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Top Causes Of Truck & Big Rig Accidents (Infographic)

Asheville North Carolina Truck Accidents In 2016, 4,564 lives were lost in 4,079 crashes involving large trucks or buses in the United States.  Fatalities increased 5% from 2015, and fatal crashes increased 6%.  If you have been involved in a North Carolina commercial trucking accident or 18 wheeler big rig truck wreck, contact the Asheville North Carolina truck attorneys at Lakota R. Denton for help with everything related to Asheville truck accident law.  Unfortunately, many truck accidents are caused not by trucks or commercial drivers, but by those driving passenger vehicles. It's very common for them to have no idea what the limits are on trucks in terms of visibility, braking, and acceleration. Driving in areas where a trucke[...]

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What Should I Expect From My First Meeting With a Personal Injury Lawyer?

In the aftermath of a serious accident, one of the choices you will have to make is whether or not to find an Asheville personal injury lawyer for a free consultation.   Often, clients will meet with several different accident attorneys to decide which attorney is the best fit for them, and discuss their case.  Here is what you should expect from those initial meetings. Meeting Your Personal Injury Lawyer When you come into an attorneys office after scheduling an appointment, you will meet with the attorney and explain what happened in your accident in detail.  Almost every personal injury lawyer charges on a "contingency basis" meaning that you only pay out of whatever they can recover for you in a settlement or jury verdict.  As [...]

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What Happens If the At-Fault Driver Wasn’t Ticketed Following Your Car Crash?

If you’ve been in a car accident in Asheville, you probably don’t think much about the law enforcement officers who respond to the scene. However, your Asheville personal injury case may hinge on one key issue that directly relates to which agency dispatches officers to your accident, which is: you may find yourself in a situation where the at-fault driver received no ticket after your accident. Which law enforcement agencies issue tickets after accidents? If your accident occurred within Asheville’s city limits, the Asheville Police Department (APD) was likely the agency that responded to the accident. APD officers often do not write tickets to at-fault drivers in accidents.  This is in contrast to NC State Highway Patrol trooper[...]

What to do Immediately Following a Car Accident

Being involved in an Asheville, North Carolina car accident is a very stressful experience, particularly if you are injured in the accident, or if someone in your automobile or SUV was injured.  It can be very difficult to think clearly in those early moments when your body is in shock and your brain is flooded with adrenaline. Motor vehicle accident lawyer Lakota Denton answers many questions related to Asheville car accidents and what your options are after an accident.  Simple car accidents can often be handled between you and the insurance company for the at-fault driver, but more complicated accidents involving severe injuries, property damage, permanent injury or questions of fault can require the assistance of an experienced perso[...]

Car Accidents in Asheville

Injured in an Asheville North Carolina Car Accident? As an attorney who handles Asheville NC car accident claims every day, I want to help people stay informed and know their rights.  It’s important to understand the legal landscape of an auto accident claim, but also how certain factors specific to Asheville and Western NC, in general, can affect your claim. Asheville North Carolina residents see car accidents nearly every day on the city’s streets. Hundreds of car accidents occur each year in Buncombe County and the surrounding areas of Western North Carolina. Many of these accidents cause serious and sometimes fatal injuries. If you or your loved one have been the victim of a car accident and have been injured through no fault[...]

5 Top Things to Investigate After Car Accident (Infographic)

What to do after a car accident in Asheville, North Carolina Being involved in a Motor Vehicle Accident can be a traumatic event. Some of the questions that we get about being involved in a car accident or about what to do after a car accident are "What do I do right after an Asheville car accident?", "What to do after a car accident that is my fault" or "What to do after a car accident that is not my fault", as well as questions like "What to do after a minor car accident" or "what happens if someone else is driving my car and gets in an accident". Asheville North Carolina Car Accident Lawyer Lakota Denton has handled numerous motor vehicle accident claims and if you’ve ever been involved in a car wreck or truck accident, you’ll know[...]

Tips to Ensure Your Safety On the Road

Asheville Auto Accident Attorney Lakota Denton Have you ever wondered why insurance companies offer better rates for more experienced drivers and higher premiums for young drivers with less experience behind the wheel?  Statistically speaking, a young man is more likely to get in a wreck than a middle-aged woman, and their insurance premiums will reflect this.  For example, it is not uncommon to see a first-time young male driver quoted upwards of $200/mo. for auto insurance. Conversely, a middle-aged driver with a clean driving history can get much better rates, based on their history and the demographic bracket they fall into. Insurance companies are assessing their risk, as they’re basically agreeing to be financially responsible fo[...]

Why An Insurance Adjuster Is Not Your Friend

As a personal injury law firm that deals almost exclusively with car accident cases, we have a bit of a unique perspective on insurance adjusters.    Time and time again, we’ve witnessed the various strategies and manipulations used by insurance agencies, in order to minimize their payouts on valid insurance claims.   Here in the office, we smirk a little when we see advertisements on TV and radio for the big insurers, touting slogans such as:  “Like a good neighbor”, “under our wing”, “You’re in good hands” etc… The truth about how you may be treated by them is quite different when push comes to shove.  Make no mistake, an insurance company is a business, whose goal is to make money. Insurers are in the odd positio[...]

How Effective are Bike Helmets at Reducing Brain Injuries?

All bicyclists know that they SHOULD wear a bike helmet when riding, to prevent potential traumatic brain injuries (commonly referred to as TBI’s).   Despite this, some riders don’t seem to know exactly how effective a helmet can be, when worn properly, to reduce the risk of brain or head injuries.    Some people assume that if they get hit by a car while riding, their helmet isn’t going to help them very much in the grand scheme of how catastrophic that accident is likely to be.  Other riders feel helmets are too uncomfortable, don’t look good, or any number of other concerns that don’t put safety at the forefront of the conversation.   The real question is whether the evidence shows that wearing a helmet is an effectiv[...]

How Social Media Can Harm Your Car Accident Claim

Social media is becoming an increasingly intertwined part of our everyday lives. Every day it seems like more and more of us are posting or scrolling through our Facebook feeds all day long, cataloging our lives and experiences to share with those around us.    When something noteworthy happens, we’re quick to post it on Facebook for advice, feedback, or recognition.  Unfortunately, there are scenarios where this behavior can cause major problems, such as posting about the details of a recent car accident.  For a variety of reasons, Attorney Denton recommends that you resist the urge to share sensitive information about your car wreck on social media.  Posting About Your Car Accident On Facebook. When we talk to new clients abou[...]