Car Accident Attorneys for Chester, VA

Supporting Vehicle Accident Victims Getting Back on Their Feet

As part of one of the largest counties in Virginia, Chester sees a lot of traffic. With numerous highways in the area, including State Route 10, U.S. Route 1 and Interstate 95, it’s no wonder that nearly 4,500 auto accidents happen a year.

It doesn’t matter how good of a driver you are. There are other people on the road whose mistakes can cost you.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you can file a personal injury claim. The car accident lawyers at Epperly & Follis, P.C. can represent your case and help you fight for your right to get financially compensated.

 

How Our Firm Helps You Recover

Car accidents are a serious matter. Depending on how severe the incident is, you might walk away with permanent or debilitating injuries that impact the rest of your life. On top of the physical pain, vehicle accident victims can also suffer from mental trauma and anguish.

With everything else you have to worry about, the last thing you need is the added stress of how to pay your medical bills. That’s where we come in.

Epperly & Follis P.C. can handle your personal injury claim for you while you recover. Our Chester car accident attorneys will focus on all legal aspects of the case, carefully assessing the details and evidence of your accident to craft an argument for your compensation. We’ll also prevent you from getting taken advantage of by the insurance companies.

With decades of experience in Virginia motor vehicle accident laws, we are qualified to represent your case.

woman in bad car accident out of her car calling her personal injury attorneyThere are several types of auto accidents our firm will cover:

  • Drivers involved in a car accident where the other vehicle is at fault
  • Passengers in a vehicular accident where the other vehicle is at fault
  • Passengers whose own driver is at fault
  • Accidents involving uninsured motorists
  • Hit and run accidents
  • Pedestrians hit by a vehicle
  • Cyclists hit by a motorist

 

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

No matter who is eventually found at fault for a car accident, it’s important for everyone on scene to stay safe and not panic. You need to know what to do in order to protect yourself both physically and financially.

Here are a few tips to follow if you ever find yourself in an auto accident:

  1. Check your passengers and yourself for injuries. Call 911 immediately if anyone is hurt.
  2. Get your vehicle off the road and to a safe location. If the accident occurs on the highway or at an intersection, staying there can be dangerous.
  3. Call 911 if you haven’t already. Even if no one is hurt, Virginia law requires drivers to document an accident by calling the police.
  4. Exchange personal and insurance information with everyone involved in the situation so it’s easier to contact them when filing your insurance claim.
  5. Take photos and talk to witnesses. Your personal injury claim is only as good as your evidence.Try to collect as much proof as possible to use in court.
  6. Notify your insurance provider. If it’s possible to contact them on scene, give them a detailed account of the accident. If not, take notes to give to them later.
  7. See a medical professional. No matter how small it is, it’s always a good idea to get seen by a doctor or physician after an accident. Some injuries can take hours to appear.
  8. Most importantly: Stay calm. Your behavior can be used against you in court if you react poorly to the situation. Don’t admit fault or accuse others while you’re on scene.

 

Why Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Virginia is a “tort” state, which means Chester residents are liable for any damage or injury they cause when getting into a vehicle accident in the area. In this same context, you can seek damages if someone else’s negligence caused the accident.

Regardless of who is found at fault, your insurance company will operate the same: doing whatever possible to downplay your injuries and avoid a large payout. Before going to court, speak with a personal injury attorney to make sure you’re getting what you deserve.

The lawyers of Epperly & Follis, P.C. can represent you and prevent you from getting taken advantage of. You may be eligible for compensation for medical expenses, lost income, property damage or pain and suffering. If you are, we’ll fight for you to receive every cent.

 

Reach Out to Your Local Chester Car Accident Attorney

David Epperly & Craig Follis posing together in front of their practiceHave you gotten hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault? Fight for your right to get financially compensated with an experienced personal injury lawyer at your side.

Epperly & Follis, P.C. has decades of experience representing Chester drivers in court and helping them receive the support they need to recover.

We take pride in helping vehicle accident victims in Chester, VA with their personal injury claim so they can get their life back.

Receive a free consultation today by calling the personal injury law firm of Epperly & Follis, P.C. at 1-888-703-0109 or 804-648-6480, or by filling out our online contact form.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Consult with your doctor or a medical professional if you have any type of pain, discomfort or possible injury after an auto accident – no matter how big or small. Some injuries take hours and even days to appear, and don’t show while you’re on scene.

If you were injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, emotional distress, pain and suffering. Discuss your case with a personal injury attorney at Epperly & Follis, P.C. and see if you need legal 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 suffer from for the rest of your life, or for long after the settlement of the claim. In most cases, the injured party is entitled to financial assistance from the driver found at fault for all current and future medical bills of subsequent injuries, including permanent ones.

How will I pay my medical bills?

Most of your medical bills will come directly from the physicians, hospitals, physical therapists and other healthcare providers you receive services from. You must pay them regardless of who caused the accident.

The insurance carrier of the person who was found at-fault for the accident is responsible for paying you compensation for these bills. They will be paying you directly and not the bills or your medical providers. 

Sometimes the amount their insurance company is willing to give you is less than the actual bill. If this is the case, you will need a personal injury attorney to help you fight for your rights and get the full amount. Contact Epperly & Follis today to discuss your case.

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

Don’t immediately agree to a settlement – it’s best to talk it over with an attorney first. Insurance companies tend to offer a fraction of the money you are eligible for in return for your signature so you don’t sue them. Contact Epperly & Follis before accepting the insurance check and see if you can receive more if you file a personal injury claim.

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

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

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

Yes. According to Virginia law, it is your duty to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you so you can brake without hitting them.

How long does a personal injury claim take to resolve?

It depends on your specific situation. Most simple personal injury claims can be resolved in a few weeks or a few months.

However, it could take up to several years if the accident is complex or has several factors involved. It’s best to speak with an experienced lawyer about your accident 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 car 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?

Personal injury and damage to your car can sometimes be caused by the road you’re driving on and not another vehicle. Improper maintenance or repair of roads and highways can lead to damage and suffering that warrants a personal injury claim if you get hurt.

Generally, liability for these injuries fall on the government agency responsible for maintaining the road. For example, if the damage was caused by a city street pothole, then the city is responsible. However, it must be proven that the city knew about the hazard and was negligent in fixing it.

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

The first thing you need to do is check everyone on scene and seek medical attention if you’ve sustained an injury. Then, collect all personal and insurance information from everyone involved (such as driver’s license numbers, address, phone number, car insurance information, etc.).

Document every detail of the accident along with all injuries you receive 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 the financial compensation you need to recover.

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