Line of Sight Accidents
Visibility issues may lead to car accidents when a driver’s line of sight becomes compromised. Drivers in North Carolina are legally required to maintain a “safe lookout”, meaning they must watch for all roadway and traffic conditions at all times. If a driver fails to watch for danger and causes an accident, they can be compelled to pay full value for all damages and losses resulting from the collision. At Nagle & Associates, Raleigh car accident attorney Carl Nagle can provide diligent representation to help you pursue a claim against all drivers, insurance carriers and other parties that can be held liable for your injuries. Our firm only focuses on motor vehicle accident cases. As a result, we understand the devastation that follows these catastrophic events, and we are dedicated to maximizing the total amount of compensation paid to every one of our clients.
At Nagle & Associates, we can help you assert your claim in the strongest manner possible, battling back against insurance defense tactics designed to minimize payments to victims. Mr. Nagle’s former work experience as an insurance claims adjuster and insurance company lawyer helps him bring insider knowledge to his advocacy on behalf of people who have been harmed by the carelessness of others. Our results reflect our capabilities. We have secured hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of accident victims throughout North Carolina, including people in Asheville, Wilmington, and Winston-Salem.Protect Your Rights After a Line of Sight Accident
When a structure, such as a tree or a building, interferes with a driver’s ability to see their surroundings, there is a potential risk for a collision with pedestrians, bicyclists, or other drivers on the road. Dangerous obstructions also include trees and hedges, and while a driver may be responsible for failing to use caution under the circumstances, sometimes a property owner may also be responsible for any resulting accidents. Following a collision with a driver who lacked a proper line of sight, victims may pursue claims against the driver as well as the party responsible for the object, such as a property owner.
Many car crashes result from a driver’s negligence. To recover damages, plaintiffs in personal injury claims against defendant drivers must show that the driver had a duty to exercise care, failed to exercise the appropriate level of care, and directly caused the plaintiff’s injuries and related damages. North Carolina drivers are required to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent driver would use under similar circumstances, even when their visibility is compromised by line of sight issues. In some situations, plaintiffs may also be able to hold a person or entity responsible for failing to maintain a tree or other obstruction. These cases are known as premises liability claims, and they are based on the theory that a property owner should be held responsible for maintaining the premises in a reasonably safe condition.
It is essential that the plaintiff show that the defendant was entirely at fault for the accident. Since North Carolina follows a pure contributory negligence rule in personal injury claims, if a plaintiff is found to be partly responsible for causing an accident, they generally will not be able to recover damages. However, plaintiffs who are found to be partly at fault may still recover compensation if they can show that the defendant had the last opportunity to avoid the collision. This rule states that the party who had the final opportunity to avoid a motor vehicle collision or another accident is ultimately liable.
If the defendant had the last clear chance, a plaintiff who has been deemed partly responsible may recover damages, which often include medical costs, property damage, missed wages from work, and emotional pain and suffering. The careful development and interpretation of medical evidence is important to prove the full impact of a victim’s injuries, and working with medical professionals such as neurosurgeons, pain management specialists, and orthopedic surgeons helps compel the responsible party to pay the fair value for the victim’s harm.Discuss Your Car Accident Claim with a Raleigh Attorney
The dedicated team at Nagle & Associates can help you assert your right to compensation following a line of sight accident in North Carolina. We work on a pure-contingency basis, which means that we receive a legal fee only if and when we collect money on behalf of our clients. We leave our clients financially secure and charge lower fees than most motor vehicle collision lawyers, set at one-quarter or 25% rather than one-third or 33% that most firms charge. To begin working with us, contact our firm for a free consultation with Raleigh car accident lawyer Carl Nagle. We can speak with you now by telephone and help you understand all legal rights and options, and your best plan of legal action. Even if you choose not to hire an attorney, a free consultation will certainly help you better understand how to safely communicate with the insurance adjusters who are being paid to oppose your claims. We have seven offices across NC, and our auto accident law firm has helped injured individuals and their families throughout North Carolina, including in Raleigh, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Hickory, Greensboro, Charlotte, and other communities in Forsyth, Wake, Mecklenburg, Guilford, Durham, Brunswick, Catawba, New Hanover, and Cumberland Counties. Contact us by phone at (800) 411-1583 or through our online form to tell us about your accident and circumstances.