No matter how carefully you drive, you can still be seriously injured in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence. Should this happen to you, you can hold those responsible accountable. In car accidents, you may sustain damage to your vehicle as well as medical bills for psychological and physical injuries: it’s a financial burden you should not have to deal with on your own.
Unfortunately, a lot of people find themselves with severe injuries after a car accident that they didn’t cause. Between 2016 and 2020, there were 105,600 crashes in the Commonwealth of Virginia that resulted in 847 fatalities and 52,668 injuries. If an inattentive or drunk driver leaves you with catastrophic injuries or kills someone you love, you deserve to have a committed advocate in your corner.
At Poole Brooke Plumlee PC, we have seen first-hand what an accident can do to you and your loved ones. After years of representing people who have been injured in car accidents or who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents, we are confident that we can get you the compensation you deserve. We have successfully recovered damages for many clients in and around Virginia Beach and will fight for a similar outcome for you.
Common Causes of Virginia Car Accidents
Car accidents are typically caused by the recklessness, negligence, or carelessness of another driver. We have witnessed the devastation caused by a variety of motor vehicle accidents, including:
- Speeding accidents
- Accidents involving drunk drivers
- Accidents caused by distracted driving
- Rear-end collisions
- Head-on collisions
- T-bone collisions
- Crashes during lane changes
- Traffic pile-ups involving multiple vehicles
These accidents can be caused by many factors, including:
- Exceeding the speed limit
- Distracted driving
- Violation of traffic laws
- Drunk driving
- Drugged driving
- Driving recklessly
- Failure to yield
- Roads that are poorly maintained
- Defective traffic signals
- Vehicle parts that malfunction
Common injuries include broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, internal injuries, and severe emotional trauma that result in high medical expenses and years of healing.
No matter what caused your accident, a car accident lawyer at our firm can help you obtain fair compensation. We are all too familiar with the pain, suffering, and stress resulting from accidents, and we will fight for your right to be compensated.
Compensation for Virginia Car Accident Victims
We are committed to pursuing maximum compensation for our clients. Money cannot change the past, but it can make a significant difference in your recovery after an accident. Without it, you may not be able to afford the medical treatment recommended by your doctor, and your injuries may worsen over time. Compensation may also prevent your family from entering into a financial crisis if you cannot work and/or earn as much as you did before.
Compensation for car crash victims can take the following forms:
- Medical bills, both current and future
- Loss of wages
- Loss of future income (also known as loss of earning ability)
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Treatment or therapy costs over a long period of time
- Loss of companionship (consortium)
- Burial and funeral expenses (for fatal car accidents)
- Property damage
An auto accident lawyer at Poole Brooke Plumlee will collect all evidence needed to prove the value of your accident claim and even pursue punitive damages if the at-fault party was especially negligent or reckless. If insurance adjusters fail to offer a fair settlement, our experienced legal team can take your case to trial to get a just result.
What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
The shock that accompanies a motor vehicle accident can make it difficult to think clearly, but there are basic steps you can take to secure your right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party or parties.
- If possible, exit your vehicle and turn on your emergency flashers.
- Call 911 to get an ambulance and police at the scene as quickly as possible. The police will make an accident report that you can later use to support your accident injury claim.
- Take pictures of the vehicles and debris at the accident scene.
- Avoid apologizing or admitting wrongdoing. While it may seem impolite, admitting guilt might hurt your chances in court.
- Exchange contact and auto insurance information with the at-fault driver. If they left the scene, ask any eyewitnesses if they saw the license plate.
- Seek medical attention, even if you don’t think you’ve been injured. While some injuries are immediately apparent, others, including whiplash and traumatic brain injury, can take a while to show symptoms. Your medical provider will create a report that serves as additional evidence in your claim for compensation.
- Notify your car insurance company about the accident. Although the insurance company for the negligent driver is responsible for paying your medical bills, in some cases, your own automobile policy can also provide insurance coverage, especially if it includes medical expenses payments.
- Call an experienced car accident attorney. You should not expect auto insurance companies to take care of your best interests, as they will be looking to pay the least amount possible. The auto accident attorneys at our law firm will ensure that your rights and interests are well-protected.
What if I Was Partly At Fault For My Car Accident?
In Virginia, recovering damages after a car accident can be more complicated than in other states, due to how state courts view and apply contributory negligence. This is why you should seek legal representation from an experienced attorney when pursuing a personal injury claim.
In most states, a plaintiff’s award for damages can be reduced if they’re partly liable for the automobile accident that injured them. For example, if you were awarded $40,000 but found to be 10% at fault, your award would be reduced by 10% and you would get $36,000 instead.
In Virginia, a plaintiff found liable for their own accident injuries (even if it’s only 1%) is ineligible to recover any financial compensation. Consequently, insurance adjusters often try to assign blame to injury victims and avoid paying out. Your personal injury lawyer at Poole Brooke Plumlee will fight to prevent the insurance company from unfairly attributing blame to you.
Will My Car Accident Case Go to Trial?
It’s always possible, but it’s not likely. In fact, fewer than 5% of personal injury cases actually go to trial. The insurance company will typically try to minimize your payout during the initial settlement offer and early stages of negotiation, but an experienced personal injury attorney who knows the value of your case will hold firm.
In some instances, the insurer won’t make a fair offer until after a trial date has been set, only to be more reasonable afterward. Your attorney will keep you informed throughout negotiations and work to prevent your recovery from being impeded by lowball offers.
How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?
Virginia auto accident victims have a limited amount of time to file an accident lawsuit, so it is important to act quickly.
According to state law, a plaintiff who wishes to sue for personal injury damages only has two years after discovering their injuries-or two years after the date of a wrongful death-in which to do so. For injured minors, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years after their 18th birthday, unless they become emancipated or if their parents file for them. For a property damage claim, the deadline is five years.
The sooner you contact an experienced lawyer in Virginia Beach, the sooner you can get your case started.
How Can Your Personal Injury Firm Help Me?
You don’t have to face the consequences of an accident alone. In this time of crisis, an experienced car accident lawyer at Poole Brooke Plumlee can help you and your family get the compensation you need to recover and become whole again.
We will help you through every step of the legal process. We have the experience and resources to thoroughly investigate your accident, collect evidence, build a solid case, and prepare for trial if the other party does not settle. Among the steps we can take:
- Reviewing your insurance policy
- Dealing with the insurance claims process
- Gathering evidence from the accident scene
- Collective evidence of losses such as medical expenses
- Gathering testimony from witnesses
- Reviewing accident and police reports
- Consulting with experts
- Viewing available photos and video footage of the accident
- Reviewing the driving record of the at-fault driver
Insurance companies are only interested in their profits, so they will do everything possible to reduce, devalue or even deny your auto accident claim. They use many tricks and tactics to prevent crash victims from receiving compensation, but we are prepared to overcome them. Our auto accident attorneys are also prepared to go to trial if the insurance company fails to provide fair compensation.
Speak to a Virginia Car Accident Lawyer Who Cares
We at Poole Brooke Plumlee PC know that many accidents are caused by negligence or reckless driving, and we are here to help you seek justice. Without an attorney, you might accept a meager settlement and forfeit valuable compensation, and we don’t want that to happen to you.
Our experienced car accident lawyers are on your side, working hard to maximize your recovery. To schedule a no-obligation initial consultation and case review, please contact us. We have offices in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Portsmouth to better serve you.