Petersburg Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents are a persistent threat to the safety of Petersburg residents. We can prevent many of these accidents by following safe driving practices. But reckless or intentionally negligent behavior by poor drivers keeps putting people in the hospital – or the graveyard.
Injured victims, or the families of those wrongfully killed, may be able to recover compensation for these accidents. If you have lost a loved one or have been injured in a car accident, contact the Petersburg car accident attorneys at Pendleton Law to discuss your legal options.
How a Petersburg Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You?
Immediately after you hire one, your car accident lawyer will collect critical evidence and build your case while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Our injury lawyers have the resources to reconstruct the accident scene and determine the liable parties.
All on your behalf, they will question witnesses, collect and analyze medical records, review any records and driving history of the at-fault motorist or liable party, as well as use expert witnesses to testify in your case.
A Petersburg car accident attorney will also handle all communication and negotiations with insurance adjusters. Injuries don’t come with a clear price tag and a large part of settling an injury claim is determining the monetary value of the following damages:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Damage to property
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of ability to perform tasks in day-to-day life
- Sorrow and mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of deceased’s potential earnings and benefits
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Punitive damages
What Kinds of Car Accident Cases Have You Helped?
With our decades of experience, we’ve seen plenty of car accident cases in our time. Our car accident attorneys handle many traffic accident cases, including:
- Distracted driving accidents
- DUI accidents
- Fatal accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Uninsured motorist accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Truck accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Criminal speeding and reckless driving
- Accidents involving wrongful death
Determining Liability in a Petersburg Car Accident
Petersburg operates under Virginia’s fault-based system. For car accident victims, this means the person who is at-fault for the accident is financially responsible for any losses caused. The liable party’s insurer will then be on the hook for compensating injured parties in the car crash, up to policy limits.
Virginia is an unusual state because they do not require all drivers to carry auto insurance. There is an option that drivers can take to pay a $500 fee to the DMV to drive without it. However, if they get in a crash, they could be on the hook personally for paying you back.
There is another wrinkle in Virginia’s liability laws. If your case goes to court and they find you were partially liable for your accident, you could lose the right to compensation for your case. Thus, before recommending a trial, we will do our utmost to show you had no liability.
Where Will My Compensation Come From?
When filing a car accident claim, there are three options to how you can pursue compensation:
- Filing a claim with their own insurance company if they have PIP coverage. In turn, the insurer will pursue a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company in order to be reimbursed.
- Filing a claim directly with the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver in civil court.
However, under Virginia’s contributory negligence rule, if victims are found to be at fault in any capacity, they cannot collect any compensation in court. It’s vital to have a car accident lawyer in Petersburg examine your case before you take someone to trial over your injuries.
Be Wary of Insurance Adjusters
Your enemy in a car insurance claim is often not the other driver. It’s their insurance company. Insurance adjusters will reach out to you for information after an accident, but what you give them and what they get you to agree to can jeopardize your claim.
Insurance adjusters investigate accidents and adjust the amount of compensation they’ll award claimants. The ball is entirely in their court and they’ll expect you to go along with it. That’s why you need a lawyer to give them the proper story and make them pay what they should.
If they don’t, that’s what the court system is for. If necessary, and if you agree, we will take your case to court. Through a lawsuit, we will present an aggressive case to the judge and do our best to win your case.
How Do We Win My Car Accident Case?
In order to get compensation in a car accident, our car accident lawyers in Petersburg, VA, have to prove four things:
- Who is liable for the accident?
- Was that person negligent?
- Were you damaged (physically, financially, etc)?
- Did their negligence cause those damages?
If we can prove these four things with powerful evidence, we can maximize your compensation. Naturally, the other side will try to introduce evidence that will deny your claim or reduce your compensation under the terms of the policy.
Our Petersburg, VA, Car Accident Attorneys Can Help
Our experienced car accident lawyers in Petersburg will evaluate your case and determine if another party is liable for your injuries and losses. Call us at the number on your screen to schedule your free consultation through our online contact form today.