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“They sent somebody to visit me in the hospital and get my side of the story (totally free). I was assigned Mr. Crawford and told that we had a case. Fast forward about 9 months later and I received literally 14x what the insurance company had offered me. This is after the lawyer and medical fees as well. So basically this was totally free and I barely had to do anything I am so glad I called Marks and Harrison and I will be recommending them to all of my family and friends.”— Robert Smith
If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Fredericksburg, you can count on insurance companies to do whatever they can to deny your claim or pay as little as possible. On the other hand, you can count on our attorneys at Marks & Harrison to use our knowledge of how insurance companies operate to protect your rights and to aggressively pursue the maximum amount for you and your family.
Never accept a settlement offer after a car accident until you meet with our Fredericksburg car accident attorneys first. We will carefully review your case, thoroughly prepare your claim for damages and negotiate directly with the insurance companies on your behalf. Meanwhile, you can focus on your physical recovery.
Reach us today and receive a free consultation at our Fredericksburg office or at any one of our nine other offices located in Richmond and throughout Virginia. We will charge you no costs or fees unless we obtain a verdict or settlement for you. We don’t want your concerns about legal costs to stop you from seeking the justice you deserve.
How Will Our Fredericksburg Car Accident Lawyers Help You?
Some people try to pursue compensation and deal with insurance companies on their own after accidents. However, doing so carries great risks. In virtually every case, car accident victims are much better off working with a law firm that can bring skill, experience and resources to a case which they simply won’t have if they try to act alone. For instance, when you work with Marks & Harrison, we will:
- Promptly and thoroughly investigate your case – Our legal team works with skilled, full-time investigators and highly qualified experts in accident reconstruction and other fields. We will be able to determine why your crash occurred and who should pay for your losses.
- Carefully calculate all damages you are due – We understand how car accidents can lead to costly medical treatment, missed time at work and a tremendous amount of other losses. We also realize the physical pain and emotional distress that victims suffer. We will gather and analyze your medical records, consult with doctors and examine all other evidence in order to determine the damages that should be sought in your case.
- Pursue compensation for you – We will demand that the insurance company (or companies) fully and fairly compensate you for your losses. We will also help you to assess whether a settlement offer meets your needs and goals. Ultimately, if the insurance company denies liability or contests the amount of damages in your case, our skilled trial lawyers will be ready to fight for you in court.
It all starts with a free consultation. We will also charge you no costs or legal fees unless we secure compensation for you. When we meet to discuss your case, we will explain and ensure that you understand our fee agreement.
What Are Common Causes of Car Accidents in Fredericksburg?
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicle statistics show that, on average, about 900 motor vehicle accidents occur in the Fredericksburg city limits each year, or about two to three crashes per day. As Fredericksburg residents know, the city has several dangerous intersections such as where Princess Anne Street and Amelia Street meet in the downtown – the site of numerous crashes in recent years.
As we have seen through the years, some of the most common causes of auto accidents in Fredericksburg are:
- Tailgating and aggressive driving
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Automotive defects
- Poor road conditions.
When you are involved in an accident of any kind, it can be highly stressful and confusing. Allow a Fredericksburg car accident lawyer at Marks & Harrison to protect your rights and seek the compensation you are due while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Types of Fredericksburg Car Accident Cases
We work with Fredericksburg residents in a wide array of vehicle accidents, including:
- Car accidents
The majority of cases that we work on at Marks & Harrison involve collisions between two motor vehicles or multiple-car collisions. We work with those who have been hurt in rear-end crashes, T-bone accidents and sideswipes. The most severe types of accidents that we handle involve head-on collisions.
- Truck accidents
Our truck accident lawyer knows the key differences between accidents involving tractor-trailers and other types of crashes, including the severity of the injuries, the involvement of many different parties and the possible violations of state and federal trucking regulations. We can handle these complex issues and work swiftly and effectively to seek a recovery of damages for you.
- Motorcycle accidents
The reality is that many of these crashes occur because motorists fail to safely share the road with motorcyclists. For instance, they may fail to keep a proper lookout, or they may follow the motorcycle too closely. A motorcycle accident lawyer from our Fredericksburg office will work diligently to hold the negligent car driver liable for the harm you have suffered.
- Pedestrian accidents
When a pedestrian and motor vehicle driver get involved in a collision, a key issue may be who had the right of way. We thoroughly investigate these cases and fend off any efforts by insurance companies to wrongfully claim their insured driver had the right of way.
- Bicycle accidents
When car drivers negligently fail to respect the rights of bicyclists – or intentionally refuse to do so – they must be held accountable. We stand up for the rights of injured bicyclists and their families and seek maximum compensation for them after a crash.
Each of these accident types involves unique types of evidence and legal issues that must be addressed. This is why it can benefit you to work with a law firm such as Marks & Harrison which has experience across a broad range of accidents.
What Steps Should You Take After a Car Accident in Fredericksburg?
It is easy to make potentially costly mistakes after a car accident – especially if you have never been involved in one before or had to deal with insurance companies. For that reason, we suggest that you take the following steps if you have been involved in a crash in Fredericksburg:
Get immediate medical attention – It is important to see a doctor as soon as possible after a crash for the sake of your health as well as for the sake of your claim. An insurance company may try to use a delay in getting treatment as a reason for denying or minimizing your claim. For instance, the insurer may argue that your crash did not cause your injuries or that your injuries are not severe. In the Fredericksburg area, medical care providers include:
Mary Washington Hospital
1001 Sam Perry Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center
630 Spotsylvania Mall Drive
Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Get a copy of your crash report – Within a few days after your accident, you should be able to get a copy of the crash report prepared by the law enforcement agency that investigated it such as:
Fredericksburg Police Department
2200 Cowan Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Fredericksburg Sheriff’s Office
701 Princess Anne Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
You can also request a copy of the report by going through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. You should expect to pay an $8 fee. Simply write to:
Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
Customer Records Work Center, Room 514
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269
Keep everything – You should start a file in which you store all documents related to your case such as medical bills, car repair receipts and letters or e-mails that you received from the insurance company. Additionally, hold on to any photos you took of the crash scene and any witness names and contact information that you collected.
Notify your insurance company – Most insurance companies require you to report your accident within a certain number of days after it occurs. So, you should make sure to comply with all of your insurance company’s reporting requirements. If you fail to do so, it may jeopardize your ability to file a claim with the insurer down the road.
Refuse to speak with other insurance companies – The other driver’s insurance company may call or visit you shortly after your crash. Until you speak first with a car accident lawyer at Marks & Harrison, you should decline to give the insurer a recorded statement or accept any settlement offer.
Our Fredericksburg Car Accident Attorneys Can Help You Today
Don’t let the insurance companies take advantage of you after a car accident in Fredericksburg. Instead, put a law firm with more than 100 years of history on your side as well as the resources that come from being one of the largest personal injury law firms in Virginia. At Marks & Harrison, we will protect your rights and pursue the maximum amount of compensation for you. To learn more about how we can assist you, call or reach us online today and receive a free, no-obligation consultation.