Auto Accident

3 Common Forms of Negligence that Lead to Auto Accidents

by Staff Blogger | November 6th, 2017

In the months and years after most people obtain their drivers’ licenses, they quickly become accustomed to the act of driving. In fact, they can safely get from point A to point B without much effort.

But even though driving becomes “automatic” for many people, it still requires focus, attention, and coordination.

Unfortunately, many drivers take their safety and ability to safely operate their vehicles for granted. That often leads to them getting behind the wheel under unsafe conditions or engaging in dangerous activities while driving.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk car accident attorneys look for these three signs of negligence or carelessness after crashes:

  1. Distracted driving – Texting while driving is an epidemic in the U.S. and throughout Virginia, and it plays a role in a huge number of car accidents nationwide every year.
  2. Drunk or impaired driving – When drivers get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, taking certain medications, or using drugs, they often lose their ability to focus, stay alert, or react quickly.
  3. Speeding – All roads in Virginia have posted speed limits, and when drivers exceed those limits, they put themselves and others in danger, as they’re more likely to lose control or be unable to stop in time to avoid collisions.

If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we want to fight for your rights to the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Daylight Saving Time Can Increase Your Risk of an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | October 9th, 2017

The time to set your clocks back one hour is rapidly approaching. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, daylight saving time will end. That means you’ll need to roll back your clock one hour. And while the extra hour of sleep may leave you feeling more rested on Monday morning, your chances of being involved in an auto accident can increase.

Experts believe this phenomenon occurs for a few reasons:

  • Loss of light – While the end of daylight saving time means more light in the morning, it also means less light during the evening commute home—and low visibility is a major risk factor for car accidents.
  • Drunk driving – People’s behavior is noted to change when they’re anticipating a time change due to the beginning or ending of daylight saving time. That can result in increased alcohol consumption and intoxicated driving.
  • Less attentive driving – Gaining an hour can make drivers less cautious behind the wheel. Their biological clocks are still operating as though it’s daylight, but visibility on the road is much lower.

Before daylight saving time ends this year, make sure that your loved ones understand the risks associated with the shift in daylight and the earlier sunset.

If you or someone you love was hurt in an auto accident that was caused by a negligent driver, the Norfolk auto accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to help. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

Avoid These 2 Common Post-Auto Accident Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | September 5th, 2017

An unfortunate reality for auto accident victims is that the things they say and do in the minutes, hours, and days after their crashes can impact their opportunities to get compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.

Insurance companies look for ways to reduce or deny claims whenever possible. In some cases, they can achieve this simply by waiting for crash victims to make mistakes that insurance companies can later use against them. To make matters worse, many victims have no idea that these actions can jeopardize their chances to get the money their families need, especially if their accidents put them out of work.

Lowell Stanley’s team of Norfolk car accident lawyers has represented many injured victims throughout Virginia, and 2 of the most common mistakes we see victims make are:

  1. Admitting fault for the accident before investigation is conducted – Never admit fault for a crash. This will be determined by experienced investigators after all evidence has been collected and considered. Auto accidents are traumatic and disorienting, and it’s common for victims to misremember what happened even moments earlier. Admitting fault to the police, the other driver, witnesses, or the insurance company can nullify your chances of pursuing compensation.
  2. Talking about the accident or your case with friends or on social media – Insurance adjusters are always looking for evidence they can use against you. They might speak with your friends, coworkers, or even look at your social media pages to find information about the accident. Keep all information between yourself and your attorney, and never post about the crash online.

The most important thing you can do after the accident is get an experienced and qualified legal team on your side soon as possible. When you contact us, we may be able to take over your case and handle all communication with the insurance company.

Call today to find out how we can help you—our consultations are always free.

Auto Accident? Listen to Your Gut.

by Staff Blogger | July 17th, 2017

Have you ever had a gut feeling that someone or something isn’t quite right? Whether it’s a salesman trying to sell you on a product or a loved one telling a story that just doesn’t add up, your gut can often sense another’s true intentions. If you’ve been in a serious car accident, you’ll likely have one of these moments the first time you speak with the insurance company. Their main objective is to pay you as little as possible for your injury claim. If your gut tells you something’s wrong, listen to it.

There’s a reason so many people turn to the car accident attorneys at Lowell Stanley every year. They know that the amount of money they’re offered by the insurance company isn’t going to be enough to help them fully recover from their injuries, so they give us a call, and we take it from there. The reality is that the insurance company’s power comes from you. The more you give them, the less you can expect to get in return.

If you’ve been injured, take the power back. Contact our experienced Norfolk car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We review all Norfolk car accident cases for free with no obligation to become a client. You have the power to get maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today and let us put our experience to work for you.

2 Important Tips for Car Accident Victims

by Staff Blogger | June 26th, 2017

Recovering from a serious car accident can take months, even years. It takes time and determination to overcome your injuries, leaving little energy for anything else. However, your injury claim is just as important as your recovery. A low settlement can leave your family in a financial crisis, which is why you need to avoid the biggest pitfalls accident victims fall into.

In our experience, here are two tips every car accident victim should know:

  1. Don’t stop medical treatment too soon. The medical treatment you receive for your injuries is the foundation of your injury claim. When you miss a doctor’s appointment or skip a physical therapy session, you’re essentially taking money out of your pocket and putting it in the insurance company’s coffers. Never skimp on medical treatment. It could make a huge difference in the compensation you receive for your injuries.
  2. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If you don’t think you need a lawyer to help with your injury claim, consider this. Accident victims with an attorney get up to two times more money than those without. Going it alone leaves you vulnerable to the insurance company’s influence. If you sign a settlement agreement for less than you deserve, you could be responsible for thousands of dollars in medical and other expenses later on.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call immediately for a free consultation. An experienced Roanoke car accident attorney is ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

What Keeps Us Up at Night

by Staff Blogger | May 22nd, 2017

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we help a lot of folks in Norfolk get the compensation they deserve after serious car accidents. It’s a good feeling knowing that the people who come through our doors get our very best and often walk out again in a much better place. What keeps us up at night are the thousands of injured folks in Virginia who are trying to deal with the insurance company on their own, without the help of an experienced car accident attorney.

In our experience, accident victims who go it alone will receive significantly less compensation for their injuries, which can put their families in a real financial crisis.

The good news is there may still be time to do it right. Unless you’ve signed a settlement agreement from the insurance company, we still may be able to pull you and your family out of this situation. But you have to call us immediately. Our experienced Norfolk car accident attorneys will fully investigate your accident and deal with the insurance company on your behalf to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t risk your financial future by going it alone. Contact us today.

Car Accidents Have a Story to Tell

by Staff Blogger | May 1st, 2017

After a crash that wasn’t your fault, the accident scene has a story to tell, and it has two sides–your’s and the at-fault driver’s. Which side do you want on the record when settling your injury claim? That question has an obvious answer, but it needs to be asked nevertheless. If you decide to go through the injury claim process without an experienced Norfolk car accident lawyer by your side, you may end up paying for the mistakes of others. Do you think you can prove what really happened on the road that day? Better yet, do you think you could prove it in a court of law?

Securing a personal injury lawyer to help with you injury claim is all about minimizing risk. The simple reality is you’re in no shape to put up the kind of fight necessary to get what you deserve. An experienced Norfolk car accident attorney and investigative team know how to reach beyond the accident report and uncover the truth for all to see. That’s an important part of maximizing your injury claim, which is why you should give us a call immediately if you’ve been injured.

A car accident attorney from Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers can offer free, no obligation consultations to every injury victim in Norfolk. Why? Because we know how important it is to your family’s future that you have the legal help you need from day one. Call us today for your free consultation, and let us help you start putting your life back together.

Car Accident? It’s Time to Take a Stand

by Staff Blogger | April 10th, 2017

For those lucky enough to survive a serious car accident, a sense of “what might have happened?” always lingers. Would I have survived if they had been going 5 mph faster? What if I hadn’t braked when I did? Could I have lost so much more? These are frightening thoughts, especially considering the injuries you did sustain. Make no mistake, you’ve survived a life-threatening accident, and the person who caused it could have taken your life or the lives of those in your vehicle.

That’s an important point to remember when considering whether or not you should file a personal injury lawsuit for your injuries. By doing so, you’re taking a stand for yourself, your family, and other drivers on the road who could be injured or killed next time by the same driver. It needs to be stated loud and clear that driving while distracted, driving aggressively, or under the influence is not welcome in Norfolk. You do that by calling an experienced lawyer to defend your rights, and that’s exactly what we do at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers.

If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, call an experienced Norfolk car accident attorney today. We’ll hold the responsible party accountable for their carelessness and fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. You can’t afford to go this alone. Contact us today.

What You Need to Understand about the Insurance Industry

by Staff Blogger | March 13th, 2017

How do insurance companies make billions of dollars in profit every year? It’s simple math. They take in more insurance premiums than they pay out in claims. How do they do that? By running millions of dollars in ads that get you to sign up while denying or minimizing claims that come in. As long as they keep that scale tipping in their favor, the profits continue to roll in.

The thing you need to understand about the insurance industry is that although their marketing efforts center on how they’ll protect you in the event of an accident, your insurance company is a business first. Altruism is far from their first motivation. In fact, from the moment your accident occurs, you become a liability to them. In business speak, you get moved to accounts payable, meaning they owe you money. It’s in their best interests to minimize your claim, and they’ve become really good at it.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t try to take on the insurance company alone. Call a Norfolk car accident attorney at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation. We’ve been dealing with insurance companies for more than 30 years. We know what your case is worth, and we’ll fight to get you every dollar you deserve. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation.

Maximizing Your Car Accident Injury Claim Isn’t Automatic

by Staff Blogger | February 13th, 2017

Most every vehicle out on the road today has certain standard safety features, such as airbags and seatbelts. These features are intended to do one thing: save your life in the event of an accident. They don’t require you to hit a button at just the right time or speak any command out loud at the moment of impact. They simply do their job when the time comes.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a device or service that automatically saved your financial future after an accident? Moments following your accident, this revolutionary technology would already be calculating what your accident is going to cost you and negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf to secure that amount. That would truly be incredible. Unfortunately, no such technology exists. But a Norfolk car accident attorney at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers can help.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll fully investigate your case to determine the true worth of your accident and fight to get you every penny you deserve. Contact our law firm today for your free, no obligation consultation. If we believe we can help, we’ll do so at no cost to you until we get you money.