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Every day, car accidents have life-changing consequences for innocent drivers and their passengers. Over 1,400 people died in motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina in 2016, and thousands more were injured. Tragically, most collisions are entirely preventable and result from drivers who are distracted, impaired or otherwise negligent.

Have you or someone you love suffered a serious injury in a car accident caused by another motorist? If so, then contact a North Carolina car accident attorney at Riddle & Brantley to discuss your legal options today. Take advantage of a free consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can help you. You have questions and concerns, and we would like to get your case moving forward toward resolution and compensation for all damages. Our firm is committed to providing an exceptional level of service to our clients. As part of that pledge, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.


Goldsboro Auto Accident Lawyers with a History of Success

Since the founding of our law firm, the car accident attorneys at Riddle & Brantley have successfully obtained many multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for our clients, including:

  • $2,750,000 Arbitration Award – Auto Accident
    Our client suffered multiple fractures to the neck, leg and arms in a head-on collision. This award resulted from arbitration. This award was followed by a one (1) million dollar declaratory judgment against an insurance company granting coverage under one of two motor vehicle policies at issue. Attorney: Donald Dunn
  • $2,250,000 Settlement – Auto Accident
    A speeding company truck crossed the center, crashing into the Plaintiff head-on. The Plaintiff, whose parents we represented, was killed instantly. The Defendant was also killed. Claim was settled prior to trial.
  • $1,050,000 Settlement – Auto Accident
    We negotiated this settlement for a client who sustained severe injuries as a passenger on a motorcycle. The client suffered traumatic brain injury, memory loss and multiple bone fractures, including damage to the eye, sternum and back. Claim settled for all potential insurance coverage, prior to suit being filed.
  • $475,000 Settlement – Auto Accident
    Our client was a passenger in a vehicle when the driver went left of center, causing a collision that totaled two vehicles. Both vehicles caught on fire and multiple parties suffered serious personal injuries. The client, who was visiting North Carolina from another state, suffered disc herniation, labral tear of the shoulder and a broken toe.

Disclaimer: Some of the following links are case reports furnished by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Please note that the results below are intended to illustrate the type of matters handled by our firm, and not all the firm’s results are listed. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they do not constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.

Important Car Accident Resources

  • Frequently Asked Questions – Get the answers to frequently asked questions about car accident law. We can help. Get Answers
  • What to do in an Accident – We offer information that will help you if you have been involved in an auto accident. Learn More
  • Hit by a Speeding Driver? – Accidents from speeding drivers can have life changing consequences. Contact us today.

What Should I Do After a Motor Vehicle Accident?

After a car accident in which another party was at fault, it is important to protect your legal rights. In some cases, the responsible party may face consequences in the criminal courts, such as in cases involving drunk driving. However, it is up to you to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses by filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. Usually, having a car accident lawyer on your side can alleviate the stress of a claim and help you get a fair settlement. While you focus on healing from your crash injuries, an attorney from our law firm can negotiate with the insurance adjuster or opposing counsel.

After a catastrophic injury, you may face an uncertain future and require lifetime care. The compensation from an insurance claim and/or lawsuit can help relieve the economic strain that medical bills and other costs may place on you and your family. Since our clients’ futures often depend on the results of their case, our goal is to relentlessly pursue justice and fair compensation.

Our firm will carefully evaluate every detail of your accident and injury to determine the strength of a claim or lawsuit. We will gather evidence, including police reports and information about the vehicles involved. If the at-fault driver was uninsured or underinsured, then we will work to find other avenues of compensation. Furthermore, if your accident was a hit and run, then we will stay current with law enforcement’s efforts to find the responsible driver.

Causes of Car Accidents

Many accidents occur because of the negligence of others. Typical causes of motor vehicle accidents include:

Distracted Driving
The most common cause of car crashes is a driver who is not paying attention to the task of driving. Distracted driving behaviors can include texting, talking on a cellphone or to passengers, eating, drinking, smoking, adjusting in-vehicle systems or simply daydreaming. In North Carolina, state law bans all motorists from texting while driving if the vehicle is moving. Nevertheless, many negligent drivers continue to do so.

High speeds make it more difficult to control a vehicle or suddenly stop, increasing the risk of a car crash. Speeding drivers endanger everyone on the street or highway and are a major cause of motor vehicle accidents throughout North Carolina. If a speeding motorist receives a ticket or even faces criminal charges for recklessness, then your attorney may use this information to support your injury claim in civil court.

Reckless Driving
Drivers who tailgate, weave from lane to lane, pass on the right, pull suddenly into moving traffic or engage in other reckless behavior cause many serious or fatal auto accidents throughout North Carolina. Reckless drivers may face criminal charges in some cases, but a criminal case does not compensate victims. Therefore, you must still file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit if you are injured.

Drunk Driving
Drinking and driving is illegal throughout the United States; nonetheless, many drivers get behind the wheel after drinking. Drunk drivers may face DWI charges, which can be powerful evidence in your personal injury claim.

Auto Part or System Failure
Manufacturing or design defects may cause an auto part failure, which in turn may cause an accident. For example, fatal or serious car crashes can result from a sudden tire blow-out, stuck accelerators, airbag failure or unnecessary airbag deployment.

What are the Possible Types of Car Accidents?

Some types of motor vehicle accidents are more common than others, though all are dangerous, even at slow speeds. Common types of auto accidents include:

Head-On Collision
A head-on collision often results in catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. This type of crash can result from a drunk driver going the wrong direction or swerving across the lane. A distracted driver who is simply not paying attention and crosses the center line may also cause a head-on collision.

Rear-End Collision
Rear-end collisions often occur at stop lights or signs when negligent drivers cannot stop in time when traffic slows and they are not paying attention. A rear-end collision may cause whiplash and other injuries, even at slow speeds.

Rollover Accident
A rollover may occur during a multi-car crash or as a result of car defects that make the vehicle unsafe. These are particularly dangerous if other defects cause the car or SUV roof to collapse or if motorists are not wearing seatbelts.

Side-Impact Collision
Side impact collisions commonly occur if a driver makes an illegal turn or fails to yield in an intersection. A driver who fails to observe a stop sign, speeds through a red light or makes an unsafe turn into moving traffic can cause a T-bone accident, severely injuring other drivers and passengers.

Side-Swipe Accident
Side-swipe car accidents often result from distracted driving or other forms of unsafe motorist behavior. A driver who is fatigued or not paying attention can easily drift into another lane, creating an extreme danger for others. Failure to check blind spots is another common cause of side-swipes.

Pedestrian Accident
If a car hits a pedestrian, then the resulting injuries are often catastrophic. Pedestrian accidents may occur at crosswalks, near school bus stops or anywhere along the road, if motorists are negligent.

Need a Car Accident Lawyer in North Carolina? Call Us Today

If you or a loved one sustained injuries in any kind of motor vehicle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, then our attorneys may be able to help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, property damage and more. We have experience with a wide variety of car crashes, including unusual claims, such as accidents caused by animals in the road.

We serve clients across North Carolina from our offices in Raleigh, Goldsboro, Jacksonville and Kinston. Call (800) 525-7111 or contact us online to speak to speak to a car accident attorney, free of charge. For your convenience, we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call.