Law, you can sit back and relax while we reach out and request all necessary documents required to build an effective case.

As you can see, we do all of the heavy lifting so you can focus on what matters most--complete recovery.

Things You Should Do After A Car Wreck in Lenoir, NC

  1. Report the accident immediately and wait for law enforcement to arrive. Make sure that the responding officer has accurate details about how the wreck happened, because the insurance company and attorneys will rely on his or her report in their initial evaluation of your case.

  2. Call an experienced car accident law firm in Lenoir immediately, and, when the other driver’s insurance company calls you to ask for a recorded statement or to get you to sign a release, tell them to call your attorney. We know the damages that you are entitled to, we know how the insurance industry works, and we know how to handle the insurance company for you.

  3. When you can do so safely, gather evidence at the scene that you can later provide to your attorney - photos of the vehicles, photos of the accident site and roadway, and photos of any injuries. 

  4. When you can do so safely, get the names and contact information for any witnesses at the scene. The responding officer should do this, but they often don’t and it may be impossible to identify and track down witnesses after they have left. 

  5. Get medical attention immediately - let EMS check you out, go to the hospital if they recommend it, and follow up on any doctor’s recommendations. You must document all injuries, and some injuries, like spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, and soft tissue injuries, may be overlooked at the accident scene and can worsen quickly.

What We Will 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:

 

  1. Assess and evaluate your case to ensure you have a valid claim in North Carolina.

  2. Negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you receive a fair settlement.

  3. Immediately seek medical coverage so you can get proper treatment for your injuries.

  4. Handle all of the paperwork so that you can focus on what matters the most--rest and recovery.

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TYPES OF AUTO ACCIDENTS WE ROUTINELY HANDLE

  • Car Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Pedestrian Hit By Car
  • Insured / Underinsured

THE MOST COMMON QUESTION WE GET ASKED IS....

DO I HAVE A VALID CAR WRECK 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. 

1. Negligence

A driver is negligent when: 1) they had a duty of care and 2) they breached that duty of care

A “duty of care” is a person’s responsibility to prevent harm to others. One example of a “duty of care” is each person’s responsibility to drive safely, to follow NC traffic laws, and to not hurt other motorists or pedestrians. 

 

How do we prove that a person breached their duty of care? If a driver doesn’t look before turning, if they blow through a stop sign, if they are speeding, or if they violate any NC traffic laws that are intended to keep the public safe, they have breached their duty of care and they are negligent.

2. Causation

Negligence is only half the story - after proving that the other driver was negligent, we must also show that their negligence was the proximate cause of your damages. 

 

The courts will use the “but for” test to determine whether a driver’s negligence was the proximate cause of your injuries. If, but for the defendant’s negligence in driving the wrong way down a one-way street, the wreck wouldn’t have happened, their negligence is the proximate cause of the accident and your injuries. 

 

For example, if a driver fails to look both ways before turning into an intersection where you are walking on the crosswalk, you safely move out of the way, but then a second driver hits you in the roadway, the second driver’s negligence may be the proximate cause of your injuries and not the first driver’s negligence. 


On the other hand, if the first driver’s vehicle hits you in the roadway, their negligence in failing to keep a proper lookout is the proximate cause of the crash and your resulting injuries. But for their failure to look, the accident wouldn’t have happened.

Or, if jumping out of the first driver’s way causes you to land in the second driver’s path, the negligence of the first driver and possibly the second driver were the proximate cause of your injuries. But for the first driver’s failure to look, you would not have ended up getting hit by the second car.

3. Damages

Damages, like property damage, medical bills, lost wages, future medical expenses, and pain and suffering, are also a required part of any car accident case. If there are no damages, there is no car accident case.

 

Punitive damages are sometimes available in car accident cases. Punitive damages require proof by clear and convincing evidence of “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.

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