Navigating Auto Accidents & Insurance - Wayne Hardee Law

    Automobile accidents are stressful. Your car is probably damaged, you or the other driver may be hurt, and it’s likely that you’re trying to navigate this emotionally-charged event with traffic continuing to flow all around. On top of all that, you need to exchange information with all other parties involved and record important data for your insurance claim.

    First thing to remember after an automobile accident: do NOT place blame. This goes for everyone involved, including yourself. If the accident was your fault, your instinct may be to apologize and take responsibility. But evidence shows that it’s better to remain quiet and let the investigation run its course. In many states, it’s the at-fault driver’s insurance company that pays. So ultimately, everything will work out. But being quick to admit fault will surely boost your insurance premiums, and it will be more difficult to gain compensation for your own damages.

    After the initial shock has worn off, it’s important to call the police and report the accident. Then, meet with the other driver(s) and exchange information. This includes insurance provider and contact information, in case one party needs to reach the other in the near future. You’ll also need this information when filing your insurance claim.

    Now you can begin recording your own observations while you wait for the police to arrive. Use your phone to capture pictures of the scene from different angles, taking care to include your car and any other cars involved. Record any facts that you can remember while the details of the accident are still fresh in your mind: for example, the date and time of the accident, the weather, the speed you were going, any witnesses to the event, etc. Be sure to record information on site as well, including vehicle make and model, driver’s name and age, location, and the name and badge number of the police officer who arrives on the scene.

    After everything has been cleared and you’re safely home, it’s time to start thinking about filing an insurance claim. Simply call your insurance provider and state your intentions. A representative should guide you through the process, asking for any details that you recorded at the scene. Generally speaking, you should be prepared to provide the following information:

          Your insurance policy number

          The date, time, and location of the accident

          A description of the accident and any damage sustained

          Insurance and contact information of the other parties

          The responding police department and identifying information of any officers involved

    The representative will instruct you in any further actions that must be taken.

    In the end, the most important thing you can do after an automobile accident is to keep a level head. Don’t panic and don’t start pointing fingers. Record observations and evidence, gather information, and know what your next steps are.

    Safety Ratings - Greenville Attorney


    When shopping for a new car, one of the first things many people look at is the safety ratings of the vehicles in question. Whether the car is only for one person or for a whole family, making sure that those who are going to be in it are safe is one of the most important parts of the transaction. You never want to get a car that has been shown to be unsafe, so the amount of thought that goes into this choice is often very high. Unfortunately, car accidents do still happen, and these safety ratings are often put to the test.

    Car accidents are always scary. While we may feel safer because of things like seat belts and air bags, it's still a frightening time when you're dealing with the outcome of a crash, let alone in the moment. Having the safest car in the world won't make you feel like you're at a day spa as you get into a crash. While you may be safer in some vehicles than others, that isn't the only concern with an accident. You also need to worry about injuries and long term issues that stem from them. These are the kinds of things that are often addressed in lawsuits after a crash occurs.

    The fact of the matter is that safety ratings will only do so much. While it is important to do your best to get a safe vehicle that fits your needs, it won't make you impervious to harm. Being careful on the road is still your best option to get from place to place safely, but we know that sometimes you don't have the option to react in time. We know, too, that sometimes the only thing you can do is get a good lawyer to help you after you have been hit.

    If you were in a car accident, one of the best things you can do is call Wayne Hardee Law. Wayne is a lawyer with decades of experience practicing right here in Greenville. We have a track record for defending those that have been hurt in accidents, and we will fight for those that deserve compensation. Choosing your lawyer is an important decision, so don't go into it without doing your research. Make sure that you find someone you can trust to handle your case. Give us a call, and see how much of a difference he can make in your case! 

    Truck Accidents - Greenville Truck Accident Attorney

    Going for a drive can be relaxing under the right circumstances, but unfortunately it can be dangerous under others. It can be an intimidating thing, driving around on the roads surrounded by vehicles much larger than your own. It shouldn't come as a surprise that these can cause a lot more damage if you are involved in an accident with them than the majority of other, more commonly purchased vehicles. While we know that large trucks require extra training to drive, that doesn't erase the fact that drivers are still human and mistakes can be easily made. Unfortunately, their mistakes can also easily be deadly.

    When it comes to sharing the road with trucks, it can be scary if you aren't used to them. A truck can obviously cause more damage to your car than you can to them, so it makes sense that you drive more cautiously around them. Many people drive for years and still tend to get nervous when there are a lot of large trucks on the road with them. While a lot of it has to do with your experiences as a young driver, a good amount of the concern can be the result of simply seeing pictures of a collision between a truck and a car like the one you're currently driving. All the statistics you can research won't be able to counteract that anxiety.

    Accidents are never a good thing, but they're even worse when the size and weight of the vehicles involved are heavily skewed towards one. While some people are lucky enough to walk away from these accidents with minor injuries, they often lead to severe harm or even death. The possibility of a crash is always there, but when highway speeds and large trucks are involved, it gets worse. It is never something that we want to hear has happened, but we know that it is unfortunately unavoidable, which is why we want to help you.

    If you have been in an accident with a truck and were injured, then you probably have a lot of questions about your options going forward. Thankfully, you can call Wayne Hardee and get your legal questions answered. With almost 40 years litigating for car accident victims, Wayne has seen almost everything you can see when it comes to truck crashes. Give him a call and see what a difference he can make in your case!

    Animal Attacks - Greenville Attorney


    While we all like to think of our beloved pets as sweet and cuddly, not every animal is going to fit that bill. It can be difficult to imagine anyone's favorite pet attacking someone, but it happens more often than you may think. Animal attacks are naturally going to be a difficult subject for multiple reasons. Unless you work in animal control, you don't really expect to be attacked by an animal, especially if the owner is nearby. If you know someone who has been attacked by an animal, you have an idea of what can happen. If you were attacked yourself, you know how truly terrifying it is.

    A former coworker of mine recently told me about her recent brush with an animal attack. She was walking her dog on the sidewalk a few streets away from where she lives when she suddenly heard a noise a few houses down. The front door was wide open and a large dog came bounding out of it without a leash or collar. It started running at her and her dog, who is considerably smaller than this dog was. She picked up her dog, as the neighbor's dog continued darting toward them. It started biting her in an attempt to get to her dog. She screamed and yelled and tried to fight, but it wasn't until another neighbor came out that they were able to free her.

    Naturally, she had to go to the hospital due to the bites she received while trying to protect her dog. In her attempts to contact the neighbors who owned the dog, she was met with nothing but hostility and a refusal to work with her on medical expenses. She felt there was no other option besides seeing a lawyer. This is, unfortunately, a common result of an animal attack.

    If you were the victim of an animal attack, you need a good lawyer on your side. Wayne Hardee Law has years of experience working with these kinds of cases, and knows how to get the results you deserve. We'll help you get the proper compensation for expenses such as medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering under certain circumstances. Give us a call today, and see how much of a difference we can make in your case!

    Premise Liability - Greenville Attorney

    Most people spend the majority of their lives in and on other properties than their own. Everywhere from our place of work to grocery stores is owned by someone else. While this doesn't normally have an impact on our day to day habits, it can quickly become important if something bad happens. While there are any number of injuries that can happen in our own homes, it is just as likely that we are hurt in another location. In fact, it happens often enough that these types of cases have their own umbrella term. These cases are called premise liability.

    The concept of premise liability is very similar to the idea that when you are driving, you are responsible for everyone in your car. If someone is hurt on a property that you own, you may be held responsible if you have an unsafe condition which caused the injury. While you can't be found to be at fault for some things, like if they step on their own pant leg and fall over, there are many things that you can be held accountable for. This can include just about anything that you could have fixed or put a warning up to prevent.

    If you have ever walked through a building and seen a “Wet Floor” sign, it may only seem like an act of precaution, but it's also a method to prevent a premise liability case. Issues like slippery floors can definitely cause injuries, and it is important for a property owner to make sure that anyone currently on their property knows this. While wet floors are one of the most common causes of injuries, someone can be hurt due to anything from a carpet ripple to faulty wiring to a misaligned door frame. These types of injuries can be, and often are, severe. It may come as a surprise how often these instances occur. It is important that you know what actions you can take if you were hurt on someone else's property due to their negligence.

    If you suffered an injury outside your home due to someone else's actions, you may be able to argue a premise liability case. To do that, you're going to need help. Wayne Hardee has decades of experience as a lawyer taking on premise liability cases in North Carolina. These claims can be difficult, but with someone like Wayne on your side, you can breathe knowing that you have some of the best representation in the state. Give him a call today, and see how much of a difference he can make in your case!

    Statute of Limitations - Automobile Accidents

    When it comes to car accidents, there are any number of things that can go wrong. Even the smallest tap in the wrong spot can cause an injury that sidelines a person for years. You just never know how bad a crash is going to be until you are looked at by a medical professional. Most of the time, people are lucky and can walk away with minor injuries. However, even those best case scenarios often come with costly medical bills and most Americans simply don't have the savings to bounce back from that. This is why when your crash was caused by someone else's negligence, it is important to know what options you have.

    While no one really ever wants to be involved in a lawsuit, sometimes there is no other option. When you have a lot of medical bills from treatments after a car accident, it can be hard to see what other options you have. Even if the accident wasn't your fault, you still need to be able to provide for yourself and your family. That can be difficult enough to do under the best of circumstances, but if you were hurt and can't work you may not have an alternative.

    The biggest issue with accidents like these is that complications don't always show up right away. You can't file a lawsuit if you don't develop a medical issue immediately. This is where something called the discovery rule comes into play. The statute of limitations for personal injury of three years won't begin until an injury is noticed, meaning that if you had a car wreck, but didn't realize you were injured until days later (which happens often), your three year span will begin when “bodily harm becomes apparent or ought to have become apparent”. This is one of the reasons you have a bit of time to file. Regardless of whether or not you or a loved one was injured, though, it's still a good idea to speak to an attorney following an accident. Just because you weren't hurt doesn't mean you won't need recompense for other damages.

    If you do decide that a lawsuit is needed, give Wayne Hardee Law a call. He has decades of experience with this type of fight, and will do everything he can to get you the compensation you deserve, both for the damage done to your vehicle and your self. Make sure that you have a strong legal team on your side, so you can focus on your recovery and get back to your life before the crash. Give us a call today, and see how much of a difference we can make in your case!

    Boating Accidents

    With Independence Day this weekend, there are sure to be more boats on the water than any other time of the year. It's a time where we celebrate our country's freedom, enjoy good company, and have fun in the sun. While these festivities make for a good time, it is important to remember that even when you're having fun, you still need to be careful. This is especially true if you are out on the water in a boat.

    One of the important things to remember about boats is that many of them have a motor. This means they are, by definition, a motor vehicle. While most people are responsible on the water, just like on the road, there can always be those that think the rules don't apply to them. Alcohol consumption can be dangerous if you're driving the boat, because it hinders your vision and ability to drive. When out on the water, you need to be aware of where other vehicles are, and the depth of the water in your area. Since most boats don't have seat belts, any level of collision may result in severe injury or worse. 

    Boat accidents are difficult cases to litigate simply because they aren't as common as car accidents. Many people think of boats as toys, and don't believe the chances of crashing on a lake or ocean considering the amount of space available. While your standard boating accidents may not result in catastrophic injuries, they can certainly cause a large amount of damage to anything in their path. When these accidents do cause physical harm, it is often devastating. All of these possibilities mean that you need a good lawyer on your side to get you through these difficult issues.

    Wayne Hardee is an extremely accomplished lawyer when it comes to boating accidents. He has decades of experience helping people with their case and making sure they get the compensation they deserve. While a boating accident can seem like an impossible case, Wayne Hardee can help you face it. If you have been injured in a boating accident or if your property was damaged, give him a call. It can be difficult to keep your head up, but with Wayne's dedication and experience on your side, it's full steam ahead!

    Catastrophic Injuries - Greenville Personal Injury Attorney

    No one really starts their day expecting to get seriously injured. Unfortunately, however, these injuries do occur. When an accident happens, and it results in an injury that is life changing in severity, it is known as a catastrophic injury. While we often think of these types of injuries as the result of incidents such as car accidents, the truth is that a catastrophic injury can happen in many ways, and some that even may seem unlikely.

    As an example, think about the last time you slipped on something and fell. Whether the substance was wet or icy, you likely felt your feet go out from under you as your center of balance shifted and your stomach dropped as you began to fall. Depending on whether you landed on your back, buttocks, side, or front, your likelihood of injuries and type of possible injuries can vary widely. While you may be able to walk away with some minor bruising and hurt pride, you are equally as likely to end up with something broken or torn, especially depending on your age. The older you get, the more likely an injury is to be catastrophic.

    Even if you are on the younger end of the spectrum, a fall can mess up your body. A torn tendon or ligament can mean surgery and years of physical therapy even just to get back to a point of performing daily tasks. Sometimes however, the injury is too severe. Head, neck, or back injuries are not uncommon with falls, and they can lead to life-long problems such as paralysis. When this happens, you need someone who is on your side, an will fight to lessen the burden of your injury.

    If you have suffered a catastrophic injury, call us to handle your case. Wayne Hardee Law has had decades of experience with these types of injuries and will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. You have enough to worry about while recovering, so let Wayne help you with the legal side of the issue. In many cases, we can't make the impact of your injury go away, but we can do what we can to help you get back on your feet. Give us a call, and see how much we can help!


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