Roadway Accidents in Virginia

In 2018, there were more than 130,000 accidents on Virginia roadways. In the course of these accidents, in excess of 66,000 people including drivers, passengers, and pedestrians, suffered an injury. Over 800 people died. Unfortunately, more than 7,000 of the drivers in these accidents were driving while impaired by alcohol, putting everyone on the road at risk.

Whenever a person puts another needlessly in danger and causes harm, a negligence case may arise. In our society, we have a series of rules of the road that are designed to protect our drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. These rules are established for the common good. 

When these rules are broken, your life can be changed in a heartbeat.

Such a tragedy can strike at any moment. When it does, it may result in one of many difficult injuries. 

Brain Injuries

Many call traumatic brain injuries the invisible injury. That is because, often, a mild traumatic brain injury only shows itself after spending some time with the injured person who is capable of carrying on a superficial conversation. Nevertheless, the injury is still severe and you should make sure to find an attorney who has handled these injuries in the past.

Broken Bones

Significant wrecks usually result in broken bones. Broken bones are easily visible on X-Rays but they are not always easily healed. Bones could reform together improperly causing a nonunion or malunion. Sometimes broken bones require hardware to correct and, then, sometimes the hardware has to be removed. These issues are all at play in a personal injury case with a broken bone.

Paralysis and Spine Injuries

Spine injuries range on a spectrum. Some injuries result in paralysis including the loss of use of limbs. Other injuries result in pain, numbness, shooting sensations, extremity pain, etc. While some of these injuries can be treated conservatively with physical therapy or injections, others may be so serious as to require surgery by an orthopedic surgeon or a neurosurgeon. 

Muscle or Ligament Injury

Not all injuries are broken bones or structural damages. Many times, car wrecks cause injuries to muscles or ligaments that affect the spine or the shoulder or other body parts. These muscle or ligament injuries can sometimes be worse than a broken bone because they can take much longer to heal. Some may never heal. 

Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement

Permanent disfigurement resulting in the loss of a limb or the loss of the use of a limb, or scarring injuries particularly to the face or other commonly visible places are troublesome injuries to live with. Those types of injuries could be cured by plastic surgery and, if so, you must consult with a specialist.

Wrongful Death

Losing a loved one to illness is hard; losing a loved one because of another’s actions or inaction is significantly more difficult. Families who have had a loved one murdered, die as a result of a drunk driving accident, or lose their lives in the workplace because of poor safety standards have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit or a claim for death benefits.

 
If you’ve suffered one of these injuries, you may be wondering

What Damages May I Recover?

– Medical Expense
– Pain and Suffering
– Inconvenience
– Permanent Impairment or Disfigurement
– Lost Wages
– Lost Earning Capacity
– Property Damage (car repairs, total loss, or diminution of value)

Do you have a personal injury case?

Contacting a personal injury attorney in Lynchburg, Virginia can help you recover financially after an accident. Since there is a two-year window for you to be able to file a lawsuit, the sooner you contact an attorney, the better. When someone else is at fault in a roadway accident, you have rights under Virginia law and an attorney can help you preserve those rights.

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