Helping victims of car wrecks in Virginia seek the compensation they deserve
When you choose the Richmond motor vehicle accident attorneys at Phelan Petty to handle your car accident case, you can rest assured that a dedicated team of professionals is handling your case. Our track record of success, reputation for excellence, and personal commitment to your case mean you can relax and focus on recovery from your crash. At Phelan Petty, we pride ourselves on communication and attentive service. When you hire us to fight for you, you will never have to play phone tag or go through paralegals and office staff to get updates about your case. You will receive the direct phone number of the attorney handling your claim, and we will keep you informed at every step of the legal process.
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Car accidents in Virginia – the statistics
Car crashes are a serious concern statewide. The Virginia Highway Safety Office reported 131,848 crashes in 2018, a 3.5 percent increase from the previous year. In 2018, Virginia car crashes:
- Injured 66,523 people; almost 7,500 of whom were seriously injured
- Involved one out of every 25 licensed drivers
- Killed 819 drivers, passengers, and pedestrians
- Occurred every four minutes
Nearly half of the city’s wrecks involved either serious or fatal injuries, and 6,231 of those crashes occurred in the city of Richmond alone.
We also know that many of these crashes are avoidable. Almost 20 percent of Virginia’s car accidents in 2018 were speed-related. Other common contributors to Virginia car crashes are drunk, drugged, and distracted driving. At Phelan Petty, we believe that car wreck victims deserve accountability and justice. That is why we carefully investigate our clients’ claims and aggressively pursue claims against those who caused their injuries.
Types of car accidents in Richmond, VA
The type of car accident in which you’re involved can have a big effect on the type of injury you suffer, the amount of damage to your vehicle and how much compensation you may be entitled to. Some of the types of car accident cases we work with include:
When you’re injured in an accident that was not your fault, you have the right to seek compensation against the person who caused you harm, and our personal injury attorneys can help.
Common injuries from auto accidents
As you see, there are many different kinds of car accidents, so it stands to reason there are also many kinds of car accident injuries. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, physical injuries can range from minor to severe to fatal. These can include:
Back and neck injuries
Accidents like rear-end collisions can cause the upper body to whip back and forth. This can result in injuries like whiplash and other neck, muscle, tendon and soft tissue injuries.
Traumatic brain injuries
These types of injuries, also called TBI, can range from minor, like a concussion, to severe, like a coma. And, brain and head injuries can be difficult to diagnose, causing long-term disability in some patients.
Spinal cord damage from a car accident is a common and tragic injury. Depending on where the damage occurred, an accident victim can experience loss of sensation or movement in the lower extremities.
Loss of limb
Extremely serious car accidents can cause catastrophic injuries. Some injuries can require amputation, a life-changing injury that leave a victim disabled and unable to work.
Bone breaks and fractures
During a car accident, a great amount of force is put on your body and sometimes that force can cause your bones to break. Common bone breaks from a car accident include arms, wrists, collarbones, feet and legs.
What is the value of my car accident claim?
Calculating a Virginia injury claim’s full value is an art. It requires detailed investigations, insight from experts, and well-crafted legal strategies. Phelan Petty’s lawyers have one mission: getting our clients the compensation they deserve.
Depending on your injuries and the circumstances of your crash, you may be entitled to receive compensation for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Past and future wage loss
- Pain and suffering
- A decrease in quality of life and living
- Property damage to your vehicle and other possessions
- In the case of wrongful death, funeral and burial expenses
When you work with our team, we will spend time getting to know you and your case’s value. We also work closely with expert witnesses, including doctors, long-term care planners and accident reconstruction specialists to meticulously calculate our clients’ damages. Then, we go into action, uncovering the factors that contributed to their collisions and helping them hold the negligent parties responsible. We help you secure the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
Negligence and Richmond car accidents
When someone else’s reckless and careless actions cause you or your loved ones harm, you can hold that person responsible. And, the way you do this is by filing a claim for compensation to recover financially for your losses and damages. In order for a successful case, you must prove the other party was negligent. However, because Virginia follows the law of pure contributory negligence, if you’re also found in any way responsible for the accident, you will not be eligible to seek compensation. Our attorneys can help explain these laws and prove that the other party was 100% responsible for your injuries.
We believe everyone has a role to play in putting an end to drunk and drugged driving and the terrible toll it takes on victims and their families. That is why we are a proud sponsor of the Virginia chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and its annual public awareness event, Walk Like MADD.
- How to Protect Your Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident
- An Accident Victim’s Guide to Virginia Personal Injury Settlements
Richmond car accident attorneys advocating for your rights
Phelan Petty’s accident attorneys have a reputation for aggressive litigation strategies and a sophisticated approach to settlement negotiations and court cases. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a car accident in Virginia, contact Phelan Petty today.