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Asheville Car Accident Lawyer

Defending Those Injured In Auto Accidents In Asheville, NC

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), in 2022, there were 7,784 car crashes in Buncombe County. That is not including alcohol-related car crashes, accidents involving pedestrians, bicycles, or motorcycles. Every 3.6 hours, collisions cause injuries to people in Buncombe County. 

Hensley Cloninger & Greer has been working on behalf of those injured in auto accidents for over 30 years. We’ve seen the growth of our community here in Asheville and throughout North Carolina. The growth is terrific, but an unfortunate side effect is more cars on the road — and more accidents. We know that getting fair remuneration for all you’ve suffered requires a lot more legal work than many people realize. 

The Asheville auto accident attorneys in our office are experienced in cases like yours and tenacious in doing the hard legal work necessary to win. 

Call (828) 383-8414 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

What to Do After a Car Accident in North Carolina

The state of North Carolina has very specific laws about what drivers must do after an accident. Any driver involved with the collision must call law enforcement in the event of injury, death, or any damage valued at more than $1,000. The failure to report is a misdemeanor offense. 

The police investigation into the accident may be crucial in how a potential car accident lawsuit shakes out. The police report can be drawn on in court. Any citations issued certainly point towards who may or may not have been at fault. 

Even if calling in the police wasn’t required by law, it would still be the right step to take. Every piece of evidence helps when building a case for breach of duty. 

Breach of Duty in Car Accident Cases

All drivers owe a duty of care to other drivers. But not all accidents are necessarily someone’s fault. A personal injury lawsuit requires demonstrating to the court that the other driver breached their duty. 

What is a breach? It’s the failure to exercise a reasonable standard of care in how you drive your car. What is reasonable? That’s a subjective standard decided by the court in each particular circumstance. To illustrate how a breach might be understood in specific cases, let’s consider a hypothetical example. 

You’re driving down I-40 and traffic is, while not jammed up, running slow. It’s tough to go more than a steady 40 mph. You reach a point where the traffic suddenly slows down because of an accident further ahead. You get rear-ended by the car behind you. There’s substantial damage to your vehicle. Is there a breach? 

The court, in assessing a reasonable standard of care, will want to know how fast both cars were going. Did you stop suddenly when it might not have been necessary? Was the other driver following too closely — maybe trying to push the envelope at 50 mph when that really wasn’t appropriate for traffic conditions? Were there any weather issues, like rain, further complicating the situation? 

It’s at least possible that nobody is at fault — both drivers were operating at a respectable speed for the conditions and the distance between cars was appropriate. In short, both you and the other driver were acting reasonably

If you believe the other driver was not reasonable, then that must be demonstrated in court. The police report will be one source of evidence. Gathering the information of other drivers who witnessed the collision and the lead-up to it is also necessary.

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents remain a leading cause of injury and death worldwide. While each accident has its unique circumstances, several common causes consistently contribute to these unfortunate incidents. Understanding these causes can help drivers take proactive measures to reduce the risk of accidents. Here are some common factors that lead to car accidents.

  • Distracted Driving
  • Speeding
  • Impaired Driving
  • Reckless Driving
  • Weather Conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Running Red Lights and Stop Signs:
  • Inexperienced Drivers
  • Mechanical Failures
  • Poor Road Conditions

To reduce the risk of being involved in a car accident, it's essential for drivers to remain attentive, follow traffic laws, and adapt to changing road conditions. Defensive driving practices and responsible behavior behind the wheel can help mitigate these common causes of accidents and make our roads safer for everyone.

Common Injuries Resulting From Car Accidents in North Carolina

In North Carolina, car accidents are a significant cause of various injuries that can drastically affect individuals' health and quality of life. Victims often experience a spectrum of injuries from minor to severe, with lacerations, broken bones, and burns cited as some of the most common occurrences. These injuries result from the sometimes violent nature of vehicle collisions, which also commonly lead to neck and back injuries, including the painful condition known as whiplash. The force of impact during an accident can jolt the body in such a way that it causes persistent pain and issues with mobility, severely diminishing the victim's ability to enjoy everyday activities.

One of the most dangerous outcomes of auto accidents is spinal cord injury, along with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Even in the absence of direct head trauma, TBI can still happen because of the forceful shocks that occur during collisions, which can smash the brain into the inside of the skull. The results might range from minor concussions to severe cognitive and motor deficits. Additionally, spinal cord injuries can cause partial or total paralysis, necessitating intensive medical care and rehabilitation.

Additionally, chest and internal injuries are not uncommon, often resulting from the impact with steering wheels, seat belts, or airbags. These injuries can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. Lastly, psychological trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), can manifest following the distressing experience of a car accident, impacting mental health and requiring professional treatment.

Why Should I Hire A Car Accident Lawyer In Asheville?

Here are some important reasons to hire a car accident attorney if you or a loved one was recently injured in a car crash:

  1. A car accident lawyer has the specialized knowledge and experience to navigate the legal system on your behalf.
  2. An attorney can gather evidence and build a strong case to ensure you receive fair compensation for medical expenses, property damage, and other losses.
  3. A lawyer can negotiate with insurance companies to obtain the maximum settlement possible.
  4. An attorney can also represent you in court if necessary.
  5. Hiring a car accident lawyer allows you to focus on recovering from your injuries instead of dealing with legal matters.
  6. An experienced car accident attorney will have a successful track record of obtaining favorable outcomes for their clients.

Choosing to hire a car accident lawyer can make all the difference in getting the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact our car accident lawyers in Asheville, NC today for a free consultation, and to learn more about what we can do to protect your rights and your future.

What Is Strict Contributory Negligence in North Carolina?

Most states allow courts to portion out the blame — that is, to assign a certain percentage of fault to different parties in a personal injury case. Most states then allow the plaintiff to collect in proportion to their share of fault (if you are ruled 10% at fault, you can collect 90% of the final damages). 

North Carolina is not like most states. We are one of five states where if the plaintiff bears any responsibility — even 1% — then no damages can be collected. 

This makes for a challenging legal environment for the plaintiff. But you can still win if the facts are on your side and your lawyer has both experience and tenacity. It takes experience to understand how to conduct an investigation and what questions to ask of witnesses. It takes tenacity to fight for your interests in every last detail of the case because there is no room for error. 

The 30+ years that Hensley Cloninger & Greer has been in practice speaks to our experience. Our extensive list of victories speaks to our tenacity. Just because a fight is hard to win, doesn’t mean it can’t be won. You just need the right legal team on your side. 

Call (828) 383-8414 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

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