Auto Accident

Can You Sue if Ice Causes Someone to Hit You?

by Staff Blogger | November 30th, 2020

Virginia’s winters can get very cold, and when temperatures drop below freezing, ice becomes a major threat. Even vehicles equipped with snow tires and four-wheel drive are prone to losing traction and skidding on icy roads. But what happens if a driver loses control on ice and hits your vehicle? Can you sue them for damages?

As with all auto accident cases, the answer is: it depends. In many cases, drivers lose control on ice through no fault of their own. Sometimes, they drive over a patch of black ice that causes them to lose all control over their vehicle and they hit another car. That can happen even if they were following at a safe distance, weren’t distracted, were driving at a safe speed, and had both hands on the wheel.

But sometimes, ice-related crashes ARE due to negligence. For example, speeding makes crashes much more likely to happen, especially when ice is on the road. Distraction can also make it more difficult for drivers to react in time to avoid a crash, which is amplified by the presence of ice. And driving under the influence can significantly impair drivers’ ability to steer out of a patch of ice that causes reduced or lost control.

If you’re involved in a crash this winter, the Virginia auto accident attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to help. We’ll investigate what happened and work hard to prove the other driver was at fault. Then, we’ll push the insurance company to give you the compensation you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Should You Get MedPay Auto Accident Coverage in Virginia?

by Staff Blogger | September 28th, 2020

When you drive on Virginia’s roadways, you’re always putting yourself at risk of being involved in an auto accident. And if you are involved in a crash, you may suffer injuries and property damage, which can both be expensive. Because of the costs associated with crashes, all Virginia drivers are required to carry liability auto insurance, but not all drivers do. In fact, around 10% of Virginia motorists are uninsured.

If you’re injured by an uninsured motorist in Virginia, you can still file a compensation claim against them and try to recover your costs from their own personal assets. But there’s a good chance they won’t have enough to cover your medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. Thankfully, you can protect yourself from that situation by purchasing MedPay coverage for your auto insurance.

As with all insurance claims, there’s a chance your MedPay claim will be reduced or denied by your insurance provider. But that’s to be expected, and that’s where we come in. Simply having the coverage means you have a much greater chance of getting the money you’re owed when you’re involved in a crash, especially if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured. In addition, MedPay coverage kicks in even if the other driver IS insured, which means you get more money to get back on your feet.

Purchase as much coverage as you can afford, and if the insurance company doesn’t cooperate, know that you’ve got an advocate in your corner at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers. Contact our Virginia auto accident lawyers after a crash for a free consultation—we’re here to help.

Can You Get Money if You’re Partially at Fault for a Crash?

by Staff Blogger | August 3rd, 2020

Virginia uses a contributory negligence rule when determining fault and liability in crashes. It means that drivers who are involved in crashes are only eligible for compensation if they’re determined to be 100% innocent of causing them.

Because of Virginia’s strict law when it comes to auto accident claims, it’s even more important to get an experienced Virginia car accident lawyer than it is in other states. That’s because insurance companies know they can get away with denying your claim if there’s any doubt concerning who was at fault and whether all the blame falls on the other driver or just a percentage of it—even if it’s 99%!

In addition to calling a lawyer right away, it’s also important to do two things after a crash to protect yourself:

  1. Never admit fault to the police or the other driver—If the responding police officer notes that you admitted fault, it may be game over for your claim. In addition, evidence may later reveal that you had nothing to do with the crash. It’s best way to let the facts show what happened.
  2. Avoid discussing your crash—When you report the crash to your insurance company, stick to the facts. In addition to not admitting fault, don’t volunteer information. Also, don’t talk about the crash on social media. Your statements may be twisted and used against you.

Even if fault is established at the scene by a police officer, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be revised or changed as more information is gathered and analyzed. Get Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers on your side today after a crash. Contact us now for a free consultation.

Less Traffic Shouldn’t Mean Less Focus Behind the Wheel

by Staff Blogger | June 22nd, 2020

According to a report by the Virginia Department of Transportation, there have been fewer vehicles on the state’s roadways during the COVID-19 pandemic than at other times. However, the percentage of crashes involving speeding vehicles and drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belts has increased. In addition, the number of deaths related to those factors has also gone up.

What does this mean? It can be inferred that many drivers are becoming too relaxed and even careless behind the wheel, especially when they look around and see fewer cars on the road during their daily commutes. Driving is a task that requires undivided attention, focus, and concentration. All it takes is one momentary lapse for a crash to occur.

In addition, driving on a less busy street should never be an invitation or a green light to suddenly disregard traffic laws or push the envelope. Speed limits are posted for a reason, and they’re enforced whether it’s just you on the road or you’re driving in heavy traffic. In addition, dangerous behaviors such as texting while driving and driving under the influence put you at risk regardless of how many cars, trucks, and SUVs are nearby.

Unfortunately, our Virginia auto accident lawyers know that too many drivers have let safety slip from their minds while driving in recent months. If you or someone you love gets injured in a crash caused by a careless driver, we want to help. Get in touch with the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

3 Steps to Take Before Leaving the Scene of a Crash

by Staff Blogger | April 13th, 2020

The aftermath of an auto accident can be difficult to deal with. Car crashes are loud, shocking, traumatic, and painful. It can be hard to think straight when you’re still at the scene, especially if you were hurt. Your top priority during this time is making sure you, your loved ones, and other victims get the needed medical attention. But if you’re capable of doing so, there are a few other steps you should take to protect your rights to compensation.

Those steps include:

  1. Get contact information from others—It’s vital that you’re able to contact the other driver or drivers. Get their name, phone number, email address, and insurance information. Getting contact information from witnesses is also important.
  2. Cooperate with police, but don’t admit fault—Stay at the accident scene until you leave in an ambulance or are told you’re free to leave by police. Cooperate with them while they’re at the scene, but never admit fault, as doing so could make you ineligible to pursue compensation.
  3. Take pictures of the crash scene—The position of your vehicle and other vehicles involved will change quickly after the crash as the scene is cleaned up. Taking pictures of their positions from a safe location, as well as damage, skid marks, and other markings can serve as valuable evidence.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia auto accident attorneys know that it can be difficult to keep a clear head after a crash. But the closer you stick to the steps outlined above, the more likely you may be to get the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How You Can Strengthen Your Claim after a Crash

by Staff Blogger | January 27th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our job to do the heavy lifting after an accident. We’re here to collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault. Then, we determine how much money the insurance company owes you for your medical bills and lost wages. We also handle all communication and negotiation with the insurance company.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to be passive during the recovery process.

How to Strengthen Your Claim After a Crash

There are a few things you can do to strengthen your claim after a crash and assist us while we work to get you paid. They include:

  • Stay off social media—Insurance adjusters will do anything to pay victims as little as possible. Sometimes, that means using their posts, tweets, and pictures against them. Don’t risk it—stay off social media until your claim settles.
  • Go to your doctor’s appointments—You suffered a serious injury and you need compensation for what you’ve gone through. But if you don’t regularly make your doctor’s appointments and follow their orders, the insurance company might think you aren’t hurt as bad as you claim.
  • Always tell the truth—Another tactic adjusters use is finding conflicting statements made by victims. If you’re truthful about the severity of your injuries throughout your recovery, you won’t give them ammo to use against you.

Seek Legal Help to Get the Most Out of Your Claim

The best way to strengthen a claim after a crash is by hiring a law firm that knows these types of case. Your attorney will immediately get to work on your case to make sure you’re given the payment you deserve.

Our Virginia auto accident attorneys are here to fight for your rights to compensation and to help you make the right decisions after the crash. Don’t trust just any law firm to get it done. Contact us today, and let us put our years of experience to work for you.

3 Types of Compensation You Can Get After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | December 2nd, 2019

If you have ever been involved in a car accident, you know how painful and traumatic they can be. But for many people, the pain and stress pale in comparison to the lasting effects car accidents can have on their family’s finances. Because auto accidents often cause victims to be unable to work and require expensive medical treatment, they can quickly deplete savings, max out credit cards, and leave families in debt.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia car accident lawyers can’t undo the crash, but we can help undo some of the financial burden you’re facing. When you contact us, we’ll work hard to help you get compensation for:

  1. Medical bills—You may need treatments in the immediate future and for months or even years to come. Treatments can include everything from surgeries and prescription medications to physical rehabilitation and specialist visits. We’ll fight to get you paid for these costs.
  2. Lost wages—Auto accident injuries can be both painful and disabling. When you’re dealing with chronic pain or reduced mobility, you may be unable to work—and that means no paychecks. Our team will work hard to get you money to replace your lost wages.
  3. Pain and suffering—Auto accidents can cause victims to suffer a variety of mental and emotional pain. You may develop symptoms of depression, anxiety, or even post-traumatic stress disorder. If the crash affected your life, you deserve to be compensated for it.

Don’t miss out on the money you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Worried You May Be Partially at Fault after a Crash? Get a Lawyer Today.

by Staff Blogger | October 7th, 2019

Virginia is a contributory negligence state. That means that injured victims often have a difficult time filing compensation claims after getting hurt in accidents that may be partially their fault. Because of this law, insurance companies can often reduce or dismiss claims outright when there’s any evidence that suggests claimants are even slightly at fault.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia auto accident attorneys know how frustrating this experience can be for injured victims like you. It’s especially important to be aware of this potential pitfall to receiving compensation in the immediate aftermath of your crash. That’s because you may be contacted by the insurance company, and if you provide a statement that indicates liability—even if facts later prove you didn’t contribute to the crash—you may be unable to pursue compensation.

The sooner you contact a lawyer after your auto accident, the better. In addition to helping establish the facts of the crash, we can also protect you from the insurance company and its team of adjusters who want to pay you as little as possible. That means you won’t have to worry about accidentally providing a statement that can jeopardize your claim at any point, as the insurance company will have to direct all communication to you through us first.

Don’t risk getting caught up in the blame game or missing your chance to get compensation. Virginia’s statute of limitations is just two years, and it expires faster than you think. Contact us today for a free consultation.

3 Phone Calls to Make After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 29th, 2019

Your cell phone is one of your most valuable tools after an auto accident. After checking your own condition and the conditions of your passengers and any other victims, your phone can help you protect the health of everyone involved and your own rights to compensation.

Making these three phone calls should be among your top priorities after a crash:

  1. 911—Never assume that someone else has already called 911. Dialing 911 dispatches emergency medical personnel to the scene as well as police officers. The former can provide medical assistance to you and other victims, while the latter will complete an official report of the crash.
  2. Your own auto insurance provider—Auto insurance providers require notification of crashes within a matter of days—even when their policyholders aren’t at fault. You also need to contact your insurance provider to start the process of potentially collecting on your own policy based on the circumstances of the accident.
  3. An experienced Norfolk auto accident attorney—Car accident claims are rarely straightforward. The other driver’s insurance company will likely dispute your claim, and without evidence, it can be difficult to get compensation. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better your chances will be of getting the money you deserve.

After you contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ll do everything in our power to take the stress of the accident off your shoulders. Let us handle the insurance company while you focus on getting better. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How Social Media Can Jeopardize Your Auto Accident Claim

by Staff Blogger | May 14th, 2019

Social media is a great tool for staying in touch with family and friends, but it can cost you big money after an auto accident. Insurance companies do everything in their power to pay victims as little as possible after crashes, and that includes keeping tabs on their social media profiles.

The adjusters assigned to your case may check your social media accounts on a regular basis for things like:

  • Information about your accident—To be successful, auto accident claims must be truthful and consistent. If insurance adjusters find differing accounts of the accident on victims’ social media profiles, they may question the official accounts of what happened.
  • Pictures of you—Insurance adjusters also check victims’ profiles for new pictures that may indicate their injuries aren’t as serious as they claim. For example, adjusters may be skeptical of victims who claim to have suffered serious injuries but who upload photos of themselves being active or taking part in activities that might be difficult due to their injuries.

In many cases, insurance adjusters misinterpret what they see and read on victims’ social media profiles. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry and to not give the adjusters any edge against you when it comes to getting compensation.

Stay off social media after your crash, and be sure to get an experienced Norfolk auto accident attorney on your side. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.