Do you need a Fayetteville, 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 Fayetteville, Car Accident, you are not alone. According to the NC Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2016, there were 8,260 collisions, resulting in 21 fatalities and 2,691 injuries in Fayetteville, NC. That averages to almost 23 auto accidents in the city limits of Fayetteville, NC a day in 2016 alone. In Cumberland County as a whole during 2016, there were 267,494 reportable collisions, resulting in 1,441 fatal injuries and 130,137 non-fatal injuries. That averages to almost 357 non-fatal injuries a day in Cumberland County in 2016 that were the result of a motor vehicle collision.
Did you get a ticket as a result of your collision?
The first question that needs to be answered regarding your Fayetteville, 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. If you are unsure who was at fault during the accident, you can try to obtain your accident report from Fayetteville Police Department Crash Reports. Assuming that the other party was at fault, we will proceed.
The Car Accident Scene
After a collision, the scene can often be chaotic and confusing. In a perfect world, you would have been able to give a statement, gathered the contact information of any witnesses to the collision, exchanged insurance information with the at-fault driver(s) and taken photos of your vehicle at the scene of the collision. If you were unable to do any of the above, either because of your injuries or the circumstances of the collision, do not worry! This information can be collected through the process of investigating your personal injury claim. 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?
It depends. After a car collision, the severity of your injuries dictates the medical treatment you should seek. The right thing to do is to receive treatment for your injuries as soon as possible after the collision, and to get the treatment that is necessary for you to recover from the injuries you suffered at the hands of the at-fault driver. You can also read Medical Bills After a NC Motor Vehicle Accident.
If you went to the emergency room after the wreck, you likely informed the medical professionals about the facts of the accident and the parts and areas of your body that were in pain. If necessary, the medical professionals likely performed physical exams and diagnostic tests, such as x-rays, CT scans, and/or MRIs, to properly diagnose your injuries. If possible, document the progress of your injuries with photographs from the date of the collision until fully recovered. If you did not take photos from the outset of your Cumberland County car wreck, now is the time to start!
What about the hours I have missed at my job?
During your recovery, if you had to miss time at work or use your paid leave time, you may be entitled to compensation. You should notify your supervisor of your wreck, injuries, and treatment schedule to be sure your employer is aware of your circumstances. Make sure to document when, why, and the number of hours or paid leave you had to miss or use during your recovery.
Do you need a Fayetteville, NC Car Accident Lawyer?
It depends. If you were not at-fault and injured as a result of the collision and are having difficulty with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier, you may need a Fayetteville, NC car accident lawyer. If you want advice on negotiating with the insurance company to be sure that you are obtaining all compensation you are entitled to under North Carolina law, you should call a Fayetteville NC Car Accident Lawyer. The Bishop Law Firm handles Cumberland County Car Wreck injury cases and we do not get paid unless you win! Call us today at (919) 615-3095.