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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

FAQ: Car Accident With Uninsured Drivers in Virginia

October 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Q: I was involved in a car accident with an uninsured driver in Virginia. What can I do? 

Being involved with an uninsured driver can be frustrating, but there are a couple things you can do: 1) File a claim with your insurance company or 2) Personally take the uninsured driver to court.

If you have coverage through your own insurance company for uninsured drivers, all you have to do is file a claim. However, make sure that your insurance company doesn’t try to low ball you and offer a small amount to cover damages. If that’s the case, you may want to consider consulting with a Virginia car accident lawyer.

If you don’t have coverage for uninsured drivers, your next option is to file a small claims suit against the other driver. Keep in mind that the most that you can sue for is $5,000 in the state of Virginia. If your injuries and damages fall in the range of $4,500 to $25,000, you can file a claim with the Virginia Circuit Court.

While most states have made it mandatory to carry auto insurance, Virginia is one of the few states that allows some drivers to simply pay a $500 fee and go without insurance. If a person decides to pay this fee but is involved in a car accident, he/she is still personally liable.

Have you been involved with an uninsured driver in Virginia? Contact an experienced Virginia car accident lawyer to help you with your case. 

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”.

Accident Case Mediation in Virginia | Richmond VA personal injury lawyer

February 25, 2010 1 comment

Mediation in Virginia accident injury cases.

I just posted a new article over at the best Richmond Virginia lawyer website about the mediation process and what it involves.

Mediation is a useful tool to settle cases without having to go to court. It can take a while, but, in my opinion, it is worth the effort if it avoids the expense of going to court. Taking an accident injury case to court can involved many thousands of dollars in fees for expert witnesses and other various things.

Check out my new article and while you are there make sure to order the Accident Injury Book: Hidden Inside Secrets Big Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Your Injury Claim for some great free information.