Car accidents, unfortunately, do not have a set place and time when they occur. However, certain areas have a higher prevalence than others in terms of accidents and distracted drivers. The ongoing use of smart phones by drivers throughout the country has resulted in a higher number of distracted drivers on the roadways, leading to a greater number of accidents. Many studies have found distracted driving to be more dangerous than driving under the influence. If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident in Virginia Beach, you may be entitled to bring a claim for damages against the responsible driver. Speak with a Virginia Beach car accident lawyer to discuss your available legal options.
Virginia Car Accidents
In 2014, approximately 120,000 car accidents were reported throughout the state of Virginia, which resulted in approximately 63,000 injuries. While this seems like a large number, this number actually represents a slight decrease over the past few years. The decrease in the number of accidents could be due to increased penalties for distracted driving throughout the state or a stepped-up effort by law enforcement officials to arrest and penalize dangerous drivers. Certain counties and cities in Virginia have also begun to implement “no refusal” weekends on holiday weekends which are associated with drinking. During these weekends, drivers who are suspected of drunk driving cannot refuse a chemical test – magistrates are on hand during these weekends to provide search warrants for suspected drunk drivers. These no-refusal weekends have curbed the number of accidents caused by drunk driving, although have not necessarily helped accidents caused by speeding or distracted driving.
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Virginia Personal Injury Claims
The state of Virginia is, unfortunately, a contributory negligence state, which means that if a victim is even one percent at fault, their claim for damages may fail. This is a carry-over from old English common law, and while most states have either removed contributory negligence entirely or modified it, other states continue to follow these older legal traditions. However, if you are able to prove that you were not at fault in the accident, you and your Virginia Beach car accident lawyer will be eligible to bring a claim for your damages against the responsible party, including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Pain and suffering
It is important that you refrain from speaking to an insurance company about a potential settlement claim. Insurance companies are in the business to make money, and any negotiation with them shortly after the accident could result in only a fraction of the settlement which you are entitled to receive. An experienced Richmond personal injury lawyer will be able to assist you in determining the full amount of damages you are entitled to receive, as well as assisting you in the valuation and projection of future damages.
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Christina Pendleton & Associates | Virginia Beach Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Virginia Beach, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Christina Pendleton & Associates. Our legal team has years of experience in assisting our clients with their personal injury claims stemming from car accidents. We will work closely with you to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today for your free consultation.
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