Car accidents can have life-changing consequences for victims, and, sadly, they are more common than you think. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles statistics covering Isle of Wight County, VA are telling: In 2017, there were 610 auto collisions, which resulted in four deaths and injured 241 people.
If you were hurt in a Smithfield, VA car accident, you need a dedicated, knowledgeable attorney to help you recover compensation for your losses. Attorney Mr. Hoen has the experience and skills necessary to fight for your rights, so please contact Hampton Injury Law to schedule a free consultation regarding your legal options. You may also find it useful to review some general information on Virginia car accident claims.
Negligence is usually the cause of motor vehicle crashes, and it comes in many forms. Some of the more common causes include:
Regardless of the specifics, you must prove four elements in a case based upon negligence:
Since the responsible driver’s insurer will likely be involved, it is necessary to file a claim for compensation with the company. Insurance companies are motivated by profits, so your claim is a threat to their bottom line. Representatives will do all they can to contest your version of the facts, the seriousness of your injuries, and other factors. Attorney Hoen has extensive experience fighting against stingy insurers. If he cannot get the compensation you deserve through settlement negotiations, he will take the battle to court to protect your rights.
Virginia law allows you to recover two types of damages in a car crash, including:
However, you should note that there may be limitations on your right to recover compensation. One is Virginia’s statute of limitations, which provides that you have two years after your accident to file a lawsuit in court. After this time period expires, your claim is forever barred.
In addition, Virginia follows a rule termed “contributory negligence.” This harsh rule prohibits you from recovering any amount if your actions contributed to the accident in any way. Certain exceptions may apply, so you may be able to overcome this result by working with a skilled lawyer.
If you were hurt in a motor vehicle crash, Mr. Hoen will fight for your right to recover compensation from the responsible driver. Please contact Hampton Injury Law at 757.838.1136 to schedule a free consultation today. You can also go online to learn more about his legal services for car accident victims in Smithfield, VA.
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