5 Questions About North Carolina Car Accidents Answered
1. I did not feel pain at the scene and refused medical treatment. Now, a few days later I am in pain. What should I do?
You should immediately consult your medical provider regarding any pain, discomfort or possible injuries from a car accident, even if you think they may be only minor injuries. Even if you did not complain of injuries at the scene of the car accident, you may be entitled to payment of your medical bills, compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, loss of earnings capacity, and emotional distress due to personal injuries. You should consult an experienced car accident attorney to discuss whether you need representation on your claim.
2. What if the driver was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident? Can damages be recovered?
North Carolina law does not bar a victim’s right to compensation just because they were not wearing a seatbelt.
3. I loaned my car to a friend who was involved in an accident. Am I liable if my friend was at fault?
If someone else is driving your vehicle, as long as that person had your expressed or implied permission your insurance coverage will cover the accident. You could be held liable for the accident along with your friend if your friend was operating the vehicle for your benefit or you negligently entrusted the vehicle to your friend.
4. If I get injured in a car accident but do not have insurance, can I still sue and recover for my injuries?
You can recover from a third party who is responsible for your injuries even if you do not have insurance. However, if the third party responsible for the accident does not have insurance then you may not be able to recover for your injuries.
5. Can a passenger in the car recover for injuries caused by the driver?
If the driver was negligent in the accident, then usually a passenger can recover from the driver for injuries the passenger sustained. However, if the passenger contributed to the accident in any way, he could be barred from recovery. For instances if the driver was drunk and the passenger knew or should have known, the passenger would be considered contributory negligent and would be barred from recovering from the driver or the driver’s insurance.