We at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood are your Triangle-area personal injury attorneys truly dedicated to providing you with the legal representation you deserve to maximize the compensation you’re entitled to when you’re involved in a car accident.
Have You Been Hurt in an Accident? We Will Fight for Your Rights
In the blink of an eye, your life can change forever. Whether it is you that is in the accident or your loved one, any accident caused by an irresponsible driver can change everything. In today’s busy, on-the-go society, transportation is an important part of life. Unfortunately, even though automobiles have been in use for nearly a century, the misuse of automobiles accounts for a huge number of accidents and injuries every day.
Many motorists simply do not understand the responsibilities they shoulder when on the road, and it is people like you that suffer at the hands of those who do not take their driving responsibilities seriously. The motor vehicle accident attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood are your Cary area experts who can help you understand your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
What Should You do if You Have Been in an Accident?
There are several steps that you should take immediately following an accident, as well as a few more steps to take once the immediate action has been taken. These include the following:
- Stop: First of all, stay at the scene of the accident, but do your best to avoid obstructing traffic. North Carolina law requires that all drivers involved in any accident that involves personal or property damage or death stay at the accident scene. You may leave temporarily to get medical assistance or to call an officer, but you must return to the scene as quickly as possible.
- Assist the Injured: Next, if anyone has been seriously injured, call for medical assistance. Try to make the injured individuals comfortable, but do not move them unless you are trained to do so.
- Call an Officer: By the quickest means possible, contact the local police department or North Carolina Highway Patrol if the accident involved death or personal or property damage. If the accident does not involve personal or property damage or death, you are not required by law to notify the police unless an unattended vehicle is damaged. It is advisable, however, to create a police report if you feel the other party is at fault.
- Witnesses: Gather the names, phone numbers, and addresses of any witnesses who might have information about the accident. Try to obtain statements from those witnesses as well about what happened.
- Assist the Officer: If you are not injured, stay at the scene until the officer arrives and tells you it is okay to leave. Cooperate with the officer and give him or her the basic facts, but remember that no one is required to give opinions regarding the cause of the accident. You have the right to consult with a car accident attorney before making any statements.
- Exchange Information: Obtain the other driver’s information including name, phone number, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration number. The law requires you to share this information. It is also recommended that you ask to see the other driver’s license and ask for his or her insurance information.
- Take Notes: Fill out an accident information diagram and form and make your own written notes on any significant circumstances surrounding the accident. Be certain that you take good enough notes that you can, at a much later date, point to exactly where the vehicles collided on the road. If you have a camera, it is advisable to take pictures of the scene, including skid marks, road signs, etc.
- See a Doctor: Keep in mind that costly and serious injuries may not always be obvious immediately at the scene of an accident. Inform your insurance company of any medical condition or injury and of your medical bills. Many types of injuries appear several days after the actual accident.
- Notify Your Insurance Company: Make a full report to your automobile liability insurance company immediately, or have your attorney make the liability report for you.
- Pay Nothing: While it is important that you comply with the law and keep your driver’s license and insurance up to date, you should never make an immediate payment of any kind to the other party. Remember that the other driver cannot force you to make any kind of payment or hold your car without legal action.
If I Have Been in a Minor Accident do I Still Need to Contact an Attorney?
Technically you do not need an attorney to represent you in a car accident claim, but keep in mind that the insurance companies will always have lawyers working on their side. Those attorneys can be exceptionally aggressive, especially if you sustained an injury from the accident because there is more money on the line for them. Having an experienced Cary car accident lawyer on your side will help even out the playing field and give you a much better chance at receiving the maximum and fair compensation you deserve.
When do I Need an Attorney?
Our team of car accident attorneys fight for full compensation for our clients including damages such as pain and suffering, lost wages, and medical expenses. We handle a variety of car accident claims including:
- Rear-end Collisions
- Head-on Accidents
- T-bone Collisions
- Intersection Accidents
- Left Turn Wrecks
- Driving Left of Center Accidents
- Red Light and Stop Sign Accidents
- Accidents Caused by Drunk Driving and/or Speeding
- Accidents Resulting from Talking or Texting on a Mobile Device
Motor vehicle accidents can cause a variety of injuries and symptoms with long-term effects, and many of those do not present themselves for days, or even weeks, after the date of the accident. Some of the physical injuries and symptoms our team handles include whiplash, sprains and strains, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, seat belt injuries, traumatic brain injuries, cuts and bruises, and abdominal injuries.
What Kind of Compensation Will I Receive?
Each accident and set of circumstances is different, so there is no definite dollar amount that we can guarantee. However, we will seek every possible source of compensation for your damages including the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage, the insurance policy for the owner of the other vehicle if the owner is different from the driver, and any available uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. If your accident involved drunk driving, speeding, or texting and cell phone usage, you may also be entitled to punitive damages.
We may be able to pursue payment for past and future medical bills, repair or replacement of your vehicle, lost wages if you missed work, pain and suffering, and in some extreme cases, punitive damages.
Why Should I Choose the Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of D. Hardison Wood?
When you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you have already suffered enough. The last thing you need is an accident attorney who only cares about the financial aspect of your case and not you as a person. Victims who do not seek legal representation can be bogged down not only by the immediate trauma of the accident, but also emotional, psychological, and financial trauma that occurs long after the day of the accident has passed.
Our experienced attorneys understand your needs and we will fight to ensure that all these uncertainties are the least of your worries. We will focus on getting you the financial compensation you deserve, while you focus on getting healthy and reclaiming your life.
Are You Ready to Seek the Compensation You Deserve?
A knowledgeable vehicle accident lawyer who is well-versed in the law can save you a time and headaches. The attorneys at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary can educate you on your rights as a victim and get you the maximum financial compensation allowed. A good attorney knows how to navigate not just the settlement negotiations with insurance adjusters, but also how to handle your lawsuit if your case proceeds to North Carolina civil court. Let us take the burden off your shoulders by letting our experienced attorneys handle your case for you.