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Virginia Car Accident Statistics
Virginia highways are seeing exponential occurrences of fatal and injurious vehicle related accidents. In 2021, Virginia roads saw 118,498 accidents, of which 968 were sadly fatal and resulting in 58,786 injuries to those involved. This created a death rate of 1.13% of the 8,402,827 vehicles registered and the 6,023,354 licensed drivers. The 2021 breakdown of cause were as follows; alcohol related accidents totaled 6,749 with 247 sadly fatal and resulted in 4,224 injuries. Speed caused 24,620 accidents, of which 445 were sadly fatal and resulted in 12,902 injuries. Those not wearing seatbelts or utilizing a child car seat experienced 5,583 car accidents, of which 334 were sadly fatal and resulted in 3,854 injuries.
The state of Virginia had seen an approximate 72% increase in just the first quarter of 2022, according to the National Highway Traffic Administration. The data suggests U.S. roads are becoming increasingly dangerous and continue to be on pace to possibly see another increase in automobile accidents, as well as fatal auto crashes. The contributing factors for many of these collisions are speed, alcohol, not wearing a seat belt, distracted driving and substance abuse.
Call A Virginia Car Accident Lawyer For Help (757) 304-8424
In the unfortunate circumstance that one or a loved one becomes the victim of an auto accident in Virginia, immediately call (757) 304-8424 Coastal Virginia Magazine’s Top Lawyer for 2016 – 2022 Attorney Ed Booth for a consultation free of charge.
Mr. Booth is a highly regarded Virginia personal attorney with an aggressive legal style and deep dedication to assist Virginia car accident victims to receive their monetary reparations legally due to them.
Types of Virginia Car Accidents
Types of Car Accidents Lawyer Ed Booth represents
- Head on Collisions, the laws of physics can make this particular type of accident particularly devastating because the speed of both vehicles combined magnify the force of impact.
- Rear End Collisions, even minor “fender bender” accidents can cause serious neck and back injuries with long term effects, any addition of speed creates impactful devastation.
- Sideswipe Collisions, this type of accident can cause serious injuries to those seated on the impact side, as there is less protection on the side of a vehicle as compared to the front, where the engine exists. Other passengers seated away from the impact may also experience injuries.
- Multi-Vehicle Accidents, resulting in thousands of deaths each year on U.S. highways, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Rollover Accidents, pickup trucks and SUVs are more likely to be involved in injurious, even fatal rollover accidents, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
- Pedestrian Accidents, Booth Law Firm practices litigation for all vehicle incidents including pedestrian accidents. In Virginia, pedestrians are given the right of way, if a driver causes injury through distracted driving, neglect of right of way for said pedestrian, intoxication due to alcohol or drugs, failure to give right of way or driving with intention to cause harm. The victim is entitled to seek legal reparations for all and or any injuries.
- Hit and Run Accidents, those who have been an unfortunate victim of a hit and run accident may still have the right to receive legal compensation, whether the other driver has been identified or not.
- Drunk or Illegal Substance Induced Driving Accidents, in addition to compensation for medical bills, time off from work, damage to property, victims of drivers that are inebriated or intoxicated by use of illegal substances may be awarded additional compensation due to the illegal nature of driving while intoxicated.
- Emergency Vehicle Accidents, vehicles driven to and from a scene of an emergency are accountable for damage that may occur while on the road. Victims of said accidents may have legal rights to seek compensation.
Virginia Auto Accident Claims
Virginia Code 8.01-243 A; establishes a statute of limitation of two years from the date of the auto accident to bring legal action for all injuries arising from said incident. Fatal incidents have a two year statute of limitations for a wrongful death claim with limitation period begat upon date of person’s death. A civil action relating to property damage has a five year statute of limitations under Virginia Code.
Types of Car Accident Injuries
- Facial disfigurement, fracture of mandible, fracture of maxilla, fracture of zygotes, loss of teeth, gum recession, chronic pain of TMJ.
- Spinal cord injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Broken bones
- Head injuries, skull fractures, delusion, migraines, hallucinations, depression, PTSD.
- Traumatic brain injuries, with concussions, hematomas, loss of memory, early onset of dementia, loss of vision, loss of taste, loss of hearing.
- Cardiac arrest
- Torn ligaments and tendons
- Amputations due to blunt force trauma or post accident infections of limbs and digits.
Compensation for Virginia Auto Accidents
The value of a claim will depend on a number of factors which resulted from the accident, such as property damage, medical bills, loss of wages, treatment costs, transportation to treatments and other resultant incidentals. Attorney Ed Booth will take into account liability, the amount of damages and insurance coverage. Virginia is a contributory negligence state which adheres to factual evidence of contribution of fault for either driver/s. The extent of damage resultant of an accident and the severity will also contribute to calculation of compensation for a personal injury claim. Damage can be broken down into three categories:
- Real actual damage to property, such as one’s vehicle.
- Personal physical damage, such as injuries to neck, back and or broken bones.
- Hardship, the extent of pain and suffering one may experience as the result of an auto accident.
Having a professional like Attorney Ed Booth by your side can help to ease the stress and duress one may experience after a vehicle collision. The Booth Law Firm provides due diligence, care and great consideration for all of their clients, in the utmost respectful manner. Call (757) 304-8424.
Reporting Requirements for Virginia Auto Accidents
- Under the code of Commonwealth of Virginia section 46.2894, a driver must report their role in certain automotive accidents.
- Specifically, drivers must report any vehicle accident that results in physical injury to a person/s, death of a person/s, any and all property damage.
- Any driver involved in a motor vehicle accident must stop their vehicle immediately, obeying applicable Virginia traffic laws.
- The driver must submit a report with full legal name, permanent address, driver’s license number and vehicle registration number.
Ed Booth: Virginia Car Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or by the neglect of someone else, Ed Booth will handle all aspects of your injury claim so that you can focus on your recovery. From the insurance company to the claims adjuster to filing the suit, attorney Booth will alleviate the stress and burden that comes with the personal injury case. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side will also ensure that you get the maximum compensation for your injury. Call (757) 304-8424 today.
With decades of experience handling personal injury cases in Virginia, Ed Booth knows how the insurance companies work and the tactics they use to take advantage of injured victims to minimize compensation for the accident. Get maximum compensation for your injury and contact Ed Booth today for a free consultation to discuss your personal injury case.
How A Virginia Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You
- Witness testimony from people who saw what happened
- Expert witnesses who can testify that the defendant breached their duty of care
- Pictures from the scene of the accident
- Wreckage from the accident
- Security camera footage that captured what happened
Let Ed Booth Help With Your Auto Accident Case
Attorney Ed Booth will give you a free consultation to provide you with an honest evaluation about your case. Working on a contingency fee, all expenses come out of the settlement – you don’t pay, unless you win. As a recognized car accident law firm in Virginia with multiple honors and recognitions within the state, Ed Booth will help to guide you through the process and will work to get the maximum compensation you deserve for your car accident in the state of Virginia.
Experienced car accident attorney Ed Booth has served injured victims, obtaining settlements ranging from $440,000 to $3.5 million in vehicle based injury claims.