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Serving those injured in Essex County

Established in 1692, Essex County is nestled up against the Rappahannock River, which provided its original name: Old Rappahannock County. Located on Virginia’s beautiful Middle Peninsula, Essex is a rural place. Sometimes it feels like nothing has changed since the 1600’s when Jacob Hobbs first set up his trading post along the river, which helped the area flourish with new settlers.

Not far from the larger cities of Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Williamsburg, Essex is a popular place for a weekend away. After all, there are awe-inspiring historical attractions such as Scots Arms Tavern, built in 1680, and one of the oldest still-standing buildings in Virginia.

The Rappahannock River remains vital to the area as it was to the indigenous tribe the river was named after, the Rappahannock. Many Virginians still make their livelihood from the river today, running ferries, fishing, farming, and even transporting goods just like Jacob Hobbs did.

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Do accidents happen in Essex?

We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys love visiting Essex County. The river is breathtaking, the Essex Museum is fascinating, and the people are charming. But unfortunately, accidents do happen here, even in such picturesque surroundings.

According to the DMV, in the most recent year that statistics are available, there were 247 car accidents in Essex County. This resulted in nearly 100 injuries. Essex has one of the smaller populations in Virginia, and any accident has a strong impact on the community and the families of those involved.

The historic and rural nature of Essex County means a lot of old buildings, roads, and fences that have to be properly maintained. But that doesn’t always happen. The influx of tourists every sunny weekend adds pressure to the scenic highways and roads of the county. It’s possible to get injured, whether you’re stopped at an intersection or touring an historic building.

Our personal injury law firm loves Virginia, and we care about our neighbors and friends in Essex County. We do our best to educate the public on how to stay safe to avoid accidents and injuries, but we can’t reach everyone. That’s why when a person is severely injured due to someone else’s negligence, as U.S. Marines-turned-attorneys, we jump in to seek justice and compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s actions, poor decisions, or negligence, contact us at (855) 781-6777. We are ready to serve you.

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Can we help you?

We are a personal injury firm, meaning we deal with cases that involve harm done to a person’s body, emotions, or mind. This includes helping people hurt in vehicle accidents (cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, trains, bicycles, the list goes on), medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, dog bites, and premises liability. Premises liability refers to when a person is hurt on someone else’s property, whether that property is privately owned by an individual, the government, or a corporation or business.

If you’ve been injured and aren’t sure if it qualifies as a personal injury claim, call us at (855) 781-6777 to find out. We’re ready to help, and we don’t charge anything to meet with you. In fact, we don’t charge any fees upfront, meaning that until we get a settlement verdict for you, you don’t owe us a dime.

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How can I stay safe in Essex?

  1. Watch your step in shops, museums, even sidewalks: Essex County is a place of historical importance for the United States, as its old-fashioned shops and historical museums show. But be sure to watch where you step while visiting. The owners, whether private or government, are responsible for your safety while you explore their building. They should keep walkways clear of tripping or slipping hazards, provide proper lighting, and make sure the space is reasonably secure.
  2. Be careful on boats: Everyday, Essex County citizens set out on the Rappahannock to work or just enjoy the beautiful waters. But boat owners hold a certain level of safety responsibility to those they take out onto the water. You should always be given a life preserver, and children should always wear their flotation vests while on the boat. If you witness a boat drive behaving negligently on the river, don’t hesitate to report it to the local authority.
  3. Drive defensively and watch for other vehicles on the road: This may sound like common sense, but when we get into the daily habit of driving, we can forget important safety lessons. Motorcycles can be hard to see, and trucks also can have blind spots that make it difficult for them to see others.

    Given how popular Essex County is with tourists, you never know what you’ll find on the road. You can’t always trust other drivers to be responsible. About 24% of the accidents that occurred in Essex County in the most recent year in which statistics are available happened due to either alcohol or because at least one driver was speeding. That’s why you should always drive defensively.

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What should I do if I’m injured in Essex?

First and foremost, seek medical attention. Nothing is more important than your health. You may only feel compelled to see a doctor for a broken bone or bad cut, but internal injuries are not uncommon after vehicle accidents, and they may not be immediately noticeable. Riverside Tappahannock Hospital and Riverside Walter Reed Hospital are local medical facilities that can offer excellent care and advice.

Once you have received medical attention, you should reach out to a personal injury law firm, such as at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, for legal advice and help with your claim.

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What are common types of personal injury cases?

There are many different types of personal injury cases. We mentioned a handful above, but it’s a large area that can’t be summarized easily. Some of the more common kinds of personal injury claims are listed below:

  • Auto accidents, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.
  • Bike accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Train accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Medical malpractice
  • Nursing home abuse
  • Premises liability
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Dog bites
  • Open water injuries
  • Swimming pool injuries
  • Wrongful death

The list goes on. Any injury caused by someone else’s negligence has the potential to qualify as a personal injury case. We have represented all kinds of personal injury claims, each with its own set of circumstances. If you think you may have a personal injury case, don’t hesitate to contact us. We do not charge anything to talk with us, and we don’t charge anything at all until we reach a settlement for you.

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Call GibsonSingleton for help

Ken Gibson and John Singleton are former U.S. Marines. Our military training taught us how to strategize and execute, and how to serve others. If we represent you, we’ll develop a plan, put it into action, and stay with you until our mission is complete. If you or a loved one has been injured, call us at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys today for a free consultation, (855) 781-6777.

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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.