Virginia’s roadways are more crowded and dangerous than ever. Drivers are frequently distracted with handheld and in-vehicle technology. Plus, it seems everyone is always in a hurry. Distracted and hurried drivers can cause serious damage to property and injuries to motorists.
Contrary to popular belief, insurance companies are not on your side. An experienced and aggressive car accident lawyer can seek a settlement that properly compensates for your injuries.
Our detailed knowledge of Virginia’s automobile insurance and liability law means that we understand the different sources of recovery available to car accident victims and their families, as well as the various theories of liability that let those victims collect from the parties who caused them harm.
If you’ve been severely injured in a car accident in Petersburg , then you likely understand the physical and emotional costs of your injuries. Emroch & Kilduff knows how to properly calculate and document the costs associated car accident injuries and how to present those facts on your behalf.
If you have been in an auto accident please contact us for a free and confidential case evaluation, contact us today.
Contact us online or call 888-358-1568
Dealing With Auto Insurance After Motor Vehicle Accident
In many car accidents, there is often a dispute as to who is at fault. It is a common misconception that those injured in a car accident do not need representation from an automotive accident attorney, or they should get details from insurance companies before contacting an attorney.
There is one important fact to understand about insurance companies – they are quick to process claims and will attempt to do so for as little cost as possible. This is precisely why you should consult with an experienced Virginia car accident attorney.
Insurance companies commonly try to be helpful during your stressful situation, but could actually be collecting information that could be used to pay you less compensation than you deserve.
Due to the intricacies that are a part of most accidents, it is very necessary to consult with an attorney, and seeking legal representation can usually result in better compensation.
Experience and Success
The committed team at Emroch & Kilduff has considerable history in pursuing appropriate compensation for auto accident victims.
Below are a few examples of car accident cases our team has represented. NOTE: the recoveries in these cases are not necessarily indicative of recoveries in similar cases in the future, since each case must be decided on its own facts and circumstances.
Serving Richmond, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, and Tappahannock
Emroch & Kilduff has offices conveniently located in Richmond, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, and Tappahannock. If your injuries are so severe that you cannot come to our office, we will travel to you.
Our team is committed to fighting for those who have been injured by no fault of their own. We won’t let your injury prevent you from fighting for compensation you deserve.
Call us today at 888-358-1538 so one of our car accident lawyers can put a plan together for your case.
How Negligence Factors in Virginia Accident Cases
Virginia is one of five states that uses contributory negligence instead of comparative negligence. The majority of states use the doctrine of comparative negligence, which means that when both the victim and the defendant contributed to an accident by failing to exercise a reasonable degree of care and caution, each party’s degree of liability is apportioned.
Contributory negligence means that if the plaintiff is proven even 1% at fault, they may not receive any compensation for damages because they contributed to the harm they’ve suffered.
Last clear chance is a doctrine that is used in contributory negligence jurisdictions like Virginia. It allows some room for recovery by an accident victim. Under last clear chance, a negligent plaintiff can recover damages if he or she is able to prove that the defendant had the last opportunity to avoid the accident. The general purpose of last clear chance is to mitigate the severity of the contributory negligence rule.
How Much Is A Claim Worth?
The amount truly depends on your very particular circumstances. A person who is responsible for an injury may have to pay the injured person for such things as:
- medical care and related expenses
- income lost because of the accident, and/or because of time spent unable to work or undergoing treatment for injuries
- permanent physical disability or disfigurement
- loss of family, social and educational experiences, including missed school or training, vacation or recreation, or a special event
- emotional damages, such as stress, embarrassment, depression or strains on family relationships
Also, the following guidelines usually apply:
- The more painful the injury, the higher the potential damages you may recover.
- The more invasive and long-lasting the medical treatment, the higher the potential damages you may recover.
- The longer the recovery period, the higher the potential damages you may recover.
- The more serious and visible any permanent effect of the injury, the higher the potential damages you may recover.
A personal injury attorney can be more objective about your case than you can be and will not make a rash decision. When you may be tempted, for instance, to go for a quick payout, your attorney may counsel you that it is in your best interests to wait for a more appropriate offer.
For a free and confidential case evaluation, contact us today
Contact us online or call 888-358-1568
What Our Clients Say About Our Virginia Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
“Everyone I dealt with at the firm was kind and professional. Given the unfortunate circumstances that led to my acquaintance with E&K, I at least found the aftermath smooth. Thank you for making a terrible experience very much better! I am extremely grateful.”
“Everyone was very friendly and courteous. I was updated constantly on what was going on. My phone calls and questions were answered promptly. I dealt with two lawyers in the past ten years on different matters. Phone calls were never returned after one year into both cases. The lawyers contacted me and removed themselves from the cases, leaving me high and dry.”
Experienced Lawyers With Many Types of Auto Injury & Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
Through real-world experience and knowledge of Virginia tort law, Emroch & Kilduff understands there are many unique factors that should be considered in each case.
Here are a few types of motor vehicle injury cases that our teams are familiar with:
Serious car accidents, truck collisions, tractor-trailer and motorcycle accidents require the guidance of an experienced attorney.
Fortunately, our firm has many years of practice and a record of successful representation of people who have suffered significant injuries in motor vehicle accidents, both commercial and personal.
We will investigate your accident, and will aggressively seek justified compensation from all parties responsible for your injuries. We work with physicians and other healthcare providers to assess and review all the short- and long-term medical aspects of each case.
Virginia Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers @ Emroch & Kilduff
As the victim of a car accident, you are urged to seek representation from an automotive accident attorney. Otherwise, representatives from insurance companies may take advantage of you if you aren’t aware of Virginia’s stringent laws. You may be entitled to more compensation than you expect.
Hiring an experienced Virginia motor vehicle accident lawyer is the best route to understanding Virginia’s contributory negligence law, solving your accident case and receiving fair compensation.
If you've been injured in a car or auto accident, you deserve to know your rights. Do not hesitate to contact us, or visit one of our offices in Richmond, Petersburg, Tappahannock, or Fredericksburg for a consultation with an accident injury specialist.