Car Accident Attorneys for Petersburg, VA

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Helping Vehicle Accident Victims Recover After Disaster

Despite its smaller population, Petersburg, VA tends to have a lot of vehicle crashes every year. As a well-known transportation hub for the Richmond area, Interstate highways 85 and 95 and U.S. Route Highways 1, 301 and 460 all pass through the city.

With so many cars driving by every day, it comes to no surprise that over 850 accidents were reported in 2021 within the 21 miles of Petersburg.

If you or a loved one become one of the many drivers who get injured due to someone else’s carelessness, the car accident lawyers at Epperly & Follis, P.C. can help you file a personal injury claim. You deserve to get financially compensated for your suffering. We can help you defend that right and receive assistance for your recovery.

 

How Our Firm Supports You

man bleeding in car accident and needs a personal injury attorneyEpperly & Follis, P.C. handles several types of vehicle accident situations:

  • Drivers involved in a car crash where the other vehicle was at fault
  • Passengers in an accident caused by the other vehicle
  • Passengers whose own driver caused the crash
  • Accidents involving an uninsured motorist
  • Pedestrians hit by drivers
  • Cyclists hit by motorists

Vehicle accidents are no small matter – depending on the severity of your situation, there could be devastating consequences. If you walk away with any long-term or serious injuries, it could have a huge emotional, physical and financial impact on your life.

We understand what you’re going through and are here to help you get back on your feet. Epperly & Follis focus on the practical and legal aspects of your case, working hard to properly represent your injury claim. We can protect you and your family from getting taken advantage of while you focus on recovering.

Our Petersburg car accident attorneys are knowledgeable on all the unique provisions of Virginia’s motor vehicle accident laws. We will examine the evidence and handle all the complexities of your case to prove your innocence.

 

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

Regardless of why an accident happens or who caused it, safety is of the utmost importance. You need to know what to do to protect yourself in the moment both physically and financially.

If you ever find yourself in an auto accident, here are a few steps to follow:

  1. Check yourself and everyone involved for injuries. Call 911 immediately if someone has been hurt.
  2. Move your vehicle to a safe location. By getting your car out of the intersection or highway lane and onto the side of the road, you avoid more potential damage or injury.
  3. Call 911 if you haven’t already. It’s required by Virginia law to report a vehicle accident regardless of how minor or severe it is.
  4. Exchange personal and insurance information with everyone involved. This will make contacting them easier when you go to file an insurance claim.
  5. Talk to witnesses and take photos. Collecting evidence from the scene can help you give a detailed account of the accident in court. Try to take notes as well.
  6. Notify your insurance provider. If you have the ability to call them while still at the site, give them as much detailed information as possible. If not, give them your notes later on.
  7. See a doctor or medical professional. It’s always a good idea to get checked out after an accident. Some injuries aren’t immediate and can take hours or days to appear.
  8. Most importantly: Stay calm. How you react to the situation could be used against you in court if you start accusing others or admitting fault of your own in the moment.

 

Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

Virginia is a “tort” state, which means Petersburg residents are liable for any damage or injury they cause in a car accident if they are found negligent. In the same context, you can seek damages against another driver if they were the one found at fault. We recommend speaking to one of our lawyers to figure out what compensation you’re eligible for.

Unfortunately, most insurance companies tend to downplay injuries in an attempt to avoid a large payout – regardless of how that impacts you.

If you’ve been hurt in a vehicle accident and someone else is to blame, you have the right to receive financial assistance for your medical bills. Don’t miss out on much-needed support because your insurance doesn’t care. Epperly & Follis will take your accident seriously and can get you what you need to recover.

 

Contact Your Local Petersburg Car Accident Lawyer

David Epperly & Craig Follis posing together in front of their practiceWhen you’ve been injured in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, the dedicated attorneys at Epperly & Follis, P.C. will work hard to successfully represent your personal injury claim.

Our personal injury lawyers have decades of experience representing Petersburg residents and helping them make informed legal decisions for their case. It’s your right to get financially compensated for your injuries, and we’ll help you fight for it.

We take pride in helping vehicle accident victims in Petersburg, VA recover from their pain and suffering.

Receive a free consultation today with the personal injury law firm of Epperly & Follis, P.C. by calling 1-888-703-0109,  804-648-6480 or filling out our online 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 experience after a car accident – even if it seems minor. Injuries can appear hours or even days later but are still from the accident.

If you were hurt in a car 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. Consult with a lawyer at Epperly & Follis, P.C. to 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 stays with you 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 compensation from the person who is at fault. All current and future medical bills of injuries caused by the accident, including permanent ones, should be covered.

How will I pay my medical bills?

Most of your medical bills will come from the physicians, hospitals, physical therapists and other healthcare providers you received help from. These will be sent to your address, and you are personally responsible for paying them regardless of how you got your injuries. 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 is willing to pay you is less than the actual bill. If this is the case, you will need a personal injury attorney to help you get fully compensated for 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 immediately. 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 a lawyer at Epperly & Follis first before accepting an insurance check and see if you are entitled to more.

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

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

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

Yes. According to Virginia law, you must maintain a safe car-length distance between vehicles to be able to stop safely and not hit the car in front of you in an emergency. Rear-ending another vehicle means you were not following this law.

How long does a personal injury claim take to resolve?

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

However, it could take up to several years at worst if the case is complicated. It’s best to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your specific situation 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 an accident or 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, 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 have been injured. Then, try to collect all personal and insurance information from everyone 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 see if you are eligible for financial assistance and represent your personal injury claim in court.

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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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