December 10, 2015

What You Need to Know About Texting and Driving Accidents

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Texting and driving is a rapidly growing trend that claims far too many lives each day. Whether traveling at high speeds on the interstate or cruising down a familiar road, using a phone behind the wheel is a dangerous distraction. Not only that, it is against the law in North Carolina. Sadly, this doesn’t stop most, as a study found that 77% of young adults say they feel confident that they can safely text while driving. This notion of invincibility is a true epidemic and causes nearly 25% of all car crashes. Have you been involved in a serious accident where texting and driving was cited as the cause? You may be able to file a claim against the negligent driver, seeking compensation for your damages.


October 28, 2015

After a Car Accident: When Insurance is Not On Your Side

Posted By: Ward Black Law

A serious auto accident can be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. Far too often, victims assume they can handle the complexities of a personal injury case on their own. Then they learn that insurance companies don’t always live up to their promises — looking out for what’s best for you. This was reality for Linda Mills. After finding herself in the middle of a six-car pileup on I-40 in North Carolina, she was left with a broken neck and mounds of medical bills to sort through.  


July 6, 2015

Busted Bumper? 5 Things You Need to Know About Property Damage Claims

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Car Accident with property damageInsurance companies, rental cars, depreciation value – Oh my!

Settling a property damage claim after a car accident can be a frustrating and time-consuming experience. Far too often, the other party’s insurance company is less than timely or cooperative, leaving you in a guessing game and uncertain financial situation. Property damage claims can often be handled on your own, but should any complications arise, you may need some extra guidance along the way.

Read on for 5 helpful tips to help you navigate the claims process in North Carolina.


July 2, 2015

Injured In A Car Accident? Take the Next Steps

Posted By: Ward Black Law

iStock_000030702694_Small copyEach year, millions of people are injured in car accidents. Some are life changing, however even minor collisions can have lasting consequences. Many times, physical suffering is compounded by lost wages, medical costs and a lingering property damage claim. But the good news is, there are steps that can be taken to prevent a rocky financial future.

With decades of personal injury experience, the attorneys at Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C., are devoted to helping the you react properly in the event of a crash.


March 16, 2015

Expect the Unexpected: What To Do At The Scene Of a Car Accident

Posted By: Ward Black Law

 

car accident blogWith nearly 10 million car accidents happening every year, the odds of living a collision-free life are not in any
driver’s favor. If you’ve been in an accident, you already know that emotions running high can make it difficult to focus on the technical and legal steps that should immediately follow. Most people (unless seriously injured) swap insurance information and aim to get out of Dodge as quickly as possible. While you probably just want the experience to be over, neglecting crucial steps can cost you in the weeks to follow. With years of experience handling car wreck claims, the attorneys at Ward Black Law have some practical steps to help you protect yourself after an accident.

Here’s a handy roadmap to help you navigate the aftermath of an accident:

  1. Remain at the scene. If no one is injured, move your vehicle out of the path of traffic. However, you should never leave the scene of an accident before speaking with law enforcement. Doing so can result in serious consequences.
  2. Call the police. The officer will create an accident report, so be sure to write down his name and agency (eg, city police, sheriff, highway patrol) to obtain your copy later.
  3. Do not admit fault. When talking with the other driver, avoid making explicit comments about the accident until the police arrive.
  4. Exchange information with the other driver. From their insurance card and licence, you should record the following:
    • Name
    • Address
    • Telephone number
    • Name of car insurance company
    • Policy number
    • Name, address and telephone number of insurance representative to contact about the accident
    • License plate number and the state in which the car is registered
    • Suspicious about the information provided? You can always call the insurance company from the scene of the accident to verify coverage before the police officer leaves.
  5. Take pictures. Take pictures of your car, their car, any debris, the road and anything unusual.

After the Accident

In the days following a car accident, there are several steps you need to take to ensure you are protected if claims are filed against you. These steps can also be used to make sure you receive compensation for any claims you file.

For a complete walkthrough of what you should do after an accident, download our free ebook here. If you haven’t been in a car accident recently, this ebook is a beneficial resource to have on-hand in case a collision should occur.

Need Help? Call Today!

Does your car accident claim seem like more than you can handle? The experienced attorneys at Ward Black Law in Greensboro, N.C. have years of experience representing people injured in accidents and are ready to answer your questions. For a free case review, call Ward Black Law today at 336-333-2244, toll-free at 1-877-256-1214 or contact us online today!

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June 2, 2014

What You Don’t Know About Testosterone Therapy May Kill You

Posted By: Ward Black Law

When you receive a prescription to improve your lifestyle, such as testosterone gel, you hope for results and expect to maintain good overall health. But far too often, men determined to have “Low T” suffer from dangerous side effects after using testosterone gel or cream. These side effects, including heart attack and stroke, can be life threatening. If you or a loved one has suffered a heart attack by testosterone therapy without proper warning, you are not alone. Read on to discover more about this growing issue.


February 27, 2014

Cold Weather and Commercial Trucks, an Accident Waiting to Happen

Posted By: Ward Black Law

winter tractor trailer crashAccording to the the U.S. Department of Transportation, one in every 10 deaths in highway accidents involves a tractor trailer. In 2012, more than 3,000 people died in tractor trailer accidents, more than half of whom were occupants of cars or other passenger vehicles. In the winter season, cold weather often contributes to tractor trailer accidents. Considering that a  an 18-wheeler truck often weighs 20-30 times more than the average passenger vehicle, braking is  far more difficult in icy or rainy weather.  If a driver is fatigued, is inattentive, or the brakes have not been adequately maintained, the potential for accidents increases exponentially.


January 21, 2014

Filing a Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit, What You Need to Know

Posted By: Ward Black Law

nursing home neglect ncAccording to a news report by WTVD ABC-11, an ABC television affiliate in Raleigh, N.C., Janine Maves did everything right in her search for a suitable nursing home for her mother. She researched the available homes on medicare.gov and was pleased to find the home she chose had earned a four-star rating — she was confident her mother would be well cared for.


August 1, 2013

Four Reasons to Hire a Truck Accident Lawyer After a Tractor Trailer Accident

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Tractor Trailer Accident - NC Lawyers Ward Black LawOn June 1, 2013, Richard Clark, 47, was killed on I-95 in Johnston County, N.C., after a tractor trailer overturned on the highway early that morning. The N.C. Highway Patrol determined that the overturn occurred after the truck driver fell asleep at the wheel. Sadly, this is neither the first, nor the last fatality involving tractor trailer accidents to have happened recently in North Carolina.


August 3, 2011

The Lawyer’s Perspective on Personal Injury Cases

Posted By: Ward Black Law

Lawyers seldom see their clients’ personal injury cases the same way their clients see their cases.  This phenomenon typically has little to do with the client or the facts of the case – really, we want do to all we can to help our clients.  Rather, this divergence in viewpoints comes from a lawyer’s legal training and experience.


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