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Get Personalized Answers To Your Auto Accident Questions

A car accident raises many issues, especially if the injuries are serious or you’ve never been in a crash before. We answer some common questions about motor vehicle accidents to give you some basic information as you are considering your options.

Led by Victor Mitchener, our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience and a reputation for personalized service. We offer a free consultation to discuss your accident and specific questions relating to your circumstances. Call our Charlotte law office at 704-719-9080 when you are ready to learn more.

Is it worth hiring a lawyer for a car accident?

There are no guarantees, but on average, people who hire a lawyer receive higher compensation even after paying attorney fees. The key is hiring an experienced and proven lawyer. Without legal representation, an insurance adjuster may contact you and offer to write a check. But by accepting that settlement, you are signing away your rights, and the money may not cover all of your losses. An attorney can make sure you are compensated for all damages, including pain and suffering. An attorney can help to prove liability if the other driver disputes who was at fault.

Do I need to file a lawsuit to get compensation?

Filing a lawsuit preserves your rights. If the statute of limitations expired before you settled your case, you would forfeit your right to compensation. Filing a lawsuit does not necessarily mean there will be a trial. The vast majority of lawsuits are settled out of court.

The crash smashed up my car but I only have cuts and bruises. Should I see a doctor?

Yes. It is always wise to get checked out by a doctor after a car accident. Some injuries are not apparent at first, such as concussions or internal bleeding. And seemingly minor injuries can turn out to be serious, such as neck fractures or cuts that get infected. If you do end up with diagnosed injuries or lingering pain from an accident, those medical records will be crucial to your compensation.

The insurance adjuster wants me to release my medical records. Do I have to do this?

To compensate you for your injuries, the insurance company does need documentation of your diagnosis and treatment. But you are not required to sign a blanket release of all your medical records, which allows the insurer to fish for past injuries, preexisting conditions or other reasons to deny your claim. Ask what specific records the adjuster needs or refer them to your attorney if they are asking you to sign a waiver or release.

I was a passenger in a rideshare vehicle that collided with another car. What are my rights?

If you are injured as a passenger in a rideshare car, the rideshare company (such as Uber or Lyft) would be liable for your damages. You should contact a lawyer to make sure your claim receives the attention and response it deserves.

What if the situation is reversed and a rideshare car runs into your personal vehicle? If the rideshare driver is transporting a fare or on their way to a pickup, Uber or Lyft would be responsible. If the rideshare driver is between fares or off-duty, their own insurance policy would cover you.

Call Us About Your Specific Questions

Our knowledgeable lawyers have handled every auto accident scenario. From medical claims and insurance policies to liability and legal issues, the team at Mitchener Law Firm can address your questions and concerns. Call us at 704-719-9080 to arrange a free consultation or use our online form.