Motor vehicle accidents are, unfortunately, a common sight in Richmond, VA. Either due to negligence, poor weather conditions, or defective vehicles, some drivers lose control of their car and crash it into other vehicles. For the accident victims, this can be a catastrophic event. Some of them lose their lives in fatal accidents; others are left with severe or catastrophic injuries, like spinal cord injuries or traumatic brain injuries. If negligent parties caused the accident in which you were injured, reach out to an experienced Richmond car accident lawyer at CAIL.
You will need to file a personal injury claim in order to obtain fair compensation for your economic losses, pain and suffering. But this can be extremely difficult for people who are in the hospital, with serious injuries caused by car crashes, truck accidents, or bus accidents. Moreover, when legal entities or government authorities are among these negligent parties, the case becomes more complex. If that’s the case, you may want to think about hiring a skilled personal injury attorney, specializing both in insurance claim negotiations and in winning personal injury cases in the courtroom.
What Can a Richmond Car Crash Lawyer Do for You?
An accident attorney is your official representative to deal with every aspect pertaining to your case. From determining the negligent driver’s fault to negotiating a fair settlement with the insurance company, auto accident attorneys help accident victims rest and recover from their injuries, knowing that the necessary procedures for recovering damages are being performed by an experienced professional.
Moreover, in the Commonwealth of Virginia and, thus, the city of Richmond, one of the strictest negligence rules in personal injury cases is still in use. Our state is one of a handful that still uses the pure contributory fault doctrine. What does this mean? Simply this: the fault party must be 100% responsible for your accident, while you were 0% responsible. Even if you are considered to be 1% at fault, you have no right to file an accident claim, and no court is obliged to hear your personal injury case.
Guess what the responsible parties’ insurers will try to do? Their first act is to find ways to determine that you were partly at fault for the accident. Even the slightest aspect which can be used against you is enough to give them the right to deny your claim. An experienced Richmond car crash lawyer will seek ways to refute this claim.
How to Find the Right Richmond Car Accident Lawyer for Your Case?
If search online, you will find dozens of personal injury lawyers who claim that they can win the maximum compensation you deserve. But, of course, not all lawyers are equal and they do not all have the legal experience to win all types of car accident cases.
As we explained above, motor vehicle accidents are very different in nature. We are not talking only of a collision between two passenger cars. Accident victims can also be injured in:
- pedestrian accidents
- bicycle accidents
- motorcycle accidents
- truck accidents
- bus accidents
The negligent driver who caused the accident may be just an individual or they may be an employee of a trucking company or public bus service company. In this case, if they caused your accident while on the job, their employers are vicariously responsible to pay compensation for damages.
Keeping these considerations in mind, here are the most effective ways of finding the right Richmond car crash lawyer to win your case:
1. The Area of Expertise
A professional auto accident injury law firm has experienced attorneys specializing in all the types of motor vehicle accidents described above. Each type of accident poses specific challenges, from the investigation of the causes of the accident to the identification of all the liable parties.
2. The Willingness to Investigate Your Case
Some lawyers take easy cases, such as drunk driving – where fault is very easy to assign and the compensation is easy to negotiate. But a truly dedicated Richmond car accident lawyer will also take cases where there are more contributing factors and less obvious fault parties, such as:
- an accident caused by a distracted driver
- driver fatigue in case of a truck accident
- poor road conditions (potholes) causing one driver to lose control of the vehicle
- bus crash caused by a negligent bus driver
In most of these cases, investigating the causes of the crash in order to determine fault is a cumbersome process. However, an experienced Richmond car crash lawyer knows that all injury victims deserve justice and the at-fault parties should compensate them because they breached their duty of care.
3. The Determination to Win the Maximum Compensation You Deserve
Compensation claims can include both economic damages and non-economic damages. Auto accident lawyers who put client care first will seek all the types of damages and losses they are allowed to include in a claim.
For example, economic damages represent:
- ambulance ride cost
- cost to tow and fix your damaged vehicle
- hospital bills
- medical procedures and prescription pills
- rehabilitation and physical therapy
- lost wages
- loss of earning capacity
- cost with assistive devices or medical devices your may need
Meanwhile, non-economic damages should compensate you for:
- physical pain
- mental anguish
- loss of consortium
- loss of enjoyment of life
- emotional trauma
- disfigurement and disability
4. Knowing How Long to Negotiate
When insurance carriers do not find grounds to dismiss a claim, their insurance representatives will try to delay the moment when they accept a financial settlement. The longer they delay the process, the less chance you have to seek justice in court. This is because the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Virginia is 2 years.
A professional personal injury firm will not allow too much time to pass. When it is clear that an actual settlement will not be reached through amicable negotiations, they will instruct you to file a personal injury lawsuit. You can rest assured that the Richmond car crash lawyer will tell you to do so at the right moment, leaving them enough time to prepare your case for court.
5. Keeping You Informed at All Times
During the entire process of filing and negotiating your claim, you will know what kind of progress the lawyer has made. You won’t be left in the dark. Yet, at the same time, the lawyer will give you the time you need to recover and will contact you only when they have something important to communicate.
6. Having a Proven Track Record
An experienced Richmond car accident lawyer does not only tell about how they help injured clients. They also show the results – the amount of money won as damages through negotiation for other clients. On our website, you can read about actual cases (in full compliance with data protection and client confidentiality rules), so that you can truly determine for yourself whether you found the right lawyer for your case.
A great legal team does not have to tout its own horn. Happy clients are more than willing to share their positive experiences so that other people can get the professional legal assistance they need. Whenever you see lots of positive reviews and testimonials, you are automatically more confident, true?
For this reason, we encourage our clients to write about their experience of working with our personal injury law firm, and they are typically more than happy to do so.
8. Free Case Review
You already have financial burdens as a result of your car accident. So, you should not have to pay out of pocket just to seek justice. A reputable Richmond car accident lawyer will offer you a complimentary case review and will work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the fees for legal representation are recovered from the actual settlement amount when the lawyer wins your case.
9. Speaking Your Language
Finally, we know that the United States was built by people coming from different countries and speaking different languages. At the present, the Hispanic community is one of the largest in America’s multicultural landscape. For this reason, we also offer you legal assistance in Spanish and have a complete version of our website available in Spanish, as well.
Let an Experienced Richmond Car Accident Lawyer Help You!
When you contact CAIL, you should be assured that you are in good hands. We have the dedication and experience to win the most complex motor vehicle accident cases. When negotiations are going nowhere, we are not afraid to take big insurance companies to court and encourage them to do what is right: compensate you for your economic losses, pain and suffering.
We have proven results in all our areas of expertise and we put clients at the center of everything we do. Our mission is to make sure that justice prevails and that the responsible parties pay the damages you are entitled to receive.
Please remember that the statute of limitations of 2 years starts on the day of the accident, so schedule a free case review with us as soon as possible: 1-800-HURT-123!
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