Virginia car accident lawyers
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Car accidents are a leading cause of death and injury in the United States. In Virginia alone, 753 people were killed, and 65,029 were injured in traffic crashes in 2015. This includes motorcycle accidents, collisions involving large commercial trucks, and passenger vehicle wrecks.
Alcohol-related crashes in Virginia were responsible for 241 fatalities and 4,917 injuries in 2015 alone.
Many factors contribute to car accidents, but most are the result of driver negligence or wrongdoing. If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident caused by another driver, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys can help you make informed decisions:
How should I file auto insurance and car accident claims?
Virginia is a “fault” state when it comes to auto insurance, which means that the at-fault driver is responsible for injuries caused in an accident.
You have several options if you are involved in an accident caused by another driver:
- File a claim with your own insurance company.
- File a third-party claim with the other driver’s insurance company.
- File a lawsuit in court to pursue compensation for all damages.
What do I do about uninsured/underinsured driver car accident claims?
Owners of vehicles in Virginia are not required to carry car insurance if they pay a $500 uninsured motor vehicle fee to the DMV. Accordingly, the Commonwealth requires that every car insurance policy include uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage in an amount equal to the policy’s liability coverage limits, unless the policyholder requests lower limits in writing.
If you are involved in an accident caused by a driver with no insurance or insufficient insurance to cover your losses, you can file for compensation under the uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage of your own auto insurance policy. This coverage should also apply if you are involved in an accident caused by a hit-and-run driver.
Get help from car accident attorneys in Virginia who care
The actions you take at the scene of an accident can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. For accidents with major injuries, you need a knowledgeable attorney with car accident experience to protect your interests.
Attorney John Singleton has worked for a large insurance defense law firm and has an in-depth understanding of how insurance companies operate. He uses this knowledge to your advantage when dealing with insurance companies about a personal injury claim. Attorney Ken Gibson is a former Federal Prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and also has the legal experience to get the best possible results for you.
Car accidents, including bike accidents and pedestrian accidents, can cause serious injuries, pain and suffering, medical expenses, insurance hassles, and lost wages. GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys are committed to resolving your case efficiently, and pursuing the highest possible settlement for you.
We handle car accident cases on a contingency basis, which means we receive no compensation until we get compensation for you. If you have been involved in a serious car accident, contact us or call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free (855) 781-6777 to schedule a free consultation.
Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I’m in a car accident?
- Notify your insurance company about the wreck, so you can obtain a rental car and medical payments insurance coverage if they are part of your policy.
- Notify the at-fault driver’s insurance company right away too. Sometimes at-fault drivers do not notify their insurance companies about a wreck right away, and that failure can affect your ability to recover from the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage.
- Attend all of your doctor’s appointments and therapy sessions, and keep all your receipts.
- Make sure to find out where your vehicle has been towed, so that investigators can examine your vehicle and preserve important evidence.
- Keep a diary of your recovery, and photograph and/or record your injuries. Remember, it’s always better to have too much information than not enough.
What else should I do after a car accident?
Here are five important steps to remember:
- Exchange driver information including full name, address, telephone number, and insurance provider. (Ask to see the driver’s license and insurance card to help ensure you are getting accurate information.)
- Note the other car’s make and model, license plate number, and state.
- Write down the name, address, and telephone number of any witnesses.
- Take pictures of the wreck scene, surrounding area, and damages to both cars.
- Go to the hospital to get checked out. The adrenaline rush and shock of a wreck can mask injuries, sometimes for days.
If I’m in an accident and the other driver was at fault, should I accept a check for my damaged car from his insurance company right away?
Probably. The at-fault driver is responsible for paying for your property damage, including the damage to your car.
If the cost to repair your car exceeds the "Kelley Blue Book" value, the insurance company will declare your car a total loss and pay you the adjusted "Blue Book" value. If the cost to repair is less than the "Blue Book" value, and your car can be repaired in a reasonable time period, the insurance company should pay for the repairs. A skilled car accident attorney like the ones at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys can help ensure you’re compensated fairly.
If I’m hit by an uninsured driver, what does my insurance policy entitle me to receive?
If I’m in an accident and the other driver was at fault, should I accept a check for my bodily injuries from his insurance company right away?
Probably not. Due to the shock of a wreck, sometimes you may not realize you are hurt until a few days after the event. Often minor pain does not seem like a big deal. However, when that pain is still bothering you two months later, you may realize that the collision was much more serious.
You do not have to accept what is being offered up-front. It is better to wait to make sure you are completely healed before you accept any money from an insurance company. If you have questions or concerns, call GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys today for a free consultation.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
John speaks at Gloucester’s Senior Safety Fair, reviewing key legal documents.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.