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North Carolina Car Accident Attorneys

Fighting Tirelessly to Protect Your Rights & Your Recovery

Have you or a family member been seriously injured in a car accident in North Carolina? Any type of vehicle accident—truck, motorcycle, SUV, etc.—may have serious consequences for victims, including physical injuries, financial problems, and emotional trauma.

It’s important to consider your potential right to monetary compensation, as this may significantly improve your ability to rebuild and move on with your life.

Thousands of innocent people are killed and countless more are seriously injured in auto accidents every year. If you are the victim of a motor vehicle accident, it's in your best interest to speak with an attorney about your legal rights and options.

A North Carolina car accident lawyer at Lanier Law Group can review the facts of your claim, speak with your insurance company, and help you get the claims process started.

Common Types of Car Accidents

A car accident, also known as a traffic collision, occurs when a vehicle collides with another vehicle, pedestrian, animal, road debris, or other obstacles. Car accidents can result in varying degrees of damage to vehicles, injuries to occupants, and even fatalities. They can happen due to various factors such as human error, mechanical failure, adverse weather conditions, or road hazards.

Here are some common types of car accidents:

  • Rear-end collision: This happens when one vehicle crashes into the back of another vehicle, often due to sudden braking or tailgating.
  • Head-on collision: This occurs when the front ends of two vehicles collide with each other, often resulting in severe injuries or fatalities.
  • Side-impact collision (T-bone): In this type of accident, one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, forming a "T" shape. These accidents commonly occur at intersections.
  • Sideswipe collision: This occurs when the sides of two parallel-moving vehicles make contact with each other, often due to improper lane changes or drifting.
  • Single-vehicle accident: This involves only one vehicle and can include running off the road, hitting a stationary object, or overturning.
  • Multi-vehicle pileup: Also known as a chain reaction collision, this involves three or more vehicles colliding with each other in a series of impacts, often on highways or in dense traffic.
  • Rollover accident: This occurs when a vehicle tips over onto its side or roof, often due to sharp turns, high speeds, or collisions.

Car accident statistics are rather disheartening. Every year, tens of thousands of people lose their lives and millions more are injured in these accidents.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents can occur due to a variety of factors, often involving a combination of human error, environmental conditions, and mechanical failures. Here are some common causes of car accidents:

  • Distracted driving: One of the leading causes of accidents, distracted driving includes activities such as texting, talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the radio, or interacting with passengers while driving, which diverts the driver's attention from the road.
  • Speeding: Driving at excessive speeds reduces the driver's reaction time and increases the severity of accidents. Speeding also makes it harder to control the vehicle, especially in adverse weather conditions or on winding roads.
  • Drunk driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs judgment, coordination, and reaction time, significantly increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Reckless driving: This includes behaviors such as tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, disregarding traffic signals and signs, and aggressive maneuvers, which endanger both the driver and others on the road.
  • Weather conditions: Adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, ice, fog, or strong winds can reduce visibility, decrease traction, and affect vehicle control, leading to accidents.
  • Fatigue: Driving while tired or drowsy impairs alertness and reaction time, increasing the likelihood of accidents. Fatigue can be caused by inadequate sleep, long hours of driving, or certain medications.
  • Poor road conditions: Potholes, uneven surfaces, debris, and inadequate signage or lighting can contribute to accidents by causing loss of control, tire blowouts, or collisions.
  • Mechanical failures: Malfunctions or defects in vehicle components such as brakes, tires, steering systems, or engines can lead to sudden breakdowns or loss of control, resulting in accidents.
  • Failure to obey traffic laws: Violating traffic laws such as running red lights, failing to yield, improper lane changes, or illegal turns increases the risk of accidents and collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians.

Your Rights After an Accident

North Carolina follows a fault-based system for car accidents, meaning the driver who is found to be at fault for causing the accident is typically responsible for the resulting damages. This driver's insurance company may be required to compensate the other parties involved in the accident for their losses. Keep in mind that the state follows a contributory negligence rule, which means that if a plaintiff is found to be even partially at fault for the accident, they may be barred from recovering damages.

While the insurance company should pay you a lump sum for all expenses relating to the accident, in many cases, it’s not enough.

As a car accident victim, you have legal rights that entitle you to compensation if you can establish that the accident was caused by the recklessness or negligence of another such as drunk driving, driving while tired, and texting while driving.

What to Do After a Car Accident Injury?

If you got injured in a car accident, it is important to seek professional medical treatment for your injury. It is also necessary to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help protect and assert your legal rights. A lawyer may be able to gather evidence such as police reports, witness statements, and photographs of the accident scene that will strengthen your case. An attorney can also advise you in terms of filing an insurance claim with the at-fault driver's insurance company or pursuing a lawsuit if necessary. After suffering a car accident injury, it is important to seek both medical care and qualified legal help to ensure that your needs are met.

At our firm, we can help establish that another party was at fault and is thus liable for damages.

Our objective is to help you recover the compensation needed for medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, mental anguish, property damage, and more.

What Damages Can You Recover from a Car Accident Claim?

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*Featured Case Results, Settlements, & Trial Wins From Our Attorneys
  • $5.95 Million Permanent Brain Failure

    Our client had a brick fly off of a utility trailer and go through their windshield and hit her on the face.

  • $4.3 Million Head-On Collision

    Personal injury litigation settlement for a client who was involved in a head-on collision with a commercial tractor-trailer.

  • $1.8 Million Litigation Settlement

    Our client was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a meat truck.

  • $1.2 Million Pedestrian Accident

    A settlement against a trucking company who struck pedestrian leading to amputation.

  • $993,135.67 Truck Accident

    A trucking company's driver crashed an 18-wheeler into the side of our client’s car as she attempted to make a left turn.

  • $736,717.55 T-Bone Collision

What Is the Time Limit for Filing a Claim in North Carolina?

All personal injury claims have a time limit called the statute of limitations. If you want to pursue a civil lawsuit against the person or corporation who caused your auto accident you must file your claim before the statute of limitations expires or your claim will be rejected.

In North Carolina, the time limit for injury and property damage claims is three years. In cases of a fatal car accident, the family of the deceased only has two years to file a wrongful death claim.

We have multiple offices across North Carolina to best serve you.

Contact Lanier Law Group as soon as you can after an accident to ensure you case is filed before the statute of limitations expires. 

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    I started working with Lanier Law Group in 2020 on my Social Security Disability case. They from start to finish were awesome. My case manager Janet Hanks and attorney, Ashley Sappenfield were always available to answer all my questions. I did not have to do much but sit back and let them handle whatever was needed. My case took too long (2 years) and if I did not have Janet and Ashley My case would still not be approved. I would recommend Lanier to anyone to get the job done and approved. Do not go to another firm with your case, who promise the world and do not see it to completion and do not think another firms would have worked as hard as they did on my case. Lanier Law Group will always be the choice for me and all my family members to handle any cases of this type and other legal services they provide. They went above and beyond!
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