Fredericksburg Virginia Automobile Accident Lawyer
Car accidents occur every day in the state of Virginia and often leave those involved with injuries that change their lives. From traumatic brain injuries to spinal cord injuries, organ damage to broken bones, our experienced Fredericksburg car accident lawyers have seen it all.
For most people involved in a car accident, filing a claim with the insurance company seems straightforward and simple. The truth is, however, that insurance companies want to save money and likely will not offer you what you deserve. What’s more, if you are involved in an accident with an uninsured driver and fault cannot be determined, or if more than one party is potentially liable, recovering compensation becomes more complicated.
At the law offices of Emroch & Kilduff, LLP, our Fredericksburg car accident lawyers know how to navigate the civil system, negotiate with insurance adjusters, and even take a case to court when necessary. If you want someone on your side who will work hard for you, call our law offices to schedule your free consultation today.
Types of Car Accident Cases Our Law Firm Handles
We are adept at pursuing compensation for clients involved in all types of car accidents, including the following:
- Rear-end crashes. Those involved in rear-end crashes in Virginia often assume that the rear-ending driver is at fault, which means that if the rear-ending driver is injured, she may be barred from recovering damages. However, we know how untrue this is; while the rear driver may often be at fault, front drivers can also be the cause of the accident. For example, a front driver who drives with faulty brake lights or who cuts too closely in front of another car when changing lanes may be the party at fault.
- Head-on collisions. Head-on collisions are statistically the most injurious and deadliest of accidents. In many cases, head-on crashes occur because a driver was traveling in the wrong direction or drifting into a lane of oncoming traffic.
- Side-swipe crashes. Side-swipe crashes happen when the side of one vehicle swipes or bumps into the side of another. This is frequent during lane changes. Sometimes, a side-swipe can lead to a driver’s overcorrection, which can then cause a rollover collision. Our firm has experience handling both rollover and side-swipe cases.
- T-bone accidents. Another devastating accident type is a T-bone collision. This is where the front of one vehicle hits the side of another, in a T-like formation. This can cause very serious injuries for both drivers and any passengers. T-bone accidents usually occur in intersections and often as a result of one driver running a red light or stop sign.
Recovering Compensation after an Auto Accident in Fredericksburg
Because Virginia is an at-fault state, you have three options for recovering compensation after a crash. You may:
- File a claim with the at-fault driver’s bodily injury or/and property damage liability insurance. While many policies provide for more coverage, drivers in Virginia are required to carry a minimum limit of $25,000 in bodily injury liability insurance per person, $50,000 in bodily injury liability per accident, and $20,000 in property damage liability per accident.
- File a lawsuit directly against the at-fault party. You will need to prove all the elements of a personal injury claim, including negligence, causation, and damages.
- File a claim with your own insurance. This is an option if the other driver was uninsured and you carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, or if you suffered injuries and carry medical payments coverage.
- Virginia’s at-fault car accident laws are very important to keep in mind when you are seeking damages. Unlike a no-fault car insurance state, you must prove fault to recover compensation for your damages. Further, if you were at fault for the crash, or contributed to the crash in any way, you may be unable to hold the other driver liable for your injuries.
How to Establish Fault in a Car Accident
If you believe that the other driver was at fault for your car accident and want to pursue a claim or a lawsuit, we can help. Fault can be proven by:
- Gathering testimony from eyewitnesses
- Sending spoliation of evidence letters to any relevant parties
- Reviewing EMC, or “black box,” data
- Requesting copies of police reports
- Taking photos of damages
- Deposing the other driver
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests
We have a team of professionals who help us throughout the process and who are skilled at organizing all documents and evidence collected. We know how important evidence is; we handle everything with an extraordinary amount of care.
We can also coach you through talking about your car accident with an insurance adjuster. One big mistake that car accident victims make is admitting fault or saying something that sounds like an admission of fault such as “I’m sorry” or “I should have been paying more attention.” These statements can damage your case.
Contact Our Fredericksburg Car Accident Lawyers Today
At Emroch & Kilduff, LLP, our job is to make sure that our clients receive the competent legal representation that they deserve and leave with a settlement that addresses the extent of their losses. Our talented Fredericksburg car accident lawyers have been practicing law for many years, and our law firm has been representing people in Virginia since 1970.
A consultation with our lawyers is free, and we never charge you for legal services when we are unable to recover a settlement on your behalf. To learn more, contact us today by phone, write us an email, or use the intake form on our website to tell us more about what you’re going through and the legal services you need.