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Common Questions After a Norfolk Car Crash

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Attorney at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers

Common Questions After a Norfolk Car Crash

My wife, my son and I were in a crash near Military Highway in Norfolk, Virginia a few weeks ago.  I have been in my share of wrecks in my life. Neither the experience nor my work as a personal injury lawyer prepares me completely for this scenario. Here are some common questions after a Norfolk car crash.

It’s especially scary when you're behind the wheel and you have your loved ones in the car with you.  In this situation, it was pretty clear that the other driver was at fault.  We were just driving back from the Price Club when a lady took a left turn right in front of us coming from the opposite direction.  She just wasn't paying attention.

One of the compensable parts of a personal injury case is “inconvenience.” Being in a car wreck is an extreme hassle.  One moment you're going along minding your own business and doing things that you have to do in your life like shopping for food. The next moment your food is out on the pavement.

Common Questions after a Norfolk car wreck

Common questions after a Norfolk car crash are answered in our Top Tips brochure

It's hard in that moment right after the wreck to keep your wits about you.  My law firm, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, gives that literature about the 12 things to do if you're in a car wreck.

You would think I know what those 12 things are given that I wrote the pamphlet.  However, in that moment where people are jumping out of cars and you're not sure if you're hurt or your family's hurt and you look at the incredible damage to your car and another car there're a million things to think about.

Common Questions After a Norfolk Car Crash Outlined

Some of the questions that rush through your mind as you stand outside your wrecked car include:

  1. How long will it take for the police to get here?
  2. Who's going to be responsible for this accident?
  3. Does this other driver have automobile insurance?
  4. Do I have automobile insurance that's going to cover rent-a-cars and towing and fixing my car the way I want it?
  5. Are my injuries serious enough to need to seek immediate medical attention?
  6. When should I talk to the insurance company if at all
  7. Should I hire a personal injury lawyer?

The list of questions goes on and on.

In my situation, I knew I wasn't at fault. I knew pretty quickly that we didn't have major injuries like broken bones or bleeding wounds.  But really the last thing on your mind at that moment after the crash is does my neck hurt or my back hurt.  Everything hurts.  You're sore and even if you're not sore you're just so revved up on adrenaline that you don't know what's wrong with you if anything anyway.

The inconvenience begins from that very first moment of the crash and goes on for months and months and that's even when it's only a relatively simple accident without catastrophic injuries.

I already tried to be understanding and empathetic towards my clients.  After this recent car wreck I am doubly so.

See our Norfolk car accident injury attorneys website for more information, or call us at (757) 455-0077 if you were injured in a car crash. If you are injured in a car crash, talking to the insurance company could harm your case. A personal injury lawyer will help you negotiate the legal minefield.

John Cooper

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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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