Car Accident Attorney in Charlottesville
Driving anywhere in Virginia can be dangerous. There are now more vehicles registered (8.2 million) in the Commonwealth than ever before, and the miles driven on our roads have topped nearly 86 million for the first time.
Each year, there are over 127,000 vehicle crashes on Virginia’s roads, resulting in over 65,000 injuries and nearly 850 deaths. Virginia has financial responsibility laws, meaning anyone injured in a car accident has the right to pursue the at-fault party for damages.
In the wake of a serious accident, having experienced legal representation in your corner could make the difference in your financial recovery. At Buck, Toscano & Terskerz, we represent the victims of car accidents throughout the Charlottesville area.
Your Accident Risks in Virginia
Most people get in their cars each day for one reason or another, but few believe they will be the victims of a serious or deadly crash. Even the safest driver who follows every rule of the road has no control over what others do or the overall environment.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 37,000 lives are lost each year on our nation’s roads. Some particular statistics that relate only to Virginia car accidents include:
- 127,375 crashes in 2017, resulting in 65,306 injuries and 843 deaths
- 26,123 distracted driver-involved crashes in 2017, resulting in 14,565 injuries and 208 deaths
- 23,948 speed-related crashes in 2017, resulting in 12,937 injuries and 318 deaths
- 7,285 alcohol-related accidents in 2017, resulting in 4.430 injuries and 248 deaths
More than 11,000 car accidents happen each month in Virginia, which demonstrates the high risk of these crashes for anyone on the road. If you or a loved one has been involved in one of these crashes, the most important thing you can do is to get immediate medical care to stabilize and document your injuries. If another party was at fault, a qualified personal injury attorney can help protect your legal rights to recover damages.
What Caused Your Car Accident?
Virginia is a tort state, meaning personal injury suits for car accidents are not limited to no-fault laws. If any party, another driver, pedestrian, manufacturer, or entity, was responsible for the crash, the injured party can ask for compensation and use the court system to obtain what they deserve. Some of the most common causes of preventable car accidents in Virginia include:
- Distracted driving. Drivers who stare at cell phones or engage in other activities instead of keeping an eye on the road are responsible for the damages they cause in car accidents.
- Excessive speed. Driving over the speed limit or too fast for conditions are some of the top causes of dangerous and deadly crashes.
- DUI. Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is not only illegal but also negligent behavior.
- Aggressive driving. Drivers who tailgate, race, or don’t follow the rules of the road are responsible for the consequences of their behavior.
- Road hazards. A poorly or non-marked road hazard by a municipality or construction crew could result in a severe accident.
- Defective parts. A driver could lose control of their vehicle and crash due to a defective auto part.
Losses in a Virginia Car Accident
Car accident victims can experience a wide variety of losses that are directly related to the crash. These events can not only impact you physically but emotionally and financially as well. Examples of damages in a Virginia car accident case include:
- Medical Expenses. Medical care of any type is not cheap. Even an injury that seems relatively minor can require an emergency room visit, tests, medication, and a follow-up visit. More serious injuries could require a hospital stay, surgery, and even long-term care. If the accident was not your fault, you should not have to shoulder this financial burden.
- Lost Income. Injuries from a car accident can prevent you from returning to work for a period of time or indefinitely. Even just losing a small amount of your monthly wages could impact your ability to pay your bills, particularly in light of the other financial issues that an accident can create. If your injury has prevented you from working, you deserve compensation for this hardship.
- Property Damage. Vehicle repairs can be incredibly expensive. If someone else caused your accident, you deserve to have those repairs paid for as well as compensation for the diminished value of your vehicle and a rental vehicle while your own car is being repaired.
- Pain and Suffering. Car crashes and their aftermath are emotionally traumatizing. A quick trip to the store can turn into a life-altering event. If someone else caused your accident, you have the right to seek compensation for emotional distress and pain and suffering.
Negotiating Full Compensation for Your Losses
Even when another party is at fault in a car accident, receiving the compensation you need and deserve can be a complex process. You might receive a call from an insurance company within 24 hours or less with a demand for a recorded statement or even an offer of a quick settlement. Neither is in your best interests as these companies are only looking out for their bottom lines.
When you work with our Virginia accident lawyers, we handle all communication with insurance companies on your behalf so that you can focus on healing. We will thoroughly investigate your case, work with specialized experts to prove fault, and advocate for your rights.
While we may be able to negotiate a favorable settlement with a negligent party or their insurance company, we won’t hesitate to represent your interests in court to get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact a Virginia Car Accident Attorney You Can Trust
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car crash, you don’t have to face the financial uncertainty of your situation alone. At Buck, Toscano & Terskerz, our Virginia car accident attorneys understand that these are traumatic events and our goal is to provide personalized service to each client to achieve the best case outcome possible.
Our experienced personal injury attorneys have helped accident victims throughout the Charlottesville area receive the full and fair compensation they deserve in the wake of serious car crashes. We can help you, too. Contact our office today at 434-977-7977 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation.
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