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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[...]

Damages in Catastrophic Injury Cases

The question of what damages car accident victims can seek is unique to every client’s case. The term "damages" refers the various forms of compensation an accident victim is entitled to after an injury.    Of the many Western North Carolina residents who suffer catastrophic injuries in car accidents every year, everyone’s case is different. In this article, the fourth in our series on catastrophic car accident injuries, we’ll discuss damages commonly sought in personal injury cases. Lost income in catastrophic car accident cases Accident victims’ lost wages often comprise a significant portion of a settlement in a typical car accident case. These tend to be the easiest to prove if someone is regularly employed. The injured pers[...]

Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries from Car Accidents

Thousands of Asheville residents suffer injuries in car accidents every year. Most of these people are able to recover and return to their normal lives after a period of rest. However, many people are not as fortunate, suffering injuries that leave them disabled, unable to work, and rapidly accruing medical debt as a result of their accidents. Injuries that leave victims in such a state are called catastrophic injuries, which means that they are unable to ever lead the life that they led before their accidents. We’ve recently defined catastrophic injuries and discussed their effects on victims’ lives on our Asheville personal injury blog. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the common catastrophic injuries people suffer in car acc[...]

How Catastrophic Accidents Affect Victims’ Lives

­­After an Asheville catastrophic car accident, you may feel that for every question your doctors answer, several new ones arise. How do you pay medical bills after a catastrophic injury? How do you get medical care if you can’t afford it? How will your family be affected after your catastrophic accident? In this article, the second in our personal injury blog series on catastrophic car accident injuries, we’ll talk about the long-term effects of catastrophic injuries on victims’ lives. Important issues in catastrophic accidents include the need for in-home care services, life care planning, and other services to help you adjust and begin building a new life after your accident. Getting medical care for car accident disabilities [...]

Catastrophic Injuries from Asheville Car Accidents

Broken bones, concussions, whiplash – many Asheville residents have fallen victim to these types of injuries in car accidents. While these injuries are serious and can require physical therapy and surgery, most car accident victims experience a full recovery. But if you or a loved one experienced an injury that will likely result in a permanent disability, you probably have questions about what you should do in both the short term and the long term. Often called catastrophic injuries, this type of injury is the most serious non-fatal injury people can suffer in a car accident. This article is the first in our personal injury blog series on catastrophic car accident injuries. In this post, we’ll answer the question, “What are catastro[...]

Why Is the Insurance Company Offering So Little for My Injuries?

The Dirty Truth About Insurance Companies and Unfair Settlement Offers. If you have been the victim of an accident, and have been injured as the result of another person’s negligence or through no fault of your own, you may be in the midst of dealing and negotiating with an insurance company.   As a victim of an accident you did not cause, you are likely entitled to obtain compensation for things like medical bills, property (vehicle) damage, lost wages and pain and suffering.  Insurance companies often fail to make reasonable offers that clients find acceptable.   There are many reasons for this (some you can probably guess), but at the end of the day, injured persons with legitimate claims for compensation scratch their head at h[...]