When you initially get into a car accident, it’s helpful to call the police to the scene of the accident so that they can start an initial investigation. Their findings are then collected in a police report that is available through the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. These reports, although quickly done and not always perfectly accurate, often prove to be a good starting point when a Charlotte car accident lawyer begins their investigation of the accident.
Once a law enforcement agency has investigated a car accident and prepared its report, those reports are sent along to the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles. Copies of the reports can be obtained in three different ways:
While the accident report is helpful in investigating a car accident and seeking restitution for your injuries, there are a few other things you should do after an accident besides calling the police to report the accident. These steps can help strengthen or protect your ability to seek compensation.
A: All “reportable” car accidents in North Carolina require local police or Highway Patrol to be summoned to the scene of the accident. According to the law, a reportable accident is any accident that involves one of the following criteria:
A: The statute of limitations for personal injury claims, which includes car accident claims, in North Carolina is three years. However, there could be some variance to that deadline, depending on the situation. Issues, such as whether or not a minor was involved, if the government was at fault, or if injuries were discovered later, could all impact the timeline, so it’s important to speak with a car accident lawyer quickly to get a better picture of the deadline in your case.
A: Generally, people might assume that a car accident is caused by one of the drivers. It is true that many accidents are the result of a driver speeding, driving distracted, reckless driving, or some other violation of traffic law. However, there are other ways that accidents could be caused, such as issues with roads, signs, traffic lights, or a car part that malfunctions or is defective.
A: Liability in a car accident is most frequently thought to belong to another driver in the collision. While this is regularly the case, there are times when other parties may be liable instead or in addition to another driver.
Sometimes, this could be a driver not directly involved in the collision which sparked the accident by causing others to have to evade their reckless driving. It could also be governments responsible for the roads or a manufacturer of a part. One of the jobs of your lawyer is to assess the situation and determine the liable party or parties.
Car accident victims often face substantial costs as a result of the accident and their injuries. Costs like medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and the psychological impact weigh on these individuals. While the law says that this compensation is the responsibility of whoever caused the accident, it can often be challenging to get that compensation. A Charlotte car accident lawyer can often be a critical part of getting the compensation that these victims are owed.
At Ayers, Whitlow & Dressler, we have extensive experience working with car accident victims seeking fair restitution. We make use of evidence like police reports in our efforts. However, there are times when those reports, which are done quickly, fail to capture what happened properly. Our investigation may reveal something a little different than what’s in the report and could benefit your claim. Contact us today to find out more about how we may be able to help you.