Car Accident Lawyer — Helping Our Clients Hold Negligent and Reckless Parties Liable for Injuries

Your Rights and Compensation in Car Accident Cases

When a person starts their day, they typically don’t envision being involved in an automobile accident. Unfortunately, this is a common reality for thousands of Americans daily. In fact, there are typically between 10,000-20,000 car accidents every day on American streets. If you or a loved one were involved in one of these collisions, it could be difficult to figure out how to move forward. However, you might be entitled to financial recovery in a personal injury case. A car accident lawyer may be able to help.

At Chad Brown Law, PLLC, our legal team is dedicated to securing the best potential outcome for all our clients. If you or someone you love is dealing with car accident injuries, it’s important to understand that you have rights. In many cases, our personal injury attorneys can secure a fair settlement from an insurance company. However, we can also take your case to court if the insurer refuses to adequately compensate you for their negligent driver policyholder.

The appropriate approach will depend upon the circumstances of your case, but in all instances, we’ll fight to ensure you receive justice against liable parties. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Are You Entitled to Compensation?

When a person is injured in an auto collision, they may be entitled to substantial financial compensation. However, this is not always the case. In order to secure a fair car accident settlement, it’s typically necessary to show that litigation would result in the injured party winning. To win in court, three elements must be proven to establish liability. These elements are:

  • Duty of care: Most individuals have a duty to avoid actions that could potentially harm others. A duty must be established for liability to exist.
  • Violation of duty: It must also be shown that someone violated their duty of care. This could be anything from speeding along roadways to not maintaining a vehicle.
  • Injury or harm: It’s also necessary to show that the liable party’s violation of duty directly led to injuries, monetary loss, or other damages.

Many people don’t realize that it’s possible for multiple parties to be held liable for damages. For instance, consider for a moment the extensive issues caused by head-on collisions. While it would seem obvious that the driver who’s going the wrong way is at fault, it’s also possible that other liable parties could be involved. For instance, what if that driver was on the wrong side of the road due to a blockage the city consistently failed to remedy? In such a situation, the city could also be at fault.

Such issues are an important consideration when looking at the common causes of collisions. Regardless of the facts involved, though, you may benefit from working with a car accident attorney.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

When our attorneys handle a car accident claim, it has unique circumstances that make it unlike any other. However, there are typically also many similarities between these cases. One of the most frequent commonalities in auto accidents is the underlying cause of the collision. In many cases, some form of driver negligence is to blame. There are other possible situations, though, that could leave other parties you may not expect liable.

The following common causes of car accidents will give you a better understanding of potential nuances:

  • Distracted driving (e.g., eating, talking on cell phone)
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Defective vehicles
  • Hit and run
  • Fatigued driving
  • Reckless driving
  • Running stop signs and red lights
  • Poor road conditions
  • Weather
  • Tailgating
  • Inadequate signage
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Failure to yield
  • Inexperienced drivers

This list goes to show how many variables can play a part in any car wreck. For instance, you may think that no one is to blame when weather causes an accident. However, what if water was allowed to puddle — thus creating a hazard — because local authorities didn’t fix a pothole? And if you consider a case where a truck driver causes a collision while intoxicated, the driver’s employer could be just as liable as the trucker if they didn’t properly vet their employee.

Clearly, many factors can come into play in a car crash. This is why it’s advisable to seek legal counsel. The car accident attorneys at Chad Brown Law are here to help. Contact us today.

Are There Common Issues in Auto Accident Cases?

Even if a car accident victim is clearly entitled to compensation, this doesn’t mean they won’t encounter issues. Many problems could arise, but the two most significant potential issues are the statute of limitations and the rules of negligence. First, the statute of limitations dictates how long a person has to file a personal injury claim before they lose the right to do so. These rules can vary by state, and they often apply to related cases. 

Another potential hurdle involves the rules of negligence. States practice either contributory or comparative negligence. In contributory negligence states, injury victims are often barred from securing any economic damages, non-economic damages, or punitive recovery if they contributed to their collision at all. North Carolina is one state that practices this rule of negligence, so you’ll often see insurance adjusters try to persuade injured individuals in NC into admitting partial fault.

The simple fact is that there are many potential pitfalls in personal injury cases. This is why it’s so important to speak with a car accident lawyer before talking to an insurance company. This simple step could dictate the outcome of your case.

Contact a Car Accident Law Firm Today

When it comes to filing a personal injury legal claim, the process is far more complex than most people expect. Insurance companies will claim that they can keep the process simple, but in reality, they’re just hoping you’ll accept a low offer before seeking legal representation. Even worse, they may make you unknowingly admit to something or twist your words to imply you share some level of fault. These situations can minimize potential recovery — and possibly even remove your right to compensation entirely.

At Chad Brown Law, PLLC, our legal practice is made up of attorneys who handle cases ranging from minor accidents to multi-vehicle collisions involving large trucks, buses, and more. We know that these situations can be scary — particularly for those facing high medical expenses and lost income from being unable to work. Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, we’re here to help you understand your options and how to best hold the at-fault driver accountable for their actions. Our car accident lawyers are ready to assist.

Contact us today at 336-962-5373 to schedule your free consultation.