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A serious car accident can change your life in an instant. If you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury or trauma from a vehicle collision, you know the difficulty and confusion firsthand—especially if the crash was caused by another person’s negligence.
Your recovery might feel like an uphill battle right now, but it does not have to be.
If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident in the State of North Carolina that was the result of someone else's negligence, we want to hear from you. We offer a free, confidential, no-obligation consultation for all new clients to discuss their unique situations with our Charlotte car accident lawyers and learn more about their legal rights and options. You’re not alone in your circumstance, and we want to help.
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Every year, approximately 2.6 million passengers or drivers are injured in collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most—if not all—of these crashes could have likely been prevented.
You deserve to move on with your life, and stay focused on your recovery, getting back to work, and taking care of your family. The attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates are ready to help you do that. You may have discovered this page while searching for direction or professional assistance following an accident; we have the knowledge, skill and experience you need on your side in this difficult time. The other driver’s insurance company will begin to investigate the accident and protect their interests immediately. Let us do the same for you. Read on to learn more about how our firm can help you after your car accident.
Types of Car Accidents
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, drivers between the ages of 18-34 make up 38 percent of all car accidents, while drivers between the ages of 25-49 make up 29 percent of all car accidents.
Car accidents can take on a variety of forms, though the type of wreck will often depend on different factors. These include the location of the accident, the speed at which the involved vehicles were traveling, and the amount of traffic present.
The most common types of collisions include:
- Rear-End Accidents: When a vehicle collides with the car in front of it, liability or responsibility is usually clear. However, insurance companies and their lawyers will often look for a reason to blame an innocent driver.
- Distracted Driving Accidents: Distracted driving refers to any time a driver takes his or her attention off the road, and today texting while driving is a common kind of distracted driving. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 1.6 million crashes occur each year because of cell phone use while driving. Other distractions to avoid while driving include eating and drinking, searching through a purse or wallet, and adjusting a GPS.
- Hit-and-Run Accidents: When a vehicle collides with a person or object and leaves the scene without stopping, a hit-and-run accident has taken place. In the state of North Carolina, a person is required to stop after being involved in an accident. Failing to do so could result in a misdemeanor or felony penalty, depending on the nature and severity of the crash and injuries. Even if the hit-and-run driver is not found, you may be able to bring a claim through your own Under-insured Motorist Coverage.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents: Depending on the speed of the vehicle, these types of accidents are often serious since pedestrians and bicyclists usually have little or no protection. Drivers have a responsibility to avoid these accidents, and must be aware of the rights of cyclists and pedestrians. Share the road!
- Truck Accidents: A truck accident refers to an automobile wreck that involves a large truck, bus, or commercial vehicle. The weight and speed of these vehicles makes these crashed especially dangerous. Commercial vehicle insurance companies usually have investigators on the ground immediately after an accident, so do not delay in hiring us to help level the playing field.
- Rollover Accidents: A rollover accident happens when a vehicle flips over onto its roof or side. Rollovers often occur as a direct result of the vehicle's stability while turning. Because of the higher center of gravity, SUVs and trucks are prone to tip and rollover. These accidents can be extremely dangerous for passengers due to the nature of the accident, the rolling, flipping, and momentum of the vehicle.
- Drunk Driving Accidents: Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most irresponsible things a driver can do on the road. Nearly 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths in the United States are caused by drunk driving. Whenever there is a collision caused by an impaired driver, there should always be an investigation into whether the impaired driver was enabled by an establishment that serves alcohol.
If you or someone you know has been hurt or killed in a car accident, the Charlotte car accident attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates want you to hear from you. We will work hard to help get you the medical attention and help you need and deserve.
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Common Car Accident Injuries
Common types of car accident injuries include:
- Back Injuries: A back injury can be particularly painful, and long lasting. Nerve damage is often associated with a back injury, as well as injury to the muscles, and ligaments of the neck and back.
- Broken Bones: During a high-impact collision, it is common for different bones in the body to break or fracture. General areas of the body that are often at risk for broken bones include the ankles, feet, hips wrists, arms, and legs. Symptoms of a broken bone can range from bruising to numbness and intense pain.
- Neck Injuries: Though a neck injury can happen in any type of car accident, it commonly occurs during a rear-end collision. Whiplash is generally associated with a neck injury. Whiplash recovery can take several months or even years.
- Spinal Cord Injuries: A spinal cord injury results from the spine taking an excessive trauma. Consequences of this injury can include loss of strength and sensation or permanent immobility.
- Brain Injuries: A brain injury sustained in a car accident can include a mild concussion, skull fracture, or serious TBI leading to coma. Depending on the specific type of damage, the brain injury may heal over time. However, a traumatic brain injury can cause physical, cognitive, and behavioral impairments that may never heal and can become permanent.
- Wrongful Death: Each type of accident can be equally devastating for various reasons. Still, perhaps the most tragic is when someone loses their life.
Depending on the injuries sustained in the wreck, there are proper steps to take following a crash. These steps can help keep you safe, especially if you plan on filing a car accident claim.
What to Do After a Car Accident
After a car accident, safety must always come first. Your main concern should be checking to ensure you and your passengers are safe and out of harm’s way. Then call 9-1-1 to report the accident.
Once that has been done, consider the following:
- Seek Emergency Medical Attention if Injured: If someone is hurt badly, especially if they have a head, neck or back injury, do not move them and follow the instructions of the 9-1-1 dispatcher or first responders.
- Do Not Admit Fault: Never admit fault for the accident. Fault can only be determined after a full investigation of all the facts and circumstances.
- Collect Evidence and Photos of the Scene: Document as much of the scene as possible with a smartphone, camera, or whatever device is at your disposal. Take pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident, injuries, road conditions, and traffic signs.
- Follow Up with Your Doctor: Most instructions from the emergency room include instructions to follow up with your doctor or a specialist. Even if your injuries do not warrant a visit to the emergency room, consider at least making an appointment with your family physician. Car accident injuries can often take a day or two to surface.
- Contact Your Insurance Company: After you’ve gotten emergency medical care, contact your own insurance company and notify them of the accident. Do not speak with the other driver’s insurance company until you have had a chance to consult with your own attorney
The Charlotte car accident lawyers at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates know from experience how challenging a car accident can be—regardless of the level of property damage or personal injury. You do not have to fight alone. Our team is seasoned with decades of experience, along with the skills and knowledge to ensure you get the assistance you need. As your advocates, we will collect medical records, make phone calls, and put you in touch with top specialists and therapists to ensure you receive the highest level of attention and care.
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