Different Types of Personal Injuries in Virginia Accident Claims

Accidents happen when you least expect them. As a result, you can be left with serious personal injuries. Even an otherwise minor incident can leave you with ongoing medical expenses while preventing you from working or participating in activities with family and friends.

In many cases, these types of injuries occur as the result of reckless and negligent actions on the part of others. While you cannot always avoid these situations, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. The following outlines some of the most common causes of personal injuries and some simple safety tips to follow:

Car Accidents

According to statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), roughly 850 people each year are killed in car accidents while thousands of others suffer serious injuries. Dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding, aggressive or distracted driving, and driving under the influence are often to blame. Avoid engaging in these types of behaviors yourself and if you notice another motorist tailgating, weaving in and out of lanes, or otherwise behaving in an erratic manner, pull over and notify law enforcement.

Pedestrian Accidents

Pedestrian accidents are another common cause of personal injuries in Virginia. The DMV reports that these accidents claim the lives of as many as 120 people each year. With little to protect you in the event of a collision, the damages you suffer can be severe. To protect yourself, wear bright-colored clothes to increase visibility, keep on sidewalks at all times, and use crosswalks to get across intersections.

Bicycle Accidents

Riding a bike is an excellent form of physical fitness and an environmentally-friendly form of transportation. However, it does increase your accident risks. Wear a bicycle helmet and pads, avoid distractions and be alert to drivers around you, and follow all traffic signs and signals.

Slip and Fall Accidents

The National Floor Safety Institute reports that slips, trips, and falls are some of the most common causes of personal injuries. Even a minor fall can cause injuries that are severe. When these occur in public places, alert the property manager or on-site security, make sure an accident report is filed, and get medical attention, regardless of your symptoms.

Dog Bites and Attacks

In Virginia, dogs are required to be restrained at all times. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see dogs running loose and even the friendliest animal can attack if provoked or scared. Even if it is a pet you are otherwise familiar with, use caution when approaching. Stay quiet and slowly begin backing up if they growl or show their teeth, and use a jacket, purse, or other object to shield your head and face in the event they attack.

Find Out How a Virginia Accident Lawyer Can Help You

Personal injury cases can be difficult to prove without the legal expertise of a Virginia personal injury attorney. These cases can be complex and failure to provide sufficient evidence could result in a dismissal of the case by the court or a ruling in favor of the defendant (at-fault party).

At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, our legal team will provide a free case evaluation to determine what legal options you may have and how to proceed. Call our office today to find out how we can help get you the financial compensation you deserve.