After being involved in a Fairfax car accident, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Medical bills, lost wages, car repairs, and other unexpected expenses may be piling up. The last thing you need is an insurance company attempting to minimize your payout.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to the negligence of another, contact the Fairfax law firm to discuss the details of your case over a free initial consultation and case evaluation. Our team of experienced Fairfax car accident attorneys will ensure you are fairly compensated and not taken advantage of by the insurance companies.
An experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for the losses you have suffered, while also alleviating you from the frustration that commonly comes along with filing a car insurance claim.
When filing a claim for an automobile accident in Virginia, you typically will be dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance company. They will require you to provide a substantial amount of information regarding the accident, all while the insurance agent will be looking for any reason to not pay you.
A lawyer with experience in car accident cases will advocate for you so that your rights will remain protected and the maximum compensation you are entitled to receive will be pursued. An attorney will investigate the accident to determine fault and to corroborate your claim, they will gather all of the necessary evidence and documentation. You will have the freedom to focus on getting better.
The price of hiring a car accident lawyer is a common concern for victims looking into legal representation. A common misconception is that a personal injury attorney is expensive – perhaps too expensive for someone also dealing with medical bills and property damage repairs. Luckily, Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP offers affordable representation. We offer our services on a contingency fee basis to all clients.
If we take on your case and do not secure you any financial compensation, you will owe us $0 for our legal services. We only charge if we win an award on your behalf. If we do win a car accident settlement or verdict, you will pay our fees as a percentage of the award won. Our typical percentage is 33%. With a contingency fee setup, you never have to afford an attorney out of pocket.
We understand the aftermath of a serious car accident can put a financial strain on your family. Our goal is to make legal representation affordable to every accident victim in Fairfax. Operating on a contingency fee basis enables us to protect citizens’ rights. It also motivates us to secure the highest possible recovery awards for each client, since this determines how much our lawyers receive for their hard work. Learn more about what one of our attorneys might cost during a free case review in Fairfax.
Identifying the cause of your car accident is a task our crash lawyers can take care of for you. We can return to the scene of your car accident, obtain copies of police reports, speak to eyewitnesses and work with investigators to get to the bottom of your case. The most frequent causes of car accidents are typically due to driver error, including:
In 2017, 127,375 traffic accidents occurred in the state of Virginia. Motor vehicle collisions took 843 lives in 2017 – the highest number in five years. Distracted, negligent, careless and reckless drivers caused most traffic accidents. Holding at-fault drivers accountable for their actions is something we can help you with at Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP.
Over 4.5 million people experienced injuries as a result of car accidents in 2017, as reported by the National Safety Council. Car accident injuries could change victims’ lives, from giving them chronic pain to inflicting permanent disabilities. A car crash could cause almost any type of physical injury. Here are the most common injuries from car accidents:
Injuries that affect the head are among the most serious of car accident injuries and can occur when drivers or passengers strike their heads against steering wheels, windows or dashboards. The extent of a head injury can range from a mild concussion to a coma.
The forceful impact of car accidents commonly causes back injuries. The spinal cord and nerves can be damaged or discs herniated, leading to decreased feeling in the legs, feet, hands, arms, and other body parts. In serious cases, spinal cord injuries can result in paralysis.
Rear-end collisions often result in whiplash, the most frequently caused car accident injury. The sudden jerk of the head and neck can damage neck muscles and ligaments.
Broken ribs and collapsed lungs can come from blunt force trauma suffered during an accident, as well as internal organ damage and internal bleeding.
The legs, feet, arms, and hands are regularly wounded. Injuries can range from lacerations to fractured bones. Even if a driver or passenger wears a seatbelt, his or her extremities could sustain injuries by colliding with objects in the vehicle, such as a window, seat, steering column or dashboard. Extremity injuries are especially common in motorcycle, bicycle and pedestrian accidents in Fairfax.
Virginia is a fault insurance state. This is the most common insurance system, with only 12 states following no-fault laws. In a traditional fault-based insurance state, the driver or party that caused the car accident will be financially responsible for related damages. If you get into a car accident in Fairfax, you will contact the at-fault driver’s insurance company for financial recovery. Call the other driver’s insurer to file your damage claim. If you caused the crash, the other driver does not have insurance or you were in a hit-and-run, call your insurance provider to file a claim instead.
Virginia is also a contributory negligence state. If an investigation finds you did not cause the crash, but you contributed to it to some degree, the courts may bar you from recovery. Virginia is in the minority as a contributory negligence state, as most states have moved to fairer comparative negligence laws. In a comparative negligence state, partial contribution to an accident will not fully bar the victim from recovery, but instead, decrease the victim’s compensation award.
It is important to hire a lawyer to help you navigate Virginia’s contributory negligence rule. When evaluating your case, a car insurance company may deny your claim if it believes a courtroom would likely assign you contributory negligence for the accident. Virginia’s strict rule may encourage insurance companies to deny claims or refuse to negotiate better settlements. Hiring an attorney could be in your best interests if you fear an insurance company taking advantage of you during the claims process.
Every state has statutes of limitations that set parameters on how long claimants have to bring lawsuits. Statutes of limitations are the courts’ way of motivating victims to file their lawsuits as soon as possible. In Virginia, the statute of limitations on most car accident claims is two years (Code of Virginia 8.01-243). The clock will start ticking on the date of the accident, the date you discover your injuries or the date of a loved one’s death. If your car accident lawsuit is only seeking recovery for property damages, your statute of limitations is five years.
The courts in Virginia are very strict about statutes of limitations. They allow only very limited exceptions to the rule. If you try to file a car accident lawsuit after your deadline has passed, the courtroom will most likely refuse to hear your case. Otherwise, the person you are filing against may petition the court to dismiss the case. It is critical to speak to an attorney about your potential car accident lawsuit right away. If you wait too long, you may miss an important time limit or break another rule.
A car accident lawsuit in Fairfax could help you and your family obtain the financial recovery you need to pay for expensive damages. The at-fault party could owe you thousands of dollars in economic and noneconomic damages. A successful insurance settlement or personal injury trial in Virginia may end in money for many different losses.
One of our attorneys can help you understand the potential value of your car accident claim during a free initial consultation. We can analyze the facts of your unique case and estimate what it could be worth. Hiring a lawyer with experience increases your family’s odds of securing fair and full recovery for your damages.
The actions you take after surviving a car accident could influence your odds of securing financial compensation. An insurance company will check to see if you fulfilled certain responsibilities you have as someone involved in a crash. These can include calling the police and getting prompt medical care. Immediately following a car accident, it is recommended to follow these steps:
If you are unsure what to do after a serious car crash in Fairfax, call an attorney first. A lawyer from our firm will be happy to walk you through the steps you need to take to protect yourself, such as gathering evidence against an at-fault party to seek financial compensation. Every case is unique. A free consultation with one of our lawyers can provide tailored counsel for how to proceed. Call (703) 218-4410 today.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident, contact the law firm of Koonz McKenney Johnson & DePaolis LLP today. Recovering from an accident is stressful enough, let us help you get back on your feet. For a free consultation with our Fairfax accident attorneys, contact us today!