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Car Accidents

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), there were over 250,000 traffic crashes reported in 2015: an 11.1 percent increase over 2014. Distracted driving may be to blame, but whatever the cause, if you are driving or riding in a car, you are more likely than ever to be involved in an accident.

If you have been involved in one of North Carolina’s 250,000 car crashes per year, you may be eligible for compensation. Since 1999, the personal injury lawyers of Dodge & Altamura have litigated car accident cases in Randolph County and the surrounding area. We are especially adept at navigating the labyrinthine intricacies of North Carolina insurance agencies.

Let the experts at Dodge & Altamura advocate for you while you focus on healing and getting your life back. To help us help you, try following these steps:

  1. To start, take every precaution and get the treatment you need to recover. Our first concern is your well-being. Please feel free to call us with any of your questions; we can answer your questions regarding your personal injury claim to help you put your mind at ease.

  2. An insurance company may try to convince you to settle your personal injury claim within a few days. Do not settle your claim until you are released from your doctor’s care and you are in good health, even if you do not have an attorney. An experienced attorney can explain the statute of limitations for personal injury claims. It is best not to discuss your case with an insurance representative prior to seeking counsel if you are going to submit a claim.

  3. File your medical bills with your health insurance provider if you have health coverage. Many auto insurance companies will not pay for medical care costs until your claim is settled. Filing your medical bills with your health insurance company will keep bill collectors from contacting you while you are waiting to settle your claim.

  4. Keep a journal or list of events following your accident. Include how you feel each day, medicine you take, and doctor visits, including the name of the doctor and mileage driven to an appointment. In your journal, make a note of things your injury prevents you from doing, including work and leisure activities.

  5. Ask for a written note from your doctor if you miss work. This will document lost time from work should this become part of your personal injury claim. This should include time missed from work due to your injuries as well as doctor appointments. Keep copies of all receipts for medical supplies and prescriptions; these are considered part of the claim for which you are compensated.

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