After an accident caused by someone driving in the wrong direction, a Marion wrong way accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, may be able to protect your rights and fight for compensation on your behalf. We may be able to help you recover compensation from the responsible party for your medical bills, lost wages, and other types of damages.
Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, today at (828) 286-3866 for a free case review with a member of our team.
How Wrong Way Accidents Can Happen
Wrong way accidents may seem improbable or even ridiculous. After all, road signs are posted everywhere, and there may even be other cars on the road demonstrating the correct flow of traffic.
Still, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III), people who drove the wrong way or on the wrong side of the road were responsible for over 1,200 fatal accidents in 2018. How do such accidents happen? Potential wrong way accident causes include:
- Distraction or inattention: If a driver is busy looking at their phone or anything other than the road, they may miss signs, traffic lights, or other critical information.
- Intoxication: This may refer to alcohol, legal drugs, or illegal drugs. All have the capacity to affect a driver’s reflexes, attitude, judgment, and decision-making skills.
- Aggressive driving or road rage: Wrong way driving can be intentional. Aggressive drivers or drivers with road rage may drive the wrong way because they are in a hurry or have lost control of their temper.
- Unfamiliarity with the area: Someone who has never been on a particular road before may become confused, especially if the road’s layout has unusual or unorthodox features.
If you are unsure of who or what caused your wrong way accident, do not worry. A Marion wrong way accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, may be able to investigate your case, identify all liable parties, and pursue them for compensation.
For a free case evaluation with a member of our team, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, at (828) 286-3866.
Monetary Compensation May Be Available
If you are thinking of filing a lawsuit, you are probably wondering what types of compensation may be available to you. Broadly speaking, there are two types of compensable damages: economic and non-economic. These are discussed in greater detail below.
Between the extra bills and the unexpected time off work, car accidents can get very expensive, very quickly. If that is the case for you, you may be able to pursue compensation for economic damages, such as:
- Medical bills: if you needed or continue to need any sort of treatment to manage your injuries.
- Loss of wages or benefits: if you could not work and earn a living while your injuries healed.
- Loss of earning capacity: if your injuries will permanently prevent you from acquiring or maintaining gainful employment.
- Repair bills: if you needed to get your car repaired or replaced because of accident damage.
Economic damages are more straightforward than non-economic damages in that they tend to be easier to quantify. In other words, you can look at a billing statement or count how many paychecks you missed to calculate how much you may be entitled to receive. Non-economic damages, as you will see below, do not come with such guidance.
Whether your accident left you with physical or psychological trauma (or both), your health has likely suffered. In some cases, you may never fully recover. Non-economic damages may account for these types of losses. Non-economic damages may include:
- Pain and suffering: if your injuries were physically or emotionally distressing and/or if the accident itself caused psychological distress.
- Scarring: if you have noticeable scars that affect your range of motion, appearance, self-image, and so on.
- Disability: if you will never regain the full range of physical abilities you had before your injuries.
Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can help you quantify your damages when we represent you.
Working with Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, on Your Case
You do not need to fight for compensation after a wrong way accident on your own. A Marion wrong way accident lawyer from Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, can make the legal process easier on you by providing honest advice and taking on all of your legal responsibilities. These responsibilities may include (but are not limited to):
- Collecting evidence: No matter how compelling your story is, the responsible party’s insurance company will probably need evidence of liability. Your lawyer can look for documentary evidence (e.g., medical records) to back up your claim.
- Identifying and calculating damages: We can identify and estimate the value of all of your potentially recoverable damages.
- Fighting for compensation: If we can get you a pretrial settlement you are satisfied with, then our work is done. If not, we are not afraid to take your case to trial.
- Keeping in touch: We will contact you whenever something important happens in your case. We can also communicate with the liable party on your behalf.
- Offering guidance: Making legal decisions for you and your family is not always easy. Let us answer your questions and advise you about your options.
If money is a concern, it may help to know that you will owe us nothing for our labor if we cannot get compensation for you. Because we work on a contingent-fee basis, we take our attorney fees out of whatever compensation you recover, not out of your pocket.
Call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, Today
At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, we see the fallout from car accidents every day. When you work with a Marion wrong way accident lawyer from our firm, you can focus on healing while we manage the legal work in your case.
For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, today at (828) 286-3866.
We encourage prospective clients to call us as soon as possible after their accidents, as time is limited to sue in North Carolina. Per the North Carolina General Statutes (GS) §1-52, you generally have three years from the date of your car accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Waiting longer than this to take legal action could result in your lawsuit being dismissed.