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Stopped vehicle causes 3-car accident on NC 540

A recent accident on a North Carolina highway has left an individual seriously injured. The wreck occurred on NC 540 when a BMW was apparently stopped in a center lane. The driver of another vehicle swerved to miss the BMW, but was unsuccessful. After striking the BMW, the second car bounced into the path of a truck pulling a boat. The truck slammed into the driver's side door of the second vehicle. The driver of the second vehicle was pulled from the wreckage and taken to the hospital with critical injuries. The other motorists and their passengers did not suffer major injuries. An investigation into the accident is ongoing.

There are many types of injuries that can be suffered in a car accident. Broken bones can leave an individual immobile for a significant period of time. A brain injury can cause permanent disability. A victim might also suffer emotional damage, traumatized by the experience and its aftereffects. Also, a car wreck can leave a victim with significant financial losses related to medical bills and lost wages. In many cases, the best way to remedy the situation is to file a personal injury lawsuit.

A multi-vehicle accident like this can be hard to assess from a legal standpoint, though. In some cases, there is more than one driver at fault. Determining who is liable for an accident may require deep analysis of an accident investigation, thorough interviewing of witnesses, and diligent application of the law. A North Carolina attorney who has experience handling these types of cases may be able to help a victim assess whether filing a personal injury claim is in his or her best interest.

If a claim does move forward, then a victim may have a shot at recovering compensation for his or her damages, including lost wages and medical expenses. Since North Carolina is a contributory negligence state, a victim must not have been negligent at all at the time of the accident. This is not favorable for an injured individual, but juries often recognize how unfair the law is and, with strong persuasive legal arguments on his or her side, a victim may still be able to reach a favorable outcome.

Source: WTVD ABC 11, "Driver Critically Injured In NC 540 Crash," Angelica Alvarez, July 2, 2014

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