Virginia Beach Car Accident Lawyers
Over 45 Years of Demonstrated Success
Car accident claims can be tricky. So many factors go into car accidents, and details that can determine a party’s liability for the accident can often go undocumented. Things can get especially complicated if the only individuals pointing fingers are the ones who were involved in the accident. Luckily, our Virginia Beach car accident lawyers have helped people hold negligent parties responsible since 1973 and have successfully recovered millions for our clients so they can treat their personal injuries without fear or stress. We can help you gather the evidence you need and build a strong case so you can have the justice you deserve for your injuries.
Virginia Beach Accident Statistics
In its annual Virginia Traffic Crash Facts report for 2018, the Department of Motor Vehicles’ Virginia Highway Safety Office revealed that there were 131,848 motor vehicle crashes in Virginia in 2018 (the latest year for which data is available).
Additionally, the report revealed that, in Virginia Beach specifically, there were:
- 6,399 crashes
- 3,285 injuries
- 37 deaths
Of these accidents, 429 were alcohol-related, leading to 242 injuries and 11 deaths. An additional 803 accidents were speed-related, resulting in 530 injuries and 17 deaths. These alarming statistics reveal the dangerous and deadly nature of Virginia Beach’s highways and roads.
The Consequences of Car Accidents
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of personal injuries in the United States, giving that so many Americans drive on the road every day, especially to and from work. They can occur at any time, due to a variety of factors, and can thus result in a variety of injuries.
We’ve helped clients who have suffered from the following car accident injuries:
- Cuts, abrasions, and bruises
- Fractures and sprains
- Broken bones
- Head and brain trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck injuries
- Emotional trauma
Unfortunately, for most clients, their personal injuries aren’t the end of their suffering. The injuries themselves can accrue costly expenses that you may not be prepared to pay for, given the fact that most Americans don’t ever prepare to be injured. We believe you deserve to seek justice for your pain and suffering, and can achieve compensation from the party responsible.
Damages we’ve helped clients recover include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages from work
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
We can’t do anything to have prevented your accident in the first place, but we can help clean up the mess and send you on your way to a full recovery.
Recouping Losses After a Car Accident in Virginia Beach
If your car was damaged or totaled in the accident, you have several options for recouping your losses. Because Virginia is a fault state, meaning the person found to be at fault for the accident is responsible for paying damages, you can file a claim against the other driver for vehicle repairs. If the other person’s insurance company accepts liability, it will pay for the cost of repairs up to the at-fault party’s policy limit. In Virginia, all licensed drivers must carry at least $20,000 in property damage coverage as part of their liability insurance policy. If the insurance company determines that your vehicle is a total loss (“totaled”) they should offer you the fair market value of your vehicle.
However, the other person’s insurance company may dispute your claim. If this is the case, you can file a lawsuit in order to recoup your losses. Additionally, if the at-fault party is uninsured or underinsured, you may be able to file a claim for vehicle repairs with your own insurance company if you have the right auto insurance coverage.
How Our Lawyers Help
Accidents can be traumatic, and the last thing you want to go through while you’re trying to recover is figure out the complicated legal system on your own. That’s why you have us. Our lawyers have more than 150 years of legal experience in personal injury cases between them and can use our knowledge and resources to build a strong case through the claims process.
We can help with the claims process by:
- Having years of experience with settlement and the negotiation process
- Determining car accident settlement factors
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Drafting formal demand letters
From the start of your case, we can also help by making sure all evidence has been collected in order to lend support to your case, including the license plate numbers of all involved, photographic evidence of property damage and damage to vehicles, eyewitness testimonies at the scene, doctors’ notes, and more.
We also understand that your injuries may accrue serious expenses and that you may be in dire financial need. That’s why we aim to make the process affordable. We won’t be compensated until you win the compensation you deserve. We’re confident in our legal team and won’t charge you for attorney fees until after your case has closed. That way, you can focus on healing while we focus on helping you win.
Don’t wait to hire a team to get started on your case. Call our Virginia Beach car accident lawyers at (757) 330-3425.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in Virginia?
As with other types of personal injury claims, you only have a certain amount of time to file your car accident claim. This is known as the statute of limitations and, in Virginia, it is typically two years from the date of the accident. For cases involving wrongful death, the clock starts on the date of death, not necessarily the date of the accident. Additionally, if you wish to bring a claim for property damage after a car accident in Virginia, you must do so within five years of the accident. If you fail to bring a claim within the specified time limit, you will almost assuredly be barred from seeking damages.
Do I Need to Report the Accident to My Own Insurance Company?
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident in Virginia that results in bodily injury, death, and/or property damage (including damage to a vehicle), you are required to report the incident to the police within 24 hours. You will also likely need to report the accident to your insurance company. Most insurance providers include information on when you must report accidents in their policies; it’s a good idea to check your insurance policy to determine how long you have to report the accident. In any case, it is always a good idea to notify your auto insurance company of an accident as soon as possible.
Car Accident FAQ
Should you hire a car accident lawyer for your case?
Unless you like dealing with stubborn auto insurance companies on your own while you are trying to recuperate from your injuries, you should be calling a car accident attorney to help you. One of the few times you probably do not need a lawyer is little damage or injuries were experienced and the total value of expenses will be low. Still, you can always consult with an attorney to gain some confidence in your decision.
Does hiring a car accident lawyer cost a lot of money?
Not if you choose Huffman & Huffman Brothers-in-Law, P.L.L.C.! We offer contingency fee agreements for car accident cases. Under this type of payment agreement, our attorney fees are only paid if we win your case through a successful settlement or verdict. If we do win, then we are paid a percentage of the total award, which will have been agreed upon well in advance.
Can you get compensation if you partially caused your car accident?
Unfortunately, Virginia is one of a few states that used pure contributory negligence rules. If you are found even 1% liable for the crash, then you will be blocked from demanding compensation from the other drivers involved. For this reason, it is all the more important to work with a lawyer who can prove you were not liable at all.
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