Hillsville Auto Accident Lawyer
Virginia sees a lot of car accidents each year. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 131,848 crashes in 2018, causing 66,523 injuries. Hillsville has not been spared from the wreckage.
If you’ve been injured in a car crash, you might wonder what you can do. Fortunately, Virginia law allows many victims to receive compensation if someone else was to blame for the crash. If you need help deciding your first step, please contact an auto accident attorney in Hillsville.
Under Virginia law, you can bring a claim against a driver who is at fault for the accident. Drivers are at fault when their negligence leads directly to your accident.
There are many types of negligence. Breaking a traffic law is one example. But negligence really means that a motorist did not operate their vehicle with sufficient care. Examples include:
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Driving while distracted
- Talking on a cell phone or sending a text message
- Failure to yield
- Failure to use turn signals
- Not checking a blind spot
Drivers are also at fault when they engage in aggressive or reckless driving, such as:
- Driving while intoxicated or high
- Illegally passing
- Driving on the sidewalk
- Pulling into a crowd
- Driving while tired
If you believe that the driver who struck you was negligent or reckless, you should be able to bring a claim against the driver.
What Compensation Can I Receive?
Your compensation depends on many factors. We go into the most common below:
- How much money did you lose because of the accident? Add up things like medical care, lost wages, property damage, etc. You can be reimbursed for these losses.
- How much pain did your injuries cause? If your injuries were temporary, then you will probably receive less than if you have long-lasting or permanent injuries. Many of our clients have received compensation for pain and suffering, which is hard to put a price tag on. But the more serious your injuries, the more you can usually receive.
- How much insurance coverage is available? As a practical matter, the only liability compensation you can get will be from the driver’s insurance policy. If a driver has limited coverage, then the amount you receive can be limited. However, once the driver’s liability limits have been paid, sometimes you can access additional compensation by filing a claim with the underinsured motorist coverage on your own auto insurance policy.
It is important to fully document everything. Get the driver’s insurance information after the crash and hold onto paperwork such as medical bills, pay stubs, and repair estimates. Your attorney will find all this helpful when trying to determine the compensation you might receive.
What If I Was the Victim of a Hit and Run?
Hit and run accidents are unfortunately quite common. Although Virginia law requires that a motorist stop after a crash, too many people flee the scene of the crime. Of course, some people flee because they do not have the necessary insurance and fear being exposed.
After a hit and run, you do have some options for getting help:
- You might be able to use your medical expense benefits coverage on your auto insurance to pay for medical care. Check your policy to see if it covers injuries caused by car accidents.
- You might have uninsured motorist coverage, which can cover a hit and run accident. Under Virginia Code § 38.2-2006, an insurer must offer uninsured motorist coverage.
Finding compensation to cover the expenses of a hit and run can be difficult. Meet with a Hillsville auto accident lawyer today to discuss your options.
What if a Loved One Died in the Crash?
There were 819 fatalities caused by Virginia car accidents in 2018. Of these, 278 fatalities were alcohol-related, which is a shocking statistic.
Grieving family members can also receive compensation when a loved one dies in a crash. Virginia has a wrongful death law that gives family members the right to receive compensation in some situations. A wrongful death suit is like a regular car accident claim, except family members step into the shoes of their loved one who is no longer here to bring the case.
If successful, you might be able to receive compensation for a range of losses:
- The value of lost wages or benefits
- The loss of care, companionship, guidance, and comfort
- Any medical expenses related to your loved one’s crash
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Mental anguish
It can be hard to estimate the amount you can receive, since so much depends on your loved one’s age, education, job, etc. Meet with a lawyer for help.
Contact Our Auto Accident Attorneys in Hillsville Today
Virginia has tight deadlines you must meet if you want to bring a claim; however, the Jackson Law Group is here to help. If you contact us today, an auto accident lawyer in Hillsville can talk to you about your case.