Highway accidents often occur at high speeds and can result in serious injuries. Victims of highway accidents may be left with substantial medical expenses, lost income, property damage, and other losses.
If you were harmed in a highway accident caused by another party’s negligence in Columbus, North Carolina, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. A Columbus highway accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC may be able to pursue compensation on your behalf while you focus on your recovery process.
For a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our team, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC at (828) 286-3866. We may be able to offer you representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front or out-of-pocket payments required to start.
Pinpointing the Cause of the Accident
The first thing to investigate when filing a highway accident claim is the cause of the accident in question. Many factors can cause or contribute to an accident, including:
- Driver negligence such as speeding, reckless or aggressive driving, distraction, inexperience, intoxication, or unsafe or illegal maneuvers.
- Poor road or driving conditions such as inadequate lighting, damaged roads, slick or slippery surfaces, dangerous curves, unclear traffic control signals, or sudden changes in traffic patterns.
- Vehicle maintenance issues, damaged vehicle parts, cargo issues, and brake or tire malfunctions.
Identifying the At-Fault Party
Once you have determined how the accident in question was caused, you can start gathering evidence to prove the fault of the responsible party. This may include dashcam recordings, surveillance footage, eyewitness statements, a police report, and related forms of evidence.
Depending on how your accident was caused, another driver, a vehicle service team, the government body responsible for road repairs where your accident occurred, a vehicle owner, or a corporate entity such as a trucking company may shoulder some of the blame for your accident.
Determining Fault and Liability
Recovering compensation from the at-fault party may require you to show that:
- The at-fault party owed you a duty of care
- The at-fault party somehow breached the duty of care
- The breach in the duty of care caused an accident
- You suffered losses or damages in the accident
Depending on the relationship between you and the at-fault party, the duty of care can take different forms. For example, all drivers owe other road users a duty of driving safely and responsibly. Trucking companies owe the general public a duty of hiring licensed and trained drivers, loading cargo safely, and maintaining their vehicles. Government and municipal bodies owe the public a duty of maintaining the roads within their jurisdictions.
If a failure by any of these parties to uphold their duty of care caused your accident and your injuries, they may owe you compensation in a personal injury insurance claim or lawsuit.
Working with Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC on Your Case
If you partner with Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC on your case, a Columbus highway accident lawyer from our firm can handle the above-mentioned legal work on your behalf. In addition to investigating your accident and identifying the liable party, we may be able to:
- Answer your questions and provide you with legal advice
- Collect and preserve all evidence in your case
- Communicate with all parties on your behalf
- File your personal injury insurance claim and/or lawsuit
- Negotiate for a settlement with the responsible party’s insurance company
- Take your case to trial
To learn more about our services in a free case review with a representative of our firm, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC today at (828) 286-3866.
Potentially Recoverable Damages in a Highway Accident Case
Depending on the details of your highway accident case, the potentially recoverable damages may include:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages for the time that you were unable to work during your recovery
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC may be able to use your medical bills, vehicle repair invoices, salary slips, and wage statements as evidence of the value of your damages.
The Deadline to Sue in North Carolina
Per North Carolina General Statutes (GS) § 1-52, there is a general three-year statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in North Carolina. Waiting longer than three years from your accident to take legal action could mean that your lawsuit gets dismissed.
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC can help you meet all deadlines in your case when we represent you. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can start working on your behalf.
Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC Today
It can be difficult to understand the laws, statutes, insurance rules, and administrative steps that may apply to filing a personal injury insurance claim and/or lawsuit. It can also be difficult to gather evidence and put together a claim if you are still recovering from your injuries.
Fortunately, you do not need to face this process alone. A Columbus highway accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC may be able to manage all of the legal work in your case when we represent you.
To learn more about your legal options in a free case review with a member of our team, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC today at (828) 286-3866.
If you qualify, we may be able to provide you with representation on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front payments necessary. In this arrangement, you are not required to pay us attorney fees unless and until you win your case and recover compensation via a court award or settlement offer.