Category: Car Accidents

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Can I File a Personal Injury Claim after a Motorcycle Accident?

Riding a motorcycle is a great way to experience the open road and feel free. Everything might be going fine when suddenly a reckless driver pulls out in front of you. The attorneys at the Denton Law Firm have the knowledge, experience, and skill to help you with your personal injury claim. We understand your challenges and are here to make things easier. You are not alone in these situations.  Motorcycle accidents account for 14% of all fatalities, even though they are .6% of all registered vehicles. The odds of fatalities are higher with motorcycles than other types of accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, you are 29 times more likely to die in a motorcycle than in a car accident. These fig[...]

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How Do You Determine Who Is at Fault in a Car Accident?

Car accidents occur every day and often result from one or both drivers failing to follow the rules of the road. Last year the total number of car accidents increased by 4.4%,with more people traveling more miles. Determining fault is critical for legal proceedings and processing insurance claims. It helps assess the damages, injuries, and who is responsible for covering these expenses. The process requires a thorough investigation and seeing where the facts take us. Here are some of the ways fault is determined in a car accident. Negligence Negligence is when one driver fails to exercise reasonable care and causes harm to others or property. Negligent acts include disobeying traffic signals, speeding, distracted driving, tailgatin[...]

Who is Responsible for Paying Damages After a Car Accident?

If you’ve been in an accident and your vehicle has been damaged or totaled, you’re probably wondering who is responsible for paying damages after a car accident. The answer is almost always automobile liability insurance. In North Carolina, car insurance covers property damage and injuries in the case of an auto accident that is your fault. If the accident was another driver's fault, you will likely be dealing with the at-fault driver's insurance unless they have no coverage or insufficient coverage. In that case, you may have to deal with your own insurance to get money from your uninsured/underinsured coverage on your own policy. If you’re unsure how to pursue these sources, contact an experienced personal injury attorn[...]

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Can You Sue an Uninsured Driver?

Under North Carolina law, all drivers are required to carry uninsured motorist insurance coverage. However, thousands of people in our state choose to drive without any coverage. If you’ve been involved in a car accident with an uninsured driver, you may not know what to do next, and you may be asking if you can sue an uninsured driver for damages. 5 Things You Can Do if an Uninsured Driver Hits You Since uninsured liability insurance is mandatory, if you are hit by an uninsured driver, you have the right to sue the driver for damages. If you’re the victim of a hit-and-run by an uninsured driver, these options are available for you to seek compensation as well. The following are 5 things you can do if an uninsured driver has hi[...]

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How to Get a Car Accident Police Report

Learning how to get a car accident police report may be necessary if you have suffered significant losses from an accident and hope to pursue financial compensation for those losses. Our attorneys at Lakota R. Denton, P.A. can provide you with assistance in getting a copy of your police report, especially if it is needed for a case. However, if you want to get a copy yourself, you can do so by following these steps: Contact the responding officers Speak to the police department directly Reach out to your insurance company Get some information from the DMV. If you hope to obtain a copy of your police report, the process is typically not difficult to do. However, it may take a bit of time to ensure that you get the right [...]

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Why Do Car Accident Insurance Claims Fail To Settle?

Why Do Car Accident Claims Fail to Settle? Don’t Fight Insurance Claims Alone It can be pretty harrowing to be injured in a car accident. Not only is it incredibly painful, but it can also be terrifying and confusing. After all your pain and suffering, the last thing you want to hear is that the insurance company doesn’t want to settle your accident claim. This can leave you feeling even more lost, helpless, and angry. You might not know what to do or where to turn, and the thought of a lengthy court battle can be daunting. If you are struggling to reach a settlement with an insurance company, it may be time to consult with an experienced trial attorney. Your first question should be: Why does my insurance company not want to s[...]

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Can You Sue for Pain and Suffering After a Car Accident?

A personal injury lawyer can help you sue for pain and suffering from a motor vehicle accident if you were injured due to another party’s negligence or fault. Pain and suffering damages are to compensate an injured person for the intangible, but very real, consequences of someone else’s negligence or fault. While it’s hard to put a dollar value on pain and suffering, these and other non-economic damages are endured by injured individuals on a daily basis, and they negatively affect quality of life, ability to work, and social and family relationships. Because of their tremendous impact, pain and suffering awards are often greater than those for economic damages. If you or a loved one has suffered injury in a car accident or som[...]

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with Personal Injury Claim?

As an Asheville personal injury lawyer, it is common that someone comes into my office asking if I can represent them in a minor car accident claim.   When a car accident is minor and the details are simple, I often advise the potential client that they handle the claim on their own, armed with some basic knowledge and know-how.   Occasionally, these clients return to my office down the road looking for help resolving the claim, if they are unable to reach an agreement with the insurance company or adjuster.  When can you handle a claim by yourself? You can attempt to settle a claim by yourself, and avoid paying your personal injury attorney the 33% fee (that most all injury lawyers charge), potentially saving you thousands of dolla[...]

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Preventing and Identifying Injuries to Children in Car Accidents

Automobile accidents are always stressful and frightening events and can be made even scarier when your child is injured in a crash.   For children aged 10-14, auto accidents are the third leading cause of death, and for children between 5-9, the fourth leading cause.  Here are some tips to help keep your kids as safe as possible, to help reduce the possibility of them getting injured in a crash: Keep Car Seats Rear-Facing Until Age 2 Previously, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended keeping the car seat read facing as long as possible, but in the current policy statement published in Pediatrics, the AAP  now advises parents to keep toddlers in rear-facing car seats until age two.  Once they have outgrown the 3 point harn[...]

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Personal Injury Pain and Suffering Calculator

PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENT CALCULATOR If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, your Asheville personal injury lawyer can help you recover money that you deserve by law. This settlement usually will include payment for your medical bills, lost wages, and something called “pain and suffering.“ Calculations for medical bills and lost wages are usually very easy – if you have a $5,000 medical bill, the at-fault party owes you $5,000 to pay for that bill. But monetary damages for physical pain and mental suffering are much more difficult and subjective to calculate. This pain and suffering settlement calculator discusses some of the factors that help determine the compensatory value of physic[...]