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More than 108,000 people were injured and 1,260 were killed in more than 220,000 reported vehicle crashes in North Carolina in 2013. If you are injured in a car accident, you may face a long, painful recovery and struggle to pay medical bills while you’re unable to work. At Scott Law Offices, we understand the enormous stress you’re under. We provide the personal service that gives you peace of mind and aggressive litigation that delivers positive results.
Distraction, speed and alcohol lead causes of NC accidents
Common causes of North Carolina auto accidents include distraction, excessive speed and alcohol consumption. Driver distraction is a self-reported statistic, so numbers are not necessarily reliable, but in 2013, 22.4 percent of North Carolina crashes involved a driver who admitted to being distracted. Thirty-one percent of all fatalities involved speeding. More than 10,000 crashes in 2013 were connected to alcohol consumption above the legal limit. Thirty-two percent of all crashes and 31 percent of fatalities were alcohol related.
Understanding auto insurance laws in North Carolina
North Carolina requires all drivers to carry liability insurance in at least the following amounts:
- $30,000 for bodily injury liability, per person per accident
- $60,000 of bodily injury liability total per accident
- $25,000 of property damage liability, per accident
Many drivers carry more coverage, because these minimum levels are often not sufficient for a serious accident. However, many drivers defy the law and carry no insurance at all: the Insurance Information Institute estimates that 9.1 percent of North Carolina drivers are uninsured. If you get into an accident with an uninsured driver, you may have to make a claim against your own insurance company, provided you have uninsured motorist coverage.
Steps to take immediately after an accident in North Carolina
Immediately after an auto accident, it’s difficult to think clearly, especially if you or one of your passengers has been seriously injured. However, there are basic steps you must take:
- Get to a safe place
— If your car can move, get it to the shoulder of the road. If the car cannot move, you’ve got to make your car visible by dropping road flairs or fluorescent triangles. Don’t drop road flairs where fuel is leaking. Always be careful leaving your car in traffic.
- Call for assistance
— Use your cellphone to notify police and request an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Get identifying information from the other driver
—You don’t necessarily want to engage with the other driver, especially if you suspect he or she is under the influence. But at the minimum, you should record the license plate number, make and model of the car and get a description of the driver.
- Preserve evidence
— Take photos of the accident scene, damage to both vehicles and any injuries. Ask the police how to obtain an accident report.
- Seek medical care
— Go to the emergency room and get yourself checked. Adrenaline following an accident can often mask injuries. Injuries to soft tissues may not set in for hours.
- Call an attorney
— The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. Your attorney can act to preserve evidence, making your case stronger in the long run.
Never attempt to deal directly with an at-fault driver’s insurance company. To get the full compensation you deserve, it’s always better to have professional legal representation.
Let our High Point, NC accident attorneys evaluate your case for free
Scott Law Offices provides free consultations and case evaluations following auto accidents. Learn how our experienced and dedicated injury attorneys can help you obtain full compensation for your losses. Call us at 888-983-0417 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.