Virginia Car Accident Attorneys

Representing Car Accident Victims Since 1979

Are you a victim of negligent driving? You need seasoned car accident lawyers 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 attorneys, experienced assistants, and full-time investigators. We have years of experience handling a wide variety of Virginia 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.

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

Types of Car Accident Cases

Our car accident law firm has represented injured clients in a variety of auto accident cases, including those involving:

Every year, thousands of people are injured in serious car accidents on Virginia highways and roads. All too often, these accidents are caused by the careless, reckless, or negligent actions of other motorists. In the blink of an eye, your whole life can change—through no fault of your own.

Building a car accident case in Virginia

Fighting for a Favorable Outcome From Your Auto Accident 

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.

A financial settlement can help improve your future, making it easier for you to handle the damages you may have sustained as a result of a car crash. Damages could include:

  • 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.

You deserve to be provided for, with a secure future and a settlement that helps you move forward after damages. Let us help make that possible. Contact our car accident attorneys in Virginia Beach and Richmond today for a free consultation; call (855) 936-1747.    

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.

However, Virginia’s car insurance law utilizes a “no-fault” principle where injured individuals are permitted to pursue damages even if he or she was mildly responsible for the crash. A driver can pay extra premiums to add on this personal injury protection (PIP) limit to their policy.

Choosing an Experienced Car Accident Law Firm

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.

  • $60 Million: Head-on commercial vehicle collision resulting in traumatic brain injury.
  • $20 Million: Car crash resulting in traumatic brain injury.
  • $7.5 Million: City vehicle struck a pedestrian resulting in traumatic brain injury.
  • $6.5 Million: Tractor trailer crash resulting in traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries and left side paralysis.

Breit Cantor has received recoveries in virtually every type of auto accident case, including car, tractor-trailer, bus, passenger van, and motorcycle collisions. Our car accident lawyers in Richmond and Virginia Beach have written numerous articles and lectured extensively regarding auto injury litigation, and one of our attorneys was an author of the book, Handling an Automobile Injury Negligence Case in Virginia.

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

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. Our car crash lawyers 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.    

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. Our award-winning attorneys have a proven track record of results, having successfully secured hundreds of millions for our clients since 1979. We are prepared to fight for the justice and fair recovery you are owed.

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.

We’ve created a special PDF guide on
What the Insurance Company Doesn’t Want You to Know.

Virginia Car Accident Lawsuit:
Frequently Asked Questions

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

There are three elements that go into the statute of limitations for a car accident claim: the injury, property damage, and wrongful death.
– You only have two years to file a lawsuit if you suffered an injury from a car accident.
– If you want to file a lawsuit to recover compensation for damages to your property, such as your car or maybe your home, you have five years.
– 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 also covers “hit and run” cases or cases where the negligent driver didn’t have enough insurance. These cases and the insurance issues they implicate can be very complicated. Please speak with an experienced Virginia car accident lawyer from our firm about the specifics of your case if you were involved in a hit and run accident or the person who hit you did not have insurance.

Can I deal directly with the car insurance company?

While you, of course, have this option, we do not advise that you deal directly with the insurance company after a major car accident. The agent you speak with may seem to have your best interests at heart, but it’s important to be aware that he or she answers to the insurance company that employs them. To the insurance company, paying you what you deserve is not the priority; their top concerns are their bottom line and profit margins. You deserve to have an advocate on your side that can stand up for you – it’s also your right to be represented by an attorney against the insurance companies. That’s why you should always speak with an attorney who can represent you to the insurance company and maximize your claim.

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

Every state is different, but in Virginia, drivers who were at fault or even partially at fault in a collision may not collect compensation. This is known as the “contributory negligence rule.” However, don’t be so sure that the accident was your fault. You owe it to yourself to speak with a seasoned car accident lawyer before writing off the possibility of pursuing compensation. With decades of experience handling car accident claims, our firm could be able to see something you are missing that could make all the difference in your situation.

What should I do after a car accident?

Remain on the scene. Contact the police and wait for them to arrive. Check to see if anyone needs medical attention. If you are able to do so, take pictures of the scene, including the position of vehicles, damage to the vehicles, skid marks on the pavement, your injuries, and so on. Get the names and contact information of the other driver or drivers involved, as well as any witnesses. When you get home, write down everything you remember about the accident, and call an attorney. Don’t admit blame or apologize, as this could hurt your case even if you later find out that you weren’t at fault in the accident. If you need emergency medical attention, get it. Otherwise, be sure to see a doctor as soon as you can after the accident. Even if you don’t think you were hurt, you could have sustained injuries that you aren’t aware of, such as 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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Experience The Breit Cantor Difference

  • Long tradition of success in court.
  • Over 300 years of combined legal experience.
  • Attorneys have been recognized among the most experienced trial lawyers in Virginia and the country.
  • Dedicated to providing our clients with the attention they deserve from start to finish.
  • No recovery, no legal fee!
  • Leadership roles in the legal community.
  • Secured some of the largest settlements in Virginia history.