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The heightened penalties and increased law enforcement officer presence which Virginia has implemented over the past couple of years have helped decrease the number of accidents which plague the roadways throughout the state. However, unfortunately, a large number of accidents continue to occur each year, a number which seems set to increase based on the ongoing distractions which smartphones represent. If you or a loved one were injured in a car accident in Virginia, you may wish to speak with a Richmond car accident attorney to learn if you could be entitled to compensation for your injuries.

Car Accidents in Virginia

In 2014, approximately 120,000 car accidents were reported throughout the state in Virginia. Out of this number, approximately 60,000 people were injured during the accidents, and 700 people were killed as a result of the accident. While these numbers seem staggering, they represent an ongoing trend of decreasing accident rates which began in 2012. This could be due to a number of factors.

In 2013, Virginia passed a texting-while-driving law which increased the penalty for drivers who were pulled over for driving with a cell phone in hand to $125 (from $20). While critics of the law maintain that the law contains an obvious loophole wherein drivers may simply state that they are using their phone’s GPS feature, this law, along with more vigilant police forces have contributed to lowering the accident rate throughout the state.

Cities and counties in Virginia have also implemented various “no refusal weekends” on certain holiday weekends, which do not allow suspected drunk drivers to refuse a chemical test when they are pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving. During these weekends, magistrates are on call to sign the required warrants. These no-refusal weekends have helped curb the number of drunk driving accidents on the requisite weekends.

Car Accident Recovery

The aftermath of a car accident is undoubtedly chaotic. Between the exchanging of insurance paperwork (if the injuries are not too severe), to the towing of the car, and to the inevitable recovery, the Richmond car accident lawyers at Christina Pendleton & Associates understand that the last thing most people think about is the cost of everything. However, this should remain on the forefront of your mind, especially as insurance agents begin to contact you attempting to settle any future claims.

As a victim of a car accident, you are entitled to bring a claim for the injuries you suffered in the accident and the resulting costs, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Future earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

An experienced Richmond personal injury lawyer will be able to assist you in developing your claim for damages and in calculating the expenses, especially those which might not have a readily available valuation, such as emotional distress. The attorneys of Christina Pendleton & Associates are well experienced in placing a value on future earnings, pain and suffering, and other damages which do not hold an easy valuation.

Consult a Richmond Car Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Virginia, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers at Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our attorneys have years of experience in assisting our clients with their car accident claims and will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We focus on your accident claim from the onset so you can focus on your recovery. Contact our Richmond, Virginia office today for your free consultation with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer.