Richmond County car accident attorneys
Helping car accident victims in Richmond County, Virginia
Richmond is a rural county with a rich history. Formed in 1692, it’s now known for its Menokin Music Festival held at the ruins of Francis Lightfoot Lee's ancestral home, Menokin, each year. (Lee was a signer of the Declaration of Independence). The music festival attracts thousands of fans to Virginia’s Northern Neck in celebration of its historical legacy. Besides Menokin, Richmond County has many other sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places as well, including Farnham Church, Grove Mount plantation house, and the Indian Banks historic home and archaeological site.
Richmond County’s small population lends to a wonderful sense of community here, because almost everyone knows everyone else. But as idyllic as Richmond County can be, car accidents are still too common. And these accidents can be devastating, especially if you are seriously injured.
If you’ve been in a bad wreck in Richmond County, you may be worried about getting your medical bills paid, your car fixed, and getting back to work. These issues can all be more difficult if the other driver’s insurance company is delaying the claims process. But know this: with the right legal team at your side, the process can become much easier – and more successful.
At GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, we have years of experience working with car accident victims all over Virginia, including in Richmond County. We understand that you are in an emotionally and financially stressful situation, and we are prepared offer you the best in legal guidance, along with the genuine concern that comes from being your neighbor.
When you call our firm at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (855) 781-6777, we will discuss all of your options with you. If you choose to work with us, you will not pay fees – we only get paid once we have won or settled your case and recovered compensation for you. As former U.S. Marines, we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
What causes accidents in Richmond County?
Richmond County contains more than 9,000 people. So, you might wonder how a car accident could even happen here. Well, the low population and open spaces can be more dangerous than you would think. In fact, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, there were 95 collisions in Richmond county in the most recent year that statistics are available. That means that there was an accident every four days, or nearly twice a week. There are many reasons why such a small county can be so dangerous.
Visitors: When people visit Richmond County, they may not be used to the tight turns, steep hills, and blind stops. That means they can take the roads much faster than they should, not realizing that they are driving dangerously. This kind of reckless behavior can easily result in a serious accident.
Residents: While those who live in Richmond County know its roads well enough to know where they should slow down, not everyone is careful. Residents may take roads faster than they should, being overly confident in their familiarity.
Poor road conditions: In such a spread-out county, it can be hard for the local government to keep the roads in proper condition and to fix safety hazards. But that’s no excuse for allowing dangerous places to exist.
Distracted driving: Throughout Virginia and the United States, the epidemic of distracted driving is growing. Richmond County is no exception, and you may see people texting and talking actively on their phones wherever you go. Sadly, injuries and deaths caused distracted driving are growing exponentially here, as well as everywhere.
Virginian car insurance laws
Unlike most states in America, Virginia does not require drivers to have auto insurance. Instead, drivers can pay the local DMV $500 to register their car without it. That can make driving in Virginia even more risky, because it increases your chances of being hit by an uninsured driver. That means that your options for recovering compensation could be limited.
But, while auto insurance is not legally required, if you do choose to buy it, you are legally required to have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage. This means that even if the other driver does not have coverage for you to file a claim against, you may be able to file with your own provider. This too can be tricky though, because your insurance provider may go from treating you like a client to an opponent. But that shouldn’t stop you from filing, because you may be able to recover enough to cover your medical expenses and lost wages after an accident.
Why should I file a claim for my car accident?
After enduring a traumatic car accident, filing a claim may be the last thing on your mind. You likely have medical bills to deal with, on top of losing wages while recovering. You may not want to add on any more stress to your life, and choose to accept a low offer from an insurance company.
However, you may be able to get a higher amount that fully covers your accident and injuries, and you should not hesitate to do so. While your own health insurance may help cover part of your costs, a properly filed claim could completely cover all your financial losses, and then some.
If the accident wasn’t your fault, why should you pay for it? If you decide to file a claim, though, you do want to work with an experienced attorney who can make sure that not a single dollar is left on the table in your case.
What is my case worth?
In Virginia, you have two key categories of claims you can file. They both help you recover compensation for a variety of costs resulting from the accident. The goals are that you aren’t stuck paying your medical bills out-of-pocket, and that you receive enough compensation to breathe easier as you recover.
The first category includes economic costs. This category is all financial losses you suffered as a result of the accident. As examples, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Property damage
- Lost wages
- Loss of career
On the other side, you can also claim non-economic costs. A serious car accident costs can cost you more than money. The physical and emotional pain following a collision can also be compensated for, and non-economic costs let you do that. With non-economic costs, you can be compensated for:
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of enjoyment
- Pain and suffering
- Lowered quality of life
Of course, to recover compensation at all, you do need to have an excellent personal injury attorney standing by your side. Insurance companies are unlikely to give you fair compensation just because you have asked, and they can resort to tricks to get you to take as low of an offer as possible. A knowledgeable Richmond County car accident lawyer can guide you through these negotiations and take on the massive and complex work required. In fact, one of our partners, John Singleton, used to work for insurance companies, so he knows all their tricks.
Experienced, compassionate legal support when you need it
Suffering injuries in a car accident can leave you feeling devastated. You may want to focus on recovering, without worrying about fighting with an insurance company about a car accident claim. That’s where we at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys can help. As Richmond County personal injury attorneys, we work with you to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. And if your case needs to go to trial, we will not hesitate, and we have the track record to do that.
To find out your options and how we can help you in a free consultation, call us at (804) 413-6777 or toll-free at (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.