Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Representing Victims in Richmond and the Surrounding Areas
The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) indicates that there were more than 63,000 people injured in traffic crashes during 2014. While traffic accidents may be a reality of modern life, no one expects to be one of the unlucky few who are seriously hurt in an accident caused by the negligence of others.
If you find yourself in this situation, there is some good news – there is a good chance that you will be able to recover compensation for the losses that you have sustained. Examples of the kinds of damages that are often recoverable in car accident cases include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
Whether or not and the amount you will be able to recover depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of your injuries, the way your accident occurred, whether the other driver carried insurance as required by law, and whether you were partially at fault for your accident. For specific advice regarding your case, you should meet with one of our lawyers for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
Car Accident Victims Can be Seriously Injured
If you have been involved in a car accident, it should come as no surprise that many crash victims are very seriously hurt. The human body simply is not made to travel at the speeds at which motor vehicles travel, and the forces involved in accidents can cause extremely serious injuries. In the most severe accident cases, victims sustain catastrophic injuries that will affect them for years or even decades. Some of the more common injuries people sustain in vehicle accidents include the following:
- Traumatic brain injuries – Often referred to as TBIs, traumatic brain injuries occur when a bump or blow to the head causes a problem with the way the brain normally functions. In fact, they can even occur in the absence of contact if the head snaps back and forth hard enough to cause the brain to strike against the skull. Common symptoms associated with mild TBIs include dizziness, nausea, confusion, difficulty concentrating, headaches, ringing in the ears, problems with sleep, and fatigue. In more serious cases, victims can develop long-term disabilities.
- Broken Bones – If sufficient force is applied to a bone, it will break. Broken bones, which are medically referred to as “fractures,” are often painful, disfiguring, and can result in long-term problems. Many people who sustain broken bones require surgery and months of rest to get back to normal. In some cases, victims may have lasting effects such as pain, scarring, or disfigurement.
- Soft Tissue Injuries – Soft tissue injuries are any injury to the soft tissues of the body such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They include injuries like sprains, strains, tears, and lacerations and can cause significant complications for victims. In fact, the injury often referred to as “whiplash” is actually a soft tissue injury to the soft tissues of the neck and often affects people who have been involved in rear-end accidents.
We Work to Hold Negligent Drivers Responsible
As a car accident victim, it is important to keep in mind that even the most straightforward motor vehicle crash is a complicated legal matter. For this reason, it is critical to speak to a personal injury law firm about your case before you accept any settlement offer made by the insurance company handling your case.
Determining the value of a car accident is a very complex issue, and involves assigning a monetary value to subjective experiences like loss of quality of life and pain and suffering. As a result, you likely have no idea what your case may be worth at trial. The representation of an attorney will ensure that you are fully compensated for your injuries and your rights are protected.
In the event that the other party refuses to concede liability and contests your case, it is possible that you will need to go to trial in order to recover. If this is the case, you should be sure to retain an attorney that has a track record of success representing auto accident victims and who will fight for your rights.
Contact Leavitt & Martin to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Richmond Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in a car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation under Virginia law. We are committed to representing the rights of accident victims and do everything possible to make sure each client we represent is fully compensated for his or her losses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Leavitt & Martin, PLLC today at 804-873-4004. We are personal injury lawyers ready to work for you.