Experienced West Virginia Auto Accident Lawyers
Over 2 million Americans are injured each year in motor vehicle crashes, which subjects them to a tremendous amount of stress. Getting your car repaired, seeking medical treatment, missing time from work, and dealing with pain can make life more difficult than it already is. Hassling with insurance companies is more stress that will likely only hurt your case.
At West Law Firm, we can alleviate your stress by taking over all aspects of your personal injury claim. We will then work hard to get you the financial compensation you deserve while providing you excellent, caring service. For a free case evaluation with a lawyer with a successful track record, call us toll free at 1-877-943-WEST (1-877-943-9378). There’s never a fee unless we get money for you.
What to do After a Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car crash, there are several important steps to take to protect your health and legal rights.
1. If you haven’t already, call 911 so that law enforcement can complete a West Virginia Traffic Crash Report. If the auto accident caused injuries, you are required by law to report the accident. Reporting the accident will also help an investigating officer determine who was at fault, which may help prove your case.
2. Seek medical care for any injuries. Call an ambulance if necessary or visit an emergency care facility as soon as you leave the scene of the accident. If you delay in seeking treatment for injuries, the insurance company may reduce your claim as a result, especially for longer delays.
3. Get contact information from all people involved, including names, phone numbers, addresses and the insurance information. In addition, gather the names and contact information for any witnesses and try to get them to give you a recorded statement of what they witnessed (save it on a smart phone if possible).
4. Do not discuss the accident or your injuries with anyone other than the police, your doctor or your lawyer. Giving statements to insurance representatives or signing documents without speaking to an auto accident lawyer first can cause you to receive less than fair compensation.
How Much is My West Virginia Car Accident Case Worth?
This is a question we hear often given the financial burden auto accidents often cause. The general answer is every case is different. The money you will receive if injured by a negligent driver will depend on the extent of your injuries, medical bills, how bad the at-fault-driver’s negligence was, whether you missed work, the future impact the crash will have on your life, mobility and activities, and many other factors that an experienced auto accident lawyer should be familiar with.
At West Law Firm, we understand the complexities of the West Virginia legal system, and we have a successful record of obtaining the compensation you deserve. Under West Virginia personal injury law, you may be entitled to receive compensation for a number of losses, including, but not limited to those below:
1. Property Damage
2. Medical expenses – past and future
3. Lost wages – past and future
4. Pain and suffering – past and future
5. Reduced life-time earnings caused by injuries
6. Punitive damages when the at-fault-driver acted willfully or recklessly, like choosing to drive drunk
West Law Firm — Experience That Matters
Our legal team has decades of combined experienced helping people wrongfully injured in West Virginia get the compensation they deserve while providing them excellent, caring service. Our lawyers have successfully handled thousands of personal injury cases and have the kind of trial experience that insurance companies respect. Insurance companies know we fight for our clients, and that means better results for you.
Some of the many ways we help people injured in auto accidents include:
- We handle all aspects of their case including communications with insurance representatives so our clients can relax and concentrate on healing
- We help clients get the best possible medical treatment, even when they don’t have health insurance
- We stop harassing bill collectors
- We Keep clients informed of their case and return calls promptly
- We resolve clients cases as quickly as possible
Why Contact an Attorney Immediately after a Car Accident?
Under West Virginia law, you only have a limited amount of time to file a claim. Also, critical evidence can be lost, destroyed or will fade with time. For example skid marks often quickly fade and need to be properly photographed as soon as possible. Our lawyers have the experience and skill needed to make sure the evidence is preserved and effectively presented to insurance adjusters.
Insurance adjusters also often try to get recorded statements from car accident victims before they have had the opportunity to speak with an attorney. This can be a real problem in obtaining a fair settlement because some auto insurance adjusters will manipulate accident victims with leading and argumentative questions, which often lead to inaccurate statements that can be later used against the car accident victim. An experienced West Virginia car accident attorney like those at West Law Firm can help protect you to make sure this doesn’t happen.
Dealing with Auto Insurance Adjusters
If you’re injured in a West Virginia car accident, a representative of the negligent party’s auto insurance company may call and make an offer to settle your claim. Please remember that signing a release in exchange for a quick settlement check will terminate your rights to fair compensation forever, even if you need future medical care because of injuries caused by the auto accident. Also, despite the pleasant picture car insurance companies try to paint of themselves with billions of dollars in advertising, keep in mind that insurance companies are businesses out to make a profit.
Therefore, even if the insurance company makes what you believe is a fair settlement offer, it may be in your best interest to contact a lawyer to evaluate your case and the insurance adjuster’s settlement offer. A West Virginia car accident attorney at West Law Offices will let you know whether he thinks the insurance company’s offer is fair, and we will also let you know whether we think you need a lawyer. However, if you do need an attorney and decide to allow West Law Offices to handle your auto accident claim, we will not charge you a fee until we win your case.
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Injured in a Car Accident? Avoid these mistakes:
Although there are over 10 million motor vehicle crashes each year resulting in over 2 million injuries, nobody expects to be involved in a auto accident. As a result, most people aren’t prepared when they’re injured in a wreck.
However, what you do and, perhaps more importantly, what you don’t do following a car accident can significantly impact whether you receive fair compensation for your injuries. Our years of experience as West Virginia car accident lawyers has taught us that there are a few common mistakes that people often make following an auto accident. Becoming aware of them is a good way to protect yourself.
1. Not seeking immediate medical attention
The most common mistake I see as is that clients often don’t seek immediate medical attention after an accident. Often, folks just want to try and “shake it off” and hope that their pain and injuries will just go away. While this is a normal reaction, an insurance adjuster will attempt to use this delay in treatment to argue that you were not really injured or you would have sought immediate medical attention. Your attorney will also need to show that your injuries are directly related to the auto accident. The sooner that your injuries are evaluated and diagnosed, the easier it will be to prove that they are the result of the other driver’s negligence.
2. Not reporting the car accident to the police
People sometimes fail to report their car accident to the police when they think they’ve only been involved in a minor auto collision. This may be because they don’t want to wait around for the police or because they think it is unnecessary if there was not a lot of damage to the vehicles or the occupants. A police report can be extremely helpful to your case, though, if the other driver was at fault. While not definitive proof of negligence on the part of the other driver, it can be helpful if the police officer attributed fault to the other driver. Under West Virginia law, a driver involved in a car wreck must contact the police if the accident caused more than $500 in damage to the vehicles or caused any driver or passenger bodily injury. Violating this rule is a misdemeanor and can result in a fine.
3. Not getting witnesses’ information
Investigating officers sometimes fail to include witnesses’ contact information in the West Virginia Auto Crash Report. An objective third party witness can be critical to a car accident claim if the other driver denies fault. So, if possible, get the witnesses’ contact information yourself. Take pictures of them and record their statements, too, if you can.
4. Talking to the other driver’s car insurance company
Many people speak with the other driver’s insurance company before first consulting with an experienced car accident lawyer. Some even think they are obligated to talk to them and give them recorded statements about the auto accident. This is NOT true. You may be sure that fault is clear and that giving your version of the auto accident can’t hurt you, but remember that the person calling you works for the OTHER person’s insurance company. You may easily say something that they can and will try to use against you when it comes time to settle your West Virginia car accident claim. The easiest way to avoid making any of these common mistakes is to contact an experienced accident lawyer as soon as possible. If you would like a free detailed evaluation of your West Virginia auto accident claim, we invite you to contact an experienced Charleston, West Virginia car accident lawyer at West Law Firm. Call us toll free at 1-877-934-9378. For more legal tips & advice please visit our West Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Blog.
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Contact a Charleston, West Virginia Car Accident Attorney
If you would like a FREE consultation with an experienced West Virginia car accident attorney, we invite you to call West Law Firm today. Our toll free number is 1-877-943-WEST (1-877-943-9378). With West Law Firm, there’s never a fee unless and until we get money for you.
–by Brooks West