Auto Accident

Can You Sue a Teen Driver if They Crash into You?

by Staff Blogger | April 25th, 2022

Statistically, teen drivers are among the most dangerous drivers on the road. Their inexperience, high likelihood of driving while distracted, and greater penchant for risk-taking behind the wheel make them more likely than other age groups to cause accidents. That means that if you’re ever involved in a crash that wasn’t your fault, there’s a good chance the at-fault driver will be a teenager.

Being able to get compensation from at-fault drivers is an important part of Virginia’s legal system, but how does it work when the at-fault driver is a teen? The answer depends on their age. If the teen driver is 18-19 years old, then filing a claim against them works the same way as it does against any other driver, as they’re a legal adult.

If the driver is under the age of 18, filing a claim against them may still work the same way as it does against an adult driver, as it will be handled by their auto insurance provider. This provider is likely the same provider that their parents use. In some cases, injured victims may be able to file claims against the parents of at-fault teens if the parents were aware of their children driving recklessly.

This is common if a child has already been cited for or caused a crash due to reckless and negligent driving. In cases like these, it can be argued that their parents were negligent for still allowing their children to drive or failing to properly supervise them.

If you or someone you love is injured in a crash caused by a teen or any other negligent driver, we want to help. Contact the Virginia car accident attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Don’t Count on Your Auto Insurer to Play Fair After a Crash

by Staff Blogger | March 21st, 2022

Many car accident victims expect that the other drivers’ insurers will play hardball when it comes to handing out settlements after crashes. But they’re often surprised when they go to their own insurers for compensation and find that their settlements are reduced or denied. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t care if you’re a longstanding policyholder—all they see is a claim that can cut into their profits.

Insurance companies are known for denying all types of claims, and that includes claims like uninsured/underinsured driver coverage or collision coverage. Even when policyholders aren’t at fault and have the right type of coverage for their expenses, they may still find out the hard way that their insurer either won’t pay them a fair settlement or won’t pay them, period.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we work hard to help injured car accident victims get compensation, no matter which insurance company they’re filing a claim against. We know that injured victims’ insurers are just as likely to deny their claims as the insurers of at-fault drivers. And while this often takes victims by surprise, it doesn’t shock us. In fact, we expect it and begin preparing accordingly when victims contact us.

Don’t be caught off guard by your own auto insurer’s uncooperativeness after a crash. Contact our Virginia auto accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We want to protect your rights to the money you’re owed.

What You Should Know About Punitive Damages after Crashes

by Staff Blogger | February 21st, 2022

In most auto accident claims, victims are eligible to get two types of compensation: economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages cover expenses such as medical bills and lost wages, while non-economic damages cover reduced quality of life, pain and suffering, and more.

However, in some rare cases, victims may be entitled to a third type of compensation called punitive damages. But instead of this money being awarded to victims to truly “compensate” them for their losses, it is instead levied against the at-fault parties to punish them for their extreme misbehavior. These damages are rarely awarded, and they are capped at $350,000 under Virginia law.

When it comes to auto accident cases, punitive damages may be assessed for things like driving under the influence, especially for extremely high BAC levels or repeat offenders, road rage-related crashes, reckless driving, and more. Punitive damages aren’t awarded when cases settle out of court. Instead, they are levied against at-fault drivers in court by the juries assigned to their cases.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know when auto accident claims may be eligible for punitive damages, and we don’t pass up that opportunity to help our clients get maximum compensation. When we build claims, we build them with an eventual trial in mind, even though most injury claims settle out of court long before they’re tried in front of a judge and jury.

We believe in being prepared for all possibilities, and that’s just one way we work hard to get our clients the financial recoveries they’re owed. Contact our Virginia auto accident lawyers today for a free consultation.

Can You Get Money for Pain and Suffering After an Auto Accident?

by Staff Blogger | December 13th, 2021

When many auto accident victims tally up their damages after a crash, they tend to think of their economic losses. These include their medical bills, which may continue to add up for years to come, and their lost wages, which also may be a factor for the foreseeable future.

But there’s another non-economic damage that auto accident victims can and should factor into their compensation claims: their pain and suffering. Whether they suffer chronic and debilitating pain, become physically disabled, or even develop depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder, victims of auto accidents can see their quality of life decrease significantly after crashes.

However, insurance companies are already reluctant to pay economic damages when victims have itemized bills and proof of lost paychecks. Getting them to pay for non-economic damages can be even more difficult, as they may balk at the idea of compensating someone for reduced quality of life.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia auto accident lawyers believe that people should be compensated not just for the losses that they can calculate on paper, but also the losses that can’t as easily be quantified. When we build auto accident claims for victims, it’s our job to determine how much money they’re owed for both their economic and non-economic damages.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We leave no stone unturned when we investigate crashes for our clients, and we won’t let any amount of compensation slip through the cracks for your family, either.

What Happens if the Other Driver Blames You for a Crash?

by Staff Blogger | November 8th, 2021

After some auto accidents, it’s clear who was at fault. For example, there’s not much a driver who ran a red light or stop sign can say in their defense or to pin blame on the other driver. But some crashes can be a little more ambiguous and can lead to both drivers blaming each other.

It’s not uncommon for blame to go both ways, and in some cases, it’s valid for both drivers to believe that the other person caused the crash. That’s because after many accidents, both drivers share some degree of fault. Unfortunately, Virginia is a contributory negligence state, and that means that if you’re found to be even one-percent at fault for a crash, you can’t recover any compensation!

Because of that strict rule, it’s essential to immediately challenge and rebuke any allegations of fault from the other driver after a crash. If you don’t, the other driver and their insurer can claim that any small degree of negligence on your part—even one that’s completely fabricated—contributed to the crash, which will let them off the hook of paying you any compensation.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia auto accident attorneys not only help prove that other drivers were at fault after crashes, but we also help protect clients’ innocence when they had nothing to do with accidents that are being unfairly pinned on them. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here to protect your rights to the compensation you deserve.

Why You Shouldn’t Immediately Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer After a Crash

by Staff Blogger | September 13th, 2021

There’s no question that auto accidents can be extremely expensive. Vehicle repair costs are just the tip of the iceberg for many victims, as they also may face big medical bills and weeks or months out of work. That means no paychecks and rapidly depleted savings.

Insurance companies know the financial stresses that auto accident victims face, and that’s why they sometimes offer settlements right away. To victims, these settlement offers can be godsends, especially when they need money for their day-to-day living expenses. But insurance companies don’t offer these settlements out of the goodness of their heart. Instead, they offer them to save money.

When insurance companies know that victims have slam-dunk cases for big checks, they try to get ahead of the situation by offering lowball settlements right away. And when victims accept those settlements, they can’t file future claims for more money. They’re stuck with whatever amount they received upfront, which is often far less than what they truly deserve.

If you or someone you love was hurt in an auto accident and was offered a settlement from the insurance company, it’s important that you don’t accept without speaking to a lawyer first. Fast settlement offers are almost always well below the amount they should be, and they’re designed to take advantage of victims who are in shock and stressing over their financial situations.

Contact the Virginia auto accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation and for an honest and accurate assessment of your case and the insurance company’s offer.

We’ll Work Hard to Ensure You’re Not Unfairly Blamed for a Crash

by Staff Blogger | July 19th, 2021

Because Virginia uses a contributory negligence system in personal injury claims and lawsuits, victims must be 100% free from fault to be eligible to receive compensation. That can be a big issue in auto accident claims, as police reports, other drivers, and insurance companies can easily argue that injured drivers committed at least one minor violation that contributed to their crashes.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re well aware of this challenge when it comes to getting compensation for victims. That’s why we work hard to gather evidence that not only establishes that other drivers are at fault, but that our clients couldn’t possibly have contributed to their crashes.

Evidence we look for includes footage of the crash, which may come from dashcams, intersection cameras, residential and commercial security cameras, and more. We also interview witnesses, consult with accident experts, and even reconstruct crashes when necessary. These are all steps that must be taken in certain cases to ensure that the truth comes out.

After a crash that wasn’t your fault, you can’t risk being assigned even 1% of fault. This is enough to invalidate your claim and make you ineligible to get ANY compensation, which will leave you paying out of pocket for medical bills, lost wages, and more.

Don’t be a victim twice. Let our hard-working Virginia auto accident lawyers get you every penny you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How Car Accidents Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | May 17th, 2021

Accidents are the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., and many of those occur on the nation’s roadways. 38,000 people are killed annually in auto accidents in America, and around 3 million people are injured in crashes each year. And while many of those injuries are minor bumps and bruises, some people suffer catastrophic injuries, including traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

TBIs can have profound effects on victims and their loved ones. They can render victims helpless to care for themselves and live independently, and they can make it difficult or impossible for them to work. Many victims also need extensive, frequent medical care, including live-in nurses and caretakers.

How do car accidents cause these debilitating and disabling injuries? There are a few ways, including:

  • Direct impact—Some TBIs are caused when victims hit their heads on their vehicles’ steering wheels, dashboards, or headrests. They also may be struck by loose objects inside their vehicles.
  • Sudden deceleration—TBIs can occur even when there’s no direct impact. That’s because the sudden deceleration of a crash can cause the brain to move violently inside the skull, resulting in a serious injury.

Both of these causes of TBIs aren’t always immediately obvious. Sometimes victims may think they’re okay at the scene and after going home, but their symptoms may worsen, especially if they have a brain bleed. That’s why it’s vital for auto accident victims to get full examinations after crashes.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia brain injury attorneys stand up for the rights of all car crash victims, especially those who suffer such profound injuries. Contact us today for a free consultation.

VA Drivers, Don’t Skimp on Uninsured/Underinsured Driver Insurance!

by Staff Blogger | March 22nd, 2021

Virginia is one of around 20 states that requires drivers to purchase uninsured/underinsured driver insurance. This insurance kicks in when drivers are involved in crashes with other motorists who either don’t carry enough insurance to cover their crash-related costs, or they don’t have any insurance coverage whatsoever.

However, the minimum amounts of coverage associated with uninsured/underinsured driver insurance are the same as the minimum amounts of liability coverage. That means that if you’re hurt in a crash, you may be eligible to receive only $25,000 for your injuries and medical bills. And when you factor in costs such as an ambulance ride to the hospital, an overnight stay in the hospital (or longer), physical rehabilitation, and even surgery, you’re looking at a bill that will be much higher than $25,000.

That’s why it pays to have more coverage than the minimum, whether it’s your own liability insurance or your uninsured/underinsured driver coverage. You can also supplement your insurance policy with Medical Payments coverage. This coverage, also known as Med Pay, kicks in after any injury-causing crash, regardless of who was at fault, and it’s paid out in addition to any other compensation you receive.

You can also add lost income benefits coverage, which will help you replace lost paychecks while you’re too hurt to work. This insurance maxes out at $100 per week, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but can make a big difference when you’re waiting for your injury claim to settle.

Need help with an injury claim after an auto accident? The Virginia auto accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Why You Should Get a Dashcam to Protect Your Rights

by Staff Blogger | February 8th, 2021

When it comes to winning an auto accident compensation claim, proof and evidence are king. Without them, insurance companies can reduce or deny claims with near impunity, because they know that even if claims go to trial, victims are unlikely to win. And unfortunately, proof of what happened isn’t always easy to come by.

Even many traditional forms of evidence, such as accident scene debris, skid marks, and witness statements, can be argued in either party’s favor. But there is one form of “smoking gun” evidence that insurance companies can’t ignore: dashcam footage. Previously, drivers had to hope that their crashes were caught on tape by intersection or surveillance camera footage, but now, drivers can cheaply mount their own cameras to record every second that they’re on the road.

And while dashcams don’t always show the entire picture of what happened, as their fields of view can be limited, what they do show can make a big difference when it comes to getting compensation. The footage they capture is especially important and impactful when it’s combined with other types of evidence.

If you purchase and install a dashcam and are ever involved in a crash, it’s important to share the footage with a lawyer first. Not all dashcam footage will be interpreted in your favor, and the insurance company may pick out small, irrelevant details to paint you as the at-fault party! Get in touch with our Virginia auto accident lawyers first, and let the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers protect your rights to compensation.