A startling number of auto accidents resulting in injuries occur every year, leaving victims with temporary or permanent disabilities. Statistics show that 110,406 people were injured in such mishaps in 2012 in North Carolina and more than 1,260 fatalities occurred in the region as a result of auto accidents in the same period. Clearly, it is not wise to believe that such mishaps ‘only happen to other people’. Learn what your rights are in such situations and know how to protect them.
Your right to compensation
The very first thing to know is that in North or South Carolina, you have a right to compensation if you are injured in an auto accident that occurred through no fault of your own. That means, if a speeding driver crashes into you or if he violates a red light causing an accident in which you are left injured, the law ensures that you are recompensed for the trauma you suffer.
What do the damages cover?
A common misconception is that damages recovered through a personal injury lawsuit will cover only the cost of treatment for injuries sustained in the mishap. The truth is that an accident causes far more than just physical or superficial injuries. As an auto accident victim you suffer mental agony, which may leave lasting physical and mental scars.
In many cases, your injuries could force you to stay away from work for a while, leading to loss of pay. Worse still, the injury could debilitate you to such an extent that your ability to work like before is permanently impaired or your quality of life is affected. For example, a watchmaker who sustains a head injury may suffer impaired vision that renders him unfit for his job. A personal injury claim typically compensates, at least in part, for all of these sufferings that the victim experiences because of the other driver’s negligence.
Should you take the insurance company’s settlement?
Most victims of auto accidents make the mistake of taking the settlement offered by the insurance company without further thought, but this is usually not the best option. The truth is that the insurer tries to minimize the cost to him by offering the lowest possible sum in exchange for your ‘no lawsuit’ acceptance. If you are contacted by the insurer as soon as the accident occurs, do not accept any of his terms verbally or in writing without talking to a experienced North/ South Carolina personal injury attorney. Keep in mind that you may actually be entitled to a much larger amount of compensation than the insurer is willing to offer.
Contact the Auto Accident Law Firm of Bice Law
If you have suffered injury from a vehicle accident, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law. We investigate the accident records or scene in order to interview key witnesses and document evidence before it has been destroyed or removed. We’ll review your medical records and evaluate your long-term prognosis to assess the amount of damages that your injury warrants. We’ll determine whether an out-of-court settlement or trial is the best strategy to obtain maximum benefits for you or your family. We serve families across both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, however, so you must act quickly. Contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling 877-BICE-877 or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a vehicle accident attorney.