Motor vehicle collisions occur with alarming frequency throughout the state of Virginia, but you may not realize how often they occur closer to home in Jamestown. According to the Virginia Traffic Crash Facts publication, there are almost 950 collisions every year in James City County. More than 750 people are killed or injured in these accidents, which affect many lives beyond the victim. The physical pain, financial losses, and emotional implications can be overwhelming.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle crash, you might be relieved to know that Virginia law provides you with legal remedies for these losses. Our attorneys at Hampton Injury Law PLC can assist with the process, including dealing with an insurance company and representing you in court. Please contact our firm to schedule a case evaluation with a car accident lawyer in Jamestown, and review some basic information about your rights.
While the underlying circumstances may vary, motor vehicle crashes occur because of driver error or carelessness. The legal concept behind these incidents is negligence, so you have to prove that the other motorist caused the car accident through a breach of the duty to drive safely. For example, a driver may be negligent by:
In addition, distracted driving is one form of negligence that gets significant media attention because motorists cannot seem to put their phones down. Texting, talking on the phone, surfing the internet, and other activities take a driver’s attention away from operating the vehicle, increasing the potential for collisions.
The legal process starts by filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company, which can be challenging. You must have solid proof that the motorist caused the collision, as well as extensive medical records and other information regarding your injuries. Plus, you must be able to counter any allegation that you were to blame. Under Virginia’s contributory negligence law, you are barred from recovering compensation if you were partly responsible.
When the insurance company will not provide an adequate settlement offer, you will have to take your case to court to obtain monetary damages. Our team at Hampton Injury Law PLC will work to get the full amount of compensation allowed by law, including:
This overview of auto crash legal issues may help you understand the basics, but it is a mistake to try and handle the legal process yourself. You can trust our team at Hampton Injury Law PLC to protect your interests in settlement negotiations and litigation, so please call our office today. We can set up a case evaluation with a Virginia car accident attorney who can explain the details.