Car Accident FAQ

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When you’ve been hurt in a car accident, things can get really confusing really fast. There are decisions to be made about your medical treatment and who will pay for it. You need to figure out what to do with your car and when you can return to work. Then you have to deal with insurance companies. You may not be sure what to do next.

At Brent Adams & Associates, we know that people have a lot of questions after they’ve been involved in a crash. Our attorney can help you find answers. We understand the impact that injuries from a car accident can have on your life. We guide your through the legal process to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve.

Here are some of the common questions we get about car accidents:

If you were hurt in a car accident in North Carolina, we encourage you get legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We can answer any other questions you have. Our attorneys can also review the details of your case and go over you legal options. There’s no cost and no obligation.

How much does a car accident lawyer cost?

At our firm, it costs you nothing. You read that right. We work on a contingency fee basis. If we represent you, there are no upfront fees or expenses. We pay all the costs to move your case forward. Our fee comes out of the settlement or jury award that is reached. That means the insurance company ends up paying our fees, not you. You can expect us to fight hard to recover compensation for you. But if we get nothing, you owe us nothing.

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Should I see a doctor after a car accident?

Yes. If you’ve been injured, it’s important to see a doctor to get treatment. If you don’t think you are injured and seem to feel OK, see a doctor anyway. There are some injuries such as concussions that may not have any obvious symptoms at first. Another reason to see a doctor is that there will be documentation of the injuries you suffered. This can help your case when you file a claim for compensation.

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Do I have to tell my insurance company about the accident?

Yes. You are required to notify your insurance company about any accident you were involved in, even if it wasn’t your fault. Failing to do so could put your rights and benefits at risk. Keep it simple. Tell them you were in an accident and give them basic information, such as when and where, and who was involved. Don’t answer any questions about what happened or give a statement. Explain that you want to talk to an attorney first.

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The insurance company offered me a settlement. Should I accept?

We understand that accepting the insurance company’s offer can be tempting. You have bills to pay and you just want this whole thing to be over. But you shouldn’t have to settle for less. It’s important to remember the goal of insurance companies is to save money. Their offer will fall far short of covering all of the damages you suffered. That’s why we strongly encourage you to get legal advice before accepting any offer from the insurance company.

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What is my case worth?

There are a lot of factors that go into determining what your case is worth. These include the types of injuries you suffered, your medical expenses, pain and suffering, the damage to your car, whether you’ve been in a crash before and whether you’ve been injured before. If a settlement can’t be reached and your case goes to trial, it is ultimately up to the jury to decide. A lawyer can give you a better idea of how much to expect and fight for a resolution that meets your needs.

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Can I ask for more money for my accident?

Yes – and you should. The goal of insurance companies is to pay as little as possible. They know they could pay more. If you do ask for more money, they may refuse. That’s why it’s important to talk to an experienced car accident lawyer. A lawyer can investigate your accident and build a strong case that proves the other driver was negligent. The insurance company is much more likely to increase their offer to avoid litigation.

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How long will it take to get compensation?

Every case is different. In general, the more complicated the case, the longer it may take to resolve. More straightforward cases can sometimes be resolved within a matter of months. But if the other driver is denying responsibility and the insurance company is fighting your claim aggressively, it may need to go through the litigation process, which can take a few years. However, many times it is possible to reach a settlement. A lawyer can give you a better idea of what to expect in your situation.

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Can I recover compensation if I was a passenger?

Yes. You can file a claim for compensation with the negligent driver’s insurance company. This is true even if the driver of the car you were in caused the accident. You may feel strange about that if the driver is a friend or family member. But you are not getting that person into any kind of trouble. You are simply asking the insurance company to pay the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

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