In the Old Dominion, 179 people per day are injured in car accidents. If you join this unfortunate group because of another driver’s negligence, you may face extensive medical treatments and recuperation, considerable time lost from work, and the need for major vehicle repairs or replacement. Meanwhile, your medical and personal bills are piling up. A Poquoson car accident attorney at Rutter Mills protects your rights and can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Common car accident injuries
Car accident injuries run the gamut, from those that will eventually heal to those leaving permanent disability in their wake. Catastrophic injuries are severe injuries, generally to the head or spine, which can leave a person incapacitated and no longer capable of working or living independently. Common car accident injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Loss of limbs
- Soft tissue injuries
What to do after a car accident
The immediate aftermath of a car accident is a trying time, but if possible, collect as much evidence as possible. That means using your smartphone to photograph or video the accident scene, as well as making a record of your injuries. Get the insurance particulars and the contact information of the other driver—as well as any witnesses or passengers in the affected vehicles. Write down or record your memories of the accident immediately while it is still fresh in your mind. Of course, report the accident to local law enforcement or the State Police at once.
Always seek medical attention after an auto accident, even if you do not think your injuries are serious. Failure to do so can harm your claim, as the other driver’s insurance company may argue you were not badly hurt or that some other misfortune caused your injuries.
Do not agree to any insurance settlement before obtaining legal counsel.
Virginia statute of limitations
Every state limits the amount of time in which a person can file a personal injury lawsuit for car accident injuries, and in Virginia, this statute of limitations for most injury cases is two years from the date of the accident. If a person dies from their injuries, the personal representative of the estate has a limited amount of time to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
If the accident involves a government vehicle, whether on the municipal, county, state, or federal level, the statute of limitations is much shorter, often a matter of three to six months.
Working with Poquoson car accident lawyers as soon as possible is critical. An investigation should start promptly before evidence disappears and the memories of witnesses begin to fade.
Virginia car accident damages
Damages, or compensation, in a Virginia car accident may include:
- Medical expenses, present, and future
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Contact our team of Poquoson car accident lawyers
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident because of the recklessness or negligence of another driver, you need the services of an experienced Poquoson car accident lawyer at Rutter Mills. Call or text us 24/7 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. While approximately 95 percent of cases are settled, we do not hesitate to go to trial when necessary. There is no fee unless we win.
When you’ve been injured, you’ve got a lot at stake… but so does the insurance company. Walking into the court room with a serious lawyer makes all the difference. Watch our video to learn more about Rutter Mills.
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