Car accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 32,719 people lost their lives and a staggering 2,313,000 were injured in traffic crashes on America’s roadways in 2013.
In Virginia alone, 121,763 traffic accidents were reported in 2013, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT). Sadly, 741 people were killed and another 65,114 were injured in those crashes.
Like any Charlottesville accident victim, you have questions about how to proceed. Below you’ll find answers to the questions we are often asked about car accidents. If you have further questions, please contact us today, and we’ll do our best to answer you.
Even though you pay premiums, insurance companies, even your own, may not have your best interests at heart. They are in business for profit, and their main objective is to minimize the number and amount of claims they pay out. In some cases, they will attempt to deny a valid claim.
The role of an experienced car accident lawyer is to help you obtain full compensation for your losses. We’ll start with the hard questions that need to be asked of insurance companies on both sides of the accident. Did you know you may be entitled to benefits under your own policy, even when the other party is at fault? We understand how to ask for and obtain those benefits.
At Kendall Law Firm, we investigate your accident, assess the full extent of your injuries, and aggressively pursue the compensation you are entitled to receive. Our lawyer has the knowledge and experience to effectively deal with insurance companies on your behalf.
Each car accident case is different, and the damages you are entitled to claim will depend on the circumstances surrounding your accident and the extent of your injuries and losses. Your best course of action is to consult with a knowledgeable car accident attorney.
At Kendall Law firm, we offer a free case consultation with no strings attached. We can’t tell you how much you case is worth, at least not at the very beginning of your legal action. As we collect evidence, talk to the insurance companies, and assess the full extent of your injuries, we will get a better picture of your damage claim.
Remember, it does not cost a dime to talk to us. When you work with our firm, you pay us no fees until we win your case for you. We can advise you of what damages you may be entitled to claim. Your damages may include medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering.
If your son was injured as a passenger in a traffic crash caused by the negligence of the driver he was riding with, you may have a personal injury claim for compensation against that driver. Texting while driving may be considered negligence and is one of the most serious forms of distracted driving.
Owners of registered motor vehicles in Virginia are required to carry liability insurance (or have enough money to cover any losses that may result from an accident). As stated by Virginia DMV, chances are good that an insurance company, not your son’s teenage friend, will be paying for your son’s losses.
Please remember to take pictures of your accident and injuries with your smartphone. It helps to document as much as possible at the time of your accident. Those photos can be very helpful later on.
While we are taking about smartphones, also remember to be careful about what you post on your social media accounts after an accident or an injury. The insurance companies might use that information against you to hurt your claim.
At the Kendall Law Firm, we have helped thousands of injured accident victims in Winchester, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville and across other areas of Virginia. Our success on behalf of our clients is reflected in the testimonials they have offered. We know how to get results. Our founding attorney, David B. Kendall, has been awarded a membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®., earned by obtaining a verdict or settlement valued at one million dollars or more.
David Kendall is a former Judge Advocate General with the U.S. Marine Corps with more than 25 years of experience in injury law. Our practice is devoted exclusively to helping injured people, not large corporations or insurance companies. We have helped accident victims all across Virginia recover much-needed compensation for their injuries. We’re just a phone call away.
Our firm is truly committed to serving the public. If you have questions about an accident, injuries, the insurance process, or property damage, you can call us, and we will answer your questions in a free case consultation with no obligation. When you work with our firm in a car accident case, you pay us no fees until we win compensation for you.
There are many causes of motor vehicles crashes, and most of them involve some type of carelessness or reckless conduct by another driver.
On average, there were 28 alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the U.S. every day in 2013, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and 10,076 people died in alcohol-related crashes. In Virginia alone, there were 254 alcohol-related traffic deaths, accounting for 34 percent of traffic fatalities statewide in 2013, according to NHTSA.
Driver distraction contributed to the deaths of 3,154 people and injured an additional 424,000 in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2013, as reported by NHTSA. Texting requires manual, visual, and mental attention, which makes it the most alarming form of driver distraction, as stated by NHTSA.
As stated by the National Sleep Foundation, 60 percent of adult drivers in America, or approximately 168 million motorists, admit to driving drowsy, and 37 percent have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. The foundation reports that drivers between the ages of 18 and 29 are much more likely to drive drowsy than drivers in other age groups.
The faster a vehicle is traveling, the longer it takes to stop and the less time a driver has to react to a traffic hazard. Virginia DOT reports that 339 people were killed and 13,591 were injured in speed-related crashes in Virginia in 2013.
Tailgating and other forms of aggressive driving pose serious safety risks, not only for the aggressive drivers but for other motorists on the road. Drivers who follow too closely behind other vehicles, fail to yield the right-of-way, or disregard traffic signs and signals are recklessly endangering the lives of other people.
Car accidents can happen in many different ways. For those who are the most fortunate, a collision may cause only minor property damage. For others, the consequences can be devastating and long-term, including serious and permanent injuries.
A head-on collision occurs when two approaching vehicles collide. This is perhaps the most dangerous type of collision, because the speed of travel of both vehicles combines to increase the force of impact. Head-on collisions have a high rate of serious injuries and a higher rate of fatalities than other types of accidents.
This type of collision occurs when one vehicle strikes a glancing blow against the side of another vehicle. Side-swipe collisions happen frequently when a driver over-reacts to an impending traffic hazard or collision and swerves into an adjoining lane, striking a vehicle in that lane. The impact of a side-swipe can cause the driver who is hit to lose control of the vehicle and hit other cars.
When a driver runs into the vehicle ahead, a rear-end collision has occurred. This happens frequently when drivers are tailgating, speeding, or distracted. Rear-end collisions often cause whiplash, an injury to the soft tissue in the neck, as well as back injuries. Whiplash often has long-term consequences for the victim, but it is not the only injury caused by rear-end collisions. This type of accident can cause serious and catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBI) , or even death.
Also known as “T-bone collisions,” this type of accident can cause serious injuries to the occupant on the side where the vehicle is hit. Unless the vehicle is equipped with side air bags, there is only the car door to protect the occupant from the impact of the crash. Side impact collisions frequently occur in intersections, when drivers run lights or stop signs or fail to yield the right-of-way.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Charlottesville caused by someone else’s careless or reckless driving, take advantage of Kendall Law Firm’s offer of a free case evaluation with no strings attached. We can provide a clear and straightforward assessment of your case and what damages you may be entitled to claim.
Our main office is located in Charlottesville, and we have client meeting locations in Winchester, Harrisonburg, and Woodstock. If you are in the hospital because of your injuries, our attorney can visit you there.
When you work with our firm, we will thoroughly investigate your accident and gather evidence to support your claim. Contact an experienced Charlottesville car accident lawyer to help access the full extent of your injuries and losses, and actively pursue a claim for the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive. You can have confidence that your car accident case is in good hands with the experienced lawyer at the Kendall Law Firm. Please remember to take pictures of your accident and injuries with your smartphone. It helps to document as much as possible at the time of your accident. Those photos can be very helpful later on. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.