Road Departure Crashes
When a driver leaves the road, the results are often catastrophic. Our firm has handled many cases involving pedestrians who are struck by drivers who leave the road, and involving the guest passengers who are in a vehicle when it leaves the road and strikes a tree, ditch or other obstacle. In these cases, the victim has a strong legal right to full compensation from the driver and from any other parties who contributed to the loss of control and road departure. In some situations, entities such as car manufacturers or government agencies may also be responsible for a crash. Victims of road departure crashes may suffer serious injuries and even death. These catastrophic wrecks occur when a car or another vehicle crosses lane markers and leaves the designated road. The car may veer into the shoulder or a ditch, and in some cases it may roll over, ejecting the driver and passengers. At Nagle & Associates, we can aggressively pursue damages from all drivers, parties and insurance carriers who share legal responsibility for causing your harm. Raleigh car accident lawyer Carl Nagle has successfully collected compensation for the benefit of injured individuals and families throughout North Carolina, diligently proving the full extent of their harm. Due to Mr. Nagle’s previous experience working as an insurance claims adjuster and an insurance defense attorney, he understands the importance of demonstrating the true extent of losses and injuries related to a crash. We have successfully recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for people in Raleigh, Asheville, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, and other cities.Seek Damages for Injuries in a Road Departure Crash
Cars involved in a road departure crash may roll over or crash into pedestrians, other vehicles or fixed objects. Road departure car accidents often involve a single vehicle and lead to the injury or death of a passenger. In this situation, the innocent guest passengers have a right to file a personal injury claim or a wrongful death claim against a negligent driver. These claims are paid by the driver’s insurance carrier and, in most cases, the driver does not have to contribute to payment of the passenger’s claims OR the cost to defend the case if a lawsuit must be filed to ensure that the victim collects maximum payment for all damages.
All drivers are required to operate their vehicles as a reasonable person would handle them under similar circumstances. It may be deemed a breached duty of care when a driver fails to adjust to road conditions, such as icy or wet roadways. In some situations, excessive speed may lead to road departure crashes when drivers lose control of their vehicles, particularly around curves. This driving behavior may be seen as negligent and a breached duty of care.
Moreover, the victim of a road departure accident may have a viable legal claim if an improperly maintained road or improper traffic signs caused the road departure crash. Local municipalities, counties, or the state of North Carolina may be liable for the resulting harm. Injured victims may be able to demonstrate the negligence of the entity by showing that guardrails or barriers were missing or that road surfaces were improperly maintained.
After successfully proving driver-error and negligence of all parties who contributed to causing the vehicle to leave the roadway, an injured victim of a road departure crash may recover many forms of damages from the at-fault party. These damages include property damage, lost wages, and medical expenses. Costs for past, present, and future medical care may be sought, and victims may also secure damages for pain and suffering associated with the accident. If the road departure crash led to a wrongful death, funeral expenses may be included as compensation, as well as loss of support, consortium, companionship, and more.Discuss Your Road Departure Crash with an Experienced Lawyer in Raleigh
If you or a family member suffered injuries in a road departure crash, Raleigh injury attorney Carl Nagle can provide effective legal advocacy on your behalf. At Nagle & Associates, we understand the repercussions of a serious collision, and we have been helping collision victims and their families throughout North Carolina for decades. Our focus on expert testimonial evidence, combined with an intricate understanding of insurance defense tactics, is part of what sets our firm apart. Additionally, while other personal injury law firms charge one-third of any settlement amount, our firm recovers only one-quarter, enabling our clients to walk away with more tax-free financial compensation. We are proud to assist people who need a motor vehicle collision lawyer in Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Hickory, and other communities throughout Wake, New Hanover, Forsyth, Guilford, Durham, Catawba, Mecklenburg, and Cumberland Counties. To begin the process of investigating your legal options, please invest a few minutes to call our office at (800) 411-1583 or fill out our online form and we will respond to you immediately.