The state of North Carolina is one of the nation's largest highway systems. Our road are a network of modern interstates, U.S. and N.C. routes that make up nearly 80,000 miles of roadway. This is the equivalent of circling the earth three times and reaches every corner of the state. Because of this North Carolina motorists face sometimes dangerous driving conditions when navigating our roadways. The attorneys of Tatum & Atkinson, PLLC have handled thousands of car accident and trucking accident cases and have extensive experience litigating these cases.
Car accidents are one of the most common causes of personal injuries. The National Highway Safety Transportation Administration recently announced that in 2017, 37,133 people died in motor vehicle crashes, a decrease of almost 2 percent from 2016.
- Pedestrian fatalities declined about 2 percent, the first decline since 2013;
- For the second year in a row, more fatalities occurred in urban areas than rural areas;
- Combination trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 5.8 percent;
In many cases, injuries and deaths in auto collisions result from drunk or distracted driving. In others, drivers were simply inattentive or careless, leading to collisions. Regardless of the cause, North Carolina law allows those injured in automobile accidents to recover their medical bills, lost wages and a number above and beyond that for pain and suffering.
In most cases, the driver at fault for a collision has insurance that will cover a portion of the damages. But many drivers do not have sufficient insurance to compensate a seriously injured victim for their full damages. North Caro,ina law requires a minimum of $30,000 per person (and $60,000 per collision) in liability insurance. Sometimes, these minimum limits often leave victims without full compensation. And a significant number of drivers are driving illegally without any insurance at all. Therefore, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage can be an important protection against at-fault drivers who do not carry enough insurance to cover the damages they may cause.
Commercial trucks in North Carolina have different rules and typically have higher insurance coverage amounts.
We work to get you all the insurance that is available to you. This may include liability insurance, medical payments (we will look for all the medpay that you may be entitled to) and uninsured/underinsured coverage if necessary. If you were working at the time of the accident you may also be entitled to Workers' Compensation insurance.
Car wrecks can be complicated, and the insurance company is not on your side!
If you have been injured in a car wreck please call Tatum & Atkinson, The Heavy Hitters at 1-800-LAW-0804 Today!