Bismarck Car Accident Lawyer
Trusted North Dakota injury attorneys serving clients throughout the state
A car accident which causes injuries serious enough to require surgery and lost time at work can really disrupt your life. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injury in the United States, but despite how often they occur, no one is ever prepared for how a car wreck can devastate your life. Depending on the nature of the crash, a person might be left with permanent disabling injuries.
The injured person can pursue compensation for his or her injuries and financial losses from the negligent driver who caused the crash. An experienced Bismarck car accident lawyer from the Larson Law Firm is prepared to represent you and fight for compensation on your behalf. You can schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.
What to do after a car accident
Immediately following a car accident, check to see if you or anyone else in your vehicle has been injured.
- If you are able, move your car out of the way of traffic, and find out if others involved in the crash have been injured.
- If your injuries permit, take pictures and video of the accident scene and the surrounding area.
- Get the contact information for the other drivers involved and their car insurance information.
- Talk to witnesses and get their contact information.
- Ask if the witnesses would be willing to testify about the crash.
- Get a copy of the police report.
- Contact a Bismarck car accident lawyer to represent you.
- Call your insurance company and report the accident, but decline to give a statement without your lawyer.
Common causes of car accidents
Every car accident is different, but there are a handful of common causes of car accidents including:
- Drunk driving is one of the most reckless and irresponsible things a driver can do. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 29 people a day – about one every 50 minutes – dies in a crash with a drunk driver. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 37,133 people died in traffic crashes in 2017. Of those, 10,874 were killed in drunk driving crashes with about 68% of those being involved in crashes in which at least one driver had a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of .15 or higher. The BAC for drunk driving throughout the U.S. is 0.08. (Responsibility.org)
- Drugged driving. A story on CNN reported on a research study conducted by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility which revealed that in 2015, driving while impaired by drugs (legal or illegal drugs) was associated with more deaths than driving impaired by alcohol. Drunk driving, according to researchers is still a bigger problem than “drugged” driving. The study reports that in 2015, only about 57% of drivers who were fatally injured in a car accident were tested for drugs. Of those with positive test results, 35% tested positive for marijuana. Determining drug impairment is complicated because there is no definitive test which can quantify in the way that a blood alcohol concentration test can because drugs affect different people in different ways, and the presence of drugs in a person’s system does not necessarily prove impairment.
- Drowsy driving is impaired driving. The American Sleep Foundation reports that about half of U.S. adult drivers admit to consistently getting behind the wheel despite feeling drowsy. Of those drivers, about 20% admitted to falling asleep at some point in the past year and more than 40% admit to having fallen asleep at least once in their driving careers. The National Safety Council found that while drowsy driving might seem similar to drunk driving, the reaction times, awareness of hazards, and the ability to sustain attention all worsen the drowsier the driver is, and a driver is three times more likely to be in a car crash if fatigued. The NHTSA reports that drowsy driving claimed 795 lives, and there were about 90,000 police-reported crashes involving drowsy drivers in 2017.
- Distracted driving. The CDC reports that about nine people are killed and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes attributed to a distracted driver. Distracted driving, which includes visual, manual, and cognitive distractions – texting while driving involves all three – is not the only distraction that increases the odds of causing a crash that will injure or kill.
What are the consequences of a car accident beyond the injuries and property damage?
When you are injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, the pain and inconvenience of the injury are not the only consequences you will face. Some additional setbacks you will encounter include:
- Financial challenges related to the accumulating medical bills that are not covered by insurance, dealing with the property damage, and any other losses associated with the accident
- Lost wages from being unable to work. Depending on the nature of your injury, you might be left with permanent disabilities which will affect your ability to earn an income
- Transportation challenges while your vehicle is being repaired such as the need to rent a vehicle or take a cab to work
- Physical and emotional pain due to the trauma from the accident, and the physical inability to do things you once enjoyed
Common injuries after a car accident
Depending on the speed the vehicles were traveling and other factors such as weather conditions and driver impairment, car wrecks can result in a range of injuries including:
- Head injury
- Back and neck injury
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Broken bones
- Amputations/ limb loss
- Internal organ damage
The severity of the injuries, whether there is any residual impairment or disability, and the amount of medical bills are significant factors in determining the value of a car accident claim.
Your Bismarck car accident lawyer will analyze all of the pertinent facts of your case and pursue sufficient compensation to cover all of your losses and your pain and suffering after a car crash.
Why should I hire a car accident lawyer after an injury?
If you intend to pursue compensation after your car accident injury, you might benefit from working with an experienced Bismarck car accident lawyer because no one should face the insurance company’s legal team alone. If you have sustained a serious injury and you have high medical expenses and lost time from work, it is vital that you work with a car wreck attorney who will pursue the maximum compensation available on your behalf.
You should hire an experienced car accident lawyer to represent you after a serious injury for the same reason you would hire a cardiologist rather than do heart surgery on yourself to save money. You need someone who knows what he or she is doing, and who will protect you and your interests throughout the process.
We investigate the accident, we gather crucial evidence to prove your injury case, we negotiate with the defendant’s legal team to come away with the best settlement possible for you, or we pursue litigation.
What if I can’t afford to hire a lawyer after a car wreck injury?
Fortunately, you do not need to worry about paying for an injury lawyer upfront because we take cases on contingency. This means that you do not pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you. So, you get to enjoy the benefit of competent representation without the need to pay a hefty retainer first. We are here to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car wreck in Bismarck or anywhere throughout North Dakota, the experienced car accident lawyers at the Larson Law Firm are ready to discuss your case and review your legal options.
Discuss your car accident injury claim with a trusted Bismarck lawyer today
If you wait too long before you inquire about compensation for your car accident injuries, it could be too late. There are legal limits in North Dakota that govern how long you have to take legal action after an injury caused by someone else’s negligence. At Larson Law Firm P.C., you can expect experienced legal representation with integrity and understanding. You may contact us to schedule a free initial consultation, or call us toll free at 701-638-3060. Call us today to learn how our skilled lawyers can help you after a car crash.
Types of Cases We Handle
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Bismarck Office Location
Larson Law Firm P.C.
1022 E. Divide Ave.
Bismarck, ND 58501