Category: Personal Injury Law

Drunk Driving Accidents in Beer City USA

Asheville’s eclectic charms have allowed it to maintain a consistent position at the top of lifestyle lists in recent years. Our city is frequently named one of the best places to visit or live in travel, food, and other publications. Western North Carolina’s rapid population growth is evidence of this interest in our area. But the rise in tourism and new residents has also correlated to an alarmingly high number of Driving While Intoxicated arrests. Readers who know Asheville as Beer City are probably unsurprised to hear that Buncombe County leads the state in these types of arrests. Drunk driving accidents are a big threat to the people who travel and live in and around Asheville. Here’s a look at why drunk driving is such a hazard[...]

Can I Sue My Landlord if I am Injured on His/Her Property?

Asheville is home to many rental properties where residents live full-time. While landlords and property management companies are frequently responsive to tenants’ issues with broken sidewalks, shaky stairs, or other safety hazards, many landlords drag their feet or ignore tenants’ complaints about dangerous conditions entirely. The issue with neglected safety hazards like these is obvious: it places tenants in danger of falls and injuries. Children and elderly people are especially at risk for injuries in these conditions, although even able-bodied people can succumb to a trip and fall injury on pavement, stairwells, or other areas that have fallen into disrepair. Uneven carpeting in hallways can even cause fall-related injuries. Reno[...]

What happens after an accident involving an Uber or Lyft Driver?

Car accidents can be confusing and challenging to sort out, but getting in a car accident involving a driver for a ride-sharing company like Uber or Lyft (either as a passenger, or driver of another vehicle) can add additional confusion to the situation.  The good news is that your task immediately after the accident is the same:  If you are able, document the accident with photos (of the vehicle damage, any injuries, and the surrounding roadway/intersection), talk to and get contact info for witnesses, and obtain the medical care you need, making sure to follow your MD’s orders throughout your treatment.    It is always wise to speak with an Asheville Personal Injury Attorney, to help determine the best course of action, and to ensu[...]

After an Accident, Beware of Delayed Symptoms

In 2015, North Carolina reported approximately 251,638 traffic crashes were reported, of which almost 124,000 people were injured. This was an increase of 11.1% from the previous year,  according to the North Carolina 2015 Traffic Crash Facts, put out by the NCDOT. Delayed Onset of Symptoms Drivers and passengers often display obvious signs of injury after severe automobile accidents, but sometimes individuals involved in traffic crashes do not exhibit these symptoms until hours or days later. If you have been involved in a major or minor traffic crash, you should be aware that an injury could have occurred for which you are not yet symptomatic.   It is common that an accident victim thinks they are uninjured at the time of the crash, [...]

How to Get Your Lost Wages Covered After an Accident.     

After a severe accident and disabling injury, you will likely have medical bills that need to be paid, as well as damage to your vehicle for which you’ll be seeking compensation for.   If you were employed at the time of the accident, you can also make a lost wage claim to get compensated for the work you missed, due to your inability to perform your normal job.  It is not uncommon for someone to miss a day or even a week of work following an accident, but what if its several weeks, or more?  Some individuals will have sick pay or vacation days to draw from, but an experienced personal injury lawyer can help make sure that those responsible for your crash are held accountable.  Necessary Lost Wage Documentation In order for you to [...]

Delayed Injury Symptoms After an Accident

In 2015, the NCDOT reported that 251,638 traffic accidents occurred in North Carolina, of which 123,589 people were injured.   This is an 11% increase from the previous year.    In some accidents, injuries sustained by drivers and passengers are obvious, and their symptoms are evident right away.  However, in some cases, notably sprains and strains of the neck and back (classified as soft tissue injuries), symptoms and issues can arise over hours or even days, and may not be evident at the accident scene.    Be mindful after an accident A car accident, even if it seems minor in nature, can have delayed onset of symptoms and injuries, and you’ll want to be careful how you proceed from the time of the accident.  If you think it[...]

How Do I Get a Rental Car After My Car Accident?

After a car accident, it is likely that your vehicle is damaged or totaled and that you find yourself in need of a rental car, so that you can manage your daily obligations.   If your vehicle is unable to be driven, you’re probably wondering who is responsible for paying for your rental car? When is the insurance company is going to pay for your repairs?  If your car is totaled, when are they going to send you a check so you can buy a new car? Rental Cars and Insurance First things first, check your auto insurance policy and see if your insurance provides rental car coverage.   This is included in some policies, and an optional add-on for other policies that provides you a rental car for use after an accident, if your vehicle is[...]

What Documents Do I Need to Build a Case for My Insurance Claim?

They key to making sure you’re properly compensated for an accident claim with an auto insurance is being organized, and having all of the necessary documentation in its place. In order to demonstrate to an insurance adjuster that your accident happened, and that your injuries are legitimate, you will need to provide certain pieces of information and documentation.  Without some of this information, and insurance company can and will poke holes in your claim and find ways to diminish the value of, or deny your claim altogether.   The following are some of the documents you will want to have on hand to submit along with your claim: Accident Report Make sure you get a copy of your North Carolina Accident report that was generated either[...]

Who Is Responsible for Paying for Damage to my Vehicle from an Accident

If you’ve been in an accident and your vehicle has been damaged or totaled, you’re probably wondering who will pay for the repairs to, or replacement of your vehicle.   The answer is almost always automobile liability insurance.  Property damage and injuries are covered by your car insurance, in the case of an auto accident that is your fault.  The same is true in the case of an accident that was not your fault.  If the accident was another drivers fault, you will likely be dealing with the at fault drivers 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 h[...]

Think You Can’t Afford to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer?

In the aftermath of an accident, it can be difficult to know how best to proceed . You may be recovering from serious injuries, but you're also likely facing potentially large financial obligations like medical bills, car repair costs, and lost wages. Due to the overwhelm and mounting financial burdens, many people think that they will be unable to afford to hire a personal injury lawyer. What Does it Cost to Hire an Attorney to Help with your Injury Claim? When people consider hiring a personal injury attorney, they often believe that they can't afford an attorney, due to the common stereotype that attorneys charge expensive hourly rates. In some practice areas this is true, but almost all personal injury attorneys offer free co[...]