One car crash occurs every four minutes on our state’s roads, the Virginia Highway Safety Office says. In too many cases, these aren’t really “accidents.” They’re the results of negligent, reckless acts by careless people.
At Marks & Harrison, our Richmond car accident lawyers believe these drivers need to be held accountable. We also believe that victims deserve full and fair compensation for their injuries.
Insurance companies are out to protect their dollars. That means aggressive action needs to be taken to protect car accident victims’ rights. We have the skill, experience and resources to stand up to these companies. For more than 100 years, our firm has successfully helped people secure the funds they need and deserve to carry on with their lives.
To learn more, call us today at (800) 283-2202 or use our online form. We can schedule a free and confidential consultation. We’ll review the specific facts of your case and discuss how we can help you.
Negligence Causes Car Accidents in Richmond and Across Virginia
Driving in Virginia is as dangerous as ever. Virginia automobile crashes, fatalities and injuries all increased in the past year, the Highway Safety Office reports. Statistics show that more than 120,000 crashes occurred on our streets and highways, including nearly 5,000 in Richmond. These wrecks resulted in 764 deaths and 63,382 injuries.
Why? That’s a good question. The answer is complex.
At Marks & Harrison, we know that the main factor behind car accidents is negligence. Many drivers fail to fulfill a duty of care that they owe to others on the road. But negligent driving can take many different forms, including the following:
- Speeding – Speed plays a role in nearly 25,000 Virginia wrecks each year, statistics show. Breaking the speed limit and causing an accident is automatically deemed negligence. But other types of speeding are dangerous, too. For instance, a person may drive too fast in conditions such as rain, fog, ice, sleet, snow or smoke.
- Reckless driving – A driver clearly shows no regard for others’ safety when they zoom through a red light or stop sign at an intersection, make dangerous passes on two-lane roads or race other cars on the road.
- Drunk driving – Today, we have strong anti-drunk driving laws, heavy law enforcement and heightened public awareness campaigns, including many that our state participates in. Still, drunk drivers continue to cause accidents. Last year alone, nearly 8,500 alcohol-related crashes occurred in Virginia. Many of these involved drivers with blood-alcohol content (BAC) above the legal limit of 0.08. But driving after even one drink is unsafe.
- Drugged driving – Just as serious as drunk driving is the problem of people getting behind the wheel after consuming illegal drugs or prescription drugs. These substances impair one’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that drug use among fatally injured drivers jumped by 13 percent during a recent three-year period.
- Distracted driving – Talking on a cell phone and texting while driving cause a rising number of car accidents across the U.S. In fact, the NHTSA says that distracted driving kills 5,500 and injures 450,000 nationally each year.
- Fatigued driving – The NHTSA says that nearly 56,000 sleep-related car crashes occur annually. They cause nearly 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths. Fatigued driving isn’t just falling asleep at the wheel. It’s also being so tired that a person lacks the alertness needed to drive safely.
Another form of carelessness is driving without any insurance coverage. When a driver causes an accident without any coverage or lacks coverage that can pay for the full extent of a victim’s injuries, one may need to turn to their own insurance company to recover under an uninsured / underinsured (UM / UIM) policy.
Our Richmond Car Accident Attorneys Can Help You
If you were injured by a careless or reckless driver, you may be entitled to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The Richmond car accident lawyers of Marks & Harrison know what experts to hire in order to go up against high-powered teams of attorneys and experts used by insurance companies.
We regularly work with forensic engineers to determine causes of accidents and prove fault. We work with doctors, nurses, vocational rehabilitation specialists and economists to prove damages, future medical costs, past and future lost earnings, impairment, disability and loss of earning capacity. We also work with psychologists, grief counselors and others to provide evidence of emotional loss, pain and suffering and loss of companionship.
Contact Our Richmond Car Accident Lawyers Today
For a free and confidential consultation, call Marks & Harrison today at (800) 283-2202 or use our online form. Our Richmond car accident lawyers can review your case. We can help you to determine your objectives and start work on a strategy to secure the damages you deserve.
If you were injured by another person’s carelessness or recklessness, you may be entitled to recover damages that include medical costs, property loss, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The Richmond car accident lawyers of Marks & Harrison know what experts to hire and when to hire them to go up against the high-powered teams of attorneys and experts used by big business and the insurance companies. We regularly work with forensic engineers to determine causation and prove fault. We work with physicians, nurses, vocational rehabilitation specialists, and forensic economists to prove damages, future medical costs, past and future lost earnings, impairment and disability, and loss of earning capacity. We work with psychologists, grief counselors, and others to testify to emotional loss, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship.
You are invited to contact our Richmond automobile accident attorneys for a free, no-obligation, and confidential consultation. Our lawyers will analyze your case and advise whether you are entitled to compensation. If we don’t think you need an attorney, we will tell you right away.
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