Driving and riding in cars is a part of daily life. Unfortunately, driving can be dangerous. According to the Department of Transportation, there are an average of 6 million car accidents in the United States every year. Those accidents result in 3 million people suffering some injury and 2 million suffering more serious or permanent injuries. Beyond those injured, more than 90 people die in car accidents every day.
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is critical to consult with experts in personal injury law. The insurance company of the driver who was at fault will begin working immediately to protect their “insured”. You need an advocate to protect your interests! The quality of representation you have will have a direct impact on if, and how much, you are compensated later.
Our Weiner, Spivey & Miller attorneys have over 190 years of combined experience in advocating for those injured by someone else’s negligence. Our results in negotiating and trying personal injury cases has earned our clients substantial settlements and jury awards, and has earned us the respect of our legal colleagues.
It’s important to speak to an attorney if you’ve been injured in a car accident. Not only can an attorney walk you step by step through the often-complicated legal system, but, unlike insurance companies, our legal team are true advocates on your side. Insurance companies are first and foremost businesses looking out for their own best interest.
Additionally, many people find that the injuries they sustained turn out to be more severe in the days or weeks following an accident. While this is a normal occurrence for soft tissue injuries, the injuries most commonly incurred in a car accident, if you accept an offer from an insurance company before you know the full extent of your injuries you may find your settlement no longer covers all your expenses. An experienced attorney from our firm can fight to protect your rights and help you recover the compensation you deserve so you can cover all your medical costs.
Since most insurance settlements state specifically that the amount of compensation agreed upon will be the only money paid, once you agree to a settlement amount it’s usually difficult to recover anything further. If you have already signed an agreement, you may still have options. Call Weiner, Spivey & Miller today to learn more about how we can help you.
After a car accident Virginia follows a “at-fault” rule to determine liability. This means that the driver who is responsible for causing an accident is the one responsible paying damages, usually through an insurance carrier.
Unfortunately, due to Virginia’s " contributory negligence" rule individuals who are found at fault for causing the accident that led to their injuries in any way are not eligible to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Have questions? Contact our firm today. We offer free consultations and are here to help you navigation the complex claim process.
Intelligence Officer Suffers Permanent Injuries in Collision:
Don's work in the intelligence community required that he be in top physical shape. At 30 years old, he regularly took a 3-5 mile run before work, biked 5 miles to work, took an intense bike ride with colleagues over lunch, and biked 5 miles home. When a Mercedes SUV, driven by a 17-year-old, T-boned Don's smaller SUV at an intersection, Don suffered a broken back. He tried extensive physical therapy to avoid surgery, but the pain was too great. When surgeons attempted to fuse his fifth and sixth vertebrae, the surgery was unsuccessful. Medical experts testified that Don was left with an 18% disability and would likely experience pain from his injuries for the rest of his life. Don was no longer able to do field work and was transferred to a “desk job”. At trial, two eyewitnesses questioned by Ed Weiner provided accounts of how the 17 year-old was speeding and not paying attention to his surroundings. The defendant’s insurance company offered $450,000 prior to the trial. The jury awarded Don $2,040,000.
Swimming Champ Suffers Multiple Orthopedic Injuries in Head-On Crash:
When he was 56 years old, Peter was ranked third in the U.S. and fifth in the world in his age group for 50-meter butterfly. He had set a record in backstroke in competition only three days before his car was struck head-on in a collision. Peter's left leg was badly broken both above and below his knee. Treatment included multiple surgeries to repair his femur (thighbone), as well as placement of a rod and screws to support his shattered ankle. Peter spent months on crutches, in rehabilitation, and in physical therapy. He was unable to swim for more than a year after the accident, but set a goal to return to competition. Ed Weiner and Gene Miller negotiated a settlement of $1,400,000 for Peter.
Repairing the Shattered Dreams of a Young Mother:
Vanessa and Michael were the proud parents of a 6 year-old boy and his 9 month-old brother, who was about ready to walk. Vanessa had returned to work when the baby, Tyler, was 7 months old. One Sunday in May, Vanessa went to the local mall to buy new curtains for the boys’ rooms. As she crossed through a major intersection, a car on the cross street ran the red light and struck Vanessa’s front, passenger-side door -- pushing her car into oncoming traffic, where her car was struck again by a truck. Vanessa’s right leg was broken, including her tibia (shinbone), which is commonly recognized as one of the strongest weight-bearing bones of the body. Vanessa had several surgeries, including the insertion of a metal rod into her tibia, as well as metal plates to stabilize her leg. She was unable to walk for several months and missed four weeks of work. Vanessa was devastated not to be able to pick up her baby or actively play with her children. Vanessa informed Ed Weiner and Lawson Spivey that she did not want to go to trial. They negotiated a settlement of $734,000 on Vanessa’s behalf.