Our Car Accident Lawyers in Hickory, NC, Work Tirelessly to Help You Win a Fair Settlement

Hickory Car Accident Lawyers

In the immediate aftermath of a serious car crash, the first thing on your mind is checking on your passengers and determining the severity of the injuries that occurred. Once everyone is receiving medical treatment and things seem stabilized, you then may turn your thoughts to how the accident happened and who is at fault. If another driver hit you and caused your injuries, you have the right to seek damages, and our Hickory car accident lawyers are ready to help you.

You may have quite a few questions about how the process works of filing a personal injury case for a car accident through the North Carolina legal system. At Sumwalt Anderson, we promise to take the time to answer your questions and learn everything about how your injuries will affect your life going forward. That way, we can take the steps necessary to win your case and win the best possible settlement for you.


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Why You Should Hire Our Car Accident Lawyers in Hickory, NC, for Your Case

Trust the Several Decades of Experience Our Hickory Car Accident Lawyers Have

Going through a car crash in which you suffered injuries is difficult enough emotionally on its own. But when you know that another driver is at fault for the crash, leaving you with injuries that could change your life forever, you may feel some anger. Don’t just expect that any attorney can take on your case to help you receive the financial settlement you deserve and to hold the other driver accountable. You need trusted, experienced car accident attorneys, which is exactly what the team at Sumwalt Anderson provides.

Our team delivers all the experience and skill that you would expect from personal injury lawyers who have a track record of success like we do. But our Hickory car accident lawyers also have specific experience helping our clients win judgments in cases just like yours that involve a negligent driver hitting you and causing injuries. Although we cannot promise that we will win a certain amount in your case, we can potentially give you a range of amounts you could win. Among our list of past results in motor vehicle accident cases is a $9 million settlement, an almost $3.4 million settlement, and a $3 million settlement. We know how to seek every last dollar you deserve to have after an accident that was the fault of another driver.

Attorney Mark Sumwalt

Few Hickory car accident attorneys can match the level of experience that Mark T. Sumwalt brings to these cases. He has four decades of experience as an attorney in North Carolina. He knows the importance of preparation in every case, whether he is meeting with the insurance company on your behalf as part of the negotiation process or whether he is representing you in a personal injury trial.

Attorney Richard Anderson

With about three decades of experience representing victims of injury accidents, attorney Richard L. Anderson fully understands the circumstances in any kind of car accident case that results in injuries. He knows that the key to success for our Hickory car accident lawyers is to listen to our clients. When we fully understand what you want to accomplish with the case and know your hopes and concerns for the future, we can better represent your interests.

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Trust the Skills of Our Hickory Car Accident Attorneys

As an accident victim, you may initially wonder whether you actually need the services of our car accident lawyers in Hickory, NC. After all, the insurance company’s representatives are promising to take care of you. This is a misleading sentiment, though. In reality, the primary goal of any insurance company is to maximize its profits by paying settlements that are as small as possible. No insurance company is going to put your interests ahead of its profits, no matter what its representatives tell you.

When you hire Sumwalt Anderson, we provide several benefits to you. The most important benefit is that we are working only for you. We don’t care about the insurance company’s profit margin. We only care about trying to win a settlement that represents an amount that compensates you fairly for your pain, suffering, emotional trauma, medical bills, and lost wages. Some of the other skills our Hickory car accident lawyers bring to the negotiating table on your behalf include:

  • Using our experience to help you determine whether a settlement offer amount is fair
  • Making sure all your injuries have documentation so you can receive compensation for your related medical bills
  • Investigating the accident from all angles so we can prove that the other driver is completely at fault
  • Interviewing anyone who witnessed or investigated the accident as well as interviewing your doctors, to gather all the facts
  • Hitting all required deadlines for filing documents in the case
  • Helping you decide whether to solve the case through negotiations or to take the case to court.

To discuss your case with an attorney, contact Sumwalt Anderson today at (704) 377-3770

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Our Hickory Car Accident Lawyers Know the Importance of Proving That the Other Driver Caused the Crash

In North Carolina, state law requires that any victim of a car crash can only collect compensation for injuries and hardships if the other driver is completely at fault for the accident.

If you are trying to represent yourself against the other driver’s insurer, you may find that the insurance company is trying to convince you to admit that you were distracted while driving, for example by glancing at your phone or adjusting the radio at the time of the crash. If you admit something even as minor as this, the insurer may be able to claim that the accident involved contributory negligence on your part. This means you contributed in some way to the crash, no matter how minor, leaving you unable to win a settlement.

We Help You Defend Yourself Against Claims of Contributory Negligence

When our Hickory car accident lawyers are representing you, we will not let the insurance company try to trick you into admitting even a sliver of fault in the crash. In fact, we will take over all negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf so you can focus on regaining your health.

If the insurance company is going to try to claim contributory negligence on your part, understand that North Carolina statute § 1-139 requires that the party trying to claim contributory negligence must prove it. We have experience in past cases with thwarting the other side from obtaining this type of proof, and we can apply these past strategies to your case.

Our Hickory, NC, Car Accident Lawyers Know How to Deal With Uninsured Motorist Cases

When the driver who hit you and caused your injuries does not have enough insurance coverage or has no insurance, your case becomes more complex. In this situation, you would call on the uninsured and underinsured motorists’ coverage on your own auto policy, as defined in North Carolina statute § 20-279.21. In essence, you may have to bring a claim against your own insurer to receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.

Although this may seem strange, trust that our Hickory car accident lawyers have experience with these types of cases and can help you. What you may find is that your own insurance company begins treating you in a hostile manner, doubting the severity of your injuries. This is extremely frustrating, especially when you always pay your premiums on time. Sumwalt Anderson will not let any insurance company treat our clients unfairly.

We fight hard for you every step of the way, no matter how many twists and turns the case takes. Call Sumwalt Anderson today to discuss your case at (704) 377-3770.

FAQ: Common Questions Clients Bring to Sumwalt Anderson

Before starting the process of making a car accident injury claim, potential clients often have a lot of questions when they meet with us. Here are some of the most common questions we hear about car accident settlements. Our answers can give you an idea about how we handle cases like this.

Do I have to hire a car crash attorney to represent me?

As a victim in a car accident, you always have the right to try to negotiate your own settlement with the insurance company for the negligent driver. However, because you likely don’t have much experience with claims like this, the insurer may try to take advantage of you and give you a smaller settlement than you deserve.

Should I just accept the first settlement offer the insurance company makes?

Many people simply want to put the memory of a car accident injury behind them, so they may be tempted to accept the first offer they receive. However, our Hickory car accident attorneys know that insurers rarely make their best offer immediately. With our help and negotiating skill, we will work hard to try to increase the offer you receive.

How do I know if I can make an injury claim after my car accident?

You can make a claim against the other driver if you can show that the driver made a mistake behind the wheel that led to the crash, resulting in your injuries. Our team can help you find the evidence that shows negligence, and we then can negotiate with the insurer on your behalf.

What services do your Hickory car accident attorneys provide?

When you hire Sumwalt Anderson, we will take over all correspondence with the insurance company for you. We represent you in negotiations as well as during a trial (should the case go to trial). We can help you manage your medical bills. We also investigate the accident to try to prove fault.

We take pride in our responsiveness to our clients. After you hire us, if you have questions, want an update on your case, or just need some advice, feel free to reach out to us. When we represent you, we are working with you as a team to seek the best possible settlement for you.

Call Our Hickory Car Accident Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation

Let Our Hickory Car Accident Lawyers Simplify the Process of Filing a Claim

The immediate aftermath of a car accident in which you suffered an injury can be a confusing time. You have a lot on your plate. You are trying to recover from your injuries, and you may need to decide with your doctors which path for care you should take. You may be missing work and wondering when you can begin earning an income again. You may even have concerns about whether your pain related to the injuries you suffered in the crash will ever be alleviated.

You may not feel like you have the time or energy to deal with the constant calls from the insurance company asking you questions and trying to convince you to describe the crash in a certain way that could leave you with a lesser chance of winning the maximum settlement you deserve. That’s where our Hickory car accident lawyers can enter the picture. When you hire us, we take over the discussions with your insurance company so you can focus on your family and your health. We want to make things as easy as possible for you.

Attorney Richard Anderson

Richard “Rick” Anderson is a native Charlottean. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and his Juris Doctorate law degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law in 1993. Rick focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, medical negligence, and catastrophic personal injury cases. You will find Rick to be an honest and dedicated advocate ready to fight for his clients. When he accepts your case, Rick makes a personal commitment to you and uses his 27 years of knowledge and experience to advance your lawsuit to achieve a successful outcome. [ Attorney Bio ]

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    If Sumwalt Anderson Does Not Win an Award for You, You Owe Us Nothing

    Our Hickory car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means we do not require our clients to pay anything at the time they hire us. After your accident, you may be unable to work, leaving you with concerns over your finances. We do not want to add to these concerns by charging fees at the time of hiring. Instead, our fee comes from a percentage of the settlement amount in the case.

    If we cannot win a settlement, you do not owe us anything. For a free consultation, call Sumwalt Anderson as soon as possible at (704) 377-3770. No case is too complex for our car accident lawyers in Hickory, NC.