William David Owens’s Answers

William David Owens

Raleigh Car / Auto Accident Lawyer.

Contributor Level 8
  1. My daughters were involved in a car accident will they need legal representation with adrunken driver

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. John M. McCabe
    2. Michael Scott Rothrock
    3. William David Owens
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
    5. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    6. ···
    10 lawyer answers

    Rothrock and McCabe are both absolutely correct. Before taking another step, you need to speak with a qualified attorney for a free consultation on the matter. Given the potential exposure for punitive damages, if the case involves an "at fault" driver who was driving while impaired/drunk/DWI, you should NOT attempt to handle the case on your own.

    11 lawyers agreed with this answer

  2. I was hit in an auto accident by company owned vehicle.

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. William David Owens
    2. John M. McCabe
    3. Timothy Shawn Howard
    4. Jeffrey Ira Schwimmer
    5. David Ian Schoen
    6. ···
    11 lawyer answers

    Short Answer: Lots of folks, including but NOT limited to 1) Rent-A-Center, 2) Rent-A-Center's driver, 3) your employer's worker's compensation carrier. Claims involving commercial insurance carriers can get quite complicated. Claims involving commercial insurance carriers and the interplay with worker's compensation claims (including N.C.G.S. 97-10.2(j)) are even more complicated. If you were injured, BEFORE you do anything else, I would strongly suggest sitting down with an experienced...

    10 lawyers agreed with this answer

  3. DUI Car accident victim zero fault

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Michael Scott Rothrock
    2. Daniel S. Chamberlain
    3. Benjamin Harris Van Steinburgh
    4. William David Owens
    5. Bradley A. Coxe
    6. ···
    10 lawyer answers

    Rothrock and others are correct. Before taking another step, you need to speak with a qualified attorney for a free consultation on the matter. Given the potential exposure for punitive damages, if the case involves an "at fault" driver who was driving while impaired/drunk/DWI, you should NOT attempt to handle the case on your own. There are occasions in which it makes sense to resolve a wreck claim without an attorney. If the case involves a DWI, it is NOT one of those occasions.

    9 lawyers agreed with this answer

    1 person marked this answer as helpful

  4. What is the process for settlements from insurance companies where their client is at fault?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. John M. McCabe
    2. Bradley A. Coxe
    3. William David Owens
    4. Alan James Brinkmeier
    5. Jason F. Abraham
    6. ···
    12 lawyer answers

    If the driver who caused your injuries was impaired by alcohol or drugs, you should NOT attempt to handle the matter on your own. Under these circumstances, you are very likely entitled to recover “punitive damages” on top of the typical “compensatory damages” (i.e. medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc.). It may not be fair, but the insurance company’s only real motivation to pay the full value of your claim is to avoid litigation. Without an attorney, you cannot litigate the matter in...

    9 lawyers agreed with this answer

  5. Where in America can a driver hit someone and the insurance company lets them get away with it??

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Kevin Brandon Remington
    2. William David Owens
    3. Douglas Stuart Punger Jr.
    4. L. Vincent Ramunno
    5. John M. McCabe
    6. ···
    11 lawyer answers

    Allstate is notorious for denying valid claims. If you sustained injuries and can prove that those injuries were "proximately caused" by the negligence of the other driver, you should consult with a competent, experienced injury attorney in your area. He/she may be able to convince Allstate to change their position. If not, you will have to litigate the matter. Either way, it sounds like you will need formal representation on the matter. By the way, even though the wreck occurred in...

    8 lawyers agreed with this answer

    1 person marked this answer as helpful

  6. If I think I have a wrongful death suit; how would I go about finding a lawyer and would there be fees to be paid upfront?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. William David Owens
    2. Cheryl K. David
    3. Mitchell Scott Sexner
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    5. Marc Sean Hurd
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    By definition, the death of a loved one is a tragic and traumatic experience. When the death is caused by the negligence of carelessness of another person, such as in a car wreck, the loss is magnified. In such a scenario, the family of the deceased person has a claim for Wrongful Death. No amount of money can fully compensate you for the life of a loved one. Under North Carolina law, the Estate may bring any claim for monetary damages that the deceased party would have been able to pursue...

    8 lawyers agreed with this answer

    1 person marked this answer as helpful

  7. My medical insurance paid bills for an accident caused by someone else

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. William David Owens
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Jayson Lutzky
    3 lawyer answers

    In deciding how to proceed, you need to consider several factors, including but not limited to: How much did your health insurance pay? How much did the medical provider “adjust” or write off, as part of their contractual relationship with your health insurance company? Does your health insurance company have a right of subrogation to recover (from you) the monies they’ve paid to the medical provider on your behalf? If your company sent you a form as mentioned above, they are fishing for info...

    8 lawyers agreed with this answer

  8. I was in a MVA a while ago - hired a PI atty - driver was drunk, driving someoneelses commercial pick-up

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William David Owens
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Jeffrey Mark Adams
    4. Charles William Hinnant III
    5. William K. Sanders
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    Most policies in NC are sold in increments of $30K, $50K, $100K, $250K, $300K, $500K, $1mill+. As such, a $40K policy limit would be odd in NC. There may very likely be other reasonable explanations for a $40K offer (multiple plaintiff’s with significant injuries, etc). Either way, if you’ve got $100K in UIM, you have at least that much coverage (if there is indeed limited coverage for the defendant). You may be covered under multiple UIM (underinsured motorist) policies. Your attorney can...

    7 lawyers agreed with this answer

  9. How do I Calculate the Diminished value of my Car after accident? I live in North Carolina

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. William David Owens
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Joseph Peyton Tunstall III
    4. William J. Wickward Jr.
    5. David Ian Schoen
    5 lawyer answers

    The language below is a portion of the Pattern Jury Instructions that Judge would read to the jury in a trial of a case involving a Diminished Value Claim: N.C.P.I. MV 106.62 Property Damages - Diminution in Market Value: "The plaintiff's actual property damages are equal to the difference between the fair market value of the property immediately before it was damaged and its fair market value immediately after it was damaged. The fair market value of any property is the amount which...

    Selected as best answer

  10. I was rear ended with the other driver going 55 mph. Totaled my 2009 Nissan. I had no broken bones but I was beat and banged up.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Bradley A. Coxe
    2. Sheldon S Saints
    3. William David Owens
    4. Timothy Shawn Howard
    5. Kevin Coluccio
    6. ···
    7 lawyer answers

    This may sound a little strong, but you really need to speak with an attorney (not just on the internet, but in person) BEFORE you speak any further with this insurance adjuster. In exchange for their "settlement", you will be asked to sign a "Release" which releases the insurance company from further liability arising out of this incident. In other words, you only get "one bite at the apple". Once you've setttled the case, it is settled for forever. As such, if you discover months down the...

    6 lawyers agreed with this answer