Distracted Driving Accidents in Fredericksburg Virginia
Car Accident Lawyers in Fredericksburg Working With Individuals Hurt by Distracted Drivers
Multitasking might make you a successful employee at work—but behind the wheel of a car, it can kill people. Drivers who should focus on the lanes in front of them instead are often talking on their cell phones or combing their hair, never even seeing the pedestrians or other drivers they slam into. Unfortunately, distracted driving is a real problem that only seems to get worse. If a distracted driver injured you, however, Virginia law may entitle you to financial compensation for your injuries.
Driving accidents can cause serious injuries that often leave victims with mounting medical bills and uncertain futures. For example, accident victims can suffer:
- Broken bones
- Burns caused by fire or chemicals
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
Even seemingly minor injuries like cuts or scrapes can become infected, leaving victims in the hospital as they try to fight off the infection. As they struggle to recover, victims can face months or years of rehabilitation and future medical care.
Types of Distractions
Almost anything can distract a driver. A driver’s eyes only need to leave the road for a split second to plow into a pedestrian or oncoming car.
Reasons drivers become distracted include:
- Adjusting the stereo or other controls
- Talking on the phone
- Talking to a passenger
- Reading or typing a text message
- Putting on makeup
- Falling asleep because of exhaustion
Distracted driving is a growing and alarming trend. According to government statistics, nearly nine people die each day in accidents caused by distracted driving, and about 1,000 are injured. Fortunately, you can hold distracted drivers legally responsible for your injuries and receive financial compensation.
How a Fredericksburg Lawyer Can Help
Before you can receive financial compensation, you will need to establish that the other driver is at fault for your injuries. Your success will depend on the quality of your evidence that the other driver was distracted.
Evidence collection requires experience, time, and money that most accident victims do not have. For example, you might need to revisit the scene of the accident or inspect the vehicles involved in the accident, which a garage somewhere far away might house. Furthermore, you might need to track down eyewitnesses to the crash to get their sides of the story. If the other driver was talking on the phone during the crash, you will need to subpoena cell phone records to bolster your case. In even a simple car crash, you can spend hundreds of hours gathering all of the evidence necessary to make your case.
Instead of gathering evidence, injured victims and their families need to focus on getting well. Follow your doctor’s orders and get sufficient rest so that you can make a speedy recovery. At Emroch & Kilduff, we will leave no stone unturned as we build the strongest case possible for financial compensation.
Avoid Negotiating with Insurance Companies Alone
Soon after an accident, the other driver’s insurance company will probably reach out to you and offer a settlement. Unwary accident victims can sign away their rights if they are not careful. Instead of negotiating with an insurance adjuster on your own, have an experienced Fredericksburg, Virginia lawyer by your side.
Make no mistake: An insurance adjuster has only one goal when trying to settle your claim, which is to settle for as little money as possible. Many accident victims, worried about their futures and watching medical bills pile up in their mailboxes, will quickly accept any settlement offered.
However, our experience has shown that insurers almost always offer far less than your injuries actually caused. For example, someone with catastrophic injuries might only receive an offer of several thousand dollars. Even worse, an insurance settlement comes with strings—in particular, you must give up your right to sue later for additional compensation. This means that whatever you settle for is all the compensation you will receive from the driver at fault.
Instead of taking a quick settlement, meet with a Fredericksburg lawyer at Emroch & Kilduff for a free consultation and case review. At Emroch & Kilduff, we will analyze the surrounding circumstances and estimate the amount of compensation you deserve. Then we will fight on your behalf to negotiate a full and fair settlement.
Results that Speak for Themselves
No lawyer can promise any result. Each case is different and presents its own unique fact pattern. However, Emroch & Kilduff has secured multiple seven- and six-figure verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients. These favorable results testify to our dedication and expertise in this area of law:
- $1.25 million settlement for a motorcyclist hit by a car exiting a fast-food restaurant
- $1.55 million settlement for a cab driver struck by a van
- $3.85 million settlement for a driver who suffered a traumatic brain injury and broken bones after a car accident
Let us put our expertise to work for you. Call now for a free consultation at (804) 358-1568.
How Much Can I Receive?
The amount of financial compensation you can receive will depend on the severity of your injuries and how much money you have already lost. For example, many accident victims can receive compensation for:
- Medical care, such as doctor visits, prescription drugs, and assistive devices
- Future medical care, if your injury is sufficiently serious
- Lost wages
- Lost future wages or reduced earning capacity, if you cannot return to your old job
- Pain and suffering, which includes physical pain and mental anguish
- Permanent disfigurement or disability with accompanying embarrassment
Although each case is different, our extensive experience allows us to objectively estimate the amount of compensation for which you might qualify. We can also help you find the medical records and other evidence necessary to convince a skeptical jury that your injuries are as serious as you claim.
Call an Automobile Accident Lawyer in Fredericksburg, Virginia
If a distracted driver injured you, help is available. At Emroch & Kilduff, our attorneys focus on helping accident victims receive compensation when they are injured through no fault of their own. Call us today to schedule a free consultation at (804) 358-1568, or fill out our online contact form.