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Virginia Car Accident FAQ: When Should I Seek Medical Treatment? | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

March 23, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Richmond, it’s important to seek medical treatment immediately after an accident.  The longer you wait to see a doctor, the less likely you will receive fair compensation for your accident.  If you don’t get medical treatment, the insurance company will think that you were not seriously hurt.

Many people who are involved in auto accidents sometimes do not initially feel any pain or think they are not hurt, but sometimes pains – especially in the back area – may not show up for days or even weeks after the accident.  That’s why it is important to see a doctor if you’ve been rear-ended.  If you experience any type of neck pain, pain in the arms and shoulders, headaches, or dizziness, you could be suffering from whiplash.

Remember that your health comes first, so you should not let lack of money stop you from seeking medical treatment.  Even if you don’t have health insurance, there are some clinics or chiropractors who will accept payment for treatment after you have received your settlement check.  Just let them know that you were in an auto accident.  They will verify with your lawyer, and so when you do receive the settlement check, your lawyer will send payment to the physician or chiropractor.

Read more frequently asked questions about Virginia auto accidents on our website.

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Richmond Police Looking For Hit-and-Run Driver

March 21, 2012 Leave a comment

From WTVR.com: A 44-year-old man was hit by a car while crossing Hull and 12th Street and now Richmond police are on the lookout for the driver.

According to witnesses, the driver did stop and walk back to see if the man was ok. However, the driver left the scene before police could arrive at the scene. The man who was hit suffered a broken arm and fractured ribs from the accident. Someone who witnessed the accident told the man who was hit that he needed to go to the hospital, but the man refused any help.

A Richmond police spokesperson said that in this type of situation, the driver could be charged with a felony hit-and-run because he/she did leave before the police arrived.

According to Virginia code § 46.2-894:

“The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident in which a person is killed or injured or in which an attended vehicle or other attended property is damaged shall immediately stop as close to the scene of the accident as possible without obstructing traffic, as provided in § 46.2-888, and report his name, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration number forthwith to the State Police or local law-enforcement agency…”

If anyone has any information about this hit-and-run accident, contact Richmond Police Sgt. John Bowman at (804) 646-1369 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

If you’ve been injured in any type of car accident, contact a Richmond lawyer who specializes in car accidents and personal injury cases. The O’Bryan law firm is available at 800-372-4099.

Can You Blame a GPS for a Fatal Car Accident? | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

March 12, 2012 1 comment

Do you always do what your GPS says? If it told you to make a left turn, but there were stop signs and clearly visible“Wrong Way” signs posted, would you still make that left?

For a driver from Richmond, this miscommunication from her GPS system caused a fatal accident that left a 23-year-old Chase City man dead. She claims that the GPS told her to make a left, which turned out to be a one-way street. Apparently, she’s not the only one who has made this mistake. Troopers and people living in the area have witnessed drivers going the wrong way in that same area just off Route 460.

So, who is responsible for this accident? Is it the GPS company or the driver? That would probably be up to a judge to decide.

Keep in mind that you cannot always depend on a GPS system to provide accurate directions as sometimes the software is not up-to-date. Although you can usually trust what the system does tell you, you should always be aware of road signage and be more alert in areas that are not familiar to you.

Has your loved one been involved in a fatal car accident? Contact an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer who specializes in car accidents to help you get through this trying time.

Source: WSET.com – ABC 13

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.

Don’t Be a Victim of a Road Rage Accident | Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

January 5, 2012 1 comment

From WTVR.com, Richmond VA: An update regarding the story of the road rage crash suspect. Christopher Sessoms and Charity Dees were scheduled to appear in court for a deadly crash that left Christopher Lee Fisher dead. The crash, which happened last September, was allegedly due to road rage and caused Fisher’s car to crash into a concrete wall. The suspects have been charged with felony hit and run.

There are millions of car accidents in the U.S. each year, and we can probably assume that many of them are due to road rage and aggressive driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 66 percent of all annual traffic fatalities are caused by aggressive driving actions. What people don’t know is that just like guns, cars can be used as weapons as well, causing harm and death to other people.

The best thing you can do to avoid getting into an accident with a “road rager” is to not feed into the other person’s anger. Don’t react to their honking, finger flipping, or aggressive driving. Just back off and calm down. In the end, it’s just not worth it. You don’t want the same thing that happened to Christopher Lee Fisher to happen to you. If you really feel the need to do something, you can visit sites like RoadRagers.com and file a report.

If you have been a victim of a road rage accident in Virginia, make sure to hire an experienced Virginia car accident attorney.

Am I Getting a Fair Amount For My Richmond VA Car Accident Injury Case?

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Maybe you’ve been involved in a car accident in Virginia and decided to file a claim on your own without the help of a car accident attorney. Now you’ve received an offer from the insurance company, but you’re unsure of the amount. Yes, it may seem like a great offer, but oftentimes that initial offer is still pretty low. Keep in mind that insurance adjusters are in the business of saving money for the company they work for.

So, what is a fair amount? Well, it depends on a variety of factors including:

  • Damage to your vehicle
  • How much your medical bills are
  • How much more you may have to spend for ongoing medical care if you were severely injured
  • Any loss of wages because of hospitalization and bed rest
  • Any loss of wages your spouse or loved one may face in order to take care of you
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Emotional pain and suffering. Don’t just think about the pain and suffering now. Also consider what you may experience in the future if the injury is severe.

Negotiating with the insurance company can be a hassle, but be firm in your counter offer. However, if all of this seems too much to handle, it may be in your best interest to contact a Richmond Virginia car accident lawyer who specializes in these types of cases. You don’t have to hire a lawyer to settle your case, but if you don’t feel comfortable negotiating with the insurance adjusters, then it might be better to have someone act on your behalf who has the confidence and experience.

What is Premises Liability? | Richmond Slip and Fall Lawyer

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Slip and fall accidents are one of causes of personal injury claims. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury every year.

“Premises liability” is a term that describes the responsibility that a property owner has for accidents or injuries that occur on the property, including slip, trip, or fall accidents. There have been cases in which the property owner was aware that a danger or hazardous condition existed, but failed to fix it; or the property owner should have known about the problem since a reasonable person would have discovered it and taken action to prevent an accident.

Business owners or any property owner have a responsibility to ensure that their properties are safe for visitors or guests. A few examples of conditions that may lead to liability include:

  • Hazardous stairways
  • Objects on the ground
  • Slippery floors
  • Uneven ground (cracked or broken sidewalks)

Keep in mind that these types of cases require a great deal of investigation due to the nature of the accident. You must prove that the owner of the property was well aware of the hazard prior to the incident and that this hazard did indeed cause injury to you.

Have you been involved in a slip and fall accident or have any questions about a personal injury case? At O’Bryan Law we help people who have suffered an injury due to negligence. Call us at (804) 643-4343 for a free consultation.