Virginia car accident lawyers
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:
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.
Please remember, you should NEVER make a statement to the other driver’s insurance company without speaking with a lawyer and discussing your options. An unintentional misspoken word or phrase could harm your case.
Even your own insurance company may not want to pay what you deserve. A skilled Gloucester car accident attorney like the ones at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys will help you pursue those benefits.
Collision coverage on auto insurance policies helps pay for the repair or replacement costs of your vehicle. If the driver who caused your accident is insured, his collision coverage will pay for your “property claim,” or the repair or replacement of your vehicle. If the other driver is uninsured, then your car is repaired or replaced through your own auto insurance collision coverage.
Although GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys takes no fee for assisting clients with a property damage claim, we try to help you with this process if you need help. Most personal injury law firms do not provide this service.
Many car insurance companies assign one claims adjuster to handle a personal/bodily injury claim, and a different claims adjuster for the “property claim” to deal with arranging for the repair of your vehicle or reimbursing you for the value of your car if it’s totaled during the wreck.
Yes, Virginia law requires that an insurance company pay for a comparable rental car during the time that a client’s car is being repaired, as well as during the time it takes the insurance company to provide the client an offer for the total loss of his car. For example, if you were driving a Ford F-150 when the wreck happened, don’t let the insurance company try to put you in a compact car. They are required to put you in a rental car that is comparable to your now-damaged vehicle.
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.
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.
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?
Recent Auto Accident Case Results
DISCLAIMER. Each case is handled based on the individual facts and circumstances of the case. These results are NOT indicative of the outcome of any potential case. All case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case, and these case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by our firm.
- $725,000 Compensation - Man suffered serious injuries after another driver ran a stop sign and crashed into his vehicle.
- $600,000 Compensation - Man was killed in a drunk driving crash and wife sustained injuries in the accident.
- $200,000 Compensation - Woman suffered injuries, including a broken ankle, in a head-on crash.
See more case results here.
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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
GibsonSingleton launches “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- 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.