A Personal Injury Lawyer You Can Rely On
I’m attorney Rodney Caudill at Northstate Auto Law. Based in Wilkesboro, I handle all auto accident cases across northwest North Carolina.
After enduring a car crash, you need an advocate. My firm provides services to individuals who have suffered from all sorts of traffic collisions. My primary focus includes the following:
- Car wrecks
- Truck wrecks
- Motorcycle wrecks
- Pedestrian accidents
- Crashes involving underinsured or uninsured motorists
Car crashes often lead to significant injuries, medical bills and missed work. While insurance may cover some costs, it is not uncommon to find that these companies are not on your side and do not pay unless they are legally obligated.
When you consult me after a car wreck, I investigate the situation to determine liability. Then, I gather your medical records and other liability evidence to communicate with the insurance companies on your behalf. After providing corroborating documentation, I demand fair compensation for your recovery.
Unlike car wrecks, truck wrecks involve several insured parties. These cases entail dealing with multiple insurance companies and obtaining specific vehicle information, such as the driver’s log.
Truck wrecks also differ from car wrecks because they typically cause more damage. The size and weight of trucks make other drivers more likely to suffer extensive injuries in a collision.
I understand the intricacies of these collisions, which is how I will strategize so that you do not have to pay any medical expenses out of pocket.
Motorcyclists are vulnerable on the road, often due to the negligence of other drivers. You deserve proper compensation if you suffered an injury while riding a motorcycle. These crashes frequently occur on account of the following:
- Distracted drivers
- Drunk drivers
- Unsafe driving practices, such as following too closely
- Failure to check blind spots
- Weather conditions
- Unsatisfactory vehicle maintenance
You may be entitled to recovery for present and future medical expenses and wages, disability, property damage and other costs.
While you are recuperating, my firm will coordinate an investigation, determine fault and financial accountability, assess the possible recovery options, communicate with insurance and collect evidence to build your claim.
Unfortunately, pedestrians have faced life-altering, vehicle-induced injuries while simply walking. If you are injured by a vehicle as a pedestrian, you are eligible for financial recovery. Your settlement will depend on various factors of the accident, such as:
- The type of injuries you sustained
- The severity of the injuries
- Your overall physical outlook
- Your ability to work
- What you did to tend to your wounds
- Who was at fault
- The overall cost of the incident
- And other variables
My goal is to hold the driver accountable so that you will receive total compensation for the damages caused by their negligence, which I can achieve through aggressive and knowledgeable legal advocacy.
Crashes Involving Underinsured Or Uninsured Motorists
North Carolina requires all drivers to have uninsured motorist coverage of $30,000, so any driver who endures a wreck with an underinsured or uninsured motorist can receive up to that minimum amount in collision damages. If the underinsured or uninsured motorist is at fault, Northstate Auto Law can work with you and navigate the insurance and legal processes to begin your recovery.
What Is The Personal Injury Statute Of Limitations In North Carolina?
The statute of limitations controls how long you have to file a personal injury claim before you lose the right to do so forever. Broadly speaking, injury victims in North Carolina have three years from the date of their injury to file a claim.
There are some exceptions to this rule. If you were a minor at the time of your injury, for example, you generally have until you are 21 years of age (three years from the point you reach adulthood) to file a claim. The “clock” on the statute of limitations may also be tolled (paused) when the injury victim is incapacitated in some way until they are no longer so.
It is important to note that there are additional exceptions that may apply in specific circumstances, which is why it is wise to act quickly and seek the guidance of an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
Are There Personal Injury Caps In North Carolina?
In North Carolina, the money that you can obtain via a personal injury claim, or “damages,” can be either compensatory or punitive.
Compensatory damages are divided into both economic and noneconomic categories. Economic damages represent direct financial losses you have suffered that are somehow related to your injuries. They can include things like the damage to your property, your medical bills and your lost wages. Noneconomic damages are harder to quantify because they lack a specific monetary value, but this includes things like your pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Punitive damages are more complicated. They are designed solely to punish the defendant’s bad behavior (and discourage others from doing the same things). Except for drunk driving accidents and a few other situations, North Carolina caps punitive damages at three times the amount of your compensatory damages or $250,000 (whichever is more).
Let Me Help You Get Full Compensation
I can provide guidance on:
- Mapping out the personal injury recovery process in North Carolina
- Getting the right legal representation
- Damages, settlements and the truth about trials
- How to handle contact with the at-fault party’s insurance
- What you need to know about getting medical treatment
- Understanding the impact of liability