Every year, thousands of people are injured in auto accidents in North Carolina. Many of these crashes occur on the busy roads and highways around Charlotte, such as I-77, I-85, I-277, and I-485. If you were hurt in a car accident in Charlotte, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost earnings, and other expenses. The Charlotte car accident injury lawyers of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. can help you file a claim or lawsuit to pursue the compensation that you deserve.
At Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A., our legal team is committed to maximizing your recovery. Armed with more than half a century of combined experience fighting for crash victims and their family members, our skilled auto accident lawyers are ready to provide compassionate guidance and aggressive representation if you or a loved one was hurt in a crash. We can handle all of the insurance paperwork and negotiation on your behalf, while protecting your rights and working to hold the at-fault driver accountable. For a free legal consultation, contact our Charlotte accident lawyers online, or call Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. at (704) 377-3737.
The Types of Car Accident Injuries Our Lawyers Handle
Unfortunately, there is a high likelihood of being injured if you are involved in a car crash. North Carolina car accident statistics show that in 2016 alone, nearly one-third of all crashes resulted in injuries, with approximately 82,600 out of 267,000 crashes injuring drivers, passengers, or others.
The Charlotte auto accident lawyers of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. handle all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from car crashes in North Carolina. Common car accident injuries that we can help you file a claim for include:
- Amputation and dismemberment
- Ankle and foot injuries
- Brain injuries and concussions
- Broken bones
- Bruises and contusions
- Burn injuries
- Chest and abdominal injuries
- Crush injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Eye injuries and vision loss
- Facial injuries
- Hearing loss
- Hip injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Knee and leg injuries
- Shoulder and neck injuries
- Seatbelt injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Sprains and strains
- Whiplash injuries
- Wrist and hand injuries
Do You Have a Car Accident Claim?
Human error is the cause of most car accidents. For example, a driver might make errors when following road signs or operating the vehicle. In other cases, a manufacturer’s error can create a defect that causes a vehicle to become unsafe. In other cases, negligent road maintenance can cause hazards to develop in the roadway. Fatigue, intoxication, distraction, and failure to obey traffic laws are all common factors in avoidable crashes.
Whether you are driving a car, are riding as a passenger, or are a pedestrian who is involved in an accident with a car, you may have grounds to file an injury claim in Charlotte. Some common causes of car accidents that can lead to personal injury claims include the following:
- Defective roadways
- Defective vehicles or car parts
- Distracted drivers
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs
- Failures to follow posted traffic signs and/or traffic lights
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Following too closely (“tailgating”)
- Hazardous weather conditions
If you are the victim or family member of a victim of a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Emotional suffering
- Loss of income
- Medical expenses
- Vehicle damage
Fault and Liability for Car Crashes in North Carolina
Each state follows either a “fault” system or “no-fault” system for car accidents. North Carolina is a fault state, sometimes called an “at-fault” state. This has important consequences for auto accident victims.
Under North Carolina’s fault liability system, there are a few ways an accident victim can pursue compensation for medical bills and other losses. If you were hurt in an accident, you might wish to file a car accident claim with your own insurance company, or to file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the crash which injured you, depending on the circumstances. The at-fault driver is typically responsible for the injury victim’s losses, but fault must be determined by a careful examination of the evidence surrounding the accident.
North Carolina follows a legal doctrine known as “contributory negligence,” which can create obstacles for accident survivors. Under this doctrine, a crash victim cannot recover compensation if he or she contributed to causing the accident. For example, a driver who is deemed 10% at fault will be prevented from recovery, despite playing a minimal role in the crash. Because of North Carolina’s strict contributory negligence laws, which insurance companies often use to deny liability and avoid paying claims, it is absolutely crucial for North Carolinians to have aggressive legal representation if a crash occurs.
An attorney can also provide guidance if other insurance issues arise, such as a scenario where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured. In this type of situation, compensation may be available through the injury victim’s own Uninsured Motorist (UM)/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) policy.
Our Charlotte Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
Determining whether you are receiving a fair settlement can be difficult. The Charlotte accident law firm of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, P.A. will help you determine what you are entitled to before agreeing to any settlement or signing any documents. We can also represent you in dealing with your insurance company and any additional parties that might be involved. Contact us online today, or call our law offices at (704) 377-3737 to schedule your free consultation.