Car Accident Injury And Legal Rights For Charlotte
Car accidents can be life-altering events for victims and their families. Every year hundreds of thousands of people are injured or killed in auto accidents caused by the negligence of other drivers. The losses associated with a serious car accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, permanent disability and property damage, can have devastating consequences for both the victim and family members.
Under the law, people have the right to seek full compensation from those responsible for their injuries and losses. Effectively navigating the claims process and legal system requires help from an experienced attorney. If you or a family member has been a victim of a motor vehicle accident, contact the law firm of Warren & Kallianos, PLLC, in Charlotte so that we can protect your legal rights and interests. With over 48 years of combined legal experience, attorneys Jeff Warren and Chris Kallianos bring a vast array of legal knowledge, skill and experience to each and every case they handle.
Know Your Legal Rights in a Car Accident
While state laws defining people’s legal rights in a motor vehicle accident may vary, North Carolina allows you to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the parties responsible for the accident, including the owner of the at-fault vehicle and the driver of the at-fault vehicle. The at-fault parties are liable for the damages caused by their negligence, which are typically paid by their automobile insurance company. Liability is established by showing that the at-fault driver operated the vehicle in a negligent manner or violated a safety statute. Common causes of negligent driving include speeding, distracted driving, following too closely and driving while impaired.
North Carolina follows the law of contributory negligence, which means that if your own negligence contributed to the accident, you may not recover any compensation from the other negligent party. Because of this law, it is imperative that you contact an experienced and knowledgeable attorney before giving any statement to any insurance company. Remember: The insurance company for the at-fault party is not your friend and will likely take whatever steps are possible to minimize or deny your legal claim. Often, the insurance company will pressure you to settle before you have had an opportunity to consult with an attorney. Don’t be fooled by the insurance company. Protect your legal rights by contacting Warren & Kallianos today.
What to Do if You Are in a Car Accident
If you are in a motor vehicle accident, there are a number of things that should be done to protect yourself and your legal claim including:
- Seek immediate and appropriate medical care for your injuries.
- Contact the police so that an accident report can be prepared to document the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident.
- Collect contact information from the driver of the other vehicle such as driver’s license number and insurance information.
- If there are any witnesses to the accident obtain their contact information. Witness statements can be very helpful in determining who was at fault for the accident.
- Contact Warren & Kallianos, PLLC, to discuss your legal rights and remedies.
At Warren & Kallianos, we provide a free initial consultation to discuss your injury claim. In addition, we handle all property damage claims for our clients at no charge unless a lawsuit is required to recover property damages. Contact us online or give us a call at 704-377-7777.