Auto accidents are not always straight forward. There are differences in opinion on soft tissue injuries and even if the accident is not at-fault, the insurance companies are still difficult to settle. Randall | Page P.C. has years of experience settling auto accident cases that get you the financial compensation you deserve.
Do the vehicles involved make a difference?
You may think an accident is an accident. However, vehicle types bring more complicated cases. For instance, if you are involved in a motorcycle collision, there are far more injuries than your typical car or truck. Tractor trailer and commercial vehicles can also cause more damage due to their weight and have additional complications of corporate laws. If drinking was involved, there are far more serious charges with the potential loss of your license and driving privileges.
How is fault determined in Virginia accidents?
Virginia’s personal injury law relies on a reasonable person standard. What does this mean to you? For example, a driver would not be responsible for hitting a car that came barreling out of a driveway, if a reasonably attentive driver would not have been able to brake in time. Contrary to that example, a driver who is talking or texting on a cellphone would be responsible for rear-ending a stopped vehicle, if a reasonably attentive driver would have been able to brake in time. To win in your case, you must demonstrate that your actions were reasonable or, if unreasonable, did not cause the accident, whereas another person’s actions were unreasonable and did cause the accident.
What compensation can I recover if I’ve been injured in an auto accident?
The goal of personal injury law is to “make the victim whole again,” which means to restore the victim to his or her position before the accident. The easily calculated part of this task is for the at-fault individual to reimburse the victim for all financial losses due to the accident:
Medical bills, present and future
Lost earnings, present and future
Costs of rehabilitation
Costs of modifying a home to accommodate a disability
But the victim has non-economic losses as well, which may come in the form of:
Loss of consortium
Loss of quality of life
No amount of money can erase these losses, but money is all the at-fault party could be compelled to provide. It is a difficult question to ask: How much money is appropriate for a severe, complex, and possibly permanent injury? It is a question that the victims themselves have a very hard time answering, because it depends on knowledge of other, similar cases that have settled out of court (often under a nondisclosure agreement) or resulted in a jury award. This is one important reason you need an experienced attorney managing your personal injury case.
If you have been injured, call or email the experienced attorneys of Randall Page for a free case evaluation. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will assist in obtaining the necessary facts of your case. If you cannot come to us, we will come to you.
The attorneys of Randall Page have protected the rights of personal injury clients in Suffolk, Southampton County, Emporia, Isle of Wight, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Franklin, Sussex, and Brunswick County.