Factors that Affect Personal Injury Settlements

The amount of settlement that you receive after an accident predominantly depends on factors surrounding your case. Based on these factors, your personal injury lawyer can manage your expectations and negotiate skillfully and efficiently, with the goal of helping you get rightfully compensated.

When Dad Says: “Try a Cheese Sandwich”

My dad practiced law and he told me when I started, “You need to try a lot of cases so you get good at trial work” and have a “bite with your bark”. He said, “you go try everything, try a cheese sandwich”.  So, early in my career I suffered several losses at the courthouse and wondered why.  Was I not any good at trying cases? I tried a bunch of auto injury cases back in the 1990’s. I remember twice having back to back jury trials, that is; a jury goes out to deliberate a case and while they were in the jury room I picked another jury and started a second jury trial right then, same day, same court room, different client different defense attorney. When the jury from the first case had a verdict, we stopped the second case, excused that jury for break and got the verdict from the first jury. Well, when I had lost several trials I had to go back and look and analyze what happened. That was when I figured it out. My problem had been case selection. I was trying some cases that were like my dad’s “cheese sandwich”. Let me share one of them with you and perhaps it will make you smile. My client had borrowed his sister’s car and he did not have a driver’s license, never had one, never been a licensed driver. He left skid marks from his lane into the oncoming lane of travel. That is right, there was evidence he left his lane of travel and entered the lane of the oncoming car. The photos I had from the scene, which showed the skid marks, also showed a house in the background with a lady in a rocker on the front porch. She was listed on the police report as a witness. She had been in that same rocker on that same porch the day the accident happened, and she said my client drove into the oncoming lane of travel hitting the other car, consistent with the skid marks. I know, I know, your reading it right… a witness and physical evidence demonstrating my client was the one who caused the collision.  Obviously an extremely hard case to win, my client was at fault, what was I thinking……. I know, “try a cheese sandwich”

Dash Cams – Could save you big time!

Dash cam is short for dashboard camera.  It is a video camera that you install in your car that records while you are driving.  Last year I wrote an article in support of the dash cam.  Here we are a year later and I would contend it is even more important now than it was a year ago.  Per the Connectncdot.gov website, Charlotte, North Carolina had the highest percentage of vehicle accidents in all of North Carolina for 2018 and 2019 for cities with over 10,000 people and has been in the top five since at least 2016.  Not something to brag about.  Hickory, North Carolina is on an upward trajectory in terms of improvement, but still has been in the top 20 for the past four years.   According to NCDOT.GOV, the fatality rate for traffic accidents in North Carolina in 2020 is higher than 2019, despite being fewer overall accidents.  These statistics highlight the importance of dash cams, especially in North Carolina where we still have a law called contributory negligence.

Who are the Three People That You Need to Talk to After a Car Accident?

Motor vehicle accidents are unfortunately quite common in North Carolina. Did you know that there were nearly 275,067 collisions on the roadways of North Carolina in 2017? This figure was up by approximately 9000 from the figure recorded in 2016, and about 40,000 more than the figures recorded from 2012 to 2016.

How to Get Your Motorcycle Ready For the Riding Season?

Who doesn’t love the thrill and adrenaline rush that comes with riding a motorcycle on the wide roads of North Carolina? When the riding season comes near, the excitement indeed goes to a whole other level. But wait! Before you get on the road, we advise you to invest some time and money in making sure that your motorcycle is ready for the riding season. This is because your safety comes first. The last thing you want is to be in an accident because of low motorcycle maintenance and not fully compensated.

SHOULD I VOTE BY MAIL IN NORTH CAROLINA

I have always enjoyed voting on election day. It always makes me feel like I am an active participant in whatever happens that day after the polls close. Sometimes my preferred candidate won and sometimes they did not, but it was always exciting to cast my vote at some point during the day and then to go home that evening and watch the results.

What Every Injured Employee Should Know about Workers’ Compensation?

Accidents are inevitable. They can happen anywhere. But what if you have an accident at work? This is where workers’ compensation can cover your injuries, helping you pay for medical expenses, and getting back on the road to recovery. Although most employees already know about workers’ compensation coverage, only a handful know the hard facts about it, such as how much money you can receive, qualification requirements, etc. And this is precisely what our seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer in North Carolina will guide you on in today’s post. Read on to learn about the things that not many employees know but should know about workers’ compensation and employee rights.

Are Pain And Suffering Compensated in NC After an Accident?

Pain and suffering are most certainly experienced after you are in a severe accident. The injuries incurred in an accident can put you in physical pain and mental distress, especially when someone else’s negligence or fault caused the accident. Mental and emotional pain may include grief, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and fear. Pain and suffering entail the emotional, physical, and mental stress that the victim goes through after the accident and during the recovery phase. And sometimes, it may last a lifetime, especially if the accident results in paralysis or permanent disability.