If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident in Virginia, you know firsthand how devastating the injuries can be. If someone else was to blame for the wreck, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. This may include money for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at Geoff McDonald & Associates in Richmond can help you get the compensation you deserve for your car accident injuries. Our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience.
Just call Geoff today to find out how we can put our experience to work for you. Contact us now for a free claim review and answers to questions such as:
- What are my rights after a car accident in Virginia?
- How can I get compensation for my car accident injuries?
- How can experienced car accident lawyers help with my case?
Your Rights After a Car Crash in Virginia
You may have the right to pursue a claim for compensation against the driver who was responsible for causing your injury in a car accident. To do so, you will likely need to prove that:
- The other driver was unreasonably careless or broke traffic safety laws. This may include breaking the speed limit, running a red light or a stop sign. Other examples include distracted, aggressive, reckless or drunk driving. If a driver breaks the law, this may create a presumption that he or she was negligent. If there was no rule violation, you may need to show that the driver was more careless than a reasonable person would have been under the same circumstances.
- The other driver’s negligence was a direct cause of the accident.
- The accident caused injuries that you can recover compensation for. The compensation may cover medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other losses. If someone was killed in the collision, the surviving family members may be entitled to bring a wrongful death claim.
Most claims are brought against another driver who was to blame for the crash. However, there may be other defendants who could be held responsible for the accident. They could include the manufacturer of a defective vehicle or the company that made a defective vehicle part (tires, for example).
If the driver who caused the car accident was on the job, you may also pursue a claim against the employer. Other potential defendants are a government agency or contractor that was responsible for a road that was negligently designed, built or maintained.
If the at-fault driver had no insurance or not enough, you may be able to recover compensation under your own auto policy’s uninsured motorist / underinsured motorist (UM / UIM) coverage. This may also apply in hit-and-run crashes.
The lawyers at Geoff McDonald & Associates can fully investigate your crash for all potential sources of recovery.
Compensation for Car Accident Injuries
There are two main ways that car accident claims are usually resolved. Your car accident claim could settle out of court, or you may pursue legal action and persuade a judge or jury to award you damages after a trial.
To settle a claim without going to court, your attorney can negotiate with the insurance company for the driver who was responsible for the collision. In Virginia, all cars are required to carry a minimum of $25,000 per person in bodily injury coverage and $50,000 per accident in injury coverage, as well as $20,000 in property damage liability coverage. Virginia motorists do have the option of paying a $500 Uninsured Motor Vehicle fee that allows them to drive at their own risk.
Many drivers buy more than the minimum coverage, meaning that the driver who caused your wreck may have higher policy limits. There are also many drivers who carry no coverage, which may bring your own UM/UIM policy into play.
Insurance companies frequently offer quick settlement offers for far less than a claim is actually worth. Don’t let them get away with it. Before you agree to any settlement offer, be sure to talk with a lawyer. An experienced attorney can deal with the insurer on your behalf and ensure that your settlement is fair.
If your case does not settle first, it may proceed to court where you, as the plaintiff, have the burden of proving that the other driver should be held liable for the crash. You must also show the extent of your losses. The experienced attorneys at Geoff McDonald & Associates are proud of their track record of success both in the courtroom and in pre-trial settlement negotiations.
Help from an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in Richmond
The personal injury lawyers at Geoff McDonald & Associates can help with all aspects of your injury claim. We independently investigate car accidents to find out what really happened. We often work with experts such as accident reconstructionists and medical professionals who provide insight into the cause of a crash and the injuries it caused.
We know how insurance companies work. We use that knowledge to our clients’ benefit as we negotiate full and fair settlements. We are also ready to take a case to court if that is what is needed to make sure our clients get the money they deserve.
If you were hurt in a car accident in Richmond or elsewhere in Virginia, you need lawyers who will aggressively represent your interests.
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