To turn properly and safely, you must pay extra attention to your surroundings. Drivers who do not take this precaution might cause an accident. If you or a loved one was the victim of an accident caused by a driver who made an improper turn, call Farmer & Morris, PLLC, at (828) 286-3866. A Columbus improper turns accident lawyer from our firm can work on your case, negotiate for compensation, and represent you in court if necessary.
Making an Improper Turn Can Have Serious Consequences on the Road
Turning can pose a hazard for even the most careful of drivers. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) reports that over fifty percent of all traffic accidents involving an injury or fatality happens around intersections. This is because traffic and pedestrians can come from multiple directions at an intersection. While stop signs and traffic lights are meant to regulate drivers at intersections, not everyone obeys these important signals.
Accidents may be caused by drivers who make a turn in the wrong place or make an illegal U-turn. These maneuvers are dangerous because other drivers do not expect to see a car cross their path from that direction, or there might not be enough room to make the turn safely. One party, be it the driver making the illegal turn or the oncoming driver, might not have enough time to react quickly and prevent an accident from happening.
After an accident, you might be left with debilitating injuries and mounting bills. You should not have to suffer any more than you already have. Call Farmer & Morris, PLLC, at (828) 286-3866. A Columbus improper turns accident lawyer can fight for compensation on your behalf. We do not charge any attorney’s fees unless and until we win your case.
You May Be Entitled to Receive Compensation
Accidents are often expensive, especially for the victims. If you were a victim of a traffic accident, you might be eligible to sue for financial compensation to help you pay for crash-related bills and expenses.
As codified in the North Carolina General Statutes (GS) §1-52, personal injury victims generally have three years to file a lawsuit for damages. This is a decent length of time, but it is better to act now than to wait until the last minute.
If you had to spend extra money or stay home from work because of your injuries, you might be entitled to collect economic damages. Some common examples of economic damages include:
- Medical expenses: You may collect these damages if you sought medical treatment after the accident or if you will need continuing medical treatment for the rest of your life.
- Repair expenses: You may collect these damages if your car was damaged and needed repairs or if your car was totaled and needed replacing.
- Lost wages: You may collect these damages if your injuries forced you to take time off from work, depriving you of much-needed income.
How much money can you receive for economic damages like these? That depends on how much you spent or lost. You will need to check the totals on your accident-related bills or add up how much money you would have earned if you had been able to work on your days off. These amounts should give you a rough estimate of what you might be entitled to receive.
However, calculating damages is not always that simple. For example, with medical expenses, you may be able to add in certain travel expenses if you had to go a long way from home to see a specific doctor.
If your accident left you with physical wounds or psychological scars, you might be entitled to receive non-economic damages. Some common examples of non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering: You may collect these damages if your injuries caused any sort of physical or emotional distress.
- Reduced quality of life: You may collect these damages if your injuries cost you your ability to live independently.
- Scarring: You may collect these damages if your injuries left you with significant or disfiguring scars.
Calculating specific amounts for non-economic damages is often more difficult than calculating economic damages. There is no price tag on things like mental illness symptoms or being unable to play with your children. To be sure you ask for appropriate amounts of compensation, consult an attorney.
How Farmer & Morris, PLLC, Can Help
We understand that your life might have changed in so many ways since the accident. You may have enough on your mind that worrying about a lawsuit might seem overwhelming to add on. Let Farmer & Morris, PLLC, take the lead on your case. We can handle everything from start to finish, including the following:
Finding the Liable Party or Parties
We can investigate your case and potentially identify who contributed to it so that you can sue them for damages. Sometimes, the other driver is the only liable party. Other times, the liable party may be:
- An auto manufacturer
- A maintenance company
- The driver’s employer
Some cases might involve more than one liable party.
After filing your lawsuit, we can meet with the liable party’s insurance company. The purpose of this meeting is to negotiate a settlement. While you want enough money to cover your expenses and compensate you for your injuries, the insurance company wants to pay as little as possible.
Your lawyer can meet with the insurance company’s representatives to potentially negotiate a settlement. If the insurance company agrees to meet your compensation demands, your lawyer can go over the agreement first to make sure the offer is fair to you.
If they do not agree to your terms, you might still have options. Your lawyer can schedule a trial and represent you in the courtroom. No matter how long or how hard we have to fight, we will do everything we can to fight for you.
A Columbus improper turns accident lawyer can shoulder your legal burden, giving you the chance to recover from your injuries and rebuild your life. Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, at (828) 286-3866 today for a free consultation.