Virginia car accident lawyer

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.

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.

Virginia Sees Decline In Serious Accidents, But Experts Look For Continued Improvement

by | October 22nd, 2012

October 22, 2012

While Virginia has seen a steady decline in the number of serious motor vehicle accidents in recent years, experts say the trend seems to be slowing down.

The Virginia-Pilot says the number of serious motor vehicle accidents in the state dropped from 5,803 crashes in 2010 to 5,662 in 2011. This was accredited to stricter licensing policies for new drivers and DUI laws, seatbelt use, and law enforcement’s educational campaigns. A spokeswoman for the Virginia Highway Safety Office, Mary Ann Rayment, lauded DUI checkpoints, along with the Click-It-Or-Ticket campaign for reducing drunk drivers on the road, which can be a major catalyst for serious accidents. Others say the increase in seatbelt usage, from 70 percent in the late 90’s to 82 percent last year, could be credited with the reduction in motor vehicle crashes.

Despite the decrease, more than 700 people die in motor vehicle accidents each year in Virginia and many cities have had a consistent number of serious accidents for decades. In fact, Norfolk Car Accident numbers have remained around 80 annually since the beginning of the decade. Officials plan to combat the problem by working to clear accident scenes faster. They believe this will help to prevent secondary crashes from occurring.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley are hopeful the new strategy will be successful in reducing the number of Virginia Car Accidents that occur each year.

Virginia Car Accident Victim Released From Hospital

by | October 1st, 2012

October 1, 2012

Almost two months after a tragic Norfolk car accident left a 45-year-old woman permanently injured, she was discharged from the hospital. According to the Tidewater News, the crash that left her and two others hurt occurred on August 11 on the Route 58 Bypass exit off of Armory Drive, near Courtland.

The woman was driving a PT Cruiser, with her husband, child, and cousin as passengers, when a 26-year-old alleged drunk driver from Gates, North Carolina, was traveling in the wrong direction in a 2006 GMC Envoy and collided head-on with the Cruiser. The woman’s 52-year-old cousin was killed in the accident. She and her husband, along with their child, were all rushed to a local hospital. The driver of the Envoy was arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter.

The injured driver suffered a crushed left arm and leg, along with five broken ribs. Her husband was diagnosed with a broken neck and back, while their child developed internal bleeding. The female victim underwent two corrective surgeries and had rods inserted in her left arm, hip, and leg. Doctors believe the woman will never fully recover, but she may reach 75 percent of her previous mobility.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley understand the struggles that come with being injured in an accident and are here to help you get back on your feet if you have been hurt due to another person’s negligence.

Two Virginia Teens Killed In Car Accident

by | August 20th, 2012

August 20, 2012

Two Virginia teens were killed as the result of a motor vehicle accident they were involved in yesterday morning. According to ABC 13 News, the crash happened just after 8:00 a.m. at the intersection of Route 633 and Pine Log Road in Greensville County.

Reports state that the 18-year-old driver veered off the road and collided with a tree, leaving herself and her 18-year-old passenger severely injured, as neither was wearing a seat belt at the time of the Norfolk car accident. Rescue crews were able to free the girls and transport them to a local hospital, but they both died shortly after arrival as a result of their injuries. Investigators are also examining whether or not alcohol may have played a part in causing the crash.

Limits being set on the number of passengers a teen driver can carry in the vehicle is a step in the right direction, considering that the AAA Foundation recently culminated data showing that a young driver with a passenger younger than 21-years-old in the vehicle with them is 44 percent more likely to be involved in a crash.

The Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley say the best way to keep young drivers safe is for parents to set reasonable rules and limits for their children. The firm says it is also important for parents to explain why following these rules is so important to their safety.

Drowsy Driving Blamed For Fatal Virginia Car Crash

by los | April 30th, 2012

April 30, 2012

Research by the National Sleep Foundation has found that 60 percent of adult drivers–about 168 million people–say they have driven a vehicle while feeling drowsy in the past year, and more than one-third have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. These drivers were responsible for the more than 100,000 accidents that resulted in an estimated 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries.

Five people were injured and a teen died as a result of one of these crashes just over two weeks ago. According to WVEC 13 News, the accident happened around 6:15 a.m. on Route 58 in Suffolk County, Virginia. The family was heading home to Virginia Beach when the father fell asleep at the wheel and veered off the highway. The SUV than ran into a culvert and rolled onto its side. No one in the vehicle was wearing a seatbelt at the time.

The mother and her 3-year-old daughter were ejected from the vehicle, while the father was able to crawl out of the wreckage. Two of the children were trapped inside the SUV, while their 16-year-old brother perished in the crash. The surviving five members of the family were taken to local hospitals to receive treatment.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley, the Norfolk Auto Accident Lawyer, says that it’s important that motorists never drive when drowsy or sleep-deprived. He adds that if you do become tired while driving, pull over immediately and rest.

Bad Weather May Have Played A Part In Virginia Car Accident

by los | March 27th, 2012

March 26, 2012

Slick roads and low visibility may have played a part in a single-vehicle accident that left one woman injured Sunday night. According to WVEC 13 News, the crash happened around 7:40 p.m. at the intersection of Route 58, better known as Holland Road, and Chappell Drive.

Troopers with the Virginia State Police who responded to the scene say that it was raining when the woman lost control of her vehicle and crashed. The woman was trapped inside the vehicle for several hours before rescue crews were able to cut her free using the Jaws of Life. She was taken to a local hospital to receive treatment for serious injuries she sustained in the crash. She remains there in stable condition.

Investigators say they will continue to look into the cause of the accident.

Slick road conditions contribute to thousands of wrecks on America’s highways each year. The best way to ensure you do not become a statistic in one of these accidents is to monitor the tread on your tires carefully and rotate them on a regular basis. You also should always buckle up and follow the posted speed limits.

The Norfolk Auto Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley understand just how dangerous driving during inclement weather conditions can be. That is why they ask that all motorists do their part to keep the highways safe by driving carefully and patiently at all times.

Restaurant Owner Who Served Underage Patrons Before Fatal Crash Charged

by los | February 28th, 2012

February 27, 2012

The owner of a restaurant in Norfolk, Virginia, has been charged by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission with serving underage and intoxicated patrons just minutes before a fatal crash claimed the life of a 20-year-old man. According to reports from The MetroWest Daily News, the accident happened on October 11, 2010 around 9:30 p.m. at 45 Holliston Street, a short distance from the restaurant.

Reports indicate that the man and two other underage patrons were served between seven and ten drinks from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The patrons then got into a 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup and drove away. Moments later, the vehicle struck a curb and a tree before rolling several times and landing in front of a local middle school. Two of the victims, including the young man who died at the scene, were not wearing seatbelts and were ejected from the vehicle.

The other ejected victim survived after receiving treatment at the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worchester for bleeding in her brain, a fractured eye socket and nose, and a broken collarbone, ribs, pelvis, and spine.

Virginia state law allows for restaurant owners and servers to be charged with crimes, and they can be held liable if a patron of their establishment is invoed in an accident after drinking.

The Virginia Auto Accident Attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley express their condolences to the families of those involved in this crash.

Snowy Weather Causes Thousands Of Accidents Across Virginia

by los | February 20th, 2012

February 20, 2012

With snow falling across the state of Virginia, state police say they are overwhelmed with accident calls. According to reports from WTKR Channel 3 News, police have responded to approximately 1,000 calls in the last two days.

A spokesman for Virginia State Police, Sgt. Thomas Molnar, said emergency crews have responded to 881 crashes and 456 disabled vehicles in the past 48 hours, and that 230 of those calls came from the Richmond area. Troopers added that they responded to roughly 40 crashes in Metro Richmond.

The high number of accidents has prompted the Virginia Department of Transportation to offer the following tips to drivers:

  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter. Be sure to check your:
    • brakes and tires,
    • battery and ignition system,
    • antifreeze and thermostat,
    • windshield wipers and de-icing washer fluid,
    • headlights, tail and brake lights, blinkers and emergency flashers,
    • exhaust system, heater and defroster,
    • and oil.
  • Leave early and know the conditions for the roads you‘ll be on.
  • Keep windows, mirrors, and lights free from snow.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Start out in the lowest gear possible.
  • Keep a safe distance behind other vehicles and trucks that are plowing the road.
  • Don’t pass a snowplow or spreader unless necessary. Treat these as you would emergency response vehicles.

The Virginia Car Accident Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley hope that these driving safety tips help keep motorists safe during the winter.

New Regulations Will Hopefully Improve Safety Along Virginia Highways

by los | February 13th, 2012

February 13, 2012

Lawmakers are trying to tighten safety regulations for drivers here in the United States. Two separate reports from News Channel 3 say that representatives and senators from around the country are considering several ways of keeping drivers safer on the road, including a nationwide ban on texting and driving and stricter requirements for DUI offenders who are allowed to drive.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will go before a New York State Senate committee this week to testify that distractions stemming from handheld devices, especially texting, have been found to be contributing factors in a growing number of transportation accidents over the last 10 years. The bill would make it illegal to operate handheld devices, except in emergency situations, while behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Virginia lawmakers are also considering passing a new ruling that would require all DUI offenders to have ignition interlock systems installed on their vehicles. The devices require a user to have their blood alcohol content measured before their vehicle will start. Then, the device requires the driver be tested sporadically while the vehicle is in motion.

The Virginia car accident lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley hope that the new rules will make the state’s highways for all drivers who choose to utilize them. They agree that refraining from drinking and distracted driving significantly cuts lowers the chances a driver will be involved in an accident.