Motor vehicle accidents often occur in split seconds, but can change a victim's life forever. One minute you are minding your business, and the next your life is spun out by the negligence of someone else. Moreover, debilitating injuries not only affect the injured, but the family and friends of the victim too.
Crashes can leave folks with serious injuries, mounting medical bills, and missed time from work. Accidents can also leave a victim without a vehicle. On top of economic loss, car accidents have tremendous impact on emotional and psychological well-being too. Accident injuries last longer than the bandages.
Accidents alter lives
Some injuries are permanent and will impact the crash victim for the rest of their life. Other wrecks may tragically lead to someone’s death. Fisher Stark, P.A., understands what victims are going through. In our 50+ years' trial experience, we've seen just about every kind of injury. More importantly, with our background, we know what it takes to recover from every type of injury. That's why we fight for the rights of the injured, to get fair settlements that compensate for what was unnaturally taken from the victims. But first, you have to get through the claims process and dealing with insurance company adjusters.
Fisher Stark understands the personal injury claims process. We help with complicated legal issues, negotiating with insurance adjusters, and navigating the trial process if need be. We are known as trial attorneys because we fight for fair compensation when a victim has been injured due to another person's poor decisions.
Once again, the most important consideration in the recovery process is the future and how injuries affect it.
North Carolina accidents increasing
Unfortunately, the growing number of vehicles on our roads means traffic accidents occur at an alarming rate. And with winding mountain roads and reduced reaction times, as well as more distractions, car crashes happen in Asheville every day.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 7 million motor vehicle accidents per year in the U.S. And in 2016, over 37,000 people were killed in wrecks, up 10 percent from 2015. So, in North Carolina, the problem may be getting worse.
According to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDOT), the number of reported traffic crashes in 2016 increased by 6.3 percent from the previous year. The number of fatalities also increased by 4.4 percent compared to those in 2015. With more than 267,000 motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina alone, the chances of being injured in wreck are not as remote as they may seem.
Car accidents causes
Motor vehicle accidents happen for many reasons including speeding, driving while impaired and lane departure to name a few. Also, more than 1 in 5 crashes in North Carolina were caused by distracted driving in 2015. On winding mountain roads where visibility can be limited, traffic is reaction times reduced, and road conditions much different than flat lands, Asheville's accident rates are growing.
Like the rest of the nation, drivers not paying attention is on the rise in Asheville. However, unlike the rest of the country, the mountains pose even greater problems. For example, winding roads and narrow streets are just two problems driving in the mountains. Add increased traffic, and you see how Asheville car crashes frequently involve pedestrians, motorcycles and of course other types of passenger vehicles.
When drivers on the road make poor decisions and are negligent, others suffer.
Car accidents happen to good people every day; no one asks to be hit. But, if you are involved in a car accident, it's important to keep some things in mind. Considering what to do from the very beginning can help move through the process more easily. Also, these steps can protect any future personal injury claim an accident victim may have too.
What to do after an accident
Large trucks on mountain roads in heavy traffic often mean reduced visibility and reaction times.
Of course, it’s difficult to always think clearly after a car accident. But there are things one should and shouldn't do after an accident t protect themselves. Plus, minimizing the pain and aggravation of an accident begins in the immediate aftermath.
If you've been involved in an accident:
- Make sure your vehicle is in a place safe from other traffic and turn off the engine (in North Carolina, if you can do so safely and no one is injured, you are required by law to move your vehicle to the shoulder).
- If anyone is injured, call 911 and offer assistance.
- Contact law enforcement and stay at the scene until they arrive.
- Move yourself to a safe location and instruct others involved to do the same. And,
- Do not attempt to move people who are injured, unless they are in immediate danger.
Helping your car accident case
Collecting information at the scene of an accident is critical, because evidence disappears quickly. If you are able to safely, gather details about the persons and vehicles involved, including all parties to the crash, responding officers, and all eyewitnesses.
To protect your case:
- Don’t refuse medical attention at the scene.
- Do see a doctor as soon as possible.
- Don’t forget to take pictures if possible.
- Do gather all relative evidence at the scene if possible.
- Don’t take an insurance settlement before contacting an attorney.
- Do contact Fisher Stark at 828-505-4300.
Evidence to gather at an accident includes:
- Addresses, including email (from eyewitnesses and those involved in the crash);
- Phone numbers, including cell (from eyewitnesses and those involved in the crash);
- Drivers License numbers (if involved in the crash);
- License plate numbers (if involved in the crash);
- Year, make, and model of vehicles (if involved in the crash);
- Insurance carrier and policy number (if involved in the crash); and
- Police report number (from responding officer).
Documenting the accident
Evidence gathered at the scene of an accident and the way you behave can help your case. For example:
- Taking photos of the accident scene, including all vehicles and people involved;
- Having photos taken of you, if someone is available to take them;
- Reporting the crash to your insurance company; and
- Being truthful and cooperative with the investigating officers.
After an accident
Remember that accidents can cause adrenaline and shock that can mask a serious injury. So, don’t be afraid of being transported in an ambulance from the scene so appropriate medical professionals can diagnose and treat any potential injuries. Your health and well being are the most important things after a crash.
Once you are medically stable and it’s safe to do so, you may consider contacting a personal injury law firm for advice and guidance. Your health is very important and, when possible, you should comply with recommended medical treatment. If you are advised to follow-up with your physician or other healthcare provider, do it. This ensures receiving proper treatment. It also documents your injuries well which can help in the personal injury claims process.
So remember, the insurance companies are amassing their resources to minimize their payment for your claim. They do this as soon as they learn about the crash. So, to protect your rights, it’s important to get legal help to even the odds.
Experienced lawyers protect your rights
After a crash, victims are faced with physical and emotional harm. But, the insurance company working representing the driver at fault is working hard to take advantage of the situation. Adjusters count on your inexperience in dealing with complicated accident issues before, during, and after the crash.
Often, many accident victims think settling a claim will be easy after they are hurt. They think that the insurance company will simply pay what’s fair without putting up a fight. However, most often, nothing could be further from the truth. The insurance company’s goal is simple… paying you as little as possible. And, because of the insurance company’s experience, it’s not a fair fight without someone on your side.
Insurance companies help themselves
Do not rely on the insurance companies. At Fisher Stark, P.A., we recommend you not accept any settlement or resolve your claim without first consulting an experienced Asheville personal injury attorney. Being trial lawyers, we know the value of nearly any case, just like the insurance companies. The difference is, we are on your side.
When the insurance companies call
Insurance adjusters often call wanting a statement or talking about resolving your claim. But, you are not obligated to speak with them. They make it sound like they are very personable and friendly. But, if you do speak with an adjuster, your statement will probably be recorded and likely used throughout the legal process. So remember, an insurance adjuster is not your friend. They are not there to help you. So insurance adjusters share the same goal as the company… to pay you as little as possible and close the file.
How personal injury lawyers help
The legal and claim process can be complicated and intimidating. And insurance companies use complexities to their advantage when they can. So, it pays to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. They handle the complex legal issues so that victims of personal injuries can focus on recovering from injuries as quickly as possible.
Proving your injury claim is not only complicated, it's also time consuming. And sometimes, the personal injury claims process requires action so that evidence doesn't disappear.
The attorneys at Fisher Stark are experienced at obtaining accident evidence when a victim can't. Details like witness information, medical documentation that substantiates injuries, and crash reconstruction analysis all protect your rights to fair compensation. And, should the insurance company blame you for the crash, evidence gathered by our attorneys and staff can help maximize the full amount of compensation the law allows.
What types of cases do you handle?
We have more than 50 years' trial experience at Fisher Stark, P.A. We have experience as trial attorneys because insurance companies know we won't settle unless the compensation is fair. So, our personal injury lawyers handle all types of motor vehicle accident cases.
Cases Fisher Stark have experience with include:
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone collisions
- Rear-end collisions
- Texting and driving accidents
- Auto vs. pedestrian accidents
- Automobile vs. bicycle accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Driver fatigue accidents
- Hydroplaning accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Failure to yield accidents
- Tailgating crashes
- Impaired driving crashes
- Tractor trailer accidents
Injures caused by auto accidents
When a vehicle is involved in a wreck, any number of injuries can happen. Damage to a body can be slight to severe, temporary to permanent. And sometimes injuries don't show themselves until later.
Personal injuries Fisher Stark handles include:
- Soft tissue injuries
- Herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Ligament and tendon injuries
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Brain injuries
- Hearing loss and tinnitus
Asheville accident attorneys
When injured through no fault of your own, North Carolina law calls for you to receive fair compensation. So, settlements can include past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain & suffering and even punitive damages when warranted. The personal injury attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A., fight for victims to insure fair settlements. But, we also help all throughout the personal injury claims process, beginning to end.
So, we guide you through the process, dealing with the insurance companies and maximizing your recovery. And, we may be able to settle your claim without going to court. We counsel and advise our clients, but will never settle a claim without your permission. If your claim doesn’t settle for a fair amount, our experience guides you through filing a lawsuit and going to trial.
Bad driving decisions have dire consequences. But, through the civil justice system Fisher Stark, P.A., if focused on obtaining full justice for the victims. Ultimately decisions in favor of our clients make our communities safer. So, don’t let the insurance companies push you around or make you feel guilty for simply exercising your rights under the laws of our State.
Fisher Stark, P.A. personal injury lawyers
If you or someone you care about is injured in a motor vehicle accident and don’t know where to turn, let the experienced trial attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A. help. With more than 50 years of combined experience helping the victims of motor vehicle crashes recover fair compensation and an AV rating, we are qualified to help. We’ve handled more than 170 jury trials and have the tools necessary to maximize your recovery.
To set up a free consultation, use our Contact Us page or call 828-505-4300 today. Our experienced attorneys will personally review your case and provide you with an honest opinion of its merit so that you can decide how you want to proceed.