Bodywork damageGastonia, NC- The North Carolina Department of Transportation estimates that in 2013—the most recent year data is available—over 71,000 North Carolinians were injured in traffic accidents. Some of those injury accidents were minor, but far too many have earth-shattering consequences. Oftentimes traffic accidents are major and the victims are left to struggle physically, emotionally and financially. A personal injury or wrongful death suit is the best means for the victims of devastating accidents to out their lives back together, so our team of accident attorneys serving Gastonia, North Carolina would like to share some basic information about filing an accident.
One of the first things accident victims should know about filing an accident claim in North Carolina is the statute of limitations which places a limit on the amount of time a victim has to file a claim. For personal injury and wrongful death claims, North Carolina’s statutes of limitations is three years from the date the injury or death occurred.
If you have been injured in a traffic accident you may be eligible for compensation for your medical or funeral expenses, loss of wages, compensation for temporary or permanent disability and damages four your mental anguish. There are no caps on the amount of the economic damages (damages for medical expenses and property repair costs) or non-economic damages (damages for mental anguish) an accident victim can seek. Punitive damages, however, are capped at three-times the award for economic damages or $250,000 whichever is greater. There are also caps on medical malpractice claims.
Under North Carolina law, you can recover compensation for your injuries even if you were partly at fault for a collision. The state uses a shared fault standard in these cases. With shared fault, each of the two involved parties are assigned a proportion of the blame. Say for instance you were rear-ended by a driver who was texting and you were suffered a major injury because you weren’t wearing a seat belt. The argument can be made that you were also negligent and you are ultimately assigned 10 percent of the responsibility for your accident. That essentially means that the other party or parties are only responsible for covering 90 percent of the final award or settlement amount.
These are just a few of the basic things accident victims need to know about filing an accident claim in North Carolina. If you have been the victim of an accident, USAttorneys urges you to contact an accident lawyer near your location. Presenting a successful injury claim requires a thorough investigation, an astute evaluation of the evidence and the ability to negotiate. Our team of accident lawyers will work on your case with the dedication and tenacity it deserves.
If you live in Gastonia, North Carolina, USAttorneys recommends you contact the law office of J. Boyce Garland Jr. and set up a consultation. You can count on Mr. Garland and his experienced team to be by your side throughout the claims process and strive for the very best outcome for your case.

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