You are hurt, surprised and bewildered. You did not expect to become involved in an accident and know you don’t know what will happen next. No one is ever prepared to deal with the aftermath of a serious car accident, but you don’t have to deal with it alone.
Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, an auto accident law firm in North Carolina, have been guiding clients through the personal injury process for decades.
What do you do if you’re involved in a car accident?
The scene of a car crash can often be very confusing – with car wrecks, flashing lights and sirens usually surrounding the area, it is quite easy to get lost in the commotion. However, there are some easy bits of information that you can collect at the crash site, which can help your case.
Some of these steps include (but are not limited to):
- Once you have come to a complete stop, immediately call for help if anyone has suffered an injury that requires medical attention.
- Always remember to use your cell phone or camera to take photos of the accident scene and the cars that were involved.
- Wait for an officer to arrive and write an accident report.
- Never leave the scene of an accident unless you are asked to do so by the investigating officer.
- Gather the names of any witnesses. Be sure to write down the name and insurance information of anyone involved in the wreck.
By obtaining the information from the points listed above – and giving that information to your attorney – it will often help your legal team to assemble a much stronger injury case, simply because it’s these important details that are quickly forgotten after victims have left the scene of the collision.
Why You Need To Be Wary Of Insurance Adjusters
After most crashes, an insurance adjuster will be sent out on behalf of the other driver’s insurance company. Their primary role is to assess the damages, and to put a dollar estimate on those damages. It is important to remember that they are NOT your friend – their primary obligation is to the shareholders of their company, not accident victims.
With this in mind, their job is to minimize any payment that you may be entitled to and as highly skilled operators, they are trained to extract sensitive information from injury victims when they are most vulnerable. In a court of law, the lawyers from the insurance company will then use that information against you – often in an attempt to discredit your case.
This is where the role of an attorney really comes into play. A reputable firm can act as a barrier to these insurance companies by giving you the right answers to their questions, or in many instances, simply asking you to defer any of their questions directly to your legal team.
It is important to remember that insurance company statistics show more money is awarded to accident victims who are represented by an attorney. Our knowledgeable and compassionate Greensboro and Winston-Salem personal injury lawyers know how to deal with even the most complicated car, truck, motorcycle, wrongful death, property damage or any other type of personal injury claim.
At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we have many years of combined legal experience, and are well aware of the tactics that insurance companies use when defending against a lawsuit. We will provide the knowledge and guidance that is necessary to help you avoid the pitfalls that can arise during a personal injury legal proceeding.
Modern day vehicles have a come along way. Advancements in technology and stringent motor vehicle legislation have made drivers safer today than they have ever been. At the same time, new developments in technology pose new risks for motorists.
For instance, while smartphones have made it easier for motorists to identify and avoid traffic jams, they have also increased distracted driving habits that directly contribute to an increase in car accidents. The best advancement in safety features in cars have come from the uniform standards imposed by federal agencies on auto manufacturers.
Whether it is electronic control stability systems, airbags or seatbelts, federal agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have been instrumental in implementing car safety features uniformly.
Still, tens of thousands of Americans are severely injured in car accidents each year. The majority of these accidents are caused by negligent drivers. While a motorist can ensure that their car is in working condition and that they use their seatbelts they cannot control the negligent actions of other drivers on the roads.
The experienced car accident lawyers at Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys have been helping residents of Raleigh-Winston, North Carolina and the surrounding areas get justice. When you are injured by a negligent driver and the safety features in your car were not enough to protect you, hire a legal advocate to assert your rights.
Driving while sleepy is as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Numerous studies have demonstrated that sleep deprived drivers are a danger on the roads and often cause many accidents. Drowsy driving is a major hazard on North Carolina roads. Individuals who drive after not sleeping for 24 hours are as compromised as drivers who have a blood alcohol content level of .10.
Drowsy drivers have reduced reflexes, fail to remain in their lanes and are more likely to violate traffic laws like failing to signal when appropriate. Thousands of drivers fall asleep at the wheel every day, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that exhausted drivers cause more than 100,000 accidents every year.
North Carolina car accident lawyers at Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys know how to protect all of your legal interests after a car accident caused by a sleepy driver. Make sure that your interests are protected by leveraging the firm’s extensive resources.
Rollover accidents are often caused by driver negligence, heavy vehicles with high centers of gravity, such as SUVs and trucks, and sharp turns while speeding. Additionally, rollover accidents are common when multiple vehicles are involved in an accident. When a vehicle that is traveling high speeds, any sudden and sharp turns may cause the vehicle to rollover.
Rollover accidents have high rates of fatalities but there are ways to protect yourself and your family. Ensure that everyone in a vehicle is wearing their seatbelt that children all strapped into child appropriate car seats. Nothing is 100% safe, which is why when safety devices like Takata airbags fail, the consequences are catastrophic.
Car accident lawyers who have in-depth experience with wrongful death cases, paralysis and traumatic brain injuries are especially vital in rollover accidents.
Spinal injuries have the potential to become lifelong problems. Patients with spinal damage are often faced with chronic medical rehabilitation and expensive bills that arise because cars, homes and work spaces all need to be modified.
A severe spinal cord injury is sure to affect every aspect of your life, the car accident lawyers at Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys will work to secure:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death benefits
A skilled car accident lawyer can work to ensure that you and your family get the financial resources to which you are entitled.
How To Contact Our North Carolina Based Car Accident Legal Team
If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina car accident that was not your fault, it is important to choose the right accident lawyer to handle your case. Our goal is to take the worry out of your injury compensation litigation, and to let you focus on your own recovery.
We have a team of acclaimed, reputable, honest attorneys that will fight so that you receive a fair and just personal injury settlement. A small selection of accolades that our team of accident lawyers have obtained include:
- Our Winston-Salem personal injury law firm has been recognized as a Tier 1 Best Law Firm by U.S. News-Best Lawyers Law Firms in the areas of Personal Injury and Eminent Domain in 2010, 2011-2012 and Tier 2 Best Law Firm for the years 2013 and 2014.
- Mike Lewis has been recognized as a Best Lawyer by Lawyers in America in Personal Injury each year since 1995.
- Mike has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine .
- He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine from 2008 to 2014 in personal injury.
- Stuart Punger has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in personal injury litigation for 2014.
With offices located in Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina, the auto injury team here at Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys has a reputation for excellence. Over the years, our lawyers have won millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for their clients, and are here to help win justice for you. Call 1-866-299-1769 today.