If you or someone you love has been injured in an automobile accident, a Charlotte car accident lawyer with Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A. can help guide you through this challenging time. Our auto accident attorneys have over 50 years of experience helping injury victims get back on their feet; we know the stresses you are facing, medical bills, a damaged vehicle, inability to work, etc, and our team is ready to help you fight through it. Best of all, when you reach out to our firm, you will receive a risk-free consultation and you owe us nothing unless we win your case!
Ted A. Greve and Associates, P.A., was established in 1993 with the express goal of helping people who have been seriously injured due to the negligence of another. As both a lawyer and a doctor, Ted Greve has a very unique perspective on injury cases that few other lawyers can match. He cares deeply about the people he represents in injury cases and demands the same from the other personal injury attorneys at the firm, so you can be confident that you will be treated like family. Our mission is simple: to provide exceptional legal representation to car crash victims that gets them the maximum compensation possible for their damages.
If you are located in the Charlotte area and have any questions pertaining to a North Carolina auto accident or injury, contact Ted A. Greve & Associates for a no-hassle FREE consultation. Our team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so don’t waste another minute! Call us today at 844-387-8677 and let us get to work for you!
Car Accident Statistics In Charlotte, NC
The most recent comprehensive data on car accidents in Charlotte is from 2019. Key statistics, according to the NC DOT were as followed:
- 35,341 total accidents
- 106 vehicles were involved in deadly accidents
- 161 people were involved in fatal car accidents
- 17 fatal car accidents involved people who are drunk
- 29 pedestrians were involved in fatal car accidents
As for North Carolina as a whole, here are a few key car accident statistics for 2020, also from the NC Department of Transportation:
- 1,523 fatal car accidents occurred in the state.
- Just over 25% of all car accident fatalities were due or related to speeding
- 47% of those killed in auto accidents were not wearing their seat belts
How Much Does A Car Accident Lawyer Cost?
No two clients deal with the same exact issues after being involved in a car accident, nor are the circumstances surrounding the nature of the accident. This is why there is no one set price that attorneys charge for everyone involved in an accident. Some attorneys charge a flat fee, while others will charge an hourly rate. Different car accident lawyers charge different rates.
Here at Ted Greve & Associations, we do not charge you anything unless we actually win your case. We work on a contingency fee basis, and we can discuss your potential case in greater detail when you contact us. We offer free, no-obligation initial consultations, where we will learn more about your situation. We will let you know if we think you have a case and will let you know how much we will charge you if we take you on as a client.
What Should I Do After A Car Accident?
After being involved in a car accident, there are steps you’ll want to follow that will help you both stay safe and maintain the most strength for a potential injury claim. You’ll want to do the following:
The very first thing you do is contact the police. Tell them you were just an auto accident. They will arrive at the scene of the accident as soon as they are able to.
Check On The Other Involved Parties
Check on those who were in the car with you, as well as the other driver and their passengers. You want to make sure everyone is ok and/or what kind of condition everyone is in. Never leave the scene of an accident because you can actually get in legal trouble if you do.
You want to exchange contact info with the other party. This includes their phone number and license information. If possible, exchange insurance details. If the other party doesn’t cooperate with you, then wait until the police arrive at the scene.
Document The Scene
Take pictures, record videos, and jot down notes of the scene in as much detail as possible. If necessary, video record the surrounding area and the immediate area of the accident. Trust us when we say you will be glad you have recorded the scene later down the road.
Never Admit Fault
Do not admit fault, even if it seems like the police are placing blame on you. After being involved in a car accident, you might not be able to think clearly due to an array of emotions running through you. If you’re not comfortable with answering some of the questions the police are asking you, then don’t answer their questions.
Seek Medical Attention
This is an important one because all too often those involved in a car accident do not seek medical attention. You should seek medical attention, even if you think you feel fine. You might feel normal now, but once you have calmed down and a few days have passed, then the effects of the car accident on your body and/or mental state of mind will become known. Plus, it is always better to be safe than sorry.
Call a Charlotte Car Accident Lawyer
Finally, contact a car accident attorney. Better yet, call us at Ted Greve & Associates to schedule a free consultation and case review. Our car crash attorneys can advise you on what you should do after being involved in an auto accident.
What is the Average Settlement for a Car Accident?
The truth is there is no average settlement for a car accident. This is because many factors come into play, such as whether or not an insurance company is offering a fair settlement out of court, as well as whether or not the case actually does go to court. Other factors include the specifics of the car accident, such as whether there is negligence at play, distracted driving, drugs/alcohol involved, the extent of injuries, and emotional suffering to name just a few.
We strongly believe in getting a fair settlement for each and every client we take on. Some of the things we’ll consider when determining what the amount should include insurance coverage, medical bills, and pain/suffering. Depending on your circumstances, we might consider car repairs and lost wages due to having to take time off of work.
When Should I Get a Lawyer for my Auto Accident?
Have you suffered injuries? Has your car been significantly damaged? If so, then you’ll want to get a lawyer. If you don’t have any injuries whatsoever and your car was only involved in a minor accident that barely resulted in any damage to your vehicle, then you might not need an attorney.
Generally speaking, it’s still a good idea to speak to an attorney shortly after your accident. As previously mentioned, there are certain steps you’ll want to take after being in a car accident, and the last step is to contact a car accident lawyer. After you’ve been in an automobile accident, make sure you contact our team at Ted Greve & Associates. We will let you know whether or not you have a case.
Why do I Need a Lawyer?
First, you need a lawyer because preparing for a personal injury case poses many challenges. By enlisting the services of Ted Greve & Associates, you can relax knowing we will handle the bulk of the workload. We will prepare for your case, which includes gathering everything required to file a lawsuit against those responsible for your injuries.
Secondly, we can negotiate a settlement. As previously mentioned, insurance companies often try to settle outside of court, but the offers they make are usually not fair. We work hard to negotiate fair settlements, and if the insurance company offers you an offer we don’t feel you should accept, then we will bring the case to court.
Thirdly, we will handle preparations for the trial and if your case goes to court, we will represent you in the Mecklenburg court system. This means we’ll demonstrate why you weren’t at fault, show evidence, call upon witnesses, and much more.
How Much Can I Expect To Receive For My Damages?
It all depends on your injuries, if you’re partially to blame, and other factors surrounding the car accident. In some cases, you might only receive $5K or less, but if you were severely injured and the accident wasn’t your fault, then you could receive much more than that. There are a lot of different factors that play a role in how much you could potentially receive for your damages. To get a better idea of what you might be able to receive, you should contact our team at Ted Greve & Associates.
What Type of Damages Can I Recover?
There are three types of damages you can recover in Charlotte, as well as within the rest of the state. Economic, non-economic, and punitive are the three. Below are more details on these types of damages:
These damages include things such as loss of property, lost income, and medical treatment. Anything that has a financial cost that is related to your car accident may be considered economic damages. We can discuss the specifics surrounding your car accident to determine what kind of economic damages you can potentially receive.
These types of damages include things such as emotional distress such as insomnia, anxiety, stress, and fear. Non-economic damages can include the loss of a loved one, as well as loss of enjoyment. Anything that doesn’t have a monetary value and is related to the car accident might be included in the claim.
Punitive damages are received in cases that involve a defendant who caused the accident via malicious intent willingly and/or was driving in a way that they knew could cause great injury to another driver. These are only a few examples. In short, punitive damages serve as a way to punish the negligent party in your case and to deter others from making the same mistake.
How Is Fault Determined?
In North Carolina, you have to prove that the other driver was at fault, operating on the principle of “contributory negligence“. Generally speaking, you have to prove that the driver was at fault due to negligence. This can be done via police reports, witnesses, photos of the scene of the car accident, video recordings, and traffic laws that were broken. These are only a handful of the ways to prove the other driver was at fault.
How Long Do I Have To File A Claim?
For personal injury claims, which include claims related to car accidents, there is a statute of limitations in North Carolina. You have three years from the date you sustained your injuries. It is important to file a claim within the three-year period, otherwise, you won’t be allowed to file a claim.
How Can A Lawyer Help Me File My Insurance Claim
A car accident lawyer can help you file your claim by ensuring you have all the proper paperwork organized and correctly filled out. Any relevant documents will be included in the claim, and once the lawyer has looked everything over, they will file the claim. Throughout the claims process, you might be contacted by an insurance company, but don’t worry because we will handle them if you hire us as your attorney.
What Can I Do If Insurance Denied My Claim?
If insurance has denied your claim, then you’ll be told the reason/reasons why. Regardless of the reason, you can appeal the decision, but it’s wise to let the team at Ted Greve & Associates do it on your behalf. We have plenty of experience with appealing denied claims, as well as filing lawsuits on behalf of our clients when their claims have been denied.
Do I Have A Case?
You might have a case if you were injured through no fault of your own. However, if you are partially to blame for the car accident and you have been injured, then you might still have a case. There is only one way to know for sure, and that is to let us review your case. We will determine if you have a case by getting to know more about your accident, injuries, and potential evidence you have gathered.
What If The Other Driver Doesn’t Have Insurance?
If the other driver doesn’t have insurance, then you’ll want to sue them. We can file a lawsuit against the driver, but you can also make a claim via your own insurance company. When dealing with your own insurance company, it’s not a guarantee that you’ll receive any compensation, but there is a good chance they will cover damages done to your vehicle. How much and if your insurance company will cover anything largely depends on what kind of policy you have.
How Can I Obtain An Accident Report?
You have to request a copy of an accident report from the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles or through the Mecklenburg Police Department. You can do this by calling them at 919-861-3098 or you can download the TR-67A form from North Carolina’s DMV website and then mail it to the following address:
NCDOT-DMV Traffic Records Section
3106 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27697-3106
Alternatively, you can put in a request in person. This can be done at the DMV’s License Plate Agency in Raleigh. The address is 4121 New Bern Ave. Bear in mind that there is a small fee you’ll have to pay, regardless of how you put in your request.
Types Of Automobile Accidents We Handle
Here at Ted Greve & Associates, we handle many types of car accidents. More specifically, we handle the following:
Distracted Driving Accidents
Have you been injured due to another driver who was distracted? Driving while distracted, such as using a phone while operating a vehicle, can result in serious injuries. Our team can help you recover damages if you were hit by a distracted driver in Charlotte or the surrounding areas.
Rear-end accidents can result in whiplash injuries, as well as several other types of injuries. Rear-end collisions can happen while you are slowing down to a stop or while you’re at a complete stop. Other times it can happen due to a speeding car coming up from behind. Whatever the case is, we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Our lawyers handle cases that involve pedestrians becoming injured as a result of a driver of a motor vehicle. Accidents involving pedestrians can and do occur often, regardless of sidewalks and crosswalks. We can represent you if you were hit by a car and you believe it was at no fault of your own.
Drunk Driving Accidents
We can determine if you have been a victim of a drunk driving accident if you are unsure whether or not you have been struck by a drunk driver. Our team of experts can evaluate your case and speak with potential witnesses. If you’ve been involved in a drunk driving accident, then we will fight aggressively to get you the compensation you deserve.
The truth is you can take all the safety precautions in the world when you operate a motorcycle. However, other drivers on the road might not be as careful, which is why motorcyclists are often involved in car accidents. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident and it wasn’t your fault, then let Ted Greve & Associates handle your case.
Hit and Run Accidents
These types of cases are horrendous because it often leaves victims feeling like there is nothing they can do. If you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run accident, then give us a call. We can use our resources and expertise to help hold those responsible accountable.
Reckless Driving Accidents
Reckless driving in North Carolina is considered a crime, and it can carry criminal charges. If you’ve been involved in a reckless driving accident, then it’s important to retain an attorney. We have a lot of experience handling reckless driving accident cases.
Large commercial trucks and other types of large trucks are often involved in accidents in Charlotte. If you’ve suffered injuries or someone you know has been injured by a large truck, including a dump truck, 18-wheeler, or a cement truck to name a few, then contact us right away. We are highly skilled truck accident attorneys.
Have you sustained injuries due to a speeding driver? Accidents involving speeding can often end with serious injuries and/or fatalities. Our team of speeding accident attorneys can gather evidence on your behalf to prove that the party at fault was speeding, which caused an accident to occur. We will fight for your compensation while holding the speeding driver responsible for their actions.
Those who drive for rideshare companies are typically not professionals, or at least not as trained as drivers from a professional taxi company. If you’ve been involved in a rideshare accident, then you need an expert to deal with the complexities that accompany such a case. We can review your case and then offer you guidance.
Have you been hit by a rideshare driver while you were a pedestrian? Maybe you were struck by one head-on or from the rear? It doesn’t matter what your situation is, we are here to help.
A head-on accident can occur due to many reasons, especially in a busy city such as Charlotte. Distracted driving, fatigue, driving drunk, driving under the influence of drugs, and speeding are among the most common reasons head-on collisions happen. You can be as careful as possible and still become a victim of a head-on car accident.
Some of the most serious injuries are a result of head-on collisions. This includes severe knee, back, and neck injuries. If you have been injured in a head-on accident in Charlotte, then we strongly encourage you to contact us today.
These types of accidents can have devastating impacts on anyone involved in them. They can result in severe injuries, as well as death. You’ll need to enlist the help of Ted Greve & Associates if you have been involved in a rollover accident.
Contact a Charlotte Car Accident Lawyer at Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A. Today!
If you have been involved in a car wreck in Charlotte, NC, or the surrounding areas, contact Ted A. Greve & Associates, P.A. today to speak with an experienced accident attorney. We’ll sit down with you and take a look at your potential case, answering any questions you may have while also providing sound legal advice as to what course of action should be taken moving forward. We will work tirelessly for you, fighting against the insurance company to make sure you get the maximum compensation possible for your claim.
We handle all types of automobile accidents, and we have an exceptional track record of results for our clients. Don’t wait another minute, let our team of experts get to work for you! Contact us today to schedule a free initial in-person consultation or for a free virtual consultation.