Car Accidents

North Carolina Car Accident Attorneys

Injured in a Car Crash in Winston-Salem?

At Comerford Chilson & Moser, our North Carolina car accident attorneys represent clients who have been in severe auto accidents in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and throughout the state. With a limited number of clients to represent, we can devote the financial, legal, and investigative resources that are necessary to the recovery of compensation for clients suffering from a catastrophic injury or permanent disability, or from the loss of a family member following a car accident. 

Dealing with the aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming, and you need to know that your legal representation has the knowledge and resources to get you the best possible outcome.  

Our firm can immediately begin to gather evidence and build your case. We have a network of experts who can provide invaluable testimony in the cases we take on. 

If you have been in a car accident, call us today at (336) 568-8779 or contact us online for a free consultation with our experienced auto accident lawyers in North Carolina

North Carolina Car Accident Laws

If a car accident results in injury, death, or property damage exceeding $1,000, it must be reported to law enforcement authorities. The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (NCDMV) must also be notified within 30 days.

North Carolina follows a fault-based system, also known as a "tort" system, when it comes to auto insurance and car accident claims. This means that the party at fault for causing the accident is responsible for covering the damages.

Keep in mind that North Carolina follows a strict contributory negligence rule. If you are found to be even partially at fault for the accident, you may be barred from recovering any damages from the other party involved in the accident. This is a critical aspect of North Carolina's legal system, and it's important to be aware of it.

What Are the Most Common Types of Car Accidents?

We represent car and other motor vehicle accident victims and their families in such cases as:

  • Rear-end collision: This type of accident occurs when one vehicle collides with the vehicle in front of it. These accidents often happen when the following driver fails to stop in time, typically due to distracted driving, tailgating, or sudden braking by the lead vehicle.
  • Head-on collision: A head-on collision happens when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions collide with each other, often resulting in severe injuries or fatalities. These accidents can occur due to factors like impaired driving, wrong-way driving, or overtaking in no-passing zones.
  • Side-impact collision: T-bone accidents occur when one vehicle collides with the side of another, typically at a right angle. These often happen at intersections when one driver fails to yield the right-of-way, runs a red light, or doesn't stop at a stop sign.
  • Sideswipe collision: A sideswipe collision happens when two vehicles traveling parallel to each other make contact with each other. This can occur when one vehicle drifts into another lane without signaling or checking blind spots.
  • Rollover accident: Rollover accidents occur when a vehicle flips over onto its roof or side. These accidents can result from various factors, including excessive speed, sharp turns, or a high center of gravity in some vehicle types.
  • Multi-vehicle pile-up: Multi-vehicle accidents involve more than two vehicles and often occur on highways or in poor weather conditions. One initial collision can set off a chain reaction, involving multiple vehicles.
  • Hit and run: A hit-and-run accident occurs when a driver involved in an accident flees the scene without stopping to exchange information or offer assistance. This is illegal and can lead to criminal charges.
  • Single-vehicle car accidents caused by defective tires or brakes, poor highway maintenance, or rollover accidents reflecting vehicle design defects
  • Commercial vehicle accidents, such as accidents involving semi-tractor trailers, heavy-duty trucks, or construction vehicles
  • Fatal highway car accidents that occur in construction zones, involve median crossovers and head-on collisions, or otherwise involve high-speed collisions

What are Common Types of Negligent Driving?

In order to qualify for damages in a car accident lawsuit, the accident must have been caused by a negligent driver. Car accidents can occur for any number of reasons, however, the most common types of negligent driving behaviors are:

  • Distracted driving: Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents. It involves activities like texting, talking on the phone, eating, adjusting the radio, or using GPS while driving. Any activity that diverts a driver's attention from the road can be dangerous.
  • Speeding: Driving at speeds higher than the posted speed limit or too fast for road conditions reduces a driver's reaction time and the ability to stop in an emergency, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Drunk driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other impairing substances impairs a driver's judgment, coordination, and reaction time, making it a significant contributor to accidents.
  • Reckless driving: Reckless driving behaviors, such as aggressive driving, tailgating, frequent lane changes, and road rage, increase the likelihood of accidents.
  • Running red lights and stop signs: Disobeying traffic signals and signs can result in intersection accidents, which are often severe due to the high-speed nature of these collisions.
  • Fatigue: Drowsy or fatigued driving can impair a driver's ability to stay alert and make sound judgments, leading to accidents.
  • Inexperience: Inexperienced or novice drivers may lack the skills and judgment necessary to navigate challenging situations and react to hazards effectively.
  • Failing to yield the right of way: Not yielding the right of way at intersections, crosswalks, and merge points can lead to accidents, especially in situations involving multiple vehicles.
  • Following too closely (tailgating): Tailgating does not allow enough time for a driver to react if the vehicle in front suddenly stops or slows down.
  • Unsafe lane changes: Drivers who change lanes without signaling, failing to check blind spots, or cutting off other vehicles can cause accidents.

What Are the Most Common Injuries Caused by Car Accidents?

We provide relentless advocacy to car accident victims suffering from serious car accident injuries such as:

What to Do After a Car Accident

There are specific steps to take after a car accident to ensure safety, fulfill legal requirements, and protect yourself:

  • Check for Injuries: First and foremost, check yourself, passengers, and others involved in the accident for injuries. Call emergency services immediately if anyone is hurt.
  • Move to a Safe Location: If possible and if it doesn't interfere with gathering evidence, move your vehicle to the side of the road to avoid blocking traffic and further accidents.
  • Call the Police: As we mentioned above, you're required to report accidents that result in injury, death, or property damage exceeding $1,000. Even if the accident seems minor, it's wise to call the police to document the incident.
  • Exchange Information: Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver(s) involved. Include names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance company names, and policy numbers.
  • Document the Scene: Take photos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, road conditions, skid marks, traffic signs, and any other relevant details. This documentation can be crucial for insurance claims and legal proceedings.
  • Notify Your Insurance Company: Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Be honest and provide them with all the necessary information.
  • Seek Medical Attention: Even if you don't feel injured immediately after the accident, you must seek medical attention. Some injuries may not manifest symptoms until later, and documentation of injuries is important for insurance claims and legal purposes.
  • Follow Up: Follow up with your insurance company, medical providers, and any other relevant parties to ensure that your claims and treatments are progressing smoothly.
  • Consider Legal Representation: If there are significant injuries or disputes over fault or compensation, you may want to consult with a personal injury attorney who is familiar with North Carolina's laws.
  • Keep Records: Keep detailed records of all expenses related to the accident, including medical bills, vehicle repair costs, rental car expenses, and any other losses you incur. These records will be important for insurance claims and potential legal proceedings.

How Comerford Chilson & Moser Can Help You

Being in a car accident is a traumatic and confusing experience. You may be dealing with injuries, property damage, and the stress of trying to manage everything on your own. At Comerford Chilson & Moser, we want to take that burden off your shoulders.

Our North Carolina car accident lawyers have a proven track record of success in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and throughout the state. We have the experience and resources to develop a strong case on your behalf. Our attorneys provide personalized and responsive service, and we will never cut corners in our pursuit of justice for you and your family.  

Call or contact us onlinetoday to schedule a free consultation with our experienced team at Comerford Chilson & Moser today!

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Why Choose Comerford Chilson & Moser?

We have been helping car accident victims obtain maximum compensation since 1999. We have the experience and resources to get the job done right. Our attorneys have been featured in Super Lawyers,and all of our partners have recently been selected by Best Lawyers in America as a Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation. . We are not afraid to take your case to trial if we think it is necessary to get you the best possible results. We have a reputation among attorneys and insurance adjusters as being fair but firm, and we will do everything in our power to get you the compensation you deserve. If you have been in a car accident, call us today for a free consultation.

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