Car accidents remain among the top causes of death and injury in the US, and statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles demonstrate the severity of the problem statewide. There are more than 129,000 auto crashes every year, causing 830 fatalities and injuring another 65,845 people. Isle of Wight County is spared much of the tragedy at just 620 motor vehicle collisions annually. However, it is still concerning that 11 individuals are killed, and 229 victims are hurt in these incidents.
If you were injured or lost a loved one in a crash, it is critical that you seek all available legal remedies. Your physical, financial, and emotional losses may be more extensive than you think. Our Isle of Wight auto accident lawyers at Hampton Injury Law PLC can assist in recovering compensation, but you might find it useful to review some of the basic laws.
Human error is the root cause of most auto collisions, though the term in the practice of law is negligence. To recover compensation, you must prove that the accident occurred because the at-fault motorist breached the legal duty to drive safely. You must also establish causation by showing that the collision would not have happened but for the other driver’s carelessness. For example, a motorist may be negligent by:
For most Virginia auto collisions, the legal process starts by filing a claim with the responsible driver’s insurance company. Many claims can be resolved by agreement, but only when the insurer offers a fair, reasonable amount to settle. If the insurance claims adjuster refuses to pay a sufficient amount to cover your losses, you will need to file a lawsuit in court.
At Hampton Injury Law PLC, our Isle of Wight County auto accident attorneys are experienced in all phases of the claims process. We will aggressively fight for your rights in settlement discussions, but we are ready to take your case to court to protect your interests. It is our objective to recover all compensation available under Virginia law, which may include:
While you do have options as the victim of a motor vehicle collision, this information should convince you of the importance of retaining legal counsel to assist with pursuing them. To learn more about how our team will fight for your rights, please call Hampton Injury Law PLC. We can schedule a case evaluation with a Virginia car accident attorney who will review your circumstances and advise you on the next steps.
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