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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What to Do When the Insurance Company Won’t Return Your Calls

Delay is a Common Insurance Tactic

Once your claim is filed,  you will usually be assigned an insurance adjuster who is responsible for all of the preliminary matters.  Sometimes the insurance company will contact you immediately because they want to get fact-specific statements from you about how the accident occurred (in hopes they can find some way to deny the claim), and then they may tell you that they will send someone out to inspect your vehicle, but they ...

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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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Can I Handle the Property Damage Claim Myself?

In most cases, you should feel free to handle your property damage claim yourself.  After you car is appraised, the insurance company will let you know if the car is considered a total loss or if it can be repaired.  A motor vehicle is considered repairable if the cost of the repairs and supplemental claims (e.g., rental car expense, towing fees, and storage fees) are less than 75% of the fair market value of the vehicle prior to the accident.  ...

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Do I Need to See a Doctor After an Automobile Accident?

As a NC personal injury law firm, we know that it is crucial for an injury claim to be documented and supported by medical records.  Even if you do not feel hurt, you need to get checked out.  It is extremely common to not feel any pain for the first few days after the car accident, only for the pain to set in at a later point.  If you did not get checked immediately after the accident, the ...

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Am I Entitled to a Rental Car After a Vehicle Accident?

Will the Insurance Company Pay for a Rental Car if My Vehicle Was Totaled?

If your vehicle is totaled, the insurance company is required to pay for your rental vehicle from the time of the collision until you receive an offer for the totaled vehicle.  Assuming that a reasonable offer is made, the insurance company is not required to pay for a rental car after making their offer to you.  Sometimes, the insurance company will authorize you to keep ...

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