Despite all the traffic laws that have been passed across the country, and despite all the PSAs educating the public, the rate of vehicle accidents continues to remain fairly steady each year. Victims of car accidents can and often do sustain injuries that leave them suffering from permanent disabilities and chronic pain. What legal options does a victim have for the losses they have suffered in the crash?
Fortunately, injured victims are protected by North Carolina personal injury law, potentially allowing them to sue the person who caused the accident for damages. At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, we have been advocating for car accident victims for decades and have built a strong reputation of working diligently and aggressively to get our clients the financial compensation they deserve.
What Can a Victim Do?
No matter your role in the car accident – driver, passenger, or pedestrian – it is critical to understand what all of your options are in order to receive financial compensation. This money can be used to pay for financial losses you have sustained, including medical expenses and loss of income.
The following points are ways that a North Carolina can help clients obtain the damages they may be entitled to:
Insurance claims: Most states require vehicle owners to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. This amount is set by each individual state. Victims of crashes can file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the amount of financial losses exceed the amount of liability insurance the at-fault driver carries, the additional compensation may also come from the victim’s own vehicle insurance company.
Civil lawsuits: Some insurance companies fail to negotiate in good faith to reach a fair settlement amount for the victim’s losses, or they dispute that their client was at fault for the crash. Whatever the reason for a settlement disagreement, your car accident lawyer may file a civil court lawsuit in the jurisdiction where the crash occurred. In a lawsuit, a judge or jury listens to the evidence presented by both parties and then determines if the victim does indeed deserve financial compensation and how much that award should be.
Product liability: Not all car accidents are the result of another driver. Many crashes happen because of a defect or faulty vehicle part. In these cases, the victim can pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Two of the most recent examples of this type of liability are faulty airbags and ignition switches. There have been many crashes and fatalities caused by these defects.
Contact a North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney
Contact Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp as soon as possible after you suffer injuries in a crash or collision. Our skilled North Carolina car accident attorneys provide the professional legal guidance you need to protect your rights in a claim. Our firm has a solid track record of obtaining financial compensation for our clients for medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, permanent disability, scarring, disfigurement, and more.
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