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North Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Firm Reminds Residents of Key Laws


Most auto accidents in North Carolina get settled for less compensation than the victims deserve. Younce & Vtipil at have plenty of experience in personal injury lawsuits and have found the reason for this unfortunate fact is that most victims are unaware of key laws. Here are a few reminders for those that find themselves in these circumstances. Keep in mind that you may need the advice of an attorney in most personal injury cases, however.
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According to David Vtipil, owner of and partner in Younce and Vtipil, “Victims are often approached by insurance company lawyers that offer them ten cents on the dollar, or less. Many victims are unaware of their rights and settle quickly for much less than they are entitled to”. North Carolina laws that govern auto accidents state that:

- Drivers of vehicles involved in accidents resulting in personal injury, death or total property damages of $1,000 or more, shall immediately, give notice to the local police department or, if outside city limits, to the nearest office of the North Carolina Highway Patrol, sheriff’s department or rural police.

- You are required to give your name, address, operator’s license number, and registration number of the vehicle you are driving to the person struck or the driver or occupants of the other vehicle. Any statement you make, written or oral, about the accident may be used against you so you may need to consult an attorney. You are not required to admit fault/liability

- There is a three-year statute of limitations so you lose your right to pursue compensation, if you miss that deadline. Should you choose to get legal advice, it is better to do it immediately, so you can get the best medical care and protect yourself from the insurance companies taking advantage of you. Crucial facts and details are much clearer right after the accident.

- If the repair bill is greater than 75% of the fair market value, then the at-fault insurance company will total the car. If the insurance company decides to total your car, they should pay off outstanding loans on the car and then pay you the balance.

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