Woodbridge Car Accident Lawyers Fighting For Clients Involved in an Automobile Accident
In 2019 alone, 180 people were injured in a traffic-related collision every single day according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. While not every injury recorded is serious, an auto accident can be a life-changing experience for victims who find themselves in need of emergency medical treatment due to serious or life-threatening injuries.
Regardless of what vehicle you were driving, if your accident was likely caused by someone else’s actions or negligence, you may be able to receive compensation for damages resulting from the accident. Personal Injury Attorney James Johnson has many years of experience dealing with car accident claims and can provide guidance on how you can recover monetary damages for your accident claim. Here are a few important points to consider about car accident lawsuits in Virginia.
Is Virginia an At-Fault State for Car Accidents?
The state of Virginia has an interesting variation of the contributory negligence rule. In most states, the contributory negligence rule prescribes that if the victim of an accident shares the blame for the accident occurring, he or she may still receive compensation as long as his or her percentage of blame does not exceed 50%. The percentage of blame assigned to the victim reduces the amount he or she is eligible to receive but does not typically make the victim ineligible for compensation.
However, that is not the case in Virginia. The state abides by the pure contributory negligence rule, in which a victim cannot have any responsibility at all for the accident in order to be eligible for compensation. If the other party is not 100% responsible for your injuries – even if you were only 1% at fault – you will not be eligible for compensation. It is a more strict law than in most states, but as long as you can demonstrate that the other party is fully responsible for your accident and injuries, you may qualify for payment.
Do I Need to Accept the First Settlement Offer From the Insurance Company?
The short answer is No. As a matter of fact, many insurance companies will be quick to try and settle your case because they want to cut their costs. It is common practice to offer a low settlement amount for car accident victims, but you are not obliged to accept it, regardless of how pushy they may get. You will also want to be careful with what information you decide to share with them, as they may sound helpful at first but may actually be collecting information that will later be used to reduce your settlement amount.
This is when having a personal injury attorney on your side can make a big difference in your case. Your attorney can handle all communications with the insurance company and will not stop until they offer you a fair amount to compensate you for your injuries. You should never accept the first offer an insurance company makes without speaking to an attorney. Insurance companies are not worried about your best interests and will do what they can to reduce their costs. With an attorney on your team, you can rest assured you will receive the settlement amount that you deserve.
How Much Money Can I Get for My Accident?
This is another common question our law firm gets, and it is difficult to provide a proper estimate because each car accident has different variables associated with it. A common factor used to determine payout amounts is the severity of your injuries. As one may expect, the more severe the injuries, the higher the settlement amount.
If your accident resulted in significant property damage, you may also be able to include that in your claim. In most cases, you can ask for compensation for current and future medical expenses required for the treatment of your injuries and for any chronic issues that may have resulted from your injury, as well as for pain, emotional distress, and lost wages.
How Can a Car Accident Lawyer Help?
The legal team at Johnson Law Firm, PC helps our clients with every step of their car accident claim – from conducting a thorough investigation, providing legal advice, and collecting evidence to negotiating with insurance companies and going to trial when necessary. We build a strong case to protect your eligibility to receive maximum compensation for your accident and deal with insurance adjusters on your behalf. There is no upfront cost to initiate your claim, and you do not owe us any money unless you win your case. If you have been injured in a car accident in or near Woodbridge, VA, call our office at 703-670-0761for a free consultation to learn your options.