Injured in a Car Accident that’s not my Fault

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Daggett Shuler Law Firm
2140 Country Club Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27104
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Although driving defensively, following the traffic laws, and using every precaution available to you can dramatically decrease your chances of being in a car accident, the truth is that nothing can completely eliminate that risk. That’s simply because you cannot control other people on the roadway. There are roughly 6 million motor vehicle accidents in the United States each year. The overwhelming majority of these motor vehicle accidents are due to entirely preventable causes, including drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, and driving while fatigued.

When you or a loved one are injured in a car accident that is not your fault, there are certain things that you need to know. This includes the following:

First, seek the medical treatment that you need. If you are treated by emergency services at the scene of the accident, follow up with your primary care physician. If you are taken to the hospital by ambulance, and you need to later see a specialist, make and keep that appointment. Always get medical treatment and follow up with your treating physicians, following their recommendations.

Second, know that North Carolina is an “at-fault” state. That means that you will turn to the at-fault driver’s car insurance to recover compensation. This is different than “no-fault” states, where you would turn to your insurance company first. As a result, this means that you can – and should – hire a car accident lawyer to file a claim against the other driver’s insurance carrier. An experienced car accident lawyer will protect your rights, and will look out for your best interest.

Third, know that North Carolina is a contributory negligence state. This means if you had any fault in causing your motor vehicle accident, you could be unable to recover any compensation for your injuries. That’s why it is imperative to immediately seek legal assistance.

Finally, all victims who were injured in a car accident should know that, at Daggett Shuler, case evaluations are free, there is no obligation to sign up, and we only get our legal fees paid from a percentage of what we recover for you – and only after we recover it for you. That means there is no upfront cost or financial risk to begin working with our legal team.

To learn more about how our experienced personal injury attorneys at Daggett Shuler can help you, contact us today by dialing 336-724-1234 for a FREE consultation. Or reach out to us through our website at