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Giving a Voice to the Injured

Alexandria Car Accident Attorneys

Millions Recovered for Auto Accident Victims in Virginia

Were you recently injured in a car crash in the greater Alexandria area? If you are facing serious medical bills and lost wages, don't delay - you may have the right to pursue compensation for all of your accident-related costs.

Virginia injury laws limit the amount of time you have to seek compensation after an accident. You only have two years to file a claim or lawsuit. Each day that passes may diminish your ability to collect fair compensation as evidence may become lost or destroyed.

Put Over 60 Years of Experience on Your Side!

With more than six decades of legal experience behind us, we are confident in our abilities to help you seek the compensation you are entitled to under the law. We can offer you more specific guidelines on what to do after a serious auto accident and the various options available to you.

Our team is well versed in all of Virginia's car accident laws. We understand how to advocate effectively for your best interests, both inside and outside of the courtroom.

The Barrera Law Firm has helped thousands of accident victims recover fair compensation to address medical costs, lost income, and other injury-related expenses. Call (571) 290-2390 now!

Virginia's Contributory Negligence Law

Did you know Virginia's car accident negligence laws might make it difficult to recover compensation after a crash? Virginia's pure contributory negligence law dictates any victim who is found to be even just one percent at fault for a crash may not recover compensation from a defendant in an injury lawsuit. Another driver can be 99% responsible for your accident and still not have to pay you any compensation.

This is why it is so important to have an Alexandria car accident attorney on your side. The Barrera Law Firm works tirelessly to help prove you were in no way responsible for the accident and are therefore entitled to full compensation in an injury action by carefully collecting evidence and witness testimony, and investigating the details of the crash.

Protect Your Right to Financial Recovery

There are a few key ways in which you can protect yourself against Virginia's contributory negligence laws and the insurance companies who may try to diminish your personal injury claim.

Below are a few steps you can take now to protect your right to damages:

  • Do not sign anything from an insurance company or adjuster without first consulting an Alexandria car accident lawyer. You may inadvertently sign away your rights to recovery.
  • Do not apologize or give any indication that you were responsible for the accident.
  • Take pictures of the accident and wreckage. They will be very helpful in any accident lawsuit, and may actually be the evidence that causes the insurance company to want to settle, or causes the jury to rule in your favor.
  • Immediately visit a doctor. Delays in treatment will only allow the insurance company to claim that you were not hurt or injured. Keep records of all the treatment you have received, medical costs, the medications prescribed, and follow your doctor's advice.
  • Turn to our firm without delay for legal guidance.

It is also a good idea to keep a journal. It will be your personal record of what happened both during and after the auto accident and will detail all the physical consequences of someone else's negligence and its long term effects. Journals help when insurance adjusters try to claim you are exaggerating pain.

Whose Insurance Should I Speak to After a Car Accident?

No matter who’s at fault in a car accident, you should call your insurer afterward to let them know what happened. They may have questions for you or want pictures (which you hopefully took) so they can understand the context around the accident.

You will eventually have to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance, but there is no need to rush into this interaction. They may reach out to you after receiving your name and number from the other party. If they do, we recommend you give them only basic information about yourself and say nothing about the accident. It’s perfectly fine to tell them you can’t speak at the moment or that you’d like to have this conversation when you’re feeling better.

Then, contact an attorney before you do anything else. Our team knows the tricks insurance adjusters use to try to make you admit fault. We can provide smart answers to their leading questions. Insurers will use your words against you if they see any opportunity to deny you payment. Don’t give them that chance.

Should I Go to the Hospital After a Car Accident Even if I’m Not Hurt?

Even if you don’t need to call an ambulance after an accident, you should still have a doctor give you a checkup. Not all injuries cause immediate pain. Especially after the intensity of a car accident, you may not realize that you’re not at 100%. A doctor will know which parts of your body to check for signs of trauma.

If you do feel pain a day or two after an accident, it’s a good idea to go to an urgent care facility rather than wait for an appointment with your regular doctor. Wherever you go to receive care, make sure you maintain detailed records: Save any informational materials you receive and take notes during or right after your appointment. You’ll also want to hold on to medical bills and receipts, as they can help you negotiate a fair settlement.

What Symptoms Might I Experience After a Car Accident?

Injury can come in many forms after a bad car accident. Here are some of the most common symptoms and syndromes you may experience in the days following a collision:

  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Bodily pain, swelling, or bruising
  • Back, shoulder, or rib pain
  • Headaches
  • Numbness in arm(s) or leg(s)

These symptoms could signal sprains, strains, internal bruising, brain injuries, and spinal cord damage including whiplash.

Some patients may also experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after a car accident. A mental health professional can help these individuals with a diagnosis and treatment plan.

How Can I Negotiate a Fair Settlement with an Insurance Claims Adjuster?

A car accident can add many expenses to your life—not just repairs, but also medical bills, lost wages, and more. An insurance settlement should be enough to fully reimburse you for everything—but often, adjusters only offer a small percentage of what you need.

You shouldn’t say yes to a settlement unless you’re happy with it. Presenting evidence including bills, pictures of the accident scene, and notes on your condition may convince the insurer to increase their offer. However, you’ll need to be careful while sharing these details. If you suggest you were even 1% at fault for the accident, they may refuse to pay you anything.

Many car accident victims find the best negotiation tool is an experienced lawyer. Having one of our team members advocate for you will show the insurers you’re serious about getting a fair result. You’ll also have the benefit of our knowledge to help you evaluate expenses and challenge the excuses used to sidestep or deny certain parts of your claim. Remember, insurers don’t want to pay you, and they assume most customers are too naïve to spot their manipulative tactics. When a lawyer joins a case, they’re more likely to drop the gimmicks and put in a good-faith effort.

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Why Choose The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC?

  • Over 75 Years of Combined Legal Experience
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