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If you were injured in a car wreck in North Carolina and were not at fault, you or your attorney will likely start by contacting the at-fault driver’s insurance company. But what if it turns out that the at-fault driver did not have auto insurance? Perhaps they don’t even have a valid driver’s license, or maybe their insurance policy recently lapsed. Whatever the reason, you probably have a lot of questions about your options and what to do next.

Isn’t insurance required in North Carolina?

To drive a car in North Carolina, vehicle liability insurance is required, as is a valid driver’s license. Unfortunately, some people do not comply with these laws, so it is possible to end up injured in a wreck that involved an uninsured driver; however, if you have auto insurance, you are still protected.

If you have been injured in North Carolina, you may be looking for a personal injury attorney. Before you hire an attorney, there are several factors you will want to consider. The personal injury team at Burton Law Firm put together this guide to help you make the best decision for yourself and your loved ones.

COST – In North Carolina, most personal injury attorneys represent clients on a contingency fee basis. This means that the attorney gets paid a percentage of what they recover for the client, and they usually only get paid their attorney fee when/if they recover money for the client. Additionally, most (but not all!) injury law firms will provide potential clients with a free consultation. This gives you a chance to ask questions, learn more about the attorney and his or her firm, and find out what legal rights and options are available to you. Look for a personal injury attorney who will represent you on a contingency fee basis and who will provide a free consultation.

EXPERIENCE – Were you injured in a wreck with an 18-wheeler or a drunk driver? Or maybe you suffered a traumatic brain injury or lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence. No matter what happened, you will want to make sure you find a personal injury attorney with experience handling cases like yours.

After being hurt in an accident, clients typically have to deal with a lot of unexpected expenses such as high medical bills, medications, and medical equipment – all while missing work. Because of this, one of the first questions we get asked is, “How much is my case worth?”.

The legal team at Burton Law Firm gets it, and we can help. We put together these FAQs to give you a better idea as to how the value of each case is determined, where the financial recovery comes from, and when you can expect to be paid the money you deserve. If you have any questions along the way, give us a call. The North Carolina personal injury lawyers at Burton Law Firm are happy to talk with you, answer your questions, and provide you with a FREE consultation!


Wilmington, NC (May 21, 2021) – A 65-year-old man from Wilmington was killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer on Friday, May 21st. The collision was reported around 10:00 a.m. on U.S. Highway 421 near Flemington Road.

Police and rescue officials responded to the scene just after the crash occurred. According to reports from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Mark Fergus was driving a 2005 GMC pickup truck when he traveled into a turn lane and collided with the side of a tractor-trailer that was traveling northbound. Fergus sustained critical injuries and died at the crash scene. The tractor-trailer driver was not injured in the collision.

All lanes of U.S. 421 north remained closed while troopers investigated at the crash scene. Motorists were advised to find alternate routes of travel and to use caution near the scene. There is no additional information available at this time.

If you were injured in a wreck in North Carolina involving an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer, you may have a lot of questions. People often ask us how 18-wheeler wrecks are different and if they really need a lawyer to handle their case if the truck driver was clearly the one at fault for the wreck. At Burton Law Firm, we want to make sure you have answers to these and any other questions you may have, so we put together this information for you.

How are 18-Wheeler Wrecks Different?

  • INJURIES – When an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer truck makes impact with a car, the impact tends to be bigger since the truck typically weighs a lot more than the average car. This often means the injuries are more severe. More severe injuries can mean longer hospital stays, surgeries, more time out of work, and higher medical bills. This can be overwhelming and scary, but finding a good medical team and an experienced injury lawyer will help you get back on the road to recovery!

When a family member is killed as a result of an injury or accident that was not their fault, the whole world seems to shift. Too often, loved ones are taken too soon and through no fault of their own as a result of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck crashes, and DUI accidents. When this happens, most people experience a variety of emotions including grief, anger, frustration and more. There are a lot of things that need to be taken care of, but this can be difficult in the middle of so much emotional pain.

Here at Burton Law Firm, we compiled a list of important actions for you to take following the wrongful death of a family member. Our hope is that this will give you some answers and take at least some stress off of your plate so you can spend more time taking care of yourself and your loved ones during this difficult time.

If your family member was not at fault for the injury or accident that took their life, here are some things we suggest you do or consider as soon as possible:

Charlotte, NC (March 11, 2021) – Police and rescue workers responded to the scene of an injury accident that took place on Interstate 85 on Monday morning.

Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reported the wreck around 8:00 a.m. and say that it occurred in the southbound lanes of the highway near Statesville Avenue. The multi-vehicle crash shut down all lanes of traffic in the area for several hours.

According to traffic cameras, the wreck involved at least one tractor-trailer and several other vehicles. Medics dispatched to the scene reported that two people were treated for minor injuries and transported to Atrium University Medical Center via ambulance in stable condition.

Greensboro, NC (December 29, 2020) – Police and rescue workers responded to the scene of an injury accident that took place on Interstate 85 on Tuesday morning. The crash was reported around 6:50 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the highway near Exit 135 and Rock Creek Dairy Road.

According to a preliminary report from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and Guilford Metro 911, a tanker truck was involved in the crash. The accident caused two of four lanes on I-85 to be shut down while crews worked at the scene to clear debris from the crash. Injuries were reported in the accident although there is no word on their severity at this time. Details regarding the events leading up to the accident remain unclear and no one involved has been identified. The roadway has since reopened.

No further information is available at this time as an investigation continues.

Charlotte, NC (November 16, 2020) – Three people suffered injuries in a crash involving a school bus and a tractor-trailer in Charlotte on Monday, November 16th. The crash took place around 7:00 a.m. on Johnston Road, near the intersection with Carmel Road.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department responded to the accident scene. According to reports, the school bus was occupied at the time of the accident. The three injured patients were treated by rescue crews for non-life-threatening injuries. There is no information on their conditions at this time. Police have not provided any details on the events leading up to the accident. The victims have not been identified.

The roadway was blocked until about 8:00 a.m. before being reopened for motorists.

Kenansville, NC (November 8, 2020) – Four people, including three children, suffered injuries when a car collided with a tractor-trailer in Kenansville on Saturday. The crash happened around 8:50 a.m. at the intersection of North Carolina Highway 24 and North Carolina Highway 50.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the crash scene. According to Trooper Britt Chastain, a gray sedan and tractor-trailer arrived at the intersection at approximately the same time. The tractor-trailer ran a red light, causing a collision with the front driver-side of the sedan. The four occupants of the sedan, a woman and her three children, were all taken to a Greenville hospital with serious injuries. Their injuries, however, are not believed to be life-threatening. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the crash.

Troopers are still conducting an investigation and there is no word on potential charges at this time. No further details are available.

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