Car Accident Lawyers for Goochland, VA

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Protecting Vehicle Accident Victims from Financial Ruin

As fun as country roads are to drive on, they can also be very dangerous. There are no lights to illuminate the night or help your vision during stormy weather. With their sharp turns, curves and narrow passageways, it’s no wonder cars get run off the road.

With over 290 square miles of land and several highways crossing through (I-64, US 250, US 522, to name a few), Goochland County has numerous opportunities for drivers to get into a wreck. In 2021, the area saw nearly 500 car accidents, half of which resulted in injuries.

If you or a loved one suffers from a personal injury due to someone else’s negligence on the road, the car accident lawyers at Epperly & Follis, P.C. in Goochland can represent your claim in court and help you get the financial assistance you deserve.

 

How Our Firms Helps Your Case

David Epperly & Craig Follis posing together in front of their practiceCar accidents can have a lasting effect on your life – no one crashes their vehicle and walks away as if nothing happened. The emotional, physical and financial impact can take a toll, especially if you receive any long-term or even permanent injuries.

The last thing you need while trying to recover is stress over paying your medical bills.

We understand what you’re going through and are here to help you with the legal aspects of your personal injury claim. Epperly & Follis work hard to study the details of your case and examine the evidence to properly represent you in court. Focus on recovering instead of worrying about getting taken advantage of when you have us by your side.

Our Goochland car accident attorneys are familiar with Virginia’s motor vehicle accident laws and know exactly what you need to prove your innocence and the other party’s negligence.

Epperly & Follis P.C. handles several types of auto accident claims:

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

 

What Should I Do After a Car Accident?

Accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. One moment you’re driving down Haskins Road, the next you’re being tailgated and wind up in a ditch.

In the moments after your crash, it’s important to know what to do so you can protect yourself physically and legally. Here are a few steps to follow:

  1. Check yourself and your passengers for injuries. Call 911 immediately if anyone is hurt and needs medical attention.
  2. Get your vehicle off the road and to a safe location to avoid more damage – especially if you are in the middle of the road or highway.
  3. Call 911 if you haven’t already. Virginia law requires drivers in an accident to report the event regardless of how serious or not serious it is.
  4. Exchange personal and insurance information with everyone involved in the accident. This makes it easier to reach them when filing your insurance claim.
  5. Take photos and talk to witnesses while on scene – all of these can be used as evidence to prove your case in court.
  6. Notify your insurance provider. If possible, try and contact them while still at the scene so you can provide details. If not, take notes and inform them later.
  7. See a doctor or medical provider. It’s always a good idea to get checked out by a physician after an accident. Some injuries take time to appear.
  8. Most importantly: stay calm. If you have a negative reaction after the accident, it can be used against you in court. Don’t accuse others of fault or admit fault of your own.

 

Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

Virginia is a “tort” state, which means Goochland drivers will be held liable for any damage or injury they cause in a car accident if they are found at fault. If you are not at fault, speaking with a personal injury lawyer can help you figure out what financial compensation you are eligible for from the driver who is.

Be careful with your insurance company. Most insurance companies operate as a business, putting your concerns aside and minimizing your injuries to avoid a large payout.

When you’ve been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s carelessness, it is your right to receive financial assistance for your medical bills. Don’t miss out on much-needed support because your insurance company went cheap. Epperly & Follis will do what it takes to help you get back on your feet.

 

Contact Your Local Goochland Car Accident Attorney

At Epperly & Follis, P.C., our car accident lawyers are dedicated to helping vehicle accident victims financially recover. When someone else’s negligence results in your injury, you shouldn’t have to pay.

With decades of experience representing Goochland drivers, our firm can be trusted to handle your case. We’ll help you make informed legal decisions that further your claim. We take pride in helping those who have suffered from a car accident in Goochland, VA fight for their rights.

Contact the personal injury law firm of Epperly & Follis, P.C. today for a free consultation. Fill out our online contact form, or call us at 804-648-6480.

Car Accident 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. Sometimes injuries from the accident can take hours or even days to appear.

If you were hurt in a car accident due to someone else’s recklessness, 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 car accident. What does this mean?

A permanent injury is one you’ll have 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 person who is found 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 are sent to your address, and you are personally responsible for paying them regardless of how the injuries happened.

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 lawyer 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, P.C. 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 anyone else involved for property damage and personal injuries up to your policy’s limits. If another driver was responsible, then their insurance will pay for any car damage and personal injuries you received.

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

Yes. According to Virginia law, you must maintain a safe distance between vehicles to stop safely and not hit the car in front of you in an emergency. Rear-ending another vehicle often 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. Simple personal injury cases can usually 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 attorney 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 Goochland County owned street pothole, then the County is responsible. However, evidence must prove that it 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 and on the scene (such as driver’s license numbers, address, phone number, insurance, car information, etc.).

Take notes of the accident and any important details you find, 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. We can represent your personal injury claim in court.

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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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Richmond, VA

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“I had the attorney David Epperly. He was an amazing attorney and put forth more than enough effort with my car accident settlement. He was very honest and sympathetic when it came to my case. His secretary Ms. Tiffany is super sweet and amazing… I would recommend this attorney for any legal issues. David Epperly didn’t mind putting in the time and effort on my case without any hesitation. This was a lovely experience working with the two. If you ever need an attorney I world highly recommend this attorney.”

Crisilla R

Chesterfield, VA

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Craig Follis is amazing! He provided clear expectations from start to finish with my personal injury case. His expertise was evidenced through the details and specific guidance he gave throughout the process. I highly recommend Craig! He is not only a great attorney, he’s also a super nice guy!!

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Richmond, VA

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