Bismarck Car Accident Attorneys
Car Accident Claims in North Dakota
Were you struck by a negligent driver while driving around Bismarck or the surrounding area? You need comprehensive and compassionate legal representation to confidently file a car accident claim in pursuit of maximized damages. Maring Williams Law Office is the name you can rely on. We take each case personally, fighting for our clients as if we were representing ourselves.
Insurance companies like to put up a serious fight for most car accident claims, even when it is clear that the driver they are representing caused the crash. We are familiar with their tactics and the reasoning behind them, so we know how to counter them. During a free initial consultation, we can help you figure out what to do next without requiring any upfront payment.
Call (701) 543-6685 or fill out our online contact form to begin your car accident claim with our help.
On This Page:
- North Dakota Car Insurance Laws
- Determining Accident Liability
- Common Causes of Car Accidents
- Car Accident Injuries
- How Much Can You Get for Pain & Suffering?
- Should You Call a Lawyer?
- Recommended Reading
In North Dakota, drivers must purchase auto insurance that provides minimum coverage equal to:
- Bodily injury per person: $25,000
- Bodily injury per accident: $50,000
- Property damage per accident: $25,000
- Uninsured motorist coverage per person: $25,000
- Uninsured motorist coverage per accident: $50,000
Insurance policies with higher damage caps can be purchased, but the above amounts are the minimum amounts needed to reach legal requirements. If another driver hits you and causes damages, then you should be able to expect their insurance company to provide up to their insurance cap. Although, it is probably safer to expect their insurance company to deny liability altogether.
The comparative fault rules in North Dakota require a determination of each party’s percentage of responsibility for an accident. As long as you are not 50% (or greater) at fault for the accident, you can recover damages or compensation for your injuries. This rule makes it critical for you to prove that you were not liable for your accident, or, at least, you were not mostly liable for it.
Our car accident attorneys in Bismarck can use the following to determine liability:
- Photographs: A picture says a thousand words or more when it comes to proving who causes a car accident. If you took pictures after your collision, then our car accident lawyers in Bismarck would like to analyze them.
- Eyewitness testimonies: Sometimes what other drivers saw is more valuable than what you did. The statements from eyewitnesses to your accident may reveal information that you could not have known on your own.
- Police statements: Reports from first responders like law enforcement officers could point to the liable party. For example, if there is reason to suspect the other driver was drunk at the time of your accident, a police report might note it.
- Medical records: The information your doctors recorded during initial checkups after your accident validate the extent of your injuries. Notes might also help prove the circumstances of the crash. For example, a whiplash injury is often caused by a rear-end accident.
There are various types of negligence that can contribute to causing car accidents, including:
- Driving while intoxicated
- Driving recklessly
- Driving too fast for road conditions
- Disobeying road signs/rules
- Driving while drowsy
- Distracted driving
If your accident was caused by negligence, you most likely have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit.
We will want to work closely with your medical providers to get a full understanding of your injuries and the hardships they have caused you. Even if your injuries have healed as much as possible, you could still be experiencing day-to-day difficulties and pain, which will count towards your possible damages.
Did you suffer any of these common car accident injuries?
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spine or back injury
- Permanent disfigurement
- Crush injury
The costs associated with treating your injuries could be great, especially when considering future costs that you have not yet needed to pay. Part of our role as your Bismarck car accident lawyers will be to calculate all of your damages and seek every last penny you deserve.
When it comes to insurance companies and attorneys calculating dollar-awards for pain and suffering, there is no set way to calculate it. However, there are multiple methods that are commonly used:
- The Multiplier Method - This calculation method involves multiplying actual monetary damages (medical bills, lost income, etc.) by a number between 1 and 5, which is determined based on the severity of a plaintiff's injuries.
- The Per Diem ("Per Day") Method - This method assigns a certain dollar amount to every day and is then multiplied by the amount of days that pass between the date of the accident and the date the plaintiff reaches "maximum medical recovery."
No matter what method your insurance company uses to determine your pain and suffering settlement, our team will fight to ensure you receive fair compensation.
To some, hiring a lawyer may seem like an extreme step to take. However, depending on your circumstances, it may be the best course of action for securing fair compensation. If any of the following are true of your case, you should consider speaking with an auto accident lawyer:
- The insurance company is refusing to pay out for your accident, or they are refusing to pay a fair amount
- There is disagreement about who caused the accident or who is at fault
- You believe the police report for the accident is inaccurate
- You suffered severe injuries in the accident, or you lost a loved one in the accident
- Your injuries will require extensive treatment or ongoing long-term care
Don't make the mistake of trying to handle your case on your own! Let us help fight for the compensation you deserve.
Get your car accident claim rolling today by dialing (701) 543-6685 or filling out our online contact form.
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