Experienced North Carolina Car Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, it’s important that you speak to a car accident lawyer as soon as possible. As bills begin to pile up, both from medical treatment and from being unable to work due to injury and trauma, it’s during this period that victims reach out to us to see if they are eligible for compensation.
Attorney Harry H. Albritton with Irons & Irons P.A. has broad knowledge and experience representing clients in car accident claims and will advocate and fight to get you fair compensation for your injury. Because we understand the challenges you’re facing during this time, you only pay when a recovery or settlement is reached in your favor.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Car accidents can happen at any time because there are so many factors that cause them. Human error makes up the majority of car accidents though, including
- Reckless driving, such as speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, and cutting off other vehicles;
- Distracted driving, such as texting while driving;
- Inexperienced drivers who are on the road alone;
- Failure to follow traffic laws;
- Driving under the influence;
- Fatigue which can dull reaction time;
In addition to human error, poor road conditions or defective vehicle equipment, like worn brakes can lead to an accident. In these cases, the driver who was unable to stop or who slid on the ice is still at fault typically for failing to maintain a safe distance or keeping their vehicle safe and properly maintained.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
Victims of car accidents can suffer from a wide range of injuries from their crash, some of which are acute, but some can cause pain and suffering for years.
Our car accident attorney represents clients who have suffered from the following:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Burns, cuts, or lacerations
- Spinal cord, neck, and back injuries
- Nerve damage
- Chronic pain and paralysis
- Post traumatic stress disorder
No matter the type of injury, victims of car accidents should seek medical care as soon as they possibly can, since this can improve the chances of recovery.
The Statute of Limitations for Filing a Car Accident Claim
One of the key reasons we recommend speaking with an attorney about your case as soon as possible is due to the statute of limitations related to filing a claim. In North Carolina, a car accident victim has three years from the date of the accident to file a claim for property damages and personal injuries. If the victim died as a result of the car crash, the deceased’s family has two years from the date of the death to file a claim for wrongful death damages. When the statute of limitations period ends for a claim, a judge can then throw the case out and bar a victim from trying to collect damages.
Car Accident Injury Compensation
North Carolina operates under the pure contributory negligence standard when determining fault or liability and awarding damages to the plaintiff. This means that if the plaintiff is found to have contributed in any way to the accident, the victim will not receive any compensation for their claim. The other driver must be 100 percent at fault.
If the defendant is found to be at fault, the damages are designed to cover lost wages, loss of future wages, property damage, and current and future expenses for treatment and recovery. On top of the economic damages, our car accident lawyers can secure non-economic damages, including compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, disfigurement, and disability.
Punitive damages can also be awarded to the plaintiff to specifically punish the defendant. These are rarely awarded, and are generally only found in the most severe, egregious cases of negligence or fault.
Why You Need a Car Accident Attorney on Your Side
If you make a car accident claim, working with a personal injury lawyer is key to a more favorable outcome, particularly when you consider the strict rules regarding North Carolina’s pure contributory negligence standards. Not only does this allow you to focus on healing and recovering, but by working with an experienced car accident attorney, we can protect you from insurance companies who are looking out for their bottom line, not your best interests.
Our experience and dedication allows us to review the facts of your case in order to provide an estimate of your claim’s full value. We will take care of negotiations with insurance companies and fight on your behalf to make sure that the insurers don’t offer a settlement which is much less than what should be owed to you. While the majority of personal injury claims are settled out of court, in the event a fair settlement can not be reached, Attorney Harry H. Albritton, Jr. will bring your case to trial.
A History of Success for Our Clients
We are dedicated to getting fair compensation for our clients and will fight tirelessly on your behalf. Here are some examples of our verdicts for car accident injury cases:
- $850,000 to a former airline pilot who suffered a head injury during a low-speed automobile accident.
- $300,000 to a college student with orthopedic injuries sustained when his motorcycle was forced off the road by a negligent driver changing lanes.
- $100,000 to a client who suffered orthopedic injuries as the result of being struck by a driver who ran a stop sign.
Schedule a Consultation with our North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer
Harry Albritton and the team at Irons & Irons P.A. are committed to advocating for your fair car accident claim injury compensation. Irons & Irons P.A. accepts care accident personal injury cases in Charlotte, Raleigh, Greenville, Greensboro, Fayetteville, Asheville, Winston-Salem, and the entire state of North Carolina. If your settlement is not received, you won’t have to pay anything for our services. Call 252-215-3000 today or fill out the contact form below to schedule a consultation or learn more about our services.