Motor vehicle accidents are a leading cause of personal injuries in the Mooresville area each year, and the recovery process can be more complex than the average person might expect. Even if fault for your recent car accident seems perfectly clear to you, the reality is that liability may be contested in various ways, and it is not always easy to secure the compensation you rightfully deserve after another driver has caused an accident. Recovery typically begins with an auto insurance claim against the at-fault driver, but this may not yield full compensation for your losses.
In the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident, your problems may extend beyond the pain of the injury itself. Medical expenses, lost income, vehicle repair, reduced qualify of life — all of this must be taken into account when building an accident claim for the compensation you need.
Before you accept an insurance company’s initial settlement offer, talk to us. The insurance company’s first offer may look large at first, but the first offer is rarely enough to cover the full cost of an injury. Insurance companies know that. Before you give a statement to the insurance company, let us review your case, take into account how the injury will affect your life now and in the future, and help you negotiate for the full compensation you need to move forward.
For a free consultation with an experienced car accident attorney, please call The Law Office of William T. Corbett, Jr., P.L.L.C., at 704-799-7076 or complete our contact form. We represent injury victims and their families in Mooresville, Statesville and throughout Iredell County.
One reason we are able to secure large settlements for accident victims is because we have worked on both sides of personal injury claims. That means we know the tactics insurance companies use to reduce payouts to car accident victims. We use that knowledge to your advantage. Our goal is to help you get the maximum available compensation for your injuries.
Our founding attorney, William T. Corbett, Jr., is also a proven trial lawyer who has tried more than 200 jury trials. You need that kind of trial experience on your side, even if your case is ultimately settled outside of court. Having an experienced trial attorney on your side puts you in the greatest possible position to receive the compensation you need to put your life back together.
We thoroughly investigate the circumstances of every accident to build the strongest possible case. Our firm has extensive experience in all of the following:
We are committed to helping victims of catastrophic injuries get the medical care and financial compensation they need. We also represent families who have lost loved ones in car accidents. Please see our Wrongful Death Overview to learn more.
Every driver must have auto insurance that meets basic coverage requirements for bodily injury and property damage. The state enforces the fault rule, so whoever causes an accident absorbs liability for the resulting damages, and their insurance will go toward compensating these losses. When another driver has caused an accident with you, your first option for recovering your losses is to file a claim against their auto insurance policy.
Dealing with any insurance company can be challenging because of the fact that they tend to try to avoid paying out settlements whenever possible. Insurance company representatives are trained to look for reasons to deny claims or justify the lowest possible settlement offers. They sometimes engage in bad faith tactics, hoping that injured claimants’ desperation compels them to accept lowball settlement offers.
An insurance company is less likely to attempt bad faith tactics when they see that a claimant has legal representation. When you have a Mooresville car accident attorney representing you, they can help file your auto insurance claim and secure a fair settlement offer from the insurance company. If you encounter any bad faith dealings, your attorney will know how to address these problems on your behalf and maximize your settlement offer.
When an at-fault driver does not have auto insurance or their insurance cannot fully compensate for the damages they inflicted, you have the right to file a personal injury claim against them. The objective of a personal injury suit is to hold the defendant accountable for the harm they’ve done and for the plaintiff to secure compensation for the losses the plaintiff suffered. To succeed with a personal injury case, the plaintiff must identify the defendant responsible for causing their damages, prove the full extent of those damages, and then prove that their damages did not occur from any other cause.
It’s important for anyone who intends to file a personal injury claim to understand how the state’s contributory negligence law works. This rule applies in any case in which the plaintiff is found partially at fault for the damages. If a plaintiff is found to share fault with a defendant, they may not claim compensation from the defendant, even if their fault is slight. If you have any concerns about bearing partial liability for your recent car accident, it is imperative to consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
If you know you are not partially at fault for your recent accident, your Mooresville car accident attorney can help compile the evidence needed to build a personal injury claim against the driver who hit you. Most personal injury cases filed each year arise from acts of negligence. Many car accidents happen because of drivers failing to use reasonable care behind the wheel. Others occur because of intentional misconduct, such as D.U.I. or reckless driving. No matter how your accident happened, your attorney can help gather the evidence needed to firmly prove liability for the incident.
After proving liability for your recent car accident and securing as much compensation as possible through the auto insurance claim filing process, the next step in your recovery is filing your personal injury suit. Under North Carolina law, the plaintiff in a personal injury case has the right to claim compensation for:
You could be entitled to recover more than you initially expected, and the right Mooresville car accident attorney is the optimal resource to consult if you want to maximize your final case award.
Every car accident case is unique, and every victim will have a different recovery experience. Your case may start with an auto insurance claim against the at-fault driver followed by a personal injury claim, or you may be compelled to proceed directly to filing a personal injury suit to recover your damages. Most personal injury claims filed each year end in private settlement negotiations.
As long as the parties involved are willing to compromise on mutually agreeable terms, it’s possible to settle a personal injury suit in a matter of weeks to a few months. However, if settlement is not possible, or if the defendant refuses to settle, the case must be resolved in litigation, and the judge will have the final say on the plaintiff’s total compensation.
When you choose The Law Office of William T. Corbett, Jr., P.L.L.C., to represent you, our goal is to help you recover as fully as possible and as swiftly as possible. We have the skills and resources you want on your side to reach maximum recovery from your accident. The sooner you reach out to our team, the more time we have to develop a strong case that aims for maximum compensation.
To speak with us in a free consultation, please call 704-799-7076 or fill out our contact form. Our office is in Mooresville, North Carolina, and we represent clients throughout Iredell County. We are here to help you, too.