Following a car accident, individuals often face difficulties when dealing with insurance companies. Medical expenses, lost wages, an endless amount of paperwork and pain from your injuries can be overwhelming. Adding to the stress, insurance representatives may contact you in an attempt to quickly settle your claim.
Attorney Jackson Pitts has witnessed the injuries and damage that can result from a crash and understands the struggle that some victims may face in trying to recover compensation for their losses. There are specific rules, regulations, and insurance policy language that can complicate insurance claims and limit or prevent the recovery of damages. To help ensure you receive full compensation for your losses, it is important to contact an attorney who is well-versed in North Carolina law regarding auto accident claims. Attorney Jackson Pitts has a history of success handling automobile accident cases and can help ensure your rights are protected.
An injured person may be able to recover for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and permanent scarring and disability. However, in North Carolina, it is important that your actions did not contribute to the accident. Under what is known as contributory negligence, if you were even 1% at fault, North Carolina law might bar you from any recovery. Each case is different and requires individual analysis in order to determine who is at fault. For a free consultation, please call our office or use the contact form on this page.
What are things that I can do after being involved in a car accident?
Notify the police – all serious car accidents need to be properly investigated by law enforcement. Following an accident, call, or ask someone on the scene to call, the police. Additionally, medical assistance will be dispatched if requested.
Take photographs – if you are able, photograph all vehicle damage, the involved vehicles’ final resting places, any skid marks, and all other visual information that may help explain what happened.
Seek medical treatment – err on the side of caution. If there is any possibility that you have suffered an injury, immediately seek medical treatment. Please note that it is possible that injuries will not become apparent until sometime after the accident. As such, it is important to get checked out by a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. Explain to the healthcare professionals how the accident occurred and describe all symptoms that you may be experiencing.
Obtain a copy of the accident report – following their investigation, the law enforcement officer with write an accident report. This report will contain important information about your accident. Contact the non-emergency number of the investigating law enforcement agency to determine how to obtain your report.
Contact your insurance company and report the accident – your insurance company may be able to provide assistance with repairing your vehicle and providing a rental car.
Do not give a statement to the other driver’s insurance company – without first speaking to an attorney.
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