Northern Virginia Car Accident Lawyer
After a serious car crash, a Northern Virginia car accident lawyer can help you recover full compensation for all of your damages and injuries.
A car accident can be a terrifying event to live through. They can come out of nowhere: a car sideswipes you as it merges onto the interstate; you’re rear-ended in heavy traffic; a drowsy driver drifts across the centerline and collides with your car head-on.
Car accidents can negatively impact your life long after the crash. Your car may be totaled, or you may have severe physical disabilities after your collision. Getting behind the wheel to run even the shortest of errands can leave you in a state of emotional turmoil.
If another driver or a third party caused your wreck, you shouldn’t have to face your recovery alone. A Northern Virginia car accident lawyer with Priale & Racine, PLLC will work with you to help you get the full and fair compensation that you’re owed.
Types of Car Crashes and Your Case
No matter the type of car accident you were hurt in, a Northern Virginia car accident lawyer from our office can help you hold a negligent driver accountable. Different types of car accidents that we have experience investigating and building cases for include all of the following:
- Sideswipe Accidents – These occur when two cars are traveling side-by-side and their sides collide. This may happen if another driver crosses into your lane without checking his or her blind spot, or if a car collides with another on an interstate merge ramp.
- T-Bone Accidents – T-bone accidents occur when the front end of one car collides with the side of another. Intersections are a frequent site of these side-impact collisions, such as when one car does not stop at a red light or stop sign and hits another’s side. Because the sides of cars lack the protections of bumpers and airbags, T-bone accidents can have very serious consequences.
- Head-On Collisions – In a head-on accident, the fronts of two vehicles collide. A scenario in which this commonly occurs is when a driver falls asleep behind the wheel and drifts across the center line. Wrong-way crashes are especially dangerous and frequently result in severe injury or death.
- Rear-End Collisions – These often occur when one car is following another too closely and the car in front must make a sudden stop. Whiplash is an injury commonly associated with rear-end collisions.
- Rollover Accidents – A vehicle rolls over when it loses its grip on the road and turns end over end. Vans and SUVs, which are top-heavy, roll over more frequently than sedans. Rollovers are often the result of driver error and do not involve other vehicles. However, a rollover accident may occur if a negligent driver strikes a vehicle with enough force that the vehicle up-ends and then rolls over.
Determining Fault for a Traffic Collision
When you contact a Northern Virginia car accident lawyer from our firm, the first thing you will do is review all the details of your case in order to determine fault. This may involve going over eyewitness accounts, police reports, traffic videos, and more. It’s important to contact us right away as evidence can fade in time.
There are any number of negligent driving behaviors that could qualify you to seek compensation through a personal injury claim:
- Speeding – A speeding driver has less time to react to road hazards and changing road conditions. In 2012 alone, traffic accidents involving a speeding driver were responsible for over 10,000 fatalities.
- Distracted Driving – A distracted driver is any driver whose mind is not on the road. A distracted driver may be eating while driving, texting, changing the radio station, arguing with car passengers, and any number of other things.
- Drowsy Driving – Drowsy driving is all too common. One in twenty-five adults report that they have fallen asleep behind the wheel.
- Drunk Driving – Drunk driving is a dangerously negligent behavior which endangers everyone sharing the road with the drunk driver.
It’s important to have a legal ally in your corner who has experience investigating and collecting evidence to prove a variety of different negligent driving behaviors.
Virginia Statute of Limitations and Contributory Negligence
In Virginia, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years from the date of the injury-causing accident. If you attempt to file a claim once this time period has elapsed, your case will almost certainly be thrown out without ever being heard, further emphasizing the need to move quickly on your claim.
Also, Virginia follows the strict doctrine of contributory negligence. This means that if you are found to have contributed to your accident in any way—even by a measure as small as one percent—you will not be eligible for a settlement. By working with a Northern Virginia car accident lawyer, you can build a case that successfully shows how you weren’t at fault, which is essential because you can count on the other driver’s insurer to blame you for the crash.
Collecting Compensation for All of Your Crash Damages
After an accident, you may be offered a settlement from the insurance company. This settlement may cover immediate and obvious costs; however, it is unlikely that a settlement from an insurance company will take into account the many ways a car accident can affect you in the long term.
Insurance companies are businesses. They are primarily concerned with protecting their own profit margins, rather than making sure that all your needs are taken care of. An insurance company may pressure you into accepting a lowball settlement quickly after the wreckage is cleared, which can leave you paying out of pocket down the road.
A Northern Virginia car accident lawyer from our office will work to get you compensation that takes into account all the hardships you may be facing after your wreck. These may include any of the following damages:
- Car repairs and replacement
- Current and future medical bills
- Physical or emotional therapy
- Emotional distress and mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and future lost income
- Decreased quality of life
You shouldn’t be responsible for paying for damages caused by someone else’s negligence. Our firm will work to get you full compensation to ease your financial burden and restore your peace of mind.
Contact a Northern Virginia Auto Wreck Attorney
A car crash can have a serious impact on your life, but help is available. Contact a Northern Virginia car accident lawyer with Priale & Racine, PLLC today. Call 703-272-3922 or use the online contact form below to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation.