In most states, people who are injured in accidents can file compensation claims against at-fault parties to get money for their medical bills, lost wages, and other damages, even if they are partially at fault themselves.
For example, if a driver gets hit from behind by another driver who was following them too closely, but the first driver’s brake lights weren’t working, they may be assigned partial fault, but not enough fault to make them ineligible for compensation.
But in Virginia, being assigned even 1% of fault makes injured victims ineligible to get ANY compensation. That’s because the state uses a contributory negligence system for injury claims. Only Virginia, Alabama, Maryland, and North Carolina use this model, and it makes it very tough for victims to file claims, as small amounts of fault can be assigned in many cases.
It’s important to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side in any state, but it’s particularly important in contributory negligence states. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we not only prove other parties injured our clients, but we also prove they weren’t at fault for their injuries.
We do this by collecting evidence, interviewing witnesses, reconstructing accident scenes, and more. There are no steps we won’t take in our quest to clear our clients’ names and their paths to maximum compensation.
If you were recently injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, but you were assigned partial fault anyway, we want to help. Contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.