If you’ve been severely injured in an auto accident, you’ll need seasoned attorneys at your side to make sure your rights are protected, and the at-fault driver is held responsible. At Breit Cantor, our car collision team consists of seasoned Virginia car accident lawyers, experienced assistants, and full-time investigators We have years of experience handling a wide variety of car accident cases and our record of success demonstrates our team’s effectiveness on behalf of the thousands of clients we have represented over the years.
With offices in Richmond & Virginia Beach, our attorneys have won several of the largest verdicts in Virginia history for our injury clients. Many of our larger verdicts and settlements have been in auto accident cases involving cars, trucks, vans, and commercial vehicles where juries found that negligence by another driver was the direct cause of our clients’ injuries.
Our firm has represented injured clients in a variety of auto accident cases, including those involving:
- Fatal car accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Distracted driving accidents
- Uber/Lyft accidents
- Defective roadway construction
- Car fires
- Uninsured motorist accidents
If you or your loved one was seriously injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, we can help. Our Virginia car accident attorneys assist clients throughout the state from offices located in Virginia Beach and Richmond.
Contact our firm now online or by phone at (888) 635-9500 to schedule a free case evaluation at our offices.
Virginia Car Accident Statistics
According to the Virginia DMV, there were 131,848 car accidents, 819 fatalities, and 66,523 injuries in 2018. Although the number of traffic deaths in 2018 compared to the previous year has slightly decreased, the total number of crashes and injuries has risen.
One out of four drivers will be involved in a car accident in their lifetimes. In Virginia, there is one collision every three minutes.
The Federal Highway Administration claims Virginia is in the top 10 states for worst drivers. One of the main factors of crashes in Virginia is speeding; specifically, those going faster than 55 miles per hour.
Virginia Car Accident Law
Virginia is considered a fault state. This means if the other driver is responsible for causing the collision, he/she is responsible for paying you to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.
The following are three ways you can file a car accident claim in Virginia:
- File a claim with your own insurer, if the losses are covered under your insurance policy (in this scenario, your insurance company will pursue a subrogation claim against the liable party’s insurer).
- File a third-party claim directly with the liable party’s insurer.
- File a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party.
Every vehicle owner must carry auto insurance with at least $25,000 in liability coverage for bodily injury or death of one person, $50,000 in liability coverage for total injury or death, or $20,000 in liability coverage for property damage per crash. While uninsured drivers can pay a $500 Uninsured Motor Vehicle fee to the state DMV to drive without carrying insurance, they will be liable for all damages they cause in the event of an accident.
But what happens if all parties involved in a collision shared fault? Since Virginia has a “contributory negligence” rule, this means if the injured party played a very small role in causing the crash, he/she cannot recover any compensation from the other driver.
Since at-fault drivers and their insurance providers will do their best to shift the blame on victims, hiring an experienced car accident attorney can make a significant difference. Injured parties have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim in Virginia.
A History of Proven Results in Trial & Negotiations
Not all firms have the resources to thoroughly test and develop your case like it needs to be. We do. When it comes to our approach, our motto is clear: “leave no stone unturned.” This is your life and your future we are handling, and we take that role seriously by meticulously researching every aspect of your auto accident. In the end, our extensive work results in higher settlements and verdicts for our injured clients.
Our firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our injured individuals and bereaved families, with 150+ verdicts and settlements larger than $1 million.
Breit Cantor has received recoveries in virtually every type of motor vehicle case, including automobile, tractor-trailer, bus, passenger van, and motorcycle collisions. Our attorneys have written numerous articles and lectured extensively regarding motor vehicle injury litigation, and one of our attorneys was an author of the book, Handling an Automobile Injury Negligence Case in Virginia.
Understand Your Rights after an Auto Accident Injury
Determining the legal rights of someone injured in an automobile accident can be much more complex than many people realize. With every passing moment, proving fault grows into a more difficult and uncertain task—that’s why you need to call Breit Cantor. We have the skill and experience to make sure your case’s evidence is gathered and preserved in time.
We can help you understand the intricacies of your car accident claim, including:
- Do I have a claim I can make?
- What evidence do I need to prove the other driver was negligent?
- How do I obtain the physical and forensic evidence necessary to prove the negligence of the other driver?
- Are there certain time limits applicable to my claim?
- Where and how do I bring my claim?
- What rights do I have to collect from the insurance company of the negligent driver?
- What rights do I have to collect under my own insurance policy, including medical payments coverage, uninsured motorist coverage, and underinsured motorist coverage?
- What damages am I entitled to recover?
- What do I need to do to maximize my recovery for the damages I suffered?
All of these questions (and even more) can be answered in a free case consultation. Our Virginia car accident lawyers are happy to help you make your next decision confident and fully informed.
Fighting for a Favorable Outcome on Your Behalf
At Breit Cantor, we are committed to preparing cases aggressively and thoroughly as if every case will proceed to trial. We can work directly with your physicians and other experts to understand all aspects of your injuries and to present your case in a powerful and compelling manner. Quite simply, our philosophy is that only through this approach can excellent results be achieved.
A financial settlement or verdict can help you with damages you may have sustained as a result of an auto accident. These damages may include the following and more:
- Medical expenses (current and future)
- Lost income and/or wages
- Reduced or lost earning capacity
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental distress/trauma
- Property damage
In the event of wrongful death, financial recovery can assist the surviving members with medical expenses prior to death, funeral costs, loss of companionship, loss of projected earnings, emotional distress, and more.
Why You Need the Representation of a Car Accident Lawyer
A severe injury is a costly and life-changing event and it is difficult enough to get through without having to worry about going bankrupt. Unfortunately, many injury victims are put into that position due to the denial of claims by their insurance companies. If a claim isn’t denied, it is almost standard operating procedure for the insurers to offer settlements that are only a fraction of the initial claim.
In case after case, insurance companies have learned that facing Breit Cantor in a court of law is a costly and time-consuming effort—and often a losing one. Our prominent reputation as successful trial attorneys helps to ensure that insurance companies negotiate with our clients in good faith, always offering a fair and even-handed personal injury settlement to our clients.
Nowhere is this type of confident legal representation more essential than in car accident cases that result in serious injuries, such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, severe burns, and dismemberment. We are never surprised to hear new clients describe the treatment they’ve received from their insurance companies, which often resort to threats, coercion, deceit, and delay in their efforts to obtain the lowest settlements possible. We know how to forcefully respond to such treatment through the legal system.
We also understand our client’s medical and financial needs. In addition to proving negligence resulted in an injury, our experts and specialists can develop a comprehensive life care plan for severe injuries to help ensure that our clients obtain the treatment they need and receive every penny of compensation they deserve.
Find out how we can help you; call (888) 635-9500 or submit an online request form for a free and confidential case evaluation.