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Experienced North Carolina Car Accident Attorneys

Each year, thousands of people are involved in motor vehicle accidents. Being the victim of a car accident can be sudden and a frightening experience. While not all accidents are the same, many accidents involve serious injury or even death.  A serious car accident can turn your life upside down and possibly have long-lasting, if not permanent, consequences. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident where injuries or death occurred and weren’t at fault, you need to contact someone for legal representation.

Our car accident lawyer at Irons & Irons P.A., Harry H. Albritton Jr., has a depth of experience as the kind of advocate you require in getting fair compensation. He will be diligent in fighting for your case. As the victim in most personal injury cases, you will going up against insurance companies, which is not always an easy fight to get the compensation you deserve. A knowledgeable and experienced attorney knows the judicial system and can be on top of any issues that need to be handled during the process.

Common Causes of Car Accidents in North Carolina

There are a myriad of reasons why car accidents happen. The majority, however, involve human error. Here are some common causes:

  • Distracted driving
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Weather
  • Running traffic signals
  • Driving at night
  • Vehicle defects

Inexperienced drivers and fatigue are two other very common factors in accidents. However, other factors exist such as poor road conditions, poor visibility due to weather, and defective vehicle equipment that cause danger (faulty brakes, worn tires). Even when a rear-end collision occurs due to sliding on the ice or an inability to stop due to road conditions, the driver behind is still at fault for failing to maintain a safe distance.

Common Types of Car Accidents

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data indicates that head-on collisions are the most common type of accident, followed by rear-end collisions. Angle accidents, which include side-impact collisions, are the third most common type of accident.

The Aftermath of Car Accidents

As a result of a car accident where injuries are sustained, your life may change drastically from what it was beforehand. Depending on the severity of the accident and the injuries sustained, you may be unable to work, require ongoing medical treatment, and have a lesser quality of life. In addition, you will still have bills to pay and a family to provide for. Everything can be very overwhelming. An experienced personal injury car accident lawyer can help you navigate through the turmoil to get compensation that relieves some of the problems you incur.

Types of Car Accident Injuries

A victim in a car accident can incur a wide range of injuries, from those that are acute to chronic injuries that cause pain and suffering for years. A car accident can cause serious injuries to any part of the body. Regardless of the type of injury, victims of car accidents should seek medical care as soon as possible in order to improve chances of recovery.

The severity of injuries suffered by drivers and passengers depends on many factors, some of which include the following:

  • Whether the injured person was wearing a seat belt
  • Where the car was hit from the rear, side, or front
  • The position the person was facing at the time of the accident–facing straight ahead or turned
  • Whether it was a low-speed or high-speed crash
  • Whether the car was equipped with airbags

Injuries from auto accidents fall into two categories: 1) impact injuries and 2 ) penetrating injuries. Impact injuries are caused when the body hits some part of the interior of the car (for instance, a head hitting the side window). Penetrating injuries are caused usually by cuts from shattering glass. A significant type of injury is soft tissue damage to the connective tissue and is in the category of impact injuries. An example of a connective tissue injury is whiplash.

Our car accident lawyer represents clients who have suffered from the following injuries:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Burns, cuts, or lacerations
  • Spinal cord, neck, and back injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Chronic pain and paralysis
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

The Statute of Limitations for Filing a Car Accident Claim

Even though you may be in a virtual whirlwind after an auto accident that causes personal injury, you should understand the statute of limitations set by North Carolina. Time passes quickly and you can bump up against the expiration of time given for you to file a civil lawsuit.

North Carolina allows a victim three years from the date of the accident to file a claim (begin a lawsuit) for property damages and personal injuries. The date that begins the limitations period is the day of the accident. If the victim died as a result of the car accident, the deceased family has two years from the date of the death to file a claim for wrongful death damages. After the statute of limitations ends, it is likely that you cannot proceed with your claim. Therefore, it is extremely important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible, long before the limitations period expires.

Car Accident Injury Compensation

In North Carolina, the primary issue in awarding a plaintiff’s suit for compensation is whether the fault was someone else’s. If it is found that you had some part in the accident, you cannot recover any money for your injuries and losses. This is because of the legal doctrine used in North Carolina called “contributory negligence” for car accident claims. Even if you only were one percent at fault for the accident, you will be unable to recover against the other party for any damages you received as a result of the accident. When making a determination of fault, there can be complicated circumstances that a seasoned personal injury attorney like Harry Albritton knows how to maneuver through.

If the defendant is found to be 100% at fault, damages are requested to cover current and future lost wages, property damage, and current and future medical expenses. In addition to compensating documented financial damages, the team at Irons & Irons P.A. can secure compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, and disability.

You Need a North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Working for You

A knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer is critical to obtaining a more favorable outcome for your car accident claim. Navigating through the negligence standards and the documentation required for a successful result to your lawsuit is what we do at Irons & Irons P.A. Our experience and dedication in getting you what you deserve and need lets you focus on healing and rebuilding your life. We handle the negotiations with insurance companies and fight for you. Even if a fair settlement can’t be reached out of court, Attorney Harry Albritton will bring your case to trial in getting you the compensation you deserve.

Request a Free Case Review with Our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers

Attorney Harry Albritton and the team at Irons & Irons P.A. are dedicated to advocating for your car accident claim injury settlement. We are committed to getting you a fair compensation for your specific situation. We accept auto accident personal injury cases throughout the state of North Carolina. If your settlement isn’t received, you don’t pay anything for our services. Call  919-899-7200 today or request free case review to learn more about our legal services specifically for your case.