Do you need a Durham NC Car Accident Lawyer? If so, The Bishop Law Firm can help with your case! Read on for more information.
If you have been involved in a Durham Car Accident, you are not alone. According to the NC Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2016, there were 12,643 auto crashes and 3,259 injuries in Durham, NC. That averages to almost 9 Durham auto accident injuries a day. In Durham County in 2016 there were 22 car accident fatalities.
Was the Durham Car Accident your fault?
The first question that needs to be answered regarding your Durham NC car accident was whether the accident was your fault? If you received a citation (ticket) for the accident that means that the accident was determined to be your fault. In North Carolina, if you receive a ticket you are not allowed to file suit against the other party. Assuming that the other party was at fault, we will proceed.
The Car Accident Scene
Hopefully, you have never been in an car accident before so we should discuss what happened at the scene. At the scene of the accident, the investigating officer took statements, you were given witness contact information, you obtained the at-fault party’s insurance information and you took photos of your vehicle before you went to the emergency room or other medical facility. If you were unable to take photos of your vehicle right after the accident, now is the time to do so! There is also a helpful handout about car accident protocol by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice (NCAJ) found here.
What medical treatment is needed?
Going to the hospital immediately after the accident is the right thing to do BUT continuing to receive medical care for your injuries is the smart thing to do. Ongoing medical treatment documents what kind of health issues you may continue to have from the accident. You can also read Medical Bills After a NC Motor Vehicle Accident.
If you went to the emergency room after the accident you informed the medical staff of what happened, where you were experiencing pain or discomfort and hopefully they gave you an examination, x-rays, CTs or MRIs of those areas. You should also take photos of your Durham Car Accident injuries if possible. Once again, if you have not done so, now is a good time!
I have missed work, what now?
If you are missing work, you need to document the days that you are missing and what the pay for those days would have been. Some days you miss may be paid as overtime days so that needs to be accounted for.
Do you need a Durham NC Car Accident Lawyer?
Next, you must deal with the at-fault party’s car insurance carrier. If you are having a difficult time with the insurance company or if you want advice on obtaining all compensation you are entitled to under North Carolina law, you should call a Durham NC Car Accident Lawyer. The Bishop Law Firm handles Durham Car Accident injury cases and we do not get paid unless you win! Call us today at (919) 615-3095.