Experienced Kinston, North Carolina Car Accident Lawyers Who Are On Your Side
Vehicle accidents often have a devastating impact on drivers and passengers. Unfortunately, accidents are a reality in and around the Kinston, North Carolina area. As the seat of Lenoir County, this city sees its fair share of traffic that can negatively impact residents. At the Ricci Law Firm, our team is here to help if you need a Kinston car accident attorney by your side. We have the resources necessary to fully investigate vehicle accident claims and help secure compensation on behalf of our clients.
US 70 goes right through Kinston, and provides both residents and visitors with access to the inner regions of the state through to the beautiful coastline. I-795 is also very close to Kinston, and this brings plenty of high-speed traffic around our area. Additionally, the rural nature of the areas surrounding Kinston, unfortunately, leads to severe high-speed accidents. With local and out-of-area traffic flowing through this area, accidents are not uncommon.
Why choose Ricci Law Firm for Your Case?
- Our attorneys have more than 60 years of combined legal experience handling complex personal injury claims.
- We focused on providing a personalized approach to every case, which means we focus on the goals and needs of every individual client.
- We have the resources necessary to conduct complete investigations into these cases, and we are fully capable of taking a case to trial if necessary.
Car Accidents in Kinston can Cause Severe Injuries
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, we can see that this state has a less than stellar safety record when it comes to vehicle accidents. During the latest reporting year, there were more than 285,000 total vehicle collisions across NC. Out of these incidents, there were 1,470 total fatalities and 125,232 total injuries reported. Looking at data directly affecting Kinston, we can see that there were 429 collisions reported in our jurisdiction limits, and these collisions resulted in 432 injuries and two fatalities.
At the Ricci Law Firm, our attorneys understand that vehicle accident injuries, whether they are relatively minor or severe, can result in significant setbacks for victims. Our team has extensive experience helping Kinston car accident victims who have sustained the following injuries:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Lacerations and puncture wounds
- Crush injuries or amputations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord trauma with paralysis
- Other severe neck or back injury
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Open head wounds
In addition to these visibly traumatic injuries, our attorneys also understand that victims regularly suffer from significant emotional and psychological trauma as a result of the crash and the recovery process. Our attorneys work diligently to recover compensation for any physical and emotional and psychological injuries that our clients sustain. We work directly with medical and mental health experts who can diagnose clients and provide testimony as-needed to insurance carriers or a personal injury jury.
Time Limit to File a Kinston Car Accident Claim
Each state sets certain time limits for how long the victims have to file claims in the aftermath of an injury occurring. The North Carolina personal injury statute of limitations is three years from the date an injury occurs. This means that Kinston car accident victims have a three-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the alleged negligent party in their case. Failing to file a lawsuit within this time frame will result in the victim being unable to recover the compensation they are entitled to, something that we do not want to happen to you in your case.
Additionally, please understand that this statutory deadline does not affect the deadlines put into place by insurance carriers involved with the claim. Most insurance carriers in North Carolina require that a crash claim be promptly reported. Failing to report an accident with the respective insurance carriers within a day or two after the incident could result in the carrier delaying or denying the claim altogether.
Types of Compensation Available for a Kinston Car Accident Claim
The attorneys at the Ricci Law Firm have extensive experience helping clients secure compensation after they are injured in a car accident. This includes both economic and non-economic compensation such as the following:
- Full coverage of medical bills related to the incident
- Coverage of any physical therapy or rehabilitation necessary
- Payment for any needed prescription medications or medical devices
- Property damage expenses
- Lost income if a victim cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of quality of life damages
In some cases, punitive damages may be available. However, punitive damages are typically reserved for instances where the conduct of the other driver was grossly negligent or intentional (possibly incidents of drunk driving, road rage, etc.).
Our clients often ask us how much compensation car accident victims typically receive. Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to that question. The total amount of compensation paid to car accident victims in Kinston, NC, will vary depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding each particular situation. Some of the factors that will significantly affect the total compensation amount include the severity of the injuries, the severity of the property damage, and whether or not there was any shared fault for the crash.
We bring up shared fault because North Carolina operates under a contributory negligence system. This significantly differs from the way most other states in the country handle shared responsibility for vehicle accidents. In North Carolina, a car accident victim will not be able to recover any compensation if they share any fault for the incident, even just 1% of the blame.
How Much Does a Kinston Car Accident Attorney Cost?
At the Ricci Law Firm, we take Kinston car accident claims on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will not collect any upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to the case from a client. Our attorneys only collect legal fees after we are able to successfully recover the compensation that our clients need through a favorable settlement or verdict. We think this type of fee arrangement helps ensure that injury victims, regardless of their current financial situation, are able to hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.
Contact a Kinston Car Accident Lawyer Today – Where We Are
If you or somebody you love has been injured in a vehicle accident caused by the negligent or intentional actions of another driver in Kinston, North Carolina, turn to the team at the Ricci Law Firm today. Our attorneys have the resources necessary to conduct a complete investigation into your case and help ensure that you receive the compensation you are entitled to. This can include complete coverage of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering losses, and more. When you need a Kinston, North Carolina car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at (252) 595-5583.
The quickest way to get to our offices in Greenville, North Carolina, is to get onto the 11 Bypass and head North. You will travel approximately 30 miles, past Ayden and through Greenville, until you come to Stantonsburg Road. You will follow Stantonsburg for a short distance until you see the Courtyard by Marriott on the right. Our offices are right past hotel on the right.