In car accident litigation, the stronger your claim for damages are the more you stand to benefit from the advice of a knowledgeable attorney. The mistakes that are easy to make in the earliest stages of an accident claim can make the difference between realizing the full value of your damages, or receiving a settlement that doesn’t fully compensate you for your injuries. Did you know Virginia is a contributory negligence state? Did you know that if you admit you were exceeding the speed limit or in the slightest way contributed to causing the accident you can be barred from recovery under Virginia law?
As a team of attorneys practicing in Northern Virginia, MacDowell & Associates can effectively meet the legal and practical challenges of personal injury claims that cross state lines.
If you live in one state and were injured in another, or if you suffered a car accident while driving through Virginia on your way to points north or south, you stand to benefit from working with a lawyer who’s familiar with the demands of out-of-state accident litigation in this tri-state area. Contact us in Fairfax for a free consultation about your legal options.
While we encourage all car accident victims to obtain legal advice as quickly as possible to protect their interests, early legal representation can be especially valuable in Virginia auto accident litigation. Most of Virginia negligence law and car insurance coverage favor the insurer. In Virginia, it’s very easy for an unrepresented driver or passenger to make a mistake that can undermine the value of your personal injury claim.
At MacDowell & Associates, our personal injury attorneys advise and represent people involved in accidents involving semi tractor-trailers. If you or someone in your family has suffered serious injuries in a truck accident in Northern Virginia, contact us for a free consultation in Fairfax.
Motorcycle accident claims sometimes seem tougher than they should be. Here’s what happens — the insurance company sizes up the biker and the injuries, and instead of looking for a fair settlement figure, thinks instead about the ways a jury can be turned against the plaintiff. In other words, a liability insurer is often tempted to calculate potential jury bias or prejudice into its claim evaluation process.
Motor vehicle collisions caused by drunk drivers present a wide range of problems for the victim or surviving family. Because impaired motorists are slower to brake or react, the impact is more likely to result in severe injuries. The more serious the injuries, the less likely that the other driver’s insurance will cover your losses in an alcohol-related crash. Virginia provides for punitive damages if a driver has a .15 BAC or greater, but not all attorneys know haw to properly prove these types of cases.
Not every traffic accident involves a private driver. Sometimes people are victims of poor driving by employees of Virginia’s public transit or some of the smaller regional transit authorities. Many suffer serious and even fatal injuries through accidents involving buses or trains. To learn about this specialized type of personal injury or wrongful death litigation resulting from a serious mass transit accident in Northern Virginia, contact a lawyer at MacDowell & Associates in Fairfax.
There are not very many actions that are more irresponsible than leaving the scene of a car accident. Rather than stopping to find out if someone is injured and lending assistance, the driver leaves the victim stuck and possibly fighting for life.
If you drive for a living and have been hurt in a motor vehicle accident, don’t make the mistake of assuming that workers’ compensation is your only means of a financial recovery. In many situations, you can pursue personal injury damages against a negligent driver, even while you’re collecting workers’ comp.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision with a taxi, a delivery van, or a maintenance truck, you should know that the process of proving and collecting your personal injury claims will be somewhat different from either car accident litigation or a lawsuit for semi truck accident damages. Commercial liability insurance will almost certainly apply to cover your losses, but you won’t have the protection of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations to make the proof of liability easier.
Assigning responsibility in a commercial vehicle accident also accompanies determining where the negligence occurred. Our lawyers at MacDowell & Associates provide zealous representation to clients who have been injured due to commercial vehicle negligence.