Hall & Sethi, PLC Helps with the Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
Auto accidents are among the most prominent lawsuits in the U.S. As a result, nearly every lawyer has handled one of these cases at some point in their career. These accidents are stressful especially as the victim tries to cope with their injuries. When your opposition brings in a skilled attorney, you are going to need an advocate who can thoroughly represent your rights.
Call (703) 925-9500 to speak with our team and find out how we can help after a car accident injury.
The Reston and Northern Virginia auto accident attorneys at Hall & Sethi, PLC have over 65 years of combined experience. In our decades practicing law, we have handled a wide range of automobile accidents—including motorcycle, truck, and bus accidents. Our decades of experience are an invaluable asset when taking on complicated vehicle accident cases.
Steps to Take After an Auto Accident
When we take on a case, we commit to it with passion and provide thorough attention to detail. While our clients focus on recovering, we investigate all the aspects of the accident and determine which elements will be most beneficial to the case. Insurance companies will also be looking into these factors and may try to deny your claim.
Make sure you try to collect the following after an auto accident:
- The police report
- Any pictures taken after or during the incident
- Medical reports and doctors’ notes
- Witness accounts of the accident
These are probably the last details on your mind while trying to recuperate from an injury, which is why finding competent legal counsel is so important. A good lawyer will have a keen eye for these details and can ease your burden.
DUI in Virginia
Drunk driving remains one of the top causes of car accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes. If you or your loved is a victim of a drunk driving accident, you may have the right to seek compensation by filing a civil suit. Our firm has seen several incidents where drunk drivers were able to manipulate the facts of an accident to their advantage. When involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is prudent to do the following for your safety and those around you:
- Call 911 right away and get a police report filed.
- While waiting for the police, keep you and your passengers in a safe area.
- If safe, take photos of the accident scene and the vehicles involved.
The attorneys at Hall & Sethi, PLC have extensive experience pursuing claims against drunk drivers. Depending on the egregiousness of the drunk driver’s conduct, that driver may be liable for punitive damages. Our firm believes in the importance of obtaining punitive damages as a means of punishing and deterring drunk drivers and the insurance companies who choose to insure them. If you are injured by a drunk driver, we will fight tirelessly to obtain compensation for your injuries and to punish and deter drunk drivers so that no one else has to endure what you’ve been through.
Distracted Driving: A Dangerous Epidemic
Safety officials and advocates have deemed distracted driving as one of the nation’s most serious roadway epidemics due to the thousands of injuries and deaths it causes each year. According to research, a driver is considered distracted whenever they engage in an act that is not the primary task of operating a motor vehicle. Examples include:
- Texting or using a cell phone
- Eating or drinking
- Reading or using navigation
- Adjusting music or vehicle technology
- Talking to passengers
- Personal grooming
Texting & Cell Phone Use
While distracted driving is dangerous in any form, experts agree text messaging and handheld cell phone use are the most concerning as they command a driver’s visual, manual, and cognitive attention simultaneously and can increase crash risks by more than 20x. Not only are Americans today well aware of the dangers of driving while using electronic devices to text, browse the internet, and e-mail, they also know many states across the country have prohibited the practice. Virginia has also passed laws to target distracted motorists, including:
- A statewide ban on text messaging for all drivers
- Cellphone ban for school bus drivers and drivers under 18
All motorists have responsibilities when they step behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. Most importantly, they are legally obligated to take reasonable measures in ensuring they do not pose risks to others on public roads and highways. Because the dangers of distraction are well known to drivers, and because some conduct is explicitly prohibited by statutory law, distracted drivers willfully violate their legal duty to drive safely, and can therefore be held liable for the injuries and damages they cause victims, including their:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- And more
Liability in Passenger Accidents
One of the greatest challenges a passenger can face when hurt in an auto accident is actually determining who is to blame for the crash. From a passenger’s perspective, it can be difficult to assess liability and who is at fault. Our Reston and Northern Virginia auto accident lawyers can step in and help you pinpoint liability so your claim gains viability and strength in and out of court.
Parties that may be found accountable for your accident include:
- Driver of the vehicle you were in
- Driver of another vehicle
- Other passengers who distracted the driver intentionally
Uber & Lyft Accidents in Virginia
Rising in popularity now more than ever, Uber and Lyft are valid ridesharing options for those who don’t have access to a vehicle, or prefer not to drive themselves. As a passenger, you are putting your life and trust into the hands of a stranger who is expected to drive as safely as possible, which doesn’t always happen.
Since Uber and Lyft drivers get paid by the number of fares they can complete in a day, it isn’t unheard of for these drivers to possibly rush through traffic in an effort to save time–unsurprisingly, this quite often leads to accidents or injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in an Uber or Lyft accident, the Reston and Northern Virginia personal injury lawyers of Hall & Sethi, PLC want to help.
Our Reston and Northern Virginia auto accident lawyers balance compassion for clients with aggression in pursuing justice. We work quickly to find a settlement that most benefits our clients. If the case needs to go to trial, we are not afraid to take it there.
Without initiating litigation, Hall & Sethi attorneys were able to achieve a $1,000,000 settlement, representing the full extent of insurance coverage, for an individual who suffered numerous fractures and traumatic brain injury as a result of a head-on motor vehicle collision.
$445,000 settlement achieved on behalf of a client whose vehicle was rear-ended and who required fusion surgery as a result of the collision.
Obtained a jury verdict of $118,500 in Loudoun County Circuit Court for an individual whose pre-existing spinal condition was severely aggravated as a result of a low-speed collision. Prior to trial, the insurance company’s last settlement offer was $25,000.