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Car Accident FAQs

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Questions About Car Accidents in Virginia

Virginia Car Accident Lawyers

What are the first things I should do if I have been hurt in a car crash?

If you are injured in a car wreck, it’s important to get medical attention right away. However, if you are physically able to, you should also aim to get evidence from the accident scene. Find out if there is an eyewitness such as the driver of a car in front of you that has stopped or a passer-by. Be sure to get that witness’ details such as their name, phone number and email address.

Although a police officer will usually be on the scene and compile an accident report, it’s not always accurate. An independent eyewitness can be crucial to your case. If you have a smart phone with a camera, aim to take pictures from the accident scene. By the time the police arrive, the scene may have changed or the at-fault driver may have moved his or her vehicle. Interview witnesses on video if possible. Details can be quickly forgotten at a later date.

How soon after my car accident should I see a doctor?

You should contact a doctor as soon as possible after your car accident. Even if you were cleared by attending EMTs, you may have sustained a brain injury that can take several months to manifest. Only a thorough examination from your physician can determine the full extent of your injuries. Also, if you do not go to the emergency room of the hospital or see a doctor quickly, the insurance company will claim you must not have really been hurt.

Should I provide a statement to the other driver’s insurance adjuster?

Do not provide a statement to the insurance company of the at-fault driver. It could harm your case. You never have to give a statement in these circumstances. You can talk about property damage, but don’t discuss injuries. Politely tell the insurance adjuster that you have hired an attorney and all correspondence should come from the lawyer.

What if I am involved in a car accident with an uninsured motorist?

If your car accident was caused by an uninsured/underinsured motorist, you may still be able to collect compensation through legal action. If you have uninsured motorist coverage on your policy, we can help you file an effective claim to recover an appropriate amount from your insurance company. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your case in more detail.

Why not just settle with the insurance company?

The bottom line for insurance companies is always to protect their profits over your well-being. Because of this, insurance companies always try to minimize the amount of compensation they owe you. Either they will offer you an inadequate check as a settlement, or else they will make the filing process difficult and/or ignore your phone calls to negotiate.

If your injury is minor, it may make sense to settle with the insurance company. If you have a more serious injury you could lose out if you deal on your own with an insurance company. You may lose wages, have ongoing health needs and face inconvenience after a car wreck. You need to deal with a lawyer if you are facing these complex issues.

You should not accept an insurance settlement until you have discussed your case with John Cooper , Bill O'Mara, Griff O'Hanlon or Jim Hurley. If you accept a check, you may waive your right to seek the actual compensation you are due.

How is liability determined in a car accident?

Once our Norfolk personal injury lawyers accept your car accident case, we will perform a thorough investigation into your accident. Generally speaking, the person who is at fault is the person who the police officer gives a ticket to. If there is no police officer there to give a ticket, the traffic laws of Virginia apply. The driver who made an illegal maneuver, the driver who failed to stop at a stop sign or blew through a red light, will be the one at fault. The evidence we gather – along with information from police reports, witness reports, and your own testimony – will all be used to recreate the circumstances of your accident and prove who was at fault.

Will my car accident case go to trial?

Our attorneys will do everything in our power to help you secure the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to. If this can be accomplished in a settlement, we will go that route. Many cases are resolved at the claims stage before filing suit. However, if your case needs to go to trial, we will pursue any and all legal action to help you obtain full compensation. We work closely with you every step of the way to make sure you are informed about the next course of action we need to take.

If you have further questions about car accidents, please contact our experienced Norfolk car accident attorneys at the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation. If your injuries prevent you from making it to one of our offices, we will come to you.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has offices in Norfolk and client meeting locations in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. We represent people who have been injured in auto accidents throughout Hampton Roads and the rest of Virginia as well as north eastern North Carolina.

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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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