Protecting the Rights of Injured Clients
Durham Car Accident Attorneys
Filing a Car Accident Claim in Durham County, NC
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you are likely dealing with costly medical bills and vehicle repairs, as well as significant physical pain, emotional distress, and financial hardship. You could even be forced to take weeks or months off work to heal, making the recovery process that much harder.
At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we understand just how difficult it can be to get back on your feet after a serious car accident. That is why our attorneys provide aggressive legal representation to victims and their loved ones. If you were injured, and you believe someone else was to blame, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages—and our firm can help.
We are here to guide you through the legal process. To date, we have recovered more than $40 million in compensation for our clients; reach out to us today to learn how our Durham car accident lawyers can help you seek the fair compensation you are owed.
You can reach us online or by phone at (919) 891-8361. Your initial consultation is free, and we only collect legal fees if/when we win your case.
What Are the Most Common Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents?
Automobile accidents often lead to an array of serious, life-changing injuries. In fact, motor vehicle accidents of all types—including car crashes, motorcycle wrecks, and large truck collisions—are among the leading causes of catastrophic injury and death in the United States.
Some of the most common types of injuries arising from car accidents include:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Head and neck injuries
- Slipped or herniated discs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Facial injuries
- Organ damage
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle tears
- Soft tissue injuries
- Internal bleeding
These and other car accident injuries have devastating impacts on the lives of victims and their loved ones. In many cases, victims are unable to return to their once-normal daily activities, including working and caring for themselves. As a result, they and their loved ones frequently face immense physical, financial, and psychological challenges in the wake of the accident.
Depending on the cause of the crash, someone else may be legally responsible for the accident victim’s damages, including both financial and intangible losses they have endured as a result of the accident and/or their injuries. We encourage you to reach out to our team if you believe this might be your situation. At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we can review the details of your case, including the severity of your injuries and the extent of their impact on your life. Then, we can create a solid, evidence-based claim aimed at securing maximum compensation for you.
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Because North Carolina follows a traditional fault-based system when it comes to car insurance and accident claims, you must prove that someone else was to blame for the accident that caused your injuries to have a personal injury claim. In most cases, determining fault begins with identifying the cause of the crash.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless or aggressive driving
- Traffic violations
- General negligence
- Dangerous road conditions
- Inclement weather
- Road rage
Whether a driver failed to properly yield the right of way or ran a red light because they were distracted by their cellphone, they could be liable for your accident-related damages if they were at fault.
Determining Fault for a Car Accident
Determining who is at fault for a car accident is especially important in North Carolina, one of the few states to still follow the rule of contributory negligence. Under this rule, an injured party cannot file a personal injury claim if they are found to be in any way at fault for the incident that caused their injury. Even if the insurance adjuster finds you just one percent to blame, you are prohibited from recovering compensation for your damages.
At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we carefully investigate auto accidents to determine who was at fault and, therefore, who is liable for your damages. Our Durham car accident attorneys often work with accident reconstruction experts to determine exactly what happened and whether the other party involved acted negligently, recklessly, or wrongfully in any way. If we discover that they did, in fact, fail to uphold the implied duty of care all motorists owe to others on the road, leading to the crash that caused your injuries and resulting damages, we can begin building your case.
We use evidence from our investigation, along with various documents and records, to prove liability, as well as the extent, nature, and severity of your damages. This allows us to develop powerful cases for our clients. In every instance, we seek to maximize settlements and, whenever necessary, we are fully prepared to take cases to court.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You with Your Case
Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be incredibly difficult. In addition to seeking medical attention for your injuries, getting your car repaired (if possible), and taking time off work to heal, you are likely also dealing with considerable physical pain and emotional distress. At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we believe that you shouldn’t have to also deal with fighting with the insurance company for a fair settlement.
Unfortunately, most insurance companies make it extremely difficult to get a just settlement after an accident. Rather than fairly compensating you for your damages, they are invested in limiting payouts to save themselves money. As a result, they might offer you a lowball settlement—or even deny your claim altogether. The insurance adjuster could do this by arguing that you were partly at fault and are, therefore, not eligible for compensation under the state’s contributory negligence rule. Or they could claim that only some of your damages are covered.
At Hyland + Padilla, PLLC, we are not only aware of the tactics insurance companies use to devalue and deny car accident claims; we also know how to fight back. Our experienced trial attorneys have helped numerous people file car accident claims and successfully recover the full, fair amount they were owed. We have what it takes to advocate for you.
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