The questions on this page were answered by our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk personal injury attorneys. The questions are categorized by practice area such as car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, etc. If you have specific questions about your situation, contact our firm to set up a free consultation with an actual attorney.
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What type of records and receipts should I keep for a car accident case?
You will want to keep all medical records, including emergency room visits, doctors’ visits, hospital stays, and any other medical treatments. Each provider will give you a print out of the results of each visit, which your attorney can use to show the extent of your injuries and the required treatments, as well as recuperation instructions and recovery.
In a car accident, what should a victim take photos of for evidence to help with their case?
Photos are one of the best pieces of visual evidence a victim can have. Photos of all injuries suffered by the victim and any other occupants in the vehicle are critical to show the extent of the injuries. It is also important to take photos of the damage to all vehicles involved, both inside and outside. You will also want to take photos of the scene of the accident, including any skid marks, damaged property, road and weather conditions. Take lots of photos from all different angles.
What is one of the ways a victim can document damage from a car accident?
The more evidence your car accident attorney can show, the better the chances are you will get the full financial compensation you deserve. One important way to document details of the accident is to take notes. The sooner you do this, the better off you will be. It can take months and months for a case to be settled and this can affect how well you remember details. Make sure to write down the following:
- Where and when the crash occurred.
- Details on how the accident happened.
- Weather and road conditions when the crash happened.
- The names, contact information, and insurance company information for the driver or drivers involved in the crash.
- The names and contact information of any passengers in the other vehicle
- The names and contact information of any witnesses to the crash and statements of what they saw.
How many people die in car accidents each year in the US?The NHTSA says 35,000 people are killed in car accidents annually and four million are injured. Many of these car accidents are due to driver negligence, and a personal injury lawsuit is often warranted on behalf of the victim, or on behalf of the family if the victim is deceased.
I was injured by a drunk driver. How common is this?The US government reports alcohol related crashes are responsible for the deaths of 13,000 victims annually and for non fatal injuries for 430,000 victims. If you have been hurt by a drunk driver and have injuries, you should talk to a Virginia personal injury attorney about recovering compensation.
How big of a problem is distracted driving?The federal government states distracted driving kills over 3000 people per year and injures 735,000. If the distracted driver was using a cell phone, your personal injury attorney can subpoena cell phone records to prove the driver was negligent.
Why should I not talk to the other driver's insurance company?Insurance adjusters have been trained to manipulate the conversation, ask leading questions and use sneaky tactics to get you to admit you were partially at fault for the crash even if you were not. They also will want to record the conversation, which will almost certainly be used against you.
Why should I use a personal injury attorney to work with the other driver's insurance adjuster?Your Virginia car accident attorney knows how to negotiate effectively with tough insurance adjusters. You will almost certainly get better compensation from the insurance company if you have an experienced attorney negotiating on your behalf.
How many people die in distracted driving crashes in Virginia?During 2017, it was estimated by the Department of Motor Vehicles there were 14,656 injuries and 208 deaths. Many of these accidents happened in SE Virginia on I-64 between Richmond and Norfolk.
How would my lost wages be handled in a personal injury lawsuit in Virginia compared to North Carolina?Both states have similar rules in place that allow you to recover lost wages. They can be recovered to the extent that they can be proven to come from the injuries that occurred in the car accident if the at-fault driver was negligent.