West Virginia Car Accident Lawyers
Experienced injury attorneys — Charleston, WV
At West Law Firm, our lawyers have a successful track record of helping clients injured by negligent driving recover full and fair compensation for their lost wages, medical bills, pain, suffering, aggravation and other losses. We also work hard to provide each client excellent service as many Google Reviews confirm.
If you would like a free consultation with an experienced West Virginia automobile accident lawyer, we invite you to call us toll free at 1-877-943-WEST (1-877-943-9378). With West Law Firm, there is never a fee unless and until we get money for you.
More About West Law Firm
Our West Virginia injury lawyers and legal staff have decades of combined experienced helping clients who have been injured in West Virginia motor vehicle accidents. One of our attorneys was also a lead trial lawyer for one of the biggest insurance companies in the country. So we know what it takes to get full and fair compensation from the insurance companies.
We also work equally hard to give each client the personal attention they deserve including helping them:
- With all aspects of their case so they can concentrate on healing
- Get medical care, even when they don’t have health insurance
- Stop harassing bill collectors
- Recover money for their pain, suffering, lost wages, and other losses
- Keep clients informed of their case and return calls promptly
- Resolve their case 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.
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.
Compensation for West Virginia Car Accident Claims
Under West Virginia law, you may have the right to recover money damages if you have been injured in an auto accident that was caused by negligence or misconduct of another. Compensation from a settlement or jury verdict generally includes money for the following:
- Medical costs for past, current, and future care
- Property loss involving your car and other items
- Lost wages, including lost benefits such as sick, vacation & personal days off
- Loss of consortium if your injuries interfere with your relationships
- Pain and suffering caused by the car accident
- All other harms and losses caused by the accident
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