How to Get a NC State Highway Patrol Accident Report

Obtain Your Highway Patrol Accident Report

Tien Law Firm helps individuals injured in car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents throughout North Carolina.  One of the first things you want to do after an accident is to obtain a copy of the crash report, which will list the names and contact information of the individuals involved, witnesses, estimate of the damage, and a diagram of the accident.

You can also obtain your crash report online by providing one of ...

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Injury Claim Calculators and Formulas to Determine an Accident Settlement

Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a settlement formula.  There is no magic equation such as “medical expenses times X.”  We have heard on numerous occasions where accident victims were improperly advised by counsel that such a formula exists.  Properly evaluating motor vehicle accidents and other personal injury cases is challenging.  Our civil tort system requires juries to place a value on injury cases, but the dollar amount for any specific injury is hard to quantify ...

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How to Determine What Your Claim Is Worth

How much a claim is worth will depend upon the specific facts of the case and will be different for each client.  Having a skilled personal injury attorney review the case and negotiate on your behalf in order to present your case in the most favorable way, can greatly enhance your settlement offers and the value of your claim.

How are Personal Injury Claims Valued?

How much your claim will be valued at depends on several factors, including ...

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Should I Use My Health Insurance for Medical Bills If the Accident Wasn’t My Fault?

Naturally, you would expect the at-fault party’s insurance company to promptly pay your medical expenses, but this is usually not the case.  First, insurance companies do not pay the medical bills while treatment is ongoing, which can lead to bad credit from the bills being sent to collections.  If they agree to pay for your medical bills, payment will not be made until your doctors appointments, surgeries, chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, or other treatment is complete.  Second, after you have completed your ...

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Tips for Negotiating with the Insurance Company After an Accident

Shortly after a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident, you should be contacted by an adjuster from your insurance company, from the other driver’s insurance company, or both.  The way that you respond to the adjusters’ questions is crucial to preserving your rights and trying to get the most possible for your claim.  Below are a few tips to keep in mind when negotiating your claim with insurance companies.

1) The Adjuster for the Other Driver’s Insurance Company ...

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Woman Accused of DWI Accident in Raleigh Faces Murder Charges

Fatal Drunk Driving Accident

On January 19, 2015, a Wake County motorcyclist was killed in a DWI accident caused by a woman who was allegedly speeding.  Police state that the drunk driver struck the victim while traveling an estimated 113 miles per hour on I-440.  The drunk driver faces criminal charges for possession of an open container of alcohol in the passenger area, driving left of center, failure to burn headlamps, driving while impaired (DWI), failure to reduce speed, ...

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Who Pays Medical Bills After a Car Accident?

How Medical Bills Are Paid After an Automobile Accident

After being involved in a car, truck, motorcycle accident, or a pedestrian accident, most people suffer injuries and seek medical treatment.  Typically, this results in expensive medical bills that may need to be paid soon after the auto accident.

How to Get Your Bills Paid After an Auto Accident

Under North Carolina law, the at fault party’s insurance company should pay for reasonable medical expenses.  Keep in mind, insurance companies ...

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What Insurance Companies Do Not Want You to Know: Insurance Adjusters Deny Claims to Win Prizes

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) has exposed some of the most underhanded ways insurance companies attempt to make money at the expense of victims in a publication called Tricks of the Trade: How Insurance Companies Deny, Delay, Confuse and Refuse.  According to the AAJ, insurance companies have trillions of dollars in assets, pay their CEOs more than in any other industry, enjoy average profits of over $30 billion a year, deny valid claims to boost their bottom ...

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UNC Study Reveals Chronic Neck Pain Common After Car Accidents

Recently, a study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine confirmed that chronic neck pain was common among people involved in car accidents.  According to the study, nearly 4 million people visited the hospital emergency departments after being involved in a motor vehicle collision each year.  The study revealed that persistent pain is common among accident victims, yet many victims neither pursued nor received compensation for their chronic neck pain.  The study enrolled individuals ...

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Will My Insurance Go Up After an Accident?

Clients frequently ask whether a car accident or motorcycle accident will cause their insurance rate to increase.  It all depends.  In North Carolina, auto insurance companies have a right to raise premiums after an accident occurs, but usually only if the driver was at fault or partially contributed to the accident.  Being found at fault or partially at-fault for a motor vehicle accident can cause a significant increase in your insurance for years to come.  Your insurance company may even ...

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