Skilled Lynchburg Accident Lawyers Guide You Through an Injury Claim

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After a serious accident, you may need to seek compensation from responsible parties and insurance companies to cover your medical bills, lost wages and other expenses as you focus on recovery. At Shoemaker & Straw, PLLC, our accident attorneys have years of experience serving people throughout Lynchburg and the surrounding communities. We have built a strong reputation for our responsive, knowledgeable and approachable nature, and we're committed to our clients' best interests at all times. We take a different approach to each case, depending on the situation and the client's needs. We know how to work with insurance companies to efficiently pursue the compensation you need and deserve.

Common auto accidents in Virginia

A wide range of accidents occur on Virginia's roads and highways. The following are some of the most common:

  • Car accidents. There were more than 120,000 car accidents in Virginia in 2012, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Many of these crashes were serious and resulted in significant personal injury or death for drivers and passengers.
  • Truck accidents. Due in part to their sheer size and the difficulty of maneuvering them, trucks can cause very serious crashes. Cases involving truck accidents frequently stem from drug use, speeding and driver fatigue.
  • Motorcycle accidents. Motorcycle accidents, including head-on collisions with other vehicles, are typically caused by lane splitting, cars making left turns and failing to see motorcycles, and motorcyclists speeding, often while impaired by alcohol use.
  • Bicycle accidents. Most bicycle accidents occur when a cyclist falls or crashes into a stationary object. In other situations, drivers may fail to watch out for bicyclists and collide with them, often resulting in serious personal injuries for the rider.
  • Train accidents. Although some train accidents are caused by derailment or equipment failure, the most common type of crash is with a vehicle or pedestrian - often with catastrophic results. These crashes frequently occur at railroad crossings.
  • Pedestrian accidents. When a motor vehicle strikes a pedestrian, serious injuries or death is often the result. Drivers have a responsibility to pay attention and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Construction accidents. Accidents at construction sites usually occur due to an unexpected disruption in the flow of traffic. In these situations, drivers may fail to note the presence of construction vehicles like dump trucks and backhoes until it is too late.
  • Bus accidents. Common causes of bus accidents include faulty equipment, bus driver fatigue and inattention, excessive speeding, drug and alcohol abuse, and unruly passengers interfering with the driver's focus. Due to the size and passenger load of buses, these accidents may be very serious.

Speak with a responsive motor vehicle accident attorney today

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, don't wait to speak with the experienced injury lawyers at Shoemaker & Straw, PLLC. We proudly serve individuals and families throughout Smith Mountain Lake, Lynchburg and the surrounding areas. Our offices are accessible by public transportation, and on-street parking is available. For a free initial consultation, call 434-338-7092 or contact us online. Evening and weekend appointments are accommodated upon request.