Roadways can be dangerous under the best of circumstances. Accidents happen on highways and back roads across the country every day, and the streets of Charlotte are no exception. Add to that already volatile mix the presence of large vehicles driven by amateurs with little to no oversight or special qualifications, and you have a recipe for disaster.
Large vans are often used by church groups, families, and other organizations to transport a dozen people or more. These vans can be rented or owned by anyone, meaning that the person operating the van is likely no more qualified than any other person to drive such an imposing vehicle. If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a large, multi-passenger van, the law firm of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, PA, may be able to help. Contact us today at (704) 377-3737 and put out decades of experience to work for you.
At-Fault Laws for Accidents in North Carolina
Like many other states, North Carolina is an at-fault state, meaning that the victim of a car accident can file a lawsuit against the party who was at fault in the crash. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, the person who is considered at fault could be the driver of another vehicle or the driver or the vehicle you were riding in at the time.
If you were riding in a large van that was being operated by an unqualified or unskilled driver, the person driving may be considered at fault – and so might the organization that put the trip together. However, it is important to note that North Carolina is one of only four states that assigns blame after an accident through the doctrine of contributory negligence, which could possibly limit an injured driver’s ability to receive compensation.
Contributory negligence is a legal concept in which any party at fault in an accident is barred from receiving compensation, regardless of how small their contribution to the incident may have been. For example, if you were driving along I-77 above the speed limit and got side-swiped by a large van transporting a family of tourists on vacation, you will not be eligible to receive damages if your excessive speed is found to be a contributing factor in the accident, even if it you are only considered 5% at fault.
Knowing your rights and how they fit into the intricacies of the North Carolina legal system can make all the difference if you are trying to recover from an injury or property damage in the wake of an accident. The legal team at Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt is well-equipped to guide you through this difficult, lengthy process.
Establishing the Facts for a Car Accident Case
Because the apportionment of fault could keep you from recovering damages under North Carolina law, proving the facts of the case is extremely important. The evidence in your case will likely take several forms:
- Visual evidence – Be sure to take as many photographs as possible to document the extent of your injuries and any damage to your vehicle.
- Eyewitness testimony – If anyone else is present at the scene and saw the accident happen, their testimony can be invaluable.
- Police reports – The observations documented by police in the aftermath of an accident can help to corroborate your version of events.
- Medical or repair bills – Any invoices or receipts you may collect during the recovery process could help you establish the financial burden placed on you by the accident.
The process of collecting evidence can be laborious, and it would be easy to miss key details. Enlisting the aid of Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing an expert is on the case. Let us establish the facts and round up the evidence that will get you the compensation you deserve.
Insurance Laws that Can Impact Your Injury Lawsuit
It will probably not surprise North Carolinians to learn this, but whenever insurance companies become involved, tough situations tend to get tougher. Car accidents are maybe the most common example of this; more than a few drivers from the Tar Heel State have had to deal with the headaches and stress that come with navigating the red tape surrounding an insurance claim.
State law requires drivers in North Carolina to have auto insurance that covers at least $25,000 for injuries and $25,000 for property damage. Additional provisions require drivers who are uninsured or underinsured to carry additional coverage that might allow you to file a claim with your own insurance company in the event that the liable party’s coverage proves insufficient.
Our Charlotte, NC Church Van Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you have been the victim of another driver’s recklessness, you deserve justice. With decades of combined legal experience, the team at Dewey, Ramsay & Hunt, PA, stands ready to help you through a potentially stressful time in your life. Let us fight for you. Call us today at (704) 377-3737 for a free consultation.