MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
In Tidewater we are dependent upon motor vehicles to get around for work, school, and fun. Accidents are a frequent occurrence, as anyone who drives in Hampton Roads knows very well. If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you should speak with a lawyer. An initial meeting costs you nothing, attorney's fees are contingent upon recovery, and retaining a lawyer could mean the difference between obtaining a just result, or obtaining nothing at all.
HOW DOES MY LAWYER GET PAID?
My firm is paid a percentage of the recovery. This works well for everyone. No fee is required up front as a “retainer” or advance fee, no attorney's fee is paid if no recovery is made.* Your lawyer’s compensation is directly tied to your results. In other words, lawyer and client have the same goals for the case from the start.
*Filing fees and actual expenses of litigation are a separate issue, and although my firm may agree to advance those costs for you, ethical rules and guidelines require me to differentiate between fees, and costs.
DO I NEED A LAWYER?
You are not required to have a lawyer. But it is very difficult for unrepresented people to obtain fair injury settlements. Without a lawyer insurance companies understand they won’t have to pay you the full, actual value of your case. Without the knowledge of the verdicts judges and juries award, and what an appropriate settlement value of a case might be, you don’t know when you have a fair offer. If you don’t like the offer, what can you do about it yourself? Not much…
COLLISIONS HAPPEN FOR A REASON
Most car accidents are caused by carelessness – negligence – and could be avoided. There are many reasons, but we all know some of them as a matter of common sense:
- Distracted Driving
- Texting while Driving
- Drunk Driving
- Excessive Speed
- Failing to Yield the Right of Way
- Failing to Obey Traffic Signs
- Failing to Pay Attention to Traffic and Surroundings
When a driver violates a traffic rule, they are acting without appropriate care. And when someone acts without appropriate care, and causes harm to another person, they are responsible. That’s how things should be.
BASIC THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- Most collisions are the result of carelessness of one or more people
- Car accident cases are more complicated than people realize
- If you are hurt and not at fault, you are entitled to recover from the responsible person
- Speaking to me about a potential car accident case costs you nothing but your time
- Attorney's fees are only assessed if I obtain a settlement or trial verdict for you
- The statute of limitations for MOST BUT NOT ALL auto accidents is 2 years in Virginia.
- It is a very good idea to take photos of bruising, wounds, and other injuries, as well as photos of the vehicle damage
- Avoid mentioning your injury, claim, or case on Facebook and other social media
I’ll be glad to speak with you about your particular case, and apply the law to the facts that matter to you. Please contact me, and see what I have to say.
More than you might expect. As a very brief summary, your lawyer will have to consider fault, your medical records and bills, consult with your treating physicians, determine all available insurance policies, negotiate with insurance companies and lawyers hired by the insurance companies, be aware of medical and other liens and try to minimize their effect on your recovery, and ultimately prove to a judge or jury that you were hurt in the collision, and that you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, inconvenience, and permanent injuries.
WHERE I HANDLE CASES
Anywhere that it makes sense for me and the client, including: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, Northampton County, Accomack County, Isle of Wight County, James City County, Williamsburg, York County, Gloucester County, and other areas.