Mike Wells: What to do if you’re in a crash – Winston-Salem Journal

The majority of drivers are likely to end up in an accident at one point or another. In the coming columns, the most important concerns will be discussed in order to provide readers with direction on what to take to ensure they are treated fairly with respect to their legitimate rights for damage to their property as well as personal accidents.

These are the most important concerns:

1. If you’re legally required to notify the authorities for an investigation into an accident?

2. How can you ensure you get the right amount of compensation for the damage to your property and personal injuries, even if you’re not the cause of the accident?

3. It is crucial to record that you’ve received prompt and appropriate medical care if you’re injured?

4. Do you require an attorney? Perhaps not. Tips will be offered regarding how you can get counsel from a lawyer for minor injury cases to make sure you’re not making a mistake. It is also a good idea for determining when it could be time to get lawyers on an (standard) contingency fee agreement to handle the claims.

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5. Which liability insurance policies could offer additional protection if the injuries you sustain are serious or serious, and how can you recognize them? Certain policies may not be evident.

6. What exactly are medical care liens? Providers of medical care may have legitimate liens that the law demands you be able to pay from your recoveries. Medical lien holders can cut their liens down, if justifiable, and thus improve your net earnings. What kind of reductions could be considered justified?

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North Carolina law requires a driver involved in a crash notify the police if any victim is injured OR the property is damaged in excess of $1000.

The majority of bumps or dings in a car bumper is likely be a cause of damage more than $1000. This means that one must always call the police for an investigation into the crash regardless of whether there is an injury to the person or there is no injury.

Nobody wants to have to deal the fast-paced time that is required to look into an accident, however an officer who is investigating might suggest that you visit the emergency room for a medical examination for injuries that could not be evident to you, especially muscle injuries. The majority of these are genuine and permanent injuries that are not faked by any means, which might not become evident to even the most truthful people until a few some time later. This can be quite shocking when we look at the facts.

If the police officer instructs you to visit the ER take it. This helps medically receive the proper care. It also confirms that your claim that you actually seriously injured. If you refuse the advice for going to the ER and then later complain and you have a complaint, something that happens much more frequently than you think the insurance adjuster representing the party at fault may justifiably determine if you sustained injuries during the accident as far as you are claiming.

What happens if the reason for the crash isn’t evident? If the party at fault insists that you may be partially responsible too?

The laws on this subject might be a surprise to you. North Carolina is one of three states which adhere to the rule of unconditional contributory negligence. (Instead of the comparative negligence rule.) If you can prove that you’re even 1% to blame, aside from certain circumstances, you’re not legally entitled to be compensated.

An impartial investigator can record what participants said on the spot concerning the cause of the crash. This can go a long way towards “locking into the truth” in order to prevent the possibility of imaginative memories of the responsible group later on about the actions you’ve done that may have contributed to the the accident.

The next time A few commonsense measures you can take to ensure that you receive a fair settlement of your case.

Make sure to make an informed decision. is an intelligent choice.

Postscript Thank you for all who attended the event, which was free and Ask-A-Lawyer Day organized by the North Carolina Bar Association on March 4th. The event was the topic of our column last February. A large number of residents came in for guidance and free counsel from NCBA lawyers who practice in private practice throughout the State. The 15-year “Lawyers Helping People” service initiative is one of the top legal services programs in the United States.

Mike Wells is a partner of Wells Law, PLLC in Winston-Salem. You can reach him via mike@wellslaw.us or at 336-283-8700.

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