Lynchburg Attorneys Offer Responsive Service After an Auto Accident

Dedicated to your best interests throughout your case

When you've been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident, it's important to meet with a lawyer who is passionate about representing injured people throughout our community. The Lynchburg car accident attorneys at Shoemaker & Straw, PLLC offer skilled representation and are dedicated to providing exceptional service to each of our clients. We take the time to closely examine your case and your specific needs, tailoring our approach based on what we learn. We know how to protect your right to compensation and negotiate with insurance companies to get you a fair result.

What should you do after a car accident?

Auto accidents are a part of life. Thousands of crashes occur in Virginia each year for various reasons, including distracted driving, mechanical failure, and poor weather and road conditions. If you're involved in a car accident, there are a few steps you should take to protect yourself and others:

  • Stop and put your flashers on. Check yourself and anyone else in your car for injuries, and call for medical help if necessary. If another car was involved in the accident and you are safely able to exit your vehicle, check on the other vehicle's occupants and make sure everyone is okay.
  • Call the police. Law enforcement officers will file an accident report, which will be instrumental in processing insurance claims and valuable if you decide to pursue a personal injury claim later.
  • Exchange information. You should exchange names, addresses, telephone numbers and insurance information with the other drivers. If possible, also get contact information for any witnesses to the accident. Do not discuss the crash with other drivers or witnesses.
  • Call your insurance company. Report the accident and any property damage or injuries to your insurance company as soon as you can. You should do this even if you were not at fault for the crash.
  • Contact a car accident attorney. A skilled lawyer will advise you of your legal rights and obligations. If you plan to file a personal injury claim, the Virginia statute of limitations gives you two years from the date of the injury to do so.

Seeking compensation after a fatal car accident

If a motor vehicle accident resulted in the death of a loved one, you and your family may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible parties. This may be an option if the individual clearly died as a direct result of the actions or negligence of another driver.

The plaintiffs in the wrongful death claim must meet the same burden of proof as the victim would have if the person had lived and was seeking compensation for personal injury. The damages that may be recovered vary, but may include compensation for the deceased person's pre-death pain and suffering and medical costs, in addition to funeral and burial expenses, and the surviving family members' loss of expected income, love, companionship and consortium.

Work with respected accident lawyers in Lynchburg

For a free initial consultation with an experienced auto accident attorney, call Shoemaker & Straw, PLLC at 434-338-7092 or contact us online. Our office is accessible via public transportation, and on-street parking is available. Evening and weekend appointments can be accommodated upon request. Our team serves people throughout Lynchburg and the surrounding communities.