Category: Car Accidents

Asheville Injury Lawyer Banner

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[...]

Asheville Injury Lawyer Banner

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[...]

Asheville Injury Lawyer Banner

Personal Injury Pain and Suffering Calculator

Personal Injury Settlement Calculator  If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, your personal injury lawyer can help you recover money you are entitled by law.  These usually 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 money damages for physical pain and mental suffering is much more difficult and subjective to calculate.  Here are some of the factors that help determine the value of physical pain and mental suffering.  Keep in mind that a jury usually makes this valuation, and settlements a[...]

Asheville Injury Lawyer Banner

How To Get a Copy of An Asheville Accident Report

In the aftermath of an Asheville car or truck accident, one of the pieces of information you will want to collect is a copy of the official accident report from the motor vehicle crash.   How to get an Asheville car accident police report online? This is one of many questions you might ask after being involved in an Asheville motor vehicle accident. Other questions might be "How long does it take to get a car accident police report ?",  "How do you read a car accident police report?" or "How long do you have to file a police report after a car accident".   Asheville NC attorney Lakota R. Denton can help you with getting the police report from your automobile or truck accident. Get Your Crash Report Online How do I get an Asheville[...]

Asheville Injury Lawyer Banner

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 [...]

Asheville Injury Lawyer Banner

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[...]