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. If you have been injured in an accident caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, Virginia law allows you to pursue damages against that party. You may be entitled to financial compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, pain, and suffering, emotional anguish, permanent disability, and more. Call Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn to speak with one of our Virginia personal injury attorneys to see what legal recourse you may have.
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.
According to statistics from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, more than 800 people were killed in car accidents in 2019. Additionally, there were 180 people who were injured in crashes every single day. 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 are another common cause of personal injuries in Virginia. Each year, approximately 100 pedestrians are killed in the state. 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.
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 one 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.
Reach Out to Us Today for Help
Personal injury cases can be difficult to prove without the legal expertise of a 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 at-fault party.
At Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn, we are here to help when personal injuries impact you or your loved ones. If you are a victim in the above or other types of accidents, contact our dedicated Virginia personal injury attorneys and request a free and confidential consultation to discuss how we can help you get the compensation you need to recover. Call us at 800-752-0042 today.