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Auto Accident Attorneys

riddle brantley car accident PQ 1Every day, car accidents have life-changing consequences for innocent drivers and their passengers. About 1,300 people died in motor vehicle accidents in North Carolina in 2013, and thousands more were injured. Tragically, most collisions are entirely preventable and result from drivers who are distracted, impaired, or otherwise negligent.

Have you or someone you love suffered a serious injury in a car accident caused by another motorist? We urge you to connect with our Raleigh car accident lawyers and professional legal team at Riddle & Brantley, LLP. Our firm is committed to providing an exceptional level of client service. Our dedication to those we serve motivates us to seek a fair settlement or verdict for you.

Take advantage of a free consultation to discuss your case and learn how we can help you. You have questions and concerns, and we would like to get your case moving forward toward resolution and compensation for all damages.

We strive to provide caring and reliable service to all of our clients. Call us today – we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and have four office locations in North Carolina to serve you.


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Cases We’ve Handled

Disclaimer: Some of the links are case reports furnished by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. Please note that the results below are intended to illustrate the type of matters handled by our firm, and not all the firm’s results are listed. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.

Under State Bar rules, we must point out that the cases mentioned here are illustrative of the matters handled by our firm. Keep in mind that the results in your case will depend upon a variety of unique factors. Also, not all of our results are provided on our site, and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome. While we cannot promise a particular result, we can promise to bring passion to the fight and work tirelessly for you and your family.


$800,000 Settlement - Auto Accident

Defendant driver made a left turn in front of Plaintiff's vehicle causing it to run off the side of the road. Plaintiff suffered fractured left femur, broken left ankle, lacerated spleen, broken left wrist, fracture of the lamina at T3, and staples in head. Suit was filed and liability was contested by counsel. Claim was settled prior to trial.

We negotiated a settlement for a client who suffered afractured left femur, broken left ankle, lacerated spleen, broken wrist,and a fracture of the back and required staples to the head.


$2,750,000 Arbitration Award - Auto Accident

Plaintiff was seriously injured in a head on motor vehicle collision. Client suffered multiple fractures to his neck, leg, and arms. This award was followed by a one (1) million dollar declaratory judgment against an insurance company granting coverage under one of two motor vehicle policies at issue. Attorney: Donald Dunn

Our client was seriously injured in a head-on collision, suffering multiple fractures to the neck, leg, and arms. This award resulted from arbitration.

Raleigh car accident lawyers at Riddle & Brantley, LLP, have helped many car accident victims during our years in practice. Here are some examples:


$1,050,000 Settlement - Auto Accident

Plaintiff was a guest passenger on motorcycle when defendant allegedly lost control in an S-turn causing the motorcycle to roll over several times. Plaintiff suffered traumatic brain injury, memory loss, multiple fractures to the right eye, sternum, and back. Claim settled for all potential insurance coverage, prior to suit being filed.

We negotiated a settlement for a client who was severely injured as a passenger on a motorcycle. The clientsuffered traumatic brain injury, memory loss, and multiple bone fractures, including damage to the eye, sternum, and back.


$475,000 Settlement - Auto Accident

Plaintiff was the guest passenger in a vehicle when defendant went left of center causing a collision which totaled both vehicles. Both vehicles caught on fire and multiple parties were injured. Plaintiff was visiting North Carolina at the time of the incident. Plaintiff suffered a disc herniation, labral tear and a broken toe. The case was resolved prior to trial for $475,000.00 Attorney: Adam Helmer

A passenger in a vehicle was injured when the driver went left of center, causing a collision that totaled two vehicles. Both vehicles caught on fire, and multiple parties suffered injuries. The client, who was visiting North Carolina at the time, suffered disc herniation, labral tear, and a broken toe.

Raleigh and Eastern NC Car Accident Lawyers

After a car accident in which another party was at fault, it is important to protect your legal rights. The responsible party may face consequences in the criminal courts, but it’s up to you to pursue compensation for your injuries and losses by filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.

Under State Bar rules, we are required to tell you that any cases we mention are illustrative of the matters handled by our firm. The results in your case will depend upon a variety of unique factors. Not all of our results are provided on our site and prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.However, we can guarantee that we will bring passion and professionalism to your case.

Our firm will carefully evaluate every detail of your accident and injury to determine the value of a claim or lawsuit. A person who has been catastrophically injured may face an uncertain future and require lifetime care. Our goal is to relentlessly pursue justice and fair compensation for our clients.

Causes of Car Accidents

Many accidents occur because a driver has failed to exercise reasonable care for the safety of others. Typical causes of car accidents include:

Distracted Driving
The most common cause of car accidents is a driver who is not paying attention to the task of driving. Distracted driving behaviors can include texting, talking on a cellphone or to passengers, eating, drinking, smoking, adjusting in-vehicle systems, or simply daydreaming.

Some drivers feel that they have the right to drive faster than the law allows. High speeds make it more difficult to control a vehicle or bring it to a sudden stop. Speeding drivers endanger everyone on the street or highway.

Reckless Driving
Drivers who weave from lane to lane, pass on the right, pull suddenly into moving traffic or engage in other reckless behavior are the cause of many serious or fatal car accidents in Raleigh and throughout Eastern North Carolina.

Drunk Driving
The dangers of drinking and driving are well known, but many drivers nonetheless get behind the wheel after drinking. Alcohol and driving make for a deadly combination. Just how deadly? In one recent year, more than 460 North Carolina traffic deaths – or 36 percent of all traffic deaths for that year – involved alcohol. Thousands of other North Carolinians were injured in alcohol-related crashes. Those accidents should never have happened. If a drunk driver harms you or your family, we are here to hold that person accountable. When justice counts, you can count on Riddle & Brantley, LLP. We provide serious legal help for serious accident cases.

Auto Part or System Failure
Sometimes an auto part or system fails because of faulty manufacturing or design. For example, fatal or serious accidents have been attributed to a sudden tire blow-out, airbags that failed to deploy or deployed without warning or a stuck accelerator.

Please see our Safety Counts videos for ways that you can avoid careless or reckless driving.

Types of Car Accidents

Car accidents are dangerous even when they occur at slow speeds. Typical types of car accidents include:

Head-On Collision
A head-on collision can be the result of a drunk driver who is going the wrong direction or swerving in and out of the lane or a driver who is simply not paying attention and crosses the center line.

Rear-End Collision
Rear-end collisions often occur at stop lights or stop signs or when tailgating drivers aren’t able to stop in time when traffic suddenly shows.

Side-Impact Collision
Side impact collisions commonly occur when a driver is making an illegal turn or failing to yield to traffic in an intersection. A driver who fails to observe a stop sign, speeds through a red light, or makes an illegal or unsafe turn into moving traffic can severely injure other drivers and passengers.

Side-Swipe Accident
Side-swipe accidents are often the result of distracted driving or other forms of unsafe driving behavior. A driver who is not paying attention can easily drift into another lane, creating an extreme danger for others sharing the road or highway.

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