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    Attorney Will Reaves

    Much like being in a typical car accident on the roads, a truck accident can have similar long-term consequences, potentially only made worse by the massive size and wight of a semi-trailer or pickup. The driver and anyone involved may have been injured or killed in the accident, and the vehicles may have been damaged or totaled. This, in turn, leads to an avalanche of expenses in the form of medical bills, repairs, and funeral preparations.

    Such dramatic loss can be traumatizing, and the mental and emotional effects may go far beyond any physical injury. But there’s hope for recovering at least part of the damages. This way, you won’t be overwhelmed with bills and expenses that you could never hope to pay.

    The first thing to do after you’ve been in a truck accident is contact a law firm, particularly one skilled in personal injury law. Simply meeting with an attorney to seek guidance in your situation is entirely free of risk, as these attorney-client relationships are typically results-oriented and don’t require payment up front. In other words, the attorney will usually represent your case and succeed before requiring any form of compensation.

    After you’ve been advised regarding your unique situation and decided to proceed, you must evaluate the damages you’ve suffered as a result of the accident. Damages typically fall into one of several categories: physical trauma, emotional trauma, full or partial loss of income, and death. Some of these categories may overlap with one another, but do a full self-evaluation and determine the ways you’ve been negatively affected.

    For example, maybe you were rushed to the hospital after the accident and are now facing an expensive medical bill. Maybe the accident gave you injuries that left you unable to work for a period of time, or perhaps you’ll be unable to work ever again. Maybe the accident caused the death of a friend or loved one, and the funeral preparations are causing physical, emotional, and monetary strain. Though only hypothetical, these are all things to consider when building a case in favor of proper compensation.

    If you or someone you know has been in a truck accident, then you know how difficult of a process it can be. Be sure to seek legal help immediately. If you’re looking for representation, then consider Wayne Hardee Law. Our team of attorneys would be glad to meet with you and advise you on the facts of your case. Contact us today to make an appointment!


     
    Attorney Will Reaves

    Liability waivers are powerful documents. Under normal circumstances, they take precedence over the natural law, as the signer is willingly waiving their right to hold a second party liable for any injuries or damages that they may sustain. These are typically used in situations where the participant may be put at risk doing a potentially dangerous activity.

    Of course, there are some guidelines. Before agreeing to the terms of any document and waiving their right to claim liability, a signer will want to know that every precaution was taken to prevent any injuries or other damages. The document itself must be clearly worded, without any hidden intentions or fine print, and specific in its applications and limitations. In other words, what does this apply to? What does it not apply to?

    The waiver not only benefits the organization by protecting them from lawsuit down the road, but it also acts as an entry ticket. The organization is providing access to their goods or services in exchange for the agreement that you will not seek legal action in the future. Typically, this agreement is binding, and the waiver covers any sustained damages. But under what circumstances might waivers be made invalid? Is this even legally possible? The answer is yes, invalidating a waiver can be done under the right circumstances.

    For example, though you’ve signed a document waiving all rights to a liability charge, the organization is still responsible for promoting safety and maintaining equipment. Whether that means additional safety staff or detailed instructional videos, they are responsible for upholding their end of the waiver agreement. Gross negligence is an obvious offense. Naturally, organizations cannot harm you intentionally, as that would negate the waiver immediately. The waiver must also be signed by a willing and knowledgeable participant. In other words, a participant cannot be forced or otherwise taken advantage of when signing. This includes waivers written using opaque legalese or hidden fine print.

    If any of these requirements are breached, then the waiver can easily be made invalid. A personal injury lawyer will approach the incident from all possible angles, seeking ways to gain compensation for your injuries. The presence of a waiver makes this process more challenging but not impossible, especially if the organization is clearly at fault. If you’ve sustained an injury at the expense of a negligent third party, consider finding a lawyer. Our skilled attorneys here at Wayne Hardee Law would be glad to accept the challenge and help you receive due compensation. Visit our website and contact us today!


    Attorney Will Reaves

    Oftentimes, personal injury cases are settled outside of court. Wanting to compensate the victim for their physical, mental, and/or emotional distress, the defendant’s insurance company will provide them with a predetermined sum of money as a settlement. This can then be used to pay for medical bills or other property damages that may have occurred during the accident.

    But what happens when the case goes to trial? Under these circumstances, you must be prepared to state your case and defend your position. You are defending the right to compensation for the personal injury you sustained at another’s expense. So, it stands to reason that the court will require evidence relevant to the case. But what kind of evidence should you be collecting? What is the judge looking for, and what is acceptable in the court of law? We will cover these and other questions below.

    First, it’s strongly recommended that you seek professional help from an attorney. Attorneys, especially those well-versed in the laws surrounding personal injury and compensation, can be a considerable asset to your case. They will guide you through the process, help you get your facts straight, and assist in gathering the necessary evidence should you ultimately need to present in court.

    In terms of evidence, you must collect information that is relevant to the case and supports your claim. For example, photo and video evidence is among the most important. This has to be done at the scene of the accident, so don’t get too caught up in the moment. Keep a level head, pull out your phone, and start taking photos. The most important thing you can do is remain consistent with your story and recount the accident exactly as you remember it, so jot down some notes before they slip your mind.

    Official documents are also extremely beneficial in a court of law. These may be in the form of a testimony from a licensed professional, or it may simply be an itemized medical bill with the total cost listed at the bottom. In a similar thread, you may also call witnesses to testify on your behalf. Perhaps someone witnessed the accident and can corroborate your claim against the defendant.

    Begin by building your case with the help of a professionally trained lawyer. Here at Wayne Hardee Law, our team is dedicated to helping you get full compensation for sustained injury. Our attorneys will work alongside you to ensure that you are properly informed and well-prepared. Give us a call today!


    When is the Best Time to Settle My Case - Wayne Hardee Law

    When someone’s negligence leads to injury of a third party, the third party will almost surely be advised to pursue compensation through legal means. Of course, it depends on the severity of the injury, but even minor accidents require a thorough checkup to ensure bodily health. Whether you are the negligent party, the injured party, or the insurance company who finances the negligent party, there are really only two outcomes in a case such as this: settlement or trial.

    You may be eager to accept whatever settlement is proposed, receive your money, and put the incident behind you once and for all. In some cases, this may be your best option. But how do you know for sure you’re getting everything you deserve? How do you know when to take a settlement out of court and when to take the case to trial?

    First, it’s important to remember that when taking a case to trial, you are not always guaranteed to emerge victorious. You may see this as yet another point in favor of a quick settlement, but what if the settlement (typically arranged and proposed by the insurance company of the defendant) is not enough to cover damages suffered in the accident? Personal injury includes not only physical suffering, but mental and emotional as well. It’s crucial that you recognize the scope of your injuries and begin this process with the expectation of full compensation.

    It’s critical to hire an attorney to guide you through the process. Depending on your unique situation, they can help you make the best decision when it comes to trial versus settlement. An attorney can tell you if the settlement is a low-ball offer and, perhaps more importantly, if it will cover all necessary expenses. This would be the primary reason for taking a case to trial. Otherwise, a settlement is a great way to avoid the often lengthy court proceedings and all the stress and anxiety that comes with it.

    Ultimately, the most important thing is that you receive the compensation you are due. If you feel like a settlement is fair, then accept it by all means. But do seek the opinion of a personal injury attorney before making any final decisions. If you’re looking for a reliable law firm, we here at Wayne Hardee Law would be more than happy to represent you. Our team of lawyers will stand by you and help you make an informed decision as you seek compensation for injury. Contact us today, or visit our website for more information!



    Safe Winter Travel Tips - Wayne Hardee Law

    This is one of the most highly travelled times of the year. With the celebration of holidays such as Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years, we are annually drawn from wherever we are to congregate with family and friends. While it’s a wonderful sentiment, depending on where you live, it can be quite inconvenient at times. Snow and ice cover the roads, traffic is bumper to bumper, and even occasional power outages wreak havoc on traffic signals and streetlights.

    Winter travel can be tough. But if you know what to watch out for ahead of time, you can do your best to avoid it. Here are some things you can do to stay safe when it comes to winter travel.

    • Avoid driving at night. Wintry roads are already treacherous during the day, but they can be downright deadly with the decreased visibility of nightfall. Plan your trip accordingly, and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, fully accounting for the possibility of any unexpected stops.
    • Check the weather before leaving. Flights, trains, and other means of transportation can be cancelled or rescheduled, but you and your passengers only have one life to live. Your safety must take priority. If the weather forecast is calling for icy precipitation of any kind, don’t take any unnecessary risks. Wait it out and leave after the storm has passed.
    • If you must drive through the rain and snow, or you find yourself caught in the middle of a sudden storm, practice careful driving techniques. Drive well below the speed limit and turn your hazard lights on for increased visibility to those around you. If driving is too dangerous and visibility is low, pull to the side of the road and wait it out.
    • Pack your car with any supplies you may need in case of emergency. Food, water, blankets, a first aid kit, and other tools, including a pocket knife, matches, flashlight, map, and compass. The likelihood that you’ll need all these supplies is slim, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

    Traveling in the winter may be difficult, but the extra precautions will be worth it in the end. By saving your life and the lives of your passengers, you’re ensuring that the holiday season remains a joyful time for everyone. Stay safe out there, and enjoy the time spent with your friends, families, and neighbors as people brave the weather to come together.



    Auto Insurance Laws in NC - Wayne Hardee Law

    Auto insurance is a good thing to have. Of all the times and places you might need coverage, it’s best to have it while on the road. Vehicular accidents are fairly common, and you want to avoid having to pay for all the damage and repairs.

    Unfortunately, the claims process can be a stressful and slightly confusing process, especially for new customers: contacting an agent, determining eligibility, documenting evidence, filling out forms, etc. The list goes on. There are so many things to keep track of already. To make things even more complicated, some states have slightly different laws pertaining to auto insurance and the claims process. If you live in North Carolina, you’re in luck! Below is a list containing some insurance laws specific to our state.

    • NC is a fault state. If and when a person is in an automobile accident, the driver at fault for the accident is held responsible and will not be allowed to collect any insurance money. This is specific to North Carolina, as some states require that insurance companies pay the victims, regardless of fault. If you ever find yourself in an automobile accident in NC, be careful not to immediately take the blame for the incident.
    • Coverage extends outside NC, but not out of the US. If you are a resident of North Carolina, the broadening clause dictates that your auto insurance coverage will extend to the other states. If you get into an accident outside your home state, the same insurance guidelines will apply there as they would in NC. This includes the “no-fault” states, where drivers must have personal injury protection (PIP). In these cases, your coverage will automatically broaden to include PIP.
    • Household drivers affect insurance premiums. If you are the policyholder, your family’s driving record (or that of anyone who uses your car) will affect your insurance premiums. Be sure that the people you lend your car to are safe and trustworthy.
    • Uninsured motorist coverage is required by law in NC. Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage is meant to protect you against uninsured drivers. This may be bundled with automobile liability insurance, which must also be maintained. Coverage must meet a minimum requirement of $30,000 bodily injury per person and a $60,000 total cost for all injuries to all victims.

    Regardless of where you live, insurance may save you quite a bit of money some day. Be sure to keep these specifics in mind the next time you find yourself in an automobile accident. Wayne Hardee Law specializes in insurance cases. If you need representation or find yourself in a tough legal spot, contact us today!



    Navigating the Insurance Claims Process - Wayne Hardee Law

    If there’s one thing we can predict about the future, it’s that the future is unpredictable. That’s why we have insurance. Life insurance, health insurance, auto insurance, and home insurance are just a few of the many kinds that cover the many areas of our lives. It’s always nice to know that, should something go terribly wrong, insurance will help mitigate the cost of damages and repairs.

    But let’s say that something does go wrong, or perhaps you have a bill that insurance will help cover. Now it’s time to file a claim. Navigating the claims process can be confusing, especially if you’ve never done it before. This article will walk you through the basic steps and any pitfalls that you may encounter during the process.

    First, contact your insurance agent immediately. They will be your primary guide and support through the process, and they will tell you what to expect as you move forward. It’s important to do this right away, as some insurance coverage comes with a time limit. It may not be possible to claim your insurance money after a certain period of time has elapsed. The quicker you get it done, the more likely you will be to get your claim approved.

    Second, be sure to fill out any paperwork and provide the necessary details. If something was lost or damaged, provide an image and a description. If there was an accident, describe the events leading up to the event and take photos of the scene. Keep careful notes and record everything you remember before the details slip your mind. You can never be too prepared when filing an insurance claim.

    Third, an insurance adjuster will come to inspect your claim and analyze the damage. Depending on the extent of the damage, you will be entitled to a different amount of money. The insurance company will often reimburse the actual cash value and then pay for any sustained damage or repairs.

    Finally, based on the inspection and recommendation of the insurance adjuster, you will receive your money. This is typically split into multiple payments or dispensed directly to the contractors who will do the repairs. That way, insurance companies can be sure you are spending it on its intended purpose.

    Insurance claims can be a hassle, and no one wants to be in a position where they need coverage. But now you have a better idea of what to expect should the situation arise. Contact your insurance agency immediately and follow the instructions of your representative. They will help you through the process and further explain anything that doesn’t make sense.



    Farm Worker Injuries - 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! 


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