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Causes of Car Accidents

Asheville Attorneys Working to Preserve Your Rights After an Auto Accident

Motorists who speed, text, drive drunk, or engage in other types of reckless behavior put other drivers and pedestrians at serious risk of injuries. Even the most careful driver can be the victim of an auto accident caused by another driver’s negligent conduct. During the past quarter of a century, Hensley Cloninger & Greer has handled numerous auto accident claims with a variety of causes. Our team meticulously investigates your accident to determine fault and build a strong case for your recovery of damages.

Distracted Driving Makes Being on the Road Even More Dangerous

It’s no secret that distracted driving leads to many catastrophic injuries and deaths every year.

Distracted driving comes in many forms, including:

  • Using a cell phone to talk, text, or navigate
  • Arguing with a passenger
  • Reaching for an item that fell on the floor
  • Disciplining or entertaining children in the back seat
  • Eating or drinking
  • Messing with the radio
  • Personal grooming such as shaving, brushing hair, or putting on makeup

Technology Hazards on the Road

Because of the complete disregard for human life and health, some distracted driving may even be considered guilty of gross negligence, which may subject the driver to a higher level of liability.

Technology allows us to communicate from almost anywhere with a few clicks of a button. Unfortunately, drivers use the latest devices to hold conversations or type or read text messages while steering two tons of steel at 65 miles per hour. 

This conduct is not only dangerous; it may also be in violation of North Carolina laws that ban:

  • Handheld and hands-free cellphone use for novice drivers
  • Handheld and hands-free cellphone use for bus drivers
  • Texting for all drivers

Drunk Driving Endangers Others on the Road

A driver who operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher is presumed legally impaired under North Carolina DWI laws. As prosecutors seek a conviction in criminal courts, our legal team pursues financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. We may also file a claim against a bar or social host who served alcohol to the visibly drunk driver in violation of the state’s dram shop laws.

What Role Does Weather Play In North Carolina Accidents?

Weather can play a significant role in car accidents in North Carolina, as adverse weather conditions often create hazardous driving scenarios. As experienced auto accident attorneys in Asheville, we understand how challenging it can be to navigate these situations and the impact they can have on your case.

Rain is one of the most common weather-related factors contributing to car accidents. Wet roads reduce tire traction, increasing the likelihood of skidding or hydroplaning. Visibility can also be significantly reduced during heavy rain, making it difficult for drivers to see other vehicles, pedestrians, and road hazards. Our Asheville car wreck lawyers have seen numerous cases where rain played a critical role in causing multi-vehicle collisions and single-car accidents.

Fog is another weather condition that poses a substantial risk. Dense fog can drastically limit visibility, leading to severe accidents, especially on highways where speeds are higher. Drivers may not see stopped or slow-moving vehicles until it's too late to react safely.

Snow and ice are particularly dangerous in North Carolina, where many drivers may not be accustomed to winter driving conditions. Icy roads can cause vehicles to slide uncontrollably, and snow can obscure lane markings and road signs, further complicating navigation. These conditions often result in a higher incidence of rear-end collisions and sliding off the road.

If you've been involved in a car accident caused by adverse weather conditions, it's crucial to consult with knowledgeable Asheville car wreck lawyers. We can help determine how weather-related factors contributed to your accident and work diligently to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. For more information or to discuss your case, contact our team of auto accident attorneys in Asheville.

Protecting Your Legal Rights After a Car Accident

Following a car accident, it's vital to comprehend your legal rights and the avenues available for seeking compensation for your injuries and damages. At Hensley Cloninger & Greer, P.C. in Asheville, NC, our seasoned attorneys are committed to guiding you through the intricacies of personal injury law while fervently advocating for your best interests.

When you work with us, you can expect:

  • A comprehensive examination of the incident to establish who was at fault
  • Negotiate with insurance providers on your behalf; if a just settlement cannot be achieved, represent you in court
  • Sympathetic support and direction during the legal procedure

Don't face the consequences of a car accident by yourself. Contact us to schedule a consultation and discover how we can assist you in safeguarding your legal rights and pursuing the compensation you deserve.

Recover from the Negligent Driver Who Ran into You

You have the right to damages from the negligent driver responsible for the accident. 

Call Hensley Cloninger & Greer at (828) 383-8414 or contact us online to schedule your first free appointment. Our attorneys handle your auto claim on contingency, meaning you do not pay us until we recover money for you.

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