Raleigh Car Accident Lawyer
Seeking Justice After an Auto Accident
Edwards Kirby has a long history of successfully litigating cases involving motor vehicle accidents that cause serious, disabling, or fatal injuries. We know that car wrecks can have life-altering consequences, and we are passionate about helping clients secure the compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries in a car accident in Raleigh or anywhere in the state of North Carolina, or if you have lost a family member in a fatal crash, our award-winning team can help you navigate the legal journey ahead.
Why Edwards Kirby?
- We have recovered hundreds of millions in compensation for our clients.
- Our trial attorneys have been named among The Best Lawyers in America®
- Our firm has been ranked among the Tier 1 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®
- We’ve secured record-setting results, including the largest personal injury verdict and the largest personal injury settlement in North Carolina.
Edwards Kirby selectively picks its cases to ensure the personalized attention, resources, and collaborative approach required of complex and high-stakes claims. We accept serious injury and wrongful death cases across North Carolina, and welcome attorney referrals. Contact us to speak with a lawyer.
What Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
The value of your auto accident case depends on the facts of your case – including the nature and severity of your injuries, the extent of resulting damages, and available insurance coverage.
At Edwards Kirby, our experienced attorneys can review the facts of your car accident along with the damages you incurred to arrive at an estimated value range for your case. This estimate is vital to negotiating a full and fair settlement, and when pursuing litigation, if necessary.
Examples of our car accident case results:
- $10.75M recovery over a fatal truck wreck that resulted in the deaths of two children, and brain injury to a third.
- $9.45M settlement over a fatal tanker truck crash alleged to have been caused by a company that improperly allowed traffic to back up while performing work on I-95.
- $8.6M settlement against a drunk college student who drove the wrong way on an interstate highway, his fraternity, two bars where he drank despite being underage, and others who supplied him alcohol.
- $5.35M recovery for the family of a law enforcement officer killed in a tractor-trailer wreck.
- $4.6M recovery for a woman who was struck by a tow truck returning from a repossession.
To help clients maximize compensation, we work meticulously to determine an underlying cause, and explore all available insurance coverage, including commercial insurance policies, and underinsured / uninsured motorist coverage. We also work closely with reconstruction, medical, and financial experts to assess fault and liability, the long-term impact of injuries, and projected future damages.
What If an Insurance Company Made a Settlement Offer?
Insurance companies that represent personal injury defendants (the party being sued for damages) are powerful corporations that care more about profits than people. Their goals are to pay victims as little as they possibly can.
As a result, insurance carriers commonly attempt to negotiate low settlement offers with the victims early in their cases – before they understand the full scope of their damages, prognosis of their injuries, and what future expenses they are likely to face in connection to their accident.
If you have been contacted by an insurance carrier, you have no legal obligation to speak with them; an attorney can handle these communications on your behalf. By working with lawyers who have experience in high-stakes auto accident cases, you will also gain a better understanding of your damages (past and future), and position yourself to fight for the maximum amount of compensation possible.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Car Accident Case?
Common damages in auto accident cases include:
- Medical bills and future medical expenses
- Lost income and lost future wages
- Physical pain and suffering
- Emotional distress / mental anguish
- Emotional injuries suffered by family members
Can I File a Lawsuit Over a Fatal Car Accident?
If a motor vehicle wreck resulted in fatal injuries, surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to hold at-fault parties accountable, and obtain the justice and compensation they deserve.
In addition to survival actions that seek compensation for a victim’s damages prior to their death (including their conscious pain and suffering), wrongful death actions can compensate family members for damages they suffered, including their:
- Grief and emotional suffering
- Lost financial support
- Loss of emotional support
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost care, companionship, and guidance
Who Is At Fault in My Car Accident?
That depends. An investigation of your crash will be necessary to determining what party (or parties) can be held at fault. While at-fault parties may include drunk drivers, distracted motorists, and truckers who violate federal regulations, they may also include less-obvious parties, such as the manufacturer of a defective product or auto part, or a public entity responsible for roadway design or maintenance.
At Edwards Kirby, we have handled many cases in which fault and liability are not so clear, including those involving:
- Defective highway construction: $6.65M settlement over the deaths of three family members in a wreck caused by a defectively built portion of the highway.
- Defective tires: $6.7M settlement over the deaths of two victims due to a tire explosion.
- Other problems, including defective brakes ($5.35 million settlement); vehicle fires (confidential eight-figure settlement); and negligent hiring of a driver ($8.3 million verdict).
What If Defendants Say I Was at Fault?
North Carolina is one of just a very few states to follow the rule of contributory negligence in personal injury cases. Under the contributory negligence standard, also known as the 1 percent rule, victims cannot collect damages arising from an accident if they are in any way to blame for the incident – even if the other party was 99% at fault, and the victim only 1% responsible.
Because of this harsh legal standard, working with experienced attorneys becomes all the more important – especially when victims suffered catastrophic injuries, or when defendants dispute liability, or argue that the victims contributed to causing their accidents.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in North Carolina?
Car accident victims and families with potential wrongful death claims have a limited amount of time to file lawsuits against at-fault parties, known as the statute of limitations. When the statute of limitations expires, victims cannot recover compensation for their damages.
In general, the statute of limitations for filing a car accident lawsuit in North Carolina is three years from the date of the crash when people are injured, but only two years from the date of death when people are killed. However, the statute of limitations can differ depending on certain circumstances, such as minor victims under 18, and cases against government entities.
Because the statute of limitations can vary, it is advised that anyone with a potential claim seek a personalized evaluation to determine what time limitations may apply to their case.
Leaders in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
Over decades in practice, our attorneys have represented car accident victims from all walks of life. We are especially honored to have represented the families of judges, firefighters, and law enforcement in the Raleigh community following serious accidents; both because of their service, and because they are well situated to know the importance of working with proven counsel in the wake of severe wrecks and preventable tragedies.
Edwards Kirby has cultivated a reputation as leaders in personal injury litigation, and for our work in motor vehicle accident cases involving:
- Big rig truck accidents
- Commercial vehicles, buses, or delivery trucks
- Single-vehicle accidents caused by defective tires, brakes, or other components
- Accidents involving fuel-fed fires, including those resulting in serious burns
- SUV rollovers
- Serious or fatal injuries involving roadside good Samaritans
- Motor vehicle collisions injuring pedestrians, bicyclists, or skateboarders
- Collisions caused by drunk drivers
Hundreds of Serious & Fatal Auto Accident Cases Handled
Our lawyers have handled hundreds of auto accident cases involving serious injury or death, and have recovered millions in compensation for our clients. Some of these cases include:
- A Chapel Hill attorney killed when a construction site crane fell on the road.
- An ambulance driver killed by a runaway truck as he tried to save his partner.
- A woman who suffered a life-threatening brain injury after being hit from behind by a tow truck.
- A college student who suffered brain damage after being hit by a milk truck.
- A two-year-old boy orphaned when his parents were killed by a police officer with a history of poor driving.
- Numerous people killed or injured by drunk drivers.
Edwards Kirby: Serving Victims & Families Across North Carolina
Based in Raleigh, our car accident attorneys at Edwards Kirby proudly serve victims and families throughout North Carolina, and accept attorney referrals from fellow lawyers with complex and high-stakes car crash cases.
If you have questions about a potential car accident lawsuit, your legal rights and options, and how our firm can help, call (919) 335-7005 or contact us online.