Auto Accident

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.

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.