Let Our Virginia Car Accident Attorneys Help You Move Forward

Helping Car Accident Victims Find Renewed Hope and Justice Since 1976

As a victim of negligent driving, your life as you knew it came to a screeching halt the moment of your car crash. Moving forward might feel difficult and justice out of reach, and while we can’t give you your old life back, our seasoned car accident lawyers can hold those responsible accountable and help you build the future you deserve. 

Our car accident law firm in Richmond and Virginia Beach includes experienced and dedicated car injury attorneys, as well as full-time investigators and industry experts; together they have provided thousands of clients with professional and compassionate support to help them move forward after their car crash. Our car accident attorneys have won for our clients some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Virginia history, including for victims of auto accidents involving cars, trucks, vans, and commercial vehicles. In these cases, our Virginia car accident attorneys clearly demonstrated that the negligence of another driver was the direct cause of our clients’ injuries, securing for them a settlement that helped them build a new life.

Contact our firm now online or by phone at (855) 212-8200 to schedule a free accident case evaluation with our Virginia Beach and Richmond car accident attorneys.

Types of Car Accident Cases in Virginia 

Every car collision is different and creates its own life-shattering consequences, which is why our car accident lawyers in Virginia offer every client their unwavering attention to ensure their case receives the unique attention it warrants. Our auto accident law firm has represented injured clients in nearly every type of car accident case, including those involving:

Oftentimes these car accidents are the result of the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of other motorists, and it is our firm’s priority to ensure these drivers are held accountable. If their actions changed the course of your life, our auto injury attorneys will help get it back on track.

How Our Experienced Car Accident Lawyers Will Build Your Case in Virginia  

Fighting for Your Future After Your Auto Accident

Every year, thousands of Virginia drivers are injured in serious car accidents on our highways and roads, many of them at the hands of careless drivers. And every year, our car accident lawyers work to right these wrongs, holding those drivers accountable and seeking justice for our clients. We will work closely with your physicians and our network of experts to understand all aspects of your accident and its ensuing injuries to ensure we create an honest and powerful case that will result in the best possible outcome. 

If you were injured in a car accident in Virginia, it may be difficult to return to daily life, and it is only more difficult when coupled with the financial challenges posed by those injuries and their consequences. A financial settlement can help alleviate some of the stress of damages resulting from a car crash, including:

  • Medical expenses (current and future)
  • Lost income and/or wages
  • Reduced or lost earning capacity
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Mental distress/trauma
  • Inconvenience
  • 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.

If you experienced the devastating loss of a family member in a car accident, our law firm can help secure a financial settlement that will help you move forward after a wrongful death. While it will never make up for the loss of your loved one, financial recovery can assist the surviving family members with medical expenses incurred prior to death, funeral costs, loss of companionship, loss of projected earnings, emotional distress, and more.

Whatever you’re facing after a car accident, you shouldn’t have to face it alone. Our experienced car accident attorneys in Virginia Beach and Richmond will dedicate themselves to your case and secure a future and settlement that helps you build the future you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation at (855) 936-1747.    

Understanding Virginia Car Accident Law 

Insurance companies may try to complicate the facts, but the truth is that Virginia’s laws around car accidents are simple: Virginia is considered a “fault state,” which means that if the other driver is responsible for causing the collision, he or she is also responsible for financially compensating you for the consequences you must endure as a result, be that medical expenses, lost wages, or even pain and suffering. 

If you are ready to move forward with seeking justice for your catastrophe, there 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 asking for reimbursement).
  • File a third-party claim directly with the liable party’s insurer.
  • File a personal injury lawsuit against the liable party.

In order to drive legally in Virginia, there are specific insurance requirements set down by the state: 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 are then liable for all damages they cause in the event of a collision. This law ensures that every driver is protected if they are injured in a car accident as a result of another person’s negligence. 

But what if there is no single driver to blame and all parties involved in the collision share fault? In this case, because of Virginia’s “contributory negligence” rule, the injured party cannot recover any compensation from the other driver if they played even a very small role in causing the accident. 

However, according to the “no-fault” principle utilized by Virginia’s car insurance law, injured individuals are able to pursue financial damages even if they were somewhat responsible for the crash as long as they included personal injury protection (PIP) in their insurance policy.

Choosing an Experienced & Understanding Car Accident Law Firm in Virginia

Our auto accident attorneys understand the painful repercussions and long-term impacts of car accidents, which is why they have worked tirelessly for our clients to secure their futures, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for injured individuals and the families left behind, including more than 150 settlements larger than $1 million. 

Our team of experienced car accident attorneys have helped clients secure settlements that make a better life after their catastrophe possible, including notable cases like these: 

  • $60 million for the victim of a head-on commercial vehicle collision that resulted in traumatic brain injury.
  • $20 million for our client recovering from a car crash that resulted in a traumatic brain injury.
  • $7.5 million for a pedestrian struck by a city vehicle that caused a traumatic brain injury.
  • $6.5 million for the victim of a tractor trailer collision that resulted in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and left side paralysis.

While these cases are representative of just a few of the lives we have helped amend, Breit Cantor has received recoveries for victims of virtually every kind of auto accident, including car, tractor-trailer, bus, passenger van, and motorcycle collisions. In fact, our car accident lawyers in Richmond and Virginia Beach have used their unparalleled experience to write numerous articles for our peers, lead lectures across the country on auto injury litigation, and even author the book Handling an Automobile Injury Negligence Case in Virginia, the authoritative text on the subject. Our team works collaboratively, combining their strengths to provide every client with the best representation possible. 

We are proud of our expertise and experience, not because of our pride or ego, but because this is what lends us our ability to secure maximum compensation for clients like you so that you can move forward after your collision. You already have to face the painful consequences of an accident—financial stress shouldn’t be one of them.  

Although insurance law is intended to protect victims of car accidents, insurance companies often prioritize their own financial gain. While it may be clear to you that you were not to blame for your accident, insurance companies will work to deny your claim or, at best, offer settlements that are far less than what you are entitled to and pressure you to accept their offer. We regularly hear of the shocking wrongs insurance companies commit against our clients: threats, coercion, and deceit, all in an effort to force victims into the lowest settlement possible. While we recognize this treatment, we don’t accept it, and Breit Cantor actively fights against these injustices.  

This is why our car accident law firm’s reputation for experience and expertise is invaluable. Insurance companies understand that facing Breit Cantor in a court of law is a costly and time-consuming effort—and often a losing one. Because of our reputation, insurance companies negotiate with our clients in good faith and offer them a fair and rightful personal injury settlement—and if not, our auto accident attorneys will always step into the courtroom to get you the settlement to which you are entitled. This type of confident legal representation is integral in all car accident cases, but especially those resulting in catastrophic injuries, such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, severe burns, and dismemberment. Your life may be changed forever, but our auto accident attorneys can help make sure your future is secure. 

We understand that the repercussions of your collision extend far beyond the end of your case, and we want to make sure you’re prepared for whatever comes next. With our network of experienced car accident attorneys and industry experts, we understand your medical and financial needs and can help you develop a comprehensive life plan to ensure you receive the treatment you need and the compensation you deserve.

At Breit Cantor, we dedicate ourselves to seeking justice and improving lives. If you or a loved one was seriously injured as a result of another driver’s negligence or recklessness, you don’t have to face the consequences alone. Our award-winning Virginia car accident attorneys have successfully secured hundreds of millions of dollars in redress for our clients, and we are ready to do the same for you. 

If you were in a motor vehicle accident, we want to do our part to help you secure maximum compensation to aid your recovery process.

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Frequently Asking Questions About Car Accident Lawsuits in Virginia

How long can I wait to sue someone after a car accident in Virginia?

When it comes to filing a suit against a negligent drive in Virginia, there are three elements to consider within the statute of limitations: the injury, property damage, and wrongful death. 
-If you suffered an injury from a car accident, you have just two years to file a lawsuit against the responsible party. 
-If you want to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for damages to your property, such as your car or perhaps your home, you have five years to do so. 
-If the worst happened, and the car accident involved a fatality, the family of the deceased only has two years to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

What should I do if I was in an accident with an uninsured driver?

Drivers in the state of Virginia are required to carry uninsured motorist coverage, which covers “hit and run” cases or cases where the negligent driver didn’t have enough—or any—insurance. While your insurance is intended to protect you under these circumstances, these cases are complex and, in order to receive just compensation, require the expertise and tenacity of experienced lawyers like those at our car accident law firm. If you were involved in an accident in which the other driver was uninsured or left the scene, one of our auto accident lawyers will be able to help.

Can I deal directly with the car insurance company?

Yes, but while insurance companies were created to protect drivers, unfortunately, they may not have your best interests in mind. Even if the agent you speak with says they want to help you, their priority—and their company’s priority—is to minimize the amount of money it will cost them to resolve your claim; they care more about their bottom line and profit margins than about ensuring you receive the compensation you deserve. You deserve to have an advocate on your side that can stand up for you, and it’s also your right to be represented by an attorney against the insurance companies. The priority of our car accident attorneys is to make sure you receive the justice and compensation you are owed, and we won’t take a penny of your money until that happens.

Am I entitled to compensation if the auto accident was partly my fault?

According to Virginia’s “contributory negligence rule,” drivers who were at fault, even partially, in a collision may not collect compensation. But who says it was your fault—the other driver or their insurance company? These are biased parties looking out for their own best interests. Before you move forward without recompense, let one of our seasoned car accident lawyers consider your case. With decades of experience handling car accident claims, our firm might be able to see something you are missing that could make all the difference and help you secure the compensation you need to move forward.

What should I do after a car accident?

Remain on the scene, contact the police, and wait for them to arrive. Your first priority is personal safety, so respond to your own medical needs first and check to see if anyone else involved in the collision needs medical attention. Unless you need to move them to a safer area of the scene, do not move vehicles or injured persons. If you are able to do so, use your phone to take photos and videos of the scene, including the position of the vehicles, damage to any vehicles involved, skid marks on the pavement, your injuries, and so on. Ask the other driver(s) involved for their name, contact information, and insurance information, and ask any witnesses for their contact information as well. Don’t admit blame or apologize, which could hurt your case later, even if you weren’t at fault in the accident. When you return home, write down everything you remember about the incident, and then call an attorney. Even if you weren’t visibly injured during the accident, be sure to see a doctor as soon as possible as you may have sustained undetectable injuries, like a head injury or internal injury.

Who is Responsible for Lyft and Uber Accidents in Virginia?

Every case is different, which is why it is essential that you follow the important “After an Accident” steps that we discuss above. In general, though, the three scenarios can give you a general idea of who is responsible for an accident.
If the rideshare app is off, the driver’s own auto insurance policy will be used to cover the damages. In the case that the app is on but the driver hasn’t accepted a ride request, the rideshare company offers a limited amount of coverage for the damages. If a rider is being picked up or in tow, the rideshare company’s insurance will be responsible for covering the damages associated with the accident.

What Are My Options as a Passenger?

As a rideshare passenger who suffers injury in an accident, your damages will be covered by the insurance of whoever was at fault. If the Uber or Lyft driver caused the accident, responsibility will be tied to the insurance company associated with the company. In the case that the other driver is responsible, their insurance will handle your damage claim.
Talk to a lawyer after the accident to discuss your case and determine what route you should take. Regardless of the circumstances, we can help you know your specific options and help you pursue full and fair compensation.

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  • Secured some of the largest settlements in Virginia history.
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