Motor Vehicle Accidents & Collisions
A car accident can change your life in an instant. If you or someone you know has suffered a serious injury or trauma from a vehicle collision, you know the difficulty and confusion firsthand – especially if the crash was caused by another person’s negligence.
Your recovery might feel like an uphill battle right now; but it does not have to be.
Your North Carolina Car Accident Attorneys
If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident in the State of North Carolina, our thoughts and condolences go out to you and your family. More than that, we want to hear from you. We offer a free, confidential, no obligation consultation simply by calling us at (704) 376-1911. You’re not alone in your circumstance, and we want to help.
Every year, approximately 2.6 million passengers or drivers are injured in collisions, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most, if not all of these crashes, could have likely been prevented.
It is also not uncommon to experience a sense of guilt after a car wreck, as if you did something wrong. This is often the case when it’s unclear what caused the collision, however, an effective car accident attorney can help uncover another person’s negligence.
Try not to blame yourself for what has happened – you did nothing wrong. You deserve to move on with your life, and the attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates are ready to help you do that.
You may have discovered this page while searching for direction or professional assistance following an accident; we have the skills and experience to offer you both.
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Types of Car Accidents
Drivers and passengers are impacted in a collision.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, drivers between the ages of 18-34 make up 38 percent of all car accidents, while drivers between the ages of 25-49 make up 29 percent of all car accidents.
Car accidents can take on a variety of forms, though the type of wreck will often depend on different factors. These include the location, speed and amount of traffic. The most common types of collisions include:
When a vehicle collides into the car in front of it, a rear-end accident has occurred. A rear-end accident generally happens due to a driver slowing down too quickly, or stopping without warning. The car that collides into the one in front of it is usually held responsible, with whiplash being a common injury.
Distracted Driving Accidents
Though distracted driving refers to any time a driver takes his or her attention off the road, texting while driving is easily the most common kind. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 1.6 million crashes occur each year because of cell phone use while driving. Other distractions to avoid while driving include eating and drinking, searching through a purse or wallet and adjusting a GPS.
Hit and Run Accidents
When a vehicle collides with a person or object, and leaves the scene without stopping, a hit and run accident has taken place. In the State of North Carolina, you are required to stop after being involved in an accident. Failing to do so could result in a misdemeanor or felony penalty, depending on the nature and severity of the crash.
A highway accident refers to any type of accident – no matter how mild or severe – that occurs on a public highway. Though fender benders and rear-end collisions can also occur on highways, highway accidents are generally more dangerous, due to the congestion of traffic and high speeds.
Pedestrian and Bicycle Accidents
A pedestrian or bicycle accident is any type of accident that involves someone on foot or bike. Depending on the speed of the vehicle, these types of accidents are often serious, since pedestrians and bicyclists usually have little to no protection.
A truck accident refers to an automobile wreck that involves large truck, bus or commercial vehicle’s. The velocity of the truck will usually determine the consequences of the wreck, ranging from mild to severe.
A sideswipe collision takes place when two side-by-side vehicles “swipe” each other. Damage and consequences will depend on how fast the vehicles are traveling, and in what direction. Damage in these types of accidents can often be minor, and only affect the cars.
A rollover accident happens when a vehicle flips over onto it’s roof or side. Rollover’s often occur as a direct result of the vehicle’s stability while turning. Because of the higher center of gravity, SUVs and trucks are prone to tip and rollover. These accidents can be extremely dangerous for passengers due to the nature of the accident, the rolling, flipping and momentum of the vehicle.
Drunk Driving Accidents
Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is one of the most irresponsible things a driver can do on the road. Nearly 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths in the United States are caused by drunk driving. Whenever there is a collision caused by an impaired driver, there should always be an investigation into whether the impaired driver was enabled by an establishment that serves alcohol.
Below you can hear about a dram shop case where an innocent man and his wife were hit by a drunk driver. While they spend weeks in the hospital our firm was hired to represent the family during their recovery.
The type of accident will determine the different injuries sustained by drivers, passengers and other people involved in the wreck. If you or someone you know has been harmed in a car accident, the attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates want you to hear from you. We will work hard to get you the medical attention and help you need and deserve – regardless of the injury.
Car Accident Injuries
A car accident injury can range from mild wounds, such as bruises or scratches, to severe consequences, like a traumatic brain injury.Common types of car accident injuries include:
A back injury can be particularly painful, and affect different areas of the body, such as arms, hands, legs or feet. Nerve damage is often associated with a back injury, as well as injury to the tendons, muscles and ligaments.
During a high impact collision, it is common for different bones in the body to break or fracture. General areas of the body that are often at risk for broken bones include the ankles, feet, hips wrists, arms and legs. Symptoms of a broken bone can range from bruising to numbness and intense pain.
Though a neck injury can transpire from any type of car accident, it commonly occurs during a rear-end collision. Whiplash is generally associated with a neck injury. Whiplash recovery can take several weeks or even months.
A spinal cord injury results from the spine taking an unexpected blow or cut. Consequences of this injury can include loss of strength, sensation or permanent immobility. Another result of a spinal cord injury can include the loss of a limb.
A brain injury sustained in a car accident can include a mild concussion, skull fracture or coma. Depending on the specific type of damage, the brain injury may heal over time. However, a traumatic brain injury can cause physical, cognitive and behavioral impairments that may never heal and can become permanent.
Each type of accident can be equally devastating for various reasons. Still, perhaps the most tragic is when someone loses their life.
Depending on the injuries sustained in the wreck, there are proper steps to take following a crash. These steps can help keep you safe, especially if you plan on filing a car accident claim.
After a Car Accident
After a car accident, safety must always come first. Your main concern should be checking to ensure you and your passengers are accounted for and out of harm’s way. Once that has been done, consider the following steps to help ensure an easy and smooth process follows:
1. Seek Emergency Medical Attention If Injured
Depending on injuries, call an ambulance. If someone is hurt badly, do not move them. Doing so could cause more impairments.
2. Move You & Your Vehicle Out Of Danger
If the crash is minor enough, move your vehicle to the side of the road away from traffic to avoid further damage.
3. Contact Local Law Enforcement
Call the police and make an official police report – even for a minor collision (i.e. a fender bender).
4. Do Not Admit Fault
Never admit fault for the accident, as an unknown factor could be responsible for the collision.
5. Collect Evidence & Photos Of The Scene
Document as much of the scene as possible with a smartphone, camera or whatever device is at your disposal. Take pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident, injuries, road conditions and traffic signs.
6. See Your Doctor After An Accident
Even if your injuries do not warrant a visit to the emergency room, consider at least making an appointment with your family physician. Car accident injuries can often take a day or two to surface.
7. Contact Your Insurance Company
Contact your insurance company and notify them of the accident, but avoid giving a statement until after speaking with an accident attorney.
Speak To An Experienced Auto Accident Attorney
The attorneys at Charles G. Monnett III & Associates know from personal experience how challenging a car accident can be – regardless of the level of property damage or personal injury. Even the slightest fender bender can be significantly inconvenient. When a vehicle is badly damaged or a person sustains a severe injury, the process to move forward only becomes more difficult.
You do not have to fight alone. Our team is seasoned with decades of experience, along with the skills and knowledge to ensure you get the assistance you need. As your advocates, we will collect medical records, make phone calls and put you in touch with top specialists and therapists to ensure you receive the utmost care.
Contact us today by calling (704) 376-1911 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
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Motor Vehicle Cases
- Collisions With Commercial Vehicles
- Hit & Run
- Motorcycle Collisions
- Pedestrian & Bicyclist Collisions
Auto & Truck Collision Resources
- Decode Your NC Crash Report (DMV-349)
North Carolina Consumer Information
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “A Consumer’s Guide to Automobile Insurance”
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “A Consumer’s Guide to Motorcycle Insurance”
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “A Consumer’s Guide to Public Adjusters”
- North Carolina Department of Insurance, “North Carolina Teen Drivers”
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