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According to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV), 267,494 traffic crashes were reported in the state during one recent year. The accidents injured 130,137 people and killed 1,441 people.

As North Carolina continues to grow, car accidents will continue to be commonplace throughout the state. If you are involved in a car accident in North Carolina, your first step should always be to seek medical attention — even if you do not at first think that you were hurt. If you are able, it is also beneficial to take pictures of your crash scene and collect the information of any witnesses who saw the crash.

Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a car crash in North Carolina? You need to hire an experienced injury attorney to make sure that your injury claim is filed correctly and on time and help you seek the compensation you need and deserve.

Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., represents clients in Shelby, Rutherfordton, Lincolnton, Gastonia, and many other surrounding areas of North Carolina. Call us or fill out an online contact form to have our attorneys review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.

Most Common Types of Car Accidents in North Carolina

Every accident is different, and each crash will involve its own unique circumstances. Certain kinds of accidents, however, can be particularly common.

Some of the different types of crashes that frequently occur North Carolina include:

  • Head-on collisions
  • Rear-end collisions
  • Side-impact (sideswipe) collisions
  • Intersection accidents
  • Multiple vehicle collisions
  • Hit-and-run accidents
  • Rollover accidents
  • Single-vehicle crashes

Different types of crashes result in varying levels of damage, depending on numerous factors. The nature of the injuries people sustain can be affected by the speeds at which vehicles involved were traveling, the points of impact in these collisions, and where people were seated in the automobiles.

Some of the different types of injuries victims may suffer can include:

  • Whiplash
  • Internal organ damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Burn injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Back injuries
  • Fractures
  • Deep cuts
  • Severe bruising
  • Amputations

In some cases, injuries may be fatal. The family members of those killed in car accidents may be entitled to file wrongful death lawsuits against the negligent parties.

Common Causes of North Carolina Car Accidents

In general, some of the most frequent causes of car accidents in North Carolina include:

  • Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs
  • Driver fatigue
  • Improper turns
  • Dangerous roadway, including causes by pedestrians, bicycles, and electric scooters
  • Inclement weather

All of the causes listed above involve a motorist acting negligently. Negligence amounts to a failure to use reasonable care. Most personal injury actions stemming from car accidents will involve a victim having to prove the same four elements central to most negligent claims:

  • Duty of Care — The defendant had a duty to the plaintiff to operate in a safe and lawful manner.
  • Breach of Duty — The defendant breached that duty of care by not operating in a safe and lawful manner.
  • Causation — The defendant’s breach of duty caused the victim to suffer injuries.
  • Damages — The injuries the victim suffered resulted in damages.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Your North Carolina Car Accident Claim

Proving the cause of a car accident can be very difficult. It is important for a person to make sure to quickly contact a personal injury lawyer after a crash for help preserving key evidence relating to their case.

An attorney can launch an independent investigation to discover the true cause of the accident. The lawyer will not only be able to determine the cause and collect crucial evidence, but they can also identify every party that could be liable for damages.

Some people wrongly believe that they will be able to get more money by handling their own car crash injury claims. Insurance companies often encourage this line of thinking because they know they will usually be able to resolve the cases for much less than if the victims had legal representation.

In some cases, insurance companies may offer victims quick lump-sum settlements to resolve their cases. While these amounts can seem quite large and generous to some people, the truth is that the figures usually do not fully account for all of the victim’s losses. The insurance company’s goal is to make your claim go away for as little money as possible – and ideally nothing if they can get away with it.

In some cases, insurers may simply argue that they are not liable because it was the victim who was at fault. In such cases, victims find themselves alone arguing against both the other drivers and their insurance companies. You need an attorney on your side to stand up for your rights and level the playing field.

Contact Us Now to Find Out How Our Car Accident Lawyers Can Help

If you sustained severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a car accident in North Carolina, legal help is available to you. You deserve justice, and Teddy, Meekins & Talbert, P.L.L.C., can help you fight for it.

Our firm will work to help you recover the full and fair compensation you are entitled to. You can have our lawyers provide a complete evaluation of your case as soon as you call us or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.