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Helping Vehicle Accident Victims Fight for Their Rights

In Virginia, around 160 people are injured every day in vehicle accidents. Even if you’re a good driver, there are other people on the road to watch out for. Distracted driving such as texting or talking on the phone accounts for nearly 80% of all crashes.

If you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident that was due to someone else’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury claim and get financial compensation for your suffering. The personal injury lawyers at Epperly & Follis, P.C. have years of experience assisting Hanover car accident victims by representing their claim in court.

How Epperly & Follis Help You Recover

Car accidents can have a huge impact on your life. The emotional, physical and financial suffering you endure is a lot to handle. Thankfully, you don’t have to deal with the legal aspects alone.

We understand what you’re going through, which is why we’re here to help you get back on your feet. Epperly & Follis examines every facet of your case to protect you from getting taken advantage of by insurance companies.

Our Hanover personal injury attorneys are knowledgeable on all the unique provisions of Virginia’s motor vehicle accident laws. We’ll study all the complexities and evidence from your accident to effectively represent you.

man bleeding in car accident and needs a personal injury attorneyWe handle multiple vehicle accident situations:

  • Drivers involved in an auto accident where another driver was at fault
  • Passengers whose driver was negligent
  • Passengers in an accident caused by another vehicle
  • Accidents involving uninsured motorists
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Pedestrians hit by vehicles
  • Cyclists hit by motorists

What to Do After a Car Accident

Vehicle accidents are overwhelming – one moment you’re driving down the road as you normally do, and the next you’re on the side of the road surrounded by glass. One person’s small mistake could be a permanent injury for you. In the moments after your crash, it’s important to know what to do so you can protect yourself physically and financially.

Here are a few steps to follow if you’re involved in a vehicle accident:

  1. Check everyone on scene for injuries, including you and your passengers. If someone has been seriously hurt, call 911 immediately.
  2. Get your vehicle off the road or out of the intersection if possible. Getting to a safe place will help you avoid more injury or damage.
  3. Call 911 if you haven’t already. Virginia law requires drivers to report accidents they are involved in, regardless of how minor they are.
  4. Exchange personal and insurance information with everyone involved in the auto accident. This will make contacting them and filing an insurance claim easier.
  5. Take photos and talk to witnesses while on scene – collecting this evidence can help your case in court.
  6. Notify your insurance provider. If possible, try to contact them while you’re at the accident so you can provide them with detailed information. Take diligent notes as well.
  7. See a doctor or medical professional. It’s always a good idea to get checked out by a physician of sorts after a car accident, even if you don’t have immediate pain. Some injuries will appear over time.
  8. Most importantly: stay calm. Your reaction after the accident can be used against you in court. If you accuse others or admit fault of your own, it can reflect poorly on you.

Why You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

David Epperly & Craig Follis posing together in front of their practiceVirginia is a “tort” state, meaning Hanover residents are liable for any damage or injuries that result from an accident they’re found at fault for. If another driver causes your crash, speaking with a professional attorney can help you figure out if you’re eligible for compensation.

Most insurance companies operate as a business. While they want to help you, their main goal is to pay the least amount possible. This could result in minimizing your injuries and suffering to avoid a large payout.

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve to get fully compensated for your injuries. This can be anything from medical expenses to lost income, property damage, and pain and suffering. Epperly & Follis will help you receive the financial support you need.

Reach Out to Your Local Hanover Car Accident Attorneys

The personal injury lawyers of Epperly & Follis, P.C. are here to help you when you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident. We will represent your claim in court so you can fight for your rights.

Your health and well-being is our highest priority. Our lawyers will do everything in our power to help you recover. We take pride in representing car accident victims so they can receive financial compensation for their injuries.

Contact the personal injury law firm of Epperly & Follis in Hanover, VA for a free consultation at 1-888-703-0109, 804-648-6480 or through our  contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I did not feel hurt at the scene but experienced pain afterwards?

Consult your doctor or medical provider regarding any pain, discomfort or possible injuries you receive in a vehicle accident – even if they are minor. Injuries from the accident can appear later on when you’re no longer at the scene.

If you were injured and someone else was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, emotional distress, pain and suffering. Consult with an attorney at Epperly & Follis, P.C. to discuss if you need representation.

My doctor says I have a permanent injury as a result of my vehicle accident. What does this mean?

A permanent injury is one that you will have for the rest of your life, or for a long time after the settlement of the claim. In most cases, the injured party is entitled to financial compensation from the person who caused the accident for all current and future medical bills of injuries, including permanent ones.

How will I pay my medical bills?

Most of your medical bills will come from physicians, hospitals, physical therapists and other healthcare providers. These will be sent to your physical address, and you are personally responsible for paying them regardless of what caused them. The insurance carrier of the person who was found at-fault for the accident is responsible for paying you back for these bills. They will pay you directly and not the bills or your medical providers. 

Sometimes the amount their insurance company wants to pay you is less than the actual bill. If this is the case, you will need a personal injury lawyer to help you receive what you’re owed. Contact Epperly & Follis today to discuss your case.

My insurance company is offering me a settlement. Should I take it?

Don’t agree to a settlement right away – get in contact with a lawyer first. Oftentimes, insurance companies will offer a fraction of what you actually deserve upfront in return for your signature stating that you will not sue them. Contact Epperly & Follis first before accepting an insurance check and let us take a look at the offer.

Who pays if I receive an injury due to an auto accident or my car is damaged?

If you are the one at fault for the accident, your liability insurance will pay the other driver(s) for property damage and personal injuries up to your policy’s limits. If another driver was at fault, then their liability insurance will pay for your car damage and personal injuries.

Am I at fault if I rear-end another vehicle?

Most times, yes. According to Virginia law, you must maintain a safe distance between cars to be able to stop safely and not hit the car in front of you.

How long does a personal injury claim take to resolve?

It depends on the complexity of your accident. Most personal injury cases can be resolved in a few weeks or a few months if it’s a simple collision.

However, it could take up to several years at worst. It’s best to speak with an experienced attorney about your specific case to get an estimate on how long it will take.

What issues will I face in making a claim for my injuries sustained in a car accident?

A personal injury claim is based on carelessness or negligence, and in worst case scenarios intentional or reckless acts. The following three issues will typically arise in a tort claim after a vehicle accident:

  • Liability – who is at fault and to what degree
  • Damages – injuries or losses caused by the accident
  • Insurance Coverage – what your insurance will pay for
I received a personal injury as a result of hitting a pothole with my car. Who is responsible?

Improper maintenance or repair of roads and highways may cause damage to your vehicle, and in some cases even lead to personal injury.

Generally, liability for these injuries falls on the government agency responsible for the road’s maintenance. If the damage was caused by a city street pothole, then the city is responsible. However, the evidence must prove that the city knew about the hazard and was negligent.

What should I do if I am involved in a car accident?

The first thing you should do is seek medical attention if you or someone else has been injured. Try to collect all personal and insurance information from witnesses and others involved (such as driver’s license numbers, address, phone number, insurance car information, etc.).

Take notes on your perspective of the accident and any other important details, along with all physical and mental injuries you received and how they develop over time.

Finally, contact the attorneys at Epperly & Follis, P.C. to represent your personal injury claim in court so you can get financial compensation.

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“Craig Follis is the best lawyer in town if you have been injured in a car accident. He is very professional and knowledgeable and you will be satisfied with the outcome of your case. Thank you Craig for handling my case and I will definitely recommend you to anyone I know seeking a good top of the line lawyer. When you need a lawyer:call Craig Follis, you will not be disappointed.”

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Chesterfield, VA

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We know the law, we know victims’ rights, and we want to help you make informed decisions about your personal injury case. Please contact Epperly & Follis, P.C today for a free legal consultation.

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