Car Accident Representation and Driver Defense
PRACTICING PERSONAL INJURY IN VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, WEST VIRGINIA AND GEORGIA
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover your medical bills, lost income, emotional distress, and related pain or suffering. While our personal injury firm is best known representing motorcycle accident victims, the laws pertaining to car and other motor vehicle accidents are not dissimilar from those involving motorcycles.
Over the years our firm has gained extensive experience negotiating and litigating on behalf of injured motorcycle riders in complex, often difficult cases. This experience, along with decades of combined experience fighting for people injured in passenger vehicles and SUV accidents, has made our firm particularly formidable in all types of automobile accident cases.
Our Personal Injury Lawyers Leave No Stone Unturned
We look at a wide variety of factors in every car crash to pursue the maximum recovery amounts for victims of major accidents.
A crash can take an emotional, financial, physical and potentially human toll. As attorneys, our focus is helping our clients get the monetary resources and medical care they need to make a full recovery and return to a normal life.
Depending on the state where the accident occurred, there are various insurance policy stipulations that can help you recover maximum damages. As a firm with lawyer practicing in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Georgia, we are intimately familiar with all the local laws relating to auto accidents, and can help you understand your chances, potential avenues of compensation and what you can expect from the process.
Our proven track record is evidence that our approach of thinking outside the box and negotiating with insurance companies and medical providers often leads to favorable results for car accident victims and their families. We’re ready to fight for you and help ease the many burdens that come along with these incidents.
- People impacted by drunken drivers
- Individuals harmed by distracted drivers (texting while driving)
- People harmed by reckless or aggressive drivers
- People who have experienced traumatic brain injury or bodily harm
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– Jeff Hennie
Car Accident Statistics for Virginia, North Carolina & South Carolina
Each year, more than 8 million registered vehicles travel about 80 billion miles on Virginia roads. With so many vehicles traveling that distance, car accidents and injuries are inevitable.
Still, there are ways for every driver to be safer. Many motor vehicle accidents in Virginia result from careless or negligent driving.
Speed was a factor in 43% of fatal crashes in Virginia, and alcohol was a factor in 32%. Not surprisingly, evening rush hour remains one of the most dangerous times to be on the road.
The City of Richmond averages about 5,000 car crashes every year. Few are fatal, but about half involve injuries. That means most car crashes affect drivers’ lives in ways beyond simple repair work to their vehicle.
Newport News, Virginia
The Greater Newport News area experiences around 1,800 vehicle crashes annually—and most accidents result in injuries.
Not surprisingly, the number of traffic accidents generally mirrors the population. Virginia Beach leads all cities, trailed by Richmond and Norfolk. Newport News comes in fourth. (Alcohol plays a disproportionate role in accidents in Virginia Beach accidents.)
Columbia, South Carolina
A pleasant drive can quickly—and unexpectedly—turn into hardship or tragedy. This is especially true in South Carolina, which ranks eighth among all states for traffic deaths per 100,000 residents.
Some other startling car accident statistics for South Carolina:
- A collision occurs every 4.4 minutes
- An injury collision occurs every 15.4 minutes
- A fatal collision occurs every 11.6 hours
- Auto accidents result in $3.05 billion of lost productivity, property damage, and medical costs annually
Richland County ranks third in the state for total collisions, which results, due in part to its high population. Most car accidents in the Columbia area occur during the evening rush hour.
Raleigh, North Carolina
There are more than 250,000 car accidents per year in North Carolina, resulting in nearly 79,000 injuries.
While obeying the speed limit, wearing your site belt, driving sober, and putting down your cell phone can help ensure you’re not the cause of a serious auto accident, it doesn’t protect you from those who fail to follow these basic tenets of safe driving.
Wake County, home to Raleigh and North Carolina’s second-most populous county, averaged 67 fatal car accidents per year during the last decade, trailing only Mecklenburg County. Of those fatal crashes, Raleigh accounts for 31.
While fatal crashes remain rare, car accidents are common. State data reports more than 23,000 crashes annually in Raleigh, with nearly 6,600 resulting in injury.
If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact one of our car accident lawyers and let us fight for you.
How To Investigate Auto Accidents
There are some cases where liability and blame are easy to assign, but there are also plenty of auto accidents where responsibility is less easy to decipher. Police reports can help, but in some cases it’s still one driver’s word against the other’s. If liability is in doubt, insurance companies will usually negotiate a lot harder, and may even want to take a case to trial rather than settle.
Your car crash attorney’s investigative experience could make a huge difference in the outcome of that type of case. At the Motorcycle Law Group, we’re frequently tasked with some of the toughest auto accident investigations.
In many motorcycle crashes, the injured rider is hauled off in an ambulance without ever having a chance to talk to the police. That means the driver who hit the motorcyclist gets to have their side of the story put on record while the rider is in the hospital fighting for their life.
Our accident reconstructions are often based on painstaking investigations where we speak with law enforcement, get witness statements, study medical and police reports, find accident footage from nearby security cameras and analyze accident photos, skid marks, vehicle damage, and debris patterns to piece together what really happened.
Those same skills apply to normal car-on-car automobile accidents as well. We’re confident that we have some of the most experienced accident investigation experts because we’ve tackled some of the toughest investigations imaginable and still come out on top.
Don’t Wait After You’ve Been Involved in an Auto Accident
Some of the evidence listed above is time sensitive in nature. Photos can conveniently get lost, security footage is routinely deleted, and the memory of witnesses will fade more and more with each passing day. The sooner your attorneys can get started on your accident investigation the better chance they will have to paint an accurate, complete picture of your accident and who caused it.