When a driver runs a red light or disobeys and traffic signal or sign, victims injured in the resulting collision have a right to receive compensation from the at-fault driver and all insurance carriers that cover the at-fault vehicle. Unfortunately, insurance adjusters who pay victims’ claims always seek to minimize injury claim payments. At Nagle & Associates, Raleigh car accident lawyer Carl Nagle only handles motor vehicle accident cases. Victims throughout North Carolina, including in Raleigh, Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Wilmington, have enlisted us to recover substantial amounts of compensation on their behalf. Our firm exclusively focuses on serious motor vehicle collision cases, and we are dedicated to providing thorough and detail-oriented representation. Before founding Nagle & Associates, Mr. Nagle worked as an insurance defense attorney and an insurance claims adjuster, enhancing his understanding of the tactics that insurance companies use to oppose accident & injury claims.
Pursue a Personal Injury Claim After a Car Accident Caused by a Traffic Signal Violation
Under North Carolina law, victims of motor vehicle collisions have legal rights. All drivers are required to use reasonable care and abide by the rules of the road. When drivers violate traffic signals, they are in direct violation of NC traffic laws and they are legally liable for all damages arising from their driving errors. Whenever a collision occurs because of a traffic signal violation, all innocent victims who suffer injury due to the crash are entitled to payment for past and future medical costs, lost wages, and additional tax-free payment for pain, suffering and inconvenience arising from the collision.
Following an accident that resulted from a driver’s failure to obey a traffic signal, police officers respond to the scene of the collision. The officers will conduct an initial investigation and document the presence and visibility of all traffic lights and signs, and also document driver speeds, driving errors and witness statements. Citations may be issued for running a red light, careless driving, or failing to yield the right of way. An officer’s citation and the police report may be used to determine who was responsible for the injuries sustained in an accident. Other witnesses and testimony, including accident reconstruction analysis, may be critical in ensuring that the driver who caused the harm is held liable.
An accident victim must present thorough evidence of all of the quantifiable losses that they sustained, which include hospital and medical bills, lost wages from work missed because of medical care related to the accident, and damage to their vehicle. Beyond this, carefully focused analysis of all medical evidence should be presented to document the full extent of all pain, suffering, physical limitations and lost quality of life endured by the victim. This evidence coupled with a strong threat of litigation and trial are the factors that motivate insurance adjusters to extend the most generous and appropriate injury-claim settlement offers.
If a traffic signal violation led to a fatal accident, the grieving family of the deceased person may pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver. This type of claim is meant to put the legal beneficiaries of the victim in the position in which they would have been if their loved one had survived. The forms of damages that may be recovered in these cases are set forth in the North Carolina Wrongful Death Act, and they include the recovery of medical and funeral expenses as well as compensation for the loss of income and services that the victim had provided.
Retain a Former Insurance Defense Lawyer for Your Raleigh Car Accident Case
The aftermath of a car crash may be overwhelming, both emotionally and financially. Motor vehicle collision lawyer Carl Nagle understands the consequences of accidents for victims and their families. Together with the team at Nagle & Associates, Mr. Nagle fights to maximize compensation for people throughout North Carolina, including residents of Raleigh, Wilmington, Asheville, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Hickory, Greensboro, and other cities in Forsyth, Wake, Guilford, Brunswick, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Durham, Cumberland, and Catawba Counties. Whether your case leads to a negotiated settlement or a jury trial, we are prepared to aggressively advocate on your behalf. Compared to most law firms, we charge a smaller share of the settlement amount or jury award, providing victims with a stronger financial footing. Call us today at (800) 411-1583 or complete our online form and we will reply to provide you with a free consultation with a Raleigh car accident attorney.