Norfolk and Virginia Beach Car Accident Attorneys Get You Back on the Road
Fighting for Virginians who’ve suffered injuries in auto wrecks
Every year, there are more than 100,000 car accidents on Virginia’s roads. In 2015, there were nearly 125,800 crashes in the commonwealth. Many of these accidents result in serious or life-altering personal injuries and, sometimes, even death. Car accidents can leave people without the necessary resources to recover from medical bills, lost income, and other expenses. At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, our dynamic team provides experienced counsel and strong advocacy when you've been in an accident.
What causes car accidents?
Nearly every car accident is caused by negligence or inattention. In certain situations – such as drunk driving accidents – it is usually obvious who is at fault. However, other car accidents require a thorough investigation before the cause and fault become clear.
Distracted driving leads to many auto accidents. According to a recent Virginia Tech study, nearly 80 percent of crashes involve driver inattention. Types of distracted driving include:
- Texting while driving — Cellphones are a constant source of distraction.
- Using a smart phone, tablet or laptop while driving — It's never a good idea for drivers to check email on the road.
- Using an app – Messaging apps like Snapchat allow users to post their car’s speed. They have been linked to fatal crashes.
- Eating or drinking — In our world of multitasking, drivers don't realize the dangers of eating or drinking while behind the wheel until it's too late.
- Being distracted by a passenger — Teen drivers, in particular, often get distracted by other people in their car.
- Reading, including maps — Even if someone is looking at a map for a legitimate reason, it still puts others in harm's way. It is better to keep your eyes on road signs rather than road maps or directions on your smartphone. You don't want to end up in a wrong-way driving accident.
Fatigued driving, aggressive or reckless driving, and defective vehicle parts also contribute to auto collisions. If you have been in a car accident, you need an experienced attorney on your side. After investigating the circumstances of your accident, our team helps you prove who was at fault by building a case that directly links your injuries to a driver's violations of Virginia's laws.
Why More People Are Being Killed and Injured on Virginia’s Roads
In 2015, 753 people were killed on the roads of Virginia, a 7.5 percent increase on 2014, according to the Virginia Highway Safety Office. Over the year, 65,029 people were injured, a 2.6 percent increase on 2014.
The rise in road deaths comes at a time when car drivers are putting more miles on the road than ever before. However, the increase in fatalities is outpacing the increase in mileage. The increase comes at a time when carmakers are adding more safety features. Theories for the national spike in deaths range from the fact marijuana is legalized in more states to the proliferation of apps and devices that encourage distracted driving.
Getting an offer that provides you justice
Insurance companies often try to settle for the bare minimum of an accident’s total expenses. If you’ve suffered injuries in a car accident, you have the right to seek compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Permanent injury
Don’t settle for less than you deserve. Consider talking to a Virginia car accident injury lawyer before you agree to the insurance company’s first offer. It may be inadequate to meet your medical needs. Make sure you get the all the compensation you are entitled to, even when dealing with uninsured or underinsured motorists.
Educating and advocating
As your attorneys, we do more than fight for financial compensation; we also answer your questions. We give you tips on what to do after an accident, and we make sure you understand the legal process whether we negotiate or litigate your case. We provide you with a free book on car accidents and share our wealth of knowledge openly. From your first encounter with our attorneys, you will be better educated than you were before speaking with us.
Contact Norfolk's experienced car accident legal team
The experienced team at Cooper Hurley Injury Attorneys is ready to help you seek compensation after a car accident. Contact us online or by phone at 757.455.0077 to schedule a free case evaluation with John Cooper, Jim Hurley, Griffin O’Hanlon, Bill O’Mara or Mike Snellings. Please visit our book page to obtain a copy of our book on auto accidents, The Best Guide to Virginia Car Accidents & Injuries. Whether your accident happened along I-64 in Hampton or Norfolk, 1-664 in Newport News, I-264 in Virginia Beach or Portsmouth, Route 13 on the Eastern Shore or on any highway in Hampton Roads area or the rest of Virginia, we are happy to serve you.
We have a main office in Norfolk and client meeting locations which you can visit by appointment in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, or on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We also help people who have been hurt in car wrecks in York County, Isle of Wight, Williamsburg, Gloucester, further afield in Virginia and in Northeastern North Carolina.
"Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers went beyond and above. They helped me out every step of the way and made the process easy for me. I'm very glad that I chose Cooper Hurley after my serious accident. They are the best lawyers in Virginia." -Janice J. ★★★★★
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