Despite all of the traffic laws that have been passed in Virginia and all the state and national PSAs educating drivers, the rate of car accidents in Hampton, Virginia, and across the state continues to increase each year. Victims of Hampton car accidents can and often do sustain injuries that leave them suffering from permanent disabilities and chronic pain. There can also be other unexpected expenses. At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, our Hampton, Virginia car accident attorneys have the resources necessary to investigate complex traffic accident cases. Our personal injury attorneys have been advocating for car accident victims for decades and have built a strong reputation for working diligently and aggressively to get our clients the financial compensation they deserve.
Massive traffic congestion routinely occurs around both the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (HRBT) and the Monitor-Merrimac bridge tunnel (MMBT) and this creates an environment where serious car crashes can occur. Another contributing factor to serious car wrecks is the array of drivers routinely traveling through Hampton, including drivers heading to the Langley Air Force Base, the Hamptons Golf Course, and Fort Monroe, as well as a direct path to Colonial Williamsburg. This leads to a combination of regular commuters, tourists, and new residents who are not used to the traffic patterns of Hampton, not to mention the greater Tidewater area.
Imagine you and a friend are driving along I-64, get through the HRBT, and are headed towards the Hampton Coliseum when another car suddenly hits you. Both you and your friend suffer serious injuries. What do you do? The first step is to seek medical attention (probably at the Sentara CarePlex Hospital). Your next step should be seeking the counsel of a Hampton, Virginia car accident lawyer.
Why Should I Speak to a Hampton Car Accident Lawyer?
At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, we have practiced injury law since 1985 and have recovered major settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of clients who need compensation the most. We practice a client-focused approach at this firm, which means we take the time to listen to the goals and needs of every person who comes through our door for help. Our attorneys are respected by our peers, our rivals, and the courts in Virginia. This respect was earned over decades, not just years.
Our Hampton, Virginia office is conveniently located at 101 Eaton Street, Hampton, VA, less than a half mile away from the Hampton Circuit Court.
Car Accident Claims Our Firm Handles
With almost 40 years of successfully representing car accident victims, our Hampton car accident lawyers have extensive experience in the following types of car accident claims:
Uninsured and Underinsurance Insurance claims
Most states require vehicle owners to carry a minimum amount of liability insurance. This amount is set by each individual state. Victims of crashes can file an auto accident claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company. If the amount of financial losses exceed the amount of liability insurance the at-fault driver carries, the additional compensation may also come from the victim’s own vehicle insurance company, this is called UM (uninsured) or UIM (underinsured) insurance coverage.
Some insurance companies fail to negotiate in good faith to reach a fair settlement amount for the victim’s losses, or they dispute that their client was at fault for the crash. Whatever the reason for a settlement disagreement, your car accident lawyer may file a civil court lawsuit in the jurisdiction where the crash occurred. In a lawsuit, a judge or jury listens to the evidence presented by both parties and then determines if the victim does indeed deserve financial compensation and how much that award should be.
Not all car accidents are the result of another driver. Some crashes happen because of a defect or faulty vehicle part. In these cases, the victim can pursue a product liability claim against the manufacturer. Two of the most recent examples of this type of liability are faulty airbags and ignition switches. There have been many crashes and fatalities caused by these defects.
We have recovered significant settlements and jury verdicts on behalf of injured accident victims in Virginia, including:
- A $3.5 million jury verdict award with punitive damages for a drunk driving accident victim. Our client suffered debilitating, permanent injuries, including anoxic brain damage, almost every major bone in her body broken, a collapsed lung, traumatic pancreatitis, respiratory failure, hemorrhagic shock, internal bleeding and removal of the gallbladder, and multiple soft tissue injuries.
- A $1 million insurance settlement for a client who suffered massive injuries to his feet, ankles, and legs when a turning driver collided with his vehicle. The crash left our client disabled and needing a wheelchair to travel any distance greater than a few steps.
- A $235,000 insurance settlement for a client who suffered a concussion, soft tissue injuries to her back and neck, and a laceration to her face when another driver failed to yield the right of way and slammed into her vehicle.
Call Our Hampton, Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have suffered injuries in a Hampton, Newport News, or Peninsula area car accident caused by another party, contact a Hampton, Virginia car accident attorney to find out what legal options you may have. At Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp, our accident lawyers are dedicated to helping injured clients obtain the compensation they deserve for their medical bills, lost income, and other losses their injuries have caused.
Call our office today at (833) 997-1774 or click here to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
For more information about what to do if you are seriously hurt in a Hampton car wreck, read these articles:
- Damages available in a Hampton, VA car crash claim
- What Is the Most Important Evidence to Gather After a Car Accident?
- How Accident Victims Receive Compensation for Economic Damages Through Insurance Claims and Personal Injury Lawsuits
- What Types of Evidence Do Personal Injury Lawyers Use to Substantiate Claims for Pain and Suffering?