Richmond Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents are one of the primary causes of unintentional injury and death in the United States each year, as reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Not only do car accidents leave tens of thousands of people with serious injuries, but they also cost billions in lost productivity and medical expenses. Even more shocking, perhaps, is the fact that the majority of car accidents are avoidable and occur only because of negligence and irresponsible actions.
At , we have witnessed the devastation that car accidents can cause through our representation of countless car accident victims and their families over our more than 40 years of service. Since 1970, we have been helping those injured in car crashes hold at-fault parties liable and recover compensation for their losses. If you are injured in a car accident and are unsure of what to do next or how you will afford the cost of your losses, contact our legal team today for a free consultation.
Causes of Richmond Car Accidents
As stated, most car accidents are preventable and occur because of the negligence of one or more of the involved parties. Negligence means the failure to act with a reasonable amount of care, and as it pertains to car accidents, typically refers to acts of:
- Driving aggressively
- Driving too fast for conditions, even if traveling within the speed limit
- Texting while driving
- Driving while distracted
- Impaired driving
- Illegal maneuvering
- Running stop signs
- Following too closely
- Failing to follow traffic control devices and posted traffic laws
Of course, these are not the only causes of car accidents. Animals or debris in the road, dangerous road surface conditions such as potholes, or vehicle defects can also cause car accidents.
Your Rights after a Car Accident in Richmond
When you are involved in a car accident in Richmond, it is important to understand your legal rights and options. Virginia is an at-fault state, meaning that the person who causes the accident is responsible for paying for it. This means that if you are hit by another driver and the accident would not have occurred but for that driver’s fault, you can file a claim with that driver’s auto insurance company to seek compensation for your damages. Yet it is not always that simple. While at-fault drivers are responsible for paying for damages that they cause, insurance companies are not always eager to pay out claims. To avoid paying your valid claim, an insurance company may:
- Dispute the fault of its driver, alleging instead that you caused the accident
- Dispute the amount of property damage or medical bills you have incurred
- Dispute the value of your noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering
Keep in mind that because Virginia maintains a pure contributory negligence system of recovery, those whose actions contributed to their injuries in even the smallest amount are barred from seeking damages. This means that an insurance company may fight hard to prove that you contributed to the crash or your injuries to shield itself from liability.
You have a right to seek compensation for the full value of your losses. When fault or injuries are disputed, you need an experienced attorney on your side who can represent you.
What Our Richmond Car Accident Lawyers Can Do for You
We are passionate about helping our clients recover the full value of their losses after a crash. We understand that to do so, we must prove that the accident and injuries would not have occurred but for the negligence of the other driver and that our client in no way contributed to the accident. Some of the ways that we can help you try to recover your full compensation amount include:
- Investigating your accident
- Hiring accident reconstruction experts and forensic specialists
- Meeting with medical experts who can speak to the extent of your injuries
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Collecting police reports
- Ensuring that any and all evidence, ranging from video footage of the accident to electronic control module data, is collected and analyzed
- Valuating your damages with the help of psychological and financial experts
- Reviewing, and potentially rejecting, any settlement offer
- Negotiating with insurance adjusters
- Bringing your case to court if necessary
We also support you throughout the entire process and handle all aspects of your claim for you. We are always available to answer your questions about your claim and damages.
Time Limits for Filing Your Car Accident Claim
It is important that you notify your insurance company of your car accident as soon as possible; if you wait too long, your insurance company has the right to deny your claim. If you pursue a lawsuit for damages following a car accident, you must file your suit within two years from the date of your crash. This statute of limitation is found in Section 8.01-243 of Virginia code and stipulates that if your claim is not brought forth within two years from the accident, you will be barred from recovering damages at all.
We Help You and Your Family after a Car Accident in Richmond
If you choose to not work with a legal professional after a crash, you risk having your car accident claim denied or being offered a settlement that is far less than you deserve. When you work with our team, we will do everything we can to try to recover for you the full value of all of your damages, including compensation for your pain, suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, future medical expenses, future lost earnings, psychological harm, and more. We also represent the family members of those who have sustained fatal injuries in a crash.
Contact Us Today for Your Free Consultation
We have more than 45 years of experience in car accident law. Our knowledgeable Richmond car accident lawyers truly care about the outcome of your case and want to help you. We explore all sources of compensation after a car crash, are fierce negotiators, and have significant trial experience. Reach us by phone or email, or chat with us live today.