Car accidents can have devastating consequences and, unfortunately, they are all too common: Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles statistics show the shocking numbers of motor vehicle collisions in 2017, with 1,002 incidents, 15 fatalities, and 715 injured victims in James City County, VA alone.
Attorney Jan Hoen is dedicated to fighting for your rights as a victim of a Jamestown, VA auto collision, and will ensure you receive the compensation you deserve under the law. Please contact Hampton Injury Law to schedule a free consultation, and read on for some general information about how car accident cases work in Virginia.
Auto collisions typically occur because of negligence, which means you must show four elements to recover compensation:
Attorney Hoen will develop a legal strategy to establish each of these elements with solid evidence. Since fault is one of the most hotly contested issues, he gathers the necessary evidence to demonstrate how the responsible driver breached the legal duty. Common examples of fault that cause car accidents include:
Virginia law allows you to recover two types of damages in a traffic-related crash, including compensation for:
In most cases, you will deal with the insurance company that provides coverage for the negligent driver. It is always important to recognize that an insurer is a business that sees your claim as a threat to its profits, so agents will not put your interests first. Attorney Hoen prioritizes your needs and will protect your interests.
Your right to recover compensation after a motor vehicle crash is not absolute and may be limited by certain legal concepts, including:
The Harsh Contributory Negligence Rule: Virginia follows a pure contributory negligence rule, which prohibits you from recovering any compensation if you are even slightly responsible for the crash. There are certain exceptions, so you may be able to overcome the harsh effects of this rule with the help of a skilled attorney.
If you were hurt in an auto collision, Attorney Jan Hoen can assist you in filing your claim. Please contact Hampton Injury Law by calling 757.838.1136 to set up a free consultation. You can also go online for more information about his legal services for car accident victims in Jamestown, VA.