Catawba County, NC Attorney
Experienced Car Accident Lawyer Representing Hickory Area Residents
Catawba is a North Carolina county that is a key part of the data center corridor, including an Apple solar farm and the Apple iCloud data center in Maiden. Of its more than 150,000 residents, the largest number live in Hickory, which is home to the Hickory Motor Speedway of NASCAR fame. Hickory car accident attorney Carl Nagle and the staff at Nagle & Associates have the knowledge, skill, and vigor to help victims of serious motor vehicle collisions secure generous compensation for their injuries. Mr. Nagle formerly worked as an insurance defense attorney and claims adjuster, and the lessons learned from that stage of his career strengthen our advocacy, particularly for claims against insurance companies. Mr. Nagle’s understanding of accident settlement and litigation techniques has benefited many injured individuals over the years during the negotiation process and at trial. We have recovered over $290,000,000 on behalf of motor vehicle accident victims throughout North Carolina, and this is the only type of case we accept.
Recovering Damages Following a Motor Vehicle Collision
Victims of accidents may choose to assert their legal right to compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death action. In most cases, an injured individual will bring a negligence claim against the person responsible for the crash. The plaintiff would need to prove that the defendant owed them a duty of care, that the defendant violated this duty, and that the breach directly resulted in their injuries and damages.
Under North Carolina law, if the plaintiff is partly responsible for contributing to his or her own injuries, even if only one percent at fault, he or she will be barred from recovering damages in a personal injury lawsuit. This rule of law is called “contributory negligence.” Since it denies compensation to plaintiffs who share fault for the accident, contributory negligence binds judges and juries as well as insurance claims adjusters. If the factual scenario indicates that the victim was partly to blame for the accident, the adjuster may present more of a challenge during settlement negotiations.
An example of contributory negligence might be a collision that was 80 percent due to the defendant driver making a right-hand turn in front of a motorcyclist, colliding with the bike, and the motorcyclist being 20 percent responsible because he or she was speeding. Under the contributory negligence rule in North Carolina, since the plaintiff was partly responsible, he or she would recover nothing from the defendant. The only way to recover damages is if the defendant is found to be 100 percent at fault!
Under North Carolina law, statutes of limitations govern the time period for filing a personal injury lawsuit. The requirement is that a car accident claim must be filed within three years of the accident to obtain compensation for personal injuries or property damage. While these time limits do not apply to filing insurance claims, it is wise to factor in these deadlines when pursuing an insurance claim.
Damages available in a personal injury lawsuit include economic and non-economic forms of compensation. A successful plaintiff may be able to recover medical and hospital bills, lost wages from work, and future lost wages due to injuries and permanent damage. Maximizing lost wages is important, requiring the introduction of medical evidence that, in some cases, shows the victim’s early retirement is due to physical limitations or pain caused by the accident. Additionally, successful plaintiffs usually can recover non-economic damages for the pain and suffering that they endured. This is tax-free money that offers some benefits in exchange for having to endure physical pain and emotional suffering as a result of a car accident.
Discuss Your Case with a Car Accident Attorney in Hickory, NC
At Nagle & Associates, we make it our sole goal to protect the rights of accident victims and to maximize their compensation. Dedicated Catawba and Hickory car accident lawyer Carl Nagle exclusively practices in the area of personal injury law, and he knows how to secure medical opinions necessary to prove the full extent of a victim’s injuries. Since we strive to maximize compensation for our clients, we charge a smaller percentage of recovery than other law firms: one-quarter compared to one-third. Additionally, we provide a free consultation and can explain what to expect from your insurance adjuster and how to preserve evidence for your present and future claims. Contact our office by calling (800) 411-1583 or using our online form to set up a consultation with a Hickory motor vehicle collision attorney.