Car Accident Claims in Hampton Roads
Automobile accidents are a major part of the law practice of Breit Law. Breit Law has won numerous multi-million dollar car accident lawsuits for victims suffering severe injuries and death from car accidents.
Virginia Beach Auto Accident Attorney – William Breit
In 2013, there were 6.42 million auto accidents in the United States. In that one year alone, these accidents imposed a total burden of $230 billion in financial costs to those involved. 2.9 million innocent people were injured and 42,636 were senselessly killed. In the United States, this carnage on the streets and highways unfortunately continues each and every year. 115 people die each day from a car or truck accident – 1 death every 13 minutes.
These statistics are staggering and eye-opening. But beyond the grim numbers lies the brutal reality of what it means to the daily lives of the families involved. Car crashes can be devastating for the person involved and for their loved ones around them. Depending on the severity of the accident, mild to detrimental injuries can occur, including bruises, bone injury, soft tissue injury, spinal cord injury, brain injury, and even death. These injuries can weigh on the victim and their family emotionally, physically, and monetarily.
Badly-injured victims spend months and sometimes even years in the hospital, and in the worst cases may require around the clock care even when they get home. Often, the injured and maimed lose the ability to work, support their families, or take care of their children. When a family member dies in a car crash in Virginia Beach, it inflicts a deep and painful wound on all their loved ones that never heals, robbing them of a husband or wife, a father or mother, a grandparent, or of a precious child.
Leading Causes Of Auto Accidents
When looking at car accident fatalities, the leading cause is drunk driving, accounting for 40% of fatal crashes. 33% of such accidents are due to reckless driving and 30% are due to speeding. More often than not, car accidents are due to one driver’s negligence, recklessness, or unlawful conduct.
When drivers abuse alcohol or drugs, ignore reasonable speed limits, or drive while sleepy or distracted from keeping their eyes on the road because they are sending or reading text messages or making cell phone calls, other motorists, passengers, bicycle riders and pedestrians pay a heavy price. Some irresponsible drivers in Virginia continue to unlawfully drive even after their licenses have been suspended or revoked because of past misconduct and injuries or deaths they have caused, and continue to create havoc.
- Drunk Driving
- Old Age
- Wet Weather
How To Receive Compensation After An Accident
To receive compensation after an accident, the victim will need to show the other driver failed to use reasonable care while driving, causing the accident to occur. This is called negligence. Once negligence has been proven, the victim (or plaintiff) or their family can receive compensation for property damage, medical costs, economic damages such as lost income or earning capacity, disabilities, emotional distress, and past and future physical pain and suffering.
If you are involved in a vehicle accident, you will need to seek immediate medical attention and legal advice. It is very important to seek medical attention immediately following the accident to assess your injuries, begin the healing process, and to prevent secondary injuries or infections from occurring. Once you begin receiving the medical care you need, you should contact a knowledgeable and experienced car accident attorney right away who can explain your legal situation in a manner you can understand and feel comfortable with. At BREIT LAW, we have handled hundreds of car accident cases throughout Virginia, the majority being in the Virginia Beach area.
If you contact us quickly, we will be able to take immediate steps to preserve evidence, to gather statements from witnesses, and to explore which defendants may be able to be sued. Sometimes, the proper defendant or defendants to sue may not be immediately apparent. They include the culpable driver, of course, but may also include the owner of a vehicle they were driving, their employer if they were engaged in a work errand at the time, or even a tavern or restaurant that served the driver liquor and facilitated the accident by helping them become intoxicated. In some cases, negligent maintenance or repair of a vehicle may have also contributed to causing an accident.
If you wait, physical evidence may get lost, witnesses may become unavailable, and it may be too late to research, in a timely fashion, all the possible defendants who can be held liable for the accident, in order to include them in the personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. If your get in touch with us soon after the accident, we can begin the process necessary to present your claim in an effective manner. We can preserve your legal rights to be paid for the serious damage done by an irresponsible driver.
Types of Auto Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Rear-End Collisions
- Side-Impact Collisions