North Carolina Head-on Collisions Attorney
Head-on collisions take place when the front of one motor vehicle strikes the front of another motor vehicle. These accidents are among the most serious and dangerous vehicle crashes, often resulting in catastrophic injuries or death due to forces involved when two heavy objects collide and stop immediately. If you or a loved one has been involved in a head-on collision, Raleigh car accident lawyer Carl Nagle can help you secure fair and prompt compensation for your injuries and suffering. As a law firm that only handles serious motor vehicle accident cases, we have accumulated an intimate knowledge of crash investigation techniques, law enforcement policies, crash reconstruction, engineering, and methods used to collect an d preserve essential crash and injury evidence.
At Nagle & Associates, we understand the severe impact of a motor vehicle collision upon the victim and their family. Raleigh personal injury lawyer Carl Nagle formerly worked as an insurance claims adjuster and as an insurance company lawyer. He brings inside knowledge of insurance company tactics to benefit his legal work on behalf of injured people. Our firm has successfully collected over $290,000,000 for North Carolina accident victims. We have served people in Raleigh, Asheville, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and the surrounding areas.
Assert Your Legal Right to Compensation Following a Head-on Collision
Due to the severity of a head-on collision, it is important to fully protect and enforce all of your legal rights. Proving the negligence of the responsible party requires a proper investigation of the causes leading to the accident, and it may include the use of engineers and accident reconstruction experts to strengthen the victim’s case. In many cases, these experts help us to identify outside parties and defendants who should contribute toward full payment of your Raleigh personal injury claims.
North Carolina follows a contributory negligence law. This means that victims who are partially at fault for their own injuries are denied compensation. Contributory negligence is different from the comparative negligence rule used in most other states, which provides that victims who are partly at fault may still collect payment of partially reduced damages. Contributory negligence bars any recovery for the victim, although the last clear chance doctrine provides a method for a plaintiff to recover damages in some situations if it can be shown that the defendant had the last opportunity to avoid the collision. For example, if the plaintiff driver was deemed by the court or jury to be partially at fault for the collision because he was found to be speeding, but the defendant had a path around the plaintiff’s vehicle and could have avoided a collision, the plaintiff may be able to recover compensation under this principle.
Statutes of Limitations and Damages
Statutes of limitations impose strict time limits for filing a personal injury lawsuit. Different kinds of cases, such as those for wrongful death or those for personal injury, have separate time limits. A personal injury lawsuit following a head-on collision must be brought within three years after the accident, and a fatal head-on collision case must be filed within two years after the accident. The victim of every head-on collision should not wait to take legal action. It is best to retain an attorney right away so that all crash scene evidence can be collected and secured. By offering all relevant evidence, the victim shows a readiness to conduct a successful personal injury jury trial. This approach garners insurance company respect and actually increases the chance of settling your case without the need for court involvement!
Head-on collisions often result in very large settlements or trial verdicts. Damages available to victims and their families following a head-on motor vehicle collision usually include economic damages that serve to reimburse hospital bills, medical costs, and wages from missed work due to injuries. Non-economic damages that may be compensated include those for pain and suffering, scarring, inconvenience, lost quality of life and emotional distress. It is equally important to pursue damages for future costs, and we retain vocational experts and medical professionals to prove these losses and strengthen these claims for compensation.
Discuss Your Car Accident Claim with a Raleigh Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a head-on collision, Raleigh car accident attorney Carl Nagle can help you seek all compensation available under North Carolina law. Our office only practices vehicle-related injury law, and we have a thorough understanding of the impact of a car, motorcycle, bicycle or pedestrian accident on a victim’s quality of life. We also provide a reduced fee arrangement, at 25% of the share of the recovery as compared to the 33% charged by many other firms. Carl Nagle has represented victims in Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Wilmington, Hickory, Greensboro, and other cities throughout Wake, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Guilford, New Hanover, Durham, and Catawba Counties. Call us at (800) 411-1583 or use our online form to set up a free consultation with a motor vehicle collision attorney.