Virginia Car Accident Lawyer
Were you or a loved one injured in a car accident in Virginia? Protect your rights by contacting our Virginia car accident lawyer for a free consultation. Let our experience work for you!
According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, more than 50% of car accidents happen within five miles of the home. When was the last time you were driving close to home and thought about the possibility of a car accident? It’s not something that most people think about. Yet, being involved in one can result in missed time from work, damage to your car, and unexpected medical bills. If you’re involved in an accident, call us for a free consultation with our Virginia car accident lawyer. You’ll learn whether you have a valid personal injury claim, how you can protect your legal rights, and the legal process.
Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in Virginia
By listing the most common causes of car accidents, it is our hope that you’ll be able to avoid some of these factors. It’s important because they can affect how your personal injury claim is handled. The most common causes include:
- Distracted driving. This includes texting and driving. In Virginia, it is against the law for any driver to text while they are behind the wheel. Drivers under the age of 18 years may not use a cell phone while driving, including use of a hands-free device.
- Drinking and driving is an extremely dangerous practice. If the plaintiff can prove that the defendant was drinking and driving under Virginia law, they may be entitled to punitive damages.
- Speeding can make it difficult to keep control of a vehicle. Depending on the speeds involved, there could be an allegation of reckless driving.
What You Should Do After an Accident
Unless you’ve been previously involved in an accident, it’s likely that you don’t know what to do. And, if you have been involved in one before, think back to that time. Did you know during that time what you needed to do? Probably not. The following items can help you directly after the accident and they may also help protect your claim.
- Get emergency medical care if you or anyone else involved in the accident need it. This includes actual or suspected head injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, broken bones, serious blood loss, serious lacerations, or internal injuries.
- Call the police. The police will take a report that provides objective information about what happened. They’ll give you a report number. They can also help you exchange insurance information with the other party or parties.
- See a doctor. Don’t wait to get checked out. Lack of medical attention may cause minor injuries to get worse. You could also have injuries and not realize it because in times of stress, like when you’re in an accident, your body releases adrenaline. You may not feel your injuries directly after the accident.
- Contact our law firm. We can help you with your insurance claim, deal with the insurance company, and help you get the compensation that you deserve for your injuries. We can also explain the steps involved in handling your claim.
- Keep track of your expenses and missed time from work. Make copies of the medical bills you receive that resulted from your injuries. You should also make copies of any receipts for out-of-pocket expenses.
It’s the law for drivers to carry a certain amount of insurance coverage. Uninsured motorists and insured motorists will be treated differently under the law. If you were involved in an accident with someone who doesn’t have insurance, call us. We’ll talk to you about what happened and your next steps.
When an insurance company is involved, you’ll file a claim. Insurance companies provide a product that we’re all required by law to have. The goal of insurance is to put accident victims as close as possible to the position they were in before the accident happened. However, they are also for-profit companies. They’re in business to make money.
We’re sure you’ve heard story after story of how insurance companies try to low ball legitimate claims or outright deny them. Sometimes, they delay paying so that victims or their families feel obligated to accept smaller amounts. They may also push you to sign a settlement agreement. The agreement may take away your rights to sue or get help with any future medical expenses you have that resulted from the accident.
Before you sign anything, it’s imperative that you have the document reviewed by an experienced Virginia car accident lawyer. Don’t wait. You only have two years to file your claim. Call us now to schedule your free consultation.
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We offer free consultations with our Virginia car accident lawyer. Please call our office today to schedule that consultation or feel free to contact us with any questions you may have and we would be more than happy to answer them.