Protecting Your Rights After A Serious Crash

An auto accident happens instantly, but the effects can be painful and permanent and may cause you pain for a lifetime. Trying to recover from a crash on your own is overwhelming and often too much for one person to handle. Remember, insurance companies are out for their bottom line, not your long-term health. When you are dealing with expensive medical treatment and insurance companies that care more about their own bottom lines than your well-being, you need a strong advocate who understands the urgency of your situation and who is willing to aggressively pursue the compensation you need to recover. Sadly, most drivers are underinsured and in some cases not insured at all! The law is unforgiving and at times unfair.

At the Law Office of David A. Wijewickrama, we are ready to fight for you. Attorney David A. Wijewickrama knows firsthand the effects of a serious car accident because he was involved in one several years ago. He also knows how important it is to work with a lawyer who cares about you — because his lawyers did not put his interests first. David does not want anyone to have the negative experience he did. He will strive to provide the zealous and personal representation you need to move forward toward a better place.

We Handle All Types Of Accidents

We have more than a decade of experience representing individuals in Waynesville and throughout western North Carolina who have been injured in all types of wrecks, including:

  • Car accidents
  • Truck accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Bicycle accidents

Our firm deals with the most serious personal injury matters, including those resulting in permanent injury or disability and death. If you were involved in a less serious wreck and suffered relatively minor injuries, it may be more beneficial to handle the matter on your own. Due to state laws and insurance policy limits, we are often unable to take on minor injury cases.

What To Do After A Wreck

The aftermath of a wreck is chaotic. However, what you do immediately afterward can impact your personal injury claim. Things to think about after a crash include:

  • Do not apologize: Apologizing or admitting fault can hurt your claim by possibly reducing the amount of compensation you are entitled to.
  • Call the police: Ask that a formal report be filed, so there is an official record of your crash.
  • Get the information of other drivers: Collect names, phone numbers, driver's license numbers, license plate numbers, addresses and insurance information from others involved in the crash so you have a record of who was involved and how to get in touch with them.
  • Get witness information: If there were witnesses to the crash, ask for their contact information. Witness testimony may help bolster your case.
  • Take lots of pictures: Photos of your damaged vehicle can help ensure that you receive fair compensation for property damage.
  • Seek medical attention: Even if you do not feel injured after an accident, it is important to seek medical care just to be safe. Make sure to obtain medical records as they will be an important factor in determining the amount of compensation you may receive.
  • Speak to a personal injury attorney quickly: The right attorney will be ready to take on your burden for you. Attorney Wijewickrama will listen to your concerns and help you find a favorable resolution as quickly as possible.

We will be unable to help you if you have already seen a chiropractor. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Unlike Your Insurance Company, We Are On Your Side

It is easy to believe that your insurance company is on your side after a crash. After all, there is a reason you have been paying your premiums every month. Unfortunately, insurance companies will look for any reason to reduce the amount of compensation you receive after a crash — and if you don't have an attorney, you may be an easy target. Many people mistakenly accept less compensation because they believe it is the best they can get.

DO NOT MAKE RECORDED STATEMENTS TO INSURANCE AGENTS OR ADJUSTERS UNTIL YOU TALK TO AN ATTORNEY. THEY ARE NOT YOUR FRIENDS AND DON'T WANT TO HELP YOU. That said:

  1. Take care of your health first.
  2. Always cooperate with law enforcement and medical professionals.
  3. Always cooperate with your OWN insurance company.

Attorney David A. Wijewickrama is invested in protecting the rights and best interests of crash victims in western North Carolina. Taking several factors into account, including how your injuries have affected you and will affect you in the future, he can skillfully negotiate a settlement that is fair and in your best interests. If the insurance company will not agree to a fair settlement, he will not hesitate to take your case to trial.

Discuss Your Case With Our Lawyer

Please call us at 828-283-0068 or send us an email to arrange a time to meet with our lawyer.