Lawyers Skilled at Helping Clients Involved in Collisions in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake, VA
Seeking compensation for devastating and long-lasting injuries
A minor car accident or fender bender may not seem like a big deal. But even minor collisions can have major consequences. The force of an impact can cause stress and strain to the human body, and injuries that seem insignificant at first can have long-lasting effects.
At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we represent Virginians and people in North Carolina who have been harmed in traffic collisions and seek legal assistance. We understand the technical, legal and medical implications of a vehicle collision, and our goal is to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Rear-end collisions can have unseen effects
Rear-end auto accidents are possibly the most common type of vehicle impact. The effects of many rear-end collisions can be felt for years after an auto accident. Typical injuries include:
- Neck pain — Studies have found that drivers who experienced whiplash during a rear-end collision experienced three times as much neck and shoulder pain seven years later compared to those who did not have whiplash.
- Spinal injuries - Serious spinal damage can be caused by a rear-end collision. It may take months or even years to recover from and, on occasions, requires corrective surgery.
- Headaches — It has been shown that some people experience long-term health effects, including headaches, sleep disturbances and fatigue, for years after suffering rear-end collisions.
- Internal injuries — Collisions can result in significant internal injuries including pulmonary contusion, a bruising of the lungs. If you have had trouble breathing after an accident, you may have suffered a pulmonary contusion and should seek medical attention immediately.
A rear-end collision can also trigger an air bag to deploy. And while air bags often save lives, they’re also known to leave drivers with burns, scrapes and facial injuries. In recent years faulty air bags manufactured by Takata Corporation, a Japanese company, have been linked to shrapnel injuries and even deaths..
Different types of collisions
In addition to rear-end impacts, there are several other kinds of collisions. They include:
- Head-on wrecks — These collisions are the deadliest of all accident types and cause the most damage to vehicles. The effects can be compounded or mitigated by speed, air-bag deployment and seat belt use, among other factors. Some head-on wrecks are caused by a wrong way driver. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials states just under one in five fatal accidents are head-on collisions. The deadly nature of these accidents is highlighted by the fact they cause 20 percent of deaths but just 2 percent of accidents are head-on collisions.
- Road departure — Roadway departure crashes account for more than 51 percent of fatal crashes in the United States. They are usually single vehicle accidents and can be caused by fatigue or drunk or distracted driving. As recently as 2011, there were 16,948 people nationwide who died when their vehicle left the road or crossed over the center line. Many struck another vehicle, while others overturned or hit a fixed object of some kind. Drivers whose cars leave the road, will seldom have grounds for file a personal injury lawsuit unless another factor was present such as another driver swerving into their lane in front of them. Passengers who are hurt or the families of those who were killed often have grounds to file a lawsuit against the driver’s insurance policy.
- Side collisions — Often referred to as a “T-bone” or broadside collisions, side collisions are common at intersections and a major source of injuries during vehicle accidents. Injuries may be more serious because the side of a car offers less protection than the front or the back.
- Rollovers — A rollover occurs when a vehicle loses stability and rotates on its side while moving. Rollover accidents are more common in SUVs as well as in accidents involving young male drivers and alcohol. Head and brain injuries may occur as a result of rollover accidents.
The cause of the accident itself, such as distracted driving, or alcohol or drugs can be important in determining whether a driver is at fault. Our Virginia personal injury lawyers have decades of experience working with drivers and passengers who have been hurt in collisions. We understand your anxiety and uncertainty, and we work to put your fears to rest.
Contact us if you have been involved in a vehicle collision with injuries
Car, truck, bus and motorcycle collisions have a variety of legal implications, which is why every case needs a thorough examination and review of the facts to determine who is responsible for causing the wreck and the extent of injuries sustained. The team at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers works daily with people who have been injured in car, truck, and motorcycle collisions. We know that every case is different and we give each the care and attention that it deserves. You receive no fee until you are compensated. For a free consultation, call us at 757.455.0077 or contact us online.