Raleigh Attorney Compassionately Representing Motor Vehicle Accident Victims
Nagle & Associates is a North Carolina law firm with seven offices statewide that exclusively handles motor vehicle collision cases. Raleigh motor vehicle accident lawyer Carl Nagle has a comprehensive understanding of the financial and legal issues that are central to these personal injury claims. He is a former insurance claims adjuster and former insurance company lawyer. With experience handling cases like yours for the other side, Carl knows exactly how to build a winning strategy and secure the evidence needed to ensure an out-of-court settlement that awards you the highest possible tax-free personal injury payment. Our motor vehicle collision legal team will prove the full extent of the losses that victims have suffered, ranging from medical bills, the costs of future treatment, lost income and earning capacity, and property damage to the pain and suffering and reduced quality of life that they have endured. We are committed to protecting the rights of injured individuals statewide, including people in Asheville, Winston-Salem, and Wilmington.
A moment of carelessness or inattention behind the wheel may result in devastating harm to other people on the road. Victims of car accidents may bring a negligence claim against a driver or any other party that was responsible. They would need to show that the defendant’s failure to use the appropriate care directly caused the crash and that they sustained quantifiable damages as a result. Further, it is important to show the insurance carriers who defend all at fault parties that you stand ready to sue if necessary. This is the only way to motivate a settlement on your terms, instead of the discounted settlement that the insurance adjuster will push for. In addition to illustrating all of the damages that arose, a knowledgeable personal injury attorney can fight back against any allegations of contributory fault asserted by the plaintiff. This is critical because the contributory negligence rule in North Carolina prevents a victim from recovering any compensation at all if they are found to have been partly responsible for causing the accident, even to the slightest degree.
During his years working within the insurance industry, Carl handled commercial claims for truck drivers and trucking companies and he later represented truck drivers who were sued in state and federal court. Truck accident claims commonly cause severe injuries, and it is critical to immediately investigate collision facts, collect and preserve evidence proving all truck driver errors, and to thoroughly develop all medical evidence to show the true extent of all injuries, damages and financial losses. Trucking companies employ the most experience claims adjusters and lawyers to minimize their payment obligations to victims and their families. Thus, victims of truck and commercial vehicle accidents should meet and overcome these efforts by retaining the best lawyer available to pursue all available personal injury claim compensation.
Commercial drivers and the entities that employ them are subject to a host of regulations designed to protect the safety of people in vehicles around them. Unfortunately, truckers and trucking companies violate these regulations all too often, such as by staying behind the wheel for too many hours, driving while intoxicated, or improperly loading or maintaining a truck. After a truck accident, a victim may be able to sue not only the driver but also the driver’s employer. Under the theory of vicarious liability, the company may be held liable for the careless actions of its employee, as long as the employee was acting in the scope of employment. A company also may be held directly liable in some situations, such as when it fails to properly hire, train, or supervise its drivers, or when the company imposes delivery deadlines which require the trucker to speed or driver overtime to reach their destination on time.
As a fellow motorcycle rider with decades of riding experience, Carl Nagle understands the appeal of cruising down a North Carolina highway, the Blue Ridge Parkway, or many other scenic routes in the open air. However, motorcycles lack the structural protections of vehicles like cars or trucks, so it is all too common for their riders to be seriously injured when another driver acts carelessly. Many motorists do not properly respect the right of motorcyclists to share the road and the frank truth is drivers often simply do not look carefully for motorcycles. Failing to yield by turning or pulling out directly across a motorcyclist’s lane is the most common collision fact pattern in all NC motorcycle accident cases. Simply put, drivers could avoid these accidents if they would pause to look for motorcycles. It is important to hold at-fault drivers and their insurance carriers fully accountable for any inappropriate behavior, such as failing to yield the right of way or sideswiping a motorcycle by merging into an occupied lane. As with other motor vehicle collision claims, it is important to take legal action without delay. Victims always receive more compensation when the rapidly build and present the strongest case on legal liability and damages. Also, aggressive claim presentation commands respect from insurance carriers which increases the chance of settling your case without court involvement.
Motorcycle accidents commonly result in permanent injuries. The best personal injury attorneys focus primarily on developing thorough medical evidence. By drilling down on the medical details, we can compel your physicians or outside experts to offer medical opinion evidence to confirm that injuries are permanent, securing a proper and admissible Permanent Impairment Rating for all injuries, documenting all physical limitations including limited strength and range of motion, confirming medical cost estimates for all future medical needs, and graphically showing all surgeries, hardware installations and other scarring or disfigurement. Beyond this, we then work with vocational rehabilitation specialists and economists to show the future financial damages associated with all injuries, including future income loss, the cost of modifying homes/vehicles to adapt to injuries, the cost of orthotics or prosthetics, the lost value of employment benefits, and all other losses that the victim can collect through their personal injury claim.
Some accidents result from faulty vehicles or components rather than driver error. When this happens, an injured person may be able to bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the vehicle or car part. These types of personal injury cases are distinctive in that they generally rely on strict liability instead of negligence. Under a strict liability theory, a plaintiff needs to prove only that there was a defect and that it caused the crash, rather than any carelessness by the defendant. Defects may occur because of errors in the manufacturing process that affect a specific item, or they may result from an unreasonably dangerous design that is inherent to the entire product line.
The most tragic motor vehicle collisions result in a needless loss of life. Bereaved North Carolina families have the right to hold accountable any party that was responsible for their loved one’s passing by bringing a wrongful death claim. They may be able to obtain damages for the medical and burial expenses associated with the fatal accident, as well as the damages that they suffered because of their own emotional losses. These claims tend to be relatively complex, and the damages may be subjective, so it is important to enlist an experienced motor vehicle collision attorney who understands how to gather and present a broad range of evidence as persuasively as possible.
Even if a victim survives a crash, their life may be changed forever by injuries such as brain trauma, paralysis, severe burns, the loss of a limb, internal organ damage, or psychological trauma. The impact of these injuries also may place a heavy burden on the victim’s family as they seek to help their loved one cope with daily tasks while also shouldering the expensive costs of the medical care and treatment that may be required. At Nagle & Associates, we understand how to illustrate the full scope of past and future medical costs, enlisting experts who can describe the victim’s harm to a judge or jury in all of the necessary detail. We have handled numerous catastrophic injury cases and we stand ready to help you family to immediately respond to the challenges imposed following a severe accident. We will help you to coordinate care among the multiple medical specialists involved, help you to understand how to file for and use all available private and public health insurance coverage, help you to protect your family’s credit and handle large medical bills, and explain how to push for compensation that you will certainly need in the wake of a tragic vehicle collision. Even if you choose not to hire an attorney, we stand ready to provide an immediate thorough free legal consultation so the steps you take now will not cause any disadvantage as your case develops.
Bicycle & Pedestrian Accidents
Like motorcycle riders, bicyclists and pedestrians are relatively unprotected in accidents and the face the risk of severe injury whenever they are struck by a car or truck. Many of these accidents prove fatal, while others result in permanent and life-altering harm. Unfortunately, in these cases insurance companies typically try to blame the pedestrian or bicyclist for being in or near the roadway. While the law does not support this position in most cases, victims of pedestrian or bicycle accidents should always avoid providing recorded or written statements to insurance carriers. As a former insurance claims adjuster, attorney Carl Nagle assures you that the insurance adjuster is ONLY looking for evidence that allows them to either minimize or deny your injury claims. Because these accidents commonly result in severe injury, it is also vital that the victim truly understand the law of damages so they can collect a settlement that meets the amount they would likely secure from a jury if their case was presented through a successful jury trial.
Drunk Driving Accidents
While no form of careless or reckless conduct behind the wheel is acceptable, drunk driving is particularly egregious. It is also a crime under North Carolina law, which means that establishing the elements of a negligence claim may be relatively straightforward. In some situations, victims may be able to seek not only compensatory damages but also punitive damages. These are awarded to punish a defendant and deter others who are similarly situated. Even if the defendant in your case was not ultimately convicted of DWI, a police report or other evidence showing that alcohol was involved in the crash may be useful in proving that the defendant was indeed intoxicated when the collision occurred. Our firm can help you to obtain evidence from the District Attorney to prove the extent of intoxication, and we can also perform a criminal records search to determine if prior DWI offenses/convictions are in place for the drunk driver who caused your accident. Prior convictions are essential to ensure that punitive damages are paid on top of the fair compensation you deserve for all personal injury claims arising from your auto accident.
Hit and Run Accidents
Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal, but hit and runs still happen for a variety of reasons. If the driver responsible is found, the victim can sue them for compensation. However, law enforcement sometimes never locates a hit and run driver, which means that the victim must rely on the uninsured motorist provisions in their own insurance policy. Despite the contractual relationship between the insurer and the insured, the insurance company becomes the victim’s adversary in this process, standing in the shoes of the hit and run driver. To ensure that it acts in good faith, victims should enlist a capable personal injury attorney who can prevent the insurer from violating their rights. Not only can we convince the insurer to pay a top-dollar settlement for all injury claims, but also we can help you locate and access coverage on all other family-owned auto insurance policies in your household. North Carolina insurance law allows for inter-policy stacking of uninsured motorist coverage, and using your family’s coverage to the fullest extent possible will not harm your coverage or cause any increase in your family’s car insurance rates.
Public Transportation Accidents
Buses and trains are large, heavy vehicles that are often complicated to operate. When a crash occurs, distinctive issues of liability may arise, such as whether a government entity may be held responsible for a victim’s injuries. Your lawyer can help you identify each of the defendants that contributed to your accident and make sure to include them in the litigation so that you have the strongest possible chance of securing full compensation.
Since they drive for a living, taxicab drivers have an incentive to speed and engage in other forms of aggressive behavior behind the wheel. However, this does not mean that they are allowed to violate traffic rules any more than an ordinary driver. Taxicab drivers and their employers often may be held accountable for the crashes that they cause. Claims sometimes may be brought by injured passengers of taxicabs as well as people in other cars that they strike.
Discuss Your Motor Vehicle Accident Claim with a Raleigh Lawyer
At Nagle & Associates, Raleigh motor vehicle accident attorney Carl Nagle represents victims across North Carolina in their pursuit of maximum compensation. It is our goal to put our clients in as strong a financial position following a crash as we can, and for this reason we charge a lower legal fee than most other law firms. Contact our office by calling (800) 411-1583 or use our online form to set up a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. We have represented victims in Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Asheville, Hickory, Greensboro, Charlotte, and other areas of Wake, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Guildford, Durham, Cumberland, New Hanover, and Catawba Counties.