Auto accidents run the gamut from a minor fender bender to a 15-car pileup. Rutter Mills attorneys have extensive experience helping victims of:
• Bicycle accidents
• Texting while driving accidents
• Commercial truck collisions
• Defective motor vehicles
• Distracted driving crashes
• Drunk driving accidents
• DUI accidents
• Hazardous road condition crashes
• High-speed collisions
• Pedestrian hit-and-runs
In Virginia, there is:
- A crash every 4 minutes.
- More than 2 lives lost per day.
- At least 179 people injured per day.
- One out of every 25.6 licensed drivers involved in a motor vehicle collision.
While even the smallest run-ins are a hassle, nothing can compare with the devastation of a serious accident. The injuries and losses can be enormous, medically and financially.
Common car accident injuries include
- Back injuries
- Bone fractures
- Chronic pain
- Dental damage
- Eye injuries
- Herniated disc
- Hip injuries
- Internal bleeding
- Neck injuries
- Organ perforations
- Knee injuries
- Leg injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue tears
- Traumatic brain injuries
Even if you have purchased the optional Personal Injury Protection as part of your auto insurance policy, you may find that it’s not enough to afford the best treatment and care. In the wake of a motor vehicle collision, your health should be your only concern.
If you’ve been injured in a serious auto accident, you’ll need legal help that’s just as serious. With a qualified Virginia auto accident attorney from Rutter Mills on your side, you can focus on your recovery, while we handle negotiations with the car insurance companies to make sure you receive maximum compensation for the injuries you sustained through little to no fault of your own.
Our automobile accident lawyers are skilled, experienced and tenacious – we don’t back down in the face of even the most aggressive push back from insurance companies. And we’re successful. For more than 50 years, thousands of clients have received the compensation they need and deserve to get their lives back on track.
Our robust legal strategy helps auto accident victims recover money to pay for:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Hospital bills, surgeries, medications, diagnostic tests, and rehabilitation
- Lost past and present wages, as well as loss of future earning capacity
- Emotional distress, pain, and suffering
- Home modification expenses related to a disability
Family members who have lost a loved one in a car accident can recover for:
- Loss of consortium, companionship, support, and guidance
- Funeral and burial expenses
Your family can embark upon the road to recovery as soon as you choose to partner with Rutter Mills. Our clients tell us that the thorough, caring, personalized attention they receive is a big part of their healing. We take care of all your bills and obligations, while truly listening to your needs and concerns. Together we’ll get your life back on track.
Why You Need A Virginia Car Accident Lawyer
Consulting a Virginia car accident lawyer is highly recommended if:
- You or a family member are faced with substantial medical bills.
- The car accident injuries sustained may lead to future disability.
- You were hit by a driver with little or no insurance.
- The other driver is disputing liability for the accident.
- You received a settlement offer from the insurance company that seems low.
- You have questions about what happened in the moments before the crash.
- The insurance company has requested your personal medical records.
Even the most straightforward auto accidents can benefit from a legal advocate. Talking to someone at Rutter Mills costs you nothing upfront. We will ensure your best interests are represented, particularly as insurance companies look to settle for the lowest possible amount to preserve their bottom-line profits.
Sometimes these disputes are solved swiftly and easily – particularly if the insurance company knows you have a legal shark in your corner. About 95% of car accident cases resolve in settlement negotiations, rather than going to trial. If it’s your first injury settlement negotiation, you may not have the confidence to demand what your case is worth. We’ve settled thousands of cases, so we know when insurers are low-balling. We negotiate from a position of strength and won’t back down.
If push comes to shove, you’ll benefit from our 50-year reputation as serious attorneys, well-known for winning complex, high-profile cases – cases like yours. As soon as you walk into the courtroom, you’ll have the attention and respect of the judge, jury, and insurance company.
Virginia Car Accident Attorney FAQs
A Virginia car accident attorney from Rutter Mills is available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about a recent motor vehicle collision. We never charge for initial consultations and offer legal representation at no upfront cost to you. We only accept payment from our clients when we win!
What should I do if I’m injured in an auto accident that wasn’t my fault?
Get immediate medical attention following the accident. When in the ER, do not speak with anyone but trusted family and friends. Do not speak with the other party’s insurance company. As soon as you are able, call Rutter Mills. Another important tip is to limit your use of social media after an accident. It is increasingly a source of legal evidence in trials, and information about your activities — or even about your injuries — could weaken or derail your case.
The insurance company called me while I was in the hospital and made me an offer. What should I do?
Do not speak to the insurance company until you have discussed your case with a lawyer. Why? Because an offer being made by the insurance company is likely not in your best interest. Do not sign a release and accept any monetary offer — you’ll have no legal recourse if you regret it later. Virginia law gives you two years to file a lawsuit; there’s no rush.
How does the legal process work after a car accident?
A car accident where one party is at fault often involves two different cases — criminal and civil. The criminal case will be decided in traffic court, and a judge will assign a penalty – such as fines, points, possibly jail time. But don’t be concerned if the other driver didn’t get a ticket. This has no bearing on the civil personal injury case, which carries a different burden of proof and involves compensating the injured party. The insurance companies for the cars involved in the accident will be the negotiating parties; not law enforcement.
When to Call a Virginia Auto Accident Lawyer
While the state of Virginia allows up to two years to file a personal injury claim, we like to work with car accident victims from day one, whenever possible. We help you find the best medical treatment, collect valuable evidence from the scene, record your memories of the event as clearly and accurately as possible, and assemble a winning team of crash investigators, medical experts, and insurance adjusters to vouch for maximum compensation on your behalf. We’ll also make sure you avoid common missteps that could jeopardize your claim.
The ball gets rolling with a free consultation, where we’ll ask you a few questions:
- When and where did the accident occur?
- How did the accident happen?
- Was speeding involved?
- Who had the right of way?
- Do you have contact information for the other party?
- Did the police file a report at the scene?
- Were there any witnesses or photographs taken?
- What specific injuries did you suffer?
- Where were you treated for your injuries?
If you don’t have all the answers, that’s okay. Our team of investigators can fill in the blanks and provide illuminating details about the accident when necessary. Contact our team today at 757-622-5000 one of our attorneys will be able to assist you. Rutter Mills is proud to serve some of the following Virginia cities and their surrounding areas.
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.
“The time following a serious accident is terrible and confusing. Unfortunately, insurance companies will take advantage of that – they’ll pressure you to take a settlement that they assure you is generous and fair. You need somebody in your corner from the beginning, one who has your best interest at heart. Rutter Mills has a reputation among insurance companies for being tough, and they also know if we don’t get the settlement offer we think is right, we’re more than willing to meet them in the courtroom.”
– Robert Mills