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If you have been hurt in a car crash, you are not alone, contact a Raleigh car injury lawyer today for help.The effects of a car accident can be devastating. Long hospital stays and missed time from work can wreak havoc on your family’s finances. Furthermore, the at-fault driver’s insurance company may wrongfully deny your insurance claim or try to get you to settle before you have finished medical treatment.

Our attorneys and staff stand ready to assist you in putting your life back together. We are prepared to take care of all the legal issues so you can focus on your physical and emotional recovery. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the facts surrounding the accident. Every case receives individual attention and every case is important to us.

Do you know how many people have called us late in the game and told us “I wish I had known that earlier”? Too many to count. Don’t be one of those people. It is a free consultation. Educate yourself. Even if you don’t hire us, you will know your rights. You will make better decisions.

So why us? We have the resources, experience, knowledge and courage to take on your case – and win. But don’t just take our word for it. Other lawyers and judges have rated our legal abilities with the highest level of professional excellence. They rated our adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability and diligence as very high. (Martindale Hubbell Law Directory). Listen to what are past clients have said about us by watching their testimonials.

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Steps You Should Take After a Car Crash

Are you wondering what you should do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident? Taking the right actions in the hours, days, weeks and months after a crash can improve your odds of recovering full compensation for your losses.

Examples of things you should – and shouldn’t – do after a traffic accident include:

  • Do not settle your personal injury claim until you are released from the doctor’s care and feeling better. The insurance company may try to convince you to settle within a few days of the accident. Do not do it, even if you do not get an attorney. However, you must always consider the statute of limitations in this regard. An experienced auto accident attorney can explain this to you.
  • If you have health insurance, file all your medical bills with your plan. This helps to keep bill collectors from sending you into collections. The at-fault driver’s insurance company often will not pay your medical bills until you settle.
  • Keep track of the mileage to your doctor, physical therapist or other injury-related appointments. Sometimes you can use this mileage as part of your claim.
  • Keep a copy of your prescription receipts. These are part of incurred medical expenses for which you should be compensated.
  • Keep a list of all doctors and hospitals you have been to. Get a written note from your doctor for any missed days from work. This is very important. It is difficult to claim lost wages for days you missed when you do not have a written doctor’s excuse.
  • It is very important that you keep your appointments with your doctor or therapist. The value of your claim can be affected by your cooperation with your doctor or therapist. Please make every effort to keep your appointments. If you simply cannot make an appointment, call their office and let them know.
  • Make sure your doctor writes down each symptom that is bothering you at each appointment, not just the one that is bothering you the most.
  • Make sure you give a complete history of any past injuries to your doctor. Trying to cover up past problems will usually only hurt your case.
  • Always tell the truth – the whole truth. Never exaggerate your injuries.

About Car Damage Claims in North Carolina

Sometimes your vehicle damage claim can be the most frustrating aspect of an accident. You may not be able to get to work or to the doctor because your car is not driveable and the at-fault driver’s insurance company is not being helpful. It is important that you understand how insurance companies process these claims so you know what to expect.

The insurance company is not going to take responsibility for your claim until they have completed their investigation into the accident. This means they may want to review the accident report, inspect your car, take a statement from their insured, and interview the police officer and any witnesses. They may also want to take your recorded statement.

If a decision is made to accept the claim, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will then pay to have your car repaired or, if the car is totaled, pay you its fair market value. By North Carolina law, if the repair bill is greater than 75% of the fair market value, then the at-fault driver’s insurance company will total the car. If the insurance company decides to total your car, they will probably pay off any outstanding loans on the car and then pay you the balance, if any. If the car’s fair market value is less than you owe, you are still responsible for paying the loan. The insurer will take possession of the car after you sign over the title. If the bank has the title, the insurance company will have you sign a power of attorney to give it the authority to transfer the title.

If your car is repairable, then the at-fault insurance company will give you a cost estimate prepared by their appraiser. You then have the freedom to choose the body shop you want to fix your car. You are not required to take it to the insurance company’s approved repair shops, although there may be certain advantages to doing so.

Furthermore, if they accept responsibility, the at-fault driver’s insurance company will usually pay for a rental car. You will normally have to have a credit card to get the car. Generally, they pay between $20 and $26 a day for the rental. In certain circumstances, they will pay for more. If your car is not driveable but is repairable, you will be provided a rental car for a reasonable period of time while your car is repaired. If your car is driveable, you will be provided a rental car when your car goes in the shop and until it is repaired. If your car is totaled, you will be provided a rental car for a reasonable period of time, usually not more than a few days.

Other questions we can answer for you:

  • Can the at-fault driver’s insurance company insist on used parts to repair your car?
  • What is substitution of collateral and how it can help you get into a new car faster through your current car loan if you don’t have enough equity in your car?
  • What should you do if the insurance company’s investigation is taking too long or they deny the claim?
  • If the at-fault insurance company is delaying the claim, can your own insurance company assist you?
  • How does diminished value work and when are you entitled to it?
  • What is the 25% rule in regards to disclosure to any potential buyers of the wrecked status of your repaired car?
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It costs you nothing to discuss your personal injury case with an experienced legal professional. Let us review the facts of your situation and provide you with free legal advice about your options. You have questions and we have answers. Let us answer your questions at no cost to you and with no strings attached.

At Younce & Vtipil, our attorneys are ready to talk whenever you are. You can contact us online or by phone any time of day or night, any day of the week. Are you ready to get started now? Just fill out our simple online contact form or give us a call.

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