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

How Do You Know Who is at Fault in a Car Accident? While everyone involved might have their own opinion about what happened in a car accident and who was at fault, the actual first determination is made by any insurance companies involved. Their adjusters take a trained approach to examining all the details of a car accident, from the parties’ statements to the police reports to the mechanic’s reports, and then they work with counterparts to arrive at a conclusion of fault. However, that conclusion is specific to what the insurance company needs to determine and limit liability per their contract with the covered driver. It does not address the totality of responsibility in an accident, especially when the damages exceed policy cover[...]

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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 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 physical pain an[...]

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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[...]

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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[...]