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.
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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 ensure that you’re treated fairly by an insurance company.
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.
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 consultations and handle cases on a contingency basis. This means, for example, that your car accident lawyer will not be paid anything unless your case reaches a settlement or positive outcome/judgment. To put it bluntly, they only get paid if you do. Most North Carolina injury lawyers charge a contingency fee that will be roughly 1/3 of the final settlement or judgment. Consulting with a personal injury attorney is not only extremely affordable, but also is likely to be in your best interest.
In North Carolina, when you are injured because someone else was negligent, the negligent person is liable for all of the consequences of your injuries. A typical example is when you are hit by another vehicle on the road. The person who crashes into you is responsible for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. The car insurance company for the at fault driver will contact you and evaluate your claim. Sometimes the insurance adjuster will deny your claim because of “contributory negligence”. What does that mean?