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FAQ: Am I Required to Hire a Virginia Personal Injury Attorney?

April 16, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’ve been involved in a car accident or you suffered a personal injury in the state of Virginia, you are not required to hire an attorney.  You can represent yourself in the court of law, but whether or not you should do this is debatable.

If you are very familiar with Virginia accident injury laws and understand court procedures, then perhaps you do not need an attorney.  You may also want to consider the severity of the injury, the amount of investigation involved, and how much money is at stake when deciding whether or not to go at it alone.

It never hurts to speak with an attorney to find out if your problem is something that you can work out yourself or if it will help to have the support of an experienced attorney.  Most attorneys do offer a free consultation.  A knowledgeable Virginia personal injury attorney may know laws or have resources that you may not be aware of.

Still unsure whether or not to hire a lawyer?  Read our previous article,  “5 Reasons Why You May Want to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer.  You may also want to be aware of the mistakes people make when hiring a lawyer.

We also recommend ordering our free accident injury book before you speak with any lawyer or insurance adjuster.

FAQ: Should I Contact My Car Insurance Company After an Accident? | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, some car insurance companies ask that you do report the accident to them regardless if you are at fault or not. Check your policy to see if you are required to contact your car insurance company because if you do not let them know about the accident, it could be grounds for them to drop your coverage.

One of the reasons why you may want to contact your insurance company is if the other driver’s insurance carrier is slow to take action and your car has to be fixed or you require medical care right away. If you have what is called collision insurance, you are covered for any damage to the vehicle caused by another driver hitting your car or if you hit an object such as a tree, pole, or road sign. It doesn’t matter who is at fault, collision insurance will take care of any damages.

If you do suspect that your insurance company may not provide coverage for whatever reason, it may be in your best interest to contact a Virginia personal injury lawyer. There are some companies who will try to blame you for the accident just to avoid paying out your claim even though you know for a fact that the other driver was clearly at fault.

Find out more about what car insurance companies don’t want you to know about your injury claim by requesting our free accident injury book.

Car Plows Into Home | Richmond Accident Injury Attorney

October 31, 2011 Leave a comment

What happens if someone drives a car into your home? Well, it’s definitely something you don’t want to think about, but it does happen.

On a Sunday night in South Richmond this is exactly what happened to Becky Lane. A man driving a SUV plowed right into a car parked outside her home on Oakland Avenue. The impact of the crash sent the parked right into Becky Lane’s home.

Richmond police report that the driver was 62-year-old Joseph Williams of Augusta, Georgia — and this is not even the first time that Williams has been cited for reckless driving.

When you operate a vehicle in a negligent way without any regard to the safety and well-being of other people or their property, it is considered reckless driving. Reckless driving can be caused by a number of reasons including:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Mental or psychological problems which takes away focus from the road
  • Distracted by phone or text messaging
  • Road rage

Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the incident described above, however, if you have been injured because of a reckless driver, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Virginia accident injury attorney to help you with your case.

Read more: Driver charged in accident that sent car into home.

Drowsy Driving? There’s an App For That

October 28, 2011 Leave a comment

The lifestyle of the average American has changed drastically in the last 20 years. People are busy and constantly on the go. They are in a rush to get to places – especially solo business travelers during long road trips. Because of this lifestyle, people are experiencing driver fatigue more often. There have been many suggestions offered to curb driver fatigue, and now companies are utilizing advances in technology to provide even more solutions to help solve the problem.

Earlier this year Danish company, ASP Technology, unveiled an anti-fatigue device and mobile app that alerts drivers when they are in danger of drowsy driving. The portable device is mounted on the dashboard and monitors the conditions that affect a driver’s fatigue level. It helps the driver stay alert by constantly testing their reaction times through tap-touch tests. The device also works as an alarm to alert the driver when it’s time to take a break.  The iPhone app (available at iTunes) is based on the same research and works much the same way as the dashboard device.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, driver fatigue is a factor in nearly 17 percent of all fatal traffic accidents. Meanwhile, nearly 41 percent of drivers admit to having “fallen asleep or nodded off” while driving.

If you’ve been injured in an accident with a drowsy driver, make sure to order our free accident injury book before you consult with any Richmond accident injury lawyer.

 

Car Accidents Can Happen At Any Time | Richmond, VA Injury Attorney

A fatal accident involving a SUV and a school bus is currently being investigated by Richmond, Virginia police.

The driver of the SUV, Karl Anthony McClendon, 46, of Richmond, died at scene which occurred on Tuesday, May 10th. The passengers in Anthony’s vehicle had minor injuries while the students and bus driver were not injured.

Our hearts go out to everyone involved in that accident.

According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, in 2009 there were 523 driver and passenger fatalities in the state. Of that number, 46 of the deaths occurred in the 46-50 age range. The majority of deaths occurred in the 21-25 age range.

Here’s another interesting statistic:  In 2009, there were 4,761 car crashes in the city of Richmond.  Over half of those crashes (2,525) involved injuries while 16 resulted in a fatality.

A car accident can happen at any time. If it happens to you, it’s important to speak with a Richmond Virginia car accident attorney to help you file a personal injury claim.

At O’Bryan Law Firm, we are dedicated to making sure you are fully compensated for any injuries and damages that have occurred. Keep in mind that insurance companies will try their best to give you as little as possible for your claim.

Find out how to get more for your auto injury case by requesting our free accident injury book, “Hidden Inside Secrets Big Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Your Injury Claim”.

Act Now Before You Wreck Your Case | Richmond VA accident injury lawyer

April 22, 2010 Leave a comment
  • Closure. Getting on with your life and over the hassle. Not being a victim anymore.
  • Evidence may be destroyed or discarded. Now it is available to help you win your case.
  • Witnesses may disappear, die or forget important details.
  • Adjuster may get harmful statements from witnesses.
  • Gaps in medical treatment may hurt case.
  • Insurance companies may close, merge with another company, or may change policy meanings or facts. Now you know who to contact and what you are entitled to recover.
  • Insurance companies may move out of area and try and deny coverage.
  • You may get worn down and not feel up to continue the path to get recovery, thus justice may not be delivered to you and that could mean no money to you.
  • New adjusters may come on to handle your case and want to start all over and waste time.
  • Insurance companies may decide not to pay.
  • The government may change coverage policies on what insurance companies have to pay. Lobbyists pay money out to get votes and rewrite the laws in the insurance company’s favor.

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