Types of Car Accidents
Our experienced attorneys know how to get results
There are many different types of car accidents that can happen in North Carolina. But all types can have similar consequences. People are hurt. Lives are changed. You can be left struggling financially and have to fight for the compensation you deserve. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side.
Early in his career, attorney Brent Adams saw how insurance companies treated people who had been hurt in accident that weren’t their fault. They were just regular people who weren’t used to dealing with big companies and their lawyer. He founded Brent Adams & Associates to fight for the rights of victims and level the playing field.
No two car accidents are exactly the same. And different types of accidents can pose different challenges. For example:
- Negligent drivers who cause rear-end accidents may claim the other driver slammed on the brakes.
- In hit and run accidents, the other driver leaves the scene and it may not be possible to identify that person. However, your own insurance company may have to pay you if you have uninsured motorist coverage.
- Drivers who cause drunk driving accidents may deny being intoxicated and fight criminal charges in court.
- In Lyft and Uber accidents, there can be a dispute over which insurance policy applies to the accident.
- It may be difficult to identify negligent parties in defective brake accidents.
Whatever the type of accident you were in, your life can change in an instant. You are hurt and need treatment. Medical expenses are adding up fast and you’re not sure how you’ll be able to pay the bills. There may be less income coming in because you can’t work. Being injured can cause physical, emotional and financial stress.
If the negligence of another caused the accident that left you hurt, you deserve compensation. But that’s where it gets complicated.
What insurance companies do
When someone is hurt in an accident, insurance companies assess the damages and write a check. Right? Not exactly. Insurance companies are always concerned about profits. In order to keep profits high, they try to keep payments low. It’s the adjuster’s job to try to pay as little as possible after an accident.
How do they do that? There are different tactics they use. They’ll challenge the seriousness of your injuries. They may seek access to your medical records to try to claim your injuries were pre-existing. Another tactic is to put some of the blame on you to prevent you from recovering any compensation under the state’s contributory negligence system.
Then there’s the settlement offer. Soon after your accident, the insurance company may offer you a settlement and promise quick payment. It can be tempting to accept as your medical expenses add up. The problem is their offer will fall far short of covering all of your damages. It’s just way for them to save money.
What our attorneys do
Insurance companies have attorneys looking out for their best interests. We fight for what’s best for you. Our lawyers know how to fight back against insurance company tactics to get you the financial compensation you deserve. Their goal is to limit your compensation. Our goal is to get you maximum compensation.
Our legal team investigates your crash to get the facts. We know what kind of evidence to look for in different types of accidents. This could include video from traffic cameras, accident reports, ridesharing company records and maintenance records. We interview witnesses. If needed, we consult accident reconstruction experts and other specialists.
Our attorneys build strong cases that insurance companies can’t simply ignore. This often allows us to negotiate a settlement that works for you. But we are also not afraid to go to court. Our firm has a long track record of getting results for clients through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts.
No matter what type of accident you were involved in, it’s important to get legal advice as soon as possible. The law gives you three years from the date of your accident to take legal action. But as time goes by, the memories of witnesses can fade and evidence gets lost or destroyed.
Learn more about how we can help. Contact us to schedule a free consultation at one of our office locations in Raleigh, Fayetteville, Dunn, Southern Pines, or Clinton. We can review the details of your accident, go over your legal options and answer any questions that you have.